We began planning to renovate The Glade in April of 2011 by hiring an architect who took about a year to get us actual working drawings. In the Fall of 2012 with drawings in hand we got our plans OK’d through the historic commission. After a false start we hired a contractor in April, 2013. So the preliminary work took us two years.
The contractor we hired has finished his contracted services here, here, and here. That leaves us with an extensive unfinished renovation list which we are either going to try to do-it-ourselves or contract out on a job-by-job basis.
This is not an exhaustive (although exhausting) list but it covers most of the major tasks:
Finish conservatory bathroom
Finish master bathroom
Finish master closet
Install deck with rail outside master bedroom
Finish master bedroom
Prepare Cottage for rental
Paint and trim dining room
Paint exterior trim and shingles
While I’ve said that finishing with our contractor is the end of the beginning, I wouldn’t characterize the near future (next 2 years) as the beginning of the end but rather “The Next Chapter”.
The weather has not been cooperating. It’s been cold and snowy even after spring began.
At last she made it by and I think she really likes what she saw.
She did not pick any of the finishes. She basically designed the structure including all the little details that make the final building so special.
Some tweaks have been made in the building process due to local codes and our personal preferences. Early in the contractor bidding we were advised to eliminate the conservatory to save money. I know now that we would never have gone for a second round of excavating and framing to build the conservatory at a later date.
At The Glade we used to use the kitchen door (marked #1 below) to enter from the driveway.
In order to go upstairs from there you must walk through the living room then up the stairs. The steps outlined in brown above are 2 steps up, a landing, then 2 steps down. We’ve found that friends with mobility issues find this difficult to manage.
I proposed cutting a door (marked #2 above) from the old kitchen (new mudroom) through to the front stairs which will also access the downstairs powder room (Le Bibliotheque).
This small modification will allow access to the powder room without using any steps and entrance to the upstairs without circumnavigating the entire downstairs.
Reframing the doorway is a little trickier than expected due to a tangle of plumbing and wiring.
In a side note, #3 in the plan above is the current kitchen window which will become the new entrance from the driveway from the bluestone porch. The kitchen will become a sort of mudroom and pantry area.
Is there a doorway change that would make your life better?
Just as in the conservatory this second floor addition will not be “finished” in the first round of improvements but the interior walls and closets have been framed. Electricity, plumbing, and heating ductwork will be roughed in.
As we enter the new hall the master bedroom is on the right and will be open to the new hallway.
On the left is a walk-in closet with a window in the center of the exterior wall which looks out over the driveway.
Continuing down the hall past the closet straight ahead is a linen closet which I would love to look something like this.
Making a sharp left one finds oneself in the master bathroom.
As in the conservatory we have decided to put the shower along the back of the room where the bird’s eye window is located.
Under the window (not visible in photo above) on the right we’ve decided to have a cabinet with double sinks. Tucked in the corner on the left is the toilet.
Between the shower and the toilet knee-wall I plan to use the vanity that I inherited from my mother.
Not being a fan of knee-walls myself we chose to use them in this room for very specific reasons which I’ll explain in a future post.
Charlie and I still have lots of decisions in here: fixtures, towel bars, mirrors, window treatments, cabinets . . .