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The 2012 Location

Are you ready? We are. We’re heading up north next year to gut-renovate the most adorable ocean-front home.

The location of Blog Cabin 2012 will be in …

  • Posted at 5:28 pm on September 9, 2011
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  1. North of Miami,eh? LOL

    Checotah on September 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    • i hope i get this house it is so beatiful and i am watching them remodeling it right now it is so beatiful it would be awsome if i won that house

      wendy on September 30, 2011 at 8:54 am
    • wow thta is all i can say i am speechless this house is surley awmazing i would die for this house it is awsome<3:o

      wendy on September 30, 2011 at 8:59 am
    • This is a dream of mine!!!! Love this old house. Hopefully you will be able to repair most of it!! Has to have a mud room, a green house would be great! How about an old deep clawed bathtub!! Okay, lots of book shelves, and a fireplace! I am already visualizing living in this house!!! Still trying to figure out this email stuff!
      Okay, in the kitchen an island with a place to hang pans over the counter. Lots of glassed in cabinets. The master bedroom would be great with a fireplace! Okay, maybe a cozy study area. Possible small gymn area??Alright now – I 'm done. Just sayin you might want some ideas for my new place!

      Denise Mitchell on September 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm
    • Amazing…Maine….Ocean….Acres….Lobster…I'm in…

      Carol Jakelsky on October 1, 2011 at 10:42 am
    • You folks did it again…Wow!!! Can't wait to see the caterpillar turn into a butterfly.

      Beverly Sun & Surf on October 4, 2011 at 11:47 am
    • this house its nice, i will love to win it… what to do to win

      reinafi on October 5, 2011 at 11:48 am
    • Yeah. Just hit 95 North and you'll be there in no time.

      Jamie on October 6, 2011 at 10:37 am
    • Just make sure you get off 95 by at least Augusta. Most coming here get off in Brunswick then you drive up Route 1 for about an hour.

      Carole M on October 18, 2011 at 12:56 am
    • Carole, you know this already, but Folks new to Maine: I would say that, while Rt. 1 IS busy, do plan to take your time, especially in the Summers. IMO, I would sort of compare Maine's Coastal Rt. 1, while very typical Maine / New England style, to parts of the old Rt 66 across America [remember Rt. 66, any old timers like me?] They are very AMERICANA and worth some memories and stops along the way… Route 1, however will always be my favorite. :)

      DownSouthDowneaster on October 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm
    • Oh, and don't forget to visit Brunswick (which Carole mentioned) too, charming town, home of wonderful arts, antiques and outstanding Bowdoin College, along the way….B)

      DownSouthDowneaster on October 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    • What an awesome place. The upper east coast of the US is wonderful and what a view!

      ruth passinetti on October 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm
    • this is it!!!

      shelagh talbot on October 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm
    • I love the beach area would be my idea of heaven I guess I can dream. I and my family enjoy your show and we enjoy doing things together in our old home we are watching the Cheasapeake Bay house now only a few hours from our home what a find and you guys are awsome.

      mary via on October 12, 2011 at 11:39 am
    • Only a little north of Miami, LOL, just head north, can't miss it. Visit Seaside Soap and Candle Co. and the Medomak River Community Market on Facebook, or come in person. Lots to see. Many hidden treasures to discover here in Waldoboro, Maine

      seaside_2010 on October 21, 2011 at 4:20 am
    • I love your Avatar, seaside_2010! No more spectacular lighthouse in the world exists than the one and only, accessible, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse–in BCs' Lincoln County, ME–which appears on the State of Maine Quarter!!! Wonder why DIY didn't use Pemaquid Light in their area video intro for BC 2012??? The Portland Light they used is also beautiful, but it's not in the neighborhood! xD

