(We’ve had some new friends coming to visit and offer links on the cabin/cottage topic, so I’ve brought this post back up to the top. Thanks, Friends and Visitors!)
When I checked out a book at the library today, the librarian saw my info on the computer screen and told me I carry my age very well. Isn’t that the kind of librarian we all hope for?!
I ran across a gem today. Perhaps a life-changing one. Long-time readers probably know that I’ve looked at everything concerning building your own cottage or cabin. Last year, I finally decided that a solid walkthrough of the whole building process, from soup to nuts, simply didn’t exist. Not one that I like and understand, anyway.
This is why I love our library. It wouldn’t be unusual to stumble upon a fascinating tome printed in the 1930s or so. This morning, I stumbled on “How to Build a Vacation or Retirement House” (1968). I took a look, and I got it. I understand every word. As they say, it spoke to me.
This book takes you through every single step of building a small home, in order, with drawings. I still needed to test it. “Foundations are tricky,” I thought. So, I read the chapter about foundations. I looked at the diagrams. Huh. Perfectly clear.
Change of plans. As if you’re surprised, I’m going to build the house myself. I kind of forgot I could do that. (Duh.) It’s perfect. Don’t care how many seasons it takes, and this way, we can do it a little at a time, on our own schedule. Foundation one season, framing the next, finish the next. That sort of thing. It’s permissible with our local codes, so heck. Why not?
Best part – a bank slate. No blueprints, no prefabs. Just an idea that I’d like it to be old-fashioned-like.
So, Friends, I’d like your help. Let’s Design The Pines together. Seriously. I’d like to look at as many gorgeous cottages as possible. Wanna help me look? What do you find beautiful in an old-fashioned way? I hope you’ll look around and send me some cottage images/links that you really love. Please post links in the comments section here. There are only three requirements – small, gorgeous, and old-fashioned.
Alpine style? Bring it on. Rustic? Awesome. English countryside? Um … perfect.
As long as pics and links are coming in, I’ll post them for us to comment on and chat about, along with a link to your blog. If you send me a bunch of them? Repeatedly? I’ll link to you repeatedly. Let’s up each other’s blog participation during these dark days, and have some fun. No blog? Play along anyway! Pass it on! I’d love it if you’d mention it on your blog or to friends – the more pics and links, the better!
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