Best Remodel 2018: Sound Design
A cramped single-story cabin grows up.
Synopsis: The 2018 Best Remodel Award goes to Matthew Swett of Taproot Architects for using traditional materials and a steeply sloped roofline to transform a boxy cabin into this modern farmhouse with a flexible floor plan that considers aging in place. The remodel involved the creation of a small addition for the stairs which incorporates a walk-out laundry room on the first landing and a built-in window seat on the landing above. Swett included a wraparound porch to extend the living space outward, with an enlarged bathroom and weaving room on the first floor that can be utilized as a future master bedroom. Much of the native fir used in the home was salvaged and resawn; the homeowners built the kitchen cabinets and restored the historic doors for use in the interior.
This project began with a birthday present. Kathy, who attends my wife’s yoga classes, learned that I’m an architect,…