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Post and Beam Lake House Renovation

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kitchen before remodel by lighthouse contracting group

Project Description

Location:   Moultonborough, NH 03254
Year Completed:   2021
SubcontractorsLauren Milligan Design; Freer and Son; ALLC Mechanical; Pella Windows and Doors; Forrest Noe Painting; John Groesser Plastering; Sheehan Tileworks. 
Commercial Photography:   Ridgelight Studio

The homeowners purchased this second lakefront property with the intent of living there full time. However, the interior and exterior required a full renovation.

2020 saw the landscaping, decking and siding updated. 2021 was the year to tackle the inside. Specifically, the kitchen, bathrooms and basement. The result, an updated, post and beam style design with gorgeous fixtures, cabinets, lighting and more.

The Success Story

Finished Basement

The homeowners love to entertain their family and friends. With this in mind, they needed additional space. Specifically, for housing guests, a private home office, a home gym and a spot for everyone to chill out. The solution: a finished basement with rustic man cave and custom bar.

Master Bedroom & Bath

Located on the main floor are the master suite, kitchen and a full bathroom. The master bath was completely gutted, and the room redesigned to be one open, seamless space. With heated floors, custom cabinetry, ultra-quiet fans, and a shower built for two, this bathroom might be one of our best yet!

Kitchen

Moving along to the kitchen, where the first item you see is the island. Dura Supreme cabinets coupled with a copper prep sink make up this work station.

All the laminate countertops were replaced with marble and custom fitted around a hammered copper farmhouse sink. To aid the chef of the family, cable lights were strung above from the post and beams to illuminate the space.

In the far corner, the laundry closet (which was moved to the master bath), was converted into a spacious pantry with custom sliding door. As you turn to leave the kitchen, a rugged, copper exhaust range hood extends above a WOLF range and oven.

Main Floor Full Bath

The full bath has that “wow” factor. With a lively, patterned tile floor, custom cabinetry and fixtures coupled with a natural stone shower. Any guest would be spoiled to stay here. As a result, it is one of our favorite spots in the house!

Second Floor Guest Bath

Walking upstairs to the second floor, we peek inside the guest bath. While not as showy as the one below, its simplicity and natural, neutral design is what appeals to us.

CLIENT FEEDBACK

We would like to thank Lighthouse Contracting Group and all the tradesmen they use. The project went extremely well and on schedule. We had constant communication concerning the renovations and always felt heard and involved. The craftsmanship is impeccable and has shown us what true quality construction is! They went above and beyond our expectations and requests. Best renovation experience ever...

Eric and Glenda
Eric and Glenda

HGTV EXPERIENCE

Our customers requested a “Move That Bus” experience and our lips were sealed until reveal day. That was 4 months in the making!

Watch our Love Your Remodel Reveal Day episode 1 to see the initial reactions of the Post and Beam homeowners. It’s priceless.

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Modern Farmhouse Makeover: Lakefront Outdoor Living

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before and after modern farmhouse renovation

Project Description

Location:   Laconia, NH 03246
Year Completed:   2020
SubcontractorsLauren Milligan Design; Middleton Lumber; Cyr Lumber; Pella Windows and Doors
Commercial Photography:   Ridgelight Studio

The goal of this project was to make the most of the Lake Winnisquam waterfront. The homeowner wanted to fully experience lake life using multiple outdoor gathering spaces. The result is an updated, modern farmhouse style design with a screened porch with cathedral ceiling, a sitting area with fire pit and a third sitting/conversation area complete with smart home light features.

The Success Story

The entire exterior of the home was sided with Boral TruExterior siding and trim. (click the link to learn more about pricing and product details.) It is a low maintenance, moisture resistant wood-alternative that looks just like wood once it is painted. The homeowner chose a smooth white finish in a nickel gap and board and batten design.

All the white windows in the home were replaced with black Pella windows and a front porch was constructed. These were crucial design details that gave this traditional home that sought after, industrial farmhouse look. One last detail on the front of the home, was the addition of a garage overhang with smart, ambient lighting.

On the back of the house, we built a 16’ x 19’ screened in porch with cathedral ceiling. Each fir board was painstakingly chosen to build the tongue and groove design. The screen porch houses a 14-foot outdoor kitchen, fit for a chef with features like 100% weatherproof cabinets, Lynx appliances, a powerful exhaust hood and UV, scratch and stain resistant countertops. On the one wall, framed by insect, moisture-resistant board and batten siding, is a smart television nook. Another great feature for getting the family outdoors!

This outdoor living space also includes a sitting area with fire pit, plumbed into the propane, and a catwalk that leads you to a sitting/conversation area. The deck itself is Azek TimberTech PVC decking in the color cypress. The cocktail rail on the radius railing creates clean lines that lead you from one area to another.

This entire outdoor gathering space is custom designed for all day lake living. At night, the smart ambient lighting can be seen on the deck posts, under the steps and inside the ceiling of the screened in porch. Each light can be controlled via an app on the homeowner’s phone.

