Blog Cabin 2011: First Look Exterior
A gravel drive leads to Blog Cabin 2011, a farmhouse-style, three-bedroom home that sits on almost 17 acres of private property in Susan, Va.
Due to the home's proximity to wetlands, the structure, currently resting on rough concrete and stone blocks, will be raised 4 to 8 feet.
The cross-gable roof, clad in rusted tin, features a rooftop lightning wire that terminates in the front yard near the porch.
The home, clad in weathered wood siding, is less than welcoming, with a makeshift porch fashioned from bricks and decking material. The two-lite, two-panel front door, not original to the home, has lost its window panes.
An exterior door protected by a screen door leads from the kitchen to the side yard.
A sunset photo facing west toward Mobjack Bay showcases the grand façade of this 3,900-square-foot home. Landscaping will be designed to complement rather than compete with the home and its soon-to-be raised foundation.
A three-story staircase services private rear entrances. In the later part of its 105-year history, the home was subdivided into apartments.
An old oil tank, water well and septic tank will be among the antiquated fixtures removed or replaced.
From the staircase – in a sad state of disrepair – a PVC pipe is visible. The pipe, which extends from the third floor, served as a makeshift vent for the third-floor bathroom.
Shutters along with windows – some original to the home, some replaced – will be removed. The original glass may be repurposed as interior transoms.
Blog Cabin 2011 sits on a bayfront property that includes 14 acres of protected wetlands. A dilapidated dock, visible in the distance, served as a boat launch and base for oyster harvesting.
The home boasts beautiful views of Mobjack Bay, easily accessible from the backyard. Mobjack Bay, a popular sailing spot along the Chesapeake Bay, features oyster reefs, seagrass beds and tidal wetlands.
Mobjack Bay, named for an Indian tribe that once inhabited the Virginia tidewater region, is teaming with speckled trout, flounder, croakers, spot, weakfish and small bluefish. The 7-mile-wide and 16-foot-deep waterway includes four main tributaries: the East, North, Ware and Severn Rivers.
Kayaking, crabbing, fishing and sailing are among the recreational activities to be enjoyed along this stretch of the Chesapeake Bay.
The home's exterior will be completely renovated while maintaining its historic charm. Online voters will choose building materials and other home features.