The excavator was there to level the yard and redig the basement so that the crew could put in a secure foundation and a drain to direct water away from the house. Snug new windows, spray-foam insulation, and a standing-seam metal roof did a lot to improve the home's mood. But the most dramatic change came in the form of an extension to the footprint, allowing a tiny office, a pantry/laundry area, a studio, and a garage—think of it as the home's revitalized left brain.
Shown: Hand-planed pine floorboards and a bar cabinet garnished with an old log caliper give the new kitchen a long-lived look. The stair's handrail was fashioned from a boat mast still tethered to its ropes.