We actually began the initial rough work on the cottage in May of last year (2010), while completing the final stages of the house. This was most logical since the dumpster was still on site.
Fortunately, most of the cottage interior had been removed before we even bought the property. Our carpenters, Mike and Tom Peters, worked to reframe the interior, restore the windows to working order (reglazed, new weights & ropes added), and preparing the crawl space for a concrete vapor barrier.
The rough plumbing was also added at this time.