A 600-Square-Foot Dated Cabin Is Totally Different After a Clever Reno

published Oct 26, 2023

A 600-Square-Foot Dated Cabin Is Totally Different After a Clever Reno

published Oct 26, 2023
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“All rooms needed renovating if we were going to be happy there,” begins Wes Trammel, a home design consultant. He and his partner, Ben Cooper, purchased this 600-square-foot cabin that’s part of a lake community.

“The coziness and easy maintenance that comes from owning a 600-square-foot lake community property,” is what initially appealed to the couple. “From a renovator’s point of view it offered ‘more easily executable’ updates to the intermediate rehab-er.”

“When viewing the property I took note of anything salvageable,” Trammel explains. “In this case the kitchen cabinets, while stock and dated, were in great condition but were poorly configured. Additionally, the 30” refrigerator that was present was awkwardly placed just inside the kitchen door. It was the first thing you saw when you walked in! I repositioned the lower cabinets so that a smaller (but properly scaled) new refrigerator could be placed along the kitchen wall. Keeping the kitchen ‘lean and mean’ along one wall helped to create the illusion that the space is larger.”



  • Living room — Behr “Arrowhead” & “Natural Almond”
  • Primary bedroom — Behr “Arrowhead”
  • Guest bedroom — Behr “Natural Almond”


  • Sofa — Cort Furniture
  • Wicker chairs — Past home
  • Coffee table cubes — FB Marketplace
  • End table — Thrift shop
  • Bookcases — Target
  • Bar cart — Amazon
  • Rug — Pier One
  • Drapes and reeded shades — Amazon
  • Framed prints — Past home


  • Cabinets — Original
  • Butcher block — Home Depot
  • Fridge — Best Buy
  • Sink/faucet — Amazon
  • Kitchen table/chairs — IKEA
  • Wall clock — Past home


  • Bed frame/mattress — Amazon
  • Bedding — Ralph Lauren
  • Throw pillows — Thrift shop
  • Dresser — FB Marketplace
  • Sconces — Wayfair or Amazon
  • Floor lamp — IKEA
  • Wall mirror — At Home
  • Headboard — Salvaged from my basement renovation!
  • Drapes/bed skirt — Home Depot painters drop cloths
  • Carpet — Home Depot


  • Bed frames/mattresses — Amazon
  • Drapes/bed skirt — Home Depot painters drop cloths
  • Sheets — Target
  • Sconces — Wayfair or Amazon
  • Throws — Amazon
  • Throw rug — At Home
  • Carpet — Home Depot
  • End table — Thrift shop

Thanks, Wes!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.