Hello Cottage Friends,
We've been very busy with finish work at the cottage since the last update and I'm anxious to show you the progress. But first I want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU for all the nice things you have to say about our project. I get so much encouragement from you. You bless me so much.
I also just want you to know that between all the long hours spent working at the construction site and the ongoing computer problems (yeah, like a new $240 hard drive followed by a new challenge. . .why is my cursor now jumping all over the place when I type? Argh!), I'm unable to visit your blog as much as I'd like. Honestly, I miss you and look forward to the day when we're just living a normal life and I can catch up with all you wonderful people and your blogs.
Okay, let's see what's happened at the cottage since the last report.
May 5, 2015
Drywall finish starts.
Footings are in place for concrete pad pour where the porch steps will go.
Working from the drawing Dennis penciled on the front porch column, Scott begins the finish trim construction.
He constructs and installs the bottom piece.
Dennis spreads gravel in preparation for the garden shed foundation.
May 6, 2015
I paint the first coat of red on the south walls of Dennis' studio and the cottage.
May 7, 2015
Scott finishes the porch column.
And builds the footings in preparation for the garden shed concrete pour.
May 8, 2015
Dennis paints the eaves
while I paint the front porch window and door trim.
and our beautiful new porch column.
I'm so glad my husband was inspired to add the column detail. Scott did a great job building it; I love it!
May 9, 2015
Dennis paints the garden window.
|Uh, what about the wood on the brackets? |
Oh, we'll paint those later.
Scott installs the rebar in the garden shed footings.
May 10, 2015
Happy Mother's Day!
We go for a drive.
I see the perfect cottage arbor.
I take a photo.
Some day I will have a arbor covered in blooms.
Oh yes, I will.
May 11, 2015
Greg Bales is on site with his massive concrete truck.
The porch steps are poured.
The garden shed foundation is poured.
Dennis uses the leftover concrete mix to pour a pad under the garden hydrant and carves a loving touch. I add the rocks (no, those are not potatoes on the top right...they're rocks).
May 12, 2015
Scott starts framing the garden shed.
I paint the first red coat on the east and north cottage exterior walls.
La Grande Drywall finishes all the drywall with a skip trowel texture on the walls of the cottage.
And a light orange peel on the cottage ceilings and the walls and ceiling of Dennis' studio.
May 13, 2015
I prime the walls and ceiling of the kitchen-dining-living room, hall and my creative space.
The garden shed framing is completed.
May 14, 2015
Walls are going up on the garden shed.
May 15, 2015
I start applying paint to the interior primed areas.
The color is Natural Canvas.
I use the same color on both the walls and ceilings. The result is the old world look I want.
Some of the garden shed windows are installed. (I have so much more to tell you about this shed. I promise to share the details soon.)
May 16, 2015
Dennis jumps in to help with the painting, finishing my creative space
while I work on the kitchen-dining-living room. (Um, should I be calling this the small great room?)
May 17, 2015
Dennis and I sweep the painted rooms where hardwood flooring will be installed next week.
Latest view of the cottage exterior. . .
We've had a lot of rain the past week, with more predicted. I'm not sure when I'll finish the exterior painting, but I've got plenty to keep me busy inside.
Have a great week!
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
Progress Report #6
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