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Blog Cabin 2012 Virtual Home Tour

Happy Monday. Starting today, we invite you to enter twice online daily — once on DIYNetwork.com and once on HGTVRemodels.com — 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. Honey!!! I would move out of the heat of the south in a heart beat….trade the city in for paridise in a flash.. What a wonderful lovely home the team has made out of this place.

    I can' help but to think what the Jacob's of 1886 would think of there place now….I'm sure there smileing and praying for the lucky winners al ready. xD Gods blessing to us all…<3

    LISAFOS on August 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm
  2. Wow, you all out did yourselves. Another great job well done. Now the bloggin doggy house is something our dog can get into.;)

    Mary/PA on August 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm
  3. How beautiful! All the vintage charm with a bright and new feeling throughout. I've always appreciated vintage pieces and the team did an excellent job adding such warmth and airiness in the home. Those lovely windows will be breath-taking during the winter snow. My husband and I both retired from the military and were not sure where to retire to. This would be a "heaven sent" home for us and allow us to stay near our families. Good luck to everyone.

    Sue on August 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm
  4. I loved the virtual tour. Great job overall. The only things I would think about doing different would be to accodmadate more people.

    Things I might change
    I wish the living room area had more seating. I like the idea of getting a big cushey couch in there. The four chairs and firm window box seem classey and nice but not a comfortable spot for a family to gather.

    Looking at the floor plan upstairs and thinking of it as a vacation home I might have made the guest room and sitting area a huge kids room fitting four twin beds. Then I would have the other bedroom and the library as spare bedrooms and put the desk in the media area. This way three couples could be in the master, and two spare rooms and childs could be in the larger room upstairs.
    Either way i'm putting my chances in the pot and my husband has already declared he's in for moving!

    JAD on August 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm
  5. If I had a pair of "lucky socks". I'd wear them but, I don't. Come to think of it, I'm not very lucky at all but, I'm still alive so that's a good thing! LOL In any event, I will enter most days since it really is a beautiful home. I adore the main floor. The only thing's I'm not sure of is the "dining room chair's" and the "no garage thing".. Perhaps the chair's are more comfortable than they look. Even a car port would be great. With all the snow up there I'd hate to have to always clean off my car & the car stays protected from the elements. Plus, the living rooms chairs seem to have short backs to them. But, who cares right? I could replace chairs! I am very tall with a long torso and really hneed a nice tall back to lean back on to get comfortable. At five foot eleven inches, it takes a pretty big chair to make me comfy. lol

    I wish you all nothing but good luck. GOD Bless you all! I'm off to enjoy a few more video's! :D

    stella ferraiuolo on August 14, 2012 at 12:32 am
  6. it's amazing! i love it!!!!

    michelle on August 14, 2012 at 12:58 am
  7. This house is exquisite. I could hardly wait to flip through the images. It’s so much more than I imagined. The rustic yet vintage vibe is absolutely dreamy. Ugh…I love it!!! I can’t wait to make it my home <3

    LET’S PLAY A GAME…go room to room and pick your utmost favorite piece ~self control bloggers :) just one~ even I’m having a difficult time and want to cheat (shhh don’t tell)

    FRONT YARD: water pump
    FOYER: the key holder
    LIVING ROOM: very difficult…ugh… bookshelf
    DINING ROOM: pot rack
    KITCHEN: the most difficult decision of all…a room I’d never leave! The coffee bar, undercounter island storage and stove faucet…geez…I choose coffee bar. My obsession with coffee may have a say so in that!
    DECK: the curve design
    PATIO: Japanese-style hot tub…it’s on!
    MASTER BEDROOM: original double front door with skeleton key…love!!!
    MASTER BATH: hands down…that tub! Oh, the many baths that I shall take
    MASTER DECK: the bench on the end which I have affectionately named “the reading nook”
    LAUNDRY ROOM: ironing board (even though I NEVER iron) that thing rocks! I make my own tea stained paper. I need a place to press it and curve the edges…ironing board…seems legit!
    MEDIA ROOM: I’ll have to get back to you…that’s a mind boggler… for now I’ll go with media room ~yep~
    GAME ROOM: see above ~yep~
    HOME OFFICE: the door…genius!
    KIDS ROOM: vintage armoire
    GUEST ROOM: I adore the rug
    GUEST SITTING ROOM: writing desk
    BATHROOM: skylight
    BARN: awesome!!!

    friendtrails on August 14, 2012 at 1:49 am
    • friendtrails–Hi, nice to see you on the blog. i will not do a list but agree with the barn and hot tubs being my favorites from your list. :D

      LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 3:09 am
  8. Blog Cabin 2010 Fans–has anyone noticed that they put a Wart Closet in the Foyer ? LOL–it may be between two windows, but it is still a wart closet (and looks ridiculous–it could only hold 2-3 coats ? ). A hall tree could serve the same function. I do like the storage under the foyer window —that was a smart choice.
    Watched the first BC episode of the renovation with Josh Temple. ..Josh Howell did not seem pleased with that herringbone foyer floor inlay project—Hey, Josh H., for what it's worth, I voted AGAINST the herringbone design. Also loved the cameo of Dylan Eastman inside the lost lamented basement stairwell……….
    Loved the joking around; when Wheels (Trey) teased that he thought Chris was a nicer boss and asked what he needed to do to get a job on Chris's show…Chris immediately said, "Just bring some chocolate cake ! "
    .Needless to say, a high point featured the guys going into the barn to search for building materials ! The barn is cool-er inside than I expected…as usual, Josh was enthused about it too.

    LLColeman on August 14, 2012 at 3:05 am
    • I thought Wart Closet too when I saw it. LOL Apparently those who designed it have never lived in cold climates and realize the different coats, scarves, and all involved in staying warm through the cooler seasons. I was really disappointed with the entry foyer.

