Vermont mountain cabin | Young Ideas

A dumpy old house was transformed into a family's ski cabin in Vermont's Green Mountains. It now has one bedroom and a sleeping loft in 850 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Today architect Jeff Young of Boston-based Young Ideas is sharing with us his family’s small mountain cabin, which he created by completely transforming a dumpy old house. Be sure to check out the “before” photo — not many people would have seen the potential there!


Our cabin is located in the middle of Vermont’s Green Mountains and was a complete renovation of an existing, long-neglected home. All the work was done by myself to create a retreat for my family.

The cabin has 850 ft2 (79 m2) of living space with every inch carefully designed to maximize efficiency. The first floor is an open plan, with a large tiled mud room and heated floor attached. As avid skiers, this is perfect for drying out our ski gear in the winter.

A dumpy old house was transformed into a family's ski cabin in Vermont's Green Mountains. It now has one bedroom and a sleeping loft in 850 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Upstairs are two bedrooms, one with half bath and the other a loft. Stealing space from the tall, open interior, I carved out a queen bed loft, which is a favorite of children. The master bedroom has a half bath, making the most out of the tight quarters. The handcrafted balcony railings are the work of next door neighbor Louis Engelhart, and add to the ambiance expected of a mountain cabin retreat.

A dumpy old house was transformed into a family's ski cabin in Vermont's Green Mountains. It now has one bedroom and a sleeping loft in 850 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Downstairs has a large open two-story space, with a convertible sofa bed and a cozy window seat that doubles as a great bed. Over the window seat, a movie screen pulls down turning the downstairs into a home theater. (The projector is out of the way, encased in the ceiling.) Long winter nights often turn romantic watching movies in front of the warm Jotul stove.

The open, eat-in kitchen allows for easy meal preparation and family gatherings. The rustic feel is enhanced through the use of native Vermont soapstone for the counters and Vermont Verde Antique Marble for the gas fireplace surround.

A dumpy old house was transformed into a family's ski cabin in Vermont's Green Mountains. It now has one bedroom and a sleeping loft in 850 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Outdoors, an open porch leads to a hot tub and deck, then a dining patio. Mountain views while soaking in the day or under star lit skies at night await visitors.


Planning a Green Mountains holiday? Jeff’s cabin is available for vacation rentals through Homeaway.

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