This rustic lakefront cabin building in Lake Tahoe, California is sure to inspire. The original goal of this cabin building project consisted in adding a garage and two bedrooms to the property. The cabin building project also had the objective of changing the style of the existing wood cabin, which was originally ranch-styled in 1960s. It was to be more suitable for the site and the owner’s preferences. The living room was the only area that was left untouched in the entire remodelled cabin building. Because the homeowner wanted it to feel like a Tahoe cabin, the cabin design was influenced by traditional Tahoe architecture and the Adirondack moutain camps. The exterior columns were made from cedar logs and cedar bark, which blend well with its natural setting. The garage was converted into a cozy bunk house for guests. This cabin building was featured by Gentry Design Magazine in the Spring 2011 issue and CabinLife Magazine in February 2012.
It’s easier than you think to go green when it comes renovations. You can save money and make your home or cabin construction project more eco-friendly by using smart skylights and rooftop gardens. Local is the best thing you can do. If you are thinking of renovating your cabin, it is a good idea to use locally-made materials. This will reduce transportation costs and help to reduce carbon emissions. This is also a way to support local businesses.
Reuse what you have. Don’t throw away any building materials that you have left over from demolition or previous building projects. Recycle any building materials that you have. You can collect rainwater, no matter where you live, whether it’s in the city or the suburbs. If you plan to sow or seed, you can divert the rainwater to your garden. Rainwater can also be used to clean or mix during renovations.
Choose efficient lighting. Skylights are an excellent renovation project that will reduce the need to use electrical lighting. Smart skylights will improve ventilation in the cabin by having a sensor that opens the skylight automatically. Switching to energy-efficient bulbs is a simple way to save money when renovating. Solar panels are another way to save money and make your cabin more energy-efficient. You can upgrade to energy-efficient windows at your local home remodeling store. While new windows will cost more upfront, they will save you money over the long-term. Furthermore, replacing windows can be a cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption in your home.