Resourceful Dad Beautifully Renovates Cabin That Cost Him Only $100 Naturalist Richard Aiken wanted to retire to the woods. A rotting log cabin cost him just $100. And that's when he got to work... Camila Villafane What a Wonderful LifeImage By: Facebook/Richard AikenNaturalist Richard Aiken accomplished a lot in his life. He earned two doctorates, a degree in medicine and was also a published author. But Aiken had one unfulfilled dream that no one really knew about. He Had a DreamImage By: PexelsAiken was head-over-heels in love with nature, and he longed to live a life where he was out in the open air. But he had a dream that left those who knew him best absolutely speechless. He Was a NaturalistImage By: PexelsHe considered himself a true naturalist, and this wasn’t limited to his love for the outdoors. He was a strict vegan too. But the call of the wild was luring him toward something great, and his upcoming project would end up going viral. The Dream Crushers ADVERTISEMENT Image By: PexelsHis family tried to be supportive of Aiken’s nature-loving lifestyle, but all that changed when he told them that retiring in the woods was his ultimate dream. That’s when they turned on him. Family Concerns ADVERTISEMENT Image By: PexelsAiken would be much older when he retired and his family feared that something could happen to him in the woods. The odds weren’t stacked in his favor, but he refused to give up on his dream. Taking a Risk ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenAs a scholar, he wasn’t known for making a lot of reckless choices. When he bought a cabin deep in the woods, those closest to him assumed that he had lost his mind. But he would eventually prove everyone wrong, as he was about to have a stroke of luck. Nightmare in the Woods ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenThe cabin’s exterior was practically rotting away, and there was nothing on the inside either. But Aiken saw some potential and tried and turn his dream into a reality, much to his family’s disappointment. Call of the Inner Hippie ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenThe inner hippie in him told him that his dream was possible. But when he ran into a serious obstacle, he started to question whether his retirement dream was really such a good idea after all. The Old Hillbilly ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenAiken considered himself an old “hillbilly” because he wanted to retire to the woods. But like most dreams, this one needed fuel, or, in this case, money, which would prove to be a challenge. Cost of Living ADVERTISEMENT Image By: PexelsAs he did more research, Aiken realized that building a cabin in the woods was going to cost way too much money. The cost of the land alone was too high. So was this end of his dream? Forgotten Dream ADVERTISEMENT Image By: PexelsAiken came to the conclusion that his dream was impossible, so he accepted that and tried to move on. But then a kind gesture from a friend once again gave him a renewed sense of hope. A Friend With a Deed Is a Friend Indeed ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenOne of Aiken’s friends owned some land in a forest. Since he knew how much Aiken wanted to live in the woods, he offered Aiken the piece of land free of charge. But Aiken did something shocking: He declined. No, Thanks! ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenAiken was understandably touched, but he couldn’t accept his friend’s generous offer. Eventually, Aiken agreed to pay at least $100 for the land. The friend happily took the deal. But when Aiken saw the cabin, he understood why it was so affordable. Fixer-Upper ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenAiken inspected the cabin closely and noticed that the cottage was in a state of disarray. Not only were the plants outside deteriorating, but the roof was missing. This left him feeling quite disparaged. A Lot of Work Ahead ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenAiken knew he had a lot of work ahead of him if he wanted to make the cottage livable. So he took some time to think about it and realized that he had to make the ultimate commitment. Fully Committed ADVERTISEMENT Image By: UnsplashThe cabin was Aiken’s lifelong dream, so he chose to give it all he had. At first, his family wasn’t happy with his restoration efforts. But then he did something that made them change their tune. All Hands on Deck ADVERTISEMENT Image By: San Francisco GlobeAiken’s grown children decided to help him out. And thanks to that help, the cabin started to look a lot more decent. But just when things were looking great, Aiken suffered yet another setback. A Snag in the Plan ADVERTISEMENT Image By: San Francisco GlobeDuring the renovation process, Aiken discovered that the cabin was built over a collection of bedrocks. This meant that he had to stop building until he could come up with a new design for the cabin in the woods. Unforeseen Setback ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenAiken used his advanced intellect to modify the building plans to fit the bedrocks. It was easy. He just had to raise the cottage above ground level. But then he experienced a third setback, and this time his family was the cause. Home-Wrecking Cabin ADVERTISEMENT Image By: PexelsSince the cabin had to be raised, it took longer to renovate than his family had anticipated. This led to a strain in his family’s household, particularly because his kids were tired of helping him out on the weekends. Issues With the Missis ADVERTISEMENT Image By: San Francisco GlobeAiken’s wife wasn’t happy with all the money that he had thrown into the cabin. But despite all the work and all of the complications the construction brought to his family, it was finally over. Told You So ADVERTISEMENT Image By: San Francisco GlobeIt took 10 years for Aiken to complete the cabin, but he did it. Even his family, who had been skeptical, were impressed. But the property offered one special surprise that made the cabin even sweeter. The Cherry on Top ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenAiken and his kids discovered a water table right in front of the wooden cabin. With the help of some bulldozers, they managed to excavate the area and turn it into a lake, which would prove useful for everyone. He Never Retired ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenAiken finally recognized his family’s concern and chose not to retire in the woods. Instead, he decided that the cabin would be better as a holiday home, which brought the family a great deal of happiness. For the Whole Family ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Facebook/Richard AikenNaturalist Richard Aiken documented the cabin’s entire renovation, and then shared it online. The feedback he received was beyond positive, as people were seriously impressed with Aiken’s resourcefulness and hard work. But Aiken was happy that he was able to share his dream cabin with his entire family, which is now a place where they get to unwind.