Tomorrow, Feb. 27, marks the first year of home ownership for us. It’s been quite the tumultuous year in many ways, but we are very happy to own a home. It was a little more than a year ago that I walked in that front door for the first time and took my hammer to the wall in the living room, tore out the carpet, ripped out the ceiling lights, and made a general nuisance of myself. I’m amazed that the house came together like it did, especially since at the time I had nothing more than the most basic of skills. If Courtney had known that, I’m pretty sure that would have been what is commonly called a “stress point” in our marriage.
Which all makes me just want to say that I’m very grateful that my wife’s first response to my idiosyncrasies is to just roll her eyes and bite her tongue. If she were any less patient, I’m quite positive that I’d be occupying the center of a rather large block of cement in the basement.
Anyway, we’ve had many major repairs over the last year, and today I decided to sit down and see what the future has in store for our little home. Most of the things I really want to do are outside the home. Here’s my list:
- Remove the sidewalk leading to our front door and replace it with brickwork or patterned cement.
- Remove about 18 inches around the new sidewalk for flowers.
- Remove the smaller tree in the front yard (the previous owners decided that planting five trees within about 80 sq. ft. would somehow work when they were all full grown.
- Put marble chips around the roses to prevent weeds and make it look nicer.
- Install gutters above the front and back doors.
- Rip out the old garden and re-sod.
- Build a gazebo or picnic area in the backyard.
- Remove the shed that currently occupies the middle of the back yard.
- Rebuild the shed at the back of the lot.
- Remove the awful brick pathway to the old shed.
- Re-seed the backyard.
- Install a privacy fence along the west side of the backyard
- Install a low fence around the backyard itself to keep the kids safe.
- Put in a vegetable garden along the border of the parking area.
My goal is to do most of these things this summer. Some of the bigger and more complex projects like the fencing and the gazebo may have to wait. But I am undaunted. All I need is my hammer.
Oh, and if I stop writing on the blog suddenly, I’d kindly ask you to consider checking the basement for an unusually large block of cement.