Modern touches complement historic lakeside cottage
By Jennifer Murphy
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Ronald and Jamie Kardosh’s turn-of-the-century lake house has a fresh, new look.
Designs by Dawn, 416 E. Mitchell St., in Petoskey, was hired to design the renovation. For Jamie Kardosh, hiring designer Dawn Whyte was an easy decision. With her impressive portfolio and their family friendship, Whyte was perfect for the job.
Working with Whyte, Kardosh says, “we loved the designs. She knew the look that we were going for and she not only listened to what we wanted but also gave us several ideas to choose from.”
Located on the southeastern shore of Crooked Lake, on the sunrise side, the Kardoshes’ home has history, something that excites the couple.
“The original home was a small, logging cabin from the late 1800s. Throughout the years we know there were several additions built to expand the home,” Kardosh explains.
In fact, during the demolition stage, the couple found a 2x4 with the name of one of the first constables for Petoskey.
“We have kept it and plan to display it some way in the cottage,” Kardosh says.
Well-loved but with a dated interior, the lake house was lacking modern amenities when the Kardoshes bought it in 2017.
The 10-month project brought the lake home down to bare bones before being rebuilt again.
“Everything is new. We stayed with the original size of the house but the inside was totally taken down to the studs,” Kardosh explains.
Designer Dawn Whyte echoes Kardosh, “This remodel was a complete gut job all the way down to the studs. We removed walls and added rooms, so the entire floor plan of the house is brand new.”
The house had never been insulated and although it had electricity, it never had heat.
“We kept the kitchen in the same area although doubled the size and rearranged the bathrooms and bedrooms,” Kardosh says. “We did keep the original hardwood floors and, of course, the original stone fireplace, but everything else is new.
“My husband and I appreciate the character and aesthetics of historical homes and although we have a modernized kitchen and bathrooms, we tried to stay with the ‘Crooked Lake’ cottage look,” she explains.
The differences between “the before” and “the after” are striking. From a small, barely-there kitchen, paneled walls and an undesirable layout, to a sleek kitchen made for entertaining, beautiful new bathrooms and a redesigned floor plan, the home is nearly unrecognizable.
The en vogue kitchen design expertly integrates the new with the old. The tin ceiling and hardwood floors honor the cottage’s history. Meanwhile the color palette, beveled subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and shiplap walls create a “modern twist on the classic lake cottage,” as Whyte says. The kitchen cabinets are painted truffle and the countertops are LG Minuet quartz.
The designs were inspired by the Kardoshes’ love of antiquities and the history of Petoskey.
“I'd say the look is a bit eclectic with the tin ceiling in the kitchen but we kept it classic cottage,” Whyte says.
“The master bath is a very common cottage look with white and blues,” Whyte explains.
The porcelain floor tile has a white, wood plank appearance, and the shower walls tie in the subway tile with a leaf mosaic accent strip. A penny round tile was used for the shower floor.
“The homeowner really wanted to spice it up with the guest bath and had a vision of going more Art Deco (a French style of visual arts). So, we went for a modern version of the Art Deco style,” Whyte explains. “They did this by choosing black and white tiles with a shape that brought it all together without looking too ‘out there’ from the rest of the cottage.”
“The guest bath has a Calacatta porcelain mosaic floor with white subway tile for the shower walls and an accent wall of glass tile,” Whyte adds.
Both bathrooms used the same LG Minuet quartz countertops as the kitchen.
“This all opens up to our large living room leading out to the wraparound porch overlooking the lake,” Kardosh happily explains.
With the remodel finished, the couple hope to enjoy the comforts of lake living in their future retirement. Until then, they’ll enjoy the cottage on weekends and as they can during their downtime.
Written By By Jennifer Murphy, photos by Phoenix Photographic