A Lovingly Restored and Updated Historic Virginia Log Cabin

Southern Living

You know that dream where you discover a really cool room that you didn't know existed? The one with the skylights and everything else you've deemed awesome? Well, Virginian Joe Svato kind of had that dream. Except in real life. And instead of finding a new room, he found a whole log cabin.

Southern Living explains Joe originally planned to tear down the dilapidated little house that sat on his newly purchased property, assuming it was a shack built sometime in the 1930s. But after consulting a salvage expert, he realized that one part of the house dated back to before the Civil War. In the other portion of the house, siding concealed the log walls of a cabin built in 1794.

With the continued help of the salvage expert and of DC Architect David Haresign, Joe rescued the house from ruin, and transported another dilapidated old log cabin from Maryland to create a unique retreat on the beautiful Rappahannock, Virginia property. Modern details such as the granite and glass landing connect the Maryland and Virginia cabins. The interior is a combination of cozy historic and airy modern.

To learn more about the restoration process, including an interview with the homewoner and the architect, check out the full article on Southern Living.

You can also see more photos of the cabin's interior on the awesome photographer Helen Norman's website. Look in her "interiors" portfolio, pictures 18-20.

(Images: Helen Norman for Southern Living)