Custom Cottage Renovation - Kawartha Lakes Construction

Custom Cottage Renovation

The Vision

This custom cottage renovation came to life when our client purchased an older cottage on Stoney Lake. The vision was that the cottage space would serve as a space to spend time with loved ones and create memories with her children & grand kids. She was in love with the location and the lot; however, the existing cottage needed some adjustments. The space was dated and closed off and our client envisioned an open concept space with more bedrooms to accommodate her family.

Her dilemma was one that we see often here at KLC: homeowners in older cottages debating whether to work with the space they have and renovate or start from scratch and demo/rebuild.

Design Solution

A key initial decision that would dictate much of the design choices for this custom cottage renovation was to salvage the original foundation, which would save our client money. This meant our Designer, Christine, needed to provide the open concept aesthetic our client desired, include everything on her wish list, and all the while stay within the original footprint. Christine’s first round of concepts proposed the idea of converting the previous sunroom space into an extension of the living room so it would be full-time/usable space.

When presenting this concept, our client realized that she valued having a sunroom so concept #1 wouldn’t fit. She also didn’t feel the 2nd floor design was as open as she hoped for. The decision was made to increase the usable square footage of the space to allow her to still have a sunroom and a more open 2nd floor.

Utilizing the space over the sunroom for an additional bedroom was a cost-effective means of gaining additional floor space while achieving the open feel and desired number of bedrooms.

Challenges Vs. Solutions

CeilingThe colour of the wood selected for the ceilings was changed without the manufacturer informing KLC or our supplier. Our dear friend Warren Rose at Monaghan Lumber was quick to get a rep from the supplier to remedy this. They managed to track down old stock that was just enough for what we needed.
FlooringWhen we ordered flooring, the dealer was completely out of stock with no indication of when more would be available. Warren saved the day again and took alternate samples to our client in Toronto to help speed up deciding on another selection.
InvisirailThe information that we received for Invisirail was not accurate and some special wedges were required to make it work. Warren was quick to get us in touch with the rep and we were able to get them shipped quickly.

Project Highlights

“Bents”: Our client loved the bents from another custom cottage build of KLC’s so we added several throughout the cottage. The bents were also stained to match the front door selected.

Staircase + Front Porch Details: The interior staircase includes posts at the bottom that match those of the covered front porch, a lovely focal point as you drive up to the cottage.

Black Windows! Our client really wanted windows that were black inside and out. Sounds like a simple request, but at the time, availability for this type of product was slim. KLC’s Project Developer, Don Koppin, was able to track down a vinyl window that fit the look and the budget.

Flooring: The engineered wood flooring selected had a unique colour and proved to be difficult to match to the rest of the trims. The team at Ashburnam Paint did an excellent job of helping us match the colours for trims to prefinished material selections.

Energy Efficient Framing System: The design used an XP framing system which allowed the new space to be extremely airtight and energy efficient

Demo & Re-purposing: A cool element of this custom cottage renovation was that our client was as equally committed to salvaging and repurposing as many materials as possible as our Project Developer, Don Koppin. Together, they managed to salvage many of the materials before the demolition, which is a great feeling in an industry that can be wasteful.

Project Partners

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Siding R&M Smith Contracting
Cultured Stone Doughty Masonry Center
Electric Heffernan Electric
Excavation/Aggregate Birchview Excavating
Exterior Finishing Kawartha Eavestroughing & Siding Ltd
Flooring Meistercraft
Tile Rob & Brett Custom Tile
Insulation KB Insulators
Lumber Chemong Home Hardware
Lumber Discovery Dream Homes
Lumber Kingdon Lumber
Lumber Monaghan Lumber
Plumbing M&J Plumbing
Roofing Harold Moriarty & Sons Roofing
Steel Kawartha Metals Corp.
Windows/Doors FCI
HVAC Noddle Sheet Metal & Mechanical
Painting Lazlo’s Painting
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