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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. Beautiful location! Gorgeous home! Fun retreat for a very lucky family!

    memanbepa on August 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm
  2. WOW! $699,500 value for the house and furnishings. What do the locals on this blog think about the possibility of selling this home for that price. It has been a long time since I have lived back East and I have no idea of property values anymore. If I won I would try to move back there. But if I can't move I would like to know the possibility of selling this home for a fair value. I sure miss Maine Lobstah and steamed clams! ^_^

    EdinOregon on August 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    • I am betting they are laughing out loud. Especially because of the design changes they made – no access to the basement, powder room disappeared, no guest bath, parking, barn.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm
    • If you look at listings for Dutch Neck there are several homes in that price range and higher on the market. The market there has been stagnant due the crash, but apparently it is coming back and houses are coming back on the market.

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    • I believe that's only because of the BC being there and drawing attention to the place. Before that houses wasn't selling and the ones on market was going down in the price of them. I looked and there are very few that price in Waldoboro, most are running around 300,000- 500,000 or less for about same size house or acres. But local says houses are not selling there very good, most been on the market for years.
      So if you won and hope to sell right away you might have a problem. But being a BC it might sell faster, but not at that price I don't believe.

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm
    • Your right, Home girl, alot of people think because it's on T.V., it's the place to be. The area is lovely, beautifful and photogenic. And the people that live there sound so kind and peaceful, who wouldn't want to live there! But I read that many took thier home's off the market because of low offers. would anyone sale thier home for less than what they paid? I wouldn't. For some reason, I REALLY HOPE YOU WIN!!!! You are right there, it's your HOME (GIRL)

      11241224 on August 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    • Thanks 11241224
      I would love to win just like everyone else here.
      If I won I would love to share it with all my bloggers buddies that came by to visit and give them a tour of the home. They could bring a camper, tent and set up in the field, or stay in the barn in the loft, sleeping in the hay. :D We could all enjoying it together and have us a real party, and not just a virtual one.

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    • That's a really kind offer, for those who could accept. I wish you good luck and great blessings!

      11241224 on August 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    • I pray that who ever wins this and likes it, that they will be able to keep it. Because if they don't, then I hope they will be able to sell it, for others in the area are not selling well.
      Good Luck to the winner of this great old farm house, may it be one of the bloggers here this year…

      home_girl on August 14, 2012 at 1:39 am
    • 11241224
      What a beautiful thought for home girl!
      How sweet are you!
      Good Luck with your entry!
      Windee :)

      Windee:) on August 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    • Thank you for your local info. I can only see what the realtors want me to see.________________________________> From: > To: > Subject: home_girl replied to your comment on Enter the Sweeps and Take > the Virtual Tour >

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    • There's plenty on the market (at least 6 within in a mile of the BC) but many have been on the market for several years and nothing seems to be selling. The BC is different from the others on the Neck and coming "furnished" and "decorated" might increase its sale chances, but the things that have been commented on here and for some time now- lack of interior basement access, lack of parking right next to the house, lack of any exterior screened area (the bugs have been awful this summer) and the cave like Mega Den may not help. Nobody locally seems too fond of the collection of boulders and plants in the front yard either (at most the house is only 15 feet from the road).

      Camac on August 14, 2012 at 1:31 am
    • Carmac I think that local girl echo some of the same sentiments. It would seem that without a cash option or a cash above the house value deal this would be a place only for someone with extra change around. I also think that the lack of a first floor powder room will also be an issue. Most of the things can be fixed, but they would not be inexpensive to do. Those boulders would have to be marked with sticks or flags for winter snow plowing as well. And then there is the structural work on the barn as well as the aesthetics like exterior paint. Again, thanks for the input.________________________________> From: > To: > Subject: Camac replied to your comment on Enter the Sweeps and Take the > Virtual Tour >

      YankeeNuke on August 14, 2012 at 1:48 am
    • It has been so valuable having you as the "BC Neighbor" commenting all year long through this remodel. Thanks so much for blogging with us, Camac !!
      I had really high hopes for this project; I am a bit protective of old historic homes and I won't hold back critiques. The 2010 BC was a run-down ranch style, ordinary house which could only be improved upon, so I was delighted with the result in that house. When an older home is gutted, its original features and soul need to be respected, IMO–as well as original function (basement stairs, etc.).

