The transformation of a former day-camp cabin located on a beautiful 21-acre wooded site in rural Lorain County, Ohio into a renewal center for Common Ground was designed to reflect the client’s emphasis on harmony with nature. The original 2,800 square foot cabin was incorporated and is utilized for office and support spaces. The addition functions as a multi-use gathering space and features airy cathedral ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace.
Views of the adjacent wooded area are maximized through the careful placement of windows and clerestory lites. Interior space connects to the exterior through the use of natural stone terraces that extend from the gathering space. The use of natural pine trim and colored concrete, radiant-heat floors in the interior, and natural cedar finishes on the exterior accentuate the natural setting. In addition, materials were selected that were readily available and cost effective. Working with a limited budget of $290,000 and an aggressive time schedule, Ferut Architects was able to fulfill the functional and philosophical requirements of the client, resulting in an efficient design that seamlessly blends with its natural setting.
RECOGNITION: Lorain County Beautiful Award