Name: Chris Haines
Location: Great Cacapon, West Virginia (90 miles from DC & Baltimore)
When I purchased this 80s-era modular home in 2004, it had no windows along the southern exposure, wall-to-wall carpeting, an unfinished basement, and faux woodgrain styrofoam ceiling beams. I completely gutted the house and refitted it as a mid-century modern chalet. I added wood to almost every surface (ceilings, floors, walls) and opened up the view with several new windows.
Wanting to be true to the site, I incorporated as many natural elements as possible in ways that were creative and economical — the "rustic sputnik" chandelier made from branches from my trees, a tree trunk hand rail, exposed ceiling joists in the basement den, a slate-walled master bath. Because the house is so far from any shopping centers, it was almost entirely outfitted (fixtures and furniture) with items from big-box stores or found online.