Historic 1852 Ski Cabin, Restored & Updated


Welcome to the 228th Metamorphosis Monday!

Thank you so much for the loving comments you left on my weekend post and on Facebook. I’ve read each one and appreciate them more than you know.

Metamorphosis Monday:

Last September Cornelia shared pics of the restoration and renovation process they had started on their historic ski cabin located in the Swiss Alps in the Canton of Grison.  The cabin dates back to 1852 and was badly in need of restoration/renovation to make it a more comfortable for overnight stays.

During winter, the only way to reach the cabin is via skis due to the heavy snows. The cabin is a “ski-in, ski-out” cabin and is located just 500m from a ski lift.  In this “Before” pic taken last summer, the cabin looked like this.


Here’s another “Before” pic taken during the winter. Lots and lots of snow!


The restorations and updates began in Spring 2012 and they continued all summer until the heavy snow arrived. When we last saw the house in September of last year, it had been raised and a new foundation had been added underneath.  Cornelia said, “The original was made of stone and mainly wood, it did not have a proper foundation. There were only loose stones under a wooden floor which was rotten.”  You can read and see more about the addition of the new foundation in this previous post: Historic Swiss Ski Cabin Renovation and Restoration


Once the foundation was built, work began replacing the roof.

New Roof for Ski Cabin


Roof on Swiss Cabin

They worked quickly to get the new roof on before the winter snows arrived once more.

New Roof for Swiss Cabin

Views of the cabin during this past winter, winter 2012…

Ski Cabin in Switzerland

New siding and a new roof were installed just in time.

Historic Ski Cabin in Switzerland

Now that spring has arrived, work has begun again.  Look at that view!

Swiss Ski Cabin Restoration and Renovation

The workers have moved to the interior of the home.  The goal is to finish the restoration/renovation before winter returns again.

Swiss Ski Cabin Restoration and Renovation

Here’s how this side of the cabin looked right after it was raised and given a new foundation.


And here’s the same view after restoration.

Swiss Ski Cabin Restoration and Renovation


Swiss Ski Cabin Restoration and Renovation

This picture is showing the first floor where the living room, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bath will be.

Swiss Ski Cabin Restoration and Renovation

This is the area where the kitchen will be.

Swiss Ski Cabin Restoration and Renovation

You can really see the log walls in this photo below.

Log Walls of Ski Cabin

As work continues this summer, I’ll post again with updates.  I can’t wait to see how the interior will look when completed!  Thanks to Cornelia for taking us along on this amazing restoration and renovation.

Ski Cabin in Switzerland

To see more of the work that’s been done restoring this cabin, check out this previous post: Historic Swiss Ski Cabin Renovation and Restoration


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  1. Wow, this is so wonderful. I love restoration of historic homes and buildings. This to me sings in its location and its look. I am visualizing Heidi and her grandfather in such a home – love it. I do appreciate you hosting, Susan and hope you have a blessed week,

  2. This is an amazing transformation! Wow! It’s so wonderful to see a piece of history saved! Thanks for sharing the update! Thank you for hosting another fun party! Sending prayers your way for your loss of Max! I’m so sorry!

  3. Thanks for hosting Susan! Have a super week…Ann

  4. Thanks so much for hosting! So Sorry to hear about Max’s passing. I have yet to hear of a pet being cured or surviving cancer…It seems like it just doesn’t happen….

    You are in my prayers..


  5. Cornelia’s cabin is amazing! And that view is breathtaking! Thank you for sharing her beautiful transformation of her cabin home!And thank you so much for hosting too!

  6. What a great cabin! Thanks so much for hosting. Have a great week!

  7. Sharron L. says

    WOW! You guys did a wonderful job! I have always wanted to live in a log cabin or log home! This is jut rustic enough and magnificent!!

  8. I am so glad you posted this. I had wondered at their progress and if they ever finished. I have developed and interest in the food in that area and the Franche area of France. The scenery is just gorgeous, but I think I would like to see it in the summer months since I am so wimpy about cold weather. Thanks for sharing. You are in my thoughts. 🙂

  9. Thank you for the mini trip to Switzerland Susan! What a fab restoration, amazing that the little cabin was able to be transformed into such a beauty! wow!

  10. Thanks so much for hosting, Susan. I’m so sorry about Max’s passing. As much as we know life is temporary, it is never easy to let a loved one (human or furry friend) go. Praying your heart will heal quickly. Have a blessed week.

  11. What an amazing transformation and a way of preserving the past!. Thank you so much for hosting the party Susan, keeping you and Max in my thoughts,
    Warm thoughts,

  12. Wow Susan- Her cabin is coming along very nicely! What a fabulous view they have. It’s going to be quite a nice cabin when they’re done. The metal roof was an excellent choice. It will live on for a long long time. It will be fun to see her new kitchen and how she finishes out the interior!