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 1:50 am
    • Camac, what type of bugs? The mosquitoes in Texas have been a major nuisance this year.
      About the boulders – when I first saw them – my first thought was – cool – the boulders will help stop some crazy driver from plowing into the house (since the house is so close to the road.)
      Gotta find humor where we can.
      Thank you for all of the local knowledge input this BLOG season.

      CarlaB on August 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    • Right now it's mosquitoes. In the Spring- just when you want to get outside- we have what is known as “black fly season”- little no-seeum type bugs that can leave some nasty welts. The ticks have also been bad this year.

      Camac on August 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    • The road is not a major thoroughfare and dead ends. The only cars on the road would be the folks who live there and possibly looky loos (but that would eventually die down). Camac, does the coast really get black flies that bad? I lived in Northern Maine for 13+ years and they were pretty bad up there. I was under the impression that in the cooler temperatures (coast) they weren't as bad. Just wondering?

      Myra on August 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    • Myra, you are correct that the black flies are not as bad here as they are further north- even further north in Waldoboro they are worse. Regarding the traffic on Dutch Neck, I don't think there have been that many “lookers”, but there is a public boat landing toward the end of “the Neck” which brings a few -usually local- cars down and some who come down the road to go clamming.

      Camac on August 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm
    • Camac, it sounds pretty wonderful really, and a great place to live. Good for you!

      SusanG1956 on August 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm
    • I read concerning taxes, you pay tax on the "appraised value", not necessarily the amount the sweepstakes quotes the winnings are worth (to them).

      CarlaB on August 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    • Property taxes are usually based on appraised value. However, Income Taxes are based on ARV. Per the sweeps rules, the ARV listed on the 1099 for IRS tax purposes should be $699,500.00 for the cabin and all furnishings. Your Federal and State income taxes should be based on that amount.

      Fabianab47 on August 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm
    • Unless you sell it before the tax deadline for 2012. ;) Then the income tax can be levied on the sale price not the ARV.

      The winner may also try to get it revalued (must be done very quickly after winning). They would probably need to get more than one valuation then try to persuade the various tax entities (federal and maybe state if the winners home state levies income tax) to accept the professional valuation.

      FYI federal income tax on this house will be about $245,000 based on the ARV and it's due next April.

      Sally on August 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm
    • Unfortunately, we don't have an extra 245K laying around. Will just have to enter the sweeps for the Urban Oasis. That one at least has a cash option.

      Fabianab47 on August 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm
    • Sally or whoever could answer this,
      I think I read the taxes would be 35% for prize amount and an additional 10% on top of that?

      Thank You,
      Windee :)

      Windee :) on August 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    • Federal income tax would be about 35% depending on the winners circumstances.

      If the winner lives in a state that levies state income tax that will also be due. If the winner lives in Vermont or California their state tax can amount to about another 10% which is where that figure you have been quoted may come from. If the winner lives in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, S.Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming there's no state income tax to pay. If the winner lives in TN & NH there's no extra tax due unless the house appreciates in value before the winner sells it. Then the amount of the increase is taxed, not the total amount. I hope that helps a little.

      Sally on August 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm
    • Thank You Sally!
      Good Luck!
      Windee :)

      Windee :) on August 16, 2012 at 4:54 am
    • Sally, that's actually terrifying! Who in the world would want to be into the IRS for $245,000! That's like putting your hand into a snakes mouth… I'm sure HGTV has found a way to make this possible as they are the experts here, or unless they want to sell it as an investment property to someone with a 7-figure income. Perhaps Romney will want to make it house #7. :S

      SusanG1956 on August 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm
    • True, which is why it would be good if things don't sell for too much because then they will increase all the appraised values. I was at least able to put my land in"Tree Growth" which reduces the taxes a little, but the land being the BC is mostly cleared and mowed- not enough trees. There may be a deduction available for haying the land.

      Camac on August 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm
    • Somebody, somewhere inquired about how much the taxes would be- I went to the Waldoboro site and checked under the Assessors Dept.- my best guess would be between $5000 and $8000 for annual taxes (can be paid in 2 payments).

      Camac on August 15, 2012 at 12:26 am
    • Wow……….Looks like some of us will need a miracle….a very big miracle to keep the home……jeezzz Louise!!!
      As always thank you for the information! Your worth your weight in gold and then some! Ylou always bring us up to speed!! Many Thanks!
      Windee :)
      PS. Going to practice what I preach! lol

      Windee :) on August 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm
    • If the land qualifys as "Farmland" then their could be a deduction.

