We’ve were asked to return to the site of our very first project at Clear Lake which was completed 30 years ago. That project entailed a rebuild and vertical expansion of an existing cottage initially constructed in 1934. Reconstructing the home on the existing footprint was dictated by an ordinance requiring the use of that approach to maintain two separate dwellings on the site.
A similar ordinance is in effect currently and as such, led the family to follow the same approach for much the same reasoning. The existing lakeside cottage was dismantled (mostly by hand) down to the existing lower level walls and foundation. The reconstructed lake home was expanded vertically to a total of 2,284 sq. ft. of living area which provides more than 1,000 sq. ft. of additional space than what the original cottage offered.
The rebuilt vacation home has 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths plus a powder room. In addition to a large great room on the main level there is a bonus room on the upper floor to provide a second activity area. A large island in the kitchen doubles as a prep area and dining surface. A generously sized laundry room is conveniently located just off of the kitchen.
The exterior is clad in manufactured stone and fiber-cement board & batten siding. The floor boards and railing was replaced with composite materials on the exterior deck. We believe Lynn has designed a lake home that uses the available space to it’s maximum efficiency. Even though the layout and exterior design was limited by following the existing footprint, we believe this vacation home would work very well had there not been any constraints in place.