Home Goals: How We Did & 2014 Goals

8 Jan

2013 was a year of pretty big changes at 12 Oaks. I posted our goals for the year here and I’m happy to report we got most of what we set out to do done! Here’s the checklist on how much we accomplished.

1) Put in Upstairs Hall Bathroom. Check! We completely gutted and re-did the bathroom. It is one of my favorite spaces in the house and has turned out to be quite the Pinterest sensation, lol. Full tour here.


2) Re-locate laundry and renovate first floor powder room. Check! Sort of. What was once the laundry and powder room is now our pantry and part of our kitchen. The new first floor powder room isn’t done, but it is functional (sink and toilet working), and we have a new laundry room.



3) Take down a wall to create open floor plan. Oh yeah! It feels like a whole new house since we did this.

Here was the before:

living room wall removed

And here is a similar view now.


4) Renovating the kitchen. Check! Just a few minor tweaks left, but this was the biggest transformation yet.



And now:


5) New windows. We’re on a roll, another check.


6) Renovate Master Bathroom. Ok, this didn’t happen. BUT, our master is now moving and the addition is built so a new master bathroom is started.


7)  Get the pool up and running. It took until the end of summer but we got another check!


8) Build a deck and/or patio around pool along with landscaping around it and the rest of the property. No check. We designed the deck, poured the footings and bought the materials but it got too cold to build. We did landscape the front of the house though.


9) Add french doors off of the dining room. Check! Love these.


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10) Paint the house and install new front door. No paint, but we did get a new front door.

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11) Update fireplace in the den. No progress. This is going on the list for 2014.

12) Add shadowbox molding in dining room and stairs. Not yet. Though our stairs did get a nice makeover.


13) Put in can lights in living room. Check! We put in dimmable can lights in the barn wood beams we installed.


14) Add hardwood floors in the entry way. Check! Our floors are all one material and color- love them so much.


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Phew! We were busy. It was a lot of work, but the house totally feels like ours now. I doubt we can keep up this pace in 2014, especially with our little one arriving in a few weeks, but there is still lots to accomplish.

Our 2014 home goals are to:

1) Build deck out back

2) Install retaining wall and landscape back yard

3) Replace rotten trim and paint the house

4) Finish addition upstairs (master bathroom and closet)

5) Finish addition downstairs (powder room and laundry room)

6) Makeover the office/playroom, including a fireplace re-do

7) Blacktop driveway

8) Relocate master bedroom

9) Update living room built-ins

10) Build a dining room table from native New Zealand wood

11) Build out basement storage

All with an infant. Think it can be done?

11 Responses to “Home Goals: How We Did & 2014 Goals”

  1. sherrycluneShey January 9, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    That’s a lot to do! Congrats on what you have done. I’m impressed!

  2. Katie bricker January 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Where did you get dining room rug?

    • 12oaksblog January 11, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

      It came from Home Decorators. Not sure if they have it any more though.

  3. Javier S. January 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    I’ve just read your blog from begginning to end! Your progress is amazing, I’d love to do something like this dome day! Congratulatios.

  4. Stephanie February 4, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Love it all!
    Can you tell me where you got the living room rug and the dining room light?

    • 12oaksblog February 4, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks! Living room rug is Pottery Barn (several years old) and Dining Room light is Ballard Designs called the Arturo.

  5. Megan March 21, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Amanda, you’ve done an inspiring job with everything. Hats off to you and Ben. Would you mind sharing how the Arturo Chandelier is at putting off light? We’re thinking of purchasing the same light for over an open staircase that is on the back of our kitchen cabinets leading down to the basement. We currently have two pendant lamps shining into the stairwell/onto our countertops but really like the idea of the pillar candle chandelier. Think we’d have enough light with the Arturo Chandelier? Thanks!

    • 12oaksblog March 21, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      Yes it gives off plenty of light. I would think the equivalent to what you have already or more. Did you see it was on sale too?

      • Megan March 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

        Yes!! Thanks so much for the quick feedback! I’ll let you know how it works out for us!


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