Architect Bruce Miller restores an authentic Cape cabin in the woods of Wellfleet.
It’s not every day you come across a property that evokes a sense of charm and nostalgia for old Cape Cod.When a large parcel of land with a small 1920s cabin—tucked into woodlands on Wellfleet Bay—came up for sale, a longtime summer resident saw an opportunity to preserve the integrity of not only the land, but also the tranquil cabin itself.
The new owner recognized the cabin as a diamond in the rough and called Boston architect Bruce Miller to enhance the structure without taking away its charming old-time qualities. “The cabin, although it was in pretty bad shape, is a classic summer cottage: There was no insulation or plaster walls, just exposed pine framing with interior spaces opened to the roof rafters. The owners wanted to use it as a seasonal guesthouse,” says Miller. “They also wanted to be respectful of the original cabin and keep things as simple as possible.”
With views of a tidal marsh and woodland, Miller also wanted to keep the rustic ambiance of the 750-square-foot cabin intact. “The approach was to be as economical as possible,” Miller notes. “We did not winterize the structure.”