LAKE WISCONSIN ADDITION AND REMODEL
General Contractor: Lake Wisconsin Construction, Prairie du Sac Wisconsin
Located on the north shore of Lake Wisconsin, this vacation cottage was originally designed in a half-timber chalet style. The homeowners requested an updated exterior, replacement of the flat-roofed garage, the addition of an new bedroom and 3-season room, as well as an expanded kitchen and a better connection between the front of the house and the back patio, which overlooks the lake.
My clients' original idea was to add a bedroom suite above the garage, but I showed them how a new bedroom could be tucked under the kitchen addition instead, resulting in a smaller overall addition and eliminating having to run plumbing and heating to the garage.
The original kitchen was small and cut off from the living / dining room. The west addition more than doubles the size of the kitchen and creates a new dining area with tall windows wrapping around two sides. The new kitchen extension has 9' ceilings. The original exterior wall of the kitchen has been replaced with strategically located posts and beams, making the kitchen and dining extension very open to the living room.
In the space where the dining table formerly sat, there is a built-in bench with drum pendant light that is envisioned as a future game-playing area. The new 3-season room sits on posts above the walkway between the front and the back of the house.
On the exterior, the existing wood siding and wood trim and much of at the existing stucco were replaced with engineered wood lap siding and shakes. The new exterior color scheme of french blue with accents of white and pale gray gives a more nautical feel to the house.
The original cottage was wrapped by a deck on all four sides, most of which was not used. The new composite deck is located primarily on the south (lake) side of the house, as well as at the entry. The chalet-style railings were replaced with crisp-looking cable railings. Scalloped trim connects the posts supporting the new deck.
Lowering the grade between the house and the garage placed the entry walkway at the same level as the back patio, eliminating the need to walk up a set of stairs to get from the back yard to the front.