Dear Cottage Friends.
Thank you for your patience in waiting for a progress update on our cottage construction. Remember I told you in my first report that at the pace construction was going we'd be living in the new cottage before I had a chance to share the process with you? Well, things haven't slowed down one bit.
You'll see that I've used the artist rendering of the cottage at the head of this progress report, as I did in the last one. Fiona of Just Paint It White suggested this continuity, and I think it's an excellent idea. If you subscribe to A Joyful Cottage to keep up with the news, you'll always recognize a construction update in your inbox by the red cottage. Thanks, Fiona!
Okay, before I give you a rundown on what's happened since Progress Report #1, I have to put a plug in for Greg Bales, owner of Bales Mobile Mix Concrete.
This is the man behind all the concrete work I showed you in the last report. He's super nice and handles that high tech operation with ease. I finally found the photo I took of him the first day he was on the job site. Just wanted you to get a look at that smiling face.
Here's what's happened since my last report on February 20:
Cold and snow blew in which meant covering up the foundation concrete and allowing it to cure.
February 24, 2015
The cured foundation is uncovered. (Side note: The weather has been phenomenal ever since. We feel so blessed.)
Scott builds the pony wall.
Before we leave Scott to his work, the floor joists are delivered.
February 25, 2015
The floor joists are in.
February 26, 2015
The sub-floor is in, and the framing begins.
February 26, 2015
Scott and Will work on framing walls.
Hmmm. . .wonder what they're discussing.
February 27, 2015
Captain, there be walls!
March 2, 2015
Look! More framing!
More wall sheathing.
Quentin the Excavator is on site.
He's digging trenches for the water line.
Quentin backfilling the foundation wall.
Meanwhile, inside the cottage. . .
Interior walls are being built.
Oh, look! There's my kitchen garden window (well the base anyway) with a view of the beautiful porta-potty. Be forewarned, I love this window and you may get tired of me talking about it.
Here's the exterior view.
What is Dennis pointing at? I have no idea, but pay attention to the wall behind him, which is the wall between the kitchen and the back door. More about that later. March 4, 2015
It's starting to look like a house.
Jeff lowers the shower stall into the bathroom.
(Okay, here's my keen idea. . .we build houses with pop tops. Then when we need to move furniture or appliances in and out we just pop open the roof and lower all the furniture in place, or lift it out to a U-Haul. Easy peasey. Whaddya
think? Oh, wait a minute. . .we could only do this with a one-story home. Never mind.)
The yard hydrant is in. . .and we have water!
Oh, look! Lumber is growing in our yard!
Our windows arrive!
Sometimes Dean lets the guys stop for lunch. Which is good, because, frankly, I need a break so I can catch my breath.
March 5, 2015
Engineered roof joists are lowered by crane.
Scott guides them to their proper location.
Scott and Will brace the trusses. (I wonder if Scott and Will played with Legos when they were kids.)
Meanwhile Quentin the Excavator and Dennis the Artist/Architect/Renaissance Man have a discussion about moving dirt around.
Then Dennis grabs a can of green paint and sprays graffiti on the ground. No, not really. He's marking out where he wants berms in the landscape.
"Top" indicates the peak of the berm.
March 6, 2015
Roof joists are on and the porch takes shape.
There's a wheelbarrow sitting on my imaginary porch.
The view from the East shows (from the left) the side of the porch, the kitchen window, and the back door.
The garden window is looking good.
Remember yesterday Dennis marked the berms.
And here they are. . .
These are at the front of the property and give us separation from the street. Our sidewalk will run between them.
We've got a lot of landscape work to do. We enjoy that, though.
Here's the back of the cottage. . .
The big dirt pile in the back yard is gone-- now part of the landscape. We're dreaming of our vegetable garden.
New parking pad behind our garden.
March 7, 2015
It's Saturday and the job site is quiet. The guys are hopefully enjoying the weekend.
They've covered most of the cottage with moisture barrier.
The garden window is framed in and moisture proofed.
March 8, 2015
Dennis and I walk the project after church on Sunday.
We make the decision to remove the wall between the kitchen and the back door, allowing for a little larger and more open kitchen.
March 9, 2015
Moisture barrier completed. The guys will start the roof sheathing.
March 10, 2015
Roof sheathing is almost complete.
And the truss trim is added.
One last look before we head out to eat lunch and go home.
March 11, 2015
The roofing shingles have been delivered.
Will and Scott add the fascia board.
A peek at the roof truss from the inside. For those who may be curious, our ceiling will be standard 8 foot height. We do not want vaulted ceilings.
Here's a partial sneak peek at the interior from the front door. I'm not going to go into detail at this time. In the days ahead I'll show you more and we'll look at the interior design, finishes, etc. All the really fun stuff.
A new development is our decision to also build an art studio for Dennis that will be connected to the cottage by a covered deck. Here you have a view from the back door of where it will reside. The excavated rectangle is for the studio's foundation. So the back porch will now be enlarged.
|Studio South Elevation|
This will be nice for Dennis, especially in the winter. He'll be able to easily walk from the cottage to his studio.
More excitement, right?
Dean just sent me this photo of today's roof work. The tar paper is on!
Thanks, again, for hanging in with me on this project. I wish you could be here to walk it with me. All your visits and the nice comments you leave are very much appreciated. I feel bad about not visiting your blogs, and I really miss you. Please know that I will get there, but right now it's either hang out with you wonderful people or attend to the business at hand.
Also, we've given our notice and will be moving out of our apartment by the end of the month. We're going to move into a motel suite with a kitchen, not far from the job site. Right now it's an hour round trip to visit, which is really a hardship. With spring just around the corner we want to be closer so we can start working on the landscape, and do other work on the cottage and studio.
So, we're also packing and putting things in storage while all this is going on. There's so much more I want to share with you, but right now this update is all I can manage.
Oh, and if you missed Project Report #1, you can find it here.
God bless you all!
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