It’s hard to believe that the gorgeous Federal style building that houses Mariaville Lake B&B was not always a bed and breakfast. In fact, since it was built, it has always been a single family home. Rick & Lorrie purchased it in November 2003 from a family with six children. Over the next 9 months, six workers (and 2 slave labor workers, my brother and I) installed bathrooms, knocked down walls/put up walls, and gave everything a fresh coat of paint.
One thing I remember specifically from this time is how when work would be finished, Rick would come to inspect it, and pretty often re-do it himself! I also learned how to paint with meticulous attention to detail, using only Rick-sanctioned techniques.
The suite was one of the later additions to the house. It sits over a two car garage and didn’t even have a floor! I remember going up there, and walking on the single board that stretched across its length. You had to be careful not to step off it into the insulation for fear of falling straight through to the garage below. Now, it has been carefully sheet rocked, painted, carpeted (oh, they put a floor in first) and a private bathroom put in.
Rick and Lorrie are constantly doing upgrades. They never stop. The Lake Cottage, an entire house I’d be more than happy to call home, sits just next to the main house and has recently been redone. They had done some work in it years ago, but saved a major renovation until more recently, bringing it to a whole new level.
As with many things, nothing is as easy as you think it will be. When you are doing that kind of construction on an old house, it really is opening up a can of worms. For example, Rick needed to put in a door at the back of the garage. Lorrie left for work as they got started. She returned hours later, thinking it would be finished – it was anything but! The entire wall of the garage was gone! Turns out, once he opened up a part of the wall he discovered the wood was so rotted it all needed to be replaced.
Ah, such is life – am I right?