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Blog Cabin Behind the Scenes Photos

Blog Cabin’s talented crew of home improvement experts takes pride in their work. And they also know how let loose and have a little (a lot of) fun on the set. Photographer Frank Murray captured some classic moments from the filming of this year’s episodes. Take a peek at the adorable pictures and post your thoughts below. Got a fave? Tell us why.

  • Posted at 4:22 pm on July 7, 2012
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  1. home_girl It doesn't matter whether anything is donated by a company to DIY or sold to them. It's the value of that item retail at the time of the winner being notified that will be used by the IRS to assess the tax owed. The house and entire prize package is taxable not a gift. Even the winner of the housewarming gifts must declare the value of that prize in her tax return as taxable income.

    Albert on July 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    • For that to happen there can be no sweepstakes and no prizes. DIY would have to pre-select a recipient of the gift or gifts. There can be no winner or any hint of competition. Who would decide the winner? How 'right' would that be? I know taxes on winnings can seem hard but the alternative is never going to be feasible. Even if they give it to a registered charity to disperse as that charity wishes – then who decides the charity to benefit?

      Albert on July 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm
    • Only over a certain amount, I think it's 500.00 or 750.00, I could be WRONG.

      11241224 on July 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm
  2. We would sell this home We are now and move to Maine into the blog cabin. I miss having four real seasons. There is no thinking twice about doing just that, moving to Maine. Sometimes a change in ones life is worth the move into a new dream. Oddly enough I have always had a dream of living on the coast of Maine.Growing antique apple and writing short stories for a living. I would see this move as, "me time". :D

    Hawkweed on July 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm
    • If we win I'll be happy to sell to you or any other blogger with a 'bloggers discount' too. ;)

      Sally on July 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm
    • Here, Here,!!!!! But if I win , I'll keep er'

      11241224 on July 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm
  3. I loved all of the photos; some of them made me smile and even laugh out loud! Too cute!!

    memanbepa on July 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm
    • I agree.Love the photos. The kitchen is my favorite.I can almost smell the chowder and clam cakes now.I am sure looking forward to seeing the rest of the kitchen.I bet it is so cozy.Yep, i could see me living there for a long time. Love reading every one's blogs.

      cindy on July 17, 2012 at 1:07 am
  4. Never look a gift horse in the mouth, This has been brought up on every house giveaway. Taxes! If you can't afford it, don't enter, if you can't afford the wait to sell the house, don't enter, if you can't afford either of the above, don't enter! What is to be acheived by complaining. They already know what they are doing, everything for DIY has been calculated. As in the past HOMES, people B—— and moaned, do you Honestly think they care? REALLY! The complaining takes ALL OF THE FUN OUT OF THIS BLOG! You can give me thumbs down until the cows come home, but "some" need to stop the nonsense! This is a sweepstake, NOT your Grandpa leaving you a piece of family real estate.

    11241224 on July 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm
    • I guess that the tax issue has been acknowledged by the parent company because both DH and GH now give a cash prize with the house to help with the expenses of winning the house. It will be interesting to see if they also change the prize package for BC this year. Some of the talk about taxes and such at this point is from boredom since the info coming from DIY has been cut back, probably because of the push to get the TV shows put together. One difference with the BC is they wait until pretty late in the process to talk about the value of the prize so people get to speculate about it, and here is where that is expressed.

      YankeeNuke on July 17, 2012 at 6:29 am
    • Hi Frank…I hope you and your family are OK after the storms you had yesterday….Was there any damage in your area? We were lucky with just downspours and some flooding throughout the day.. We're in for more of the same today…and the answer to your question…No I didn't run over a gator when mowing my back yard! lol…I am close to the Indian River but we have never seen gators around this area…Thank goodness! If I were to see one in my yard, I assure you, he would have the whole back yard to himself until the Gator guy arrived and captured him!!!
      I did see a Bobcat in my backyard last year..He was walking across the back in the wooded area. I was on the phone and was looking out my patio doors when I saw this beautiful animal…I threw the phone down and got my Camera, I ran out to the back, but he was gone. Rats! He was a beautiful Cat with long pointed ears, long legs, spots on his back and a cute bobtail..

      Jennie/Florida on July 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    • (Continued) Sorry Frank, they made me split my comments—
      I called my friend at the Wildlife Refuge thats just down the road from here and I told her what I saw, she said the Bobcat was probably one of theirs, she said he was hunting for food, but she thought it was a late for him to be out. This was 9:30 in the morning…Boy, that's nice to know!!
      She said their Habit was, they hunt for food early morning and late evening and will sleep all day…
      After all that excitement, I didn't go in my backyard for a while…I am still on my guard when working back there…I'm waiting for another surprise visit from Mr. Bob….Sometimes when working in the yard, I get the feeling that Mr. Bob is close by and watching me for his next meal..Have a safe day!!

