The Cottage: How It Started
We had worked with our contractor, Jesus for some time before we had him build a storage shed. Our storage shed has been fantastic. He and his crew had done a stellar job building fences and large planters. We have always been impressed with the quality of his work and he was a pleasure to work with. The space inside is 10x14.
We needed to create a multipurpose space which is an office, art studio, and reading nook. The nook has the potential to be a place to have tea or wine with a friend or two when it is safe again. By moving things around I can stretch and do yoga, or turn it into a meditation space.
He started work on July 20th and we agreed that he could just work on weekends as we were not in a hurry. He was done in August and I was moved in by September. The space is very versatile and is comfortable year round. I can play music or make phone calls without bothering neighbors. The space has a reading nook. It is gets plenty of light to do art. He installed an AC/Heating unit in the wall which I really do not have to use too much because we are in a moderate climate. The space has been through strong winds, rain, heat waves, and wildfire smoke just fine. When there was a power outage for three days, this space was a great place to hang out and read in bright natural light.
We had him paint the exterior a combo of Behr Sliced Cucumber and used Behr Ultra Pure White to make the green pop. We had him paint the interior with Behr paint that was matched with Benjamin Moore White Dove and again we chose Behr Ultra Pure White for the trim. We chose White Dove because it is a favorite with designers. It is a creamy and soft greyish-yellow cream color that goes perfectly with the Pergo Outlast + waterproof flooring in Vintage Pewter Oak which is a grey or greige wood grain with greyish cream accents. I wanted to have neutral walls for when I do art, I did not want too much color bouncing off to mess up the color values. Jesus installed light cans and put in hue lights which can create color in the room when needed.
We are so happy with his work, we plan on using him in the future for other projects.
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In a Zone 9 garden, north of the Golden Gate Bridge.