      DwnSoDwnEaster on October 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    • Thanks so much, I am a Mainer through and through having grown up on little Criehaven Island way out in Penobscot Bay. The lighthouse represents the shape of a candle and the water relates to my soaps. It's important to keep the light shining in our lives. Hope you make it up here sometime.Joyce & Laurel HillSeaside Soap and Candle207-380-2735P.O. Box 627Waldoboro, Maine 04572http://www.SeasideSoapandCandle.com

      seaside_2010 on October 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    • Thank you, seaside_2010! I've mentioned somewhere in these 2 long-lasting, ongoing, dragging out, lingering, befuddling, perplexing DIY Blogs with no new DIY Blog-In…whew!… oh, yes,–I've mentioned somewhere that New England and Maine are in my heritage and blood (Mother's side) and, the Virginia Southeastern Coastline (where I am now) is also in my heart and paternal family. [we can trace back to before Plymouth Colony and even Virginia Company and Jamestown--and find it fascinating and interesting how intertwined and mingled the Histories of Maine's Midcoast and SE Virginia are!!! ] My hubby and I vacation in New Harbor, annually, so I'll have to drop by your place , God willing, next year! :) Hellooo, DIY! It's 4:28 p.m. and we're still Waiting….Luv you anyhow! <3^_^

      DwnSoDwnEaster on October 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm
    • so miss downeaster, maybe you can tell me how to do this blog thing properly, so glad to have someone to chat with about this project but not sure if I am doing it correctly. How do comments make it to the main blog page anyway. It's great to have connections up and down the coast. Make sure you visit the Pemaquid Craft Co-op when you are in New Harbor, working there today as I type this, very quiet here right now. Things are slowing down and the economy has not been helpful. We just keep moving on. What do you do down there. I guess you can tell what I do.JoyceJoyce & Laurel HillSeaside Soap and Candle207-380-2735P.O. Box 627Waldoboro, Maine 04572http://www.SeasideSoapandCandle.com

      seaside_2010 on October 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    • Sorry, seaside_2010, but I JUST signed up this afternoon for Intense debate. It's nice to develop dialogue and i hope we'll meet someday! I actually began posting on the BC blog about 2 1/2 weeks ago, after lurking for a year or more! Still trying to figure things out…. It IS great to make some chat Buddies and I'm reading so many interesting, funny and inspirational entries.Your comments in reply to me posted immediately on the blog. I've made entries in the "BC 2012 Announcement" and in the "Jason Comments" Blogs, hoping Mary will get us a new blog thread! :)

      I mentioned the Craft Co-Op to Victoria Lesser on the really huge blog, when she was posting. i think she's up in Maine right now, evaluating the design and possibilities for Waldoboro's DIY property. She's very good at interacting with us!!! xD She may have actually come by the Co-Op or will as she designs the interior!!! I hope she will use lots of Maine Made decor! I know she believes in Made in USA! :) Next time I blog with her, I'll encourage her to check your place in Waldoboro. She'll probably be scouting for Commercial Sponsors and items for the house and to give away to Blogger Voters. Good for PR, if DIY discovers your work!

      As for what I try to do when in New Harbor, I try to do very little but enjoy the area, fresh air, rocks at my family's cottage and absorb the Pemaquid Point Light Views from where we stay annually, including Monhegan Island, the surf and fantabulous laid back Maine lifestyle! Often, I curl up on a couch by a huge picture window above Pemaquid Point and Light with a good book–or go read on an inviting rock. We name rocks and compare what the tides and/or surf is doing to them as if they were our friends. :) I grew up visiting New Harbor at my Grandparents' cottage. But we go waaaaaaayyyyy back in Maine and I just inhale the State, subscribe to DownEast Magazine, and hubby and I take in every opportunity while there, antiquing, art and craft-appreciating. and wishing we could get off the world, somehow, and just BE there in God's Country! :D

      DwnSoDwnEaster on October 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm
    • Oh, in case you aren't aware yet, Victoria Lesser is the firecracker Interior Designer from Central NY State who designed the 2011 Blog Cabin for DIY Network and will also be designing the Waldoboro home!

