Ok, so the reason I haven't been posting very often these past couple weeks is because my husband and I just purchased our first house. We close on Wednesday, the 3rd, and we'll be moving in Saturday. It's a beautiful 1920's home in northern Indiana, with just over 1600 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, two covered porches, a 6o x 7o back yard already fenced in, a woodshop/garage, and tons of beautiful woodwork everywhere. We are so excited! The house does need a bit of work, and we are trying to figure out where to start. Here are some of the things we would like to tackle in the next few years: 1.There is carpet everywhere, even in the bathroom, but when we pulled up sections on our walk-throughs we found gorgeous hardwood floors... even in the closets. The kitchen has an old, cheap linoleum, and we don't know what's below that. We'd like to take out the carpet and restore the wood floors. 2. Electricity. None of the outlets are grounded, even though the previous owner installed a couple covers that made it look like they were. The light switches are all two-button switches high up on the walls that have a lot of charm, but we would rather update those. 3. The windows are all single pane, and some of them don't open or close properly, which will make for uncomfortably cold winters and hot summers. We would like to install double pane windows. 4. The walls are lathe and plaster. I actually have experience dealing with this one, since my parents purchased a house that was built in 1901 and we tore out all the walls and rebuilt/drywalled them in about two weeks. (And that was possible because my uncle down the road and our neighbor were both in residential construction, and I had a lot of burly guy friends that wouldn't even accept payment for helping because they thought it was fun weilding sledgehammers and learning to hang drywall.) This time it will be just Matt and I, so it will probably take a lot longer. We really don't want to have to hire anyone out, but may have to if we run into a snag where we don't know what to do. 5. The current (gas) furnace is on the fritz (for which we have already socked away a couple thousand, just in case), but there is a wood-burning furnace in the basement that is in good working condition. The only problem is that the law prohibits us from hooking up the wood furnace to the floo that is already there for the gas furnace, so we'd have to build up a second chimney in order to use it. We don't know whether to build the chimney or just get another gas furnace, and when we should do this. 6. The roof is exactly 10 years old, but the previous owner used the cheapest materials and hired the cheapest person to install it. He admitted this plainly, so we could do something about it if we felt inclined. Some of the shingles are peeling, but there aren't any leaks in the ceilings. How does one know when a new roof is necessary? We're contemplating switching to a metal roof, but we don't want to re-do the roof unless or until it's necessary. Ok, homesteaders! Now I am ready to hear your opinions on all of this. Where should we start? Any helpful hints for these projects?