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Aug 13

Enter the Sweeps and Take the Virtual Tour

Blog Cabin 2012 Virtual Home Tour

Happy Monday. Starting today, we invite you to enter twice online daily — once on and once on — for your chance to win Blog Cabin 2012. Once you are done, step inside the home for our virtual home tour: Explore each space, watch the exclusive videos and let us know what you think of this beautifully renovated, high-posted cape.

And tonight don’t forget to tune in to the first episode of Blog Cabin 2012 — Josh Temple and the House Crashers crew make their mark on the living room. See Josh’s exclusive vlog here.

  • Posted at 10:22 am on August 8, 2012
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  1. my first impression…I said WOW out loud! The ceiling with the lights… looks so elegant! With all the windows…Sooo, sweet. Can't wait to see the rest.

    joanlife on August 13, 2012 at 10:45 am
  2. First!…the house came out great, can't wait to see who wins!

    Tobais on August 13, 2012 at 10:50 am
    • make that Second!

      Tobais on August 13, 2012 at 10:51 am
    • I agree!! Can't wait to see the lucky winner of this beautiful house : )

      Equestrian591 on August 23, 2012 at 11:43 am
  3. Fantastic! I'm Glad the contest is finally started. The Blog Cabin transition has been Amazing and Very Fun to watch. I Hope that I win. However, I wish All those of us, who have been folowing and commenting on this cabin transition from the beginingi: Good Luck!

    Lester B on August 13, 2012 at 11:01 am
  4. I awoke this morning and found a wonderful gift to unwrap, Thank you.

    Hawkweed on August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am
  5. Very nice, my first two entries are in!

    dreamn_again on August 13, 2012 at 11:13 am
  6. Oh, say I can see, by the dawn's early light, a Blog Cabin appears, what a beautiful sight.

    Entries in — check. Blog Cabin's first TV episode set to record tonight — check. Terri's entries in — status unknown….

    DBCoop on August 13, 2012 at 11:47 am
    • I got Lucy's in Coop. Better hurry. 4 entries are better than 2; besides, Terri might be the stroke of luck you've been waiting for. For all you Lobster lovers out there, Lobster is in abundance and driving the prices down. Hurry up and get yours!!

      PS – thanks for the heads up about the TV episode. DVR is ready to go!! Good luck Coop!

      Shawn on August 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm
    • Funny thing is, as you might suspect, Terri's more interested in the Dog Cabin than the Blog Cabin! Fine by me — each to his or her own, as they say.

      DBCoop on August 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm
    • Shawn, i am guessing you are the man behind "lucyourdog" past blogging ? I hope you have been able to enjoy the lobster bargains !

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 1:21 am
    • I am glad they are going to repeat it tonight 3 hours later! (Its the final episode of the The Closer tonight at the same time and I have to watch it.)

      As for lobster- today was my birthday and I got to go to Joe's Crab Shack for lunch. And I got to take home 4 extra meals for this week.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm
    • Happy 39 Charlotte! ^_^

      EdinOregon on August 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    • AHA !! This is INDEED your B'day….many happy returns, and wishing you NO green icing on the cake !

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 1:22 am
    • thank you – No cake – I asked for a Zebra Brownie instead. They are a local favorite- a brownie combined with a cheesecake mixture and baked together.

      Nebraska on August 14, 2012 at 10:58 am
    • A Zebra Brownie? I could say I'm green with envy, but instead I'll just say congratulations and wish you a Happy Birthday.

      DBCoop on August 14, 2012 at 11:55 am
    • TY – I recently found out they ship them nationwide now- They are from the Farmhouse Cafe (used to be the Garden Cafe) in Omaha! Expensive but so worth it!

      recipe here:

      Nebraska on August 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    • Now that sounds like my kind of health food Charlotte! ^_^

      EdinOregon on August 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm
    • Coop, maybe we'll have better luck this time ;-)

      SusanG1956 on August 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm
  7. no cash option this time around?

    me too on August 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    • I am not sure how to interpret this excerpt from the rules about the grand prize, "The Grand Prize cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash except at Main Sponsor's sole discretion. Main Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize, or portions thereof, with a prize of comparable or greater value. The Grand Prize will be awarded." But, it may say that they have considered an unadvertised cash alternative.

