We started thinking seriously about putting up a cottage sometime in early February 2016. After having built 2 houses, how difficult and slow could building a cottage be? Little did we know! Finally, early April 2016 we got our building plans approved. However, since we run a B&B we delayed doing anything that would tear up the lawn and gardens. Which brings us up to October 11, 2016. The day we excavated the small area of 22' x 16' in order to pour the footings and pad.