- West Mountain Builder
- Stefanie Werner
The Lake View House is a gut renovation of an Edwardian house. The house on Lake Waramaug CT was originally double the size and built as a hotel. After a fire half of the building was demolished and turned into a private home. Over the years the porches were enclosed, extensions at the back were added and multiple renovations adapted the building to a family home, with numerous small rooms. Only a few rooms took advantage of the spectacular setting on the lake. When our client purchased the property it was in need of a complete gut renovation to optimize the space and maximize the views. We opened up the main floor to create one free flowing open space forming the kitchen, dining area, and returned the enclosed porch to being an outdoor living space all with panoramic views of the lake. We created a guest suite this floor that can also be used as a Study. The existing house had a damp semi basement guest room which also served as the main entrance. We removed the existing rotten wood floor over a crawl space and replaced it with an insulated and waterproofed new concrete slab on grade. The enclosed porch in front of it serves now as an entrance and seating area with lake views, ideal during colder periods during the year. The main room on this level became the family and TV room, which has expansive views of the lake but also an intimate cosy atmosphere for evening TV viewing with a contemporary gas fire as a focal point. The 3 levels the house are connected by a cedar faced wall that forms a backdrop to a custom blackened steel and pine stair case. The heavy pine treads of the stair are supported on slender blackened steel stringers. The balustrade for the stair and landings is designed to overlap and maximize space and create a bold design feature linking all three floors. The Kitchen is designed to maximize both storage and food prep space, along with an island for socializing and serving pre dinner drinks and hor’s douvres.
The exterior space has been landscaped to create dining and lounging spaces working with the existing terrain and rock formations. The exterior of the house is clad in Hardie Board to create a period sympathetic yet clean modern appearance. The bedroom floor consist of a master and guest suite with bathrooms designed in a modern clean aesthetic, mixing tile and cedar wall and floor finishes to create warm, clean and contemporary design solution. The whole design fuses the character of the exiting traditional house form with the planning, spatial and aesthetic needs of the twenty first century.
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Wood burning stove in living room
Living room with lake view
Open living and dining room
Kitchen and dining room
Kitchen and dining room
Kitchen and outdoor patio