A big milestone as the windows and doors were installed on Thursday Oct 25. They look great - thanks to local manufacturer Scheel Windows and Doors of Arnprior.
The pair of south-east facing triple sliding doors give great views of the lake and will let in lots of light.
The entry door is there but protected for now - presumably until the metal roof is on.
At left, the windows in 2 bedrooms provide great views of the lake. In the foreground, two high windows will flank the fireplace.
In case you're curious about the exterior insulation that I showed in the last post, here's its packaging.
Surprisingly this is a one person job. Here's Mitch getting close to the end. He reports that it's very nice to work with - no issues like the old pink stuff.
Lyla came to check out the progress.
This is not all fun and games. Hugh is garbage removal guy and here we are at the dump earlier in the week. Check out all of the gulls! No way I was getting out of the truck to get a better pic!
There's been a tremendous amount of progress over the last week and a half.
This beauty showed up a few days ago! Hugh plans to bring some small pine or spruce trees from the farm to plant around it, including in behind to block it off from our neighbour's "bunky" sleeping cabin pictured in the background.
The furnace, hot water tank. and fireplace will all be propane powered.
Why are we not going with a wood fireplace? Well, we're getting older and lugging wood around isn't so appealing. Also there's no wood supply at the lake, wood is messy, and if we come for an afternoon we can easily enjoy a fire and then instantly shut it down. The fireplace can run when the power is off and can be remotely controlled.
Here's the hydro panel being installed in the utility room. The furnace will be in the crawl space underneath. Due to the slope of the lot, the crawl space under the new addition is deeper than under the original cottage. This leaves more space in the utility room and avoids the need for a stacking washer and dryer.
The plumbing team also visited and roughed in the plumbing - bathroom on the left and the kitchen sink under the window on the right.
And Shawn of SBC Kitchens came by to take his measurements. Very exciting for me!
The roof plywood is all on and sealed up. The outside walls are sealed up too. And there's a proper step to go in the road side door.
On the lake side, the screen porch floor and roof are done.
The little overhang over the sliding doors is on.
And work on attaching the exterior insulation has begun - you can see it at the far left of this photo, on the outside wall of a bedroom. The siding will be attached to the horizontal wood strips.
We've chosen this vinyl flooring for throughout the lake home. It looks like barnboard.
It's STAINMASTER 6-in x 36-in Driftwood Oak Floating Vinyl Plank
and is on sale this weekend at Lowe's - 1/3 off and no HST - what a bargain! We've ordered up 52 boxes. We'll choose something else for the bathroom floor.
Today we found the water level to be quite a bit lower. Those smaller rocks are typically under water. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) controls the water levels through a series of hydroelectric power plants and dams along the Madawaska River system which passes through Calabogie Lake. Bits and pieces of our dock are in the foreground.
We left the dogs at home today. I suspect Holly would have braved the cold water but neither of us wanted to see that.
We did see a pair of mallard ducks and Hugh spotted two loons in the water.
It was very cool today but quite pleasant on our southeast facing deck since the strong cold wind was blowing from the west.
After returning from the summer at her PEI home, our friend Kathy recently paid a visit to see the progress, and to enjoy the beautiful lake views. I'm getting around quite well on my new left knee and still using a cane for stability.
By the morning of Friday October 5, we found the roof framing well underway.
There was work to be done, and visiting son and granddaughter pitched in to help Hugh shovel this pile of sand away to free this spot for the propane tank.
While bright, this Friday morning before Thanksgiving weekend was cool with a very strong cool wind blowing off the lake as evidenced by the warm coat and mitts. Our neighbourhood dog returned and I discovered from his tag that his name is Dallas. He's very well behaved. Holly and Chase didn't come on this trip.
Chase and Holly did join us on a Thanksgiving Monday visit when we learned from our neighbour that Dallas lives on the next road over and he cuts through his yard to get to our little neighbourhood. Another cool day, but that didn't keep Holly from her favourite pastime in a rather substantial surf with white caps further out in the lake.
We arrived at the lake property mid morning on Monday, October 1st to find the framing crew taking a well deserved break and several walls in various stages of assembly laying on the floor. Fortunately I had brought a few brownies for them.
Within an hour, the entire east wall was standing!
From the left: 3 corner windows in the master bedroom, window over the kitchen sink, sliding doors from the dining area to the screen porch. And contractor Brian poring over the plans and finally getting his brownie.
This was very exciting!
Here's Mitch replacing the original section of deck which was badly rotted. He was delighted to get to use this fun tool to cut alternate boards and do a nice job of staggering the boards in the new and old sections.
Today (Wednesday October 3rd) we went back at the end of the afternoon and wow - all of the interior and exterior walls are up!
Here's the main entrance from the road side. Door in the middle and bedrooms on either side.
And here's the view from the deck on water side - living area on the left, and dining with kitchen on the right - one open area, with 2 triple sliding doors. The wind was really blowing off the lake and it was quite cool. The peaked roof got cut off in this pic.
Hugh in the living room.
View into the dining area and kitchen - and there's the shower in the bathroom.
While we were touring the inside and marveling at the room sizes, the feel of the layout, and the views from the various windows, Holly was swimming in the rather rough lake.
Chase got right into the touring with us until suddenly someone new came along and caught her attention. A lovely dark golden retriever neighbour who is almost identical to Chase in size and shape. Holly even came out of the water to see what was going on. I was lucky to get all 3 dogs standing still long enough to get this picture. They had a great time running all around inside and out! We'll need to find out where the new friend lives and his or her name. Stay tuned.
Bogie Project Blog
This blog is dedicated to the loving memory of Glen Brownlee (d. June 19, 2018), a master of cottage projects, who was so looking forward to following our first cottage project, which is underway on Calabogie Lake, ON
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Great Progress Inside & Out
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