It is amazing how much work can get done in a month once the demo is done. We finished demo just before Christmas and now- we have roughed in electric and plumbing, the plan for spray-foam insulation is set and I have an estimate in the works for a heat recovery system. We have added a sub panel for the electric, we have installed the bathroom ceiling vents, new windows and walls. The footprint of the house feels complete and I walk through it saying "oh my gosh, this is so much better than I envisioned". It is truly amazing when you see your vision start taking shape. It is also the time when I am reassured that I was not meant to get the other houses- I was meant to get this house. Smiles all around!
So, in the next month, we will see the front and back doors framed up and installed, house insulated, boiler installed (2 zoned system with on-demand hot water), handful of inspections and possibly sheet rock hung. My contractor will be taking a much needed 2 month break to go to Florida and I honor that need. We have had subzero temps lately and to continue to work on a house with no plumbing, limited electric and no heat is brave! I have often walked into the house, all bundled up and there he is- in my freezing cold house- working in a sweatshirt. I have so appreciated everything he has done!
Over the holidays, I was presented the opportunity to purchase a tiny home kit. It was bought by a a former party and then they changed their mind. I have always been the person who knows when it is time to jump at an opportunity. This has always been a part of my personality- I studied in Germany of a school year, flown over the Schoharie Valley and Catskills, lived in England and Italy, bought a house at a tax auction, stayed in a HUGE vacation houses in the Outer Banks and walked away with dozens of friends and the list goes on and on!
When I bought my Margaretville house, the county had thrown in a second lot into the package- much to our surprise. So, not only did I obtain my house on an almost acre lot, I also won a second lot also almost an acre large. And it is PERFECT for a tiny home! So...the hope is to be building the tiny home next spring!
My contractor is a wizard and I am immensely blessed. Everyday, I watch my dream unfold in front of me. Somehow my contractor is able to see what I see and makes my vision happen. It is so satisfying to be able to say "I knew that would work" or "Wow...that is even better than I imagined!"
So, at this point, the entire upstairs has been framed out and the walls have been extended to accommodate the spray foam insulation. Upstairs, not only do I have 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, but I have closets, sitting area and a wider hallway.
Downstairs, I have 1.5 bath, HUGE kitchen, grand open living room and dining room and I have a bedroom en suite as well. I am thrilled at all of the updated electric and plumbing going in. I am so happy to see things cleaned up and streamlined the way I know they were originally designed. And I am thrilled the behind the scenes events are all falling into place...oh, and we have one more big surprise in the works!
Catskill Simple Living
Started by a Family and Consumer Science teacher with an interest in housing and interior design, Catskill Simple Living started as a way for her combine her interests and share them with new friends.