Architect Bruce Miller restores an authentic Cape cabin in the woods of Wellfleet.

Architect Bruce Miller restores an authentic Cape cabin in the woods of Wellfleet.

Photo by Eric Roth

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.”