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Aug 19

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We are proud to present the newly remodeled Blog Cabin 2010, with all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from our online virtual tours.

Today, we invite you to:

  • Posted at 12:27 pm on August 8, 2010
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  1. Mary thanks for the new thread! The 360 tour and the photos are great and looking at the differents ways one can decorate this home is really fun. DIY Congratulations again for transforming this home to new realm of living. Will the tv episodes be shown on the blog sooner than the two weeks waiting time from the other Blog Cabin years?

    Heading South on August 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    • hi..not sure how to ask a question???? maybe some of the bloggers can answer….how do we know who won the trip to Bethel, NY??????? anyway to find out????? thanks everyone. Good luck on your entries!!!!

      margaret on August 22, 2010 at 11:43 am
    • For some reason (unknown to us) DIY has not posted that information yet. We have asked that question several times, but not gotten a reply. The only thing I can suggest is to keep checking the DIY website main page as that's where it should be posted. Hopefully they will post it here too.
      Good Luck :)

      Kathy Seals on August 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm
    • hi, I've been trying to enter the blog cabin sweepstake today but haven't been able online. HELP!

      Rae on August 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm
    • I LOVe this kitchen…open shelves, open space…It's so country and casual… I would love to have this openeness Country-style of relaxed kitchen in my own my own home… It truly is "Quintessential" Vacation and liesure… I want it…even in my own home! What else matters really..? The Kitchen will ALWAYS be (and has aways been) a place where FAMILIES COME TOGETHER! THis is the right step…for sure

      maryellen on September 5, 2010 at 11:02 pm
    • Is this the worse Blog Cabin ever? Looks like a mobile home inside and out.

      Gmad on September 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm
  2. DIY and Mary thanks for the new thread, pics, 360 tours and videos. The transformation of this years reno into a stellar BC getaway is amazing!! The natural views from just about anywhere in this years BC is breath taking. Thanks for this sweeps, and the blogger input you allow. It has been a lot of fun, and now we can at least see the finish line, and so much of what has been accomplished. Rocking job on this reno guys, rocking pick for the location, and you really rock for keeping the dream affordable! Some very talented hands and minds have worked on this project. Good luck everyone!!!

    Mel on August 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    • This truely is a fabulous makeover and anyone would be thrilled with it. Having said that, I cannot understand why there was no walking path created to get to and from the basktball court. Walking through that mulch all of the time will only cause it to become scattered and will also end up getting into one's shoes on a regular basis. I also feel the area around the firepit should have been made wide so that chairs/benches could be placed comfortably all the way around, not just the two seat area. Big oversight in these areas, imho.

      Kathy on August 21, 2010 at 11:40 am
    • Kathy, you make some good points. :) Most of the bloggers even thou they are thrilled with the outcome of this years BC and love DIY for the chance to win it , still have a honey do list for this years home. Overall I believe the reno is stellar…..but the wart closet (entry closet) would HAVE to be redone, so it sits at the top of my list! Your honey do list might include the things you mentioned above. We agree on a lot around here, but our list vary and change from person to person. Good luck to you on your entries, and to everyone else!

      Mel on August 25, 2010 at 8:27 pm
  3. Diy , Mary , all hosts, and Chuck and his crew,
    Thank You for an absolutely outstanding home. You guys are truly miracle workers in your own right. You also picked a beautiful day to take the photos for the 3D tours. Absolutely Beautiful photography. I would like to learn from your photographer.
    There is so much to take in for this finale' . It will take me a few days at least to regain myself from all of the outstanding pictures and wonderful work. You have all truly outdone yourselves and should be very proud of your work. If we should win, I would hope you all might come back to sign your work for me.
    Wasn't expecting furnishings either. Thank You Diy for the wonderful location, The beautiful furnishings, The expanse of land with an incredible location and a really nice little barn. For keeping the price low so that even financing the taxes would make it easily affordable for anyone to keep. For No HOA fees, No restrictions , and especially for what I know was some concerted time and effort in finding such a gem that was in the rough but made magnificent.

