Design & DIY

Retiree dedicates a decade to rebuilding an 1800s cabin

A retired mathematician decided to put his practical knowledge to the test by refurbishing an 1800s cabin in Missouri.

Using what he could salvage from the original cabin, which was only a handful of logs because much of it was rotting after years of weather damage, he rebuilt the cabin over the course of 10 years.

The remaining wood he needed for the cabin was collected from his own property, therefore no new wood needed to be chopped or purchased.

The cabin sits on solid bedrock with a cement and stone foundation. He kept the structure as historically accurate as he could while remaining functional in the new era.

Below, you can check out the photos, uploaded to reddit by his children, of his labour of love.

Source: (srirachaforeverthing)


The cabin as it stood when the builder declared its potential.


The builder labeled the logs he deemed functional and began to rebuild the structure on his property.


Outlining the structure on the new property.


The shell of the house goes up.


A fireplace is erected.


A window in the loft lets the sun shine in.


A cabin just isn’t complete without a charming porch.


Logs on and stacked next to the fire. The chinking between the logs uses an original recipe, consisting of sand, Portland cement, and lime.


The staircase is made of a nuisance oak tree that fell in front of the mathematician’s house.


Candles light and warm the cabin.


The finished product withstanding the snow.