Behind Glade Cottage

For the past few years we’ve been working on the renovation of the main house.

The Cottage interior is slowly but surely getting sorted out.
The Cottage interior is slowly but surely getting sorted out.

The Cottage became a holding space for tools, building supplies, and odds and ends.

Glade Cottage
Glade Cottage

Ditto the outside space around the Cottage.

The other side of the roof is even a little mossy.
The other side of the roof is even a little mossy.

My friend who might be residing in The Cottage for a while started by sweeping off the roof which gets a lot of debris since the it sits under trees.

Tendrils od English Ivy are still sticking to the shingles at the back of the Cottage.
Tendrils of English Ivy are still sticking to the shingles at the back of the Cottage.

At the back of the Cottage English ivy was growing up the wall. My friend pulled it all down.

Excess building supplies were piled everywhere over the past three years.
Excess building supplies were piled everywhere over the past three years.

We still need to relocate the lumber back there.

Charlie sorted the metal into piles by material.
Charlie sorted the metal into piles by material.

On the downhill side Charlie has amassed some metal recycling. He cleared it all out.

Before
Before
After
After

In the meantime my friend cleared away the vines that have overgrown between the front and double propane tanks on the side.

The path from the front of the Cottage to the back of the yard has been cleared of poison ivy, Virginia creeper, and grape vines.
The path from the front of the Cottage to the back of the yard has been cleared of poison ivy, Virginia creeper, and grape vines.

We will be reinstating the chip path to the back part of the yard in the near future.

We're going to pull this lumber away from the side of the Cottage.
We’re going to pull this lumber away from the side of the Cottage.

We’ll be attacking the street side of the Cottage next. I am not seriously helpful with this clearing up other than deciding what goes, what stays, and where it goes.

Have you been neglecting a project? Has it become overwhelming?

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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.

8 thoughts on “Behind Glade Cottage”

  1. Great improvements, Jo. I’m so glad the cottage is getting some attention. Yes, my flower beds and the edge of the woods are all getting overgrown. This spring and summer have been too busy with other things and now it is too hot to do much outside. Hopefully I can start getting small areas worked on soon.

    1. Ah, the edge of the woods, that’s another area in our yard that has been cultivated in the past and looks like a jungle now. I’m happy with any progress. Jo

  2. The cottage looks like it can breathe again! Even our city lot gardens have become overgrown. It’s hard to find time to tackle it all. I really need to be retired!!

  3. My basement looks a lot like this again now. I was going to put it on the long list, but I just found the plastic mattress bags I bought for the wall finishing job. And this matters a lot because since my roommmate moved in, I’ve had the twin mattress and box spring from the back bedroom leaning against a wall in my bedroom. After New York I probably have a full week of not caring about anything but after that… groan, it’s time.

    1. I have been so focused on the house that the cottage has almost fallen apart. We’re back on it with the help of a friend. Jo

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