The location was perfect…on a lake with its own little beach, in a picturesque small town in the Lakes Region of Maine only two hours from our New Hampshire home. You know what everyone says, “location, location, location”. It was perfect for the two of us…it just needed a little work . After three years of restoration work on our New Hampshire home, a few cosmetic changes would be a piece of cake. We could turn it into a comfortable place to enjoy summers and we were lucky enough to make the purchase.
Of course, there are always a few surprises in any remodel. We found out the reason the family room floor was buckled (a rotted particle board subfloor and carpenter ants) and had to tear all the flooring out. Instead of a sisal rug to cover the buckle, we ended up with wide pine floors that we really like.
We had to have a plumber move the washer/dryer out of the family room (it was next to the front door). He also took the water heater out of the kitchen and we made a pantry in its place. We made a long empty hallway into a little laundry space and a small walk in closet for all our storage needs.
And then came the kitchen. It was unique in that it ran into the family room. It was not an open concept kitchen…the stove was literally in the family room. We took the former dining room and created a proper place for the stove. Now came the big decision…countertops. My husband suggested formica. You see, all he wanted was an easy keeper; a small camp with a boat on the lake. I was thinking more along the lines of a cozy cottage.
I have never been camping (although I’m sure I might like it under the right circumstances) and I didn’t want something too simple. My husband always jokes that my idea of roughing it is having a room without an ocean view. We compromised as we always do. He got a beautiful new pontoon boat for the lake and I got granite countertops for the kitchen and we were both happy with the decisions.
We redid the little bathroom as it is the only one in the house and were able to make some storage for towels in space under the stairs that backed up to the bathroom wall. What a difference it made bringing it up to date.
The rest was really easy… just a little paint and new lighting. We are really happy with our renovations and enjoy our summers in Maine. I am so glad that my husband wanted a place on the water again.
Please come back to visit our little cottage on the lake and I will show the before and after photos of the interior. I think you will enjoy the changes we have made.