      DwnSoDwnEaster on October 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm
    • I love your vacation description, it is perfect and a great way to rejuvenate and feed the spirit. Victoria did come by the co-op and checked us out, made some purchases. I hope she likes my candles. We are looking forward to seeing more of her and the crew this spring. Very exciting and nice to have something special to look forward to next spring. A great time of year to start a project as we all start to bloom after a long Maine winter. JoyceJoyce & Laurel HillSeaside Soap and Candle207-380-2735P.O. Box 627Waldoboro, Maine 04572http://www.SeasideSoapandCandle.com

      seaside_2010 on October 23, 2011 at 4:33 am
    • I just found this little box, I wonder if it sends a response to the main blog page.Joyce & Laurel HillSeaside Soap and Candle207-380-2735P.O. Box 627Waldoboro, Maine 04572http://www.SeasideSoapandCandle.com

      seaside_2010 on October 23, 2011 at 4:42 am
    • how do, I ENTER TO WIN THIS HOUSE

      reinafi on October 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    • although it gets cold up there the spring summer and fall are beyond gorgeous. I would feel honored to win any one of the Blog Cabins, but if not, i love to help design. BJC

      Rebecca cantrell on October 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm
    • questionable design decisions to fix..lol welcome to maine your last housees kitchen before pics looked about what my kitchen looks like now.

      S Bean on November 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm
    • I live about 15 minutes from Waldoboro! Can't say this would be my "dream" location considering i've lived in Maine my whole life, but i'm sure it'll turn out beautiful!

      kerri on November 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm
    • This is beautiful a farm in maine a girl can only dream after living in florida i can tell you I'm ready for a change all 4 seasons of change I always wanted to visit Maine but to live there dream come true it will be awesome to watch them breathe life into this home

      sid on December 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    • Definitely a nice package. Great location, space, and history.

      Sean on December 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    • Each one of the projects completely takes my breath away………locations, wildlife…my imagination and heart run wild with each new site, and this one in particular…wow!

      Sarah P on January 6, 2012 at 1:02 am
    • Beatiful. What I can say else.IT WOULD BE AWSOME IF I WON THAT HOUSE.
      Jasminka

      JASMINKA on May 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm
  2. Oh my goodness — a Waldoboro, Maine Blog Cabin! Just southeast of Augusta, it looks like this coastal home will be yet another blogger favorite. Besides, it's just a relatively short drive, and ferry across to Isle au Haut, one of Mary's favorite spots. I wonder if she suggested the state of Maine to Jack T for the next Blog Cabin?

    DBCoop on September 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    • Coop……..How did you know that was one of Mary's favorite spots??? Very interesting…….

      Jennie/Florida on September 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm
    • I've lived in Maine for 10 years now – do love the coast but Maine isn't 'all that' – very rural, very cold in winter with lots of snow! :) Plus lots of isolation – biggest mall is Banger and/or Portland which are probably more than an hour from Waldoboro. Plus in summer and fall leaf peepers – Route 1 is a nightmare!!! It will probably be beautiful though!

      Arslife on October 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    • I live in Waldoboro on Dutch Neck, it's 1 1/2 hours to Portland (except in the summer when you have to allow ectra time to make it through Wiscasset on Route 1) and 2 hours to Bangor. You are right about travel on Route 1 in the summer and there aren't a lot of alternatives.

      Carole M on October 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm
    • Ah, but just think how much easier the commute is from Waldoboro to Portland, which is about the same driving time from Palm Springs to Los Angeles or Orange County, except that here there are a couple of hundred thousand other drivers on the highway at the same time.

      Or driving from San Diego to Palm Springs (a frequent route for me), which like the distance from Waldoboro to Bangor, is a two hour drive at the best of times, and double that at the worst.

      In San Diego in the summer, there are tens of thousands of visiting tourists who flood the streets, parks, shopping malls, dining and entertainment venues, making it tricky for locals to thread their way through the crowds on the streets, on the sidewalks, or in restaurants.

      In Palm Springs, it's the winter time when the snowbirds flock to the desert and literally double the population. What's worse is that many of them are unfamiliar with the one-way streets or rules of the road. As a result, the little resort community has a very high auto insurance rate.

