Home Renovation & Design

When my mother decided to downsize to a smaller home, near a lake some place, we found a small, 1920s cottage, a fixer-upper that we were eager to update. The goal was to not only add some modern conveniences, but to also preserve and enhance the look and feel of the vintage cottage.

Minor Exterior Updates

The outside was covered in well worn, anachronism, 1970s aluminum siding that was also not only an unfavorable color. After pealing all that away and revealing the original wood, the search then began for dutch lap siding to patch up holes and even an entire doorway that had been covered over in the 1970s!

Due to the closure of many local mills, the search for this specific cut of dutch lap became difficult. A two hour drive to Pittsburgh was fruitful as the only place that still carried the needed dutch lap.

After I made the repairs, my brother and I blanked the house in the new color - one chosen by my mother to be fitting for the resort-like area in which she now resides.

New Kitchen

It was evident the existing kitchen was not original to the cottage as it was poorly constructed of fiberboard cabinets, plywood walls, linoleum, and was completely cramped.

My brother and I demolished the existing kitchen and removed all the non-bearing walls in an effort to open it up to the dining and living rooms. We removed the plywood ceiling to expose the ceiling joists. This greatly improved the final product by enhancing its cozy cottage feel while giving us a little bit more headroom.

We laid out the kitchen in a way that would maximize space, while creating a more welcoming atmosphere. I replaced the tiny window with one that would allow more light to enter the space.

I insulated the walls and installed new bead board wainscoat on the walls before installing the new cabinets, fixtures, and vintage lighting.

New Bathroom

Aside from the kitchen being cramped, it wasnot original to the cottage and was poorly constructed of fiberboard cabinets, plywood walls and linoleum flooring.

My brother and I demolished the existing kitchen and removed all the non-bearing walls in an effort to open it up to the dining and living rooms. We removed the plywood ceiling to expose the ceiling joists. This this greatly improved the final product by enhancing the cottage feel of the place while giving us a little bit more headroom.

We laid out the kitchen in a way that would maximize space, while creating a more welcoming atmosphere. I replaced the tiny window with one that would allow more light to enter the space.

I insullated the walls and installed new bead board wainscoat on the walls before installing the new cabinets, fixtures, and vintage lighting.
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