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Sep 30

Blog Cabin 2011 Location Revealed

As promised, today we are proud to announce the location of Blog Cabin 2011 — and our host for the 2011 show. I don’t want to steal the show host’s thunder, so watch the video double-feature below, click through our exclusive slideshows, rate each space and suggestion renovations and then post your thoughts. Exciting, no? Being a lover of old homes myself, I love the historic twist!

  • Posted at 3:05 pm on September 9, 2010
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  1. First in? What timing. New one gets more acreage; wow.

    DGustaf on September 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    • This is so awsome, 16.9 acers WOW, can't wait to start voting on my new home

      Debsuccess on September 30, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    • Am I correct, it's bit over two acres of usable land, the rest is preserve wet land? It would still be great to have, but I still prefer this years cabin.

      crickaty on October 5, 2010 at 4:59 am
    • Yes, just over 2 acres but that is adequate for all the construction one would need here. I agree BC 2010 is closer to what we wanted and will be more readily converted to HC access. 2010 still wasn't a cabin but met the land without HOA fees that had been requested by the Bloggers and it's 5+ acres are all useable.

      DGustaf on October 5, 2010 at 8:02 am
    • Whoever wins this would definately be living a dream

      lisa on October 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm
    • Just what I have always wanted. Waterfront with lots of acreage. Loving it all ready.

      Glitterbug39 on October 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

      DEBBIE on October 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    • No one (yet).

      You need to go and read what's written on the Blog Cabin main page, the sewwpstakes rules or what has been, repeatedly, written in the blogs.

      Sally on October 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm
    • Nobody has won it yet; the drawing is Friday 10/22.

      DGustaf on October 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm
  2. All I can say is, OMG! This is going to be AMAZING!!!

    Cabin Crazy on September 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    • I agree, The Chesapeake Bay is absolutely beautiful and to save this magnificent home will be awesome.

      sandyj479 on October 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm
    • When you raise the home 8 feet, hopefully this house is made hurricane proof. Check with Mike Holmes on how he built the base of the home is the 9th ward of New Orleans. That house will never be flooded, or be damaged by any type of weather.

      Teri on October 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm
    • I believe they are going to raise it to 8ft., not up to 8ft. That would really be a monster of a home.

      suzi on November 6, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    • I totally agree with you. This house is beautiful. They have to save the back stairs and change it to a three section balcony. The top balcony should be off the master bedroom, with french doors leading onto the balcony.

      kpole65 on November 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm
  3. Wow, that's gonna be an awesome project for next year…

    dreamn_again on September 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm
  4. After lookin' at the 5 posted photos, I think DIY should try to preserve the interior stairway and the interior french doors. Salvage as much of the original flooring as possible. Looks like an old metal roof; replace with a new one. Good luck!

    DGustaf on September 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    • You and I are thinking the same thing, save those floors, we did in our old house, the doors too, Hope they don't lose the original charm. Love metal roof too, need to replace with a new one.

      Barbara on September 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    • But the photos say they aren't going to save the floors – except to turn them into ceilings.

      OmahaLady on September 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm
    • Whether as floors or ceilings, they should salvage as much of that beautiful old wood as possible.

      DGustaf on October 1, 2010 at 8:25 am
    • I hope they can save the floors, though they are scared they might be able to make them work or even find some that are close to the ones that are there. I say repair them!!!

      kpole65 on November 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm
    • Looking at some of the mold and obvious water damage, I think saving the floors will be difficult. I do hope they stick with a metal roof – a new one of course!

      EdinOregon on September 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm
    • A tin roof would be wonderful, when I was younger my grandmother had one on her house and to listen to the rain dropping on it was very soothing

      kpole65 on November 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    • I agree totally. Preserve as much of the history as possible. Would love to see a wrap around porch added to it. Love metal roofs when it rains. I am really looking forward to this one.

      valibel on October 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    • i completely agree with having a wrap around porch added to this fantastic place. there is sooo much potential here! and please don't cut down all the trees!

      katika on November 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    • This goes way beyon just gorgeous. It is just so "magnifique."

      Kate on October 4, 2010 at 1:34 am
    • Excellent!!!

