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Family converts two-story wine barrel into charming home nestled in Redwoods
Their wine barrel home and their beautiful log cabin are just as amazing as the stories behind them.
Valerie Ablang
12.05.22

Can you imagine living inside a wine barrel?

Kirsten Dirksen discovers how a couple lived a simple life together in their wine barrel house with their kids.

A family bought a property located in Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Atkinsons bought a wood cabin while considering that it would be temporary.

The wood cabin has a total of 1250 square foot living area.

Then there’s the 2-story wine barrel.

Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen
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Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

However, Marianne was concerned that the space would not be enough for a family of five.

Luckily, an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) made from a wine barrel is within the property area.

When Richard and Marianne Atkinson saw the property, the wine barrel immediately caught their attention.

They thought of the perfect use.

Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen
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Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

They knew that it could provide additional living space for their girls.

The log cabin was a passion project.

Using the logs from the Redwood trees, it can be seen that the house was built using pieces of machinery that can still be found on the property.

Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen
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Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

The way the logs were interlocked is also astonishing, which made their home survive a powerful earthquake without being damaged.

Even the details all the around the house speak out the creativity of the previous owner.

The natural features of the log cabin made it beautiful.

They maintained the original look of the house and embraced its raw charm.

Whimsy was a requirement.

Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen
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Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

The intricate profile, like the kitchen cabinet’s hardware and living room lights, exudes the house’s high quality since the 1940s.

This made it more reasonable for Richard and Marianne to raise their daughters there.

Every detail is amazing.

The cabin showcased the creativity and craftsmanship of the original owner in every area of the house.

Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen
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Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

Many of those were pointed out by Marianne, but one of the most astonishing portions of the house is the fireplace.

It was built using ancient stones, and the way that vents were placed was functionally aesthetic.

The house was really built to feel like a luxurious vacation place.

They have everything within the cabin until their girls decide to move into the wine barrel.

The wine barrel was able to house their daughters, who wanted freedom and privacy.

It originated in Italy.

It was intended to act as water storage. However, the previous owner decided to make an extra living space out of it.

Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen
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Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

It is also remarkable that the original homeowner used Redwood for the foundation.

Everything is pre-owned or free.

Marianne revealed that most of their belongings came from surplus.

Despite not having some brand new things for their home, every piece somehow blended with the place.

Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen
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Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

It feels magical from within, and the ambiance adds a whimsical feeling to those living in the wine barrel.

Even the perimeter is majestic.

Surrounded by the forest, the family could enjoy both the shade it provides and the view it offers.

Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen
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Youtube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

The log cabin has a garden room where you can sit down and admire the view.

Sometimes, they even have the chance to witness wildlife in their natural habitat.

Take a full tour of these two unique homes nestled in the Redwood forest in the video below!

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By Valerie Ablang
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Valerie Ablang is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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