A 1960s Upstate Log Cabin Transformed into a One-Room Family Home

Posted On Wed, December 24, 2014 By

Posted On Wed, December 24, 2014 By In Architecture, Design, Upstate

Takaaki Kawabata (Taka), a senior associate at architecture firm Janson Goldstein, and his wife, designer Christina Kawabata, wanted to move their family from Williamsburg, where their rent had quadrupled, to a rural home still within commuting distance to the city. After first seeing a 1960s log cabin in Garrison, New York, Taka wasn’t impressed. But, having grown up in a one-room farmhouse in Japan, when he looked over the plans he knew this was his family’s new home.

The couple bought the cabin for $335,000, embarked on a year-long $50,000 remodel, and transformed the outdated structure into an 1,100-square-foot family home with a completely open-plan layout and an excess-free living model.

Garrison NY, Janson Goldstein, Takaaki Kawabata, Christina Kawabata

The renovation included the removal of cosmetic logs, replacing them with black cedar siding reminiscent of traditional Japanese farmhouses. Taka created a bright interior space by adding an 18-by-4-foot, north-facing skylight (which had to be delivered in three pieces) and a ribbon of south-facing windows, all of which were placed according to how light moves throughout the home. Black-stained original oak and maple floors add a contemporary feel, as does the minimalist fireplace with slate surround.

Garrison NY, Janson Goldstein, Takaaki Kawabata, Christina Kawabata

Garrison NY, Janson Goldstein, Takaaki Kawabata, Christina Kawabata

The couple also removed all of the small, dark interior rooms and created a dramatic open plan; the only closed room is Christina’s basement office. Even the bathroom isn’t totally walled off, but rather situated behind an 18-foot freestanding wall. The open setup was inspired by the type of Japanese house in which Taka grew up. Known as minkas, they are communal, one-room houses that originated in the 17th century. The parents have a sleeping loft, below which is the kids’ area that includes a playroom, bedroom, closet, and art gallery. This space is surrounded by a metal screen wound with white nylon string.

So far, the couple has no problem with their one-room house, but they do hope to put an addition on in the future.

See more photos of the converted cabin on Remodelista; explore Christina’s firm Takatina‘s work; look at other projects from Janson Goldstein.

[Via Remodelista]

Photos via Janson Goldstein

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