Dad Buys $100 Cabin And Now It's A Masterpiece

Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder

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Richard Aiken was a noted intellectual. He seldom made risky choices. However, when he bought an old wood cabin, people questioned his judgment. The cabin was the stuff of nightmares. Pieces of rotting wood made up the exterior. As for inside, well, it wasn’t much at all. But Richard saw promise. And when he completed his labor of love, neighbors grew jealous! And it certainly wasn’t hard to see why.

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Brilliant Minds

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Richard Aiken was certainly an impressive man. He had two doctorates, a degree in medicine and was a published author to boot! Talk about a lifetime of achievement. However, Richard had a side no one knew about. He had a longing to live outdoors. Richard had a certain affinity with nature. But he had one dream which left everyone around him gaping. A goal no one expected from the brilliantly minded retiree.

The Great Beyond Is Calling

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Richard had a longing to live in nature. He was a true naturalist through and through. From loving the outdoors to practicing a strict vegan life, he loved the call of the wild. However, this caused his family to wonder. They supported his notions to a certain degree. However, when he decided to announce that he had dreamed of retiring to the woods, they grew weary. And for good reason too!

Nature Has It’s Quirks

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Richard’s family couldn’t help but think of the perils of living in the woods. Since Richard would be retiring there, he would be older. What if he needed medical assistance? The logistics gave his immediate family headaches. But Richard was determined. He knew he had to be true to his inner hippie self. However, he soon ran into another problem. A serious one at that. One that would cause him to question his retirement plan.

Money Makes Things Difficult

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Richard had always dreamed of retiring to the woods. He had dubbed himself as an old “hillbilly.” However, one thing had always been standing in his way: money. The cost to build a cabin in the middle of the woods could become really pricey. Furthermore, purchasing a lot of land would definitely rack up the bill. Therefore, he had long conceded defeat. Until one day, one random act of kindness changed his life forever.

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Strange Acts Of Kindness

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One of Richard’s friends knew of his longing to live in the woods. As it would happen, this friend owned a piece of land in the middle of a forest. He decided to offer it to his buddy at no charge! But Richard could not accept this. He insisted he pay his friend at least $100 for the land. However, when he saw the cabin, he understood why it was being offered for free.

Hidden Complications

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The cabin was a real doozy, to say the least. A right fixer-upper. When Richard inspected the structure, he was perplexed. Pieces of plank making up the exterior of the house were literally rotting off. The roof was missing completely. And the inside of the cottage was abysmal. This left Richard despondent. He knew a lot of effort would have to go into the renovation of the cottage. So he made an incredibly arduous decision.

Richard Soldiers On

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Richard decided to commit to the cabin. It was after all his life’s dream. So, much to the dismay of his family, he began the restoration process. But over time, his family began to enjoy the build as well. All members became hands on deck. Richard’s children found great ways to help their dad out. And slowly, the little house on the hill began to take shape. But it wasn’t long until another setback reared its head.

A Bump In The Road

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It appeared the cabin was built right over a shallow cluster of bedrock. This put a setback to the building process. Richard had to rethink his initial design of the cabin. But this wasn’t hard for the genius. Richard quickly adapted his building plans to suit the terrain. The little cottage was raised above the ground. But this caused another setback. One that would cause real family problems in the Aiken household.

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A Long Labor Of Love

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Due to the location of the cabin and the challenges of terrain, another setback cropped up. The cabin began to take a lot longer than anyone in the family had bargained on. this caused strain in relationships within the household. Richard’s children grew tired of heading to the cabin every weekend to help. His wife grew distressed at the money being pumped into the project. But one day, everything came to a surprising end.

The Prize In The Woods

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After ten grueling years, the cabin was finally completed. And it was everything Richard had ever hoped for. He had taken a vacant, desolate plot of land and made something magnificent. His family ate their words and were humbled by their dad’s aspirations. Even the neighbors were impressed with how the structure turned out. But the little lot of land held one more secret for Richard. One that would make his cabin the talk of the town.

A Hidden Gem Exposed

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Richard and his children one day stumbled on a hidden gem. Just in front of the cabin, they came across a dense water table. Richard saw an opportunity to create something magnificent. So, the bulldozers were called in. As they began to excavate, a stunning little lake took shape. Complete with a built-in wooden dock, this was the cherry on top of the cabin. But things got even better for the family.

Neighborly Love

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Richards Amish neighbors had witnessed the construction of the cabin from start to finish. As such, they decided to gift the family with a unique house-warming present. They had constructed a gorgeous wooden table. This table was easily movable, enabling the Atiken family to position it wherever they saw fit. This gesture was certainly heart-warming. The cabin was a true success. But what about Richard’s family’s original concerns?

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Family Put To Ease

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Luckily for his loved ones, Richard decided not to retire to the cabin. After years of building there, he recognized their concerns. He saw the difficulties of navigating the terrain. Now instead, he and his family use it as a holiday home. They frequent the little house regularly. It certainly has brought a lot of joy to all who have visited it. But Richard had one more surprise for his loved ones.

The Legend Lives On

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Richard had dedicatedly documented his renovations from start to finish. Once the little home was complete, he shared his story online. The response to his dedication and construction was resounding. The public lapped up the little cottage in the woods. As for Richard, he is grateful to have had the experience. He and his family will now be able to live out his lifelong dream for the rest of his life.

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