Well, after 9+ months, we have what looks like a “real” house…
That’s her… peeking through one of our baby Chestnut trees! And just like the mother of every baby on earth, I think she is the most beautiful I have ever seen… and I have labored long and hard over her… but she is still a newborn, and there is much nurturing and loving left to do before she can stand on her own.
There have been great strides this month – in spite of the heat and humidity –
and a quick family gathering in Savannah. We stayed in an amazing cottage on Tybee Island – just two blocks from the beach – with an outdoor shower in back and a screened porch on front. It was truly great to take a few days to be with our family, and appreciate all of the effort going into our cottage – for example, the front porch roof – notice how ours (on the right) connects at each joint where the two sides meet…
It was so sweet that the two were so similar in style and color, and NO criticism, or lack of functionality to the rental cottage, just a note to detail on how it matters when you are doing it yourself.
The metal roof is on… one of the few things we did not do ourselves. Remember, “we” did put on the layer underneath the metal roof. That’s me on the right with a safety harness and home-made ladder – the hired crew on the left with just a hand rope to hang on to.
The front porch floor is down – true tongue and groove flooring, not a deck floor… labor intensive, but well worth the effort. I must say, while I labored over the priming and painting of each and every floor board, dear hubby tediously put them together, not once, but twice… the first time to “dry fit” and the second time to nail her down. I cannot wait to hang some planters on the front and add a few comfy chairs and enjoy the view.
And that sweet cottage board and batten siding – it is Hardie Board, (fiber cement board), and it is literally like a sheet of cement and weighs just as much as you would imagine a 4 foot by 10 foot 1/2 inch thick piece of cement would weigh! HEAVY! The battens are 1 inch by 2 inch cedar that we sourced from the nearby Amish community in Etheridge TN that I mentioned in an earlier post. They are spaced 8 inches apart. I am totally loving how it is all coming together – the cozy porch floor, the warm cedar shakes, beams and posts, and the continued day to day with my super talented patient foreman/husband.
We also have a few of the wildflowers blooming that we planted by the drive last month
The combo light and exhaust fan in the bathroom is installed, along with framing for the steam shower AND the most important cabinet to hold the Mr. Steam generator for the shower.
I have LOTS of packages being delivered next month, so stay tuned for that unveiling! Lighting, tile, cabinets, front door… so many decisions, so many more tasks to tackle – I am SO glad this is a small house!