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm
    • A few years ago they had problems with the contractor on the blog cabin and substituted a cash prize for the full ARV. I am sure that is why that statement is in the rules. It gives DIY options incase of unforseen problems.

      EdinOregon on August 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    • Usually not on the Blog Cabin. However you can sell it if you choose.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm
    • The question is how much can it be sold for?

      EdinOregon on August 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    • Hard to say, but there are at least 6 other houses within a mile of the BC that are For Sale.

      Camac on August 14, 2012 at 1:08 am
    • From what I recall in my faulty memory, sister network HGTV has a cash option for some of its giveaways, but I have never seen cash or vehicles as part of the Blog Cabin prize.

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 1:24 am
    • Not only that… but there's no cash prize at all like the Dream Homes to help cover the fees, taxes, etc. that come with winning the home. But! You're getting a $600,000+ house for free so even if you sell it below market value to sell it quick you end up with buku bucks! But what a beautiful place to hang on to if you are able to. I can't get over the amazing views all around the house!

      What I would love to do if I won is keep the house and somehow figure out how to rent out vacation time to all the other bloggers at a great price! That way I can afford to keep it and we all get to enjoy it!!

      Epiphany101 on August 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm
  8. Love the Blog Cabin (GREAT job), but unsure if I will enter since this year there is no cash included to cover or help cover taxes. I could not afford the taxes on a house like this — or even a mortgage (to get the money to pay the taxes).
    BUT it is beautiful.

    BusyLady on August 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    • I am pretty sure there never has been a cash prize included in the BC. One year when they had problems with the contractors, they gave cash instead of the BC. I think it was 3 years ago.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm
  9. There's no downstairs bathroom except for in the Master Bedroom? Are you kidding? Is there a driveway or do you have to park on the road in front of the house? There's no entryway other than the front door for bringing in groceries and such? There needs to be a door to and from the kitchen! A carport off the kitchen end with an entry door would have been practical! The gas fireplace faces the bookshelf. It should face towards the kitchen. The grill on the deck needs to be near the kitchen, duh! I'm sorry to be so critical, but I feel so let down! Better luck next time!

    Susan Mayes on August 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm
    • Too bad you haven't been on the blog through the entire process. All of the concerns that you raised have been uttered many times during the remodel process. Also, the only access to the basement is a half height door.

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    • And that "Hobbit" door is outside!! BRRRRRR!

      Patricia Green on August 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm
    • You are correct, BRRRR! and get down on the ground to get in. I think that a Bilco doorway could be added to improve that situation, but certainly would have been better to have an inside access. I guess that if you look at this as a vacation home, which is what they always advertise the cabins as being, the hobbit door isn't to bad.

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    • Love that Hobbit comment.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm
    • Me too… I'm 5 feet tall exactly… a slight bend will do the trick :0

      SusanG1956 on August 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    • There is a powder room downstairs next to the laundry room in the plans, which was deleted during construction, You are correct this is a bad idea. The office upstairs could be the craft room. Must have been a man who made that decision.

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    • Its not there now- the W/D are where the 1/2 bath would have been. Luckily they did leave a sink in that room. I would be moving the W/D back where they were originally and at least put ina 1/2 wall and a toilet. Another thing the upstairs bath is very large- why not 2 sinks?

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    • You had the same idea that I did about a half wall and a toilet and a lock on the door. Depending on the plumbing it might have to be a macerator toilet, but could be done.

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm
    • The upstairs bathroom looks as though they ran out of time. Frankly, it is ugly, only partially completed.

      Sue Steinmetz on August 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm
    • I wonder if it would be possible to get rid of the message center and make an access to the basement. Not sure if it is wide enough for a doorway. Also, with four zone music system, it would create a problem with re-installing that somewhere.

      Carolyn on August 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm
    • It's the width of the stairs so should be about the right side for access to basement. Could put the sound systems in hall way or laundry room, there's plenty of room. Just put hole in wall to move wires over.

