Award-Winning Beach Cottage Remodel

Reclaimed materials, optimized layout & storage, and beautiful design make for a mini retreat that's all about maximum fun on the water
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: May 1, 2012
small cottage renovation
Photo by Great Island Photography
Is it a cabin or a cabana? No matter – Gerry and Sheri Weber call their mini retreat perfect. “We love it,” says Sheri of this 440-square-foot getaway on Pleasant Lake, N.H.

With 800 feet of waterfront, there’s plenty of room for the family’s Sea Ray boat and sundry water toys. Their 1.6-acre lot also came with two century-old cabins.

Since town regulations allow only one per lot now, the Webers decided to remodel the cabin on
the beach. Dismantling the other on the point opened the view of the lake.

Another bonus: the salvaged components could be used in the remodel, greatly reducing the amount of new material needed for the project and debris destined for the landfill.
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