The client’s primary goal for this project was to provide a guest cottage for the weekend farmhouse that Chambers Architects recently completed for this same client on their property in East Texas, land that has been in their family since 1871.
When discussions for a guest cottage began, this cabin, located in central Texas, was still in the family, but not located near the East Texas property owned by this branch of the long-term Texas family.
The cabin had been remodeled in the 1950’s and the ‘dogtrot’ portion was completely covered by the remodel. The owners were considering selling the structure for its lumber when it was discovered that the 1856 dogtrot was beneath the relatively newer construction.
The original dogtrot log cabin is one that the client’s great-great-grandfather built with his own hands when he moved to Texas in 1856. The client decided to purchase the remodeled cabin from the rest of his family and begin a restoration of the original two-pen dogtrot that was buried beneath. The vintage structure consisted of two cabins (pens) separated by an open passageway (dog-run or dogtrot), with a continuous gable roof covering both cabins and the passageway between them.