      Myra on August 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm
    • You will have to pay the Federal Tax on the entire winning package. In addition you will pay property taxes on the assessed value of the land and buildings.

      Myra on August 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm
    • Not entering. $699,500 value is crazy.
      With my luck (bad), I would probably win this house and be stuck with it and the taxes.

      Jeff on September 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm
  3. I love everything about this home. Not only is the inside and everything in it soo very beautiful but also the outside has gorgous views. With my husband being of Dutch and German heritage, I'm sure we'd feel very much at home here. I've got my fingers and toes crossed with the hope of winning this home. Thanks HGTV for another possible chance at owning a beautiful home.

    Sharon Bogardus on August 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm
  4. Amazing! I am so impressed at how well the team integrated rustic farmhouse feel into this house. Although it has all the bells and whistles of today, it feels so homey, and nostalgic.
    Just my style of shabby chic! In spite of the inconvenience of no front driveway, and access to basement, I could well be happy there. Unloading groceries could be accomplished bu pulling up onto the grassy area for a few minutes. Where there's a will there's a way.
    Not so sure about the tractor seat office chair, although I may not sit in it, I'd probably keep it for it's artitstic value, hubby probably would love it, could get a little cold in the winter though, may need a pillow.

    AnneEliseSouth on August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    • There is a great deal of difference between rustic and unfinished. Anyone who can hammer and nail strips of naked board taken from an old torn down garage and putting up those old boards on a wall doesn't make him or her an artist, but it does speak of being cheap and uncreative and cutting corners needing not to be cut. Shabby chic on the most part is just simply dreadful; second hand furniture that someone else thinks is cool. Much of the upstairs for me is not homey. It looks creepy. There are a lot of really bad ideal of how not to decorate a home in the DIY project. This Maine beauty had such promise. Now someone will have to spend big money to fix all that ugly. Unless someone who likes that sort of lackluster décor wins? Sorry but the use of discounted plastic chairs brings out the worse in me. lol

      Hawkweed on August 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    • I agree. There are some questionable choices in my opinion too. It's the difference between interior design and interior decoration…

      Jayintexas on August 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm
    • Ouch! I think I've just been insulted. Oh well, different strokes for different folks, but I wouldn't have called your choice of styling “dreadful” just saying.Would you feel any different about the chairs if they were metal instead of plastic? Maybe still ugly in your eyes, but perhaps less cheap.

      AnneEliseSouth on August 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    • No insult inteneded and I am very sorry if I sound like I was being mean. Plastic funiture is just a pet peeve of mind left over from being poor back in my college and military days. :)

      Hawkweed on August 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm
    • Poor, young and in the military! Yup! how bout the cinder block and wood plank wall units with the great stereo system. (Some) didn't get the opportunity to live that great poor life. OHHH the memories.

      11241224 on August 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    • Ain't those red chairs made with metal? They don't look like plastic, beside she wanted metal and wood, so seem they would be metal, table is wood. Same chairs are up stairs in the den, but in black.

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm
    • You are correct. I, after seeing the walk through video over on HGTV remodels I can now see they are metal. Thanks for the correction.:D

      Hawkweed on August 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    • The chairs are a very solid, enameled metal ….no plastic used anywhere in this house….hope this helps

      Victoria Lesser on August 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    • As I thought they were. Probably antique too. As has been said "one man's trash is another man's treasure".
      As you see by the comments, we can get "emotionally attached" to these builds. Which can lead to an "emotional attack" when some don't see what they envisioned for the project.
      Just another day of "intense debate", the intensity can vary, but the debate is a given.

      AnneEliseSouth on August 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    • No 'emotional attack' intended. I am red color blind and could not make out the red chairs and had to have someone tell me the other night the doors to the master bed room are red and not grey.;)

      Hawkweed on August 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm
    • Victoria, how come you address some issue's (questions) for some, and not other's, please don't show favoratism. I know curiousity killed the cat, but come on. …….I'm a dog lover TOO.

      11241224 on August 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    • LOVE these chairs! Especially the red in the kitchen eating area! And the tractor seat chair which as a rule are suprisingly comfortable!

