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How to Add a Second Story to Your Lake House: DIY Home Improvements

How to Add a Second Story to Your Lake House DIY Home ImprovementsWhat started as a second home on a lake to "get away from it all," began to become a true home for one family. Time on the lake began to become part of their everyday life, and they didn't want to leave the lake cottage once winter began to creep in. But the problems with a lake house as a permanent, year-round home like space and winterization kept them from turning the lake house into home


Sound familiar? If a lake cottage seems like the perfect place to make a home for your family, but you're not finding the right house, then you may be thinking it's time to give up the dream. Here's the thing: you can add a second story to a house that cannot expand on one level. And you don't have to break the bank to do it.


Did you know that you can buy an interior design scheme instead of hiring an expensive designer to help make this dream a reality? A scheme is the plan behind the design, and you can purchase this for a lot less than it would take a designer to come up with a plan. Sometimes a designer is the way to go, especially if you want to go hands-off and you have the money for it. But for many homeowners, a pre-designed scheme with ideas to customize it is the way to go.


Watch the short video below with interior designer Sondra K. Phillips in Southwest Michigan. Sondra turned a single level lake cottage into a dream home by adding a second story with interior design schemes. In part one of this 2-part interview, Sondra goes over the before and after plans, why the client chose certain feels for the project and how it all came together.


From the modern fireplace to the marble counter top in the bathroom, a few pieces to this project add an "expensive feel" to this remodel. But you can find places to save money, too. Finding a cabinet from Ikea, mirrors from The Home Depot or a bed from Art Van can save money where needed so you can "splurge" on something like the counter top.


You can also research DIY home decor on Pinterest with AmeriFirst. When it comes to turning a house into your home, you have a lot of resources out there. Be sure to choose wisely, like Interior Design Schemes.

DIY Home Decor Guide

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