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.
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: