Elsewhere, concessions had to be made to the original structure to make Mason Madison functional in the 21st century. On the second floor, only a portion of the original brick wall is exposed because it was crumbling and had to be plastered over.
The house has radiant heating via coils of tubing carrying hot water beneath the floor boards.
To meet city and fire codes, a tower for a staircase and lift were added on the rear of the house.
With the log cabin, Schleiff said it was easier to build a two-story addition to provide a modern kitchen and bathroom than to try to plumb through the old logs. Two solar panels provide power to the cabin.
The first floor of the original cabin is large enough to accommodate 50 people for a concert. "A classical guitarist played here last month. It was a perfect room. The music reverberates with all the wood," Fallstad said.
He hopes to put on an opera in September.
Weekly yoga classes also are held in the space.
Fallstad has his living quarters on the second floor, and classes and rehearsals are held on the third floor. Classes range from violin to guitar to a weekly drumming class for 3-month-olds to 3-year-olds. "That's the age they learn everything. Music helps with brain development," he said.
Fallstad wants to install a recording studio on the third floor.
The Schleiffs hadn't intended to take on the restoration when they were in the midst of major construction at the Mason House. But Florian Schleiff said Charlie Long, who owned the cabin, wanted to see it kept intact in Greenbrier County. The logs could only be stacked on the ground.
"We finally had to put the logs up to protect them," explained Margaret Schleiff.
As for the Mason House, Florian Schleiff doubts he'll ever again take on a project on that scale -- one that stretched the family financially and physically. Still, he said, the restored mansion has been good for business.
"It's like a big billboard," he said.
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