a Timeless Retreat

“The cabin can get warm in the summer, but with the dormer windows open, heat escapes from the roof pulling in fresh air from the lower windows, keeping the cabin cool,” notes Miller. He also kept the original 12 over 12 windows in the living space and added a fourth window taken from the back of the house to expand the tidal marsh view.

The interiors were revamped with new fir flooring. Miller added a 175-square-foot screened porch for additional living space—it’s the perfect spot to have dinner and enjoy the natural surroundings.

A set of French “barn” doors on axis with the central living room slide open to access the porch, bringing the two spaces together. “I also moved the front door, which was on the side, and placed it on the front of the cabin, setting up a visual axis from the entry out to the marsh,” says Miller. To offer greater outdoor living space, Miller added a cedar deck facing the marsh.

In the main living space, an old wood-burning stove was replaced with a brick fireplace, a wonderful gathering spot for the Cape’s sometimes brisk spring and early summer mornings and often chilly autumn nights. The interior walls and ceilings, which were left exposed, were painted a crisp white. Miller added vertical pickled pine boards to the wall surrounding the fireplace and incorporated small bookshelves and hidden closets on either side of the chimney for additional storage.

a Timeless Retreat

To keep the rustic feel of the cottage, Miller specified unlacquered brass hardware, which patinas naturally over time in the salt breezes. For more modern creature comforts, a new kitchen was added and the bathroom was enlarged slightly.

“We added a three-foot-by-six-foot mini-addition to the bathroom, making an almost dysfunctional space more comfortable, yet preserving its smallness,” says Miller. The bathroom floor is painted a bright French blue, offering a striking visual impact. A freestanding outdoor shower affords the ultimate summer experience.

The kitchen is also very simple with plywood cabinets, heart pine countertops, and a small island countertop for food preparation. The kitchen backsplash was also finished in a pickled pine, continuing the flavor of the living area.

This authentic cabin has become a sweet oasis with enhanced charm, offering a perfect retreat from modern life in the tranquil woodlands surrounding Wellfleet Bay.

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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