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm
  5. What a beautiful restoration! Good job team! I just hope whoever wins this will either live in it or rent it out. I just drove by the last give away house while visiting Park City Utah and it was up for sale already! I can't believe it! I signed up for that haiuse had I won I would have moved there to live in or thurned it into a bed and breakfast. It had awesome view that were not shown in that drawing. There should be a clause stating that you must own it for a certain amount of time. People who enter just to make a profit is just plain wrong. If that were the case your team should be getting the profit for all the work that is put in to it. Again great job to all of you, I will kep watching and entering.

    Johnny V on August 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    • The winner might of just took the cash money they offered and that would of left the house for HGTV to sell.
      I would of took the money, if I won it.

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    • Besides that, unless you're already rich, how many of us can afford the tax bite? Only way we could have afforded the Green House in Serrenbe would have been to get a reverse mortgage.

      Fabianab47 on August 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm
    • Well Johnny good fo you- but not always can people disrupt their lives and move accross the country. In case you hadn't heard the property taxes on the Utah home were over $27,000 per year. I guarantee you I would take the money and run for most of the houses. Regardless winning would change my life.

      HGTV I am sure made money- and the sponsors got their benefits in the great display of their products.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    • I am with Johnny I looked at that home everyday and prayed , hoping it would be mine but no. I am Ok. with that, just sad after hearing the interview with these people they just loved their new home.

      Ernest Leal on August 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    • The Midway, UT 2012 Dream Home winners took the money, so I'm told. The home is in a planned community and using it as a bed and breakfast or rental of any type was not allowed. Lots of rules and regs with planned communities.

      Hope you enjoyed your time in Park City. Such a fun place any time of year!

      ut4evr on August 15, 2012 at 1:58 am
    • and only two pets! We can't live with only two pets! So that wou!d have been a no brainer for us! Sell or take cash option and build next to Beautiful Beehivestate in Midway! Great location!

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm
  6. I'm back in town after a whirl wind weekend in N Jersey with my Daughter, Son in Law and Granddaughter, then a swing through Philly to see my Sister and Bro-in Law, who were visiting from Brasil. Sweet times…. Home just in time for DIY Reveal—somehow, I was surprised in a not so pleased way—and yet I must emphasize that I would be most grateful, nevertheless to win this Maine Retreat!!! As we regular Bloggies have already discovered, DIY has followed its own inclinations, as it has the right to do so, and has made undesirable changes from time to time. When such change occurs, I'm of the persuasion that one just takes a step back and reshifts gears. For the life of me, I cannot fathom why the 1st floor powder room went POOF! I should think that would affect future resale value, as does the side unload/parking issue. Other issues are more cosmetic. Did anyone notice where the old glass windows from the original barn that was torn down ended up? I missed that. I have been perusing real estate for sale in the area of Blog cabin, and there is a lot, with pricing variations across spectra. I suspect the BC won't bring that ARV in today's market. Another appraisal may be useful. Certainly, the Property has it's charm and many creative touches–I'm personally not too into contemporary linear looks and prefer traditional and antiques, but this can be changed over time and becomes part of the fun of making a place become yours. Good luck to ALL Entrants–MAY A BLOGGIE WIN!!!xD:p^_^<3 Kitty

    DwnSoDwnEaster on August 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    • Welcome home Kitty.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm
    • Thank you, so much, Charlotte! Is today supposed to be your HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAY? I'm still trying to figure that one out! I hope I'm not late–Maybe I'm early, better yet, hope I'm on time!!! :) xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    • Thank you everyone the birthday was yesterday! And it was fine- as long as I take 20 years away.

      Nebraska on August 14, 2012 at 11:08 am
    • Ah! So you're Plenty Nine again! Congratulations!!! ;) :*<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 11:25 am
    • Whenever your exact birthday is, Nebraska, we love you and wish you a very happy celebration !

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 12:48 am
    • That goes for me tooooo, Nebraska….I couldn't figure out, if it was the 13th or the 31st of August but either date, I wish you a very "Happy" day!!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 14, 2012 at 10:30 am
    • Happy Belated birthdat Nebraska!
      Hope you enjoyed your special day!
      Windee :)

      Windee :) on August 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm
    • Glad you made it back safe Kitty. One of the windows from the old barn, is on the book case in the living room as a picture frame.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    • On the bookcase I believe that was a basement window, it's small . They was going to use it in the office for a window between the rooms, but that got changed to a sliding door.

