The Cottage is Going Up

By going up I mean all the systems are breaking down.

Glade Cottage in Spring
Glade Cottage in Spring

We The Cottage needs a new hot water heater.  That’s been true for some time now.

The water heater in The Cottage needs to be replaced.
The water heater in The Cottage needs to be replaced.

I priced it out at about $1000.

The pile of trim is resting comfortably in the Cottage along with lots of other future projects.
The pile of trim is resting comfortably in the Cottage along with lots of other future projects.

I don’t go over to the Cottage much in the winter partly because I know it’s filled with the rest of the trim that needs to be installed in the house.  Miles of it.

Programmable Thermostat in the Cottage is attached to a propane furnace.
A programmable thermostat in the Cottage is attached to a propane furnace.

I went into the Cottage this past Saturday and realized it was cooooooold. The thermostat was set on 52 but the temperature in the room was 37. Not good.

Propane furnace is on the wall just past the bed in the Cottage.
Propane furnace is on the wall just past the bed in the Cottage.

The pilot light in the propane furnace was lit and the furnace would come on but the fan which distributes the heat wasn’t coming on.

The heater is difficult to get to with all the building debris on the bed.
The heater is difficult to get to with all the building debris on the bed. Charlie squeezed in the space near it, took off the front, and assessed the situation.

Charlie thinks the fan switch is faulty so I ordered a new one which he said is easy to install. We’ll see.

The water pipe runs up the corner of the wall across the attic and into the bathroom. It has popped apart just above the window.
The water pipe runs up the corner of the wall across the attic and into the bathroom. It has popped apart just below the curtain rod.

Let me preface this next little bit by saying the water in the Cottage has been turned off and the pipes drained so I’m not anticipating a problem if the pipes freeze. However I happened to look in the corner where the waterline comes into the Cottage and noticed it is completely apart.

Interior of Glade Cottage when everything was working.
Interior of Glade Cottage when everything was working.

Getting the Cottage back into usable shape is going to be more of a project than I first thought, not to mention the price tag keeps going up.

And the exterior needs to be painted. Desperately.

Are you longing for Spring?

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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.

14 thoughts on “The Cottage is Going Up”

  1. Oh my, your reno days are not coming to an end, are they? I hope they are easy fixes. Yes, I’m VERY MUCH longing for spring. And this has been an easy winter. Doesn’t bode well for future winters, does it?

  2. I love seeing all of your progress on the cottage. Part of me is jealous that you have a cottage for people to stay in when they come to visit. And then…that rest of me is super glad we have limited space.

    Either way, everything you do is phenomenal.

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