#5 Let there be light!

We have French doors!

Scott and Tom installed these beauties today. It makes the living room of the cottage look so much better! We plan to install a deck out those doors so that the next owner can appreciate the lovely birdsong and watch the trees and just, well, be.

Ella and I worked on cleaning siding today. We have to take photographs for insurance to show them the current status of the house. Well, the cleaning only made things a little better. We got the green off, but it still looks, well, horrible. We’re replacing most of the siding anyway. I know this shot doesn’t make this magic cottage look its best, but I promise it’s the most special 750 sq ft. cottage you’ve ever seen.

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Scott was busy yesterday framing in the former alcove opening to make it ready for a door and real bedroom (left photo), putting in the beginning framing for a closet (middle photo) and framing in the bedroom window (right photo). To be a legal bedroom you have a closet and a window of substantial size, unlike the current little octagon window.

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Scott put vapor barrier on the south side of the house. Pretty much the entire side was rotten somehow, and it needed this water protection. It’s funny how Jerry’s sells this product with their name emblazoned all over it.

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Our friend Scott, of Walter Scott Rich Construction, is a general contractor. He’s totally awesome and doing a great job for us. It’s handy that he and Tom have known each other for decades. They just show up for each other and help each other out. If you need amazing work, I can recommend Scott totally. His number is 541-659-4346, and he’s local to the Eugene area.

So, those of you that have known me a while know that for at least 15 years I’ve been addicted to HGTV and DIY Network shows, and that when the house crashers people show up, they show up with multiple rigs and all the professionals. Well, when I rolled up to our property tonight, that’s how it felt. A huge dumpster from Lane Apex, Scott’s contractor truck and trailer, and Tom’s electrician van from Robbins Electric (even though they have no signage on their vans, because they like to go under the radar). Well, it made me feel like I was being taken care of and that my house was going to be awesome.


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Looking from the living room down the hall to the beautiful back porch, with the sun streaming in at 6 pm, well, things don’t get much better. What a gorgeous house this is shaping up to be for its next owner!

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For a moment today, I got panicked. It was kind of horrifying in the backyard. There is a mound of garbage about 15′ high and it smells like the landfill. And there’s just random crap everywhere. And we’re spending lots of money already that eats into profits later.

But. It is still a magic cottage on a magic piece of property. And I guess, for today, that’s all I needed. That, and the fact that Korra stopped having poo problems made it okay to sigh a deep breath.




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