MY BIG BEAR LAKE COTTAGE RENOVATION – PART 4

Hi there!

It’s been a while since I gave you an update on my Big Bear Cottage Renovation. As I have mentioned several times, the cottage is now finished and is available as a vacation rental here.  But, since I wasn’t blogging when I did the renovation, I am taking you along on a sentimental journey of the process of turning this ugly duckling……

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into a beautiful swan, which we now affectionately call The Bird’s Nest.

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In the last post we left off at the window replacement stage, where I showed you my beautiful new Milgard windows going in.

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After the windows were installed, the plumber got busy removing all the old galvanized pipes, replacing them with copper pipes.

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And the electricians got busy replacing the old electrical wires with all new wiring.

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Renovation is a very messy business.  And, for some reason, most of the tradesmen are very poor at cleaning up after themselves.  So, I became a one-woman cleanup crew. It is a thankless job!

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I would leave the place sparkling clean one day……

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only to return the next to find the never ending, perpetual junk pile.  I got to know the operator of the local dump quite well.

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So, as I was saying……once the electrical and plumbing was complete, it was time to insulate.  Mind you, this cottage, located next to a ski resort at 7,000 feet altitude, had never been insulated!  So we rectified that problem.

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And we even added insulation to the ceiling and interior walls.  I like my mountain cottages toasty warm in winter!  The problem was that the insulation crew failed to follow my instructions to leave the ceiling joists exposed.  I was mortified when I returned to find them covered in plastic!

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I wanted the old wood, with its beautiful patina, to be reborn as exposed beams.

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So, the ceiling had to be redone.  It’s always something!

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Finally, we were able to start on the drywall.  Previously the walls had been made of flimsy plywood.

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Now they would be insulated and drywalled for the first time in their 67 years.

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The final process was to texture the walls with a hand-applied plaster coat.

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And, as you can see, by this time the carpenter had delivered the custom cabinets, made to fit the galley kitchen to perfection.

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So, stay tuned.  In a future post I’ll show you how we tiled the kitchen and finished it to look like this!

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Thanks for stopping in.  Come again soon, ya hear!

PS – My Big Bear Lake Cottage is featured on Sunset.com! Click here to see it!  

If you happen to live in the Big Bear area, here is a list of the contractors I used for this portion of my cottage renovation:

GENERAL CONTRACTOR | Hans Auer – 909-585-6348 (Han’s did the demolition for me.  I acted as my own General Contractor but I highly recommend Hans)

PLUMBING & HEATING | Dave Manning – 909-273-9143  (Dave’s the best!)

ELECTRICAL | Andy Sturgeon Electric – 909-831-4438 (Very professional, great work)

INSULATION | Apple Valley Insulation – 760-244-8856 (They work all over the high desert & mountain communities)

DRYWALL | Steve Smith Drywall Company – 909-338-0948 (Steve also works in the Lake Arrowhead Area)

REAL ESTATE AGENT |  Maureen Auer – Keller Williams – 909-866-4100

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