Almost 40 years ago, a family purchased a tract of land nestled in the Shenandoah mountain range in Pendleton County, West Virginia. At that time a small, one room A-frame hunting cabin sat in relative isolation at the base elevation of the rolling property along a winding dirt road that served as the only vehicular access to the site. Over the years the hunting cabin was expanded to include a living space and bedroom, roughly tripling the size of the house. The space accommodated scores of visitors and became embedded with personal memories and family history.

Eventually, the structure deteriorated, water began to creep into the roofing, and the low slung lay-in ceiling of the living room began to show signs of mold. This sparked the undertaking of a significant, yet restrained renovation predicated on re-inventing the place while maintaining traces of its past. Given the low budget ($90/ft), the transformation was only possible by maximizing efficiency within the original footprint. The roof over the living space and the hunting cabin was completely removed and the beautiful dimensional lumber of the original A-frame roof was left exposed within a new library space. This gave way to a more expressive roof structure which springs from four timber columns offset from the original footprint to allow the composition to become unified beneath. A linear set of clerestory windows tie the new form to the old and a new loft hovering over the kitchen signifies a new generation of inhabitants.

GriD uploaded Highland House through Add A Home.
Add your own project for the chance to be featured in Editor's Picks.
view from the west Photo  of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the west

great room Photo 2 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

great room

view from the south at dusk Photo 3 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the south at dusk

view from the west at dusk Photo 4 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the west at dusk

view from the south with goat barn in the foreground Photo 5 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the south with goat barn in the foreground

view from the south with goat barn in the foreground Photo 6 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the south with goat barn in the foreground

detail of the reused front door Photo 7 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

detail of the reused front door

great room Photo 8 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

great room

bathroom Photo 9 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

bathroom

view from bedroom into the library Photo 10 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from bedroom into the library

library with loft ladder retracted Photo 11 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

library with loft ladder retracted

library with loft ladder extended Photo 12 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

library with loft ladder extended

great room Photo 13 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

great room

view from the southwest Photo 14 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the southwest

view from the south Photo 15 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the south

view from the north Photo 16 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the north

view from the south Photo 17 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the south

view from the southeast at dusk Photo 18 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the southeast at dusk

view from the southwest at dusk Photo 19 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

view from the southwest at dusk

great room Photo 20 of Highland House modern homeView Photos

great room

Credits

Posted By
Architect
Interior Design
Builder
  • Sowar + Associates
Photographer
  • Paul Burk
Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2013
  • Square Feet
  • 1000