A slice of paradise: Our small lake-side cabin in Wisconsin #Homes & Tours#tiny home#vacation home Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jun 1 2015) Offbeat Editors The offbeat occupant: Colleen, Weekend warrior Other occupants: My husband Sam Approximate square footage: 650-1000 sq. feet How many bedrooms? 1 Lives in: Wisconsin, USA Let's start with the neighborhood. What's it like where you live? Our cabin is on a very quiet, small lake. We have nearly four acres, so there's plenty of space between us and our neighbors. What makes your home offbeat? We're big do-it-yourself-ers. We love the outdoors, so this cabin is our getaway. Related Post Get inspired: a tiny house built by a teen We have an entire tag devoted to tiny homes, but this is the first we've featured built by a middle-schooler. 14-year-old Sicily and the tiny... Read more What's the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? This place is just quite a bit of work, more so than you can see in the photos. We bought the cabin from an elderly couple who had slowly built and added onto it over many years. The craftsmanship and materials were good, but a lot of projects had been left unfinished. For instance, the sunroom had no flooring (only plywood). We laid a new pine floor in that room as well as the bedroom, where we had taken off some gross red-and-gold shag. The lakeshore is completely overgrown around the dock and clearing it (even just enough to fit in a rowboat) is a crazy amount of labor. What's your favorite feature of your home? The scenery! We have 1000 feet of lakeshore on a really quiet lake. The cabin is full of windows that capitalize on the view. It is just such a quiet, peaceful place. We've really enjoyed exploring our land as the seasons change. On Monday mornings we find ourselves wishing we were back at the cabin rather than at our desks. What's the most important lesson you've learned from this home? I've learned how fun and satisfying it can be to tackle big projects and learn new hands-on skills. Our cabin also reminds us to slow down, relax, and really soak in every day. What's your grandest plan for the space? I want to tap our maple trees next spring and make my own syrup. Our other big dream is to build a deluxe outdoor shower. In the meantime, we just want to get the roof to stop leaking and the mice to go away. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS I (started to) defeat my body image issues with a sword NEXT How do you get back into the sexual saddle when you're not able to ride the horse? Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] Amazing. A place like this would be a dream come true. I had the chance to live on a lake once. It was just perfect. The wildlife that was there was amazing. I loved it. Does it snow there? Looks kinda cold, there are no leaves on trees, does the lake freeze? I live in the tropics so those things are foreign wonders to me. Reply I'm not the OP, but as someone who has spent enough time in Wisconsin, I can guarantee that yes, it does snow there (I'm sure it looks gorgeous), and since the lake is small that it probably freezes most winters. I've been to B&B's and vacation rentals like this, and they are awesome! I want to drive up there and stay some weekend. Reply Yes, we get snow and ice! This winter was quite dry in terms of snow, but we still had some. Reply Very pretty and cozy – be sure to update when you get that outdoor shower built 🙂 Reply What a gorgeous cabin! Thanks for giving us a peek into your living space =) Reply Thank you! Reply What an amazing place to escape to in the weekends! You are lucky! I am wondering how far it is from your main home? Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.