  13. So sorry about your precious Max. Thanks for hosting! Life to the full! Melissa

  14. What an amazing transformation on the cabin! I can’t wait to see what they do with the inside.

    Been thinking about you this weekend & wondering how you were getting along. {{HUGS}} I know it is quiet at your house & you still find yourself being careful where you step, in case Max was underfoot. I did it for a long, long time.

    Thanks for hosting MM. I’m glad I had something to contribute today.

  15. Hi Susan, and thank you for hosting your party today. You’re in my prayers today.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  16. Thank you for hosting. I’m so sorry about Max… so sad to lose our faithful pals. Little Bit

  17. Mary from Virginia says

    What a beautiful place! I LOVE the windows and the shutters that actually work! I cannot wait to see the finished house. It is amazing what they have done so far.

    Hope you are doing o.k. I’ve been thinking about you!

  18. Hi Susan!
    Your posts are like little escapes to other places. That ski cabin view is amazing!
    It’s fun to see how other people live. You are so good at taking us places.

  19. Neat to see an update on the cabin…can’t wait to see it finished. What a gorgeous setting. Thanks so much for hosting.

  20. The cabin is amazing! Thanks so much for hosting.

  21. Peggy Thal says

    Renovations are always amazing, even on such a small scale. It does look like Heidi lives here. Thanks Susan. Take care and try to not be too sad.

  22. Wow, that is some cabin! Thanks so much for sharing and hosting!

  23. The Alps are incredible! Can’t wait to see the rest of this when it is finished.

  24. Thanks for hosting!

  25. Thanks so much for having me each week. Christine from Little Brags

  26. Oh, Susan,
    I so hope you are doing well… I know it’s hard for you but I’m glad you are hosting today, too…
    Susan, living in Germany, and going to Italy each year, I know Switzerland very well and it really is a beautiful country! I love it! I also love Cornelia’s cabin… we and the Swiss call it “Chalet”. (Stimmt’s, liebe Cornelia? 🙂 ) Susan, I wish you could visit Switzerland (and Germany and Italy, too! 🙂 ) during winter, someday! I know you don’t like the cold but believe me, when you drive through Swiss snowy mountains, looking at those light up chalets, you think you are in the middle of a giant Christmas village! So lovely and romantic… I’m sure you would love it, though the cold! 🙂
    ~Hugs to you, my friend… you are always in my thoughts and prayers… ♥ ~

    • Cornelia says

      Dear Cecilia
      This Type of cabin is called a Maiensäss, not Chalet. Chalet is a term used for wooden houses in the western parts of Switzerland and in the alpine regions of France. The farmers had his cows or goats in the Basement where he also made cheese and slept. The first floor was used to store hay. Maiensäss were only used during the summer time.

  27. Susan, thanks for hosting. I loved seeing the ski cabin. The view is outstanding and reminded me of the view from “Eagles Nest”.


  28. Thanks for sharing..I love that they saved it instead replacing it…those logs are wonderful..I was wondering if they did anything with those beautiful boards from the outside of the cabin…..my mom gave me a great love of architecture…I had always hoped one day to restore an old place myself…think my time is running out…I’d have to hire out most of the work now…remodeled one of my smaller apt’s last winter…it was much fun…but tiling the tub surround taught me…yes Wende…you are getting too old for this…
    I do hope your feeling somewhat better today….

  29. Thanks for hosting Susan! What a beautiful ski cabin. Thinking about you and your loss – hoping you are surrounded by hugs & love. Jane

  30. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for the tour. Can not wait to see the inside! Take your time mourning Max. Maybe you could plant a small tree or bush to honor him, and sit by it when you are sad. A place you make for this special purpose. I have a concrete bench my Mother bought me for my birthday the year she passed away, it is on the path that leads to our pond. That bench is my place and means the world to me! You are in my prayers.

  31. What a lovely cabin and an amazing view! Thinking about you…hugs…Debbie

  32. I’ve been wondering how Cornelia was doing!! Very well, indeed!! franki

  33. I adore this cabin and am so glad you shared the progress. What an amazing place. And the thought of snow right now sounds wonderful because it’s so hot and muggy here!

  34. Hi Susan,
    I have been thinking of you this weekend and hope that you may begin to find some peace. The loss of a pet is always tramatic for me. Sending peace and calm your way.
    Here we are again gathering at your sweet blog to find out what each of us is up to. I appreciate your hosting these parties and your daily posts. The work is tremendous and I appreciate you.

    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  35. Wow! I want to go stay at Cornelia’s place! Amazing transformation. laurie

  36. Wow, what a view! I’m a little envious of the view but not of the work ahead. I look forward to seeing inside pictures when it’s complete. 🙂 Thank you for hosting Met Monday each week. It’s awesome!

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