      Hazelnut Deb on August 14, 2012 at 11:32 am
    • Sorry, Hazelnut Deb, I could only get the thumbs up to zero. What you state is a fact. Why the thumbs down I can't understand. In a northern climate, one HAS to dress in layers during icy season and storage is a premium! Where else would a family store their winter parkas and snow suits and down jackets, etc? Where would these dry after exposure outside? Usually, close to a fireplace or woodstove….:S<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    • Don't worry Kitty. She is above zero now. We take care of our own! Welcome back.

      EdinOregon on August 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    • Thanks, Ed! How are you? There have been some absolutely amazing decisions made on this BC… I'm still trying to sort these out and wondering which left field they could have come from? Mars, Venus or both…. both.B);)^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm
    • I hope you are doing well, Hazelnut Deb.
      I notice the Knickerbocker company is not mentioned so far in the first show.

      LLColeman on August 15, 2012 at 1:56 am
    • I would take out that usless ugly (lol wart) closet and put in an antique armoire. WHich would bring high style and much needed wow to the entrance. Why not person thought of that at DIY I do not know? Check this out– for everyone is going to love this. This will open for many a new perspective in how they look at antiques?
      http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_search.php?sm=HK

      Hawkweed on August 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm
    • Hawkweed, just the right armoire for that space would be a huge improvement. I like a juxtaposition of elegance and the right type of rustic–but the herringbone pattern inset floor , with an afterthought crude closet ( that seems to be made from giant craft sticks) just does not work !! ;)

      LLColeman on August 15, 2012 at 1:54 am
    • The armoires on this site are gorgeous!

      CarlaB on August 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm
    • Ditto CarlaB.
      Thank You Hawkweed for the website.Beautiful selection of armoires.
      Wondering if any of the armoires would fit in the space between the windows? Close looks very narrow.
      Windee :)

      Windee :) on August 16, 2012 at 5:12 am
    • On the tour it states 9 coats will fit in there.

      nursejudy on August 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    • Must be referring to nylon jackets… LOL…as they dream on! Maine Winters can be brutal. Nylon helps break wind but that's all. o.0 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm
    • LLColeman, that was the first thing I noticed when I looked at the foyer pix. LOL, it does look better then the 2010 BC, because it doesn't have shingles on it. LOL The video said it held 10-12 coats…I sure don't know whos coats. I have a bigger coat closet and it doesn't hold that many. I was so happy to see the orignal Newel Posts, we have Victoria to thank for that.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    • vicki, I hope you are doing well–and your friends and family too, after the fires.. It is funny that we blamed Chuck on the Bethel, NY wart closet…and here is one again ! Maybe someone admired it and thought another one was needed in Maine! There is no shingled effect here, but that window in the door may as well have been a half-moon. ;)

      LLColeman on August 15, 2012 at 1:48 am
    • LLColeman, we are doing fine, still cleaning up some wildfire stuff,but everyone is well. I agree with you, A Wart Closet, is a Wart Closet no matter how you look at it LOL.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 15, 2012 at 2:12 am
    • LL I agree with you about the entry and the so called closet,not many real winter coats will fit into that closet:( I also have been reading through the comments:(:( I find it rather creepy (since things were mentioned that were creepy) that the basement is closed off from the house? A message center? Esp. in a house in Maine where it is cold and snowy in the winter, spring, fall maybe except for 2 weeks in July?-only kidding:)o.0 It blows me away that the basement was not made into something?-extra room, laundry, workshop, wine cellar, root cellar, something???? What is down there or what happened down there??? Why was this area left out of the design and handled as an after thought with a gnome door for access??? Really wondering??:So.0

      ruffybc on August 16, 2012 at 9:47 am
    • The floor is beautiful now. Wonder how it will look after a few Maine winters? All that snow and mud on your boots. No mud room. Nope just walk right in the front door and stomp your dirty boots all over the wood floor!!

      Myra on August 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm
  9. The interior decor is just beautiful. The little "extras" they did with the repurposed materials are really neat and inspire me to try to see things in a new way. Let's be frank, there seems to have been more thought put into the interior decorating than the actual structural plan of the house! Didn't BC learn on the "ill-fated" North Carolina house that the BC bloggers are a great source of "common sense" ideas on the BC designs? If you have a resource (bloggers) with good, logical ideas, use it!
    One other thing, why buy so much land, donate over half(31 acres?) and not have any money for taxes? What in the world would you want with 12 acres of land (most of which is on wetlands that you basically can't do ANYTHING on build-wise) and no money to pay the taxes, thus having to sell it with no possibility of living in it. BC is one of the few give-aways with some chance of actually keeping the house, but not without cash for the taxes! BC, buy less land and put the money in the prize. One acre in a subdivision is better than 12 acres in a "wetland area" (it's called the bayou in Louisiana and you don't see people running to live there either!) in most cases. Even if you like the views, I think BC missed it on the location this year, but their interior decorator is definately a "keeper". (Maybe they could loan her out to the Dream House this year.)

    DebiKaye on August 14, 2012 at 4:19 am
  10. I would SO LOVE to win this!! I'm not sure what I like the most in this AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL home, because I love it ALL! Sure, there are a couple of things a few of us would have done a little differently, but there's always the possibility of doing something to fix it later, too… :)

    I think my favorite thing about this place is that it's so much closer to my best friend's house!! I haven't seen my baby sister in almost 4 years, & it would be SO great to be able to see her more often! That, and I'm a podcaster and writer and I LOVE to cook, so Maine would be so great for my kitchen/palate, but more for my show (which is all about food)!! With all of those amazing food seasons in Maine & the rest of New England… Need I say more? :)

    Anna Hurst on August 14, 2012 at 4:45 am

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