LODI LAKEFRONT HOME
General Contractor: DC Builders, LLC of Lodi, Wisconsin
This recent project illustrates a remarkable transformation that occurred when my clients decided to upgrade their recently purchased lakefront home overlooking Lake Wisconsin near Lodi. Previous owners of the home clearly had some interesting ideas about how to make it unique, but when my clients purchased the home in 2019, it was woefully in need of an update.
The home consisted of a small cabin with a full basement and a later addition which stepped up the hill and had no basement below it. The family room and main level bedroom had windows overlooking the lake, while the kitchen and dining area were in the newer part of the home, facing the street. This project involved a total gut job on the inside, and the entire front part of the house ended up being replaced when it was discovered to be sagging.
The new design flips the kitchen and downstairs bedroom so that the kitchen and family room flow together as one space, with two large patio doors onto the enlarged lakeside deck. The stair to the basement was relocated so that a laundry room and powder room could take its place at the front of the house, making more efficient use of the space.
On the second floor, part of an upstairs balcony overlooking the lake was enclosed to create more interior space for the bathroom and three bedrooms, two of which have doors onto the balcony.
The exterior of the home was dramatically changed when the street-facing balcony was replaced with a steeper roof and the T-11 siding was replaced with engineered siding. The second story low-slope roof was also replaced with a steeper roof. The front facade was given taller windows, a more attractive entry door and larger entry roof. From the outside, the original home is barely recognizable due to the altered rooflines, windows and deck.