Both of the fireplaces at the cabin are finished and we’re one step closer to being able to start furnishing this cabin of ours. Last week, in addition to celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary, we celebrated 1 year of owning our A-frame. We dreamed and schemed for awhile before really diving in. Major renovations have been going on for the past 3 months (remember when we were demo-ing the fireplaces?!) and we can see a light at the end of the dusty reno tunnel–kind of. There’s a big plumbing hole in the basement now, for a new bathroom we’re adding and everywhere I look, there’s at least 10 things on our to-do list, but we decided this week we’re in no rush and we’re going to enjoy this renovation every step of the way.
Seeing this fireplace come to life has really been amazing and added so much rustic charm (is that a phrase in my vocabulary now?) to the main living space.
If you remember, it used to be quite squatty with a drywall column going all the way up to the ceiling and a hungry pellet stove that was used to heat the entire upstairs.
The pellet stove worked, but it would take hours and hours to heat up. Last winter, we’d spend the first 2-3 hours in coats waiting for the cabin to get warm before really getting cozy. The most significant update we have made to the cabin thus far is adding heating and cooling. It’s always an enjoyable temperature, we can control it from our phones, and the gas fireplaces (fueled by the large propane tank we added to our lot) are also functional, but don’t have the sole job of heating the house.
You can see the fireplaces being renovated from start to finish (and really get a sense of scale!) in this week’s Cabin Log video below or right here on YouTube:
The loft got a very upgraded view. What used to be a vision of drywall is now “welcoming stone.” I put that in quotes because when we were picking out our stone, I thought that this one felt the most organic and welcoming. Not too rigid or sharp, a mix of all the best earth tones–the most welcoming.
Here’s a true-to-life coloring of the stone below. It’s Greypearl Craft Orchard Limestone by Creative Mines. We purchased it from a local stone yard.
The fireplace downstairs used to have stacked stone and a very large wood-burning fireplace that we never ever felt get warm and an opening for wood.
We minimized the facade and carried the same stone downstairs. We bought a 55″ Frame TV for the fireplace down here (we love the one in our bedroom so much!) that will double as art and a great place to lounge and watch movies.
The whole vibe of the cabin is definitely going to be Modern Rustic. All the charm and coziness that you expect from a cabin with some surprising modern touches. I’m thinking of adding these sconces to either side of the television.
We ordered this 60″ round table for the dining area (still on the hunt for chairs!) and are getting a large custom deer head made from a cool company based out of Idaho, Faraway Lovely, for the fireplace in the main area. I also ordered trundle beds for the loft and the carpet was installed up there yesterday. I can’t wait to see that area come to life, especially since it means we can start having overnights as a family again.
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The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]
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