Summer of 2011 brought major new additions to Cactus Hill. Our daughter Emilie moved here from Colorado, along with her dog Digger. To accommodate Em and preserve a measure of privacy for all of us, we built a sweet little cottage next to the house.
The cottage shell was erected by Sturdi-Bilt Buildings just up the road from us. These guys did a fabulous job—real perfectionists. Then Emilie took over, doing most of the interior finish herself. She installed insulation, supervised hanging the drywall, sprayed texture and painted the walls, laid tile and laminate flooring, and then decorated in her own distinctive style.