The sun room opens out onto a ccdar deck the optimal coastal pleasure. Facing east overlooking Puget Sound, it’s the perfect perch for a morning cup of coffee. The railings are anchored to staunch posts faced with Eldorado manufactured stone. Cedar shakes and a vintage hickory rocker give it a rustic feel.
IT TAKES A SPECIAL PERSON
Since building her waterfront cottage, Rebbecca Abair has moved on to new small-house projects.
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Rebbeccas design process includes many hours of sketching multipurpose built-ins and custom cabinetry to fit the tiny space, which is 230 square feet on the main floor with a 130-square-foot sleeping loft, accessed by a custom “Rebbecca-built ladder, ” for a total of 360 square feet. Meanwhile, she is living in a 200-square-foot cabin (yes. . she built this one also) on the same property, originally intended to be a storage shed.
“It takes a special person to live in a tiny space, ” Rebbecca admits. Most people think I'm crazy … or brilliant! I got kind of carried away with the shed and now it has a small kitchenette, a wood-burning cookstove, a custom-builr cabinet/ desk, and a toiler room. I love living small! There is so much more to life than taking care of stuff rhat you don’t need, cerrainly nor in order to be happy. ?
The cabins in this section have been remodeled, renovated, or added on to. The cabin owners’ motivations range widely. Some bravely and passionately seek to save a decrepit retreat from the wrecking ball, while others want to remake a cabin so that it’s their own, and some just want to freshen up their cottage with a facelift. Regardless, all of the projects are inspiring and full of ideas.
Mike Jacob was in middle school when his parents bought a seasonal retreat on Minnesota's Girl Lake, located 175 miles north of the Twin Cities. Mike and his siblings adored spending summers at the cabin, but once they started broods of their own, it grew crowded.
Mike and his wife, Dana, began hunting for a place of their own and stumbled upon a rustic 1920s hunting shack on Woman Lake, just seven miles from his parents’ place. Before the realtor showed the property, he warned the Jacobs, “Now remember, you’re buying shoreline!
“We stepped inside and could literally see the 2 x 4s that made the interior walls and the half-log that made the exterior, ” recalls Dana.
The floors were covered in dirty linoleum.
The exposed electrical system ran on fiises. With no stove, cooking was done with plug-in burners. The makeshift shower consisted of a tin bucket suspended on a string by a pulley system.
Having to work with the original footprint forced the Jacobs to keep things small and cozy.
The shoreline was obstructed by overgrown brush. But that shoreline was only fort)' feet from the cabin a huge plus. The Jacobs also loved the fieldstone fireplace in the middle of the room.
They promptly made an offer and began researching ways to transform the cabin into a nicer living space while preserving its vintage North woods charm.