Non-DIY Tasks

The Cottage is getting little cosmetic fixes daily.

Both sides of the floating wall are faced with drywall and painted "Templeton Grey".
Both sides of the floating wall are faced with drywall and painted “Templeton Grey”.

The floating wall is faced on both sides and painted.

The back wall of the Cottage has been freshly painted.
The back wall of the Cottage has been freshly painted.  The ceiling is next.

The back wall has been cleaned and painted white.

The Cottage ceiling is will be painted white.
The Cottage ceiling is will be painted white.

The ceiling and brown woodwork have been primed with Kilz ready for a coat of white paint.

The counter with the sink goes against the wall with the already-installed drain.
The counter with the sink goes against the wall with the already-installed drain.

There are some projects that none of us is really competent to complete so we’re going to hire them out.

The wall beneath the new counter backs up to the bathroom vanity on the other side of the wall.
The wall beneath the new counter backs up to the bathroom vanity on the other side of the wall.

The kitchen area needs to have a counter installed along with a sink.

If the wall were invisible the plumbing would look like this. Poking a hole through the wall and hooking up to the water should be relatively easy.
If the wall were invisible the plumbing would look like this. Poking a hole through the wall and hooking up to the water should be relatively easy.

The drain is already in place but the water lines need to be attached through the wall which backs up to the bathroom vanity.

This floorplan is one possibility.
This floorplan is one possibility.

We’re having some discussion about the actual configuration of the counter/counters.

We don't think a standard set of attic steps will fit.
We don’t think a standard set of attic steps will fit.

Also the stairs which lead to the attic might be exchanged for a self-hiding system.  That depends on the size of stair units.

The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage can fold up to the ceiling.
The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage can fold up to the ceiling.

Perhaps we’ll decide to just make the current steps work better.

The floor near the screen door has been scraped over the years.
The floor near the screen door has been scraped over the years.

And finally the screen door scrapes the floor and doesn’t fit well in the door frame.

The gap at the top of the screen door increases the father it gets from the hinge side.
The gap at the top of the screen door increases the farther it gets from the hinge side.

We’re hoping something can be done to make it look and work a little better.

Do small, tedious repairs wear you out?

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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.

11 thoughts on “Non-DIY Tasks”

  1. I’m so glad the cottage is getting some attention. It will be good to have someone living in it. You’ve made good headway on everything.

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