Be sure to check out our past progress of the cottage remodel:
While we did a major remodel of the cottage last year, there were still some minor touches that hubby and I figured we’d eventually get around to. We made a decision earlier this year to rent out the cottage once our tenants were out of the main house. This meant that we needed to finish those things that we’d “eventually get around to”.
We started off behind the eight ball. Our original plan was to have our handyman start immediately after the tenants moved out of the house because we were looking to have someone move in to the cottage by May 1. I had spoken with our handyman two weeks prior about all the items left in the cottage to complete. For some reason, he wanted to talk to hubby about it and all of that info got lost in translation. He also started working on painting his own house so we had to wait until he was done with that. That set us behind a week.
The one major item left in the cottage was to replace the 28 year old ac unit. We have a great ac tech who replaced a unit in the house last year and has done other work for us at the rental properties. We also decided to install the Nest thermostat so we can monitor the usage and be alerted to any outages. Of course we ran into some issues.
The first one was that when the original unit was put in, the wood box was built around it. This meant ripping out the wood before the unit could be removed. This also meant that we would have to have some wood work done once the new unit is installed.
Unfortunately we found some mold that we had to treat.
And then the old beast of a unit came out!
In the end, it all worked out and it’s much less humid in the cottage. We had our handyman and his brother install some wood to seal up the unit. You can’t even tell it was there. Well, you’ll notice that spot isn’t as dirty as the rest of the exterior.
Here’s the rest of what we did. Not pictured is fixing a couple spots on the wall and a fresh coat of paint in the back bedroom.
We torn down the old dilapidated fence in the front, as well as installed new plants and mulch; new cabinet and faucet in the bathroom; new ceiling fan in the living room and a new stone path and mulch in the back and last but not least, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Voila! We are finally finished with this project!