6 months into this project and just 10 actual weekends of us working on it, the coastal cottage feels like it’s finally turning a corner from construction to finishes and the part I’ve been so excited about. Our most recent trip consisted of installing the shiplap and that’s what I’m sharing with you today!
The electrical is done minus installing the HVAC later this spring, and the plumbing is ready for fixtures to be installed. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least but we have officially started to turn the corner on this project.
The shiplap was a project I’ve done before in my brother’s bathroom so I was really looking forward to taking the lead on the shiplap at the beach house despite it being a much larger undertaking.
True shiplap is becoming readily available at home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. We were actually fortunate enough to have access to a local mill that custom makes it in several sizes for a fraction of the cost. We ordered a combination of 8, 10 and 12 foot boards with a 7” face and the average price was about $3 a board. We ordered enough shiplap to do the entire cottage including the ceiling upstairs for $1200.
The pre-primed shiplap we used in my brother’s bathroom cost $500 to do just their tiny bathroom and that is with taking out the tub surround, window, door and built-in.
We’ll have to prime and paint our shiplap but we are on the hunt now for a quality paint sprayer so we expect this job to be much more manageable. More on that to come…
We started in the living room area, but on the east side could only go as high as the top of the electrical box just in case there are any last minute additions to the electrical when we move upstairs for Phase 2.
We worked our way around from the east wall to the south wall (the front of the cottage) and then around to the west side where the steps are. The steps took some effort but I managed to get it done minus the last two steps.
We then worked our way around to the wall between the dining room and living area. This was an interesting step as it made these spaces feel closed in for the first time. The wall really needs to be there to accommodate our plans in both spaces and the rest of the main area is pretty open so I’m hoping that once everything is in place and painted, the wall won’t feel too obstructive.
The dining room was the last room we tackled and it went pretty quickly. This is maybe the space I am most excited about so seeing take shape right now so this was pretty exciting.
Our next trip will be spent doing the custom cuts for the top boards all the way around. This will be tedious and take a lot of time but should finish out the rooms we’ve shiplapped so far so that we can paint!
I’ll also be doing the accent wall / feature wall in the first floor bedroom so that we are ready to being installing the closet cabinets and built-in bed. Now it feels like everything is happening at once.
We’ll also be starting to finish the first floor bathroom. B found time to get the drywall installed and the floor prepped for tile so this room should start moving forward quickly! The shower doors we ordered were in and got picked up while we were there plus we have the floor tile and basic design plan ready to guide us. I’ll be sharing more details on this space soon!
I’m also getting really excited about some fun DIY projects we’ll be tackling for the beach house coming up later this spring as well! Can’t wait to show you what all we’ve got in the works!