this is the main room. the place is just 550 square feet so this room is going to serve as the main living area, dining and where i sleep! watch me make this happen!
this is the little kitchen. self-explanatory.
here is the bedroom, which will be eli's room. however, the current plan is to build a simple partition so that the first several feet of space, including a closet behind the door there, will be my work space. it will be small but doable.
this is my landlord's chicken coop which is off the back of his barn and right out my front door.
this is a space out my front door the landlord is currently landscaping. he's talking about pouring a concrete patio area.
out a window of the new place you can see a neighbor's horses...just barely in this picture.
the landlord did a lot of landscaping recently including leveling this large area next to my cottage and putting grass seed down. hopefully some grows before the chickens scratch it all up.
as i said, the whole place is just 550 square feet. living and working there is going to be a challenge but i feel up to it. i have been brainstorming ideas to that end since i signed the lease. the first thing i did yesterday is clean because it really needed it. and it needs it some more. second, although you can't see it in the pictures, the walls and ceiling have that gritty textured surface thing going on. you know what i mean...super ugly stuff. in the next few days i'm skim-coating at least the main room walls and maybe ceiling to smooth them out. aside from this and scrubbing the place clean the other project is building a twin sized daybed which will be both sofa and where i sleep. i have a builder friend to help me and will surely show you pictures!
once i move in i have a few other priorities- there's a ceiling fan and an ugly ceiling light fixture in the main room and i want to take both down and replace the fan with a light fixture. i think i'm going to situate the day bed in the center of the room facing the little wood stove. the fan is over this spot now and i can visualize a hanging bare bulb fixture there.
also, and this may be controversial, you tell me in the comments your thoughts, the landlord said he wouldn't mind me painting all that wood panelling and built ins. it is rather dark in there and it may help. i'm thinking white walls and pale grey woodwork.
so that's what's going on right now. i will try to take a picture today of what the cottage looks like on the outside. it's situated behind the owner's house which is a big old antique colonial brick home. you can't see my place from the road, which is a big YAY for me. and though it's small the trade off is it's a free-standing place and not in an apartment building. there's a ton of outdoor space and privacy and it has some charm.
what do you think??