Hi Lovecats! Just thought I’d share a little update on the family lake house we’ve been renovating for the last few months, though it’s not all that exciting, I still wanted to share the process, which of course, has taken far longer than we all anticipated.
In my experience, construction and renovation always takes at least twice as long as you think it will and costs twice as much (or more) than you think it will as well. And this project has been no different, though I think we’ve been able to stay on budget so far, due to lack of supplies and contractor availability (thank you COVID) it seems that it’s taking even longer than usual.
The entire house has been demoed, flooring ripped up, foundation stabilized, plumbing upgraded, electrical updated and moved for new kitchen design and finally, painted. And here we are, at the rough and raw but painted stage.
Since the house was a little dark, we decided to just paint everything in a cool white, including the ceilings, beams and brick fireplace to brighten it up visually and help to modernize it a little bit as well.
Normally, I love a brick fireplace, but this brick was mismatched and dark and since it took up such a large part of the wall and the living room isn’t very large, the white really helped make it feel bigger all the way around.
We have redesigned the entire kitchen and are waiting for cabinets to be built and installed… Once the kitchen cabinets are installed we can add the quartz tops and then install the flooring. We’re having carpet installed on the stairs and upstairs for coziness in the winter because it truly helps with insulation up here in the snowy months and just feels better than hard floors in the bedrooms, in my opinion.
Both bathrooms need only minor renovations, but are very small. Ultimately we’d like to add on a master suite and closet upstairs creating a 3bedroom/3bathroom house, but for now we’re just doing minor upgrades to the existing bathrooms. Time will tell what we’ll end up doing with the house. We still haven’t quite figured that part out yet. But once it’s all complete, I have a feeling we’ll know right away.
Above// This is the back entrance, which will probably be the door most used for entering/exiting the house since the driveway/garage parking area is right there. When you walk in, a coat closet is directly in front of you, a bathroom to the right (unseen), a bedroom/office right/diagonal and then the living area to the left.
Above// The back entrance from the angle of the living room – the bathroom is behind the opened exterior door.
Above// Downstairs bedroom/office
Above// Living room/fireplace wall
Above// From living room, facing front door and stairwell.
Above// Heading UPstairs
Above// Second level hallway – bathroom is located on that little slanted wall on the right
Above// Master Bedroom
Above// Little room at the end of the hall. This room has no closet so it isn’t considered a bedroom and it’s pretty small as well. We’d love to break out the master closet/wall into this room and create the master ensuite bathroom with walk-in closet. That would leave two bedrooms on the second level + two bathrooms and one bedroom and bathroom downstairs on the main level in addition to the living room and kitchen.
Above// Guest bedroom on second level
It finally feels like we are getting closer to the finishing touches and I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!