With the New Year fast approaching i could think of no better time to sit down and consider what projects i want to tackle around the house in 2019. When we moved in we decorated every wall, laid new flooring in every room, installed a new boiler, new electrics, a entire kitchen from oven to cupboard, put down a new drive, gate and worked for years on the back garden. We have been in the house for over four years now and despite that it still feels new, i feel that is wearing-off a little. We are itching to redecorate a couple of rooms, repair and update different sections of the house to give it a fresh-face.

So with that in mind here are the four things i want to improve around the home in 2019:

Multi-fuel and Wood Stove 

Since moving in to our new home our fireplace has been empty, with only a pile of logs and fake flowers to fill-up the space. Our dream is to install a wood-burner to give the house some extra heat in the colder months. In recent years we had had more pressing projects and purchases to make in and around the house, so it has been pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. We even have a stock-pile of wood leftover from trees we have taken down previously in the back garden. So i want to make it my mission to get someone out to give me a quote and have one installed by the end of 2019!

New Kitchen Flooring

When we moved in we had to cut some costs as each wall had to be re-plastered. One of the comprises we had to make during the renovation of the house was to opt for vinyl flooring over a proper wooden based flooring. Even thought the vinyl carpet has been easy to clean, we have found it has been stained too easily with the kids various craft activities and it has been ripped in placed where we have moved the fridge and the kitchen table for when they have been cleaned. 

I am rather fond of engineered wood flooring or even looking at something different like a resin floor with a bit of colour. Either way it is time for a change!

Finishing Touches

Like in most homes there are one of two areas that need a lick of paint. Our porch is of of those areas that is in need of a repaint as we have relocated furniture, but have failed to repair any damage left behind in the move. Whilst this is not a huge task, it is a task that is often again left at the bottom of the to do list.

Greater Garden

The garden has come along way and as such there are only little bits of work left to do. One of the projects is to do something with the space between the log cabin and the play-area. At the moment it is a half overgrown patch of uneven grass and mud. One of our ideas is to put in another cabin or man cave and the other idea is to put decking over it to create a seating area / BBQ space.

Either-way something needs doing as i spend a considerable amount of time fighting back the weeds and overgrowth, when i could be investing time in to a long term solution. Admittedly this is a task best saved for warmer weather.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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