Sea Cove Cottage

Finished trim on the clerestory windows in the dining/kitchen area! Kitchen goes in this week.

Finished trim on the clerestory windows in the dining/kitchen area! Kitchen goes in this week.

Front hall is finished! Check out the Sea Cove bag from L.L. Bean.

Front hall is finished! Check out the Sea Cove bag from L.L. Bean.

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The back is finally ready for paint.

The back is finally ready for paint.

Sea Cove CottageI’m renovating again, this time a harbor side shingle-style cottage in midcoast Maine. The project is SEA COVE COTTAGE, and it’s the first time I’m using the real-time world of social media to feature a renovation project on Facebook. After almost 20 years of renovating more than two dozen homes, I can finally admit I’m a serial renovator; that reshaping homes with a past has become an occupational hazard. Yes, I have Renovator’s Disease: the inability to stop fixing up old homes. My latest personal project, a neglected c. 1903 shingle style cottage with a gambrel roof, is in a small fishing village in midcoast Maine. This is more than a professional project because after the transformation, my wife, Evy, and I, and our two standard poodles, Emma and Marley, will winter here, when our island summer home and barn/workshop become inaccessible. We want to simplify, de-clutter and downsize without sacrificing comfort. As I travel the country for Habitat for Humanity, I have talked to many other Boomers who share our goal, but are frustrated by a lack of information and guidance. SEA COVE COTTAGE gives everyone immediate access to my renovation experience here and through Facebook. Since I want this project to be as sustainable as possible, we’re donating existing cabinetry and various fixtures to the local Habitat ReStore, and we’ll search for furniture and lighting treasures to use from Habitat ReStores across the country.

The Design Team

Robin Siegerman, a 20-year veteran of the home design and renovation business in Toronto, Canada, the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Renovation Bootcamp®: Kitchen — Design and Remodel Your Kitchen Without Losing Your Wallet, Your Mind or Your Spouse and a long-time family friend, will develop the interior, fenestration, furniture and lighting plans for the cottage. http://www.RenovationBootcamp.com and http://www.facebook.com/RenovationBootcamp. John Tyahla, an award-winning designer and Principal of Westfield Kitchen & Bath Company in New Jersey, is another long-time family friend and frequent collaborator on our projects. Specializing in kitchens and custom millwork, Tyahla will translate Robin’s designs into cabinet solutions for the kitchen and other rooms of the house. www.westfieldkitchenandbath.com Anne Cox of Hedgerow Design will create a village garden and landscape for SEA COVE COTTAGE. Cox created the landscape at our summer home using indigenous plants, grasses and rocks that blend harmoniously with the surrounding native vegetation keeping the look easy and natural. She will use a similar approach balanced with the village location and shingle style of the house. You can follow Anne’s blog at http://hedgerowdesign.com.

The project began on September 2013 and continues through June 2015. You can follow the progress of SEA COVE COTTAGE here, on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/SteveThomasHome, and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/SteveThomasHome.