This modern farmhouse was part of The Lakes Region 2020 Parade of Homes. A self-guided tour of 8 crafted homes featuring superior designs by premier builders and trade professionals.

Published

1. Best of the Lakes Region Best of Summer 2020 – September 5, 2020

2. The Laker Fall 2020 edition – fall 2020

Awards

NH Cornerstone Awards 2020 Winner
Gold – Residential Remodel $300,000 – $500,000
Gold – Best Design for Outdoor Kitchen
Silver – Outdoor Living Space

Client Feedback

Parade of Homes 2020 Tour

Videos

If you are interested in learning more about the home renovation process, watch our videos. Content includes drone footage of the build during the construction phase and views of the renovation from Lake Winnisquam.

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Rocky Retreat: Craftsman Inspired New Home Construction

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Project Description

Client:   The Doucet Family
Location:   Gilford, NH 03226
Year Completed:   2017-2018
SubcontractorsBrittain Plumbing; Mike Harvey Electrical; Quality Insulation; Master Plasters; Sheehan Tile; TF Fletcher Excavation; R.A. Dunlap & Sons Excavation; East Coast Foundations; Gilford Well; KCL Windows & Siding; Forrest Noe & Sons Painting

This young family was looking to build their “forever” home in the Gilford Community for their growing family. The result is a comfortable and practical, craftsman inspired, 2500 SF, 4 BR, 3.5 Bath, colonial home with many smart home features.

The Success Story

Developing a raw site can present many challenges; bringing utilities in, blasting ledge, shaping the landscape and all while working through the winter. The home features a first floor office, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths upstairs with a guest bedroom, bath, playroom and den in the finished basement.

Smart home features include a driveway alarm with wifi connectivity for the exterior lighting, locks, thermostats, garage doors, whole home audio and surveillance system. Energy performance was a driving factor in many of the products used in this project. Closed cell spray foam insulation helps make the home very comfortable while also efficient. All appliances used are energy star rated thus making the home very efficient.

This home was part of The Lakes Region 2018 Parade of Homes. A self-guided tour of 11 crafted homes featuring superior designs by premier builders and trade professionals.

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The Refuge: Governor’s Island Renovation

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10' ceiling white kitchen with coffered ceiling

Project Description

Client:   The Milligan Family
Location:   Governor’s Island, Gilford, NH 03249
Year Completed:   2017-2018
SubcontractorsDaniels Electric; Quality Insulation; Sheehan Tile; Master Plasters; No Limits Metalworks; Chadwick Mechanical; Meridian Construction; East Coast Foundations; Belknap Landscaping
Commercial Photography:   John Benford Photography

The client purchased this home in late summer of 2017 with the vision of creating a welcoming place that the extended family could gather and enjoy together.

The Success Story

We had to completely demo the interior and exterior of this building. The 30’ x 32’ open concept living area used to be three separate rooms with a fireplace in the middle. We removed the walls, re-framed the roof to move the ceilings up to 10’ and installed 1×8 V-groove in the coffered ceiling. This created a stunning space in the home which included the kitchen, dining table and TV sitting area. We also built the shelving and cabinetry around the fireplace in the music room. A coffered ceiling was built in the space with the addition of columns and pilasters to tie it all together.

We also added a laundry room, created a new powder room, remodeled the master bath, and built a stunning radius deck with attached screened porch. The deck includes a custom powder coated aluminum railing with mahogany rails and recessed panel newel posts. We also included an outdoor kitchen on the deck. All the gable ends were extended two feet to match the eaves with the addition of knee brackets on the front with gable brackets on the lake side.

This was a large scale, Governor’s Island renovation with many changes to the existing structure. One of the biggest challenges was trying to achieve the level of detail in the finish work. The home was a 1950’s structure with multiple additions and alterations throughout the years.

The result is a stunning home with beautiful landscape and outdoor living space.

Winning Design

NH Home Builders Association awarded this project the 2018 Cornerstone Silver Winner for Residential Remodel over $500,000. The Cornerstone Awards are presented yearly to recognize excellence in the building industry.

Client Feedback

Jeremy Doucet and Lighthouse Contracting Group know how to pay attention to the details.

We have known Jeremy for years, having contracted him to do many smaller projects. When considering a contractor to take on an extensive renovation of a house originally built in 1945, we chose someone we knew could handle the details…Jeremy Doucet and Lighthouse Contracting Group.

From the first day of construction, Jeremy and his team worked in complete harmony, always maintaining an immaculately clean job site and dealing with each new challenge only an older house can bring with careful consideration and a well-though out plan of action.

Attention to details, in-depth knowledge of both products and their applications and expert craftsmanship allow Lighthouse Contracting Group to excel in their delivery of a quality result. Jeremy is committed to completing his projects in perfect condition. I don’t think we ever had a chance to offer him a punch list because he had already addressed any unfinished items!

We highly recommend Jeremy Doucet and Lighthouse Contracting Group to anyone who would like to work with a true professional and quality craftsmen.

Thank you, Jeremy, for crafting your art and giving us a beautiful home to enjoy for years to come.

