House Goals for 2017

By February 10, 2017Wallace Woods House

It’s nearly tradition at this point around here to wait until February to post our house goals for 2017. January just seems too… soon? I need January to recover from the holidays, recap 2016, and strategize about our approach for the year. It’s really not as serious as it sounds, but when it comes to lists and goals, I’m like a dog to a bone. So it’s got to be a pretty decent goal list! Challenging but mostly doable is the name of my game. Mainly to keep my sanity. 🙂

Ok, here we go. Here is what I hope to accomplish in 2017.

Master Bedroom Refresh

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

Our bedroom is in desperate need of attention. We have no curtains, rickety furniture, tired bedding, bare floors, zero nightstands… oh boy it’s not good. Our mattress especially, a clearance IKEA model from 8 years ago, has been not-so-lovingly referred to as the “marshmallow pod” for the last few years. All of this to say: it’s time for a refresh. I’m calling it a refresh instead of a major makeover because it’s not in the budget to go nuts here. I’ve started a little bit already with new bedding (not shown—this is bedding from the old bedroom at our previous house), knowing I’m about to spend a whole lot of time in here with the new baby, but the real work will happen in the Spring.

Here’s what I’d like to get done in 2017:

  • Buy a new mattress
  • Hang light-blocking curtains (and possibly blinds)
  • Figure out a new furniture layout
  • Get rid of our MALM dresser (I’ve read enough of those toddler tipping articles to be totally spooked even with tethering to the wall, plus IKEA is offering full refunds on MALMs and other tippable models purchased between 2002 and June 2016.)
  • Buy a new rug
  • Add nightstands with great storage
  • Hang art/object/something above bed
  • Find a new bed frame maybe (but it will have to be a steal of a deal!)

Semi-Finish the Basement

The Gift of Storage

The Gift of Storage

The Gift of Storage

Our basement has some serious potential—it’s a big space, with high ceilings, good natural light and decent temperature control. It’s practically begging to be used more often. And we need the space! It’d be a great spot for the kids to play, especially when the weather is bad and getting outside isn’t possible. While I’d love to really refinish this space—with drywall and lighting and real floors—2017 will be more of a “Phase 1” type job. It’ll still be very much a basement when it’s all done, but with a little more comfort (and less dirt and bugs).

Here’s our plan for 2017:

  • More organizing and purging (that crazy photo above is on moving day… we can see the floors now believe it or not)—a ton of this happened in 2016 but it’s still not enough. We need to make room for tools, get the floor clear, etc.
  • Lots of cleaning—there’s still a lot of construction dust down here from the renovation in 2014 (pre-us) and we’re tired of tracking it all over the house. The floors, walls, ceilings and windows will all be getting a spray down
  • Paint all the things! The floor (natural concrete), the walls and even the ceilings are in need of a paint job. Both due to waterproofing necessity but also for aesthetic reasons. I’m hoping that painting out the ceiling especially will help it look like more of a finished space
  • Figure out some sort of flooring—whether it’s rugs or rubber playmats—I’d like to get something on the floors to help with the echo, cozy it up and provide a cushion for falls
  • Close off the storage space from the play space, behind a door with lock and key to ensure it stays a kid-free zone (lots of very non-safe stuff down there)
  • Figure out lighting—I’d love to add to some overhead lighting, but may have to get creative to keep costs down. It might be as easy as stringing outdoor lights, but we’ll see what happens
  • Furniture! Things like play tables, chairs and some sort of comfy seating would be great. Have no idea what that might be yet, but we’ll see what happens. We need places to sit and hang out!

Finish the New Deck Space

We had our deck built this winter, knowing it would be spring until we could touch it again. Even unfinished, it’s been such an improvement. Our kids are already loving playing out here, it feels safe and yay—we have our backyard again. Everything else will feel like icing on the cake (and hopefully an actual place to sit).

Backyard Fence/Deck Progress

Backyard Fence/Deck Progress

For 2017, we hope to:

  • Stain and seal the deck boards
  • Add a rug (possibly of the painted variety?)
  • Add plants to column planters
  • Add additional landscaping around perimeter, plus more planters
  • Explore adding some sort of sun shade, canopy or giant umbrella—it gets hot out there in the summer
  • Find a super deal on outdoor furniture and a fire pit—or at least build savings for a 2018 purchase
  • Add lighting
  • DIY an ottoman/portable seating of some kind

Give the Upstairs Hallway Some Attention

Upstairs Hallway (Guest Bath is on the left)

The upstairs hallway is also another untouched space. I’d like to do something fun with that little nook at the end—we’ll see. Overall, it just needs a little bit of attention and design. I’m thinking like a one-day job with this space.

  • Add a runner
  • Hang art/objects of some kind
  • Replace the overhead light (it’s currently a boob light)

Random Things to Tackle

Just like last year, there’s a few random things I’d love to tackle in 2017.

  • Upgrade all doorknobs and hinges
  • Find a new living room rug
  • Add lighting to the dark spots in the living room
  • Find a new rug for the master bathroom

Phew…  typing that all out feels incredibly intimidating. And I didn’t even include the nursery project on this list! I know 2017 will be a tough transition year for us as we get used to being a family of 5, but we’ll do our best. Budget is going to be the name of the game, as we’ll also be getting used to increased childcare costs. Good fun! At any rate, I’m just excited to have goals in front of us, whether we accomplish them or not, because it gives us a roadmap of how we’d like to spend our time and money on the house front.


Do you plan out house projects for the year? I suppose I should be setting some personal goals too… 😉



Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Great list! We love our semi-finished basement….I don’t know if a full-scale basement finishing will ever happen for us, but we use it as is all the time 🙂

    • Emily May says:

      I’m not sure it will for us either. I LOVE your basement and how it turned out. I would love to do something similar.

  • Kim says:

    Love this list!

    We desperately just need to give all our rooms a little love and time. I feel like they are okay now, but need some primping and are just a little boring. But I’d really like to do it without spending any money. Ha.

    And I’m also holding out hope for finishing the basement into a bonus room – Ryan’s tentatively “okayed” this idea so we’ll see. When we built the house, we put in outlets, spray foamed the walls, and installed recessed lighting. So in my head, this should be quick and easy.

    • Emily May says:

      Can I just say I get excited when I get a Kim comment? Thank you for keeping the comment love alive. And listen, if he okayed it, I’d suggest clearing his schedule and locking him down there until it’s all done. 😉 It must be thrilling to be be married to a handyman. And dangerous—the to-do list I’d have would be neverending!

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