A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Cottage Update

In addition to trying to finish up the attic remodel, we’ve also continued work on Pete’s family cottage. While some aspects have been fun, I have to admit I am so ready for this to be over with, and we’re far from finishing.

The last thing I want to be doing is spending virtually every Sunday working up there, but that’s what we’ve been doing.

One of the brother-in-laws has been the driving force behind it, and we just pitch in wherever we can. Case in point: Pete removing a vent pipe (with another brother-in-law “supervising”) on the roof of the bathroom, which originally was the porch when his grandparents first built the place.

The entire roof is being replaced as I write this, and just choosing a shingle color has been an ordeal when it has to go by committee. We all generally agree on things, but when it gets down to more detail, the plans seem to change by the minute.

We gutted the bathroom over the course of a couple weekends and discovered three ceilings, the last of which was the original beadboard. I asked them to save it to possibly reuse, or else I’ll find a use for it at the bungalow.

We also had three very large pines removed from the front of the house. They were very overgrown and were just causing foundation problems so they had to go. Now the front of the house looks very stark and is in major need of some curb appeal, but at least there’s still a nice silver maple in the front yard.

    Other plans/progress:

  • We’re ready to do electrical in about a week
  • New patio doors will be delivered soon and we’re getting ready to order windows
  • We found a local drywall guy to do the walls and ceiling once we’re ready (hopefully soon after the first of the year)
  • We have agreed on a new kitchen layout and have decided to go with IKEA cabinets

We got a tour of a neighbor’s cottage on Sunday whose family has also owned the place for generations. They claimed their cottage was in worse shape than ours and remodeled it over the course of 7 or 8 years so they were very sympathetic and supportive. It was beautiful and I’m sooooo jealous. But we’ll get there, one day.

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