A Peak into the Lake Reno - Phase 1...

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Who doesn't love to go snooping around in other people's homes.  One of my favorite things as a kiddo was going into homes under construction around the neighborhood (I have never outgrown it).  My parents bought their lake cabin back in December 2010.  When you buy a lake place, you generally don't find perfection unless you want to pay the big bucks and even then it might be someone else's perfection SO my parents look for a great, flat lot with nice frontage and then renovate the house.  This is the 3rd time in 16 years they have done it and fingers-crossed this will be the last one.  Now that it is west of Minneapolis, it only takes 45 minutes from the airport and 4 hours for us.  They lived in the home for a while as my mom drafted up her "dream" plans.  It has turned out really neat and totally my parent's dream home!  My mom (she is seriously a saint) has been living in the house while they renovate (note to self: don't do it!).  Phase 1 will be complete by Memorial Day (official start date of lake season) and Phase 2 (the other half of the house) will commence August 15th (not quite the end of lake season).  I asked her if it would have been faster and chaper to demo the house and they asked, turns out the answer was no.  Often times people do that though.  So without further a do, let's go snooping around....
These are the back stairs up to the new addition - how about that cool PB nautical chandelier?  We saw stairs like this in a home we toured when house hunting (the house was 100 years old) but my mom LOVED the stairs.  The stairs will have canoe paddles as the railing bars - real canoe paddles....
The bunk room (I took a picture with people in it so you could see the size) there will be 8 beds and a family room up there.  When people come to the lake, they sleep together like camp...only moms with wee children (aka me) are exempt. 

See that little nook - yep my mom had a little light put in and teeny-tiny door for her grandkiddos...she even got a big floral dog bed to put in there so they could sleep in there if they want.  I feel bad for the carpet layers...
This door connects to the mom/dads of wee ones room.  It will have a crib and 2 queens I believe (I could be very wrong on that).  Then across the hall in the existing part of the house, there is 1 additional bedroom that will also serve as my dad's office at home.  It will have a king bed for my grandparents when they come. They get total privacy (I guess at 80, you should be allowed).
Next stop was the "mud" room - this door goes right out to the lake and hot tub.  There is an outdoor shower out the door and an additional shower/bathroom in that doorway to the left in the photo.  Plenty of storage for all the lake gear.
There will also be a stackable washer/dryer above and a freezer and refrigerator door for all laketime snacks and drinks....no dripping across the house to the kitchen #mymomissosmart #shethoughtofeverything.
This is the access to the garage in the mudroom, their charging station and coat closet (afterall there is 9 months of winter in MN)
My mom's office off the hallway from the old house to new addition...the windows overlook the lake and the  glass french doors add a lot of light to the hallway...
The hallway from the old house to the new addition...
My parents bedroom (on front of the house) - isn't that window seat so fun?
Their bathroom - the size is not huge but it is SO functional in the way they set it up...seperate sides for each of them, a future clawfoot tub and tile/glass shower...I suppose she might need some blinds as that window is on the front of the house - hello neighbors!

This is the tile for their bathroom - how awesome is that!
The front door....
Look at that beadboard ceiling and nautical light...she thought of every last detail (but she has been planning this home for 54 years ;)
The front door...those columns are from a farm in Duluth (hello upcycling?) they are even more beautiful in person...
The front (there is still the old yellow garage not pictured on the right - phase 2 it will become a screened in porch).  They still have a lot to do before Memorial Day but more pictures will come when we go then!  

What a great place to enjoy and let our kiddos grow up visiting...
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