      Yet I love both cities, and enjoy what each has to offer regardless of the sometimes frustrating downsides. The upside is, of course, that those tourist dollars are vital to the economy, so we always appreciate tourists spending their money in S CA despite the crush of humanity at times.

      You see, no matter where paradise might be for you, whether it's Waldoboro or anywhere but, there's ALWAYS a price to pay. As for the location of Blog Cabin 2012, I'm more than willing to pony up that price. Not only will I enjoy the ride, I'll be smiling all the way!

      Bring it on, DIY!

      DBCoop on October 6, 2011 at 12:37 am
    • You're right DB – spent time out in ole' California myself (LA and then Santa Barbara area) and each has it's good things and bad things! Maine though is quite different than any other state I've lived in (5 states so far) and you have to live here to experience it! It's very, very isolating! Winters at times are untolerable especially when you're out of electricity for days on end – and most people have water pumps/septics (need I say more!) it's so very, very rural! Also most people heat by oil – oh boy is that expensive! Food is expensive also – and watch out for a license plates. Nearly fainted straight away when I moved up here 10 yrs ago and my license plus the tax came to $500.00 for one year (it goes down as the years go by though) Taxes aren't cheap either. Oh don't get me wrong – beautiful falls…..mostly tolerable summers (don't usually use any a/c) beautiful ocean and parks! I'm still looking to see a moose out in the wild! HA

      Arslife on October 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm
    • Well said. Every place has it's challenges and I think complaining about them somehow bonds us with the others who deal with the same things. I made the choice to live here and most of the time I'm glad I did. It's been less isolated since an almost affordable high speed internet became available and many of us use wood to stay warm.

      Carole M on October 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    • How long you been here Carole M? I'm in the Wtvl area! Lived in Bath for a short time – lovely little town – love the coast but my work brought me inland! Don't get me wrong – I also made the choice to live in Maine (although I sometime tell folks I had a psychotic break when I made that decision – ha) I'm settled now and getting older! Don't see any "big" moves in my life at this point. Don't you just love the smells of fall in Maine! Those lovely pine trees and crisp air….and the beautiful fall colors! Hate what's coming after but for right now….it's just lovely!!!

      Arslife on October 8, 2011 at 10:25 am
    • I moved here full time about 5 years ago. I was in VA for more than 30 years before that and had the cabin up here most of that time. We have a couple at church who live in Wtvl and he even drives down on Tuesdays as well for our evening bible study.

      Carole M on October 19, 2011 at 1:14 am
    • Have you seen the house? Based on Google Maps I put it at about 645-685 Dutch Neck Rd.

      Jay on November 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    • Hope you get a chance to visit Waldoboro on your way to some of your favorite spots. Waldoboro is beginning to shake it up. The home of the Five Masted Schooners back in the day.

      seaside_2010 on October 21, 2011 at 4:22 am
    • Hi "Seaside"- once I figure out HOW to follow someone I will. This is still new and uncharted territory for me. I live here on Dutch Neck. Is the place you mentioned in your profile Sumner's old 5&10? I haven't been in there yet , but I'll have to check it out. I'm usually nearby on Thursday mornings when I clean the beg house behind the laundromat on Pleasant St. We'll have to meet sometime and peek at the house. Carole

      Camac on October 23, 2011 at 1:29 am
    • Hi fellow Waldoborian, what a way to meet people in the area. amazing. Yes, the Medomak River Community Market is Sumners old store before he moved it to Damariscotta. Before “Fernalds” it was the 5 & 10, we have the old 5&10 sign hanging on the wall. Looking forward to meeting you. Would love to check out the house on Pleasant St. I am also still trying to figure out how to navigate this blog process. Happy Blogging. JoyceJoyce & Laurel HillSeaside Soap and Candle207-380-2735P.O. Box 627Waldoboro, Maine 04572http://www.SeasideSoapandCandle.com

      seaside_2010 on October 23, 2011 at 4:25 am
    • When I first built my little place up here (1978) the 5&10 was actually in 2 store fronts (must have been the Narrows Tavern for the other half) and you could get ironing boards, pillows and a host of other things there. I better get away from this thing- I still have to make something for a pot luck supper and a concert in North Waldoboro tonight and had intended to do a little caulking outside on the house.

