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1890’s Log Cabin Remodel Update: One year later

1890’s Log Cabin Remodel Update: One year later

An apt post for National Home Improvement Month (May)- the 1890’s log cabin homeowners in Logan have seen some exciting progress on their long term addition + remodel project. It was a year ago that we provided the design and drawings for this project and our last blog update was in July 2017. Outside, the entire home has gotten a standing seam metal roof, the second story addition has been clad with siding, and the polycarbonate has been installed on the entry roof/awning. Inside, the addition has been thoroughly sealed & insulated, dry-walled, and the natural wood ceilings are installed. Interior & exterior painting, trim carpentry, as well as flooring installation are next on the plate. The homeowners report that they are very happy with the design we provided for this project.

 

This home was originally a log cabin built in the 1890’s that had seen numerous (poorly constructed) additions over the years. There was a small shed roof addition on the rear that was un-insulated and had asphalt shingles causing severe ice damming and damage to the roof & entryway. The upstairs space was seldom used because it was too small and poorly designed, plus the stairs were too steep, narrow, and dangerous. The addition design solved a number of problems for this home: 1) It fixed the ice damming issue, 2) It created more space to build safer stairs that meet code, 3) It created a more comfortable and spacious upstairs space that can serve as a guest room, and 4) It greatly improved the energy efficiency for the entire home.

The polycarbonate roof/awning over the rear entry has also been a huge improvement for the homeowners. Before, the owners would exit directly into the snow and rain. Now the entry is sheltered from the elements, but the polycabonate still allows natural light to enter the home through the glass door.

Looking from the addition area toward the remodeled second story area. We can’t wait to see how this space continues to transform from painting, trim carpentry, and flooring.

The addition now provides ample natural day lighting and views of the mountains. There will be built-in shelving on the wall to the right.

The homeowners report that over the winter, their entire home required less heating and the second story stayed warm with no heat source upstairs. There have been some warm days so far this spring and the upstairs is staying at a comfortable temperature. Before the remodel, the upstairs would quickly over heat on warm days. This demonstrates the efficiency value of a high performance building envelope.

As always, please be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on this remodel project as often post project updates and photos there that don’t make it to our blog. Thank you to the homeowners for your updates and kind words on our design!

Logan Log Cabin Remodel update!

Logan Log Cabin Remodel update!

Just an update on our latest remodel design and its realities.  The homeowners and their two dogs are living in the home as it is being remodeled.  Keeping work and home life separate becomes somewhat difficult, but can be done.

In case you might be considering a remodel of your own, this is where you begin. Without design and drawings, you most likely won’t get to progress to the following below….  Once you begin the remodeling design and construction process, don’t get discouraged! Lots of hurdles are yet to come!

Then you progress to this….

This is a picture taken in the old stair way… you can see the old log cabin which origins are back in the late 1800’s.

The logs are still in good shape!

This is the new staircase to meet modern codes.

Some framing pics along the way of remodeling….

The dried in roof awaits a brand new standing seam roof!  

Time for the plumber and electrician to rough in their utilities. Then on to the insulation of all exterior wall and roof cavities.

 

 

Addition + Remodel Design of an 1890’s Home

Addition + Remodel Design of an 1890’s Home

Here’s a sneak peak of an addition/remodel project that we’re currently designing and drafting. This home was originally a log cabin built in the 1890’s that has seen numerous additions over the years. There is a small shed roof addition in the rear that is un-insulated and has asphalt shingles causing severe ice damming and damage to the roof & entryway. The current upstairs space is seldom used because it is too small and poorly designed, plus the stairs are too steep and narrow. This addition solves a number of problems for this home: 1) It fixes the ice damming issue, 2) It creates safer stairs that meet code, and 3) It creates a more comfortable and spacious upstairs space that can serve as a guest room. This addition improves the livability of this home and increases resale value.

This addition is designed to fit the clients’ budget as well as compliment the existing traditional style of the home. The pocket windows add a fun modern flair to the traditional design. This addition along with the added insulation to the existing roofs will greatly improve the energy-efficiency and overall comfort the entire existing home.

The current entry to the home in the rear of the building has no overhang, which during rain and snow events is not a pleasant way to enter and exit the home. The addition is designed to include a new roof over the entry.

These images show the elevations of the new upstairs spaces. An addition to an 1890’s home not only requires careful design, but also a set of detailed plans are required to obtain a building permit. Construction drawings provide instructions and other important information for the builders and subcontractors.

The new upstairs will include a half bathroom, a living/guest room area, built-in shelving, and built-in desks. The addition will also provide a new, spectacular view of the mountains to the east.

Phase 1 of this project is the upstairs addition, however, we are also designing Phase 2, the remodel of the downstairs kitchen.

These are more detailed floor plans of the Phase 2 kitchen remodel design.

These are the 2nd story floor plans for both the current and new spaces. Many of these drawings look askew because the existing home is not square!

The homeowners will be the general contractors and construction of this home improvement project begins this Summer 2017.  Please stay tuned as we share updates of the progress!