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Old Cottage New Life

Old Cottage New Life

One of my favorite clients, whom I’ve been working with for years, has the most lovely cottage situated on Paudash lake, west of Bancroft, Ontario. This cottage was built sometime between the 1930’s and 1940’s. I started doing renovations on this property in 2010. Some renovations had been done over the years but my client was ready to breath new life into the property.

The first step in this endeavor was to make the basement a functional space. Originally the space was used for storage, plumbing and things of that sort. In fact I’m stretching to even call it a basement, it was actually more of a crawl space.

After we hammered out some bedrock to give a little more height, along with some rot issues we got to work turning this space into an actual basement. Some of the best materials I would suggest working with in this kind of renovation are really geared towards the moisture issues we confront in these spaces. Every basement is different.

Allure vinyl plank click flooring is one of the best and really most attractive products I’ve used in a basement. It is extremely moisture resistant and with its long 36″ faux board it gives a real stately and modern look to the room.

Aquaboard UltraLight Mould-Tough sheet rock drywall – mildew resistant comes in 4×8 sheets and provides an added barrier and resistance to moisture.

Suspended ceilings are always an ideal solution for basements because in most homes we require access to plumbing and wiring for maintenance.

Creative Solution to Access the Basement

The cottage isn’t overly huge, though it’s a decent size it was never designed for a space to access the basement. We had to get creative to use a small bedroom upstairs as the main access point to the basement. My client didn’t to lose the sleeping space but he also didn’t want his family to have to go outside, walk around the cottage and enter the basement through the basement door. So we decided to maximize the use of this space by incorporating a bed into the stair access corridor as you see here.

Able to support a single mattress above these winding stairs was a great way to save on space. The railing acts as a headboard and the custom designed treads are save and easy to traverse. When hosting his family and friends my client doesn’t lose a vital sleeping area and still has access to the two new bedrooms we created down stairs.

If you’re looking for creative solutions to your next home renovation be sure to get in touch with us today.





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