It's finally finished! Yippee! This weekend Son, DIL, the two grands plus her sister and family will be christening the new digs at the lake! It will sleep 10 now so with 8 they should have plenty of room. It's amazing how the builders took something that was in total ruin and tore out the bad and completely put it all back together even better then it was before.
I now have a kitchen that I never dreamed I would have at the lake. I have been stocking the cabinets with staples and making list after list of what we need as I think of it. I have made many trips down there putting more miles on my old Tahoe then I have in years. Lots and lots of decisions had to be made which would have been entirely overwhelming if I hadn't been guided along by the project manager in segments. I have made so many trips to the furniture store that they say "here comes trouble!" when I walk in. We have a wonderful relationship, I like their furniture and they like my insurance money!
Our old cottage was dark and cramped and when you got a crowd in there we were all walking all over each other. We didn't mind it then but now with a more open floor plan I see what we were missing. It's still small but feels much larger. We took out one small bedroom to add onto the kitchen to make that much larger then it was before. To make up for that bedroom we changed the daylight basement into a master suite of sorts with a queen size bed and bunks plus the sofa is a sleeper. It now serves as a family room/bedroom with a tv and sofa and chairs.
This is the living room on the main floor.
The living room is amazing. It now is all glass on the front with two sets of sliders with a perfect view of the lake. Before the kitchen was on the front with just one set of small sliders. It is light and airy with ceiling fans to keep things cool if it is an extra hot day. I never thought I would have a plaid sofa. I thought that was total geekdom but I LUV my plaid sofa, chair and love seat, it just looks so cottagey! Spellcheck is telling me that that is not a word but it is my word and my blog and it fits. :o)
I forgot to get a picture looking out over the water so will put that in next time, we are 14 feet from the water!
I love my kitchen so I had to put in another picture! :o) In the old place there was just a tiny kitchen with hardly any work space so this is a dream!
Downstairs used to be a dark and dingy room with the furnace, oil tank, partially finished but we just used it mostly to store the kayaks, now it is a lovely master bedroom/bunk room/family area and a bigger and better bathroom/laundry room.
What a view laying in bed looking out over the water!
The laundry room and bathroom were two separate rooms before so they took out the wall and made one larger room for us.
The grands like the jungle theme and have named all the monkeys already.
We now have a fireplace in the living room. Yes, I know it's fake but it does have heat and it does have fake fire that looks really natural especially in the evening. The tv is over the fireplace on the wall. Watching the fire and listening to the loons call back and forth is just amazing even if it is fake fire! (I'm allergic to real wood smoke so can't have a real fire.) At home we switched the fireplaces over to propane years ago and it is the best thing since sliced bread! No muss no fuss and no smoke. :o)
We still have one small bedroom on the main floor and a half bath. I was able to find a 'woodsy' themed bedspread set much like what I had before the flood. It's a great place to take a snooze after you've been out in the sun and want a rest. I find the Hubs in there quite often taking in Zzzzzzz's but that's what camp is all about, rest and relaxation.
I put another tv in the downstairs too so that if the grands want to be playing games or watching a movie they can curl up down there if they want.
I found this of the living room in another file but you can see that there was too much light outside so I will have to wait until I can take a picture at night. At least it gives you an idea of the view.
Look at these candle sticks, aren't they real looking? I mean like a real tree not a real candle! :o)
Here it is a few hours later and I still haven't posted this. Miss T came over and we went trail riding while Son, Grampie and Mr. D went out in the woods to get one of the Rhino's that had run out of gas.