Since our budgets aren't that grand, let's think about using just ten percent of her budget, or $17,000. What would you do to your home if someone left a bag of one hundred dollar bills on your front stoop which total $17K? Here's what I would do:
I love my house. I used to have the big colonial with two staircases, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and lots of lakefront land. But I was miserable. That was BEFORE the divorce. Now I have a cute three bedroom, two bath ranch that is one-third the size, but it is overflowing with joy and happiness. The only drawback is its down-sloping backyard. It is a big backyard, but not practical for entertaining, and I love to entertain. So the first thing I would do is build a huge deck that runs the entire length of my home. I have a small 12 x 12 deck now, but it is totally used up with my stainless steel outdoor kitchen. My deck would eat up half of my budget, or $8500.
My next purchase would be a spa. I have been looking around, and found a nice one online for $3500. I would have to hire an electrician to install the correct GFCI electrical connections, and that would add another $1000.
Everyone knows that good music can really make a party special, so another item on my wish list is an outdoor sound system. I found a great Sony system with extra speakers for another $500.
My last three thousand dollars is for an outdoor sectional sofa to keep my guests comfortable while they linger.
So now that you know how I would spend my $17,000, give yourself some time to figure out what you would do, and share your home addition or home remodel fantasy with us.