Jerry and Barbara
Jerry and Barbara
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Gilford First Floor Renovation

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open concept floor plan home renovation gilford nh

Project Description

Client:   Blackwelder Family
Location:   Gilford, NH 03249
Year Completed:   2016
Subcontractors:   Lauren Milligan Design; BPMS; Mike Harvey Electrical; Tremblay’s Touch Painting

This was a complete first floor renovation including moving the laundry to the second floor to make room for an entry area.

The Success Story

We completely gutted the first floor of this home and removed almost 30 feet of interior partitions to give the space an open concept feel. The formal dining room became a sitting area with 12 feet of cabinetry including a wet bar with a wine and beer fridge. The new kitchen layout was similar to the old one except we traded the island for a peninsula with seating. Before, when you came in through the garage you entered a small room with a laundry room behind it. By moving the washer and dryer to the second floor we were able to create an inviting entry area with custom cabinetry and a shiplap covered wall with hooks. This created a vast amount of storage in the entry area.

We had to build two columns to support the second floor since we removed most of the interior partitions. We decided to make the columns match the fireplace surround and install cabinets between the columns. From there we sourced a solid oak slab for the top and finished it to match the new oak flooring. The result is a functional open living space with multiple uses. The family was a great pleasure to work with and the kids enjoyed being a part of the project by helping with some demo and even installing some of the new hardwood flooring.

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Garwoods Modeled Renovation

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Project Description

Client:   Galuecia Family
Location:   Gilford, NH 03249
Association: Samoset Condominiums
Year Completed:   2013
Subcontractors:   BPMS; Harvey

This was a complete renovation of a 2+ bedroom, 2 ½ bath condo. The client had just purchased the home and wanted to make it their own.

The Success Story

We completely gutted this condo, including removing the fireplace in the middle of the living room to open up the space, which it did tremendously. The design was modeled after Garwoods Restaurant in Wolfeboro, NH, the paint colors were matched to the restaurant as well. All of the interior doors and trim were replaced along with most of the windows. We came up with a simple design for the window & door toppers, which added a lot of class.

The lower level was a slab on grade which limited our flooring options but we wanted the same flooring on all floors so we used an engineered hardwood that allowed us a glue down installation on the main and second floor, with a floating installation over a premium moisture mitigating underlayment on the lower level. The kitchen featured inset cabinet doors with honed finish granite tops and a glass tile backsplash.

Client Feedback

Jeremy, of Lighthouse Contracting Group, renovated our Samoset Condo on Lake Winnipesaukee. From beginning to end, we were thoroughly impressed and overwhelmingly satisfied with his professionalism, attention to detail, craftsmanship, commitment to quality, and follow-through. Jeremy took pride in his work and provided excellent client service, keeping us informed throughout the whole process. We have already recommended and will continue to highly recommend Jeremy for his first-rate contracting services!

Michael Galeucia
Michael Galeucia
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Lakefront Condo Renovation

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wood floor living room with fireplace lakefront home

Project Description

Client:   Breakstone Family
Location:   Gilford NH 03249
Association: Samoset Condominiums
Year Completed:   2012
Architect:   BPMS; Harvey

This lakefront condo has one of the best views in the complex. The client absolutely loved the location but was ready to make it more comfortable and fitting for their family. Some custom built shelving solved their storage shortage.

The Success Story

The guest bathroom features in floor radiant heat with a tiled tub surround and a double sink vanity. The master bath features a custom tile shower using limestone with a glass tile accent. We custom fabricated all the bullnose & baseboard out of the limestone tiles. The fireplace received a makeover with a stone veneer & birds-eye maple mantle. We refinished the existing hardwood floors, which added great value.

Layout & storage solutions were one of our main focuses. We built custom wood shelving in all of the closets, including a built in dresser with soft close drawers in the guest bedroom. Before the renovation, the Kitchen was a galley kitchen. Moving the sink & creating a space to walk through to the dining room area opened up the kitchen immensely. New windows featuring retractable screens offered a much clearer view of the lake & mountains.

Client Feedback

I have nothing but the highest praise for the professionalism, craftsmanship and reliability of Jeremy Doucet and Lighthouse Contracting Group. Jeremy and his skilled colleagues completed an extensive renovation at our vacation home on Lake Winnipesaukee approximately 4 years ago. From the get-go, Jeremy was an absolute pleasure to deal with in every regard. He has an amazing problem-solving approach which incorporates extensive building and architectural sensitivities. His pricing and cost-projections were consistently fair and reasonable. His workmanship is what sets him apart. He pays incredible attention to detail. For example, there was a switch plate over a switch box which didn’t quite fit. Jeremy spent hours filing down the electrical box and tweaking the plate until the fit was right. He is an honest reliable contractor who gets the work done on time and on budget. All of our work and the subsequent 3 jobs has done at our home were completed to our satisfaction even while we were back home in the Boston area. Jeremy provides worry-free, complete satisfaction, quality work. I would recommend to everyone. He is a gem.

Marc Breakstone
Marc Breakstone