Blog Cabin 2011: First Look Interior

The interior of Blog Cabin 2011, a 3,900-square-foot farmhouse located in Susan, Va., suffers from years of neglect. The home, subdivided into apartments, will be completely remodeled with help from the community.

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Plastered walls and ceiling crumble in the home's formal parlor, which boasts an original fireplace mantel and wood floors. The floors may be repurposed as beadboard ceiling.

Horsehair plaster, applied over wood lath to construct the home's original walls and ceiling, litters the floors in areas where surfaces are sagging.

French doors open from the parlor to the home's living room, where a poorly constructed drop ceiling and wood paneling detract from the home's historic charm.

An opening in the wall, once occupied by a china cupboard, provides a view from the dining room into the kitchen.

Old linoleum flooring and crumbling walls paint a sad picture in the kitchen, where original features include a glass-lined appliance and entrance door that leads to the side yard.

The home's original staircase, complete with hand-turned balusters, banister, and ball-top newel post with a fluted body and elegant urn-style turnings, will be modified to accommodate present-day building codes.

The staircase leads to a second-floor landing, where painted hardwood flooring shows evidence of wear. Paint is peeling from the ceiling and the remnants of an old light fixture dangle from the ceiling.

Smaller bedrooms on the second floor will be combined to create a large master suite.

The deadbolt on the door of this second-floor bedroom hints at the room's conversion into an efficiency apartment.

The third floor attic-turned-makeshift-living quarters features plywood flooring installed directly over rafters. The space may be converted into a media center.

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