Arbutus Cottage Renovation20 Photos
This serene location had long been a family destination. Surrounded by water on three sides, the original historic hunting cabin no longer fit the active family with adult children, extended family, and guests. The owners wanted to retain some of the rustic nature of the original log cabin, yet accommodate the modern life-style needs at their lakeside retreat. We began by organizing the interior and exterior circulation creating an inviting entry space. We expanded into the existing garage with additional sleeping and bathing spaces, enlarged the kitchen, and created new gathering spaces which included a sizable outdoor room. The master suite was enlarged to contain a working office and a more comfortable bathroom. An attractive new garage was built to house the "toys" and future work shop. Approaches to the cottage from both the lake and the land played an important role into the total renovation design.

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

New front entry and stair hall addition. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

Renovations and additions to the existing historic cabin. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

A new facade fronts one of the three lake views. Dietrich Floeter Photography.

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

Welcoming new entry and stair hall greets visitors with warm wood walls and polished concrete floor. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

Built-in bunks grace the former garage location. Dietrich Floeter Photography.

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

New guest suite offers views to the lake and privacy from the drive approach. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

Roomy and modern new en-suite guest bathroom at the former garage staircase. Engineered concrete vanity top with integral sink makes it easy to maintain. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

New service hall to lake with easy access to the laundry. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

Engineered concrete vanity top with integral sink brings a splash of color and ease of maintenance to the busy new Hall Bath. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

A larger more open kitchen is the gathering place for the whole family. Forest green traditional shaker cabinets are topped by modern, leather finished gray quartz tops that harken to the concrete floors of the lower level. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

The renovated porch makes watching the view and getting down to the beach even more enjoyable. Dietrich Floeter Photography.

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

The new outdoor room is complete with a covered connection to the cottage and a designated nook for the grill and BBQ chef. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

Warm new master suite. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

Fully-functional new home office in the former master bedroom area. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

New master bathroom. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

New secondary entries organize the circulation and offer lake views on both sides of the cottage. New distressed hardwood floors unify new and existing spaces. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

A new garage for toys and future work-shop adds to the cottage compound. Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

Dietrich Floeter Photography

Arbutus Cottage Renovation

View from the lake! Dietrich Floeter Photography