As you can tell if you scroll through our recent updates, we haven’t been doing too much in the way of home renovation over the last couple months since we’ve been focusing most of our energies on the garden and other outdoor work. Still, we’ve got a couple of options on the table for our next moves indoors.
Despite the fact that it hit 90° in Poughkeepsie today, the first item on our list is installing a wood stove in the living room fireplace. By the time winter comes along, we want to have a supplementary heat source that will still work if the electricity goes off. Given that the chimney’s been closed up for the last twenty years or so, and that we’ll want to consider EPA-approved models that present smaller environmental and health hazards, this will probably be a costly project.
Another option is to finally get rid of the wall carpet along the front stairwell and upstairs hallway, like we did in the living room on the very day we closed on the house. Our plan is to put up wainscoting in place of the carpet. While we’re at it, I’d also like to take the carpet off the floor in the upstairs hall so we’ll finally be carpet-free, but this will probably require refinishing the wood floors in the hall as well. Not an inexpensive project all in, especially if we go with real wood wainscoting.
Beyond that, I’d like to tear up the vinyl flooring in the downstairs bathroom, but it seems like there’s a layer of plywood underneath it that will be a pain to get out. And then redoing the kitchen is never far from our minds, but that’s probably biting off more than we can chew for the time being.