    BlognBob on August 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm
    • Dear BlognBob, You said it all. This isn't a mega $ home like so many of them, but it is so terrific. DIY and the gang did a great job finding this little gem and recreating it.

      SweetLiz on August 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    • Why Thank You Liz,
      I can imagine we will have oodles of blogs shortly after the show is aired. I really do appreciate all the thought that has gone into this home. I can easily see where they have taken multiple suggestions that bloggers have made over the past few years and combined them all together into one exclusive package that most folks can truly afford to keep. That is the real prize !

      BlognBob on August 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm
  4. Beautiful home. Beautiful view. Perfect.

    Justine on August 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    • Especially like the back yard! Half-court game, anyone? Also, the barn rocks…. Can we ride around here?

      rylee on August 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm
  5. Mary, thanks for the new thread, the still photos and the 3D tour. Thank you, crews, for all your hard work and for making this ugly duckling into a fresh, new livable space for someone to win.

    What do I like best? I'm glad both the front fence and back deck railing were left natural wood. I like the fire pit. I love the old tool crate from the barn — glad it's displayed. And I really like the coat-hook board and wood beam boot bench by the entry.

    The red barn remains my favorite thing about this BC — and the barn video makes it even more enticing!

    LilB on August 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    • I agree, taking old things found in the barn, cleaning them up and using them in the house the perfect touch.
      Another success for DIY Blog Cabin and I hope they do another one next year!

      Kathy Seals on August 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm
    • LilB–I noticed the tool box on the coffee table TOO! Those items they used from the barn have history and a soul to them. Qualities the barn itself embodies; my early childhood was in Northern NJ next door to a farm. The history of old barn/ farm structures speak to me, and that countryside is in my blood. The original house had none of the charm that the barn did, so I find myself surprised that ,(for all its drawbacks) overall the house now has a cohesive sense of coziness and charm, better suited to share the property with that awesome barn!!

      LLColeman on August 24, 2010 at 1:11 am
    • Hi to all, I would like to say that the guys did a wonderful job on the cabin. Oh how I love the entire space inside and out! As you mentioned about the red barn, it would make a great place for a kids playhouse, store tools, and have a sleeping area up in the loft. What kid wouldn't like that as their own little weekend getaway from the mean ol' parents LOL? But I do have to say… I thought they could have at least cut down the weeds and brush from around the barn to make it look some-what appealing. I know the cabin was their main focus, it was just an idea. Overall, they did a spectacular job on my renovated cabin! Once I get settled in, I'll have a welcoming party for all. So listen for my name you guys!

      Mickeysgirl on August 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm
  6. I never thought I would say this, but… I LOVE IT! I was unsure from the beginning, but after taking the tour I really love what they did to this house. Several of the things that the bloggers were unsure on look like they will work…this house has really grown on me. It is the perfect size for my family and definitely has room for improvement (basement) and personality (your own decorations). One thing that I really like about this house over a dream home is that this one is keep-able…financially- the winner could keep this as a main home if they wanted too. While the odds of me winning are extremely slim, this is one home that I would really enjoy having…which, those of you who have been following the HGTV blogs know that is quite a thing for me to say because I have expressed that while I really like HGTV's work on the 2010 Green Home, 2011 Dream Home, and the Urban Oasis (they are beautiful homes), I really don't want any of them as I would rather win something that I can keep personally and suites my family. Great job DIY on the Blog Cabin…you had us worried with the renovation, but you guys really did do a great job.

    Our Army Family on August 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    • Fantasic comments Our Army Family! I love what you've said about the home being a perfect size for your familly and very financially workable as a single or second home.

      Janzee on August 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    • OAF would this be ideal for your family? Would you need to expand and finish the basement?

