The clients fell in love with this lakefront lot, but not its 1970’s ranch house which suited neither their lifestyle nor their taste. The challenge was to extract some value from the structure while making it suitable for entertaining large groups and transforming its look.
The existing garage, which blocked the best view, was replaced with an entry and great room, opening to the lake. A new garage with in-law apartment above was added on the uphill side of the house and a large screen porch was added on the lakeside. The balance of the existing house was reconfigured to provide an open kitchen/dining area which flows into the great room and porch, as well as separate sleeping quarters for family and guests. The exterior was re-skinned with red cedar shingles, clapboards, and planks, patterned to break up the mass of the house. Net savings for re-use of the existing structure was over $100,000.
As seen in lake living (Fall 2012), DownEast (October 2013) and Maine Home + Design (December 2013)