      Camac on October 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    • what an amazing place the old 5 & 10 was, so nice to be able to get anything you want all in one place, too bad that has become a memory.I remember Woolworth's store, with the soda fountain counter and all you need in one place.Oh, well moving on as times change.Little communities are very important as things get tougher, we all need to stick together.Hope your pot luck went well and that you got some work done on the house.Joyce & Laurel HillSeaside Soap and Candle207-380-2735P.O. Box 627Waldoboro, Maine 04572http://www.SeasideSoapandCandle.com

      seaside_2010 on October 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm
    • Just curious… do you know that the blog cabin is at about 645-685 Dutch Neck Rd.? That's my best guess from what I'm seeing on Google Maps.

      Jay on November 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm
    • It's going to be perfect! How exciting!

      Devera on January 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm
  3. Holy mackerel! I wasn't sure they could top Twin Coves, but it's pretty close. Can't wait to see more and learn more. 51 acres…WOW! And yes, it is north of Miami…sure is.B)

    Dghawk4 on September 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm
    • Yes, can't wait either.

      Do you know the address of the Twin Coves property? I would love to see it from google earth.

      Lauren7778 on October 27, 2011 at 11:07 am
    • Twin Coves is at 1209 Belevue Rd., Susan, VA 23163. Keep in mind that the picture was taken well before the renovation. If interested, the address for BC 2012 is 620 Dutch Neck Rd., Waldoboro, ME.

      Dghawk4 on October 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm
  4. I love to see all the new shows, I learn so much I think I can do take on a new project until I have to call the professionals to finish. Love, love, HGTV!

    Iva Steed on September 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm
  5. WOW! 51 acres. That is a lot of land! In the video, the house looks pretty big. Can't wait to see it all done!

    fdteam on September 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm
    • Ar you people aware that Ritway sweepstakes who are the people that do the drawing for the contest is the same company that does PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE GIVEAWAY???? Do you know anyone who has ever won that? SUCKERS IF YOU FALL FOR THIS!!!! I call shenanigans,B.S.

      deanne little on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm
    • Ditto. I'm from Bucksport originally.

      Prince's Mmmy on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm
  6. We've had blue crabs at Twin Coves' 16 plus waterfront acres in Virginia, and now DIY brings us The Grove, a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,566 square feet (total under roof of 4166 square feet– they claim) Cape home on 51 acres (including a 2 story barn) built in 1884 — right in the world famous L is for lobster haven of The Pine Tree State. Check 'er out at 620 Dutch Neck Road in Waldoboro, ME.

    Looks like the DIY crew will get another plentiful sampling of the bounty of the seas when they renovate this jewel.

    DBCoop on September 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    • Where do you find all this information!

      fdteam on September 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    • Yes Coop when are you going to reveal your super sleuthing secrets? I'm beginning to think you have Mary's direct line.
      Although I'm more than happy to shamefully consume any facts you labor and toil over to find–no matter how you came by them. =/B)

      Cami on September 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    • Thanks for the info Coop! You already have the address?! You're super good!!!!

      Lessie on September 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm
    • Coop thanks so much for sharing your super sleuthing skills with us! I'm off to Google the address this very minute!

      SID on September 30, 2011 at 8:25 am
    • DB,
      Yes, what are your secrets;)? Are you FBI,CIA?:p Good sleuthing! Thanks too!

      ruffybc on September 30, 2011 at 8:35 am
    • Hey Coop! Your Lucy's idle no doubt and you never disappoint. I've already talked with the wife and she mentioned taking a drive over there to see it first hand at some point. We will certainly let you all know what we see!!

      lucyourdog on September 30, 2011 at 11:05 am
    • You know how much your fellow bloggers and dreamers always appreciate first-hand insights, lucyourdog! (Along with all of Mary's "officially" sanctioned news, views, comments and clues of course.)
      Happy hunting.

