Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania
Contact: Jeff Heinichen, 412-751-4616
This house's current owner, Jeff Heinichen, had originally planned on tearing down what was once a vinyl-covered eyesore and replacing it with a new house. But when he started peeling that siding off, he discovered massive hand-hewn timbers held together by horsehair chinking. Turns out, it was an early 1800s log cabin, similar to those that once dominated this area of western Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. The house's interior was last remodeled in the 1980s, and requires some serious updating. The house also needs a new roof, windows, and some new chinking between those timbers.