I am sitting here making mental check lists of what needs to be done on the Pender house. We are headed out in a few days and will have only 2 days (3 if we drive through the night) to work on the house while still fitting in time to enjoy the beaches, go for a hike, maybe a paddle,and possibly golf. It seems like a lot to fit into 3 days. It will be so nice to escape the snow and walk in real shoes (or worst case wellies) instead of winter boots.
A little back story for those just starting to read this blog, the house we bought in Pender wasn’t exactly a finished house. Previous owners added onto the original structure over 20 years ago and never quite finished it, so we are in the process of tidying up half-finished construction projects.
The job that I really have to tackle this trip is the fireplace. When we bought the house the hearth hadn’t been tiled or the surround finished off. Over Christmas my husband perfected tile cutting (what a messy job!), we laid the tile on the hearth, and put up the edging trim around the fireplace insert. This time out to the house I really need to put up the remaining tile to frame in the fireplace insert, plus getting it all grouted would be a bonus.
Another project that needs tackling is the master bathroom. This is a considerable project. The most simple upgrade that is required here is to change out the industrial light over the sink. We have the light already, we just need a calm hour in the middle of the day to tackle the project. The calm hour tends to be the problem as the children are VERY excited when they are out on Pender and always want to be on a beach.
The next challenge in this same bathroom is the shower. It needs to have all the silicone stripped out, the tile needs re-grouting, and then needs to be siliconed again. A lot of work in cosy quarters. I started stripping out the silicone over Christmas, in some places it had been siliconed over silicone and was an inch in thickness. This is a “special” project.
The final part to the bathroom that is a huge job is the tub. It had never been tiled and because of this the window frames had also never been installed. Hopefully we can at least get the cement board cut and screwed on this trip out. When we look at the bathroom we keep trying to remind ourselves that with baby-steps we will eventually get there.
My husband keeps reminding me of all the things we have improved so far: several rooms painted, cleaning up the yard and taming the garden, the start of tiling and little projects like putting up lights, curtains and hooks.
It is great to list the projects here in the blog. It makes me more accountable on actually doing a project. Without accountability I may be tempted to not work, hit the beach, pick up a take away at Pender Sushi, come home and fire up the wood stove, and play Ticket to Ride with the family (that does sound tempting!).