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Small Space Big Fun
by Kathy Rollow
When Frank Fila, and his wife Kathy Rollow, first purchased their 1972 floating cottage they knew it was small, but thought it was perfect.
With pristine views of Norris Lake, the cottage quickly became a favorite weekend destination for family and friends.
Over the next four years, the cottage underwent major renovations and transformed into a two story summer retreat that sleeps eight in a very small space. “Frank just can’t sit still. He is restless, especially in the winter, and the cottage gave him the perfect outlet for his creativity” said Kathy. With only one original door and small wall remaining, Frank planned and completed every detail of this remodel. “We spent many nights talking, planning, and drawing different floor plans on scrap pieces of paper trying to make the most of every inch of space. It definitely entertained us during the off season.” The original one story, flat top cottage was made out of redwood cut from the original builder’s property. “We were lucky enough that we knew the family of the builder. They have been a wonderful source of nostalgia and have been very excited to see the transformation.”
With an eclectic assortment of custom made furnishing, antique treasures, and donations from guest, this cottage makes anyone feel at home. The 20 foot by 20 foot sun deck is the perfect place for catching some rays. The second story front window is actually a hidden door and allows access to the upper deck. During the day this upper deck is utilized as the preferred spot for jumping into the water but it is also a favorite destination for viewing the evening sunsets. The front porch is a wonderful source of shade but also host the best conversations while night fishing. “We have already made so many wonderful memories here. I can’t wait to see how this place continues to shape our lives and friendships.”