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm
    • Many thanks, Vicki! I'll look for the picture frame. I thought that wall of window panes would have been cool, separating the library from the upstairs family room. How's the drought situation in Utah? I think of you and the Midwest often!:)^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    • Happer to know you are back home and safe. Please tell us how Maine was?:)

      Hawkweed on August 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm
    • Thanks, Hawkweed! :) Did you get to visit and scroll down to the link to Blog Cabin photos and follow all the ones Home_Girl posted for me, including the SURPRISE link about the Money Tree, if you haven't already. I brought every Bloggie a 2 lb lobster from Maine also! Hubby Gary and I had a very relaxing 2 weeks in Maine, read and absorbed the clean air and breathtaking views at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse area, where we stay. Oh, how I love Maine!:p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    • Yes and it was perfect. And I told as many people as I could about your and Home Girl's pics.
      The Money Tree…I want one.B)

      Hawkweed on August 15, 2012 at 10:58 am
    • LOL! So do I!:p;)^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    • DIY network has been showing the first project tonight–Josh Temple crashes the living room…it is listed as Blog Cabin 2012. They had a nice scene with Josh, his assistant Trey and Grundy going into the barn. They show all the old windows stacked on their sides kept safely in the barn.
      Glad you are home safe. B)

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 12:51 am
    • Welcome home Kitty & Happy B-Lated B-DAY Nebraska! :)
      THE OLD WINDOWS – - A friend actually used old windows and built herself a greenhouse. Hope the winner has MAD SKILZ ! :P

      Lilly on August 14, 2012 at 11:57 am
    • Happy belated birthday to Nebraska! And many more.

      Hawkweed on August 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    • Thanks, Lilly , for the welcome home! Had a great time–too short–but very sweet! Hope you're well!;):p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    • Vacations are ALWAYS too short ! :P Trying to get ready for ours as well but migraine is impeding my progress as well as keeping me off the computer! – I REALLY want to see and digest the whole cabin but have not had a chance. Bits and pieces.. I DO UNDERSTAND the concerns that are being blogged about – -Right now I am digesting, and thinking of adapting… Yep, I have to admit that I don't like to share MY Master bathroom and would not want the foot traffic through the bedroom so I would have to try to find the funds to put in a John — Did you happen to find an out-house next to the barn??? Hee Hee! .Just kidding! :p

      Lilly on August 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    • Outhouse next to barn–Hmmm….Lots of bushes and trees behind the barn can be used…but watch out fer those dang skeeters on yer rumpus while yer at it!!! :p And take a flashlite fer sure! ;) Don't want to lock horns with any mooses. o.0
      I feel for you, Lilly, about the migraine! I get them often in clusters and they're bad news! Get well fast, dear friend! I'm like you, digesting, mostly figuring how I could redeem some things which I think went south of the plans–I'm really concerned now about the accessibility issue, which I know would affect me, if I won. I believed they had changed course on that, in fact they showed said changes in their plans, especially in the master bath, which is a critical issue for me. They have completely changed THAT design, now! I hope that I am mistaken–but I am not seeing wheelchair or walker access or turn-around as the plans reflected, after Knickerbocker changed them to suit the Blog. The Master bath doesn't look at all like that plan! I agree with you, I wouldn't want house guests traipsing through my room during the middle of the night to use my toilet, where I may have had to set them up on a sofabed downstairs. I don't think those barrel chairs will be very comfortable or practical in the long run, unfortunately, though they are attractive. I would love to have a home in Maine, but there is much to consider to make this place work for some one with disability or physical challenge. I have good days and some not so good. Every choice DIY made must be calculated into my own equation–or that of whoever wins it! DIY's Blog Cabin has never offered a cash alternative, with the exception of the year they couldn't give free title due to problems with the builder, so there's a big question mark already for any winner, given the high tax structure in Waldoboro. Good luck to all who enter!!! That includes you, too, Lilly! xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm
    • Goodmorning Fellow Bloggers & Kitty :)
      Outhouse by barn LOL skeeters on rumpus!
      ;0 Doghouse converted to Outhouse LOL :) LLColeman mentioned Doghouse something about pointers and setters guess there are a number of ideas out there or should I say "markers" hee hee! :P
      You are correct that it is up to the winner's "equation" in adjusting, adapting and making things work for them when it comes to ANYTHING with DIY's BLOG CABIN.. Chances of winning are dependent upon entries.. I know I would be 'beyond the moon ' to have the opportunity!!! Okay, gotta go and make a list, bathroom, belco or indoor entrance to basement, screened in porch, garage, OH and TAXES! : P

