Answering your questions about our tiny cabin Airbnb renovation!

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A couple of weeks ago, I introduced our latest project to you: the Tiny Lake House renovation! Since then, we’ve received a lot of questions about the little cabin Airbnb renovation, so today I wanted to answer them for you. From whether or not we’re keeping the outhouse to WHY I didn’t make the floor plan more open… let’s dive in to your questions!

Tiny Cabin Renovation

In case you missed it, make sure begin by reading our introduction post HERE with the BEFORE tour of the cabin, and my plans for the space.

Watch my video answering your FAQs:

The Outhouse

There’s been a lot of debate about whether or not to keep the outhouse at the cabin Airbnb renovation. Some people say that it’s an essential part of the cabin experience, while others argue that it’s a health hazard. On the one hand, I can see the argument for keeping the outhouse. It would add a sense of authenticity to the experience and would be a great conversation starter. On the other hand, I can see the argument for getting rid of it. It might be unsanitary and could deter potential guests from staying at the cabin. PLUS our municipality might make us tear it down in order to get our development permits for the cabin renovation. I’ll keep you posted on what happens with our little outhouse!

The Garage

Some of you had the idea to use the small garage on the property as a bunkie. Unfortunately the garage is in such bad shape with a caving roof, so it’s not safe to use. We’ll probably use it for storage for now, and perhaps try to repair it after we’re done renovating the tiny cabin.

The Exterior & Yard

Many of you wondered what we’d like to do with the outside of the Tiny Lake House. Here are the plans for the exterior and yard of our tiny cabin:

Exterior Plans Mockup!

We wanted a cabin that would blend in with its natural surroundings, so I’m going to use a green color palette natural wood and copper accents. Sanding the siding and giving it a fresh paint job will make it look brand new. In the front of the cabin, we’ll build a new porch where we can relax and enjoy the views. The back of the cabin has a great deck and stone patio area, so we’ll clean that up, paint it, and add a firepit with chairs.

Simply tending to the lawn and adding some low-maintenance shrubs in front of the cabin will make it look so much better, too.

The Walk to the Lake

The walk to the lake is only two minutes long, and it’s a beautiful, big lake. There’s a long dock and a sandy beach that our guests will be able to enjoy, and we can’t wait to enjoy it this summer too!

How did we find the cabin?

To find the Tiny Lake House, I stalked MLS for months just as I did to find our first cabin to renovated. We were looking for another run-down property in close proximity to a lake, and this one was perfect. I think there’s something so special about taking an essentially uninhabitable property and transforming it into something cute & cozy that many families can enjoy! Too many older homes are demolished, and we wanted to save this one.

The Floor Plan

I know that some of you weren’t thrilled with the tiny home layout but I had my reasons. The little hallway in the front is a great spot for storage, which is lacking in this tiny space. I also wanted a private bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room so two couples could stay at the cabin comfortably. We didn’t want to move any windows or doors or replace the siding, so this was the best layout I could come up with that still achieved everything we wanted. Plus, I love it! I think it’s cozy and charming and everything a cabin should be.

I hope this post answered all of your questions about our tiny cabin renovation! If you have any other questions, let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from my readers and we want to make sure that everyone is as excited as we are for this new project. Thanks for following along with us on this Airbnb renovation journey!


  1. My Grandparents had an outhouse, please get rid of it. You could keep the building, please treat whatever is under the outhouse. This could be leaking into the water, the water that goes into the cabin, or even into the lake. My grandfather added a chemical into the bottom of the outhouse periodically in an attempt to prevent foul leakage into the surrounding soil. Even so, it always stunk. My children were frightened to use the outhouse.

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