Found this wonderful cottage renovation on This Old House! The homeowners did a wonderful job despite the house being fraught with issues!
While redoing a 1920s cottage, homeowners Jeff and Ann Hoekstra, a husband-and-wife team, fought toxic fumes, a pest infestation—and a pressing deadline…
Together we redid plaster and pulled up carpeting to reveal oak floors. We enlarged the downstairs powder room and moved walls upstairs so that we could add a shower to the bath. We got pro help with electrical and plumbing upgrades, a new septic system, a well, and, of course, a new gas furnace.
Two years into the project, things were progressing at a steady pace when one day, Ann phoned me at work. “Sit own,” she said. “I’m pregnant.”
Within 48 hours, I pulled permits for the other big things we wanted to do, including adding a sitting porch and small foyer in the front and a mudroom in back. And oh yeah, a nursery.
Wonderful Vintage Style Kitchen with plenty of space!
Though Ann swears she will never again live in a house while remodeling it, the whole experience really bonded us to our first home. We see evidence of our work everywhere, from reclaimed-wood countertops to the shelves I built for a collection of vintage rolling pins that were given to us as wedding presents.
This house has so much of us in it, I don’t think we could ever leave. We’ll just keep adding to it.