      Lilly on August 15, 2012 at 7:31 am
    • Where to begin!?
      First HAPPY BIRTHDAY!:p<3 Second Glad you are home safe!;)
      Hope you had a glorious vacation and are feeling wonderful again-you sound good and back to your ole not OLD!:) self!<3
      I could not agree more with your comments on this home-lovely as it is. All the things you bring up now were concerns we bloggers brought up and some we thought were resolved??:S:| I agree too about the resale value and the wheelchair access. I thought too that the entry was going to incorporate a half bath-much needed with a house full of guest-which I am sure will be many. We are also on the same page with the barrel chairs-look very nice but not the reading in front of a fire chair as we all pictured and would be more practical esp. on a winter day when you cannot get out? Oh well on to next year. I will still enter for this year. Welcome back:po.0

      ruffybc on August 15, 2012 at 8:20 am
    • <3Gee, it's good to hear your voice, Ruffy! I've REALLY missed you! You are important to this Blog! Sheesh! Now you remind us: we gotta' start thinking about NEXT YEAR??? Right again, you are, as usual…. I think we Bloggies are all set to enter this year anyhow, but golly, phooey and dag nab it! There sure will be lots to do to undo what got done that undid what we Bloggies planned for DIY to do correctly and they didn't do it anyway–so there! Duh! o.0o.0o.0 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    • Greetings fellow Bloggers & Ruffybc!
      BOY am I glad they did not bolt the furniture to the floor! hee hee:) SERIOUSLY guys & gals – furniture can be moved and even brought in by the winner.
      BIG PICTURE is that a dilapidated farm house has been salvaged and turned into the Blog Cabin and will then be turned into a wonderful HOME!. :) Happy Day ALL Day! Truly Lilly

      Lilly on August 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    • AMEN!!!B):p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm
    • thanks for your reflections on the accessibility issues as well as on the migraines I have them every day to some degree and they make me grumpy as well as dysfunctional. But the accessibility of the house is interesting to hear people talk about. I'd like to see the specials but we don't get DIY so I can't until they post them online.

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm
    • Fortunately, Minitoni, they have many videos ready and available this year. Hopefully, you can "hold yourself over" till the programs come online for you. It's a bummer you have to wait! I've been really surprised at the number of people posting who don't realize the difficulty some people have with walking distances, or climbing stairs–or walking at all! We have Wounded Warriors returning from the war… A 5 ft. circumference is all it takes for a wheelchair turn-around. they could have kept the gravel pull-in driveway along the kitchen side of the house for unloading groceries, children and physically challenged. I was at the Blog Cabin just 2 weeks ago! We live in a world that should be sensitive to ALL people….:)^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    • Thanks kitty you got all of that right!Sent from my iPad

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm
    • Lilly,
      I agree with you. I wouldn't want people marching though my bed room to use the BR.
      I was dissapointed to find they did away with the powder room and the laundry room was moved?……..
      .Hi Ho Hi Ho here's the toilet paper, out in the woods you go! ONLY KIDDING. Windee :)

      Windee :) on August 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm
    • You may want to take the Cutters, a fly swatter, flashlight and a tossable salt lick?:p;)o.0<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm
    • LOL………..Just found your post…..LOL……….Windee:)

      Windee :) on August 21, 2012 at 5:57 am
    • Kitty,
      So that's where you have been! Was wondering were you were .Boy, you really get around. lol Sounds like you had a nice time! Good for you! Always nice to visit with family especially, your sister and BIL whom I'll guess you don't get to see too often. Glad your back, you were missed by your blogging family too! How was the traveling in the car for you?
      I have to say I was dissapointed with the library! I guess in my mind I had a more traditional view of the room. Lots of book shelves in a traditional style:( Where did the bunk room go? Anyway like you said over time we can make some changes that would suit our family and life styles.

