Everyone asks what our time frame is for moving into the Cottage House. I tell folks that Marcus’s estimate has us moving in after Christmas. I say since we’re throwing out arbitrary holidays I’m gonna go ahead and guesstimate that we’ll move in around Easter. Or maybe National Doughnut Day (it might not be a holiday to you but it is to me).
As it currently stands, the Cottage House does not have interior walls but it does have a new roof. It also has new electric wiring throughout and the rooms and closet space for each have been roughed out but again, no walls. Unfortunately, it will need new floors throughout as the current wood floors are just a mess, having been rotted through. The kitchen is in surprisingly good shape and we won’t change much except to remove an exterior door and turn it into a wall for more space. It also needs windows to be replaced and a new HVAC system installed. Also, it needs a bathroom. All of the aforementioned needs to happen in the next 6 weeks for us to move in “after Christmas” hence the reason for my disbelief.
We are also in the process of employing Dovetail Cultural Resource Group to help us with the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) and National Historic Registry (NHR) and the tax credit process. I did a little bit of the research on my own and we made it through two rounds of the VLR process but, as we got deeper, I realized my knowledge of historical research was limited and it is much more involved than just filling out a paper with what we think we know and getting approved for thousands of dollars in tax credits. I don’t know why the government doesn’t just hand over money willy nilly?
And, as far as the Main House and any updates with that…there aren’t any. Marcus has talked about being in the house by his birthday next year which is in August. My guesstimate for that move-in date is National Sibling Day 2020.