Man Transforms Abandoned Shed Into Fantastic Log Cabin

It was done with a budget of only $100. Richard Aiken is Sixty Five years old who managed to turn an abandoned shed into a very special log cabin. He had a dream of having a home in the middle of nature where he could easily draw his hectic life. He found his oasis in a completely dilapidated shed, a shed that severally people would disregard. But Richard saw only great potential.

The result is incredible!

Second home

A lot of people usually have the dream to buy a second home and this also goes for Richard Aiken. A second home would be too costly, so he decided to go for something that is as cheap as possible. The American found everything he was looking for in a ramshackle shed, and it only set him back $100 (around 90 Euros).

Derelict burn

Richard’s new purchase was full of debris and the roof had completely collapsed. The outside appeared terrible, but the inside, abandoned and horribly neglected, look plain dangerous. With this, Richard decided that he wanted to spend his free time renovating the old cabin.

An inspection revealed that the shed consisted mainly of rotten wood, leaving him one choice: demolish most of the shed and rebuild it from the scratch.

Do you want to know more about what Richard managed to make from the derelict barn? Continue reading!


Looking at the home would cast on whether or not any materials could be salvaged, but Richard was passionate about putting as much of the old home as he could into the new home. Richard hired his family to help him with this huge job. And it didn’t take long before they also discovered a natural spring nearby, which implies that they could install their own water supply for the home.

Original construction

Richard wanted to “stay tune to the soul of the original construction,” but that turned out to be difficult. During the evacuation process, rock was discovered about two meters below the ground. It means that they had to build the cabin a few meters above the ground. They poured concrete to make a basement, and Richard sourced materials from the trees on his property.

Materials from the environment

They used white oak to make new floor beams, and a rustic porch brought the whole vision together. With the use of locally sourced wood, Richard was able to meld his house with the beautiful surroundings – this made the project appears very special. Also, the new log cabin had a second floor and he decided to use a fallen oak to make a beautiful staircase.

Log cabin

Due to the fact that the family spent a lot of time and care into the building the log cabin, the end result is sure to be amazing! Together, the family enjoys it when they can. Are you wondering what the log cabin look like? Watch the video for a sneak peek:

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