Just to the left of the Cottage (facing it) is a large oak tree.
We’ve had trouble with other oaks in the yard but this one seems to be growing straight and healthy.
The area underneath had been stabilized with railroad ties which over the decades have rotted out.
Instead of removing the tree and leveling the dirt, my Cottage friend decided to have the small retaining wall rebuilt with new pressure-treated lumber.
The contractor cleared up the area on the side of the Cottage to reveal a paved walkway and indications that water is directed around the Cottage via this sloping passage.
The new wall looks neat and practical.
I’m wondering if there are any planting plans for this heavily-shaded area.
We have azaleas, box, hostas, iris, and ferns available on the property to plant.
Do you have a go-to shade plant?
All week the carpenter has been working on adding a gable over the entrance door to Glade Cottage.
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.
Working alone on this project the carpenter then built the framework centered over the door.
The next day he trimmed up the bare wood and added sheathing to the roof and beadboard to the underside.
Then he shingled the roof with shingles matching the house and cottage.
All bare wood was then painted white like the other trim on the Cottage.
I asked if he would hang a hook at the end of each support for hanging baskets.
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?
Back in January I suggested we might like a little roof over the Cottage exterior door.
This week the carpenter began to build the not-so-little roof over the entrance.
He started by creating massive supports which are both bolted together and bolted into the Cottage structure.
Then he laid out the gable by creating a temporary centerline over the center of the door so the line of the new roof can follow the line of the Cottage’s full roof.
By the end of the day the framework had been bolted to the wall.
I think this entrance roof will make the Cottage look less like a converted garage and more like a sweet little cottage.
What curb appeal detail appeals to you?
The Cottage has new double-glazed windows, a new front door with an integral slatted blind, and now a new storm door.
This door allows the main door to sit open while some breezes blow through the screen and extra light shines into the Cottage’s main room.
The new doors and windows have made the interior of the Cottage very quiet and peaceful.
When the screens are in use the sounds of our many birds can be heard.
It’s fun to watch the Cottage being transformed into a home.
Do you have a favorite home pastime in summer?
Work at my house has almost come to a standstill due to Charlie’s knee surgery.
The Cottage on the other hand is getting more improvements this week.
We’re looking forward to:
- A new storm door.
- Interior shutters in the kitchen and laundry windows.
- A tall toilet.
- A roof over the doorway.
Have you had a roadblock?
I have 2 main goals this spring:
one indoors and one outside.
I have a hallway full of wood trim which needs to be cut and installed.
I know there’s not enough to finish everything but I’m not going to place the final order until I know exactly what I need. I plan to work on this during the week.
I also want to clean, paint, and hang the shutters we took off the house 3 years ago when we started the renovation.
I’m going to start the shutters on Memorial Day weekend.
What are your plans for the long weekend?
When last we left the progress on the closet most of the boxes/towers were finished except the ones on the very top.
Yesterday we built the remaining boxes and installed them in the gap on the top of the towers.
Like the other boxes they are made from 3/4-inch plywood, 21 inches deep, and backed with luan.
We made long skinny boxes which sit on top of the tall towers.
At the end of the run we made shorter cabinets that coincide with the towers near the window on each side.
The closet is now usable but still needs finishing:
- Connect the boxes together.
- Trim the baseboard around the room.
- Trim the window and inside of the door.
- Make face frames for the boxes.
- Add drawers to the area under the closed cabinet.
- Hang curtains.
- Stain the doors.
- Touch up the paint.
Do your projects seem to go on forever?