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Before: Old Cabins, After: Plush Retreats

What was once old becomes new again

It's hard to believe these luxurious mountain homes were crafted of rundown, dilapidated cabins—in many cases, nearly 100 years old. The results are simply stunning!


When husband-and-wife architects Bruce and Jodie Wright heard about a pair of old cabins for sale on two long, narrow adjoining lots in downtown Telluride, they were intrigued. The buildings—both built in the early 1900s—were outdated, but in a great location on Pacific Street. The couple soon purchased the buildings and began to tackle the process of converting them to office and studio space. (Read the whole story here.)
Photo: Jennifer Koskinen
Architecture and interior Design: One Architects



(Before, above)

There are fixer uppers, and then there are Fixer Uppers. An unkempt property with a rundown cabin and decrepit barn in the ski resort town of Ketchum, Idaho, wasn’t anyone’s idea of a dream home, but interior designer Jennifer Hoey Smith and her husband Cory saw potential in the shabby junkyard aesthetic of the distressed buildings. (Read the whole story here.)
Photo: Craig Wolfrom
Interior Design: Jennifer Hoey Interior Design



(Before, above)

It would have been simpler for Linda Perlman to build a new guest cabin on the land behind her home in Jackson Hole. But the designer couldn’t resist the draw of an 80-year-old log cabin from nearby Crescent H Ranch, which began as a dude ranch in 1927 and morphed into one of the West’s most beloved fly-fishing camps. When a new owner purchased it, the property’s small guest cabins were auctioned off—and Perlman seized the opportunity. (Read the whole story here.)
Photo: David Swift
Architecture:  Carney Logan Burke Architects




“The most important thing for us was that our house fit the land,” Lauren Harris says of the two-bedroom residence she and husband Anthony Eaton planned to build on Tall Pony Ranch, their 300-acre property along a tributary of the Yellowstone River, just south of Livingston, Montana… The project’s first two finds were a pair of century-old hand-hewn log cabins. Materials from the larger one were used to construct the new house’s living room, while the smaller one became the guest suite… Although the rest of the house is technically new construction, it was executed with locally sourced materials, many of which are recycled.  (Read the whole story here.)
Photo: Audrey Hall
Architecture: Miller Architects



If only this cabin’s original owners could see it now. They’d never believe it’s the same little red shed they built in Telluride more than a century ago. At first glance, not much has changed. The front door is where it’s always been. The shingle roof is identical to the original. Even the red paint is the same. But the interior is a whole different story: textured, sophisticated, cozy—a far cry from its early days as a simple miner’s shack. (Read the whole story here.)
Photo: Gibeon Photography
Architecture: James Hardy Architect, LLC
Interior Design: Studio Frank



(Before, above)

When Boone Nolte, an architect in training at Locati Architects in Bozeman, Montana, showed his mom a picture of the crumbling cabin he had purchased, “she almost cried,” he remembers. “She was thinking, ‘What did you spend your money on?The short answer: an 1880s homestead on a ranch in Helena, Montana. Its roof sagged. Its floors were buckled. Its tiny rooms brimmed with junk. (Read the whole story here.)
Photo: Audrey Hall
Architecture: Locati Architects

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