      Jennie/Florida on July 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm
    • I understand what you are saying, but boredom is a choice. It would be more enjoyable if locals or anyone from the BEAUTIFUL state of Maine, give suggestions on things to do, places to see. Alot of Bloggers and people just reading the blog, have never been to Maine.

      11241224 on July 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm
    • That's a good idea–but it has already been done. Those of us who know Maine wrote lots of ideas about places to go, things to do, restaurants–we even co-wrote funny stories together that turned out quite cute! To find all this, the reader has to go back to the early days, when the new Blog Cabin 2012 LOCATION was revealed–that would be–October, November Last year? If one is newer to this blog, one would have missed lots of background, as things unfolded. We shared recipes at Thanksgiving, Christmas. I mean, we often had to fill big time voids, as usual. So we made our own community way. Do read our stories! Sometimes they are on the floor, sidesplitting funny! Believe me, I think this Blog is very astute and has thought of virtually everything–virtually literally.:D Sorry couldn't resist that one…:p ;) :p<3Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    • More and more people will join this blog the closer it gets to Aug. 12th (I was on this blog month's ago, but left for awhile) We may be new to this particular blog, but far from new to the HGTV site. Most will not go back and read it all (do to work and family). Some are retired and have the time. My point was and is, This is suppose to be light and fun. To suggest that DIY is purposely inflating the price of these home, so people can't keep them, is crazy. They have been doing the sweepstake for years. I knew I would be taking a beaten for my comment, So be it. DIY is doing something kind and wonderful for one lucky winner. Didn't mean to rattle so many cages. Take Care

      11241224 on July 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm
    • You lost me on that one! Where is it suggested that DIY inflates their prices? I certainly don't believe that–nor have I ever suggested that. I believe they go through proper channels, including City Hall, and then also apply the value of the furnishings and cost of decorator services and that is where the ARV comes from. :o

      On a lighter note the stories I referred to in my earlier post were very funny and they always had a theme: "Where's Mary?" Speculations of course ran wild–and that's where the fun REALLY got Kool and crazy! :D I would just love to hear Mary's own opinions of her sagas.. I think she would enjoy them!;):p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    • Dear Kitty, can I take you away from all these heavy duty conversations and ask you if you have read the comments Lilly and I had on page 2 under YankeeNuke w/12replys…
      I think it will lighten things up a bit….

      Jennie/Florida on July 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm
    • The person that wrote it, deleted it.

      11241224 on July 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    • Probably a good thing… Thanks!:)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm
    • Frank, while DIY has not given a cash prize, it was interesting that this BC and the Bethel, NY BC were both on plots of land that might have generated income one way or another. The VA 2011 BC was on a lot of acreage also, but most is protected wetland environment and far less chance to be an income source? ( A B& B maybe ?)

      LLColeman on July 18, 2012 at 3:57 am
    • Thank you to those who took me from a negative 4 to a negative 2, I'd rather be a zero. (NOT!) Thanks for getting my point. I'll shut up now.

      11241224 on July 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm
    • I can't help it, (but I was a nagative 2….someone felt they had to take it down a notch) but I have to speak my mind to those who think they are more intitled to enter the sweepstake, (More then people that own a home and have a few bucks in the bank) I've looked at some of the people here, and most are professionals with a (house)? and a retirement ( if one of YOU gave me a thumbs down, you are truly hypocrites) I personally have worked hard, all of my life, and I don't feel bad (AT ALL) for entering this sweepstake. I mean no disrespect, but My family were (some are gone now) and are paticipates in many charities. Like the person said, (if you own a house or have a few bucks in the bank) You need not enter! I take that as, If you worked your butt off, to raise your family, You Are Not Entitled. I came here for fun, BUT will not follow thoughs, Who make no sence. I am not a follower but that's what most of you are doing (If you own a home and have a few bucks in the bank)

      11241224 on July 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  5. If there's a will there's a way … Blog cabin 2012 sits on 20 acres of fertile land and operated as salt water farm at one time. I would encourage the winner to put the land to use. You could start a farm and use the barn as a farmers market. This would generate enough income to cover yearly taxes. You could also create a "pick your own" strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry farm. I'm sure these two concepts would be a welcomed addition to the community. There is a small business opportunity for someone who wins. If you build it they will come. =)
    http://www.codmancommunityfarms.org/farm

    Day Dreamer on July 17, 2012 at 11:19 am
    • Good thoughts all.

      YankeeNuke on July 17, 2012 at 11:52 am
    • Talking of all those berry bushes and plants, whatever happened to the raised beds for berry bushes that were voted for the front yard? Has any local seen them?

