Room Additions Above $100,000

1st Place Winner
Cruickshank, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

Second Place:
Clark Construction of Ridgefield, Ridgefield, Conn.

Third Place:
Lehner Bruton & Assoc., Warrenville, Ill.

From 1903 to the early 1960s, the 12 mile trestle over the Great Salt Lake lopped 43 miles off of the route of east and west bound trains. Salvage of massive Douglas fir trestle began in the 1990s. Brad Cruickshank of Cruickshank, Inc., selected these specifically for this room addition because of their size and character. With this chosen, the clients expressed their need for a new kitchen with adjacent family room, an uninterrupted kitchen work triangle, larger laundry room, wet bar, mixed finishes on the kitchen cabinets and a small home office.

Starting with the rear elevation, Cruickshank built a covered porch and included French doors for direct, easy access to the pool. The large area also provides daylight and a view of the pool, both of which enhance the experience of being in the kitchen.

In his project entry, Cruickshank says, “The Superslate roof shingles are no longer made. So, slates were ‘harvested’ off of the house in demo and placed in inconspicuous areas to use in prominent tie-ins.”

The kitchen design included the requested work triangle, a baking center with plenty of storage and pantry cabinets in the back hall.

The design of the family room included the salvaged timbers. Cruickshank further distressed the timbers by adding tool marks and “wane defects,” which were stained and waxed to produce a soft, warm appearance.

“A neat remnant found throughout the project was the timbers continued to leak small amounts of Great Salt Lake salt. The homeowner’s enjoy this connection with history and it makes conversation during cocktail time extremely entertaining.”