Blog Cabin 2013: Making the Most of Coastal Views

The addition of a wraparound porch, glass doors and double-hung windows put all focus on breathtaking scenery.

Coastal View from Blog Cabin 2013

Core Sound sits about 300 feet from Blog Cabin’s front door, offering a panorama of natural beauty. Sea turtles, dolphins and flying fish — as well as crab fishing and shrimping boats — traverse the water. And sunrise over historic Cedar Island is a sight to behold.

Despite the property’s breathtaking views, Blog Cabin 2013 was built with only a few small windows to showcase the scenery. Determined to play up the natural landscape and maximize views from inside the house, project manager Dylan Eastman launched a four-pronged remodeling approach.

Recast Footprint

Due to stringent coastal building regulations, the remodel was confined to the home’s existing 1,600-square-foot footprint. But Dylan was able to reconfigure a few square feet in the process. By removing a mid-20th-century kitchen addition from the water-facing front of the building, he cleared space for a full wraparound porch that overlooks the coast. And the old kitchen’s square footage was recast, in the rear of the home, as a new master bathroom (where high windows and a skylight offer natural light while maintaining privacy).

More Windows

In lieu of an uninterrupted wall of glass that would have offered totally unfettered views, Dylan switched from solid to glass doors and installed double-hung 4-over-4 divided light windows. His strategy was twofold: to maintain the home’s original charm and character while essentially doubling the number of windows in the home.

Expanded Porch

The full-width wraparound front porch offers comfortable outdoor seating that overlooks the water. Its roof also helps to reduce solar glare inside the home, thereby improving views on particularly sunny days. Upstairs, project contractor Ryan Crosser of Andrew Roby Construction doubled the amount of water-facing glass and added an 8- by 14-foot second-story patio that boasts sweeping, unobstructed views.

Open Floor Plan

By removing some interior walls and opening others up with oversized doorways and interior windows, Dylan created direct sightlines to the water from rear first-floor rooms, such as the kitchen, laundry room and master bedroom. On the second floor, the water-facing media room — a multipurpose space that contains a bar, home theater and fold-down Murphy Beds for guests — features a six-foot-wide entrance topped with transom windows. A sliding, barn-style door, fashioned from the home’s reclaimed sheathing planks, will provide privacy when the space is used as a guest bedroom. When the door is closed, light will travel through transom windows and stream into the center hall via a nautical-inspired cupola.

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