November 6th, 2011 categories: Real Estate News
When it comes to creativity, you see it everywhere. And that extends to folks looking at new ways to house family and guests at their lakefront and get-a-way homes. One of the decorating and rehab ideas that always intrigues me, are the various bunk houses that I have come across in my real estate career.
Bunk houses allow the owners to accommodate more guests. Basically the owners take an unused space such as a boat house, large shed or garage to creat sleeping quarters. Just like being in college, the most efficient way is through the use of bunks. These bunk houses do not have to be boring at all, and sometimes they are the most interesting places of the property.
Most folks think of the bunk houses as being utilized just for the kids, but take a look – many of these places allow the greatest in creature comforts for a person of any age. With the addition of half baths and sitting areas, they become the go to places. They do not have to be elaborate, but just another place for a bunk and maybe a futon as in the pictures below.
Below you will see one photo that shows the exterior of a simple building originally designed as a shed. The Keuka Lake owners turned the space into a place where the kids could camp out. They even included what is now considered an old-fashioned wall phone.
As you can see in the interior shot, this bunk house is very simple but allows for three additional sleeping quarters. It has a phone, a television, of course electric and a small water closet in the rear. I know my boys would have loved to be able to hang out in a separate place like this and would probably elect the basic style shown or over the more styled rooms in the above photos and the one below.
So the next time you are out looking at your vacation home and become concerned about the space of the home, be creative – you may actually have more space than you think !
I save all types of design ideas for my clients just so they can see, they do have other options. Call me if you are looking for a creative realtor to work with for your vacation home purchase and design ideas.
This article brought to you by your favorite waterfront realtor, Mary St. George, Associate Broker with Wine Trail Properties. Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living in the Finger Lakes. 315-719-8377 www.winetrailproperties.com