Collaborators: Full House Construction
After a contemporary addition was added to a Skaneateles lake house, the owners wanted to renovate the existing cottage to give it an updated feel and also make it more accessible to their needs as aging seniors. Echo created a modernization plan for the existing house, and used the opportunity to harmonize the relationship between the old house and the new addition. The kitchen was re-imagined to meet the client’s needs for entertaining while providing coherent and user friendly storage systems. An existing bathroom was modified to include a low threshold shower and include laundry services that were increasingly inaccessible to the client in the basement. A secondary entrance is proposed that will provide an easier approach to the house with an accessible access point which will aid in mobility, while unifying the function of a breezeway between the existing house and the addition.
Echo provided architectural and construction services, collaborating with Full House Construction on the carpentry. Echo designed and fabricated custom built-in pieces and cabinetry throughout. The work followed sustainable design principles with a focus on material efficiency.