Renovation

From an 1800s Miner Cabin to a Guest Retreat

A complete makeover results in a well-designed small cabin
By Mindy Pantiel
Published: May 14, 2014
small guest cabin renovation exterior
It’s hard to imagine that this clean, bright cabin tricked out with timeless country Americana furnishings was ever anything but a mountain gem. It was where Dr. Eugene Seymour, his wife, Judie, and their two young children used to spend holidays. But when the Santa Monica couple first laid eyes on the broken-down miners’ cabin (walking distance from downtown Aspen, Colo.) in 1991, “gem” was not the first word that came to mind.

“It had asbestos siding, sagging floors and four ski bums living there,” recalls Judie, who purchased the property with her husband. It was once part of a Swedish mining camp, but despite its history, the couple intended to tear it down. “Aspen had fairly strict codes about taking down historic buildings, but even the local historical society said it wasn’t worth saving, so we got a demo permit,” says Judie.
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