Blog Cabin 2012: The Art of Upcycling

There's more than meets the eye at Blog Cabin 2012! Discover more than 50 intriguing details — from furnishings fashioned from reclaimed materials to energy efficient features — that make this home truly one of a kind.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Locally made, energy efficient windows feature insulated Low-e argon glass and thermally broken frames.

Roofing requires less material and incorporates long-lasting lifetime shingles.

Rot-proof siding with an integrated factory-applied color requires less long-term maintenance than the original wood and asbestos siding.

Exterior walls are insulated with R-15 dense-pack recycled cellulose.

Native landscaping includes berry bushes and trees transplanted from other locations on-site.

Stone landscaping elements were salvaged from the demolished barn on-site.

Locally quarried stone forms a natural pathway in the front yard.

Front door corbels were salvaged from the original front door.

The front door knocker is original to the home.

An old well hand pump becomes a decorative lawn adornment.

New entry seating incorporates table legs salvaged from an antique.

The coat closet door and hardware were salvaged from the home's vintage kitchen cabinets.

Coat hangers from second-floor closets become front entry accessories.

An old barn shovel is transformed into a key hanger/welcome board.

The home's original stair newel posts and railing are reused.

Reclaimed barn wood forms the foundation of a custom library.

A coffee table incorporates an antique tabletop, reclaimed barn wood and salvaged antique casters.

Parts and pieces from vintage and new lamps are paired to create the home's unique lighting fixtures.

Window seat accent panels are crafted from deconstructed shipping pallets and reclaimed kitchen cabinet hardware.

The message center base is built from a reclaimed kitchen cabinet base.

The dining room table is built from reclaimed wood gutters, barn wood and porch columns.

The kitchen coffee bar is constructed from reclaimed kitchen cabinets, barn wood and sheep corral fence slats.

A mobile butcher-block table is crafted from antique sewing machine legs and reclaimed barn wood.

The kitchen island is trimmed with reclaimed wood.

An undermount sink cut-out is reused as a custom cutting board.

Antique lighting, sourced from an upstate New York school or factory, lends vintage styling to the modernized kitchen.

Composite decking made from recycled plastics and wood reduces raw material usage, and it eliminates use of refinishing oils and chemicals.

High-efficiency LED lighting on timers reduces electricity usage while the mounting locations eliminate light pollution.

The wood-fired hot tub uses a carbon neutral and renewable fuel source.

The permeable hardscape cobblestone system reduces water runoff.

Stone landscaping elements are salvaged from the demolished barn on-site.

Locally quarried stone forms a natural pathway in the backyard.

Native landscaping species are selected for their tolerance in Maine's planting zone.

High-efficiency low-E skylights introduce natural light while reducing the need for additional electricity or heat load.

Wall paneling incorporates reclaimed interior doors and crown molding.

A vintage schoolhouse light turns into a unique pendant in the master bedroom.

The master bed frame is crafted from reclaimed trim, corner posts and legs.

A custom towel rack and seating area in the master bathroom incorporates reclaimed wood, doors and a fireplace mantel.

Reclaimed steel and railroad spikes-turned-towel hooks add visual interest.

The master bathroom vanity base is fashioned from reclaimed barn wood, with locally milled legs crafted from a felled tree.

The vanity mirror frame is crafted from reclaimed interior trim.

A felled cypress tree, milled locally, forms the legs of the laundry room counter.

An antique ironing board is inset between wall studs.

Sleeping nook accent paneling is fashioned from flooring end cut scraps.

Antique sewing machine legs and reclaimed barn wood form the foundation of a media room console table.

The media room entertainment center is made entirely from reclaimed barn wood, deconstructed pallet wood and reclaimed kitchen cabinet hinges.

Vaulted ceilings in the media room are insulated with R-40 spray foam.

Reclaimed wood gutters and an antique tabletop are standout features of the media room game table.

The media room loft railing is crafted from deconstructed pallets and reclaimed corral fence slats; the home's original wood gutter tops the rail.

The barn-style office door is fashioned from an antique door and slides on a recycled steel track with antique wheels.

High-efficiency heating and air conditioning units boast a 21-SEER rating and zero energy loss through ductwork.

Shipping pallets are cut down and reconfigured into office wall storage units.

The office table is crafted from reclaimed barn wood; antique table legs offer industrial style.

A reclaimed tractor seat and scrap plywood form the foundation of a one-of-a-kind desk seat.

With a fresh coat of paint, a brass lighting fixture, originally installed in the living room, finds new life in a second-floor guest room.

A reclaimed fireplace mantel, installed as wall decor and topped with pillar candles, lends ambiance in the guest suite.

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