Partial remodel and renovation of a 1937 summer cottage. The property is used during the summer and fall months only, has an open foundation, no insulation, minimal heating and wall unit A/C.
We need a cost efficient remodel to make the first floor more functional and aesthetically pleasing without losing the cottage feel. Submissions should include a floor design that reconfigures the kitchen, bathroom and study, and suggestions for cabinets, countertops, flooring, wall finishes, lighting and furniture.
1. Improve the flow of air and traffic from the front of the house through to the back deck. We entertain most often outside, so easy access to and from the deck/yard is key.
2. Redesign the kitchen to maximize counter space and storage.
3. Add a shower unit to the bathroom.
4. Relocate the bathroom door away from the kitchen workspace to improve traffic flow and provide a greater sense of privacy when the bathroom is in use.
5. Take better advantage of views of the tidal marsh from the rear of the house. These are the best views from the cottage and right now they are generally blocked off from the interior.
6. Make better use of the study adjacent to the kitchen.
GENERAL DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS/LIMITATIONS
1. Zoning requirements restrict any remodel to the exterior footprint of the existing structure. The only available additional space is located under the covered portion of the deck, on the rear of the house.
2. Since this is a summer cottage only, we are not interested in high-end materials such as granite countertops and exotic wood floors. Materials must be suited to a shoreline environment – hot and humid in the summers, extreme changes in temperature between summer and winter months- and easy to maintain.
4. To minimize cost, we prefer to limit the remodel to the rear of the cottage but will consider a plan that includes all or part of the adjacent living room if necessary for the right design, retaining the original wood floor, stairs and fireplace.
6. We are located in a flood zone and would prefer flooring that can withstand rare exposure to water.
1. Maximize storage and counter space, and reduce the amount of wasted floor space.
2. We usually eat outside and have a table in the living room - but the ideal kitchen plan will include a small "sit in" counter space for two or three stools.
4. Improve traffic and air flow from front of the house to the back. Currently, people must cut through the center of the kitchen to exit to the deck or enter the bathroom.
1. Add a shower unit. We will continue to use the existing outdoor shower most often, so the indoor unit should be easy to clean and maintain (fiberglass preferred over tile and grout), and just big enough to be comfortable and functional. This is the only bathroom in the house.
2. Move doorway away from the kitchen work area to create some sense of privacy.
III. Study/1st Floor Bedroom
1. Create a sitting area with views to the outside, tv on the wall, and a small computer workspace.
2. Open all or part of the space into the kitchen to improve function.
3. Keep the existing closet under the stairway (its the only closet on the first floor).
4. Improve views of the back yard and marsh.
1. Pictures of the current space and views (some were taken after the cottage was "closed" for the winter and include items stored inside until spring. We will post additional pictures on request)
2. A diagram of the space, with measurements.
Thank you all, in advance, for considering our project. We look forward to your submissions!