I can’t remember a busier few weeks. I traveled to Ohio for the Buckeye Book Fair, then spent four days of brainstorming with my new brainstorming buddies, and finally managed a quick trip to Western New York to see the beginnings of our cottage renovations. Now I’m back in Florida and after moving from the east coast to the west, this week we closed on our new house just south of Sarasota. We can’t wait for the movers to come.
Meantime, I wanted to share a few promised photos of the cottage renovations. All you HGTV addicts will particularly enjoy. Hopefully (!) we’ll see progress in the months ahead, although right now it’s stalled because of a problem with the permit. I expect lots of these kinds of moments.
Here’s the back of the house stripped of siding. We’re building a two story addition of bathrooms and closets on both levels.
You find interesting things when you remove walls. Here, our wonderful architect is pointing out that there is nothing between the insulation and the vinyl outdoor siding, plus the insulation was installed backwards.
To keep the cottage character and some of the history, we’ll keep this wall behind stairwell exposed. It was covered with nasty insulation board until renovation began. Our builder also promises to plane some of the great ceiling boards and use them on the counter base. The best kind of recycling.
Our wonderful contractor heading downstairs. Note the width of these amazing boards now that the insulation board is off.
Who’s doing most of the “renovation?” The squirrels or the builder? Little hickory gifts from squirrels to us where cabinets used to be.
To keep the cottage feeling we’re considering yellow pine flooring to cover the plywood nailed over–most likely–the original yellow pine flooring. What do you think? We’re also using an old-fashioned linoleum look alike Formica on the countertops for the same reason.
Last but not least, look what was revealed when the insulation board was removed. A snippet of the original wallcovering. Wallpaper? Oil cloth? Glad I could get a photo.