Goshen Lakefront Cottage

Located on the shores of a beautiful hilltown lake, the site is one of several originally subdivided in the 1930’s as small building lots for summer homes. The existing cottage had fallen into severe disrepair, and wasn’t suited to a family of four adult siblings.

C&H designed a modest but spacious new cottage with a mix of private and shared spaces, that will provide flexibility to fit the lifestyle of the owners and act as a gathering space for the seasonal reunions of four siblings dispersed across the globe.

Project Details

  • The existing cottage was a single story in a 20’x40′ footprint. Our new design expands the footprint only slightly to 22’x40′, and adds a half story with dormers, allowing for additional bedrooms and a loft-like den with views to the floor below and the lake beyond.
  • The new cottage will replace the old fossil fuel boiler with a dual head air-source heatpump. This is well suited to the compact spaces, and will provide both heat and cooling if needed.
  • The existing chimney and open fireplace will be fitted with a glass fronted fireplace insert and metal flu to improve air sealing, while retaining the atmosphere and radiant heat offered by a wood burning hearth.
  • A double height space over the dining and kitchen area will make modest spaces feel larger than they are. This space, located on the eastern, lakeside of the cottage, will bring morning light and water views into the rest of the building.
  • A gracious composite deck extends the living space, with enough room for outdoor dining with family and friends.
  • The interior is inspired by a rustic cabin aesthetic, but with the clean lines and comforts of a modern retreat. Whitewashed vertical pine paneling wraps up and over the interior of the double-height space, highlighting the traditional a-frame form with contemporary detailing.