Blog Cabin

May 16

Tag Along With Chris Grundy

Have you seen the quickie vlogs Chris Grundy has been filming at Blog Cabin 2012? If not, please pop over to the DIY Network Facebook page to join in the lobster bake and meet Alison Victoria from the Kitchen Crashers crew (onsite as we speak, beautifying the heart of this midcoast Maine home).

On a completely different note, I noticed a conversation brewing about basement access. A very secure exterior door offers the only access to this storage space. Take a look:

Blog Cabin 2012 basement access

  • Posted at 11:36 am on May 5, 2012
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  1. I love the house and my family would feel very blessed to own it…I'll take it just the way it is…

    maria_w_in_nj on May 17, 2012 at 6:53 am
  2. The April 20th Blog Topic has an excellent photo of the inside of the small cellar door. It clearly opens inwards and has a latch type of fixing. There's no handle on the outside that I can see in all the pictures of it. Maybe thay have installed a keyed lock. That's going to be interesting trying to open when it's frozen shut by snow and ice in the middle of the night in a snowstorm when there's a problem with the heating and water system or no power. Then snow will fall into the cellar when the door is opened and make those dangerous and broken stone steps even more slippery.

    Are they really serious when they say the only access to the cellar where all the circuit breakers, heating boiler and water pumps for the heating etc are is going to be through that outside 'hobbit hole' door?

    Is it possible they have partitioned off part of the cellar where the services are and that can be accessed from inside? That's why Mary talks about a storage space now and not basement as she has before?

    Sally on May 17, 2012 at 11:20 am
    • Let alone have to shovel out the path to the opening.

      Nebraska on May 21, 2012 at 10:46 am
  3. Remember the old hand pump they found out by the side of the barn?
    I find it hard to believe, but I heard that they were going to install it in the kitchen as the the only source of water! No electric pumps for the well, or modern faucets will be installed.

    Hope the well water tastes OK.

    Jeff on May 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    • I don't think so, if you look at the people choice for kitchen you will see a nice high arch faucet was picked for the kitchen.
      I believe that hand pump was for the outside, IF they could get it to work.

      home_girl on May 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    • Yes. I voted for the modern high arch faucet. They should follow what the people vote for!

      I am sure they can get the old hand pump working fine. They last forever.

      Jeff on May 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm
    • So what do you really want? lol!

      ksmort9 on May 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm
    • I think the nice high arch faucet is going to be installed in the basement.

      ksmort9 on May 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm
  4. Thanks for the links, Mary. I popped over to the DIY Network Facebook page to join in the lobster bake and to meet Alison Victoria from the Kitchen Crashers. It was fun to learn more!

    memanbepa on May 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm
  5. Perhaps the owner could tie a rope to the back of the bench to aid them when climbing out of the cellar hole! LOL

    AnneEliseSouth on May 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    • Loved your response!

      peachdoctor on May 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm
  6. Mary, are you pulling our legs? You are a little late for an April Fool's prank! Is this the basement, or is this an additional storage area?
    In a lot of old New England homes, when the house has had additions onto the original home, sometimes there are two separate basement areas. Please tell us this is the case, otherwise this is quirky to the extreme, and not quirky in a nice way. LOL

    AnneEliseSouth on May 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm
  7. I am very confused about there not not being access to the basement from inside the house. Living in New England all my life that pretty much is a staple. With as much rough weather as Maine can ,and usually does, get indoor access would pretty much be a necessity in my eyes.
    Would love to win this place but would have to put in quite a bit of money towards it just to add the necessities like indoor access and especially a generator.
    Are any of the members of the design team from anywhere up north??? Not really feeling the common sense on this one

    LoneWolf on May 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  8. So they gave up the indoor basement access so they could build the aforementioned "cosy nook" they are preparing ?

    izzyguest on May 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    • During the remodeling, when they moved the stairs, they probably couldn't finagle the downward part. (ceiling joists, no foundation under the new stairs, etc.) There must have been a reason why they didn't put access to the basement right there under the new staircase. I wonder how much it costs to lift a house and move it about halfway down that lot, closer to the water. The house is too close to the road right now. If you could move the house, you could perch it on a new foundation with basement stairs going downward INSIDE OF THE HOUSE.

      ksmort9 on May 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    • He, he, It's a door for elves, or maybe the siding just rolls up like a roll-top desk to reveal a full door! LOL…

      paperdragon on May 18, 2012 at 11:53 am
  9. Mary this is an inconvience for sure, what you have revealed to the blog.

    My disappointment over this decision, and other design decisions this year has been BIG
    My desire to win this amazing prize still reamains BIGGER

    Mel on May 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    • LOL, Mel–the algebra of desire…..

      LLColeman on May 18, 2012 at 12:51 am
  10. Note to self. Telling the truth is not whining when one has been asked to express their opinions.
    Mark Twain?

    Hawkweed on May 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    • Ben Franklin?

      Windsmurf on May 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

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