      Maybe thery're not in the front yard but over the road behind the barn where the land has been cleared of the original woodland. There are about 3 acres of BC property that side of the road also that aren't part of the land trust gift.

      Sally on July 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    • Good question. Where are those raised beds? Anyone seen them? B)

      GermtheWorm on July 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    • Nice plan, and great advice

      11241224 on July 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    • Day Dreamer-"-that's what I was talking about !!" (in roundabout ways, LOL ) I always speculate that there may be ways to put a property to use during these giveaways… I had dreams of assorted mushrooms, also berries , herbs and flowers to sell …I also thought the barn would be perfect for that farmstand. <3<3

      LLColeman on July 18, 2012 at 4:05 am
    • LLColeman – We're on the same page. The possibilities are endless. Grreat minds think alike. =)

      Day Dreamer on July 18, 2012 at 7:54 am
    • Hi Ken, by any chance when you were at the BC taking those great Photos, did you see the raised Berry beds? if so, where did they put them, on the south side of the BC or over by the barn? We are all curious to know where they ended up? Maybe they decided not to have them! That would be so disappointing! Also did you look at the dwarf's basement door and do you have any clues as to what was happening there??? I know you had to be in "Hog Heaven" being there on this beautiful property and dreaming of what it would be like to live there!! Please share with us, would you???

      Jennie/Florida on July 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm
    • Hi Jennie,
      I made a point to look for the raised berry beds while I was there. Unfortunately, there were none to be found. However, I did see a raised antique metal bed perched under the oak tree in the back yard. Something tells me Vicotia may have something magnificent in store for us.

      The door you made reference to appeared to be 3-4 ft tall and blended in beautifully with the design of the house. I was so happy to be there my whole body was vibrating. I litterly kissed the ground I walked on. The soft whisper of wind blowing through the trees, the sound of a chickadee off in the distance and the complete absence of man made sounds sooothed my soul and cleared my head and left me with a feeling of gratitude. I am so grateful I had to opportunity to walk on this land and dream of the possibilites of what could be. A most welcomed reprieve from my hectic life in Boston.

      I hope to return one more time before the givaway and will be sure to share photo's with you. Keep dreaming everyone. Dreams do come true…
      Ken

      Day Dreamer on July 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm
  6. Even if it was your grandpa leaving you the farm, you still have to pay some kind of taxes on it, for him leaving it too you. I think it's the taxes that makes many a family sell the house/home that's been in the family for many generations.
    I know the taxes in our area jumped when they put the new school in. Now the school was taken away because town couldn't pay for it, but our taxes didn't go back down, should have, but it didn't. In a year or two taxes should go down, when they bring in the new power plant to our town.

    I wasn't complaining about the taxes, just saying I hope they keep the cost down. For once I would like to see someone win a home and be able to keep it. I don't mean someone that has a lot of money and that can afford to keep the house. If that was the case then that person don't need to enter the sweepstake in the first place, they could buy a house of their own. I mean some everyday person that makes minium wages that would like a nice dream home, and that's why they enter sweepstakes like these. To win a dream home that they might other wise never get.
    I didn't mean any harm or disrespect to the nice folks at DIY or any of the other house sweepstakes people either, I was just saying that's all.
    If they want to build a home that's doesn't cost in the millions and still be nice for the middle class people, then that would be great too. Makes some dreams come true for someone in the lower classes of life.
    A BC/dream home/cabin that's affordable on a piece of land that's not in some kind of housing area, off by it's self on an acre or two, with a cute little 2-3 bedroom w 1 1/2 bath home would be nice too. I love the new dream home of 2013, so cute and sweet, but I am sure it will be high in price just for the area it's in, just saying.

    home_girl on July 17, 2012 at 11:37 am
    • Home_girl you are correct, but never lose sight of the fact that these projects are done for marketing and/or advertising, not for the end product or who wins it. Sponsor products are showcased in every aspect of these projects. The company receives significant revenue from the sponsors. For instance on this project they decided to do that hack job to keep the existing chimney tops because they didn't have budget for a new roof, then somebody 'donated" roofing materials and viola new roof, with cobbled up old chimneys. The issue with the value of the prize package is also marketing since they want the value to be high enough to attract entries without regard to whether the winner can afford it. Once it is given away it is out of their hands, they can move on. If the project is big enough and there is enough profit in it, then they can afford to give cash to help the winner. DIY is a business and must be run like one or there won't be any projects. In addition, with the death tax people often have to sell portions of estates to pay the death tax. So if you look at this as an inheritance then you must consider some strategy for paying the taxes if you want to keep the house and make it your home. Taxes didn't go down because the capital investment in the building must be paid for. If the building was sold, then the proceeds could be used to reduce taxes by paying of the loan.

