For the last couple of years I’ve been working on the renovation of the #1905Cottage. I’m super excited to introduce the next BIG project on the 1905 Cottage — I’m expanding it to make it an actual modern-sized house. Yes! Construction has just started, and we will be moving into this home. I’m excited to be sharing the design and decor projects with you in the coming months!
It’s one of the oldest structures in my little community. It is on the original site of the community store built in the late 1800s — replaced by the store owner’s house on the same spot in 1905. Since then, it has been expanded and adapted over the years — adding a porch, adding a couple of rooms on the back, and more. It really has captured my heart.
I knew that my expansion needed to fit the spirit of the original cottage, but update it to a more practical size. A house smaller than 1000 square feet wasn’t super practical for a full-time home for my family when I’m using it also for Tatertots & Jello projects, too! The new section will include a garage — the old one was small and full of my DIY supplies and tools. (It got torn down a few weeks ago; it was a mid-century addition to the house.) The design will complement the shape of the original house, and continue the century-old tradition the house’s previous owners followed: when you’re out of space, add on!
Here’s how it looks in progress so far:
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Over the summer I worked with my awesome contractor friend, Adam Breen and his team at Breen Homes, to draw and plan what I envisioned. I wanted more well-designed workspace for my business and projects. I wanted bedrooms more tailored for modern spaces and modern life (life – and wardrobes – are a bit different 110 years after the original house was built!
I’m SO excited to share some of the decor ideas and projects with you in coming months. For example, I’ve created a cozy courtyard nestled between the old house and the new addition, complete with a double-sided fireplace. You’ll see what compromises I had to make for budget and practicality. And you’ll see how I tried to bring a modern sensibility in harmony with an older house.
Much like I did in the #1905Cottage remodel, I’m respecting the house’s history and “bones” while adding new character and living space. And I’m excited to share my inspiration with you – to help you get inspired to bring joy to your living space too!
I will be adding a post each week on what has been going on with the remodel. I can’t wait! I have so many ideas for the rooms I am adding on, wall treatments, organizing ideas and DIY furniture I will be building. I hope you will follow along on this latest adventure!!!
So excited for you Jen!! Can’t wait to see what all you do next!!
Amy at Living Locurto says
The house is amazing! I can’t wait to see what you do with your new editions. Hope to see it in person someday:-)
Thanks Amy!! I am so excited about it. I would love to have you see it!!
kim- Today's Creative Blog says
You have done such an amazing job! I loved visiting! I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest!!!
Thanks Kim!!!! I am really so in love with this little home. I had such a fun time showing it to you!!
Jen your cottage is amazing!! The transformation is mind blowing. I hope I get to visit it in person some day!! xo
Thanks Mique!! I would love to have you come and see it. I am so excited about the expansion!
This is beautiful! I can’t wait to see it all! You’re so talented lady!
Thank you so much Chrissy!! I am so excited about this next phase. It’s going to be so fun!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I’m always so inspired to see what beautiful things you create in the cottage!
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So excited to see it all come together! It’s going to look amazing!! xo
Leigh Anne Wilkes @YourHomebasedMom says
Can’t wait to follow along on this adventure!
Kari - U Create says
You are jaw-dropping incredible Jen! I LOVE following your cottage remodeling projects! Can’t wait to see what you share next!
Linda @ It All Started With Paint says
What an exciting new venture for you — and what gorgeous scenery!!! You had me at the mountains!
Can’t wait to see it unfold!
I can’t wait to see the progress posts!!!
Julie Avery says
So fun! I love the cottage and the remodel will be even more awesome!
Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca says
What an exciting project Jen! Can’t wait to see it all.
I pass your house everyday driving by bus runs. I love how darling your porch always looks. And my kindergartners love seeing the construction process. They thought the roof framing was really cool.
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Wow! Congrats Jen! That’s so amazing! I cannot wait to see what you do with it! What an exciting project! Angie xo
Congrats, nice job.