After a very long stall, we are finally seeing some progress on the guest house at my brother's ranch, a process we began in October 2007! You can see that original post here and see all the guest house photos in this flickr set.
My brother is a plumber, and he has been laid off for the past two weeks - time he has used to his advantage.
Here is the exterior at present.
The siding and brickwork has been ripped off. The windows are in. Where that door is now used to be a two-car overhead garage door, and a matching one was on the opposite wall. We have decided we need one more window on the side - about where those lines are drawn - to increase the light and ventilation. There is flashing around the bottom and he's about ready to order and install the siding.
Inside, he has installed the plumbing, floor joists and sub-floor. The view below is where the two bedrooms will go. From the window back will be a 10x10 bedroom with my grandparents' double bed. On the close side of the window will be a tiny, narrow bedroom with build-in bunk beds and no door - but an opening where the level is placed on the floor. This picture was taken on Sunday. I suspect he will have the bedroom walls roughed in by now.
Here are the walls for the bathroom, utility room and hallway. We are re-using the bathroom vanity from my grandparents' house as well as all the kitchen cabinets. The utility room will have a hot water heater, furnace and stacked washer/drier.
The kitchen sink (cobalt blue) will go under the window, next to the fridge. The cabinets are laid out in a U shape with the stove against the hall/bathroom wall and the counter top/bar extending to that pipe in the middle of the room (the dishwasher).
The original cabinets are a blond wood, but we are going to hit them with a coat of Kilz and make them off white. The counter top will be blue formica, because that's what Grandma had. We'll have wood floors, probably bamboo, throughout the guest house scattered with throw rugs.
It is really exciting to see all this come together. We have a work day planned in October (because none of us have a free weekend between now and then) when we are going to paint the cabinets and hopefully put down flooring, finish up the wiring and hang sheetrock.
I'm just looking forward to the day when I can sit back on the patio that my brother is going to pour in front of that door up top and admire the view.