Monday, August 23, 2010


Remember this picture? An awkward little powder room had been ripped out. I was thinking of putting a gas fireplace on this wall.
New plan!
After seeing this...

I knew that I had to leave this wall open.  Now there's a view from the living room, through kitchen and dining room all the way into the den. I had to sacrifice a small narrow pantry, of sorts, but I decided it was worth it to have this open airiness. I'm all about light!
I'm still currently planning to leave the original brick chimney as a kind of "conversation piece". I think it would be a shame to destroy it, since it's original to the cottage.
You can see the original heart pine ceiling beams. They're so strong that they're able to support a bearing wall without any additional supports. I was planning to have a decorative column, but it wasn't necessary.

There is, at the moment, a hole in the floor! My contractor is going to replace it with new floor boards stained to match the original heart pine floors.

This is the guest bedroom, where the old sliders have been replaced with a new set of french doors.

Master bedroom and guest bedroom both open onto the patio and pool area.

Thanks for looking!


  1. I have to have openness and light too...something I enjoy everyday! :D

  2. Wow! This is so exciting Tracy. You will love the openness and have probably already found a remedy for the lost pantry. Those french doors look great.


  3. I like the openess. French doors are such an improvement on sliding glass doors. I'm packing my bags so I can be the first to stay in your guest room.

    Have a Terrific Tuesday! La

  4. You're moving fast! It looks fabulous!!
    xoxo Pattie

  5. Hi Tracy! Oh, this is going to be so wonderful! I love the openness it's going to give you!
    Oh, thank you for voting for my little Chloe! Your doggie is just precious and I loved the smile! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  6. It looks like it's coming along nicely. I love that you're keeping the old brick chimney.

  7. Oh yes Tracy open it up. That is an excellent idea. Keeping the brick will add character. ~~olive~~

  8. Wow! Where have I been? This looks so's going to be great opened up like that :-)



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