Historic Rehabilitation of 1856 Two-Pen 'Dog Trot' Log Home

01 Preservation Texas Stewardship Award Dallas Ranch Architect Steve Chambers WSJ Wall Street Journal Article Pining for the Past Investing in Historic Renovations Log Cabin Turned into Luxury HomeNorth view of two-pen Dog Trot Log Home in Smith County, near Tyler, TexasThis is a restoration of the original log home that the client’s great-great-grandfather built with his own hands, with the assistance of itinerant craftsmen, when he moved to Texas in 1856. This vintage structure consists 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.  The porch extends across the entire front of the house and, the passage between the two pens, was enclosed by screens.  A lean-to shed, was constructed at the rear of each cabin for a kitchen and bathroom. This type of shed was often an addition to these 19th century Texas log homes.  The structure was disassembled and moved to the family ranch near Tyler, Texas, and was completed in late summer of 2009.

Also visit the detailed Case Study of how this house was built.

Steve Chambers also builds custom ranch homes.

Video case study

You may also view a video in which Steve Chambers discusses with Kevin Durkin, a timber frame preservation expert at Heritage Barn Restorations, how historical preservation of timber frame structures is done, capturing their 'embodied energy,' and see a pre-Revolutionary War Gristmill still working in Heritage Village, a sustainable lifestyle community: