Mountain Retreat

Name: Mountain Retreat
Completed:  2019
Interior Design: BM Designs
Photography: Joern Rohde

Purpose of renovation and the project’s challenges 

  • Clients had recently purchased a poorly maintained, dark, dated mid 1990’s log home in desperate need of a makeover 
  • Goal was to keep the character of the original log architecture, modernize, brighten up the interior and rejuvenate the tired log structure 
  • Reduce maintenance of exterior finishes where possible 
  • Improve the layout and flow of the main living areas 
  • Create mudroom with dog-wash station from 3rd garage bay 

Creative and efficient use of space (including changes to layout) 

  • Glass wall replaced wall between kitchen and stairwell, opening up the space and bringing in light to the dark kitchen area 
  • Den converted to pantry with doors to dining-room 
  • Exercise/massage rooms converted to 2 bedrooms with bath and wine room 
  • Unused 3rd garage bay converted to mud-room with dog-wash 
  • Master bath reconfigured for improved function and larger shower 

Compatibility of existing and/or new materials as well as finishing details 

  • Modern white finishes and refinished logs brighten spaces even on cloudy days 
  • Beautiful contrast between logs and white finish modernizing the original dark log architecture 
  • Tile theme repeated in media, baths and pantry 
  • Wide plank oak floors color match to existing wood-works and match to original flagstone and new tile 
  • New EnviroShake roof replaced leaking cedar shakes 
  • New lighting throughout chosen to reflect more traditional mountain log home 
  • Glass railings with traditional log posts maintain character while improving light and reducing maintenance 
  • New gas fireplaces replace open wood burners to allow for heat on demand  

 Considerations in achieving energy efficiency, comfort & health 

  • New right sized modulating condensing gas boilers for home and drive 
  • New Mitsubishi high-performance air-source heat pumps for supplemental heat and AC 
  • All new windows triple glazed 
  • Radon testing performed before and after work 
  • All windows and door sealed to improve airtightness 
  • Air tightness improvement from 9 to 3.96 ACH 

Construction details/techniques of “this project” to achieve industry best practices 

  • Logs refinished and re chinked with flexible caulk to improve appearance and airtightness 
  • Chronically leaky roof was upgraded with plywood sheeting and waterproof membrane before new composite shingles with snow stops installed