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Remodeling a family cottage

Blog series by Craftsman on the Lake consisting of 6 parts so far

Part 1: Bathroom, Bedroom, and now living area

06-09-2013 02:10 AM by Craftsman on the Lake | 12 comments »

The wife and I moved into an old family cottage on Mousam Lake in Maine a few years ago. It was last remodeled in 1973 when I was 18 years old. We did it all ourselves so I’m familiar with it. The place was nicely done in 70’s styled dark wall paneling and carpets. You know what I mean. We’ve been retired awhile now and it’s time to change things. We need to lighten things up and enlarge without changing the dimensions. We decided to combine two adjoining bedrooms int...

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Part 2: Sheetrock up and taped

07-08-2013 11:18 PM by Craftsman on the Lake | 21 comments »

After rearranging a bunch of wiring, we put up 30 sheets of sheetrock and did the taping. Not a fun job but now it’s done the more fun part begins with making the woodwork. I purchased about 200 bdft of oak the other day and got the shop cleaned. Now ready to process the wood to make the casings and moulding for the windows and the oak trim for the beam, stairway, and other places. here is a single view of the taped room. Remember, I’ve taken a load bearing wall down and made thre...

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Part 3: Priming and header trim done

07-17-2013 09:07 PM by Craftsman on the Lake | 13 comments »

My painter arrived yesterday and from the two days she’s gotten the ceiling and walls primed and the ceiling painted. The ceiling is called ‘bright white flat’ and the walls will be a Benjamin Moore color called ‘atrium white’. I’ve always liked that color as it is very subtly tinted and just seems to bring out the look of natural oak. All walls are the same color. . I know you see the remodeling shows on TV that paint in all manner of color wit...

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Part 4: Window casings and LED lighting

08-08-2013 09:25 PM by Craftsman on the Lake | 520 comments »

Well, it’s been awhile. I got all the oak planed and jointed and made all the window sills and casings and got them installed. I also installed the oak facing on the underside of the header from the load bearing wall I tore down a ways back. I installed some LED light strips on both sides of the header. They have an RF controller so that I can change colors, flash, strobe, blend, dim, etc. The power supply sits in a cavity on the wall where all the internet stuff resides. this will b...

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Part 5: Window dressing

08-20-2013 09:25 PM by Craftsman on the Lake | 604 comments »

The past couple of days I have prepped some oak and cut it into the parts I need to make the architrave moldings in the living room. As you can see it consists of four parts. One thin strip, one cove, and two ogees. Stacked one atop another they make a nice window top. The side moldings are fluted. Simple design, not difficult to make and a nice effect that will not need any other window dressing like curtains..The parts: from left to right. thin strip, large cove, narrow ogee, wide ogee..Cap...

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Part 6: Living area flooring complete. Dramatic change

09-17-2013 10:02 PM by Craftsman on the Lake | 17 comments »

I’m continuing this blog at lumberjocks.com because of the massive amount of spam in the blog area of this site. so sad. If you’ve been following this, we took out a load bearing wall, redid most of the wiring, removed paneling and added sheetrock all over and designed, made, and installed a lot of the woodwork. Today we finished most of the living area flooring. 3 1/4” variation oak. We took some of the furniture and spread it around in various configurations. Where t...

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