The truth is, it is now a year after the main house renovation was completed. Huge celebrations! And exhaustion. And ... more work to do. The details take so much time.
And with all of that and the Home & Garden Design work I do, it's been pretty tough to find the time to finish posting the remaining chapters to this story, here on this blog.
But, I do plan to get that done. I've got tons of fun and detailed footage and images to share along with a whole boat load of Lessons Learned.
Stay tuned. We'll get there.
Meanwhile, here's the current POST RENOVATION view of this little cottage:
Thank you for following along my friends!
In fact, that is the only historical information we have on how the home looked originally.
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It's become really clear to me the last couple months, as I put content together here for the website, that photos (although they DO say a thousand words) do not always give a true feeling of a place.
As much as I don't particularly like being filmed, I've decided that it's time to get over that and just let the camera roll!! Plus, sharing the limelight with my trusty side-kick Ibis the yellow lab adds flavor and a touch of humor that keeps it fun. She's a natural!!
So, to get things started, we put together an impromptu little video to introduce Juniper Hill Cottage and the original whiskey porch.
Have a look -- Hope you like it!
Cheers and contentment,
After acquiring this amazing historic bungalow in 2010, the first challenge was coming up with a manageable game plan.
Sometimes it's just so hard to wait for your long-term vision to begin to take form. And we knew we were going to be here on weekends and taking our time with the first chapter of our life in this historic cottage.
So, we decided that in order to enjoy our time here for the next 8 or 9 years (until we could be here full-time and properly renovate), we would only tackle a list of must-do projects.
Bit by bit, on a budget while still living and working in Phoenix. Virtually 90% of it turned out to be DIY, and not just because we knew we could control the costs more that way.
The process requires tweaks and consideration as you go along - allowing for better flavors of your original idea, or the unforeseen snafu.
It takes a while to get acquainted with a new house and property. This can make it tricky to come up with the perfect layout and updates on day one. Where does the shade fall in late summer? What's the best flow for traffic through your home - given how you live and your style? Where's the best soil and conditions for your kitchen garden?
While it's tempting to just get to the end-point as quickly as possible, there's an advantage to taking it in measured steps - if you can stand it.
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