Here is a picture of the finished room. We have three coat closets in this room. One on the end, then two on the right hand side of the picture. On this end is the desk area.
So this is one room that has gotten finished in the last month.........
There are a couple of things I'd like to say. First of all to Kirsty from Rural Retreat Restoration blog. I'm sorry to take so long to answer your questions. I thought I would answer them here, because they are all a part of building a house here in Indiana.
In the country building a house is a little more relaxed than in town. We do have codes to follow with electrical and heat and plumbing and such, but there aren't inspections in the country like there are in town. And if you live in an historic district in town, there are more codes to follow than normal.
Secondly, there is one thing that we had to do from the beginning and that is to determine if the land we bought was a "subdivided property" or a "legal lot of record." If the original land has been divided off, then it is called a "subdivided property". If it was subdivided, then houses are not supposed to be built on it without getting government permission. Meetings need to be attended and neighbors need to be notified. A Legal lot of record land is less of a hassle. Even though our land was subdivided, the original house was on our property, which deemed it a Legal lot of record, so we were fortunate.
And thirdly, we did have to get permits. A permit to build, a permit for a septic system, and had the driveway not already been here, we would have had to get a driveway permit. All of them cost money. On a side note, the septic system is governmental ruled. We had to get a list of soil inspectors and septic installers from "the board of health." From that list we had to have our soil inspected, and the slope of the ground tested, to see what type of septic system could be installed. They cost anywhere from around $6000 to $30,000.00 depending on how the soil inspection goes. We had this done before we bought the property because there have been stories of people buying acres of land and not being able to afford a septic system or not be approved for one. We had a neighbor out here who lost their house to a fire, and could not re-build on their land because the septic system could not be approved. The rules have changed to many homes since the original septic systems were installed. It's got to do with pollution to our land and water with original septic systems.
I hope that answers your questions, and I hope you can get your cottage restored! A year is a long time to wait.