Little by little, the guest cottage is coming together. It’s one of those projects where I’m really in no rush. If any guests happen to come during construction, they can stay in one of the other bedrooms in the main house. So, in a way, a stress-free project is really the best kind because you can think, take your time, research materials and watch progress come together over time.
A few blog posts back, I asked about paint color for the walls. But since paint is really the very very last thing to happen, I thought I’d share some snapshots of what’s going on now. Right now, the “wet bar” area in the kitchen is coming together. I love the new cabinets (still covered to protect them) with the gray soapstone-ish countertops. The Karbon faucet from Kohler is—simply put—amazing. It can twist and turn a million different ways and it just looks so cool. The green glass tile is up, waiting to be grouted; it’s the same tile I’ve used in the main house in the kitchen and all the bathrooms. I’m a big fan of consistency.
For lighting, I was so happy to find a use for this stainless steel outdoor lighting fixture I had stashed away. When I first started renovating the house, I bought these gooseneck fixtures (you see them all the time in public places like restaurants) for use outside the house. While most of the fixtures worked, this large one looked awkward in the place I had it. So, it went into storage in the hall closet. Here, INSIDE the guest cottage, this OUTDOOR fixture looks great! Really happy with this.
Across from the wet bar, the mini kitchen is coming together. Glass tile backsplash is in waiting for grout. A mini fridge replaces an outdate large one (which I had recycled) and will do a much better job at keeping juices and fresh chilled for guests (plus, it frees up counter space). A tiny electric stovetop was just put in, just big enough to boil a kettle of water for tea or pop some popcorn. I’m looking forward to hitting some flea markets to find accessories for this part of the cottage.
Grainy pic… but here’s the Sanyo ductless heating and cooling system. I installed one on both sides of the cottage. They’re remote controlled and super energy efficient. Since someone will only be staying in here a few days out of the year, I didn’t see a real need to rip everything up and install a new system. These systems are remote controlled, so it’s super easy to adjust the temperature for the user.
And the cottage bathroom is sorta coming together. The wall mounted sink is in, but the exposed pipes are not what I hoped for. Apparently, the plumber was unable to find a chrome piece that fit, so a PVC pipe had to be used. Yuck. The dual flush Kohler toilet is in and the new shower/tub cast iron tub and glass tiled wall is in, too.
Now what to do about those pipes….