|Step 1: Get it from the backyard to the road
When I was approached with the idea of designing and building Amelia for the Street of Dreams, I knew I wanted to say "yes" but the only way to justify the time it would take for me to do so, was to use the money I made from Amelia to expedite the build on the Hideout.
|Step 2: Get it off the road and onto the trailer.
|OK, we're ready to go! Well, almost......
|Strapped up and ready to GO GO GO!!
Second check was the Return-On-Investment math. Did it look like a reasonably good investment as a short term rental? Yep!
Once I made the decision to purchase it, the cottage owner and I turned our attention to precisely HOW I could take it off her hands. So, who do you think I called? Greg the Trailer Guy of course! He had a somewhat-used 16 foot long utility trailer that he wanted to sell at a good price. The cottage owner's friend then donated his time and forklift and the next part of the plan was hatched.
|I love this pic....it was so quiet that morning on the St. John's Bridge.
|And, in true Oregon fashion, it was raining.
|The worst is over! Now, onward with the remodel.
The inside is pretty rustic and the paint they used is matte, and looks pretty old, and the trim is raw. To what extent do I "remodel" it? I couldn't just touch it up. Once I started painting, I'd have to do the entire inside. So I decided to embrace and enhance the intrinsic personality of the space by choosing matte accessories and understated decor items, rather than embark on what would be an extensive aesthetic renovation.
|"Add a shower?" You say! "OK!" said Mark.
The goal: Get this new cottage listed in time to take some advantage of the busy travel season.
|Embracing the chaos.