Photoshop Redo: How to Refine a Rustic Cabin
One TOH reader's modest house in the woods gets a boost with an architect's proposal for a new porch and Adirondack-style details
"The front of my house is really bare. I know it needs curb appeal," says Christine Legault, whose log-cabin home in rural Northwood, New Hampshire, faces a lake. We asked architect Lynn Hopkins, of Lexington, Massachusetts, for a few ideas on how to spruce it up. "It would be fun to push the rustic nature of this house," she said, noting that the wooded lot and lake view reminded her of camp cabins near the Adirondack Mountains.
Chief among her suggestions: Convert the main deck to a covered porch that runs the width of the house, bringing order to the front, which looks haphazard because the windows are different sizes. A long shed dormer on the second story enhances this effect while capturing coveted lake views. "It's hard to believe this is my house!" says Christine. "I can't make all the changes, but I might fix the front porch—that alone would make a big difference."
A staircase aligned with the front door is more welcoming than one turned to the side.
Log columns and cross-braced balusters are hallmarks of Adirondack style.
The durable standing-seam metal roof is painted to match the house's trim.