It’s Just A Cabin

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It has been nearly five months since my husband and I concluded our life would be more complete with the addition of a mountain getaway. We spent several weeks last December searching the ‘on-line’ slopes of Western North Carolina for the perfect, little cabin; one which also fit our measly, little budget.

The cabin we found was not perfect, and the offer we extended reflected its imperfections; not the least of which included the fact that there was no running water, the whole house was precariously perched atop concrete blocks that were sinking, there was no “skirt” to hide those sinking blocks, no insulation, a tree was firmly planted on the roof, and the insurance company would not insure one square inch.

Our goal was to create a place where we could feel comfortable for 6 months of the year while retaining the cabin’s rustic charm. Our agent was the one who first cautioned us to remember, “It’s just a cabin.” We reminded ourselves of this often.

When the contractor had finished his work (well, nearly finished), we gathered together all the things we had purchased to furnish our little cabin. . . from our basement, the garage, guest room, dining room, and three different stores around town.  (The bigger part of this story may be how we stayed on budget. . . a story for another day.)

I searched the house over for everything red and rustic, divided the china, silverware and linens, and went through my closet with a fine-toothed comb. If there were two pair of khaki pants, one pair stayed and one went. Sweaters, running clothes, shoes, pajamas and underwear were all pilfered, like the undoing of Noah’s Ark.

Although everything was unpacked the first day, there have been another 12 days to get this little cabin arranged. Even still, I wouldn’t dare take pictures of the bedrooms, the laundry room is still under construction, and everything else is subject to change. Nonetheless, here’s where we are at the moment. . .

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Take the drive up to our cabin, and the sound of the creek will follow you all the way.

 

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Pre-renovation layout included the living area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bath in the 1960’s original cabin, with 2 bedrooms, a powder room and laundry room in the 1980’s addition (on the right).
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The 1980’s section remained relatively unchanged, but the 1960’s original cabin underwent significant remodeling. . .

 

The Family Room. . .

We replaced the original heating stove, and gained much needed floor space.

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There’s an interesting phenomenon that happens while you’re waiting to move into a new a home – the rooms grow larger and the ceilings taller, only to return to normal the day you move in. . .

The beautiful wrought iron fixture that was perfect for our family room was entirely too large for our family room.

 

 

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We wanted to balance the windows by adding a 2nd window to the right. The cabin didn’t cooperate.

 

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The remodeled family room.
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An electric, Suzuki piano showed up at the consignment store. We waited several months for the price to drop within our budget.

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Black velvet at the bottom of the drapes we found from the Maitland-Smith showroom in High Point. I’ve had the cowboy chair for more than 20 years.

The Dining Room. . .

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The old electrical panel had to be moved from the front porch. I could only sigh when they told me they needed to move it to the dining room (it is barely visible on the right wall behind the door in the photo above).

 

 

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The Dining Room was originally a small bedroom. We bought the Ralph Lauren mirror from my Aunt. . . possibly the heaviest mirror ever known to man.

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Fortunately we found two of these beautiful, red velvet drapes from the Ralph Lauren showroom. By wrapping them around the corner (we used PVC pipe with a plumber’s elbow joint and painted it black), you’d never know there’s an electrical panel In the dining room.

The Kitchen. . .

The kitchen was originally an L-shape (still visible in the top left photo). We moved the ‘L’ part of the cabinets along the back wall to create a long, galley kitchen.

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The refrigerator was relocated to the original pantry space.
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We added ‘wheels’ to a counter height dining table to create an island, which expands to provide seating for eight! Using an upholstery hide saved us hundreds of dollars.

 

The Main/Master Bath. . .

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My Aunt’s mirror was to be installed in the Master Bath, but it didn’t line up with the studs above the sinks. The guys held it up and traced the outline to no avail. . .
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One of the bedrooms from the original cabin was divided with half used to create the Master Shower while the other half became the Master Closet.

Floor tile that looks like wood and old brick created a spectacular cabin shower (we used an outdoor lantern for the light).

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A sneak peek into the Master Closet from the Main Bath.. .
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2 thoughts on “It’s Just A Cabin

  1. Wow!!!! YOu all have done a phenomenal job! Do I understand correctly you intend to spend 6 months out of the year there? I bet you FEEL better having a place in the mountains again.

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