      YankeeNuke on July 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm
    • DH 2013 is not in a good location if you look at the hurricane history in that area. In addition it is in a gated community so there will be significant monthly fees, in addition to taxes. That is life you have to be able to pay to play. Unfortunately I don't seethes folks turning back the clock and doing simple, reasonably priced places.

      YankeeNuke on July 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    • I was just saying I liked the house, floor plans etc. a cute home. One that would look nice anywhere.

      home_girl on July 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm
    • The best place for dreams to come true for all of society is to go to school, stay in school and get as much education as you can. This helps with grammar, spelling and a realistic look at life. DIY and HGTV are meant to give us ideas to improve our current homes at minimal cost. The contests are entertainment with no more expectation to win than if one plays the lottery. Too much "dreaming" wastes time in the short life that we have. No one else owes us anything; if we receive, we are fortunate.

      home lover on July 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    • Well said!

      11241224 on July 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    • Dear home lover and 11241224 not all of society can educate themselves to the hilt.Very nice dream but not always a reality.There are people in this world that are passionate about other businesses,.Jobs that don't require a college education. How would one survive without their hairdresser, mechanic, seamstress, caterer, just to name a few. Some people have started off in school only to have their dreams dashed for various reasons,life happens unexpectedly. Not everyone has to be highly educated to have wisdom flow from their mouth, despite the bad grammar, spelling etc.We have to look beyond that to see the beauity and wisdom that resides there. Alot of dreaming has been done on this board by everyone, things they would do if they won. The reality is we all know only one person will get to live out the dream although it has been fun, sharring each others dreams of what they would do if they won and addding and building on that in a fun way, with lots of laughter bringing out the best in everyone. Good Luck with your entry in the sweepstakes and in life in general……………………..Sincerely, Windee :)

      Windee :) on July 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm
    • thanks for saying, truly makes sense!!! you said it well!

      Penginsmomina on July 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    • Thank You.
      Have a lovely day!
      Windee :)

      Windee :) on July 26, 2012 at 6:16 am
  7. Greetings Mary, DIY Gang, behind the scenes crew, Victoria, and fellow bloggers HAPPY DAY ALL DAY!! :)

    Looking forward to the BIG reveal! LOVE all the photos! The kitchen is going to be a wonderful hub for the home! It is quite large and so bright. Just enough land to plant and enjoy home grown fixins for family and friends! Did I see a little herb garden arrangement on the counter? NICE! Nothing like fresh herbs to enhance your grilling masterpieces, and yummy fresh berries for desert! Just wanted to brighten your day a bit and lighten the mood! :) Take Care! LILLY

    Lilly on July 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    • Hi Lilly, thank you we needed that!!! Did you read my last reply to you? It is about planting the money tree in Maine… On page 2, under YankeeNukes Post with 12 replys…

      Jennie/Florida on July 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    • <3

      LLColeman on July 18, 2012 at 4:09 am
  8. Favorite pictures to me are: pic# 4 – Chris and Josh pondering original purpose of mystery shovel…..I wondered what they talked about as they pondered for sure! / pic # 20 – Alison Victoria and Chris, who gets a smooch from the Great Dane…..I wondered if Chris needed a big towel after that smooch / pic # 22 – Victoria and her two beautiful dogs Roxie and Baker – both are just so elegant and beautiful as her interior designing…..these three were my favorite pics from the 29…..Thank you Mary for sharing them with us…..now can't wait for the virtual tour to start…..hopefully soon!!!!!

    FLH on July 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm
  9. As I said over at the Dream Home blog, this is my first post, here, and I feel like I'm betraying my first love, Urban Oasis. I don't get DIY in my satellite package, but I do wander over here for ideas. I've never been farther north than Boston, so Maine intrigues me, particularly since we've been having a hellaciously hot summer. I love farmhouses with their handmade feel – just try to find a plumb and level wall. I love the creaky floorboards and the smell of a thousand wood fires burned in the stoves and fireplaces. And then there's the barn with all of the treasures that can be found in them. My grandparents had a farm and my sisters and I felt like we won the lottery when we would come across an old horse shoe or a piece of old leather from an overused bridle. So, Miami or Maine? I'll take Miami. At twenty floors up, I'm less likely to run into a mosquito, and Florida likes to spray. I would hope to avoid the black flies and no-see-ums by not going in summer. I will get to Maine one of these years.

    TeAmoHGTV on July 18, 2012 at 3:06 am
  10. p.s. I was hoping the Great Danes came with the cabin. Love the slanted ceilings in the upstairs challenging but interesting.

    TeAmoHGTV on July 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

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