Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our New Cottage - Progress Report #3

Dear Cottage Friends,

Thanks for joining me for the latest on our new cottage build. Here's what's happened since my last report:

March 12, 2015

Will and Scott work on the roofing, leaving the east side unfinished until the studio is ready for its roofing.  At that time they'll tie it in with the cottage, completing all the roofing at once.

I'm happy with the charcoal gray shingle we chose. 

March 13, 2015

A fairly quiet day.

Scott had a well-deserved day off.

Will builds the forms for the studio's foundation.

March 16, 2015

The windows are installed!

Dennis and I aren't around to see the installation. We drive to Walla Walla, Washington for shopping and lunch. 

March 17, 2015

Seeing the cottage with all the windows installed is exciting.

In keeping with our budget we chose single hung, vinyl windows. Wood is tempting for that "authentic" look, but really vinyl will be much easier to maintain over the years, and I'd rather spend money on other things that matter much more to me. 

I'm very satisfied with the Pella windows.

Scott and Will begin work on the soffit.

Here you see a close up of the soffit venting. 

I won't bore you with details about venting, but if you're interested in why and how it's used here's a good article from Fine Homebuilding: A Crash Course In Roof Venting.

Meanwhile, inside the cottage hurricane clips are attached to the roof truss. We can get some pretty high winds here, so it's good to have these.

March 18, 2015

We meet at the site to review kitchen details with Dean, and Jason of Miller Cabinetry.

Dean and Jason go over the measurements.

While we were shopping in Walla Walla, Dennis found antique brackets that we will use under our garden window (exterior).

Even though we think the patina on these is wonderful, since we're using them outdoors we've decided to have them sand blasted and powder coated white. They'll match the window trim and will hold up well to the elements. 

March 19 - 20, 2015

Russell Plumbing completes the rough plumbing.

The butler's pantry will have a bar size stainless steel sink.

Plumbing vent in roof.

March 21, 2015

It's Saturday. Dennis and I drive out to the job site and walk through the cottage.

View from the front door. 

The fireplace will have a gas heating stove.

Someone asked what we would be putting in the kitchen window. The answer is potted herbs and flowers. A grow light, for use in winter months, will be hidden in the soffit.


The utility closet houses the stacked washer and dryer, water heater and storage.

The studio foundation forms are ready for the concrete pour, and the roof truss has been ordered. 

Stay tuned, folks.

If you missed previous progress reports, you can find them here:

Progress Report #1
Progress Report #2

You can find our awesome builder at their website:
BLH Construction.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Joy List Monday - In Praise of Pink Carnations

And in my flower beds,
 I think,
Smile the carnation, 
and the pink.
~ Rupert Brooke

Though thought to be a boring flower

by many,

I am not afraid to say

that I love the humble pink carnation.

My husband knows this


brought home a bunch last Friday.

I love pink carnations for their 


In bouquets they hold their 


long after other flowers have withered.

And they always have a delicious clove


One day I hope to cut pink carnations from my own garden.

But for now. . .

I'll enjoy 

the ones that come from the store.

(Thank you, dear husband.)

Are you looking closer at the beauty around you 
or aware of things to be thankful for today?

(Some of you have asked about the progress on our cottage.
I'm working on an update that should post tomorrow.)

Joy List Monday was prompted by Anne of My Giant Strawberry. I love her idea of "taking a few moments to jot down bits of beauty that I've noticed or any little details in my day that are bringing me joy."