Lake Sunapee, Sunapee, NH
The existing house had severe water damage. The high, oddly proportioned 6’-8’ overhangs were sagging with much of the trim missing. The insulation was minimal. The windows, skylights and doors were old, warn and damaged…..not to mention did not provide adequate egress for the occupied spaces and bedrooms. Porches and decks wiggled precariously. The entry, circulation, materials and fixtures all were under par for this family’s lake front retreat.
The old windows and doors were replaced with beauty, functionality and egress in mind. The walls and roof were furred out to provide room for new insulation and proper air and moisture barriers to be installed. The original roof overhang was cut back and bolstered structurally.
The second floor was redesigned to allow for a more functional circulation and bedroom layout and to get more bathrooms on the second floor. All the fixtures and finishes were upgraded as well as lighting, ceiling fans and a new ducted HVAC system were installed.
Shortening the original roof overhang allowed for the installation of a screened porch and new lower roof system that the grille and walking surfaces are better protected by and still stay within the original drip edge square footage which kept the town and the shore land protection agency happy. The new screen porch with party deck above gives even more options for extended gatherings and flow out to the water’s edge. Storage for the canoes and kayaks below is convenient to the lake a few steps away and clears the once underutilized basement for the Family/ TV room to be installed. The new siding, trim and lighting on the exterior……site work adding swales to divert from the building and a new stone patio complete with fire pit- finalize the transformation of the home.