Where to Begin

Before - Living / dinning

The Lake House is amazing!  it was built in the 1960’s with reclaimed barn beams as the load bearing structure.  The sub flooring is 2X8 tongue and grove pine, most of the walls are drywall, but several are reclaimed barn wood and the main floor ceilings are all tongue and groove pine as well.  Sounds great, right?  Unfortunately, it is also in need of a lot of renovating and remodeling to make it safe and livable.  We began by first removing the musty old carpeting and gutting the non-functional kitchen.  So now we need to start the list of projects that need to get done around the Lake House.

{the kitchen}

{the kitchen}

#1 The kitchen

The kitchen cabinets are fairly solid, but dated and the layout is terrible.  We were hoping to salvage and update the cabinets, but they were built into place and we really need to reconfigure the room.  To open up the space a little, we want to remove the wall separating the kitchen from the entry.

#2 The front entry

We will remove the coat closet and replace it with a mudroom wall.  The laundry area will stay where it is but be updated and rearranged.  The whole kitchen will be rearranged and replaced with new cabinets and appliances.  The floors will need to be redone and will will tile the entry, laundry and bath.  Of course there will be many other cosmetic projects as well. (I’m thinking the brick fireplace will need to be stained and Jason really wants to put in some planked walls!)

 

Upstairs is a whole other story.  The loft is open to the downstairs and separated by an 18″ high barrier.  NOT SAFE.  so until we get around to updating the wood paneled loft, the door to it will remained locked.

{the loft}

{the loft}

 

We will need to replace some of the wood siding outside, and trim the exterior windows.  We also need outdoor landscaping, but the exterior will have to wait until we get through some of the other projects.