We’ve been doing lots of little things on the house of late, but none of them has been post-worthy on its own.
Earlier this spring, Mr. H.C. put bricks under the front windows to finish them.
We also cleaned the brick, took out the old yews, and put in some new landscaping.
We updated our outdoor seating — Mr. H.C. put new wood on the seats of these old chairs, and I painted them.
I painted away the last of the blue gray cedar shakes, and Mr. H.C. built an arbor for our grapes inside the garden gate to protect them from the local plant predators.
There’s a new planter for herbs and cherry tomatoes on the sunny side of the back porch; it looks like it has always been there.
Once that was done, we agreed that the ugly painted plywood ceiling above the porch just wouldn’t do (it was so ugly, I never even took a photo of it…)
…so we gutted the ceiling and replaced it with traditional porch beadboard. It was a great day when that plywood ceiling came down.
But the really exciting news is that last week two trucks from Home Depot delivered a new door, a new window, and roofing materials and shingles. Mr. H.C. was anxious to get started on the roof, so I was surprised one evening when he came in and said, “I really think we should put the door in first. I don’t want it sitting around getting scratched up.”
Replace Sliding Glass Door # 3? I danced with glee. (There were originally FIVE sets of sliding glass doors in the cottage when we acquired it.
Two are gone. Three are now gone! This was Mr. H.C’s project all the way. All I did was pick the doors, the color, help move them across the yard, and shout encouragement from the sidelines.
The project would have gone faster, but like all old cottage projects, one must expect the unexpected. Or, at least, not be surprised. The sill under the sliding glass doors looked like this when we took it out:
So extra work was involved rebuilding the sill, adding concrete and raising the new doors a bit to make a lovely (and solid) new concrete sill. These doors enter into what is lovingly called the garage bedroom. It used to be the garage. When the inside is finished, it will be the office, a guest bedroom, and the tv room — it’s a small room to be a threefer…
And one more before-and-after shot:
Excuse the green-tarped package in the center of the yard. That’s the next old-cottage project.
On to the roof…