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A simple seasonal cottage had recently been passed down through the family to the current owner. Their grandchildren are the 5th family generation to vacation at this sheltered Thompson Lake cove. The existing cottage, although comfortable and charming, needed updates to meet the changing needs of the extended family, such as more sleeping space, potable running water, septic system to replace the outhouse and holding tank and comfort adaptations for senior citizens. The homeowners wanted to incorporate “green” technology as much as possible while retaining a rustic “camp” feel and many original features. Whew! With the lake just 46 feet from the cottage to the front and a small stream running 50 feet behind, achieving these goals while meeting stringent DEP laws meant we had our work cut out for us. One of the most important decisions was the choice of a permanent wood foundation with daylight access. Permanent wood foundations, with a life expectancy of 300+ years, are more energy efficient than concrete foundations, allow for more useable interior space, and permit higher ceiling heights. Other green options used in this project include minimal construction impact on the lot itself, geothermal heat system, improved overall energy efficiency, reliance on renewable building materials, reuse of the original building and liberal use of recycled building materials. The finished home, while larger, retains much of the character of the original log sided camp. Open living spaces and large lakeside windows provide an airy, cheerful home that this family expects to use for generations to come. Curious about the owners? This memory filled family retreat belongs to my wife and me!

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