      Darrin on October 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    • OMG I'm in love as well. How could you not want something this historic! Insane views and close to other historic sites. I'm ready to blog.

      Babs on October 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    • I agree keep stairs ,floors,french doors, and main design of house while adding new ideas. Love old houses and love this location

      Donna on October 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    • Wrap around porch sounds great. I would like to see the kitchen and front room all open up together for a big gathering space. Obviously, in today's world you will need to add some bathrooms upstairs too. Can you make this home energy efficient? Love the floors and stairs

      Jane on October 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    • I agree. Please try to preserve as much of the exterior as possible. The interior stairs look wonderful. I love it.

      mosetta douglas on October 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    • Yes, I love the floors, they really should preserve them. I don't like the outside window in one of the rooms I guess that was added on later. The areas where they have the stove heaters should be turned into a fireplace that goes up into each room.

      kpole65 on November 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    • The refinished stairs, the french doors, the porches (we hope) and the recycled woods where possible–this is going to be a major project, but one that will be worth every minute of work DIY puts into it. Tear into it, DIY, with love. The results are going to simply amaze us.

      DBCoop on November 2, 2010 at 2:06 am
  5. Ok I'm in love, I'll take it as is. ; ) Oh My Goodness. 16.9 acres did he say? Wow. Best one yet. Love it, right on the Chesapeake.

    Second thought you better fix it up first, that's above my skill and energy level.

    Love the views, so beautiful. Wow, I can't believe it. Such an amazing area. I love Virginia!!!

    Nice floors and stairs. I think.

    I can almost hear the house shouting for joy!! "Yeah I get to live and be beautiful again" I think this home is feeling confident with the reno crew too. Yes, just call me the Home Whisperer. LOL.

    Cami on September 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    • Cami, save those painted-splattered overalls. They may need your assitance with renovations at Blog Cabin 2011. What better way to justify a trip to Williamsburg and Yorktown!

      DBCoop on September 30, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    • I am getting pretty good at doing edges without painters tape. I think I need to replace my favorite edge trim brush though. It's like a favorite pair of shoe s, can't seem to part with it.

      Cami on October 1, 2010 at 1:15 am
    • Cami, may we call you Cami H.W. from now on? (Home Whisperer) Doesn't that house look so forlorn in its before pictures? Even if it's haunted, I'll take it & put up w/ ghosts!

      LLColeman on October 1, 2010 at 2:37 am
    • Yes Cami H.W.- Cami Hard Worker or Cami House Whisperer would be fine. I wear many hats. I guess you could call me Cami- House Wife too.

      I was thinking about the ghosts in the attic this morning, and although I don't mind a few ghosts in the attic… I'm really not sure I wanna know about the skeletons in the closet, sometimes those are best left alone. ; )

      I think the house is feeling a little alone today. Don't know why. Someone has got to be working on it with all the work that needs to be done.

      Maybe it feels like it needs an advocate to speak for it. LOL. Like it has no say in what happens to it.

      He says his name is Henry, and he wants a whole team of advocates on his side. Sounds like a job for the bloggers. Henry says yes! The kitchen wants to be a kitchen. He also says he's not as insane as Matt says. He just feels like he's running around naked in his neighborhood and is grateful he isn't very close to his neighbors, or they would really be laughing, or maybe they are laughing out loud but he is losing his hearing, and can't hear how loud they're really laughing.

      No worries Henry you will soon be the nicest house in your area, with National attention too.

      Cami on October 1, 2010 at 11:38 am
    • LOL ! Cami H.W.; it looks like you must also be H.W. for HENRY Whisperer… are your kids as entertained by your wild imagination as we bloggers are? You are too funny. Sign me up as an advocate for Henry the Victorian farmhouse ! I can tell already how protective some of the bloggers will be about this dear old structure. I also hope DIY gets it that they need to at least try for a guest & bathroom on ground floor, & keep doorways wide–or bloggers are gonna howl!! At this stage (they appear to be demo-ing already in the videos) it should not be any more expensive for those adaptations. Most families have someone who will visit that can't hike up a staircase to use a bathroom, or reach a guestroom, even if homeowners are, at present, able-bodied.

