Revive. Repeat.

The first Eight Wands construction project since 2009.
I wanted to share our journey building a retreat as I battle
being a single parent with Multiple Sclerosis. 

The Victorian Era - Italianate

The Wee 'Ouse is in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

The cottage was build c.1871. 
It is a one bedroom with a  bathroom and efficiency kitchen; it is just under 600 sq. ft over 2 levels and about 150 years old.

Welcome to Wee

See Rehabilitation Projects at this 1870's tiny house. My mini and I share the progress and process in words, pictures and video. 
Wee 'Ouse Exterior

Pastel Hardwood Floors with Unicorn Colors

Repairing Stairs & Hip Wall

Stained Glass - Front Door

Woven & Staggered Seam Floors

Trial and (Less) Error with Exterior Paint Colors

Make it Yourself

See projects and solutions to stay on budget when creating the space. 
Create Your Own

Stained Glass - Front Door

Flowers for the Future

Building Sinks & Finding Kitchen Furniture

Turning Spindles

Cottage Layout

Personal Side Notes & Research

Owning a cottage in a place listed on the National Register of Historic Places means there is lots of fun research to do. Sometime my body isn't up for manual labor so this is a more personal side to me and the project. 
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Brackets - Getting into Creation

Little Details. Working on Doors & Brackets

Finding Matching Details

Bill of Sale & Land Lease

Happy New Year

The Wee 'Ouse Visonary

Wee Fae 'Ouse

Katherine, owner of the Wee Fae ‘Ouse is a single mother with Multiple Sclerosis on a mission.  Since 2004 Katherine has been taking on projects north of Boston, Massachusetts. Her love of rejuvenating neglected properties has stayed with her as her life has changed. 
From September to June she is a full-time Special Educator at a special education public day school.  She teaches English Language Arts and electives; in the past she taught a range of electives: Alternative Art, Social-Emotional, Health and Wellness, and Creative Writing to name a few. She also provides teacher Professional Development on Social Emotional Wellness and technology.   Katherine has her Masters of Science in Special Education and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and DeSign.  She has also taught value-based sexual education classes for youth of all ages for the past 10 years. She enjoys promoting open conversations about living sustainably, social-emotional wellness, and sexual well-being.
The Wee Fae ‘Ouse, or the Fairy Cottage, was originally completed in 1871, by Robert Sanderson.  Mr. Sanderson was a devout Methodist and shipbuilder.  Katherine, with the help of family, friends and colleagues from her days in construction full time, will reinvent the cottage to make a retreat for the body and spirit.

Katherine, Owner of the Wee 'Ouse

Katherine DeSilva, Owner