Good Questions: Ideas for Cottage in Catskills?

Good Questions: Ideas for Cottage in Catskills?

Aaron Able
Jun 17, 2009

Dear Apartment Therapy, My husband and I are currently in contract for this little cottage up in the Catskills and it will be ours on July 1. The house (not including the storage area where the washer/dryer are) is about 625 square feet. And now I need ideas!...

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...I want to paint the outside and do something about the floors in the kitchen, bathroom, and dining room. I also want to replace the vanity that is outside the bathroom (there is no room for a sink in the bathroom) and counter top in the kitchen. I'd like to have some sort of deck or patio for the outdoors as well. I have fantasies about taking the wall down between the kitchen and the living room but I worry that it's structural and don't know how much hassle or expense that would be.

So anyway, the list is long of things I'd like to do but I'd like to keep my budget at $10-15 k fixing the place up in the first year or so. What would you do first? What do you think would make the biggest improvements? All of the furniture would go as it belongs to the renter. Thanks! Kathy

I can't wait to see this place cleared out! My advice is break down the needs, wants, construction and cosmetic updates into separate columns. You'll want to do the big construction/needs before you move in — things like the floors and the bathroom plumbing and tiling are priority number one. Also, if the chimney/fireplace need to be cleaned, do that first! I would leave cosmetic stuff and outdoor/patio stuff alone until "the bones" are up to par.

Who else has ideas/advice?

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