*New stairwell incorporated off the Kitchen
*Front window designed with a break positioned so the view could be seen from both upstairs and downstairs
Area: 1,800 sq. ft.
Location: Moore Lake, Halliburton
The VanderGeests’ heart is tied closely to their 1988 Lake Moore cottage—originally a cozy 1,300 square foot stilted bungalow, which they’ve lovingly adapted over the years (such as adding a basement and garage). But with three grown kids, four grandchildren, and the hope of retiring at the cottage on the horizon, they decided to do a major renovation that would ultimately give them more space. “The first time I met with Glenn, I got a very good first impression. He is a down-to-earth guy and he was upfront about what was doable and he had good ideas.” The couple had thought about tearing down the existing structure, but Glenn reassured them that it was up to code and could be built on to. So the couple went on Cedar Winds’ wait list and two years later, they began their much needed renovation.
“Glenn came to our cottage and made design suggestions that met our vision, which included raising the roof to enhance the view of the lake, and expanding out the kitchen and dining area so everyone wasn’t on top of each other. The design drawings were very detailed, and he was able to take our ideas and put them to paper well.”
“I’ve been involved in construction a little over the years and I don’t like seeing crooked nails or cracked drywall. Cedar Winds had fine craftsmanship and took the time to do everything properly.”
“Glenn was pretty clear about numbers, and, as he warned us, the final cost often comes down to finish choices. When we started picking things from doors to counters, we decided we did not want to go the cheap route.”
Excellent design advice
“Teresa offered incredibly detailed design ideas. For example, I can see why she helped us choose such light colours to finish our kitchen—it all flows so beautifully. She also spent three hours with us in a lighting store in Peterborough to help us pick out just the right fixtures.”
“The trades were always very polite, friendly and kept the worksite clean.”