This is just the beginning. It’s summer in Minnesota. I am an academic, which means I have 3 lovely months working on projects from home. While I love my house near a lake in the Twin Cities metro, I long for that summer cabin life. Not only is the tradition of escaping to a cabin in the woods part of Minnesota culture, it is also part of my Swedish heritage. Last year, my sambo (Swedish for live-in partner) inherited nearly 100 acres on the Chippewa River in northern Wisconsin. Our plan is to create our very own cabin retreat on this property, essentially doing it all ourselves.
I am creating Cabin Rehabin’ because I’ve enjoyed reading blogs about others’ summer cabin projects. We anticipate our cabin rehabin’ to take several years considering the limitations of our full time jobs, modest building skills and 18 month old son.
Above you can see the preliminary plans for the cabin. The footprint will be the existing basement of a mobile home on the property. Utilizing this foundation will hopefully make the building process fairly straight forward- we have a well (with the greatest water in the world, I might add), septic, electricity and even internet.
This past weekend we completed the first task of the project. The first step was the clean out my father-in-law’s old home, a somber task. Anyone who has had to go through a loved one’s possessions following their passing knows how emotional it is. You get an up-close view of someone’s dreams when you see the items they were gathering, and in this case, even the drawings they made. He had wanted something more beautiful on his property in the woods.
This is what the building site looks like today.