      LLColeman on October 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    • Wouldn't it be freaky if we found out later that a Henry actually built the home.

      I thought of Harry, Howard and a few other H names and Henry seemed to fit it perfectly.

      For some reason I thought his name would start with an H. Like as in House or Home.

      Cami on October 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm
    • U just might be psychic.

      LLColeman on October 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm
    • Glad that name didn't end with an O. LOL

      Cami on October 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    • No, my daughter- in- law lays claim to that name, as in "Psycho B—" (her words, not mine!) LOL

      LLColeman on October 3, 2010 at 4:35 am
    • Would love to have this one for sure. My father was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and this would be perfect for doing my genealogy research and being near all the history of Virginia. WOW! I'm really excited about this! Can't wait to see how it turns out!!

      valibel on October 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    • My family is moving due to job in Bethesda, MD to start August 2011 would be a dream come true to win this home. I can already picture my self looking out over the bay at sunset..Just Amazing

      Jackie Trim on October 10, 2010 at 6:50 am
    • You are right about that the views are sooooo beautiful. Being so close to Williamsburg is a wonderful plus.
      Wonderful old wood floors would look great in this home. I can see many a Family Reunions on that property. WOW

      buckybars on October 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    • Everything Cami said, plus YEAH!!!! VIRGINIA!!!!

      Debra G. on October 24, 2010 at 12:01 am
    • When they raise the house up. The vies will be even more spectacular. I am so glad that they saved this house older houses are the bomb. I have always wanted to remodel one of these and to get that type of property with it is wonderful.

      kpole65 on November 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    • Although I can't hear the house shouting for joy yet, I know that it will, Cami. Beautiful bay views, nice open acreage, who couldn't love a total renewal of this proud old home.

      DBCoop on November 2, 2010 at 2:08 am
  6. 16.9 waterfront acres, the 1905 house currently has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 3 levels. No electricity, no plumbing.
    Located in Susan, Va. , Mathews County. They sure have there work cut out for them on this one. Matt will be our host for next season. Here's a newspaper link about it.

    Kathy Seals on September 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    • thank you once again Sherlock! ^_^ Since they purchased it for $300K, it might be another affordable cabin for the winner.

      EdinOregon on September 30, 2010 at 11:57 pm
    • Where did you see/hear that they purchased this for $300K?

      Kathy Seals on October 1, 2010 at 7:52 am
    • It's in the article you posted the link for. Funny how you miss some things when you have sooo much to read and review.

      SweetLiz on October 1, 2010 at 9:59 am
    • I found that article after I posted that comment. I laughed when I saw it. Sleuthing is so much fun, never know what you'll find or when and where you'll find it. :)

      Kathy Seals on October 1, 2010 at 10:30 am
    • Glad to see you read your own link Kathy. Now you know where I got the $300k information! ^_^

      EdinOregon on October 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    • I liked the comment in the article that DIY also will have video cams inside the structure so we can watch the progress inside as well as outside.

      MollMick on October 1, 2010 at 10:56 am
    • Boy this location must be exceptional to buy such a rundown place for that amount of money!!!!$300,000 would buy this house completely remodeled with outbuildings where I live.

      havelotskids on October 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    • For that amount of money they could have bought a nice LOG CABIN with a few acres. I'm glad so many people are happy about this new house..but that's exactly what it is..a house, not a cabin. DIY has taken the Blog "Cabin" in a whole new direction. They really should change the name of the contest so it fits.

      Kathy Seals on October 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    • havelotsofkids & Kathy : Living near the center of Silicon Valley in CA, I can tell you that $300 k would not buy you a rathole in this area ! That amt. is a ton of money to me personally, but for the property it has, on Chesapeake Bay, it seems dirt cheap from my perspective!! I was astonished DIY got it for 100k under the asking price.
      Kathy, maybe the contest should be renamed BRVS : "Blog Renovated Vacation Structure" LOL ! What do you think?

      LLColeman on October 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm
    • Yes on the re-name — in fact, ANY new name… just as long as it doesn't have "cabin" in it.

