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Aug 13

House Crashers Takes You Inside

Don’t forget to tune in tonight to watch the first episode of Blog Cabin 2012, when Josh Temple and his crew make their mark on this spectacular midcoast Maine home. This morning, I invite you to watch a behind-the-scenes teaser that features exclusive details from Josh and show host Chris Grundy.

Take a peek!


  • Posted at 8:37 am on August 8, 2012
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124 Comments

  1. Hate to disagree with most, but we really don't care for this place. We're both in our mid 60's but the look of the cabin is too dated, even for us. The office area is a total waste of space and the bathroom fixtures look like they came off the "el cheapo" aisle at the local hardware store. We do like the design of the 2 decks as they add a nice touch to the cabin.

    We're going to enter since we can always use the cash to build us something more suitable locally. Something with a number of the Serrenbe Green Home features incorporated (a house we really loved).

    Fabianab47 on August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am
    • Actually agree with you in many respects. A lot of my "issues" have to do with the design choices. Such as butting a huge dinning room table up to the island. Isn't the point of an island to be able to freely walk around it? That and the huge dinning room table but only chairs for small amount of seating in the living room, although you can use the window seat for additional seating. And why did they put the gas grill out side right where the steps off the porch are? It just doesn't seem like there's much room there. The house is beautiful and most of my main issues can be changed fairly easy although I really wish there was a powder room on the main floor. Think it's a bit of a pain to have to use the master bath or go upstairs. But I still hope I win :)

      Hoping anyway on August 13, 2012 at 11:21 am
    • Just checked the rules and there's no cash option on this place. Not sure now if we'll enter or not. Could always sell it, but that takes time (and probably a loss). Will have to talk it over and make a decision. May just wait on the Urban Oasis in Miami. That one does have a cash option (750K).

      Fabianab47 on August 13, 2012 at 11:41 am
    • "No bathroom on the main floor! Are you kidding!" We all have seen the remodel shows where they put in a bathroom on the main floor because it is a huge problem. On house hunters, how many people complain about there not being a bathroom on the main floor? Lots!! And, then they don't buy the house. The resale value of a house with no bathroom on the main floor is less than a house that has one. Not to mention that it takes longer to sell the house because "Who wants to continually run up the stairs just to use the john"?

      Michelle on August 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    • Well Fabianab47, I am in my mid sixties as well. There is no excuse for such rudeness. If you don't appreciate the house as is, don't enter. I think it is lovely for a farmhouse.

      Sheila Montgomery on September 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    • What is rude about stating you don't like the design. It's very poorly planned and probably would not even make a good vacation home. There's very little storage space, the basement entrance is outside, the barn can not be used as a garage, etc. All in all IMO, probably the worst design DIY has come up with.

      As far as entering is concerned, we entered it the 1st day and then noticed there was no cash option. Unfortunately, without that to help, there's no way we could handle the IRS tax bite. Therefore, we haven't entered since. We'd much prefer getting or building something useable .

      Fabianab47 on September 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm
    • I have stopped entering, as well. I cannot pay the taxes, either. From now on, I will only enter if they have a cash option.

      Sheila Montgomery on September 16, 2012 at 9:34 am
    • One thing that might be an option is a reverse mortgage. That's what we were hoping to do if we had won the Green Home in Georgia (which we adored). Don't know if paying the IRS taxes qualified for that, but we were certainly going to try.

      Fabianab47 on September 16, 2012 at 9:59 am
  2. The cabin is a eclectic collection of DIY projects that show what can be done when you do a re-model. Did the total cabin come out as a perfect overall project, probably not for most people. This is designated as a vacation home and may not be well suited to everyone's needs as a full time residence. However, with all of its perceived shortfalls, it is a beautiful house for entertaining and for quiet relaxation. So many elements have been improved with the transformation from a horse destined for the glue factory to a gentle, well mannered family riding horse. The fact that it is turn key ready, functional, pack your clothes and move in and live is wonderful. There is enough property to have a gentleman's farm and also put the land under the conservancy to save on property taxes. Overall, for those of us who have followed the salvation of this wonderful farm house, it is beautiful, does it need work, yup. That is part of how the winner will get to transform it into their home. Their are many decisions to be made, but what a wonderful start and great place to be while you live there, get the feel for the place and make and execute those decisions. Thanks DIY Team for a great property ready to become a home, either vacation or full time.

    YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 11:40 am
    • Well said Yankee Nuke! Hey ~ Did I miss a blog from Kitty? Where did Kitty go? Just wondering…

      Lilly on August 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    • Lilly, I have not seen hide nor hair of Kitty since right after she returned from her vacation. Hopefully she is just busy doing laundry and catching up on bills, etc. I look at FaceBook to she if she has been totally sucked into that time vortex. She hash;t been very present on F/B either. Hope she is well.

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm
    • She went to visit her daughter for the weekend. Sure she'll be in touch soon.

      home_girl on August 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm
    • Good to know, I was concerned a little bt. She was so sweet to pose and take those pics for us.________________________________> From: notifications@intensedebatemail.com > To: frankrh77@live.com > Subject: home_girl replied to your comment on House Crashers Takes You Inside >

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    • Rhonda, you're the BEST! I'm still going through my Leavitt books. Nobody in Pownal/Dresden areas yet. But I'm sure we're at least distantly related!:D<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm
    • Frank, thank you for your concern–that's really sweet! Here's a big ((HUG))! ^_^ Kitty

      p.s. My Facebook is not working. I can neither Post, Like, nor Comment and it won't budge and show any of the previous stuff on my timeline. Haven't figured it out yet.

