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What are You Dreaming of for Your Home This Year?

Whether it’s a new kitchen, expanding your garden into edibles, or doing triage on everything from floors to walls, inspire the community with your home improvement plans for 2012.

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  • I would love to revamp the outside of my home! The inside has received a full redo--and I love how it looks!--but the exterior is looking a bit aged and boring. Perhaps I'll try a color change or add more plants. I'm not sure yet...
  • Posted by Renee on January 03, 2012
  • Wow, Bill Carrothers! Our family shares your dream, even though we don't live in California! Right you are.......I'm so glad we chose to live well within our means 11 yrs. ago when we bought our fixer upper! We remodeled pay-as-you-go, put up with some challenges and aggravation for a few yrs., but we don't stress over finances. I feel like we're much more likely to look for bargains and deals when we fund projects ourselves, and we've gotten some great ones! That is not to say that people can't be in bad situations due to no fault of their own; we have great friends that have been hurt by the housing bubble, due to job situations, ect., as well as those who have been seriously affected by bloated tax assessments and can hardly afford to keep their homes, in spite of working hard all their lives and not even having a mortgage. We managed some substantial medical expenses a few yrs. ago with one of our kids. [It would have seriously put us in a bind, if we'd have taken as large a mortgage as our bank was willing to give us.] Congrats, Toni! I love your plan! Sounds like you will be very happy........ Our dream for 2012 is to install a rainwater cistern which will be used for our outside watering, toilets, and hopefully the laundry. [I still remember the high suds in my grandmother's washing machine, because she washed clothes with rainwater, and never needed fabric softeners.] Along with that, continuing to work on our potager garden/patio/outdoor oven and BBQ pit. [ All DIY, with a lot of repurposed, recycled materials.] After that, some solar panels to hopefully continue our journey off the power grid. We already cut and burn our own wood, cook on our wood stove as the seasons allow, and try to be as energy efficient as possible. Wish everyone well with their projects, blessings!
  • Posted by Frieda on January 03, 2012
  • For 2012, I would love to install hardwood or laminate floors on the 2nd floor of my home. I plan to replace the faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. I am in need of some serious landscaping for a tiny yard in the front and rear of my home. Upgrading light fixtures would be super. I've already patched and painted. I wish everyone success with their projects in 2012. Blessings to all.
  • Posted by Alice on January 03, 2012
  • Our goals for 2012 include finishing up the kitchen remodel (finally!) with a DIY kitchen island, bamboo floors throughout the other half of the house, a makeover for the family room, master bedroom and a walk in pantry. Our dream would include new refrigerators, new washer/dryer and a master bathroom or hall bathroom makeover.
  • Posted by Roeshel on January 02, 2012
  • We've lived in our home for just over 10 years ... it's about 14 years old and ready for a 'makeover' My dream, like Heather, is to get rid of the 'clutter.' I'm also planning to make it greener by adding more insulation in attic & basement and replacing appliances and counter tops in kitchen, and do some basic painting (low VOC paints of course!). I love this house - it's the perfect size for our current lifestyle and the community is great! We can walk to town - library, restaurants, movies, shopping etc.
  • Posted by Marilyn on January 02, 2012
  • I have a wonderful dream. I live in Salinas, California, a city that went house crazy, and our area is an overbuilt disaster, with foreclosures forming about 40% of all the sales. I dream that Gov. Brown finally gets up his courage, and tells the people of California "You voted for Proposition 13. Go get Howard Jarvis to tell you how to run your local governments, because the State of California is no longer going to bail you out. In six months, all of the local governments would be bankrupt, and Howard Jarvis and his associates would be hanging from lamp posts, as people finally realized what a disaster that idea was. Once we got back to the way things were before Prop. 13, communities would realize that local control is a wonderful thing, and even better is getting rid of the "grow or die" mandate for local governments. Next, all the taxpayers of America wake up and realize that the homeowner's interest deduction only makes homes cost more, and is a massive subsidy to banks and the wealthy, so they get rid of it. People start buying homes that they can afford without Uncle Sam's subsidies, and find that suddenly homes much more affordable, because people are buying real housing, instead of showpiece "look how much money I have" mansions. Finally, enraged taxpayers pull the plug on those "great idea that turned into a disaster" agencies, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and every other "let's use government money to get subsidies for me" stuff, and get back to living in homes that we actually can enjoy for their beauty, efficiency, craftsmanship, and neighborhoods again.
  • Posted by Bill Carrothers on January 02, 2012
  • We just sold our home - closed on Friday, Dec 30th. Now we are planning to build again, but this time we are downsizing and building a small, rustic, Montana cabin with no more than 2,000 SF, two master suites, lots of wood and very energy efficient. It will be perfect for us and great for resale!
  • Posted by Toni on January 01, 2012
  • The plan is to redo our powder room. 26 years of" raspberry puree" fixtures is enough!
  • Posted by Diane on January 01, 2012
  • I just want some floors, i dont care what they are, carpet, or wood., anything will beat the concrete slab we have!!!
  • Posted by Johna on January 01, 2012
  • In 2012, my husband and I are dreaming of buying a home that we love and will enjoy. Most of all, we want a comfortable and well-orgainized mudroom so that when we blow into our home with winter in our face and muck on our boots, we have this luxurious space to plop down.
  • Posted by jennifer on December 21, 2011
  • I'm hoping this is the year of the HOT TUBE!
  • Posted by michael on December 21, 2011
  • I'm hoping to add some serious wall decor-- reclaimed mirrors, framed photos, etc.!
  • Posted by taylor on December 21, 2011
  • Not a glamorous dream, but I'm dreaming of getting rid of clutter in 2012 - clearing out the closets and finding some smart storage options for a small apartment.
  • Posted by Heather on December 21, 2011
  • I'm dreaming that I can finally move from a rental to a home that I own!
  • Posted by Kristin on December 20, 2011

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