Monday, February 16, 2015

Base Plaster, Part One

Plastering of the interior has begun. This base layer of plaster is an earthen mix of clay and sand.

The base layer of plaster helps fill in any irregularities in the walls. In this photo notice the weathering of the wall in the lower right. This was done last winter, before the roof was on.


Here the entrance wall is receiving it's plaster.

Most plasters include some fiber such as straw in the mix. I did not use straw since I'm plastering in less than optimal winter drying conditions, and straw is susceptible to mold.

The results have been very good. There is some cracking due to the absence of straw but the next layer of finish plaster will hide any cracks.

Window sills have been made for each of the windows.


Base plastering is now finished on the lower level. A few more days work on the loft and upper level should see it complete.

Then all that remains before move in is: 1. A layer of finish plaster. 2. Install electric (optional).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


The floor is now complete and has it ever transformed the house.

It is made of recycled flagstone and some purchased flagstone. When I lived in the city a neighbor had a stack of flagstone on their front step with a "FREE" sign on it. I loaded it up right away...

It took about eight days for me to install it. Next time I think I could do it in half the time.

I didn't really know how it was going to turn out but I am pleased with the result.

Now two coats of clay plaster is the only thing left to do before I live here...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


There isn't a lot of commentary for this post but enjoy the pictures of the newly installed loft area. At 7' by 7' it is very spacious. There is also an adjoining shelf and storage area.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ceiling - Part Two

The ceiling has been completed.

 It really brightened up the cottage.

Now work shifts back down to floor level where the floor will be installed next. In preparation it received a final layer of gravel.

In the meantime here is a preview of the post that is to follow. What's different?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ceiling - Part One

The ceiling is ready to be finished.

A radiant barrier was added. It's not very natural but energy efficiency is the whole purpose of this cottage.

The insulation is cotton. Recycled denim. It was a joy to work with.

More to come...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Closed In

The cottage is now closed in thanks to a new door.


The door was assembled over one and a half days.

The door was filled with a layer of poly-iso foam insulation.

And it was installed just in time. The first freezing temperatures of the season will be tonight.

The previous week a lot of work was done filling gaps and holes in the building to help it get closed in. Here some gaps in the foundation are closed up.

Inside some of the storm wash out from last year was smoothed over with a clay mixture.

Until spring all the remaining work will be done inside. I missed the window of opportunity for applying lime plaster on the exterior. Lime cannot freeze so lime plastering is now on hold until spring time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


All of the six windows have been installed.

Surprisingly the installation went according to plan with just a couple of minor deviations.

The frames were built and installed in the building last year and had to wait a long time to receive their windows.

About ten days from now lime plaster will be applied to the exterior, weather permitting.

Then a door needs to be built and all the remaining will be done inside.

And this is what the building looked like on this day last year.