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Rustic cabin gets a modern makeover

How an L.A. couple turned a gloomy cabin into a sunny oasis. Hint: Think sledgehammers

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Topanga Canyon cabin entrance
Photo by Lisa Romerein; styling by Miranda Jones. Written by Laure Joliet

Cabin makeover: Double doors let in the sun

“For ages, we had a dotted line and scissors painted on the wall in the [former] garage that we wanted to replace with windows,” Tyke says.

After shopping for the best deal, they installed double French doors and windows there to create a light-filled living room and a more convenient entrance to the 1976 cabin.

Additionally, opening the opposite wall between the dining room and the old garage made the most of the downstairs living space. Jon and Tyke opted to grind and polish the concrete floor (previous page) for a smooth finish, giving the area a modern edge.

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