Cabin House

What makes this 1955 mid-century modern house special is also what makes it difficult to live in – a four-level, pinwheel parti with nearly 100 single-glazed windows set in an exposed wood frame-and-panel wall assembly. Nothing is thermally separated or insulated. In short, the house was built like a primitive cabin, with a few flat roofs thrown in for good measure.

We are expanding the master bedroom suite with an upper floor addition, and in the process eliminating one flat roof. We are also reconfiguring the kitchen, dining area, the bathrooms, adding a laundry room, reglazing all facades, and where possible, insulating the the whole house. The goal is to understand and respect the home’s spatial, structural, and material character while significantly improving its performance, comfort, and aesthetics.

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