We have been working with a couple since last fall to design and build out the renovation on their beach cottage. We had worked with them on a small renovation on the same house a couple of years ago and now they were ready to really get serious! You can see the first phase here, where we added a front entry porch, added on to their carriage house  and added a wall & beams to the outdoor shower and replaced their existing roof’s shingles with new hand split shakes.

The new renovation is far more extensive, we have raised the roof to allow for a den and library sitting area and have extended the living room out towards the water 6 1/2 feet. The work was to be done while they were away for the winter, by the time the plans were finalized and the permit in place it was the first of December! We were so fortunate to have the weather co-operate to allow for opening up the roof and getting the worst over with before the real winter weather set in. With our knowledgeable crew, supplies all readily at hand and determination, they accomplished the task in time! A little lost sleep and a couple of full weeks of long, hard days and it was ready for the roofers!

I will do several posts on this reno – as I think there is too much to show you all at once. Today I will concentrate on how the front of the cottage has evolved to how it looks today.

 The last things to be completed on this side of the house are the trim around the round window and the staining of the shakes, posts and beams, which will have to wait until warmer weather. The landscapers are busy reinstalling the brick pavers under the new covered porch area where they had to be removed to pour the concrete footings for the posts.

This addition has added so much extra room to this cottage, and with lots of windows (on the other two sides) and a vaulted ceiling it feels very bright and airy. The next post will show you how the waterfront side has changed….