If you build it… I Cottage Renovation

 In Accomodation, Building, Sustainable Building

This time last year that the train carriages were newly arrived. A new era of change also came for Stellar Violets. Now I look around and I’m amazed. Talk about a Renovation Nation! Since the train carriages came, we’ve been preparing to host on site. The carriages themselves are as yet untouched. We’ll start designing for them in Spring, when present projects come to a wrap. Everything else has been touched by… hard working hands.

Visualising is something I do easily. What’s harder is the time, work and resources it takes to realise visions! No magic wands here – just good old fashioned determination and perseverence. Ok, maybe a bit of magic helped along the way. The best part is that it’s a happening thing. Stellar dreams are coming to life.

autumn chestnut and carriage

Change began with the main cottage last July. It had an initial renovation in 2010, opening up the north side with french doors and adding a great kitchen. It still featured a tired old laundry, and just one bedroom. To increase our ability to host people helping out here and visiting, we made a plan and starting building.

old laundry
old laundry sink

Rob Lockyear, a local plasterer and all round handyman came on board to transform the spaces. Originally from England, Rob sings when he works and gives just the right amount of cheek.


Rob did a beautiful job, adding two new bedrooms, a new front door, decking, a new dry sanitation toilet and laundry. In all that we didn’t need to change any exterior walls. One of the last things to do on the cottage for this round is connect the cute sink in the toilet that we pulled out of a train carriage. That’s being tiled right now! Rob said just now that the rectangular white tiles I chose remind him of vanilla slice. Haha. He’s right, they’re pretty delicious.

New Old Front Door for web
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