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Crashing the Blog Cabin Master Suite

Our Bath Crashers episode premieres Monday night, but today we have a special treat: an exclusive vlog starring Bath Crashers host Matt Muenster and Blog Cabin 2012 show host Chris Grundy. See what they have to say about the experience of remodeling both the master bedroom and master bathroom.

And if you haven’t yet, please take some time to click through our before-and-after slideshow, artistic photos and candid, behind-the-scenes snaps from the episode shoots. Enjoy!


  • Posted at 1:32 pm on August 8, 2012
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  1. OK. I was reviewing details of the Master Bathroom door–which I love–and then it was as though lightning struck! Oh no! It is the only toilet or bath downstairs! Yes. It has open glass windows in the door! So? It's the MBR! Uhhhh… what if someone else in the house needs to use it and casually comes in, not realizing that room is in use? The door is closed–or is it??? Get the picture….=/o.0:( AWKWARD!!! Kitty

    DwnSoDwnEaster on August 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    • Hi Kitty…..Just saw the Special! I agree with you, very awkward!!! I'm really not crazy about the glass in the M/Bathroom pocketdoor! I guess you can add a little curtain of some sort over the glass windows on the bathroom side so b-a-t-h would show.. I don't know, but I hope they found a way to put a lock on that door!
      If the house is full of family and friends, the M/Bedroom has the only B/R on the first floor, it is going to be like grand central station…The shower is nice but I would like to have seen another tub like the one they installed at the Twin Coves M/B last year or a Victorian bath tub. That would have left a lot more room for a nice towel and linen cabinet and maybe some shelving…That mantel thingy under the window would have to go and not crazy about the Big sink..where is the sink and toilet we voted on?? Sorry, it's just not my taste…On the positive side, I love the shower and the tile color! The M/bedroom is a nice size and more furniture and accent pieces can be added to make it a warmer and cozy room…A personel touch is all it needs…Just My Thoughts!!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    • Agreeing with you, Jennie.
      I have been wondering how Frank has been doing—we have not heard from him in quite a while…hope all is ok. I thought he would be checking in since the reveal and the videos.

      I do like the shower, too. I think the big bulky surround for the small tub and huge vanity –plus the bench make it way too tight in there….the guest hosts are tasked so much with finding a re-purpose project that they do not seem to plan whether it makes sense in the room or if it is in proper scale, IMO.

      LLColeman on August 28, 2012 at 3:56 am
    • Hi…LL, I was wondering what happened to Frank too…..My last 2 post to him was over a week ago and never got a response from him….I think he emails back and forth with Kitty so she might know what is going on with him….I hope everything is OK with his family!! Maybe we will hear from him soon, since Issac has left Florida!!! I'm so glad that is over with…We had high gusty winds and rain. I thought the rain would never stop. Tornados touched down south of here and caused a lot of damage in one area but no one was hurt as far as I know. Finally we have a nice Sunny morning but will soon turn into another stormy afternoon….I am So ready for Fall and cooler weather. I'm waterlogged from so much rain and so is my yard!!!.We've had rain almost everyday since Tropical Storm Debbie and how long ago was that??? Now I know what a prune feels like!!! lol… Have a good day, LL…

      Jennie/Florida on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 am
    • One more thing LL…How many Old Farmhouses have you seen that has a big square Spa Tub in the bathroom????

      Jennie/Florida on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 am
    • love that tub, trying to figure out how to get in and out of it and where to place grab bars! LOL

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm
  2. Seriously – no half bath downstairs for visitors? Highly recommend the project lead fix this shortfall. BLOG comments suggest that this concerns a lot of followers — how much impact do the voice of the fans really have?

    I'm following the progress from Hawaii – the latest episode just aired here. If I win the cabin, I'd want to enjoy it year round as a full-time residence. But, say the lucky winner only uses it as a retreat during fair weather — all the outdoor activity would still demand a half bath on the first floor for ease and convenience. It's the right feature to have in this cabin.

