Welcome back to another episode of The Cottage Chronicles, where we share our editor’s personal renovation stories and more of the remodeling process.
This is one of my most exciting projects to date. Not only am I able to give our little cottage the makeover it deserves, but I feel like I’m honoring my grandparents in the process.
If you are new here, we are calling this project “The Cabin Kitchen” and it’s basically a tiny home, at just under 400 sq. ft. The whole cabin was actually my grandparent’s “Granny Suite” attached to the family cottage until they sadly passed a few years ago. So after we inherited it, we gave it some time before we decided to figure out how we could remodel it to fit our family better.
The Start of the Cabin Kitchen Design
Like I said, the entire cabin is approximately 380 sq. ft. So we’re dealing with a very small space for the kitchen. Which means I am very limited in the changes I can make to the layout.
So far I plan on making very few changes, other than moving the refrigerator. Which is too big and blocks off most of the kitchen counter space. Other than that, the only other changes I’m making to the original layout are things like adding a kitchen/bar cart and changing some of the shelving.
The rest of the cabin makeover will happen room by room over the next year. We plan on taking it slow since we have so many other projects on the go.
The Missing Supports & Supply Lines
The reason we chose to start with the kitchen is that it had the most need for new walls. There was a smell I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of. Turns out it was caused by some damp beadboard. Fiberboard in general isn’t great for areas with high humidity, like lakefront cottages.
Besides that, the walls were in great condition, minus a few missing supports. But it’s such a minor fix that we just added a few new boards and called it a day.
Well, it seemed like everything was going so smoothly until I realized that I didn’t account for the supply lines that were running behind the kitchen drawers.
And that is exactly where our new mini vintage fridge was supposed to be installed. I’m now left with about 19″ of space, and any mini fridge I’ve found has a depth of at least 23″.
So, it’s back to the drawing board. Because at this point, I’m not 100% sure we can get rid of the fridge that is there now. It’s just that if we don’t the kitchen will be a really awkward space.
What you guys can expect?
Last week while I was at the cottage, I got to see the kitchen with the drywall installed. And seeing it made me so excited. It looks like a completely new room which means it’s now ready for me to start choosing paint colors and kitchen tiles.
But on top of all the fun design stuff, the reason we love sharing our renovation stories and remodeling adventures is that we know how important “home” is. We know making a house into a home (or cottage/cabin) takes time, effort, and money. It’s not easy, and we want to show an approachable way to design the space you love and make the most of where you live right now.
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