Before & After: An Olympic Gold Medalist Gives His B.C. Cottage a Triumphant Revamp

Drawing design inspiration from Denmark, rower Jake Wetzel assembles a team to take his home’s renovation over the finish line.

It’s fair to say that former Olympic rower Jake Wetzel didn’t have much construction or carpentry know-how when he started remodeling this cottage in British Columbia. "I was an athlete, and then I did a PhD in finance, so the world of building things was very far away from my experience," says Jake. "But I had my hands on every single aspect of this house, so I learned a huge amount by doing it."

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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