Project Update on Tropical Cottage Renovation:
  • Kitchen and bath framing and finishing 
  • Wood floor repair, sanding and refinishing
  • Exterior stucco and paint
Kitchen and Bath Framing and Finishing

Since my last post about our tropical cottage renovation we have framed all the floor plan changes: the enlarged kitchen, master bath and walk-in closet, and expanded 2nd bath, new 2nd and 3rd bedroom closets, and new laundry closet.  After the framing, we ran the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical (A/C), put up the drywall, installed the baseboards and trim and painted.  With finishing complete we installed the kitchen cabinets, countertop and backsplash tile, and the bathroom floor and wall tile, toilets and vanities.

Repairing, Sanding and Polishing the Wood Floors

As you can see in my previous post, due to the repairs of the rotted beams as well as some termite damage, we replaced large portions of the red oak wood floor with new planks.  Most of the remaining floor boards were warped due to previous moisture exposure, so we sanded to even out the level as well as remove the old floor old floor finish.  Varnishing in a clear coat lets the true color of the red oak shine through.

Exterior Stucco and Paint

While work continued indoors, we finshed off the exterior.  We stuccoed the entire house to cover the changes we made to the exterior as well as cover all the damage from over the years.  With stucco complete, we painted the exterior walls with Behr Marquee White Flat in Cameo White, and the soffets in Behr Marquee Satin Enamel in Little Black Dress.  This simple color combo goes well with the dark roof and window frames, is easy to patch when needed and looks great with Florida tropical landscaping.

Next Steps

Next update on the tropical cottage renovation, final update on finishing the interior…should look great!  As always, send me any questions or comments below.  Next time, update on progress with the house.

Thanks for reading,