    Your thoughts?

    808geaghanp on August 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    • This was what they decided and this is what you get if you win it. Guests can go upstairs or you can re-do whatever you like once you win the house.

      joliekc on August 28, 2012 at 11:28 am
    • I couldn't be happier with this home! I certainly wouldn't be saying anything like this. I guess I don't understand what you mean.

      seeingtoomuch on August 30, 2012 at 7:42 am
    • It's simple – when you and your guests are engaged with a lot of out door activity around the home, it's worthwhile to have a spare or guest bath available for convenience! If your guests need to freshen up or change clothes between activities, would you want then to have to go upstairs as will be the case with this Blog Cabin??My home here in Hawaii has been renovated- and from the original 3bed/2bath, we now have a practical 3bed/3.5 bath home that offers the privacy and convenience needed to ensure that whomever is staying in each room needn't bother being concerned about compromising privacy and convenience.Each bedroom has its own bathroom for privacy, and there's a half bath off the dining room for guests. It works out. Less you're thinking I live some extravagant and glamorous life style, let me share that while growing up on the island of Maui, I was the second eldest of my parent's five children, and my only brother was in the middle of fours girls. That meant the seven people in my family shared one bathroom! …I am not shy or apologetic about my opinions regarding privacy and convenience with regard to toilet facilities. My view is that Not having enough readily available restroom facilities in a home is a very significantly negative feature. Blog CabinSent from P@'s iPad.

      808geaghanp on August 31, 2012 at 3:05 am
  3. i already have griped about the maneuverable space in the master suite-especially the bath, and now that the special aired, I think the problem begins with the guest hosts being tasked with creating a re-purpose material project for their show…they do not seem to check whether their project is going to be practical or fit within proper scale of the room… Nice idea–the bathroom shelf under the windows. Questionable idea-the mantel and the protruding bench that makes the bathroom narrowed. Nice idea–using marble top for a sink vanity—bad idea–the huge bulky vanity that blocks off a wheelchair or walker user from accessing the gorgeous roll-in shower. Ridiculous idea–using a tub that is so short & square–and even worse idea–surrounding the tub with a wide marble face that also impedes the shower entry considerably.
    Were Chris & Matt M. entertaining ? Absolutely–but I'd want to rip out that tub and sink and re-do them. .:|

    LLColeman on August 28, 2012 at 4:07 am
    • LLColeman, even if you could roll into the shower, how would you turn it on? It seems they put the turn on things for the shower and bath tub, up high on a wall far away from the shower and tub. Unless I am seeing this wrong.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 28, 2012 at 8:21 am
    • Looking at the photos of the M.Bath the controls for the shower & bath water look to be quite low down, maybe 3ft 6in – 4ft above the floor. Easy height for almost everyone including someone in a wheelchair. Also, they're big handles, easy to grip for kids and people with arthritis and similar issues. Although levers would be better. The entrance looks to be at least 3 ft wide which should be fine. The 360 'Tour' lens distorts too much to be used to judge or compare things.

      However, that huge sink is a real mistake. It's designed for kitchens and laundrys, not master suites. It looks like a communal sluice in a public bath house. It's actually wider than the tub and at 18 inches deep it's too deep for a bathroom sink. It's large enough for a small person to use as a bath. Just imagine all the wasted water either trying to fill it sufficiently to wash or leaving taps running all the time to avoid the 5 minutes needed to fill the sink. Just because it's a turn-of-the-century repro piece doesn't mean it will fit anywhere.

      Clive on August 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    • There is also a turn on in the shower!

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    • I mentioned that before!

      Nebraska on August 28, 2012 at 10:36 am
    • Those iron spikes in the master bath are dangerous. What if you tripped and fell and hit one of those sharp spike on your head or right in the eye. Ouch. The occasional knee bump is going to happen with that tub sticking out so close to the shower wall. They should had rounded that sharp corner off on the tub going to the shower? Why didn't DIY see those little problems?

