Do-It-Yourselfers Revamp a Tiny Cabin
With some TLC, and a couple of strategic additions, a well-sited fixer-upper becomes a beloved retreat one project at a time.
December 16, 2011
Dale Bruntz approached his cabin remodeling project the way most people
do. “I did projects over time as I could afford to do them,” he says.
Fourteen years later, he and his wife, Jo, have added a few hundred feet
of elbow room and replaced every surface; they’ve also completely
revamped the landscape.
Photo by Terry Iverson
What possessed Dale to buy a cabin that
needed so much work? The answer, of course, is location – on beautiful
Lake Sutherland, located just outside of Olympic National Park in
Washington state and less than 30 minutes from the couple’s primary
When he first purchased the place, it was
pretty small. “You couldn’t even have called it a one bedroom,” says
Dale. The structure was well under 1,000 square feet, featuring a main
living area combined with a kitchen and small bath. Sleeping quarters
amounted to an attic that could fit a mattress and was accessible via an
unceremonious climb up a ladder. Clearly, the place needed work.
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