Blue Ridge Cabin

The 1,811-square-foot house is oriented to take advantage of natural lighting and passive solar heating; the southern sun brings in warmth and light during the winter months.

Ceiling beams in the dining room are crafted from 18th century chestnut timbers.

The back porch offers a quiet, breezy retreat.

The front porch features reclaimed gas lanterns from New Orleans and a 1920s wall fountain.

Reclaimed bricks and timber were used for the fireplace and mantel in the family room.

The kitchen is a mix of old and new with a variety of salvaged materials, Energy Star-labeled appliances, and WaterSense-certified fixtures.

Thanks to an aggressive tree preservation plan, the site is certified as a National Wildlife Federation backyard wildlife habitat.

A beer tap faucet and wood sink add character to the powder room.

Only a partial wall of the original structure remains; it was incorporated into the landscape design to add interest and a touch of nostalgia, builder Todd Usher says.

Reclaimed doors add a whimsical touch to the kitchen cabinetry.

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