This is my story of designing our renovation of a century-old lakehouse in Ontario. Each month, I’ll offer a new chapter on the challenges and solutions, and a peek at our progress. You’ll be able to see the actual house come together on new episodes of our video series The Lakehouse.
If you’re been following this series in print and seen our videos, then you know that our lakehouse looks like a huge space. In fact, the pictures and videos are deceptive. It’s true that the house is very wide and the great room, with its soaring cathedral ceiling, makes it feel especially spacious. On the other hand, there is no basement. I don’t know about you, but the basement of my city house is where it all happens. It’s where we work out, do projects, store everything and — most importantly — do laundry.
Laundry is a thing with me, so finding a way to create a functional, beautiful laundry room in a small space was my challenge. I started with the list of must-haves: washer, dryer, big laundry sink, extra-wide ironing board and tank iron, drying racks for hand laundry, storage and the all-important mangle. I could actually fit all of that into my new mudroom, but then I wouldn’t have a mudroom. You see, I had already planned to have coat storage, a tall integrated freezer and a wine fridge in my mudroom, along with a bench and dog shower.