Our New little BIG Project
This post should probably be called “The Coop Cottage Before Tour”.
I really wanted to have a proper name for the little cottage, so when I shared it here, or talked about it on facebook, etc… you’d know which house I was talking about. I touched on the subject here.
The Coop totally makes sense, since that is how long ago, I hear tell, it started out.
Yeah well. I rarely make sense.
I’m sure it would be really smart to give it a catchy name and and all that.. but whenever we talk about it, I call it the little cottage.
Jim – Where is the new so and so?
Me – Down at the little cottage.
Jim – What is all this stuff for?
Me – It’s for the little cottage.
When I told you guys the good news, I called it the little cottage.
Turns out, it had a name all along.
By the way, thanks for reading all that!
Without any more blabbing from me…
Here are pictures of the little cottage, as it sits right now.
Let’s go in!
The Main Entry
The main door opens into a wide hall/entryway.
The space has laminate wood floors and the stairs you see go up to a small loft.
If you continue straight ahead, you’ll enter what will be our shop space.
*you can take a minute and read here if you are wondering why we are doing that (:
The Main Living Area
Our future shop.
This part of the house has vaulted ceilings and looks bigger than it is.
The room is long but fairly narrow for it’s size.
There are a lot of windows in the house and they provide great light and wonderful cross breezes.
I’m looking forward to working in here next Summer already!
Here you get a peek into the wee kitchen, the staircase and back to the main entry.
We already placed our two largest saws in the space so we could map out bringing the other tools in and how large the new work bench could be.
There is a lot to do in this space to make it a working shop.
The loft will be used for lumber storage and for small projects we’ll be working on. Also to store things as we complete them so we can take them to the show this Spring.
We already removed the oven and I’m planning to sell it.
No sense in storing it for years and taking the chance of it getting torn up.
The fridge will stay to keep the “cottage beer” frosty.
I happened to be over measuring windows last night.
Me – What have you got there?
Jim – Cottage beer.
Me – Oh, is that something new?
Jim – Well, we have house beer… (he replies as he removes it from the bag with a flourish) which we don’t want to be confused with the cottage beer.
I’ve got a real funny one on my hands here ladies 😉
Now if we go back to the main entry, and look right, you would see the main floor (and only) bathroom.
This is my territory!
I’ve got some fun plans.
Nothing crazy.. as I’ll be working with what I’ve got, can thrift and bargain hunt for.
I’m so excited to have the farm cabinet in this space. I hope it works? We’ll see.
The tall, skinny linen etageres have already been sold and that money will be used to buy new towels and whatnots for the bath.
Too much tiny storage for a guest bath and just not necessary.
The pedestal sink is staying for now. (I’ve got an idea but I’ve yet to tell Jim as he is busy building things for the new shop right now.)
The linoleum floor is in great shape so it will stay, for now.
NEW PAINT from top to bottom will be happening for sure!!
This room has a partial vault in the ceiling. Instead of extending the loft above a few more feet, they vaulted the ceiling in here?
It is what it is though.
I’m thinking of adding a shower curtain to camouflage the shower stall? I wouldn’t mind adding some softness and texture to the space.
It’s a nice sized room with a… slanted, vaulted ceiling!
Lots of windows though.
And an exterior door to a small back patio.
You can see the single closet if you look straight in.
Carry Bradshaw could not live here.
(even with the oven)
Like I said though, lots of windows.
I’ve got plans for those too!
I’ll be working with blinds.com again to cover these like we did in our house.
Minus the construction first.
Big, deep window sills… let me KISS you!!!!
These were cute little half-curtains here but I want a stronger R factor and more privacy and light control for future guests.
The bed frame is going buh-bye since I’ve already
Scored a Vintage, Iron Headboard!!!
(I was yelling that and jumping up and down. Could ya tell?)
I shared a peek on instagram as soon as I crammed it in my car. LOL!
I was excited.
and… that’s it for now.
Lots of work ahead of us to transform the space into a shop.. and a welcoming guest retreat.
I’ve actually got a time table too.
My sister and I bought plane tickets yesterday for our parents to come visit for Christmas.
I better get go-go-going in time for ho-ho-hoing!