      Hawkweed on August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    • Hi Hawkweed…..I missed something somewhere!!!!! Where are those iron spikes located that
      you're talking about in the M/Bathroom…Are you talking about those things they welded on to that thingy under the window??? That whole thing would go, if I won the BC…Why would you want a long bench in the bathroom?There is already towel hooks in there. We voted on them. I think hanging a towel on those rough things would ruin the towels..Who is suppose to sit on that bench when going in there for a bath or a potty break?? I don't want an audience for my private "Setting" or bath!!!! I don't think they thought about the logical aspect of the designs, I think they just needed projects to do for the DIY shows!!
      As I said to LL, how many Old Farmhouses have you seen that has a big old Square Spa Tub in it?
      I love the shower….A Victorian Claw tub or a tub like they put in the BC last year would have looked so much better and would have given more room for a Linen and towel Cabinet .and room for
      some nic-nacs….It is, what it is……If we win, we can adjust, can't we???.Just My Thoughts!

      Jennie/Florida on August 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    • Hawkweed… I should have said, how many old Farmhouses have you seen that has a very modern Square Spa Tub in it? I like upgrades in an old home and I think the tub is beautiful, but looks out of place in this farmhouse….It would look great in a Modern home! JMO

      Jennie/Florida on August 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    • Lol yes I would also like that tub un a modern home. Not in a farm house. I think Kohler had a tub in a backroom they could not sell and gave it to DIY who though they were getting something really great? I for one want to stretch out in a tub and wiggle my toes and take a nap until the water gets cold.

      Hawkweed on August 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    • You did indeed, Charlotte. I wanted to watch the show and see how the guys moved around in the space since it was hard to tell from photos. The doorway to the master bath is wide enough for Chris & Matt to stand shoulder to shoulder in. The shower is really the only item I like in there.
      I think I recall your liking the doors spanning the wall behind the bed ? I MO that is one of the best elements I have seen in any of these renovations–or HGTV giveaway homes, for that matter. ;)

      LLColeman on August 29, 2012 at 4:30 am
  4. Matt and Chris work well together. I may sound like a broken recored, but …What !! another mantel used for something other then a mantel…really??? Is that 3 mantels now??

    vicki_in_Utah on August 28, 2012 at 5:59 am
  5. The master suite is perfect (especially for me!). I love the patio door to the deck with the awsome view.
    The bathroom tile is wonderful and the sink is a great fit for this farmhouse. I want this home to be mine!

    B Shejen on August 28, 2012 at 8:11 am
  6. This was a great episode! I do love those doors as paneling.

    Nebraska on August 28, 2012 at 10:32 am
    • Me too !! Seeing them in the video they look even more elegant….

      LLColeman on August 29, 2012 at 4:33 am
  7. I love that tub! I have been wanting a soaking tub for a long time and looks like this one is deep enough to cover your shoulders, wow! The "fill from the ceiling" spout looks cool too. I really like an open tile shower, all the natural light is awesome. Can't wait to use them!

    joliekc on August 28, 2012 at 11:24 am
    • That tub is small, just over 3 ft square inside measurements. I doubt that you will be able to sit (you can't lie down, only sit in this one) with your shoulders submerged comfortably as it's only 34 inches deep (outside dimension). Unless you fill it right to the brim the water's only going to be about 2 ft deep then there's the height of the seats. o.0

      Ally on August 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  8. I read that the designer said she would take the heat for not adding a powder room (or more to fact removing one from the plans) but that doesn't fix the issue. A large laundry room isn't needed as much as a half bath for guests. There is no reason not to make the laundry room smaller and add a powder room. Wouldn't she want a powder room for her guests to use as opposed to using her private bathroom that has windows you can see into on the door and no lock to boot? What if she's in the shower all visible and someone wanders to the door thinking they can use the toilet? Especially children, in my experience they take the path of least resistance so going up the stairs vs the master bath is no contest.