      LilB on October 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    • If they'd move down to the Appalachian Mtns., for that $$, if they wnted a rundown reno, they could've bought 3 great cabins & reno'd them. This was a really disappointing choice. As a matter of corporate integrity, DIY should just announce on the formerly-BC main page, that they felt a need to discontinue doing any cabin builds/renos, and to go in a whole different direction. Then announce the new concept and new name.
      They apparently see a reno-niche for turning mansion-sized (4,000 sqft?) derelict houses into refined coastal luxury-vacation castles. If that's where they want to go, OK. But don't dishonor the cozy, thrifty, rustic, simple concept of a cabin by tacking its name onto this ocean-front upscale monster-reno. Imagine the confusion for city-dweller newcomers trying to investigate what a "cabin" is! Since many of the uninitiated think a cabin can ONLY be "log"…. imagine them picturing THIS place covered in logs!
      DIY has collectively lost touch with reality.

      LilB on October 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    • You put this so eloquently. "What's in a name?" In this case, a whole lot. I'm an old Dream Home veteran, so I enjoy these redo's in a different way…. but I also agree with you !00% about the approach DIY is taking! It is making me wonder if they don't have some sort of problem with the Appalachian area.
      I love this old farmhouse;such places have a history of farms even being located along bay shoreline areas. I do NOT want to see the character of this place trampled. It was an honest working family's home, and does not need to be upscaly (and I do mean 'scaly'), or a monster mansion… my heart will be broken if they go overboard. It would be obscene, given the economic climate of the country. And you know, LilB, that I too keep lobbying, for ways to keep at least one floor universal access, if they can't give us a one storey bldg.

      LLColeman on October 4, 2010 at 1:28 am
    • I am from the town where this house is and all the property down there is terribly over priced. It's a big vacation town and it seems like most home prices are geared toward the wealthy retirees. With that being said, it's a really slow town with not much to do. Nearest Wal Mart is 20- 40 mins out, depending the side of town you are on. This one is in Susan, so you are looking at 30 mins to Wal Mart or other signs of life. If you are looking for peace, Mathews County is the place to be.

      Hammy on October 19, 2010 at 12:05 am
    • The article states specifically that they were looking for a renovation…kind of sad…kind of wish they would go back to building a cabin somewhere…something modern where we don't have to worry about past issues with the home.

      Our Army Family on October 2, 2010 at 12:51 am
    • Hey Kathy, my parents just brought this article to us today and we are so excited! We own a newly rennovated waterfront Bed and Breakfast in Port Haywood just a few miles from Susan. We would love to talk to someone about arranging for lodging and meals for the crew when they arrive, (there are not many lodging options in Mathews). After spending an intense 6 months of rennovations on our place, we can't wait to see what everyone comes up with on the Susan house! Thanks, Lori

      innattabbscreek on October 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm
    • Hi Lori- I grew up in Port Haywood and have not been back there for years. Where is your bread and breakfast?

      Hammy on October 19, 2010 at 12:14 am
    • Hi Lori- I grew up in Port Haywood and have not been back there for years. Where is your bead and breakfast?

      Hammy on October 19, 2010 at 12:16 am
  7. This is going to be great!! I love old homes, they have so much character. This one looks like it needs a lot of love. Is it possible to get some kind of currant floor plan to look at. We may just need to give some suggestions. This isn't a log cabin but an antique home is right up there. :D

    Therese of So Cal on September 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    • Maybe — as long as they call it Blog Antique-Home Reno, so as to not insult a "cabin". And of course, cabins don't have to be log to be thoroughly rustic. Our own tiny bedraggled cabin is so rustic it's primitive, but has rough-sawn board & batten siding, and it looks as if it was built by a pioneer in the 1800's. Logs don't make the cabin — the rustic, cozy, no-frills size and surroundings do. This house is nowhere close to being related to a cabin. DIY has every right to drop cabins and go solely into reno'ing ordinary old houses. They only need to immediately change the name — it's a total mis-nomer at the moment.

