Hammer & Key
As you might have guessed from the name, this cabin is on the small side. But, after a top-to-bottom renovation, it lives much larger than its diminutive size might suggest. The goal of this project was to strike a balance between modern updates and preservation of the cabin's 45-year-old rustic charm. Take a peek at the renovation photos below.
Here the living room's dark wood ceiling and two of its four wood-paneled walls were painted a brighter off-white color. The beams were left in the original state, as were the other two walls, which you can see fully in the dining area photo below. The trim on the white walls was also painted a coordinating shade of greige. Refinished hardwood floors, new lighting, furniture, and accessories finished it off.
The dining portion of the main room received a white table (which expands to an oval for six) to contrast with the original stained walls in this corner. Fern-print curtains echo the nature outside and pick up the green found on the swivel chairs in the living room. And the bar is conveniently located nearby.
The cabin's galley kitchen was formerly a U-shaped kitchen with only the small window over the sink. Reconfiguring the space into a two-sided galley allowed for the addition of a large window which, along with the existing vaulted ceiling, creates the feeling of much more space in this small area. Marble countertops and a terracotta-colored backsplash add to the earthy feel.
A former screened porch was enclosed by previous owners and used as a sunroom. It was given a new life as a "cocktail lounge" featuring a plant wall, light-filtering curtains, and direct access to a new screened porch (found further down the page).
The primary bedroom's floor plan was altered slightly by moving the entrance door to a new location. This allowed for doubling of the size of the closet. While not visible here, the bedroom features the same vaulted ceiling with original beams as the living room. There are also spectacular mountain views from the windows in this bedroom.
The primary bedroom's attached bath was renovated with a new tiled shower replacing a fiberglass tub-shower combo. Blue tile and botanical print wallpaper provide pops of color. The existing window keeps this room bright and airy.
The lower level of the cabin features two bedrooms and a shared bath. This one is used as a guest bedroom. Because of the lower ceiling on this level, the beams were painted as well as the ceiling itself. This bedroom and the other received new carpeting, paint, lighting, and furniture.
The shared bathroom on the lower level was given a new tub with tiled shower surround and glass enclosure. A new vanity, tiled floor, and a striking black-and-green botanical print wallpaper round out the changes in this efficient space.
The other bedroom on this lower level is used as an office and received the same upgrades, including carpeting, paint, and furniture.
The new screened porch was added to the rear of the cabin with access from both the cocktail lounge and from the existing deck. This space seats at least six and includes mountain views across the Big Canoe neighborhood.
The mountain views continue on the deck. This space including a grilling area as well as a fire pit with Adirondack seating for four.