So we moved in. We painted and decorated, but didn't make any major changes - and really started to enjoy our cottage.
The floor plan was simple - although a bit awkward. There were two bedrooms upstairs. And a centrally located bathroom and staircase - that presented all kinds of challenges for our future plans.
The bathroom (only one in the house) opened off of the living room and also had a washer and dryer. It was big, but divided the house in half and made an open concept floor plan impossible.
The dining room was to the left of the front door. It was a long room, with space for a desk at one end and a table on the other side with a french door out to the deck. BTW - are you starting to recognise some of the things I use for staging houses???
A big design flaw? The staircase. It's hard to show how steep it was in these photos. Let's just say that 'ladder' is a word that comes to mind when you're going up and down! A typical staircase has a 'rise' (the height of each stair) of approximately 7". These were closer to 9"! And the treads were very narrow.
Upstairs, the staircase landed in the middle of the first bedroom (you can see the newel post in the bottom of the photo). It was a decent sized room, but also served as a hallway to the other bedroom (awkward when you have guests - just ask our daughter's boyfriend when he came to visit!!!). And see the closet? It was the only full height closet in the house, but it was so shallow, you had to put hangers on an angle.
The ceilings were very low - and we are tall. The only place we could stand straight up was along the centre ridge and in part of the dormers. Richard said I looked like I was from Land of the Giants when I stood near the windows, where the ceiling height was the lowest. To look out the windows, we had to crouch down to see the water view we were so excited about.
|See bedroom 1 through the doorway? No hallways and very little privacy up here!|
But it was a fun, cozy little house to start off with - and gave us time to start planning the renovation.