Tour Glade Cottage

Glade Cottage is not nearly as big as the Glade house here and here.

Here’s the Cottage in March, 2011.

We've made some improvements since March.

 Here it is with a new door in May.

Glade Cottage in May

And now the trim has been painted and the windows puttied.

Glade Cottage at the end of June, 2011.

 The Cottage is about the size of a two-car garage. (Sometime in its past life it probably was a garage.) It’s one large room with a separate bathroom and a floating wall behind which acts as a closet/laundry area.

Cottage Layout

 There’s a propane furnace on the wall near the side of the bed which keeps it really toasty in the winter and is controlled by a programmable thermostat near the bathroom.

I installed the programmable thermostat all by myself.

 As you enter the front and only door, directly ahead is the bed in front of a floating wall (wall is not attached to anything and can move forward and back and minimally side to side).

Templeton Grey on Floating Wall - Before

 Now that the furniture and the side wall have been painted it looks like this from a slightly different angle.

Lots of changes.

  Dividing the left and right side of the room is a ladder/stair unit that allows access into a full but low attic. Theses stairs are retractable into the ceiling so do not always stay in the down position although they are difficult for one person me to manage.

Here are the stairs - really a ladder - in the down position.

 Here’s a more advanced floorplan with furniture that is currently in the cottage. (All sizes are approximate.)

You can see the general placement of the stairs in this floorplan.

 We’ve put the garden furniture seen here in the sitting area. The

The right side of the cottage.

 And a view out the window for which I have dyed some curtains.

I love sitting here and looking out the window at the garden.

 As you can see in the plan above there’s a closet area and washer/dryer at the back of the Cottage on the left behind the floating wall. The round thing next to the washer/dryer that looks like a tire is a hot water heater for the cottage only.

At the back of the Cottage on the right is the bathroom.

Bathroom viewed from the doorway, tub and shower on the left, vanity and sink on the right.

 This room is difficult to photograph because it’s long and narrow and the vanity and toilet are both in their own alcoves.

This is the new vanity we installed which entailed moving the wall.

 The toilet is directly across from the sink.

We still need to replace the trim in the bathroom.

In the future I’d like to move the desk near the bed and replace it with a cabinet and counter for a microwave and/or toaster oven and a small fridge.  On the wall under the window is a drain for a sink. So I’d also like to have a small sink installed  and this could be a cooking/food prep area for simple meals. My concept is sketched below.

Cottage with future kitchen drawn.
Such a needy little place.  But it’s a nice get-away and perfect for family and guests: private but close-by.

I hope this recent round of upgrades will last a long time.  Do you have a little get-away?  They have a term for this now in the architectural design biz: POYO – a place of your own.  It doesn’t have to be large, serenity and satisfaction are the watchwords.  Have you got a place like that? I’d love to hear about it!


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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