Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our New Cottage - Progress Report #6

Hello Cottage Friends,

I had to cut my last update short because my laptop hard drive crashed with all my construction photos. My efficient and very accommodating computer repairman Marcus downloaded the photos I needed to a flash drive, so although my computer is still in his hands while he installs a new hard drive, I do have the photos to give you a proper construction update using Dennis' Mac.  Thank you, Marcus and Dennis!

Okay, here we go. . .

April 17, 2015

I tested two red paint samples on siding remnants: Vermilion by Sherwin Williams and Barn Red by Behr.  

I wanted a red to replicate the Falu red (or Falu rödfärg in Swedish) paint used on Sweden's classic wooden houses and cottages. 

Source: http://www.swedishdesign.org/Classic/Products/Swedens-Own-Colour/

In the winter I want our cottage to look as inviting as my inspiration photo. . .

Source: http://www.planete-deco.fr/2013/12/21/noel-au-chalet/

I bought a Behr Barn Red sample after discovering it was used on a local farm house I like. It looked pretty close to Falu red. After a lot of online research I found an article that named SW Vermilion a 99% match to Falu red paint.  99%?  Good enough for me, so I bought a sample of it also. 
(Tip:  Spend the money on a sample or quart of paint and try it on.  It's worth the extra dollars spent to get it right.)

April 18, 2015

We make a decision to go with Vermilion. Our local hardware store-- whose line of paint is manufactured by Sherwin Williams-- is having a major paint sale: buy one gallon at regular price, get the second gallon for $5.  We break into our happy dance and buy as much of our paint as we're allowed. 

April 19, 2015

Let the painting begin.

April 20-21, 2015

Our goal is to get the porch walls and ceilings painted before the crew puts up the window and door trim and begins floor construction.

Our neighbors refresh us with iced tea.

April 22, 2015

Painting goal met.

April 23, 2015

I continue to paint the exterior while Dennis works on the landscape.

Years ago our lot was the location of a logging truck repair shop, and there are remnants of that enterprise buried in our excavated soil.

Along with a lot of rocks.

(Just keeping it real, folks.)

Dennis builds a screen to sift the soil.

He shovels dirt into the screen and filters out the junk and rocks. 

Then he moves the filtered dirt to various areas of the yard, creating natural drainage and landscape interest.

Later we'll have 6" - 8" of good quality top soil brought in for gardens and grass seed.

April 24, 2015

Matt with Stove Works installs the heating stove vent in the fireplace.

April 27, 2015

I take the morning off to meet a blogger friend for the first time; she's visiting her daughter and granddaughters who live in a nearby town.

This is Connie of the blog Crafty Home Cottage and me.

Connie is the first blogger friend I've met in person.

Do you know Connie?  If not, you need to hop over to her blog here and introduce yourself.  She's a sweetheart and has a very fun blog. 

Connie is the first blogger friend I've met in person.

Meanwhile, Dennis starts to create walkways around the cottage.

The crew is back to install studio windows and entry doors. 

April 28, 2015

Framing is added around new studio windows and door.

Scott installs blocking in the interior walls.

Here you see the blocking for the mantel.

Charlie helps Dennis unload the landscape timber we purchased.

April 29, 2015

Our garden window gets the rest of her trim.

And construction of the front porch floor begins.

More trim is added to the back porch.

April 30, 2015

Installation of the back porch floor is happening.

While I'm gawking at the floor Dennis yells, "Hey Nancy! Will has installed the brackets!"

And I hightail it around the studio to see this beautiful sight.

How can something so small generate such large excitement?

Miss Garden Window feels very romantic.

I want to kiss Will for doing such a beautiful job, but I don't want to scare him off. So, I just give him a lot of "atta boys".

The front porch floor is finished and Ram Board has been placed over it for protection.

The insulation contractor is onsite.

The team blankets the walls, and then blows in the insulation.

We continue to paint the exterior.

May 1, 2015

The job site is a hive of activity today. . .and I'm not talking about the bees.

Dennis continues to establish paths. This is a portion of the main path from the street to his studio. 

I continue to paint.

It's Poppy Day in our community and Dennis takes time out to hang our flag in remembrance of our veterans who have scarified so much for our freedom.

Thank you Vets for your service to our country!

Scott and Charlie are building the back porch railing.

La Grande Drywall has arrived.

After dinner Dennis and I walk to the job site to see the work that's been completed.

All the sheetrock installation has been completed.

Dennis inspects the sitting room.

I stand in the kitchen and imagine it with cabinets
and flower pots in the garden window.

Suddenly we have real rooms.

Around the corner of the fireplace on the left is an alcove Dennis designed for storage and to hide wireless router, DVD player and so forth.

The back porch railing is complete.

Dennis tries out the magnetic sweeper.

Hey, this really works! Look at the nails it picked up.

May 2 - 3, 2015

Dennis creates a cover for the opening under the back porch and uses all those rocks we have to create proper drainage along the foundation.

I paint the west side of the cottage.

And the studio.

Dennis paints the trim, which, by the way, is Sherwin Williams Chalk.

May 4, 2015

More work on the front porch railing.

The drywall is taped.

I leave you with this view of the cottage last night.

And now I've got to go.  The job site is calling me. :)

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

Progress Report #1
Progress Report #2
Progress Report #3
Progress Report #4
Progress Report #5

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