      OmahaLady on September 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm
  7. Looking at the picture of the kitchen sink, I really wish DIY would have listened to the bloggers and put in a single large sink. That divided sink doesn't look big enough to fit my medium sized pot. Guess I'll have to get a wash tub in the backyard to wash all the big items. Will be hard in the winter though!! Yup "The List" keeps growing.

    Joan_LMT on August 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    • OK enough complaining, I am thrilled DIY did listen to us about the location, costs, no HOA fees and so on. And I know not everyone is going to like everything done. Still I really do with they had listened to us about being more handicapped friendly (ramp, roll-in shower, shower bench, etc.) Still unsure if I will enter or not…this home may be hard to sell with lack of storage and whatnot. Although I don't know maybe the wart closet will be the thing that seals the deal!!!

      Joan_LMT on August 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    • I thought that's what we voted for too Joan.

      EdinOregon on August 20, 2010 at 3:12 am
    • no we only voted on the door, we hd no idea that it was going to be on that closet.

      vicki in utah on August 20, 2010 at 8:57 am
    • You are referring to the sink right?

      Kathy Seals on August 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    • Yes Kathy I was referring to the sink. I went back and looked at the picture of the cast iron one we voted on, and it appears to be a single sink. It had a V in the back, but was not divided!

      EdinOregon on August 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    • Many times when voting it is easy to forget that we are not voting on what is shown in the picture. For instance with the sink it said "Choose a "material" for the Apron-Style Sink: Cast Iron or Stainless Steel. Other than the material everything else is left up to them.

      If you think about it nothings for certain when it comes to what we vote on like the layout for the Master Bathroom. The tub/shower combo that won was supposed to have a Roll-In Shower with a Built-In Bench and a ledge going across the back part of it similar to the ledge they did put in the Bathtub. The door coming into the bathroom was also supposed to open the other way, which really made more sense and let's not forget the 2nd closet that they decided to take away to put the door leading out onto the deck. I'm not sure how it could be done, but it would be nice if the Bloggers had more control/input when it came to the design process like Lil mentioned in one of her blogs.

      Kathy Seals on August 21, 2010 at 7:06 am
  8. Thank you, DIY. Thank you, Catskill Farms. What an awesome home! I couldn't sleep last night just thinking about it. I so love that the washer and dryer match the red pot on the stove. I love everything about it. It's picture perfect and feels like home…through the computer. Wonderful balancing of color, sparkle, old, new and natural.

    ladybyrd on August 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    • I keep hearing that name; Catskill Farms, on the blog and noticed it once or twice on the show. "Catskills area" What is that? I'm not from NY so thought I would try to get some more info. Thanks!

      Shauna on September 7, 2010 at 8:28 am
    • Catskill Farms is the builder of the DIY Blog Cabin"" . If you check out his (Churck Petersheim) blog "," he has some articles and blurbs about building the blog cabin. The Catskillsare part of the Appalachian mountain region; located in southeastern New York state. ""

      The Appalachian Mountains are a mountain system of E North America, extending in a broad belt c.1,600 mi (2,570 km) SW from the Gasp? Peninsula in Quebec prov., Canada, to the Gulf coastal plain in Alabama. Main sections in the system are the White Mts., Green Mts., Berkshire Hills, Catskill Mts., Allegheny Plateau, Black Mts., Great Smoky Mts., Blue Ridge, and Cumberland Plateau. (from Columbia Encyclopedia.)

      ladybyrd on September 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    • Thank you! I really appreciate the info. Thats awesome

      Shauna on September 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm
  9. wow I love it-and this was the first time i was online to follow the whole process- i feel like i have won it already just taking the virtual tour! :) awesome- lets do it again!

    Viggiegirl on August 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm
  10. I'm amazed by the differences between the before pictures and what is, this cabin is perfect. The interior is amazing, the property gorgeous, the blogs inspiring. I look forward to the blog every day. I wish I had half the design teams' ability to see what could be and create it. Good luck to whoever wins the cabin – may you be able to stay there for many many years.

    crickaty on August 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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