Monday, July 18, 2011

Our cottage..The first three weeks

So, how do you you build a sweet little cottage on a very tight shoestring budget?  W-eeeell, you think outside the box. LOL

To begin with, we bought a twenty foot office trailer (to be used for out living room and kitchen combo.  Then Doug added  an additional 20x14 room to that space for a bedroom, small bath and closet.

Here is how it is all coming together..(we will be finished with the inside by the end of the week, so finished pics of the interior are coming soon.  :)

We removed the teeny window and added the
 biggest windows we could fit, to bring light into the space.

Doug added a room onto the office building.

Dark panel walls in the trailer have got to go.. Or I could paint over them for the ultimate cottage feel.

Messy work area.

Doug cut an opening into the bedroom area. 
There will be no door on the opening to open up the space.

Doug working.

My finished walls and ceiling in bedroom.

Door into my bitty bathroom.

Bathroom and closet.

Doug  working in our little shower.

Checking out the flooring.
So that was the first three weeks.  I think Doug is a super hero..Lots of work for one man in so little time.. working on this after work and on the weekends.
Progress pics coming tonight. :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Creating my little dream Cottage on a shoestring and a prayer.. It begins

Pics coming in a day or two...

When we moved back home to take care of mom, I knew it would be hard.  I didn't realize the gravity of how hard.  Emotionally I was becoming a mess.  I seem to never have a moment for just me. 
I knew Doug and I could have done some remodeling on our house for the cost of this little house, but honestly, I needed a retreat.  Away (but not too far) from all the hustle and bustle.  My house has ample space for us and some people might think I'm nuts for moving into something no bigger than guest quarters, but I have always been fond of cozy places.  
I will walk right over everyday and do what needs to be done and if Mom needs me at any given moment, I will be right next door.  I promised her I would always be here for her.  She would not be put in a nursing home if I could provide.. and I intend to keep my promise.   She can live in my home forever.. But I really need a space to shut the door and breathe for a while.

When Jarel and Sarah moved in with us, it was a Godsend.  They do help with mom.  And Zach and Hannah are not a problem at all.  I love having my children around me, they are my life.. But I still need my own little cubby.  :o)
We will still have all family events and holidays in my bigger house and all guest will stay in the guest room here as well.  I mean, it's still my house.  I will be in here every day.  But the amazing thing is, I can walk fifty or so steps and shut everything out.  My cozy cottage is going to be like heaven. :o)  

I will still walk over and steal Skylee every chance I get.  She will be my little cottage princess.  LOL

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Love, Faith and Prayer.. then a miracle emerges...

Me and Skylee

Skylee holding tight to Daddy's thumb.
Skylee Marie, born on the first official day of Summer!  My beautiful, perfect grandaughter!  After raising 5 boys I had given up hope on ever buying little girl stuff, but at 41, I finally got my little girl.  My grandaughter couldn't be more perfect..and well worth the wait!!!  Being a grandmother is wonderful.  We get to love them, spoil them and give them back to mommy and daddy.  It's the bestest! LOL