One of the most exciting parts of creating Idlewild Cottage is the fact that we get to design…everything. Essentially, we bought a foundation, detached garage and land (about 3 acres, mostly wooded) when we got this place. It was the perfect location for us, in a wonderful neighborhood that gets more foot traffic than vehicles going by. The Cottage is walkable to all the town amenities such as the corner store, post office, restaurants, church, school, etc. Best of all, if you walk up the road, you’re at Lake Sacandaga. Now, it’s a small town, so it’s not like a city center, but it suits us.
The house was beyond saving, other than pieces. Years of neglect had done its damage inside and out, and the style of living of the previous owners (leaving food out, letting dog and cat food pile up beneath cabinets, etc.) led to a pretty healthy rodent infestation. I knew we could make it work, but it was only when the price of the place dipped below $100K that it was even worth considering. The house is going to receive all new windows, doors, walls, electrical, plumbing, insulation, roof, siding, porch, floors, etc…and all that comes at a price. Luckily, we are working with Brian McCormick of McCormick Carpentry to make this into a reality. I have the best kind of recommendation for his work–my own.
Our previous house, which we loved but just wanted to scale down a bit, was built by him. He has an eye for quality craftsmanship and utilizes space to the max. When Jason and I first were talking about a major renovation, I said, “Would it be totally weird to call the guy who built the house we’re now selling?” Turns out, it wasn’t–he was actually just putting his “dream house” on the market, too. Turns out dreams aren’t linear, they morph and change with your life and circumstances.