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm
    • Awwww…I appreciate being missed, Lilly! ^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm
    • As I have said before- I would want to leave the property to my sons – so giving it to the conservancy is not an option for me.

      I do hope one could have a small chicken coop and a green house for winter veggies. Ideal with me would refurbishing the barn to live in and renting out the main house or making it a B & B.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm
    • You don't have to give it to the conservancy. They have a plan where you keep it, but maintain it to their standard. Basically don't build on it, I think.________________________________> From: notifications@intensedebatemail.com > To: frankrh77@live.com > Subject: Nebraska replied to your comment on House Crashers Takes You Inside >

      YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    • But that means I couldn't have a B&B or chickens.

      Nebraska on August 14, 2012 at 11:00 am
    • The conservancy has a web site and contact info you should ask them directly what their allowed uses are. I was thinking that most of the land from the house to the river and possibly the land behind that barn that was not donated could be put under their “protection”. You should their site to be certain.________________________________> From: notifications@intensedebatemail.com > To: frankrh77@live.com > Subject: Nebraska replied to your comment on House Crashers Takes You Inside >

      YankeeNuke on August 15, 2012 at 10:26 am
    • ABSOLUTELY DO YOUR HOMEWORK! You could POSSIBLY lose your view should the land go "natural" and once a tree takes root you MAY not be able to remove…
      I DO believe in preserving land! However, just like anything certain things/rules/regulations go a bit overboard and sometimes to the detriment of what was trying to be preserved in the first place. (American Forestry has learned lots of lessons over the years..) Truly Lilly

      Lilly on August 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    • Well Said Yankee Nuke! I couldn't have said it better. That said, I want to add basement access and make the barn into a workshop! Yay, I could love this house easily. and it can be got around in with a walker downstairs no problems I think from videos and tours. It is a turnkey house and could be used as a vacation or full-time residence. My modifications would be for a full-time residence which I would definitely move into. I'd use the land and part of the Barn for Alpaca and explore the possibility of putting the land into conservancy, alpaca would keep any new trees down LOL.

      minitoni on September 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm
    • Thank you for your additional comments on this marvelous restoration/upgrade.________________________________> From: notifications@intensedebatemail.com > To: frankrh77@live.com > Subject: minitoni replied to your comment on House Crashers Takes You Inside >

      YankeeNuke on September 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm
  3. Where is the new banner that we voted on? Everything else looks great and informative. Santa has arrived in August.

    YankeeNuke on August 13, 2012 at 11:46 am
  4. I agree 100% with Josh and Chris — Someone gets it! Some lucky soul will win this Blog Cabin. Yeah! Unbelievable! Lucky, lucky!

    It could even be me. Stranger things have happened….

    DBCoop on August 13, 2012 at 11:56 am
    • Heres hoping for you DBCoop, I hope you win. It would be so fun to have a blogger win.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm
    • Thanks so much for the good wishes, vicki_in_Utah, but aren't you entering to win the Blog Cabin as well? If nothing else, you could choose to sell the home and pocket some extra spending money or tuck it away for later.

      DBCoop on August 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    • No I don't ever enter. I think you have to pay all the taxes and other things before you can sell it.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm
    • Wait till the Urban Oasis giveaway starts. It comes with a 750K cash option.

      Fabianab47 on August 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm
    • Ditto, It could be ME!!! I have never been to main I'm a westy…but it looks beautiful and Josh and Chris would be first on my list to build for me!! AWESOME GUYS!!

      QueenEstherM on August 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm
  5. 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 12:08 pm
  6. this place is wonderful!!! the whole crew did a great job!!! kudos to all of you!!! Love the way all the reclaimed wood was incorporated all through the house!! Pray that whoever wins this lovely place will be happy, know I would if I did! So totally amazing!!! The Lord bless all of you for your hard work on this great place, you have great talent!! LOVE Victoria's amazing donations as well, thank you ma'am!!!

    Penginsmomina on August 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm
  7. What a great way to retire in such a wonderful home. It has it all and set in such a great location. I am set to retire soon after 34 years. To be able to go back to the east coast has been our dream. I can see me and my family relaxing on a cool summer night out on the patio, cuddling up me and wife in front of a fireplace keeping us cozy, watching the moon glisten off the water, enjoying the subtle sounds of nature under the stars and finally knowing we are home together.

    FiremanEd1 on August 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm
  8. Beautiful as usual..Expected nothing less from Blog Cabin 2012.I was wondering how much property does this home sit on???

    Linda on August 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    • About 21 acres. It started out as 51 but a local conservation organization got DIY to donate 30 acres to them.

      Nebraska on August 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm
    • I think the shows are saying 16 acres now.

      minitoni on September 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm
  9. A whole lot of Grundy! Great outcome…unbelievable…lucky!

    memanbepa on August 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm
  10. This house is amazing! I would love to win this home. I live with my parents and take care of them. I would love to own my own home ,since I've never owned a home.

    abIrvine123 on August 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

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Blog Cabin is the groundbreaking multimedia experience based on a very simple idea: You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It! This truly interactive series asks Internet users to vote on the design features for a real vacation getaway. Expert hosts from DIY Network series will be on hand to rebuild the 1920s lakeside house that will become a luxurious home for a lucky sweepstakes winner. Plus, a one-hour Blog Cabin special, hosted by tool expert Chris Grundy, will highlight the incredible transformation.
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