Hello Cottage Friends,
We've been having a heat wave here. In the 90's. Blech.
Here's what's happened since the last update.
June 3, 2015
The hardwood floors are finished and the interior doors installed.
June 4, 2015
The guys have pulled off to work on another project.
Dennis and I do landscape work. He's moving dirt and I'm preparing the terrace flower beds for planting. They need a lot of soil amendment.
June 5, 2015
I make a trip to one of our local nurseries to buy some annual flowers for instant color. While I'm there I check out some trees and shrubs. These are just a few of my favorites.
Clockwise from top left: Norway Maple, Rosy Glow Barberry, Climbing Roses, Boxwood, Blue Colorado Spruce
June 6, 2015
I plant the newly purchased annuals in the terrace flower beds, and though they look rather anemic in this photo because the sun's very bright and they're still small, they're really very pretty. It won't be long before they fill the beds.
After planting, I drive the back roads to a friend's home in a nearby town to check out some perennials she wants to give me. It's a drive-with-the-windows-down day and I'm overwhelmed with the beauty around me. I pull over and take this photo to share with you.
This is Big Sky Country. So gorgeous.
June 7, 2015
Dennis works on setting up his new tile saw and I continue working on preparing soil for planting. It's so hot, and with no shade I can only work in the morning hours.
June 8, 2015
Scott is back to roof the garden shed.
And build the porch steps and hand rails.
|North Breezeway Step|
Dennis starts laying out the tile.
June 9, 2015
Dennis begins the tile installation, starting with the garden window. We're using the same tile throughout the cottage: garden window, fireplace surround, butler's pantry and the bathroom.
The photo doesn't do this tile justice. It's very reasonably priced porcelain tile that has the look of slate. Dennis found it at a local flooring store and I couldn't be happier with his discovery. I love it.
Scott finishes all the steps and most of the hand rails. Dean puts the vertical rails on the hand rails.
And Dean installs the garden shed door.
I took this photo in the afternoon. You can see we still have a lot more landscaping to do. All in good time.
Someone asked if we planned to paint the porch railing. The answer is "yes". All the rails will be the same white as the trim.
The electrician should be here today to start the finish work. We're told the kitchen cabinets won't be delivered until next week.
Today I meet with Chuck at BLH to look at wood for the fireplace mantel he'll be building.
Thanks for hanging with me. I hope you're not bored to tears.
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
Progress Report #7
Progress Report #8
Progress Report #9
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