Location: Rollinsville, Colorado
Our little weekend cabin in the Colorado Rockies is an hour from our home in Denver, and at 825 square feet and only one bedroom, it was a challenge to figure out how it would work for our family of four, including our 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.
The mud room houses a washer/dryer, undercounter refrigerator, and new bench area with black slate floor for removing dirty snow boots. The galley kitchen has plenty of counter space for baking cookies together since it does not have a full-size refrigerator taking up precious space. The opposite side has the perfect size pantry to keep staples on hand.
Where there was once a full wall of four low bookcases is now two bookcases and beyond a small two person dining table, perfect for morning coffee overlooking the Continental Divide. A four person game table in the living room can be used as overflow dining. The bedroom with vaulted ceiling has built-in bunk beds for the children and also serves as TV room.
My husband and I sleep on a queen sofabed in the living room; this way, we get to enjoy the wood-burning fireplace on cold winter nights. Painted pine floors were stripped and white-washed, and a pitiful 19 gallon water heater was replaced with an electric tankless unit for taking shower after shower. Finally, an 8'x16' storage shed has been converted into an artist's studio/retreat.