West Porch Pictures From Blog Cabin 2013

A modest entrance flows naturally to the home's outdoor spaces, including a rustic shower and kitchen.

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: Jason Kisner

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: Jason Kisner

In the reconstruction of Blog Cabin 2013, the build team remained true to the home's classic Southern style by maintaining overhangs with exposed rafter tails, 8 to 12 roof pitch angles and double-hung windows in a classic four-over-four style.

"The shower was definitely one of my favorite projects," says Yard Crashers host Matt Blashaw. "We wrapped it with a white trim, which really makes this outdoor shower a stunning feature in the yard."

A shower bench, crafted of Ipe wood, provides a spot to dust off sand and towel dry before entering into the home's mud area. "Brazilian walnut is hard as a rock; that bench will last forever," says project manager Dylan Eastman.

Nautical-style horn cleats, attached to the shower interior, provide space to store towels and beachwear.

Drought-tolerant hardy palms, paired with wax myrtles, define the landscape.

Granite-like cobblestones in a charcoal hue form a stepping path to the outdoor kitchen.

Straight-edge composite siding replicates the look of the home's original cedar-shake shingles.

Colorful characters are tucked in unexpected corners. A Mexican rooster figure, one of many in the former homeowner's collection, lends personality.

The home's original cedar-shake shingles, once painted bright red and now weather-worn and grayed, clad the exterior of the outdoor shower.

A permeable cobblestone-style patio, bordered in pea gravel, delineates the shower area.

The second-floor media room looks out on the west lawn. Its dedicated balcony provides an additional outdoor space to entertain and enjoy the coastal scenery.

A pet door, operated by radio-frequency identification technology, reads the key worn on a pet's collar before opening or closing.

A nod to history is key in the home's design. "We kept the overhangs that we had around the house," says project manager Dylan Eastman. "We went back to exposed rafter tails. All old houses in Atlantic have exposed tails."

The new home, built within the original footprint of the circa-1800s cottage, features a west-wing addition that houses the powder room, laundry room and master bathroom.

A celebration of Core Sound's maritime history, a decorative cupola, outfitted with hurricane-impact glass windows, is fashioned in the style of the light tower that tops the Portsmouth Island Life-Saving Station.