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm
    • home_girl–isn't it ridiculous that we have to discuss all this remodeling because of bad decisions made on the project ?? ( Maybe they somehow want to deter contest entries ?) LOL

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 1:30 am
    • Yes it is; but maybe we will give the winner ideas, then they will know what to do to fix it.

      home_girl on August 14, 2012 at 2:00 am
    • Yes. :) I will put in that power room as soon as I move to Maine and after the barn dance.

      Hawkweed on August 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    • yes I like your ideas all of you! I will put in the suggested changes after I move and have an open house, well maybe powder room before open house!

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    • Frank ~ speaking of manly decisions .. HELP me find this please. Do you remember the information on the heating of the home? was it geo? I seem to recall several lines that were accessed from the basement which brought up the topic of Belco or now discussions of removing or having a "removable/slide out" message center. Thanks! Lilly

      Lilly on August 15, 2012 at 7:43 am
    • In one photo, I saw a unit up on the wall, clicked on it and the notation said it was Mitsubishi duct-less cooling and heating–I love the idea of the A C being the duct-less kind, but never knew the unit could be also for heat ? I hope it features both !

      LLColeman on August 16, 2012 at 1:51 am
    • I saw the Mitsubishi commercial on HGTV and it is both heating & cooling. I would love to have info. on this unit as it would be great for my Son's apartment at college. It's chilly in the Winter and has no AC in the Summer. He is definitely going to need this at least for his bedroom if it's affordable as he needs to study! My concern is the cost to run the unit… off the grid works best for me, but an outside gas generator wired into the house in case of a power outtage during those Winter storms might keep you warm.

      SusanG1956 on August 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm
    • This has to be a concession to time and/or budget. No one – man or woman – would favor a "craft room" over a powder room when the only available 1st floor bathroom is in the master suite, especially when steps away you have a 9 foot table in a beautiful kitchen with a stunning view. I've gotten along fine without a sink and table next to my washer and dryer, but my guests still need to use the bathroom and I'd rather they didn't have to traipse through my bedroom to use mine. Though perhaps given the location I'd have no guests at all! For me, this is an immediate "for sale" sign.

      Guest on September 9, 2012 at 8:37 am
    • I agree! Vacation home or permanent residence, you still need a powder room in the common areas of the home. A significant amount of space is wasted in the laundry room, especially if it is viewed as a vacation home. How much craft activity will take place in this space when you're on vacation? Also, the bloggers voted 66% to 34% on "hickory walnut flooring" and enter into "Australian cypress", plus the vote was overwhelmingly for panel wainscoting and beadboard is in the entryway. Seems like the whole point of the blog cabin vote was overlooked in this renovation. Four chairs in the living room? Hardly enough seating for visiting family. The configuration of the island is changed from the original plan as well, apparently to add the dining room table with COLD metal chairs which is a big deterrent to comfort in the cold Maine environment.

      Sue Steinmetz on August 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    • :( :(???:(:(o.0 you are speaking to the choir Sue on all your points. I am with you with all the ??'s What happened to what we voted for? I really do not know how this place got de-railed?
      but, I will still enter and still hope I win it:);)o.0

      ruffybc on August 16, 2012 at 9:09 am
    • Really? No powder room on the main floor? How could that have happened? Why would they opt for a big laundry room/hobby room instead of a powder room? The first expense would be to find a way to put a powder room on the main floor. (If one could afford to claim the prize that is). I didn't follow the remodel that intently but the points that have been brought up are really concerning. If there is no cash prize, how would one afford to receive the house? And if one had to sell the house, would it be easy to sell with no main floor bathroom, no fireplace, and no parking/garage? I bet it's not worth nearly that much but you'd be stuck paying the tax on that value.

      gail on August 17, 2012 at 10:26 am
    • If the winner sells before the end of the year they should pay income tax on the sale value, not the ARV. If they wait until next year to sell then they will pay on the ARV or the sale price, whichever is higher. If they decide to keep the house then they must pay tax on the ARV value. Maybe, if they can get several professional appraisals that are genuinely lower than the ARV and reflect the local market value it's possible the IRS will accept that value for tax. The winner definitely needs to employ the services of a professional tax advisor who has experience in these matters and not just use a $60 computer program. It may also be possible to accept the house but not all the artwork and soft furnishings. That should lower the ARV. Alterntively,sell everything unwanted immediately and use the sale prices as the true value for Tax purposes. However, things start to get very complicated with all this and possibly moving house also.

