Miller chose to enlarge the cabin slightly, but for the most part worked hard to maintain the structure’s attractive smallness. By using building materials consistent with the original structure and selecting simple fixtures and finishes with clean lines, the new and the old blended together, in keeping with the unfussy modesty of the Cape’s traditional summer cabins.

a Timeless Retreat

Wellfleet, truly a special Cape Cod town with over 60 percent of its land designated as part of the National Seashore, offers the wild windswept beauty of nature with tidal marshes, kettle ponds, Atlantic Ocean beaches, and a tranquil bay. The new design of the cabin continues to honor this unspoiled place, sitting quietly on the landscape.

The one-story structure needed new siding and a roof. It also called for more light and expanded views of the marsh. The scope of the work included adding a new kitchen and screened porch, enlarging a bathroom and bedroom, and adding a new deck.

Miller spent many summers as a child and young adult on Squam Lake in New Hampshire and called on his memories of much-loved summer buildings to enhance the relaxed aesthetic of the Wellfleet cabin. Along with recladding the cabin walls and roof in new cedar shingles, Miller incorporated a dormer with operable transom windows to allow in more natural light and summer breezes.

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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