I've mentioned before that when we bought this house in 2002, it was a MAJOR fixer upper. It was the time of a California housing frenzy and often people had what seemed like minutes to make a decision about buying a house. My late husband and I were moving to this area from Santa Cruz and had been house hunting for only a short while, but had already missed one place by a matter of a few hours. And so when we found this one, with a nice piece of land and minutes from town, the best school district in our area, we jumped. He had all the contractor skills to do everything that needed to be done. And we did a lot until he passed away in 2006. But there is always more and more, as you know, with a house that the original owner didn't have built so well in the first place.
In the past 3 or 4 years, we have replaced the heating/air conditioning unit and all the ducting. We have had all the plumbing in the house replaced. We replaced the leach (leech?) line for the septic. We had the old "popcorn" ceilings removed and new ceilings finished. We had all the bedrooms, baths and hallway repainted. We have torn out old flooring, put in new flooring where it was still needed, remodeled the master bath, built a new laundry room, and the biggest job of all was remodeling the front of the house and repainting. You'd think that would be enough.
As much as I really dislike the idea of having the house under construction again, it's time to remodel the kitchen. It's such a difficult room for me to consider because the choices seem endless. But I really must because it just has to be done. What type of cabinets, what color, what type of countertop, what design, and all that has to be done within whatever budget we decide is workable. The first step, however, is for me to measure the area, take some photos, and go to a design center for the layout. So that's on my list of things to do.
Dreaming of a new kitchen....after the mess is over. It's time.
And did I mention the pipe fencing all needs painting, the road needs to be redone, and Erik's office needs new flooring and paint? *sigh*