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!

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