As I sat on the pink couch at #lakeshorelodgesc this afternoon looking through the old photos of the house, I could barely believe the transformation myself. Andrew and I are so thankful for all the skilled workers who brought our vision to life.
Ready to see all the change that took place?
We’ll start with the outside and make our way in…
Here’s what we bought last fall:
And this is what it looks like today after adding a gable along the front, Hardie Plank to wrap the house and a splash of color – SW Manitau Blue with Pure White trim. The deck boards also got two coats of marine-grade paint in Tin Lizzie
I’m just amazed at how pretty and happy it is now.
Making our way inside the house, starting with the old entry:
The doorway to the old kitchen was much smaller than it is now, looking into the main room.
The new and improved entry:
What we now call the main room was originally just a huge kitchen…
Our new main room:
We designated a 10ft x 11ft space for the kitchen, which is plenty of space for a ‘getaway’ kitchen. And honestly, the more I use it, the more I love it.
Around the corner from the entry way, there was not a laundry room before, and with the input of our contractor, we created space for it under the stairwell, opening to the main hallway.
I didn’t have a good before of the previous den (below), but where the black plastic is in this photo, was where a fireplace insert was previously.
In order to increase head space, we vaulted the ceiling on this end of the first floor:
Turning this old den into a large guest bathroom meant the weird, low window would have to go; in its place we added a transom window:
From the the new guest bath and ship-lap hallway, here’s the view of what was two downstairs bedrooms + closets and part of the bathroom:
This wall below was moved to the left side of that cinder block wall – also on the left of the photo, to enlarge the master bathroom.
And the new master suite downstairs:
The master bathroom has everything a getaway should – namely that soaker tub.
Moving upstairs…the master suite formerly consumed everything upstairs. And the views are certainly worth having the master upstairs, but we needed a better use of space for our dream. This is now our “bunkroom”:
The closet for the bunkroom was previously the doorway for entering the upstairs space.
The old bathroom upstairs, that was large and underutilized:
You can see that even though the bathroom was decreased by ~2ft (read about that below), it now still is quite large. Also, we kept the vanity – just painted it white!
And lastly, the master closet that was upstairs – we moved the left wall of the bedroom into the bathroom the depth of the vanity – 2 feet – and transformed the old closet into a new guest bedroom:
It’s a spacious room…that’s a queen bed in there 🙂
This house was certainly a labor of love and vision and we are thrilled to be finished with it!
I’d love to hear your feedback and if you have questions, please comment!
On to the next project…and until next time…