A Retired Mathematician Bought This Rotting Cabin For $100. And What He Did To It Was Mindblowing

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In the middle of the woods in rural Missouri, an old cabin slowly rots away. When Richard Aiken visits to take a look, he can barely tell where the trash ends and the building begins. But with a little imagination and a lot of hard work, he will transform it into something amazing.

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Aiken is a man of many and varied talents. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics and another in chemical engineering. What’s more, he has a medical degree to boot. Amazingly, he’s also found time to write a book and moonlight as an opera singer, before rekindling a love of competitive sports at the ripe age of 65.

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Yet despite all these impressive life skills, Aiken himself is strikingly down-to-earth. Amusingly, he even refers to himself on Facebook as the “Hillbilly Vegan.” And, like many people wanting to escape our hectic modern world, he has always dreamed of one day owning his own humble abode in a forest somewhere.

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However, Aiken soon discovered that his dream came at a price. He began searching for a cabin, but he quickly found that all of them came with astronomical price tags. Fate, however, intervened and offered him an opportunity too good to resist.

Image: Richard Aiken via SF Globe

In Missouri, Billy Howell was trying to work out what to do with an abandoned cabin on his land. He had lived in the shack with his wife for around 40 years, but the couple had moved out at some point in the 1990s. Since then, the cabin had been left to rot and decay.

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So, it must have been a great relief when Howell saw an advert posted by Aiken. Howell quickly replied, saying that Aiken could take the shack off his hands for free. However, when Aiken came to see the building, he found a wreck covered in rubble with a tumbledown roof. Nevertheless, he saw its potential and gave Howell $100 for the structure.

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As the new owner of the cabin, Aiken soon got to work. Now, his research revealed that the property was likely built in the 1830s, so he knew that he was working with something of an antique. Slowly, then, he began to pick through the debris and reveal the treasure hiding underneath.

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