Monday, September 23, 2013

Cottage Exterior And The First Before And After

Happy Fall everyone!
If you stopped by on Friday, you heard that we closed on our Mountain Cottage last week.
We weren't there for the closing, but we were able to finally went to pick up the keys on Saturday.

I am exhausted!

I think I more exhausted from thinking of all the projects we could do with the house and which ones to do first. I just could not turn my mind off Saturday night and got very little sleep. 
It rained most of the day on Saturday, but Sunday was absolutely gorgeous and started out as a crisp Fall morning with low humidity. We spent every minute we could (between measuring and scheming) right here on the porch in our new Ikea wicker chairs.

Here's the view of the porch(sans chairs) from down below.

The house may be small, but it has 3 sheds. One is  just a little woodshed and this one shown below is the garden shed and has shelves all around the exterior and space for a lawn tractor. You can enter through the big barn door or the entry door. It is just too cute.

The second "shed" is what we're excited about. It's pretty large at 15 ft x 11. I love that it has lots of windows and a high ceiling.  Mr. Fanatic would love to use it as his shop, for now, but we would love to turn it into a bunk house.

Here's the inside: Above those beams is a large loft that spans the entire width of the building. It also has a poured cement foundation.

If you go to the back of the shed you can finally see the loft. It is really bright inside with the sunlight streaming through the windows.

You can get to the loft in a cutout at the top of the ladder.

Another exciting thing about the shed is that it's wired for electricity. Definitely enough power a big baseboard heater and an ac unit.

Now to the small project we did. One thing we noticed when we first looked at the house is that a lot of the great view is block by a few trees and this large holly shrub. 

Here's how it looked sitting on the porch.

It took Mr. Fanatic no time at all to take the overgrown holly down with his chain saw.

Ah, much better. A few trees still need be felled, but we're going to wait until the leaves drop to do those.

So much better!

My favorite part of the day so far is in the afternoon when the colors are really vibrant and some shadows can be seen on the mountains off in the distant.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of this view. 

Hope you stop by tomorrow... I'll be showing you the pics of the interior...The inside of the house is definitely not as  pretty as the outside and needs a total reno. I do
believe the cottage should hold the title as the kitchen in most need of a total makeover. 
I am sure I've never seen a kitchen like this.
It is downright scary.
You probably think I'm kidding.
Stop by tomorrow to see if you agree.



  1. Oh my goodness!! Love it Pam! Now, I don't remember where it is exactly. I sure wish you had gotten closer to us, though. That "bunkhouse" is awesome! I cannot wait to see the inside:-)

  2. Oh wow, I love that view too and the sheds are fabulous. How fun this is going to be. Hugs, Marty

  3. How wonderful! I can't wait to see all the great updates you'll be doing. As to that shed - I'm with you: a great bunk house for younger guests - as a workshop it would be a waste.
    Don't over do it, stay sane, and have a lot of fun.
    Warm regards, Laura

  4. I can't wait to see the inside and what you do to it! It's my dream to own a mountain cabin too!! I'll live vicariously through you for now. I love all the 'sheds'!! You're going to have fun with this place!

  5. I would never get tired of that view, either!! I can't wait to follow the progress on your "new" cabin!!

  6. What a perfect blank slate! There are so many fun potential projects!

  7. The sheds are great Pam. I have an awful kitchen at our old house. Right out of Bridges of Madison County. We have that same metal set of cabinets and sink except in worse shape. I am never taking a picture of that kitchen and it is not getting a remake. All our money goes to our yellow house which appears on the blog. I can sense your excitement. Have fun, Olive

  8. Omg what a fabulous location. Cannot wait to get a peek inside. Congrats, this is exciting!

  9. OMG I am so so beautiful, and exciting for you guys Pam!

  10. Congratulations!!! How exciting! Small is good. We have a 1300 sq ft beach place, and it is enough to clean before driving back on the weekend, so I think it looks like the perfect size! That porch looks perfect & much better view without the holly. Can't wait to see the inside!

  11. That is gorgeous! I could look at that view all day! You will have that kitchen shaped up in no time at all, but I can't wait to see it!

  12. I can see why you love this so much. The sheds are so cute. The property is fabulous and so is the view. It's going to be spectacular as the fall colors come on. I can't wait to see the interior.

  13. I'm playing catch up on my blog reading. The views are amazing! I can't wait to see them without the trees.


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