      Windee :) on August 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    • I too would be grateful to win the Blog Cabin and would have to inject some of my personality into the space……I would probably set up my sewing machine and get busy. Would have to make a trip to NY first and buy yards and yards of fabric and trim. I could keep myself busy all winter making window treatments alone.Window treatments soften the look in a room and it's a chance to bring more color in, even if only a topper.Might even try making coverlets for the beds. Wouldn't be just a plain jane thing either. Have a vision of two I am going to make whether I win or not for twin pineapple beds .I just redid one, and still working on the other one….weather not cooperating. i think we need to revisit ways to make money to pay the hefty tax bills on the property…….Welcome Back! Missed ya!…………………………………………………………………….Windee :) Here here, to a fellow bogger as a winner!

      windee :) on August 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm
    • Thank you, Windee! I bet your plans for those twin pineapple beds will be beautiful! I've always wanted to do a room with twin pineapple beds, but it just never worked out. I see the addition of pillows, more fabric and some touches of art coordinated to soften and warm up the place is all the BC needs. I'm saying this not as criticism but in the sense of personalization and drawing in one's family sense of place. Took me a while to find this post…but i guess you can tell, right? I've been thinking for some years about launching a condiment for food prep company–almost all natural ingredients. Hmmm…Could be grown in Maine… Could be produced…packaged.. Just thoughts going wild. I make and use the condiment and share with family. good refrigerator life and versatile. Could it work? Enough to pay those big expenses and make a good profit? Ah! Windee! It's not dandelions…B):*<3

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    • Kitty,
      I have to agree, would make some changes too, not that I don't like it the way it is, but I am a material girl…..No, not that kind!…….I love fabric and would have to sprinkle some around to suit my taste.:) After all the sweat that went in to redoing those beds, I would have to say they are coming with me, even if I have to hang them from the ceiling ….lol
      .I just got back as I was away visiting with family and friends. I took my little portable antique singer with me and whipped up a custom ironing board cover for my friend. Her husband remodeled her laundry room and made a built in ironing board along with beautiful cabinets etc. Her decorative touches makes It a nice place to do laundry! I was very happy to do some for I gave my friends husband a tour of the Blog Cabin and he loved the antique wooden gutters that were used on the game table. He said "I will have to remember"Think at some poiint, my girlfriend will be getting a BC game table….lol I didn't tell her, wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.

      Windee :) on September 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm
    • Cont:
      What no dandelions! Almost all natural condiment sounds like a winning idea! Good refrigerator shelf life and versatile usage is a big plus and can be grown in Maine.It has all the markings of success! I am currently seeking new employment and am free to persue a new avenue should you need me :) We can call it, Brains and Braun Condiment Co..Just let me know…Should I bring the plow? xD<3Windee :)

      Windee :) on September 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm
    • I am serious, Windee–we've come this far…. I have certain crops which I think will do well in Maine. I no longer have the physical strength nor energy to grow them. will probably begin by negotiating w/ supplier.(s). Once things take off, we need hire someone to sow and farm on site. I have thoughts about distribution and promotion. Gosh, This thing's been cooking for years, but having the BC would make it possible to launch…. Everyone who has tried the condiment loves using it for its flavor and convenience. No more details online, of course. PRAY! :) xD<3 Kitty P.S. Good night!

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    • There ya go! If you win can launch the new business or if I win we will have to talk about it to see what we can work out. Ofcourse you would have to say in Maine for the season, but some how I don't think that will be a problem. You can handle that right? :) And the rest would be history! Good Luck!…….B)<3Windee :)

      Windee :) on September 6, 2012 at 5:01 am
    • I named the business years ago, "Mama Kitty's Kitchen" and have even developed recipes to help market the condiment, because these facilitate sales and how simple the season-all is to use. Then, there are certain food recipes that could be prepared, come out of the company, ready made and frozen–a whole foods prep company. Nothing bland about it either! I could work out the season in Maine–Could you? I can see us having to expand and improve the barn into bigger kitchen, assembly, refrigeration and distribution. But w/ all this gotta' check w/ city codes. Zoning currently is residential, though farming is also permitted out there. Hmmm… B):p Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    • Oh, and I need to patent it too…:)B) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    • Can you apply now so it is in place?

      Windee :) on September 9, 2012 at 3:38 am
    • I have lots of homework still, about applying for a patent on a food product. dealing w/ gov't agencies, food agencies, etc. It's overwhelming. I also need to work on changing recipe from regular salt to using sea salt–think that would be a better seller, but recipe math may have to change. Ah, and work-out of math probability factors, cost of ingredient/supplies vs. price per each labor/production/storage/delivery breakpoint and profit margins I haven't worked on those. So you can see lots of stuff ahead before can launch. Off blog email: (2b continued). I'll pull you out of spam block box when you write. and I recognize you. :) ^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm
    • Wow, you have been busy with this idea! I could work out the season. :) Just let me know what I can do……Have to go to the store now and buy us a couple of new hats. :) ……………..Good Luck………………..Windee :)

