Before and After: Cottage Gable

All week the carpenter has been working on adding a gable over the entrance door to Glade Cottage.

The Cottage before the new windows, doors, and gable.

He made the support brackets in his home shop and then bolted them to the front of the Cottage being sure to tie them into the original framing of the building.

The front of the building was not altered to accommodate the new roof.

Working alone on this project the carpenter then built the framework centered over the door.

The little roof is framed just like a regular roof.

The next day he trimmed up the bare wood and added sheathing to the roof and beadboard to the underside.

Similar shingles are used on this little roof.

Then he shingled the roof with shingles matching the house and cottage.

All trim is painted white for a finishing touch.

All bare wood was then painted white like the other trim on the Cottage.

Big pots of geraniums hang on each side of the door.

I asked if he would hang a hook at the end of each support for hanging baskets.

Glade Cottage — Before
Glade Cottage — After

The Cottage has been through many upgrades over the years. Next on the agenda — paint the exterior of the Cottage.

Are you planning to convert a space to a new use?


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.

9 thoughts on “Before and After: Cottage Gable”

    1. Thanks, Magali. It’s always our intention to add things that look like they’ve “always been there.” That’s why I added round windows to the house renovation which repeated the one that was already there. I guess we succeeded this time. Jo

  1. WOW!!! I love what he did with the design within the A of the new structure. The design gives it a real cottage-y look and feel. It just jumped from converted garage to cozy house!

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