      LilB on October 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm
    • Who said DIY will keep the character? Remember the floors and doors in the last reno? Sounds like they may keep the weather beaten old siding. I prefer the cement board stuff myself. It will be a 1905 four square remodeled to something we will probably make a "honey do over list for". I like the exterior as it is although a zip line instead of an exit stair would add character. LLL

      Rascalinbji on October 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm
  8. Have you guys gone completely crazy ??? This house is a real wreck of a ruin !!! It is totally ambitious of you to rehab and rescue this tear-down old heap ! I love the newel post and gracious dimensions of the rooms. The bones of the house are good ~ hopefully you didn't FIND any bones in the place! ( Or a racoon in the old kitchen cupboards !)
    It looks like the house has been moved and left on blocks, maybe the parlor floor was awash at high tide !

    Goodness knows who found this latest adventure for you guys to rehab. But I hope you get 'em back !!! Rehab and retribution ! hahah.

    Have fun, good luck , You must be the biggest and " bestest" optimists out there!
    … and watch out for those marsh mosquitoes -as-big-as-chickens :O)

    GoldieLocksBear on September 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    • I was feeling a bit like you when I first saw the video; but I looked at the photos. The house appears to be standing straight at all four corners and there is no serious sagging in the center of the roof; so the frame is good. Bring in a LOT of dumpsters for all that lath and plaster and start laying out the new walls, roughing in plumbing and electric. This place could be a palace when they finish.

      DGustaf on September 30, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    • Agree totally Don. Looks to be plumb, level and square all around. Sounds like the foundation is shot, but it didn't seen to affect the integrity of the framing.

      EdinOregon on October 1, 2010 at 12:00 am
    • Sorta speaks to the skills of the carpenters a century ago, doesn't it?

      DGustaf on October 1, 2010 at 8:29 am
    • Yes it does. And all of those full size straight grain 2x4s help too!

      EdinOregon on October 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    • that would be full 2×4 too. LLL

      rascalinbji on October 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    • True TRUE 2X4s!

      cjpstaff on October 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm
    • Yes, it could indeed become a palace. That's what I'm afraid of….

      LilB on October 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm
    • The intent of the term I used: large, ostentatious, priced beyond my ability to retain or maintain but beautiful.

      DGustaf on October 3, 2010 at 9:55 am
    • Because of where it is located I hope they don't turn it into a mansion. The house reminds me of a country home that expanded as the family grew. I hope that they keep that ambiance.

      kpole65 on November 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm
  9. Mary, could you please tell whoever does the vidioing of the project to PLEASE speak LOUD. Trying to listen to Matt every time he turns the camera away from him it gets very hard to hear what he's saying. I had the same problem with Chuck on 2010 cabin. Also don't move the camera so fast, to pan slowly. Thanks.

    Therese of So Cal on September 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    • I got sea sick trying to watch the video as it jumped all over the place. Guess they were trying to keep us from getting a real good look. lol

      Kathy Seals on September 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm
    • I so agree- SLOW IT DOWN>

      OmahaLady on September 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    • Matt was probably doing the video himself. That looked like a small hand-held camera, the same as Chuck used for the vlogs.

      DonD on September 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm
    • I am having a complete vertigo attack when I try to watch this video. What is going on?

      Beth on October 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm
  10. Gorgeous! Lanai please :)

    mishi on September 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    • Mishi, I imagine you're an expert on homes close to water with views to die for. Yes lanai's are a great idea, but perhaps need to be screen covered, for the mosquitoes.

      Do you have mosquitoes on the Islands?

      Cami on September 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm
    • Hi Cami,
      I've found that even in a mosquito rich environment, if there is a decent breeze blowing, there really isn't a problem; hope that the openness of this place and proximity to the larger bay will provide comforting breezes.


      DGustaf on October 1, 2010 at 8:35 am
    • A lanai with a warm ocean breeze — the dream is starting! I am sure they will build a new dock…

      MollMick on October 1, 2010 at 10:58 am
    • OMG… A Lani looking out to the bay? that is so rockin!!

      Lady_Pirate on November 16, 2010 at 3:48 am
    • I think they should make it a green home totally off the grid!!

      Lady_Pirate on November 16, 2010 at 3:48 am

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