      Windee :) on September 9, 2012 at 3:37 am
  7. Really great job on the time lapse photography, photo shots and audio / visual. What a house, barn and property!!!! The endless possibilities :D I love the chance to do somethig with the barn too, great project and investment. Plenty of room to build a garage next to the barn, running water and electricty would not be difficult at all. I was just curious on how high of clearance was there from the first floor to the second floor of the barn. And also would that barn be to structural code to build rooms and a second level. I really love the "Open Concept" that it all has, from the inside of the house to the outside views. I think that you all utilized every square inch in that house in tasteful fashion. Everything harmonizes wonderfully and makes good sense. I like how you kept bringig in the old pieces of the house back into the new, it never loss anything just gained.

    Johnny v on August 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm
  8. I was looking at the laundry room photos and the last photo says that the laundry area was originally suppose to have a separate powder room. If that no longer exists, do guests have to use the master bathroom because that seems to be the only bathroom on the first floor. Did I miss something?

    DebiKaye on August 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    • My thought exactly. Need a powder room for the guests.

      nursejudy on August 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    • No guest plumbing facilities on the first floor, unless the dog house is turned into an out-house. hmmm.

      CarlaB on August 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    • lol, Carla ! I will restrain myself from making jokes about breeds like Setters or Pointers……

      LLColeman on August 15, 2012 at 1:35 am
  9. Juat had a thought. Since you have water piped into the laundry room anyway, it there a way to retrofit a toilet into the laundry room. I have seen that combination without a wall. If the sight of a toilet bothers someone, you could put a screen between the toilet and the laundry area. Creativity is in abundance among this group. Do any of you have any other ideas. I can't imagine anyone wanting people to walk thru the master bedroom to get to the toilet and making everyone walk upstairs to get to a bathroom is a little much.

    DebiKaye on August 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    • I'm with you Debi! My home on the mountain ine WV had the combined 1st floor laundry/powder room. The laundry sink worked as the sink. It was very well designed in that where ever possible they built in storage cabinets. They used storage cabinets as a half wall that created a sight barrier to the toilet.

      I miss that house and my life there.

      As for retrofit- sure. Even one of the new waterless toilets would work if plumbing isn't feasible.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm
    • I think it will cost around 9,000 to 10,000 thousand to put in power room next to the laundry area, including the new wall and a door That is if they left the drainage for the old water-closet nearby in the basement? This something you do not want to go cheap with.

      Hawkweed on August 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm
    • I sure don't think so. Unless construction workers are getting $100 an hour in Maine. I would say they could put in a toilet for less than $1000.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm
    • Or less if you do it your self and just put a flush in laundry room with half wall. Should be some material left that you can use to do that with in the barn. Maybe even a door, if you want to put in a powder room.
      Being that the basement is just under this floor, running plumbing for the toilet shouldn't be to bad.

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    • You know, that half wall ideal is really a great ideal. Thanks. That would save lots of money.

      Hawkweed on August 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    • Don't forget you need a vent pipe for the toilet (or stink pipe as some people call them). It would have to go all the way up throught the second floor and out the roof. So now you have to open up walls and then refinish them. Since there is one in the origional floor plan this had to be a part of the plan so the best solution would be to move the washer and dryer and build a separate powder room just like in the plans……..not a cheap solution. Running water pipes in outside walls is not a great idea as they would be prone to freezing!!

      Myra on August 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm
  10. I do like this house better than I thought I would.

    The only yucky green is the outside.

    Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    • Passive aggressive is back!

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    • I could only get you back to 0. There must be twins! ^_^

      EdinOregon on August 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    • Fixed so don't you worry, your friends got your back! I'm always curious why some people get so offended by someone just expressing an opinion. I thought that was what a blog was for?:D

      SID on August 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    • I'm not the shrinking violet type – if i don't really like something I say so.

      Nebraska on August 14, 2012 at 11:10 am
    • agree should have been white! Nebraska how are you? good I hope? Email me off the blog and I'll try to answer!

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    • I posted somewhere before, but just in case you missed it, Nebraska, when Gary and I drove up to the BC a few weeks ago, we almost missed it because, as we had all heard, the plants were dying, so no colorful blooms AND–the house color blended right in with the grass color to the extent that we almost passed it by! Only green house we saw in Maine, by the way…:|<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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