Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cottage Reno (continue 3)

With summer helping we enjoyed not just nice weather, but nice picturesque views of countryside and our beach. Can't beat this view.

 Ever saw fogy rainbow?

 Sunrise in Georgian Bay

 Sunset in Georgian Bay


So walls are up and now I'm ready for the flooring. Problem is the glue that I use for the vinyl tiles needs to dry off to tacky consistency, but  "two mobile items" in the cottage hardly allow me waiting time to pass without accident. And that led to "creative" ways to build obstacles. Love vinyl plank flooring. It's waterproof, dog proof, dirty proof, easy peasy to install and also looks beautiful.

We got lucky, our friends redid theirs dryWay  and used bricks from the old dryWay gave us for our new  fire pit. First fire, first marshmallows, first potato. Life is good :)  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cottage reno (continue2)

Long weekend fun


Well ... it wasn't for everybody. Apparently dogs do not like the fireworks as we thought. Tara was hysterically shaking. Archie turned back and was trying to go home. But we did enjoyed. It was beautiful to see all coast full of fireworks. 


But all insulation would be wasted if we would leave old windows. The little cottage is not worth thousand dollars spend for windows, so I was seeking for alternatives. Found dead stock windows sales. Yes it's not exactly the size of our windows, but close. Our walls already opened to studs so we can adjust the framing. That all we could do and did it. The biggest problem was exterior framing/capping. I was watching all YouTube videos and thought that we CAN do it. It is always simple when you see professional doing his work. Problems begin at the site. So we got scared and stopped the process. I had found one young professional just at the beginning of his carrier that was eager to help us without astronomical price tag. He agreed that framing and interior job "on us" and he will do just exterior capping. I wouldn't say I was very happy with the quality, but you get what you paid for. At least I know his "little tricks" for speed work and will keep eye on them. He called me too picky, when I'd pointed his "little" imperfections :)

That happens when "general contractor" not on site. Wrong size window's prep



  With new windows in place we were able to go forward with dry walls and mudding. So far because of damp weather, mudding still in process. Layers of mud do not dry off for sanding. But now I can see the light at the end of tunnel :)


My best helpers


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cottage reno (continue)

Old standards


The cottage was built with materials that were available at that time or better to say - available - period.


We found that all walls - 2x4" thickness (today's standard  is  2x6" ), insulation value max - R9, today's - R24. Because of insulation and building material inadequacy a lot of mold. So firs thing first: mold treatment and sealing the walls from inside. I used Mold Control + bleach. 

Fire rated material around wood burning stove? They never heard about at that time.  We covered all ceiling with fire rated drywall.



Meanwhile our working situation was always on alert because the dogs liked to explore the new neighborhood. Lucky us our neighbors all dog lovers, problem is the rabbits that dogs just go ballistic after them. So one day (it took one day) we just concentrated and installed fence. It was a GREAT relief.  



For house re-wiring we hired professional electrician, so this part was almost easy (besides me crawling through the attic and helping electrician and my bill.




To seal all interior surface I used thin layer of spray foam DIY kit. It worked as sealer and vapor barrier. And just after that went with Roxul  rock wool insulation.

Majority of old insulation I'm re-using to insulate floor from the crawl space. And I will tell you it's a dirty and very uncomfortable job. I'm not a little girl and 2 feet is not enough to work comfortably. And never work without head cover when working with spray foam. You can end with bald head. My hear dresser told not to say anybody who is my hear dresser because people will think that she is really a bad one. Part of my very short hair was cut even shorter 





 Archie hated when I went down into crawl space. Always tried "to rescue" me from the "darkness" :)

But there are always time for nice moments


Taste of nostalgic potato :)