      DBCoop on September 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm
    • I'm surprised the house has that many square feet. I drive past it daily and could easily walk there and it doesn't look that large.

      Carole MacDonald on October 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    • Welcome to the DIY blog, Carole MacDonald. Your surname reminds me that while the first settlers of Waldoboro were primarily German, names from many European countries were represented early on, along with more recent transplants, naturally.

      Among some of the Waldoboro names, Achorn likely originated from the German Eichorn (or Eichhorn) and Creamer, or Cramer, a frequent derivation of the Germanic spelling Kramer (or Kraemer or Kreamer.) History is fascinating, isn't it?

      Anyway, as to the home size, the house is listed as a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, which should give it some good square footage right there, but it's sometimes difficult to say what the verifiable square footage is until it is accurately measured in person. Listings state that the home also has a full basement, though apparently unfinished, and there is unfinished attic space.

      Whatever the actual square footage, I'm looking forward to the remarkable transformation that will take place under the superbly capable hands of the DIY crews.

      DBCoop on October 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm
    • I'm not a native, therefore I will always be "from away". My almost 90 year old neighbor is a Creamer (Kramer). I believe the "Dutch Neck" was originally "Deutsch Neck" since it was , as you say, a German area. Other popular names in the area are Gross, Genthner and Winchenbach. Maybe the almost attached barn adjacent to the house is part of the square feet. I'll have to ask some folks who have been in it.

      Carole MacDonald on October 3, 2011 at 2:38 am
    • One of the earlier historical references to the Gross surname comes from 1720, listing a Hans Peter Gross, with the occupation of blacksmith. At the time, Waldoboro had about 90 to 100 families living in the area.

      I'd imagine that genealogical family histories of the Gross family could possibly show an even earlier presence in Waldoboro. I'm always intrigued by such stories.

      DBCoop on October 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm
    • Waldoboro does have an Historical Society and geneology is what many seem to be interested in. I think they still have a website but it's all volunteers and many don't have computers and are not computer savy. Just off Dutch Neck is a road named Gross Neck. Many who live there are families of watermen (lobstermen, clammers) who have been there for generations.

      Carole M on October 6, 2011 at 12:00 am
    • Your comment about early German settlers reminded me of this very successful sauerkraut business "and European deli" founded in 1918 in Waldoboro http://www.morsessauerkraut.com/ . Haven't been there though it's on y to-do list

      Adriana on October 8, 2011 at 10:42 am
    • Morse's Sauerkraut is still there in North Waldoboro and even includes a cozy "German" restaurant. The new owners have expanded it somewhat by moving the sauerkraut processing to another building. Reuben anyone?

      Carole M on October 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    • Yes! Aside from lobster rolls, my favorite sandwich! Let's do lunch, when I move up there! You, too, Adriana! :)

      DownSouthDowneaster on October 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm
    • If you win Twin coves BC, and have boat….just sail on up to Waldoboro to see the next BC. That's what I would want to do.

      Trish on October 7, 2011 at 7:28 am
    • New at this, very interested in this particular project. How did you get such detail on this property?__My first questions would be about the water and sewage arrangements. Are these supplied by the township or like me have to have a well and septic system? Water quality (purity and volume) are a particular concern. HS

      HelenS on October 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    • The property listings for this newest Blog Cabin indicate that water is supplied by a drilled well and that the home is on a septic system. I'd think the water quality would be good, but maybe close-by neighbor Carole MacDonald could answer that question for us.

      DBCoop on October 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm
    • My well was drilled in 1979 and is 260 feet. I don't do any treating or filtering and it tastes fine to me and doesn't seem to be hard as I have little problem with deposits. I have heatd that Waldoboro has a fairly high radon content but haven't had mine tested since it was drilled. Everyone here also has their own septic system. Those "in town" have town water and sewer. Some neighbors tend to use bottled water for drinking , but their wells are also much older than mine.