      Sally on August 17, 2012 at 11:07 am
  10. They knocked down walls to beautiful big rooms! Not leaving at least ONE fireplace is a big mistake. When there is no power in a large snowstorm a big fireplace with a large woodstove could heat the place, but nooooooo. Jeez DIY! What a letdown!

    Lisa Howell on August 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm
    • The propane powered gas stove in the living area will do quite well should power be lost.

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm
    • But does it work without power? The fans/blower that moves the heat around, don't they need power to run?

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    • It may not have fans, it certainly should have a way to be manually operated without power. If not I am sure that the propane company has a an adapter to allow it to at least heat without AC. Pusch come s to shove a UPS for a computer could supply enough power to open the gas valve and start the ignitor.________________________________> From: > To: > Subject: home_girl replied to your comment on Enter the Sweeps and Take > the Virtual Tour >

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm
    • Generator purchase perhaps.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    • I loved the house plans and stated so at the very beginning. Not one person here was listened to when it come to the thumbprint of the house which of now is sinfull to look at?

      Hawkweed on August 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm
    • Note: I loved the orginal house plans….and

      Hawkweed on August 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    • Why is the stove so close to the bookcase? Seems to me it would dry out books, pictures, even melt and hopefully never catch anything on fire. The house is beautiful but definately needs more female decorating expertise. A little cold but that could be fixed.

      SuziQ523 on August 14, 2012 at 12:11 am
    • I have NEVER seen a wood stove install without non-combustible materials behind the stove and tile or brick beneath it…..crazy angle, too.

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 1:33 am
    • It's not a wood stove, but a gas one. Not sure if it gives off the same kind of heat or worry as a wood stove would.
      I still think it should be turned more to face the room, not the wall. Someplace else might be nice too, maybe a little near the center of the rooms to heat up both of those rooms and keep them warm.
      Maybe near the grass doors, or on other side where lamp is in dining area?

      home_girl on August 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    • home-girl, I like your idea of putting the fireplace stove where that lamp is-good idea !! It can be vented to the outside, and will be more central to the open concept area. it is nice to have a fire by the dining area..ahhhh..
      Wondering what the propane costs will be each year ??? o.0

      LLColeman on August 15, 2012 at 2:03 am
    • LL
      Hi, I have a small gas stove almost exactly like the one in this BC Cabin. It does not need to be surrounded with tile or brick. I must say I do have a tile floor in the room it is in (sunroom) but it did not need anything special. They are fantstic stoves mine is a "Lopi" I love it. and mine is in the corner like theirs but I have it angled out for viewing?:)o.0? Duh! I really wonder if it will come out as to why they did the things they did with this house?? We shall see. I do hope next year is better. This comment may get booted:(?

      ruffybc on August 16, 2012 at 9:15 am
    • I also see the stove in a weird placement. It does not belong stuck in the cornor like a bad child.

      Hawkweed on August 14, 2012 at 10:02 am
    • I want to put some decision -makers into a corner like 'bad children' for not making the master suite ADA accessible and for sealing up staircase to basement LOL

      LLColeman on August 15, 2012 at 2:05 am
    • It should have been the center of attention that family gathers around during the holidays (or cold snowy days). I wish they would have left the bookcase out and put a fireplace there with the big screen above.I guess you could take the shelves out of the bookcase, put the big sceen T.V. in and buy a dvd of the crackling fire. Not gonna keep you warm, but looks and sounds nice.

      11241224 on August 15, 2012 at 11:03 am
    • An open two way open fireplace between the dining and family room room was something I asked for on the very first blog. On the orginal plans of the home there was a bedroom where the entry is now…and it would had made for a very fine, large dining room for great big family get-to-gethers.

      Hawkweed on August 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    • You can probably turn it so it faces the living area. Probably just a matter of adjusting the piping.

      joliekc on August 16, 2012 at 11:14 am
    • Totally agree about not having a true fireplace. The wood stove that is in the livingroom is not even facing anything except the shelves. Would definitely need to figure how to move it. Otherwise a truly lovely home.

      Stephanie on September 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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