My husband and I have been lucky enough to buy a lakefront cottage as a gathering place for our kids and extended family. It looks fine from the street side, but from the water...not so much. The basement level 2 sliding doors, main door, and small window (just to the right of the right side sliding door) and posts all seem misplaced and unbalanced. The two spiral staircases are hazardous and eat up the small amount of deck space above, but we need a route to the water. Any suggestions for how we can improve the look and safety of the house from the water Thank you so much--I love your blog!
Congratualations on your beautiful cottage. Let me give you six little steps to make it fabulous.
1. No Metal- change it to wood. The metal makes the place look like 1985. We're going for Forever timeless here-not The Goldbergs. It might not be the fact that it's metal that's bad, but just the fact that it looks so dated.
2. Change the fluted Greek columns to square. Fluted Greek columns are a very formal look. This cottage is not nearly formal enough to pull them off. Go with a simple square- no smaller- the size is good, shape is not.
3. Increase the scale of the trim. The size of your trim, on the other hand, is way too small. I am referring to the trim around the outside of your windows, doors, gutter areas, etc. We want it much more pronounced. It might sound like a little thing, but it is not. It is a BIG thing in making the home charming.
4. Add a porch railing. When you replace the metal one on the second story- add one on the first.
5. Change the siding to board and batten or a wood shake. Your siding is small. Larger siding would also be a good look- board and batten or a shake would update it tremendously. If in all of your plans you don't want to spend all of the money I am suggesting- skip this step before the others. But- this one will also help.
6. Repaint. I would still keep the color light and neutral, and I admit, I can't see the roof color, but an updated color, like Driftwood Gray from Cabot Stains in the house below would be beautiful.
Thanks for writing in Kathy- you're a lucky lady to have a beautiful lake side home like this, and I know you'll make it even more beautiful.