Cottage Renovation & Custom Garage

Stage: Construction Drawings

Project description

This project involves a significant renovation and expansion of a waterfront cottage to accommodate a multigenerational family. The design focuses on creating functional spaces that meet the needs of three generations, ensuring comfort and convenience for both full-time and visiting family members. The living space was significantly increased by adding a second floor to a portion of the existing cottage.

Main Level

On the main level, two bedrooms were eliminated to make room for a dedicated laundry room and an office to facilitate remote work and personal projects. The primary bedroom remains on the main floor for one-floor, day-to-day living, and now boasts an expanded ensuite bathroom. The main bathroom moves upstairs and converts to a powder room on the main level. The existing great room sunroom, dining room and kitchen are unchanged.

Second Level

A second-floor expansion over one side of the cottage allows for three bedrooms and a main bathroom for the younger generations. The new bedrooms include large windows for optimal light.


To achieve a cohesive and low-maintenance exterior appearance, the existing siding will be updated to match the new addition, a composite material that requires no maintenance.

New Detached Garage

As part of the cottage renovation, a new detached 2-car garage will be constructed. Since the cottage does not have a basement, the garage will serve as a crucial area for dry storage in addition to vehicle parking. For ease of access, a staircase will lead to a large, standing-height attic storage area. The garage siding will match the updated composite siding of the cottage for a unified aesthetic and will include wood brackets and a decorative shed roof over the door to enhance the visual appeal.

This renovation and expansion project is designed to create a harmonious, functional, and aesthetically pleasing living environment that caters to the needs of this multigenerational family, ensuring that the cottage remains a cherished family retreat for years to come.

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