The expansion, remodel, and energy retrofit of this 1,800 square foot Sierra Mountain lodge began with an addition, remodel, and energy retrofit. The goal of the mountain cabin construction project was to develop a year-round cabin getaway that was energy efficient, could work effectively in the colder winter months in a region with an average snowfall of more than 30 feet, and could accommodate a multi-generational family. The original cabin structure was a drafty summer cabin with single pane windows and little insulation, and it was dark and structurally vulnerable due to the area’s large snow loads. The cabin building already featured a stone fireplace and a steep gable roof, so the renovations stayed true to its modest aesthetic. The cabin’s interior layout was modified to help better create circulation channels, as well as public and private spaces that were both open and intimate, and the cabin’s versatility for activities was also taken into account. The cabin was finished in 2010 and is located near Donner Summit, Northern California.
The cabin’s gut renovation provided the chance to minimize the cabin’s long-term energy use, as well as an energy retrofit of the cabin building. Thermal bridge detailing, increased air-sealing, and upgraded insulating in the building shell were among the cabin’s enhancements. In order to maximize the R-Values in the existing cabin construction, a combination of sprayed in fiberglass and closed cell spray foam was employed in the existing walls, floor, and roof. Because of the existing rock fireplace in the cabin, total thermal free bridging in the assembly was not possible, and, as with other building projects, there was a balancing act between the budget and how far the energy efficiency could be pushed financially. Despite this, a very comfortable and energy-efficient structure was created.
The cabin was built with meticulous attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship. Reclaimed construction materials, as well as regionally and locally manufactured building items, countertop products, ecological flooring, and non-toxic finishes, were used throughout the remodel. Atmosphere Design Build created the kitchen cabinetry and casework.
Reclaimed building materials are a great option to reduce your environmental effect while remodeling or building a cabin. The good news is that reused construction materials are becoming increasingly common. Reclaimed building materials can be found in warehouses all around the country. These recycled construction materials are rescued from old buildings that would otherwise be demolished and dismantled for use in something new. Before any demolition of the building can begin, the existing structure must first be surveyed to identify what building materials may be salvaged and what materials cannot. Deconstruction is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process that can be compared to building a structure from the ground up. Less landfill use, improved air quality from not having to burn waste materials, and reduced solid waste are just a few of the advantages of using reused building materials.
This Cabin is designed and built by Atmosphere Design Build.