The owner's of this home desired a master bedroom and bath on the ground floor but were not wishing to move from the neighborhood they were very fond of. They contacted us to see what the prospects were for fitting the addition on the site. We were able to determine what portion of the lot was available for the addition by researching the records for the property and obtaining the old neighborhood covenants on the Recorder's website. After several floor plans were proposed the owner's settled on an option that included expansion of the front porch and additional storage space on the second level. The addition also includes features such as a custom ceramic steam shower, heated floors in the bath and his & her large walk-in closets. As is the case with additions to homes built in a different era, we took particular care to match the style of [...]
Needing a space for guests, the owners of this property were interested in using an existing unattached garage as the core of which a guest house could be built around. While preserving the function of the unattached garage, Lynn designed the three bedroom guest house to seamlessly attach to it. To meet lake ordinances, the guest home was attached to the main cottage with a covered exterior walkway. Although this addition was stick built, the extensive use of ship-lap wall coverings and beam work successfully achieved the owners wish that the interior match the feel of the timber framed main cottage.
After a devastating fire destroyed this historic building, the owner decided to rebuild and relocate the retail portion of their business from across the street into the new structure. They wanted a building that suited their business which is feed and grain sales and desired to use what could be salvaged from the original structure. Lynn designed a building using the original foundation and integrated the new building with the undamaged portions of the original structure. An antique elevator was one piece of the original building that the owner was quite interested in saving and we were able to incorporate that into the design as somewhat of a focal point of the interior.
The owners of this 100 year old cottage requested that architect Jim Kratzat design the addition of a new three-seasons porch, new bath room and expansion of the existing dining room. They wished to update the interior and the exterior but only to the point that the original cottage “feel” was maintained. Working as a team, the architect, the decorator Melisa Flickinger, the owner and our company accomplished the owner’s objectives for this project.
Due to extensive water damage to their existing cottage the owners of this property decided that it was not sensible to repair the home and building a new cottage was a better approach. Unfortunately, the town’s new ordinances precluded positioning the home close to the location of the existing structure. They were allowed however, to keep the original foundation in place and rebuild on the established location. Using the parameters of the existing foundation, Lynn was able to design a home with an exterior that does not resemble the old home in anyway and with a totally new floor plan that better fit the owner’s requirements for lake home living that the existing plan never offered. This home was featured in the November/December 2011 issue of Northern Indiana Lakes Magazine.