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the house and truly feel right at home. I love everything else they did frankly and her design choices match me perfectly. The lack of a powder room, no access from within the house to the cellar (with all that snow how would I get to my personally canned goods in the cellar without digging my way to it?) which is standard for a farm house and once again using a gas stove (in a farm house instead of a woodstove, why is this so popular?!) are the only odd things they did IMO.

    A few questions:I am curious about the lack of gutters. Is this normal? I live in an old house run down house but I have gutters and noticed new homes aren't always built with gutters now. What's that all about??? Also, I noted on last nights show they mentioned the home was on "4 acres" which is news to me. First it was 50 (will the homeowner be able to hunt the preserved acres DIY gave away or are they limited to their property only now), then 21 so I hope he means the house itself sits on 4 acres? I thought that was odd.

    I've been following this show for a bit now and noted a decrease in interest regarding blogger concerns. I dream of living in this home as do most of the bloggers who contribute which is why we are so interested in the outcome. It would be nice to have them act on our concerns.

    I shall return to dreaming of making this my permanent residence. Maine here we come!!! My 3 large dogs would LOVE that dog house as well as the big meadow to frolic in. Just gorgeous. Thanks to all who have contributed to the home. Bloggers included. It's a beautiful home and one I would be proud to call mine.

    Sky on August 28, 2012 at 11:38 am
    • The math doesn't work, I agree. Not unless the four acers are included in the 21 acres (with barn?) were the land is seen going down to the bay? But (30 wooded acres, to be exact) went to the Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) in Waldoboro, Maine. I am told it helps with the taxes. Here is a pic if you would like to see it? http://blog.diynetwork.com/blogcabin/2012/03/14/p
      Maybe the house and barn are setting on four acers of CLEARED land? Anyone? Correction?

      Hawkweed on August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    • I was wondering about the 4 acres too. When did that happen?

      vicki_in_Utah on August 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    • I'm sure it's just a mistake on the show. There's about 4 acres remaining from the original 36 around the barn. That land, clearly, was once cleared but has been alowed to return to woodland mostly. There are another 16 acres around the house. Nothing's changed, the TV presenter probably got it wrong.

      The figure I question is the sq ft of the house. No way is this house over 3000 sq ft. That was the size of the original house but they removed several hundred sq ft when they took away the old barn that was included as 1st floor living space before the remodel. Nothing of note has been added on either floor.

      AnniesOwn on August 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    • According to the town maps there is property that surrounds the barn. There is a strip of land that was donated as well on the barn side allowing access to the donated 30 acres. Google maps shows the property on the barn side as partilly woods. So about 5 acres total on the barn side.

      Myra on September 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm
  9. HI THERE! Oh, to see me in that home! Please forgive my covetness! This is a country girl who loves'-old things yet you made them NEW! – BLESS YOU GRUNDY AND ALL! I SEE ALL THE WORK AND WANT TO KNOW IF ALL THIS LABOR IS FREE? There is so much to see, I keep watching all the videos over and over and still can't take it all in! My mom would be so proud of me if she were here, but she is in Maine (scattered at Eastport). But she will be there with ME! I do love yall , so I guess you can tell I am from a HOT TEXAS. GET ME OUT OF HERE!

    seeingtoomuch on August 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm
  10. I'm seeing too much but still can't see enough! I was wondering about the back splash in the kitchen. I didn't get to see it much . Can someone tell me more?

    seeingtoomuch on August 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    • Please go to the top of the page and where you see the red bar which has the words, MAIN, TOUR, PHOTOS, ECT… . Mouse over and unto the word Photos and click on the drop-down that says, Kitchen. You will find what you wish to see.
      you are welcome.;)

      Hawkweed on August 29, 2012 at 10:44 am
    • Thanks!:)

      seeingtoomuch on August 30, 2012 at 7:35 am

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