The original plan for this project was to remodel and add to an existing modest lakeside cabin at Lake Lotawana. However, at the first meeting between the architect and the clients, it was decided the floor plan of the existing house did not function well and certain elements of the interior were only blocking the views of the lake. Additionally, the structure was in poor condition. Most of the existing house was razed but the existing footprint and patio was maintained along the lakefront.
A weekend retreat was designed to maximize the views and to provide the maximum amount of living area on a very narrow lot. Views of the lake were enhanced with large expanses of windows. The requisite lake cabin fireplace and chimney were moved to the side of the house so views would not be obstructed. The function of the house was enhanced with an open concept floor plan on the upper level that includes the living room, dining area and kitchen. The master bedroom and bath was also located on the upper level to maximize lake views and to maintain privacy. Both the living room and the master bedroom open onto a deck facing the lake. Rounding out the upper level are the laundry room and a half bath.
On the lower level, there is another main living space that opens onto a screened porch which then opens onto a large patio fronting the lake. Additionally, this level contains another three bedrooms, two baths and a storage area.
The owners salvaged many of the nautical elements from the original cabin and used them where possible throughout the new house, which is a cozy and charming retreat for the couple and their family.
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