In our previous article, “Our Cabin-Remodel or Rebuild?” we discussed what steps to take in determining a cabin’s condition and whether a teardown or a new build is the best solution. There is also the sentimental attachment one may have and how important it is to carry on the traditions of the past for future generations.
In this cabin project example, we worked through these steps with our clients and, after much consideration, decided to maintain the charm and feel of the existing cabin while trying to interweave a new “project program” into the mix.
The existing cabin had a partial basement for boat and incidental lake storage and crawl space. The main level floor plan had a living area, kitchen, small bath, four-season porch, and a sleeping loft above. The condition of the foundation, floor structure, and overall condition of the cabin structure was inadequate and needed repair and upgrade. The building envelope, roof, insulation, and new plumbing, electrical, and heating systems were upgraded to meet or exceed current building standards.
The new program incorporated a new foundation system with a full basement that included a modern bedroom, bathroom, laundry, great room, and mechanical-storage room. The main level design involved removing all interior walls, which provided an open floor plan with expanded kitchen, dining, and living room. The existing four-season porch was converted into additional living space that included a study-bedroom, new half bath, and expansive stair leading to the loft space. A new four-season porch addition was included on the left side of the cabin directly adjacent to the living and dining room. All new windows and doors were adding with expansive glass on lower and main levels capturing dramatic lake views.
The clients wanted to maintain the original look of the existing vaulted ceiling of cedar timber framing with tongue and groove boards. This was achieved by adding insulation to the top of the existing roof. Also, the existing siding was patched and replaced to its original finish.
The remodel addresses the growing needs of the family, creating greater spaces, and improving the cabin’s livability. By creating an open floor plan, dramatic views, and maintaining the original charm and feel of the past, they can continue the cabin tradition for generations.
The Tap Architecture Team