The Story of the Recycled Cabin on Blake

We weren’t exactly looking for a second home. Especially not one that needed to be recycled--moved, gutted and completely rebuilt. But in mid-November of 2012, we were presented with the opportunity to purchase a house in the Cumberland area that was scheduled to be torn down. It was a charming little home with all of its original 1984 decor, but it was located on a prime piece of real estate that was about to be developed. We always try to "go green" when we can, and hated to think of the house being demolished so we tried to come up with a way to save it.

After many discussions and back and forth conversations with the owner, we put in an offer. He accepted, but…the house had to be moved by the end of the year. We already had a lot on Big Blake Lake but that only gave us about a month to make arrangements and sign the paperwork. Convinced we were crazy, we made the decision to go ahead with the purchase and our adventure began.

To meet the end of the year deadline, we had to have the home moved over twenty miles to our lot on Big Blake Lake. That meant having utility lines lifted, trees trimmed, and our new neighbors’ mailboxes removed to make room for the giant trailer.

I’ll never forget how it felt to watch our investment move down the road, inch by painful inch. Every time the truck went over a bump or the trailer shifted, my heart jumped into my throat and I thought I might pass out. Finally, finally, they made it to the lot and parked our new cabin where it would sit until spring.

Over the frigid winter, with the help of some very dear friends we’ll never be able to repay, we gutted the place. Walls came down, windows were moved around, and the interior was stripped down to the studs.

When spring finally came and the ground thawed, we were able to dig and pour the basement. The septic system was installed and we drilled the well. The home made it to its new foundation and I started to think this might not have been such a wild decision.

Then, a remarkable thing happened. Between May of 2013 and February of 2014 an amazing transformation took place. Our hard work started to pay off. New windows went in, we rearranged the interior to take advantage of the gorgeous lake views and built an incredible deck. We had custom log furniture created by a local craftsman and added our own special touches like the Mason jar light fixture that hangs from one of the trees we had to remove during the renovation.

It was and continues to be a labor of love and we can’t believe how different our Cabin On Blake looks from the one-story little rambler we first set eyes on. We hope you enjoy our little slice of paradise on Big Blake Lake just as much as we do!