Given the limitations of the size restraint, it was decided to give the project a quaint cottage design that would both fit the lake setting and give a standalone look that the customer was looking for.
To gain extra space while keeping with the cottage design, the 2nd floor was removed and a perpendicular side dormer was constructed. This was perfect for the customer’s furniture arrangement. A lakeside shed dormer containing a large three window unit with arched transom gave a perfect view of the lake. Located at the top of the stairs this window became the focal point of the room. The extra space created by the new design allowed for an enlarged master bedroom closet and an upstairs laundry.
A front porch was added with a gable roof that overlapped the bedroom gable. This was not only functional and astatically appealing; also it gave the whole house a much needed larger look.
Other structural modifications that we were able to do and still stay within the code included cantilevering a 16″x72″ living room bump out. This was designed just big enough to be the new location for the owner’s hutch, and gave much needed space to her living room. A front “box bay” window also gave the effect of a larger living room as well as added curb appeal.
The first floor had interior walls previously removed, giving an open concept which, for the most part, only needed electric and superficial “tweaking”. Changes such as indirect “wall washing” fireplace lights, new trim, tuck pointing, drywall, and paint added finishing touches to the living area.
Budget constraints limited major kitchen remodeling, however adding a refrigerator cabinet, painting of existing cabinets, installing new cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and crown molding updated the aging 1980 kitchen to a cute “cottage style kitchen”. Granite tops and subway pattern stone tile backsplash completed the transition.
The bathroom was made larger by removing a linen closet and relocate the toilet. We tiled the tub area, walls, and bathroom floor. We installed a custom clear glass shower wall and door that gave the allusion of more space. A custom two tiered vanity and matching linen cabinet added continuity.
One of the more significant contributions to the desired design was the careful selection of windows. From the arched dormer lake side windows, to an upstairs keyhole window in the gable, it was evident that windows were to be an important focal point of the desired cottage design. All windows in the project were replaced, with most of them being resized to give the perfect proportion.
The exterior materials and specialty trim was to play a very significant roll in the project. The garage, which was located close to the road, had to have the same features and dynamic look as the cottage itself. Composite siding and lots of “LP SmartSide” trim provided the low maintenance requirements with the versatility needed for the desired look. Stone was incorporated on the porch and below the siding on both the house and garage. Dormer gables as well as garage gable had rustic split cedar shake shingles applied. Other accents included cedar lookouts, corbels, flower boxes, and shutters.
The final product was a cottage that would make Goldilocks proud.