The not so glamorous side of transformation

When it comes to creating, nothing puts the damper on things like waiting for the Permit and Resource Management Department, or PRMD.  That is who approves building or remodeling when you are outside the city limits.  And that is who we have been waiting on for the last couple of months of 2014, so we could begin the renovation on the Vintage River Cottage project. I walked into the County office the first week of September, paid them the first round of fees and walked out to wait patiently along with my client.  Then, the third week in November we finally got word from the Architect that they had signed off and we could pick up the permit.

Along with the building permit has come the even longer awaited rain.  And, while we desperately need it, we also need some dry spots so work can begin with the new foundation.  Demolition of the interior walls and the existing fireplace began the first week in December.

Here are a few photos of the houses before...

Before Trans Blog

And, here are some photos during demolition...

Reno Trans Blog

So, to catch you up, we have taken the existing footprint, made a decision to add some square footage that will create a proper entry, kitchen, and great room and open up the back wall towards the river view.  It is going to be a fun reveal when it is all said and done because it is a pretty ugly little duckling right now.

Here is the front where we will be adding the addition...

Before-Front

In the meantime, the client and I had a meeting to revisit the project specifications and take a look at the custom cabinetry door style which the cabinet-maker had mocked up for our approval so that we could be ahead of the game in ordering the materials such as tile/stone, cabinets, fixtures, appliances and the like.

Sample Trans Blog

Now the fun begins...