Hi Cottage Friends,
I've got another construction update for you. Unfortunately, right in the middle of writing this post my laptop decided to flip out. It's now in the repair shop, along with all the photos I had loaded of the construction progress.
Consequently, I only got as far as April 16 in this report. I'm now using Dennis' Mac to finish this post, and as soon as I get my computer back with all the pictures I'll publish another update to fill in the blanks.
(Have I mentioned I have a love/hate relationship with technology?)
April 13, 2015
Ryan works on the electrical outlet rough-in.
Scott and Will get the back porch ceiling completed, including the attic access.
April 14, 2015
The guys install small trim around soffit.
Ryan installs the lighting boxes.
|Halo lights will spotlight artwork|
|Bathroom vanity lights|
Meanwhile Dennis and I discover old windows outside a neighbor's 1912 farmhouse and after a little purchasing negotiation they're loaded up in the Suburban and we take them to the job site.
What are we going to do with these?
The same thing we're going to do with this free door Dennis scored.
They're all going to be repurposed into a garden shed that we're going to build ourselves.
This will be a fun, super budget-friendly project, using as much reclaimed and left-over construction material, as possible.
April 15, 2015
Ryan finished up the electrical rough-in and the inspector signed off on the work.
|Our flat screen TV will hang on the wall. |
We'll design and build a wall cabinet to disguise it.
April 16, 2015
The guys pull off to work on another job and we work on staining the decking before its installed.
My job is to sand the redwood.
Then Dennis applies the stain.
And sets up the decking to dry.
And this is where my computer stopped computing.
I hate to leave you hanging, so we'll fast forward to last night (April 29). Here's a photo I snapped on my iPhone.
You can see from the photo that Dennis and I painted some of the exterior while the guys were off working on another construction project. We wanted to get the porch walls and ceilings painted before they started installing the decking.
We also have been working on re-sculpting the landscape.
I'm pretty bummed that I can't show you more photos of the progress, but at least you can see that the studio windows are now in, as well as the front door. The other two doors (cottage side door and studio) are in as well; all single french doors, which I adore.
And now I want to put a plug in for my weekly Living Large In Small Spaces series. I hope you'll join me this Saturday, and my very special guest from San Diego, California. I can't wait for you to meet her and see the charming cottage she shares with her family.
Warmest regards and thanks to all of you for your amazing support and the joy you give me in this journey.
If you missed previous progress reports, you can find them here:
Progress Report #1
Progress Report #2
Progress Report #3
Progress Report #4
You can find our awesome builder at their website: