Door County Cabin Makeover
Cabin on the cheap
Scott and Laura wanted to keep costs reasonable during their work on "Humble Lodge." Here are their tips for a creative, low-budget renovation:
Keep everything in its place. The kitchen was functional, so when the Humbers replaced the sink and appliances, they saved money by keeping the existing floor plan--then used the same strategy with the bathroom plumbing.
Do your own demo. As long as the work is nonstructural, even klutzy people can destroy things like a pro. Scott and his boys yanked out cabinets, flooring and carpets. But Scott advises buying a hard hat and face mask for safety. Talk with a professional first to prevent mistakes.
Skimp on window treatments. Laura skipped high-priced options in favor of matchstick blinds Scott found at a big-box home store for about $10 a window. They mimic the ones Laura remembers from her childhood, in cabins at summer camp.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® May/June 2009.)