Project Description

The owners of this home on Big Long Lake in northern Indiana had been contemplating for awhile as to how to go about updating the cottage to meet their changing needs. They contacted Lynn to give his opinion on what would be the best way to go about achieving the goals that they desired with the project. Several options were discussed, including the possibility of complete demolition and rebuilding.

Although the home was obviously dated, Lynn determined that the home was sufficiently sound and remodeling and expansion would be the best option. With specific direction from the owners, Lynn set out to design a vacation home that would provide the features that were important to them and the additional space they needed. As is typical for lakeshore sites, complying with county ordinances needed to be included as part of the design process.

The result is an exterior that bears little resemblance to the existing home. A second bedroom, loft and new  bathroom were added on the upper level. A closet with plumbing and electrical provisions for a secondary stacked washer/dryer was worked into the plans as well.

The main floor will have an expanded and modernized kitchen and dining area. The existing screened porch will be transformed into a year ’round sun room that opens into the great room as well as the dining room area.

The lower level will see the greatest changes including an updated and expanded owner’s bedroom and bathroom. The existing main bath will be relocated to provide better access from the lake and expanded to accommodate a growing family. The lack of a laundry room was resolved as well. A new lake toy storage area was another addition to the lower level.

The home will be completely re sided, re roofed and the exterior wood decking will be replaced with new composite decking. The home will be conditioned with gas forced air heating and standard air conditioning. There will be separate systems for the 2nd floor and lower level to give greater control of the comfort level on each floor.