The Money Pit House Tour

In the summer of 2013, Titus and I moved up north to live the lake life dream.  We bought a tiny Poison House on a beautiful piece of lake shore and tore that beast down.  We then started from scratch with a newly built house that soon became our Money Pit.  

A general contractor worked on the house up until the main floor was drywalled and taped, and we took over from there.  As you can imagine, there has been a pretty giant list of tasks to complete this house.  So here is that list in all its glory...

Whole house:
Prime the walls
Paint the walls
Install doors
Paint the doors
Add doorknobs
Install flooring
Paint and intall baseboards
Paint and install window and door casings
Patch and paint baseboards and casings
Finish electrical
Add outlet and switch plates


Install entry door and windows
Paint front door and windows
Build and hang light
Add closet organizers
Wire up entertainment stuff

Mud room

Tile the floor
Install washer and dryer
Install sink and cabinet
Install track lighting
Buy and install garage door knob
Paint garage door
Install closet organizer
Buy a bench for under the window
Finish the door casing and baseboard on the far wall


Install upper railing
Paint upper railing
Install railing going down left side of stairs
Finish wall at bottom of stairs
Install actual stairs or carpet or something less particle boardy
Install flooring edge pieces


Assemble cabinets boxes
Install appliances
Order and install countertops
Paint windows
Install recessed lights
Install above the sink sconces
Buy and install a faucet
Buy and install a sink
Order and install cabinet hardware
Install under cabinet lighting
Tile backsplash
Install cover panel above fridge

Living room

Install fireplace
Build fireplace surround
Install built in cabinets
Add a TV to the left of the fireplace
Paint windows
Buy some furniture
Hang curtains - not happening
Buy and install ceiling lights


Master bedroom

Buy and install ceiling light
Buy and hang blinds
Buy or build a headboard
Build a bed frame or at least cover up that box spring with something

Master bathroom

Tile floor
Tile shower walls
Install shower plumbing
Install vanity
Purchase and install faucet
Install mirror sconces
Install mirror
Install toilet
Add closet organizer
Install glass shelves in shower
Buy and install glass shower door

Master closet

Install organizer
Buy and install ceiling light

Guest bathroom

Tile floor
Tile shower
Install toilet
Paint and install vanity
Buy sink fixture
Buy and hang a mirror
Buy and install sconce above mirror
Install shower plumbing
Add built-in to closety area

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