You’ve made it to the end of the tour! Lucky for you, I’ve saved the best for last.
The cottage itself is cute, but what makes this property so special is its proximity to the Connecticut River. There is no way that we’d legally be able to build a home in this location, so we want to make sure that we’re maximizing the river view opportunities that we have.
The current porch is located off of the kitchen/dining space on the first floor (see above). It’s open to the elements at the moment, no screens to speak of though there are some large windows that you can (theoretically) pop in and out. The support structure underneath the porch is fairly shot, so walking on either of the far corners is an exercise in bravery.
Ultimately, we’ll enclose this porch area into permanent living space. Since we fully expect to spend hours planted on the couch watching the water go by, we’re planning to have windows on all three sides. Who needs wall space when you have a view?
Due to the fragility of the porch in its current state, the next phase for it is total demolition. Sorry, porch. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. Once it’s removed from the main structure, we’ll be able to stabilize the back foundation, get the floors level, and drop in some piers to support the new living space.
Lots of work to be done, but we’ll use the river views to sustain us through the inevitable hiccups that come with a construction project!
Up next, demo day(s).