Hi y’all, I’ve got a photo heavy post today about the renovation progress.
How was your week? We have had good snow melt this week. I also had a meltdown on Friday and won’t be winning the good wife award. Lack of sleep too much stress and not enough quiet time. I slept better the past two nights and I am feeling better. Mr. Cottage is recovering nicely from his surgery, he goes to physical therapy a couple times a week. He got a good progress report from his surgeon on Friday.
Enough chatter, here are some renovation photos.
Let the first-floor framing begin!
Back elevation – the big opening in the wall is for the door that will lead to father cottages back porch.
The first floor will be for father cottage, his living area and bedroom, bathroom and a laundry room. The second floor will have a new bathroom for the existing bedrooms and a new master bedroom and bathroom for us.
After the first floor was framed, to help save some money our friends came and tore out the chimney. Brick by brick was removed and hauled bucket by bucket. A slow tedious and extremely messy and dangerous process. The bricks were torn out, loaded in the buckets, hauled down the side of the upper roof, then walked across the lower roof, down the ladder across the porch and into the pickup truck to be hauled away.
Afer the chimney was removed to roof line, the stainless steel liner was cut out to roof level, from inside the attic. The chimney runs through the center of the house, and the remaining section will be removed when we are ready to gut the inside of the house.
The hole in the roof is then framed in and covered with plywood for the time being.
The framing crew returns a few days later and finishes the first floor and begins working on the second floor.
The crumbled wad of metal in the center of the photo is part of the old roof that was removed.
Here they are getting ready to remove part of the old roof in order to tie the second floor in with the existing house.
Back elevation – what will be our new master bedroom. The opening in the wall is where the door will lead out to our bedroom porch.
Weather permitting, and all goes according to plans, the roofer will be out this week. He will remove the old roof and replace everything with a brand new bright red metal roof. The color of the roof was a custom order to my specifications so it took a while for the metal to be manufactured and coated in the special red paint. I cannot wait to see it! It will also be a relief to get the tarp off and have a real roof in place.
February is just around the corner and I am looking forward to what it will bring.