      Carole M on October 6, 2011 at 12:19 am
    • Carol M – Gota' question. This may sound stupid but, stick with me & it will eventually make sense. What "color is your hair?" Others that live with you? If they happen to all be brown or darker it is difficult to distinguish just how hard the water is there with the exception of some dryness here or there which is common anyway. On the other hand, if you are blonde and you do not notice any issues with your hair, your water probably is great. However, most blonde's both natural & color treated but, especially color treated AND light browns will frequently get deposits which coat the hair and make it darker, duller and fade quickly, That is what I hate about most wells. Every home I've lived in with public water keeps my hair the same way it is. However, I have lived in other homes with wells and every one does a number on my blonde hair. I'd be curious to know BUT>>> It would not and will not hamper my desire for the home at all. It's just a little nagging problem that would go away with a water system. B)

      StellaF on October 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm
    • It's sort of a light reddish brown (helped by the hairdresser so it won't be a yellow-gray) and it does fade some over a few months to a blonder color but it did that when I was living in Virginia with city water too.

      Carole M on October 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm
    • Your comment about radon makes me wonder whether the basement will be tested for that? It may not matter at all, as long as the basement is left unfinished, but if there's any thought of improving and finishing part of the cellar… then radon testing would be in order.

      Adriana on October 8, 2011 at 10:35 am
    • I've noticed that there has been a light on in the basement of the house. I don't know if it's on for drying, lighting, heat or to control critters. Speaking of heat, today we're having abnormally warm weather (upper 70s- lower 80s) after having 30s-50s this past week.

      Carole M on October 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    • Looking forward to the process

      ustwo on November 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm
  7. I’M IN. A WHEELCHAIR BUT,I REALLY WOULD LOVE A BLOG CABIN. (TO AS A VACATION HOME TO GET AWAY FROM THINGS I. HAVE NO FUNDS TO DO ANYTHING. SO PLEASE HELP

    Bryan ORR on September 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm
  8. Im anxious to move in to the finished home….Well, I can dream can't I and some one has to win.. It will be a very beautiful home as it has enormous potential. Good Luck to all who enter. :)

    dian on September 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm
    • I already entered it. Thanks very much Dian for your comment. I really appreciate it.

      Chandrika on September 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    • You, me!!!!! DIY I am willing to come help just so I can move in sooner!

      Vivian on November 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm
  9. A farm in Maine — what could be more perfect? I'm really looking forward to seeing this one!

    CplusE on September 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm
    • lol…..Twin Coves…..and sailing up to Maine to see the unveiling of BC 2012.;)

      How quickly people forget about BC 2011……and several others come to mind, too. xD

      Trish on October 7, 2011 at 7:32 am
  10. A farm house with an ocean and or access and room to run. :) Couldn' t agree more :)
    Im new here and was wondering how one votes on different aspects of the renovation? Thank You.

    Diane on September 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm
    • Welcome Diane. DIY will post items for us to vote on. Keep checking back for more details.

      Lessie on September 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm
    • Yes, this one really calls to me also. Of course, I will arrange to win a lottery (even $250,000 would help) so that I can afford to take possession.
      If I keep reading perhaps someone can explain the "coast" and the nature of the water access to us.

      Lois Lovell on October 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm
    • Being a resident on Dutch Neck who passes the house daily, the land is on the Medomak River which is tidal and salt water. At low tide we have a lot of "mud flats" which support the many people who dig clams (as well as worms) for a living. A little further south on Dutch Neck Road (it's only about 2 miles long) is a town landing used primarily by local clammers and a few lobstermen whose boats are anchored nearby. If you keep going south on the river you'll come to the ocean in the vicinity of Round Pond and Friendship.

      Carole MacDonald on October 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    • Thanks for the info Carole. Looks like there might be some nice clam beds at the back of the property. I sure do miss steamed clams!

      EdinOregon on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 am
    • Wow! Clam-digging brings back great memories of growing up on the shores of Long Island. Thank you so much for this bit of "insight." I'm ready for a try at the Sweepstakes!

      Marilyn Kampmeier on November 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    • Me Too!!!!!!

      Colleen Fletcher on November 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

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