Cottaging Right Along

This week we had a handyman at Glade Cottage making some upgrades and repairs. The Cottage is one big room except for the bathroom and a floating wall which can partition off part of the space.

The kitchen could span the white wall and the blue wall perpendicular to the open window.
The kitchen could span the white wall and the blue wall perpendicular to the open window.

First on the list was adding a kitchen of sorts. Behind the chair in the corner above is a plumbing drain line which is where the sink would be positioned.

These are our choices from an Ikea ad.
These are our choices from an Ikea ad.

We had purchased from Ikea a birch counter, a Fyndig sink, and a Ringskar faucet.

The valves on the left have been pulled through the wall from the bathroom sink.
The valves on the left have been pulled through the wall from the bathroom sink.

The drain was already in place but the water lines had to be pulled through the wall from the bathroom.

The countertop was cut to the length of the wall and installed on a narrow cabinet.
The countertop was cut to the length of the wall and installed on a narrow cabinet.

The carpenter installed them right next to the window allowing some space on the right of the sink so a right-handed user wouldn’t be shoved up against the window.

Before
Before
After-ish.
After-ish.

We need to decide what to do about cabinetry under the sink.

The switch near the wall had been loose and wobbly and now it is tight and neat.
The switch near the wall had been loose and wobbly and now it is tight and neat.

While he was here the carpenter/plumber/electrician also installed a new switch at the entrance to the Cottage.

The screen door has been squared up.
The screen door has been squared up.

And he trimmed the screen door so it would shut better and not scrape the floor every time it was opened.

Do you work with what you have or start from scratch?

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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.

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