Captain’s Cabin in Kentucky

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image from: http://www.houzz.com/project

One could imagine a banjo being played on the front porch. Yes, House Crazy Sarah is stereotyping in passive voice (and speaking in 3rd person).

But look at this wonderful restoration!

The owners came across this old cabin while house-hunting around Louisville, Kentucky.

Jan Paul and Tammy Donelson wanted something quaint with character and it didn’t have to be huge.

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

Set down a long wooded drive that crossed a bridged and bordered a small lake, this is what the cabin looked like when they found it:

image from: http://www.houzz.com/projects/683330/chenoweth-cabin-renovation-architect-jan-paul-donelson

image from: http://www.houzz.com/projects/

The Donelsons estimate that the cabin is about 175 years old.

Some of the major work they did: installing a new shake roof, new water line, HVAC system and heat pump.

image from: http://www.houzz.com/projects/683330/chenoweth-cabin-renovation-architect-jan-paul-donelson

image from: http://logcabinbedandbreakfast.us/

On the interior, they tore down wallpaper and layers of wall crud to expose handsome logs & chinking.

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

The small living room features a limestone hearth focal point.

The floor plan is very basic: kitchen and living room on the first floor and master bedroom and bathroom on the upper floor.

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

The teeny-tiny kitchen has original 2-inch wide, pegged plank floors and exposed ceiling beams. The rustic cabinetry was built to be as period appropriate as possible.

image from: http://www.houzz.com/

image from: http://www.houzz.com/

The upper level has low clearance but it feels larger because of the exposed trusses.

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

image from: http://www.houzz.com/

image from: http://www.houzz.com/

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The Donelsons were so passionate about their cabin restoration, they decided to share it with others – in the form of a bed-and-breakfast.

Says Jan Paul: “This place whispers to me every day, of where we have come from. Not everyone who crosses our threshold feels the connection, but for those who appreciate the sense of place, time and heritage our forefathers gave us, they find the cabin a comfort.”

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

image from: http://cabinobsession.com/

I’m feeling it – are you feeling it?

The Captain’s Cabin Bed and Breakfast rents for $275 per night. Which was probably five years salary 175 years ago, but hey, it cost money to preserve history!

 

 

Sources:

http://cabinobsession.com/

http://www.houzz.com/projects/683330/chenoweth-cabin-renovation-architect-jan-paul-donelson

http://logcabinbedandbreakfast.us/

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