Grau General Contracting, LLC
"Bringing the Past & Future together"
English Countryside Cottage
We are beginning construction of a new residence in Mt Juliet, TN.  What is unique about this project is the
homeowner has designed the house by herself, to have the look and feel of an English Countryside Cottage that you
would commonly find in Scotland or Wales.  She has purchased several architectural antiques to incorporate into
the design to give the house a wonderful European feel.  The architectural antiques have been purchased from all
over the United States and shipped to the building site.  Most of these elements will need to be altered and repaired
to accommodate their installation into the cottage.  
Keep scrolling down to see updates on this project.
As you can see in the photos, we have fabricated missing pieces and
parts in order to reconstruct the elements so they will be ready for
installation when the framing has been completed.  The windows will be

impressive.
After removing
and repairing
damaged wood
from original
window our
artisans had to
replicate an exact
duplicate of the
original frame in
order to sandwich
glass between the
two, as was
originally intended.
The picture on the
left shows current
outside progress
while the picture on
the right shows the
interior second
story dormers.  
English & Scottish
cottages are
commonly built with
steep pitched
dorms to maximize
the headroom of
the second story
and turn it into
usable living space.
The vintage door on
the left was
purchased by the
client to be
incorporated into the
new cottage design.

Our craftsmen are
creating a door
frame (pictured at
right) with sidelights
to match the
architectural
detailing of the door
and add a custom
entryway that will be
a definite one of a
kind creation.

Below are a couple
of close up pics of
the detailed work.
April 2015 updates on cottage
The photos below are the framing process taking place.  We have built a
temporary fabrication shop on site for convenience so that we have access
to the antiques during the framing phase for measuring and fitting purposes.  
The cottage will feature arched windows and doors, reclaimed wood
paneling from a vintage "judge's chambers", wooden paneling from a historic
library in New York City, plaster walls, re-claimed vintage plumbing fixtures
and a slate roof.  We are proud to be a part of this wonderful project and
appreciate the confidence placed in us for this undertaking
!  Check back soon
for more pictures!
Nov 2014 update on the English countryside cottage below.  Framing is complete and some of the
inside details and specialties are being put together.  There will be quite a bit of intricate woodwork on
this project.  
The large stones on the left were found
on our clients property.  We excavated
them and placed them at the rear of
the cottage to form a walking path.  
The voids between the stones will be
filled with topsoil and used to create
planting beds for Herbs and flowers.

The door on the right is a refurbished
European Architectural Antique, part
of the inspiration for the cottage.
With the completion of
the brick chimneys
(pictured on the left)
we have begun
installation of the slate
roof, pictured on the
right.
On the left you will see more of
the salvaged architectural
antiques used to accentuate the
English/Scottish countryside
cottage.  We added customized
entryways to match the
salvaged doors and windows.  
Timber framing was prevalent in
early European construction.  
On the right we see the
hand-hewn timbers being
installed on the exterior.  The
voids between rafters will soon
be filled with plaster or brick
masonry to complete the
authentic project.
These beautiful arched stained glass windows are covered on the exterior to protect them from being damaged during construction.  Once the
construction is complete the sunlight will light the colorful stained glass for a cathedral like effect which will be inspiring.  See closeup photos that show
the beautiful leaded and hand painted glass in this stunning door, sidelight and transom unit.
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JULY 2015 UPDATE TO COTTAGE
OUR CLIENT DISCOVERED ANTIQUE WOODWORK FROM AN OLD JUDGES CHAMBER THAT THEY WANTED INCORPORATED WITH THIS
PROJECT.  WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CUTTING DOWN AND PIECING IT INTO THE ROOM, IT IS A PERFECT TOUCH FOR THIS
COTTAGE...SEE PICTURES BELOW...
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