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Mega Dens Focuses on Media

In anticipation of the Mega Dens episode of Blog Cabin 2012, I am proud to present an exclusive vlog, which stars show host Chris Grundy and Anitra Mecadon. Learn more about this duo’s inspiration for furnishings and DIY treatments in the second-floor media room and game area.

Like what you see? Try our exclusive how-to projects (sliding barn door and reclaimed wood desk) from this episode and remember to tune in on Monday night to watch the full episode.


  • Posted at 9:00 am on August 8, 2012
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  1. Good Morning Mary!! Thank you for the New Thread….Mega Den was a big project so I will just tell you that my favorite area is the little cozy Nook under the window….Love that area for reading or just relaxing….Anitra and crew had a big task and did a great job….To me, it's still a mystery as to what is up in the loft area..Why hasn't anyone revealed what is up there??Maybe when we see the special, it will be revealed…Have a good Day!!!

    Jennie/Florida on August 30, 2012 at 10:04 am
    • hi Jennie,
      if you look at the game room pictures, check #7 it shows you the loft. Looks like there's a very small door that would let you into the loft attic from there. Looks like they took out the stairs to the loft attic too.
      Where is that nice storage closet that was suppose to be at the head of the stairs off the game room? That would of made a nice place to store holiday decorations, linens, extra blankets etc since they don't have stairs to attic any more. If you look at the before and after pictures, you can see those attic stairs to loft attic and the closet in the before game room pictures #24.

      home_girl on August 30, 2012 at 11:20 am
    • Hi, Rhonda! It really bums me out about all the disappearing storage spots in this house! Even designing for Summer usage, one has to think of places to put linens, blankets, games, small tools, kitchen items, etc. When the house is empty, especially, one has to prepare for outdoor critters which like to move in for the winter, such as mice, squirrels, roaches, moths, silverfish, you name it. Damage and their deposits happen, so every item needs to be protected. It's a job and you plan ahead. It is not uncommon to arrive your 1st time in the summer and find that mice have moved a pile of insulation from the attic down to the kitchen drawer and made themselves a bed among the dishtowels and placemats to grow their families. So storage areas need to be large enough to contain containers that are critter-proof!:*:)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm
    • Hi Jennie! Have you gotten over all your rain bands from Isaac??? :( Your yard must be saturated! The little LOFT isn't such a mystery, it is just hard to find where the pictures are posted. Here they are, for those still searching; http://www.diynetwork.com/blog-cabin/blog-cabin-2… I see and access door, presumably to some of the bathroom plumbing through that loft. It appears safe overall, in terms of falls, a couple of kids with sleeping bags could chill up there. Nice touch! :p^_^<3

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 30, 2012 at 11:29 am
    • Hi Kitty..thats funny, I was just thinking about you and saw your reply under LL on the last thread and sent you a note about Issac…
      Couldn't see much of the loft but think it would be a good place to store Christmas Decorations since I don't see too many other storage spaces or closets, but the New Owner might just use this place as a summer Home and wouldn't need a lot of storage space….If they are fortunate enough to afford both places! Best of both worlds….How great would that be?? I know my granddaughter would love to have it for her special chill-out room !!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    • Loft that is!!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    • Thanks for the link! I love that. Some of it looks like good space for kids, or make it a cupboard and use for Christmas storage. or basement access for storage. LOL love the sleeping bags with kids up there.
      Glad to see attic access there too. I think there is room for more bookcases to left of slider for office space too.

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm
    • You're welcome! Thanks for the suggestion that there might be attic space through that little door. I had only considered the plumbing. I like the loft too… still have some young grandchildren and a great granddaughter–they would love it! :D ^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm
    • Thanks for the link Kitty. I was surprised to see empty space. In my mind it was a sleeping loft. I have to agree with Jeanie/Florida. could use the loft for storage.Don't know how much space is up there, perhaps can get some trunks for storage? Just a thought. The possibilities are endless. lol….,..xD<3 Windee :)

      Windee :) on September 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm
    • Windee, there used to be a deep closet off the hall and mega den –do you remember it? I'm wondering what happened to it. Closets, places for linens and lots of blankets, these are necessary in Maine. I'm glad the link helped. The loft isn't large, but a couple younger kids might enjoy playing uno or a board game up there… It's night night time for me. Sweet dreams everybody!^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm
    • Hi Kitty, I have a burning question…you were talking about the deep closet off the hall and mega den, I have been thinking about that black chalk wall in the office…Looks like a big box that has been painted black and it's on the inside of the office, so i'm thinking that was a closet that opened from the hallway and they closed it off and added wooden boards on that wall outside the office…If this is true, they just eliminated storage space for a "rustic wall"….Do you see what I'm talking about??? Ever since I saw that black wall I was wondering what was behind that wall, it has to be that closet you were missing in the hallway..Maybe I'm wrong!!!

      Jennie/Florida on September 6, 2012 at 1:28 am
    • Kitty…I just went back to look at the office and hallway again and I think maybe the closet is still there and one can get access from the upstairs landing.. That would be great to know they didn't eliminate the closet. Don't have that much storage space in the BC especially for a year round family…

      Jennie/Florida on September 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    • Jennie I do belie you could be onto something! It just bugs me to waste space! When I was remodeling my present home, I used every nook and cranny, created storage under eaves, extra linen closets where the roof was angling down and the door, therefore was cut at same angle–it created character as well as storage. Wherever there was a deep wall space that wasn't going to "do anything " but have to be closed up, I created built in bookcases. so my house seems to have all this custom work that simply speaks convenience. I cannot imagine shutting off an existing closet!!!=/o.0 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    • Jennie,
      behind the blackboard wall is the chimney, or what left of it. Should be the same with the children bedroom. Closet was where they now have the bench, mirror and air unit in the game room. Also where the stairs used to be for the attic.
      But the new floor plan don't show anything behind the wall but the bathroom. So guess the closet not there anymore.

      home_girl on September 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    • I think that black chalkboard wall hides the chimney. They left the two chimneys for asthetics but tore them out on the inside after supporting the upper part that sticks out above the roof. You can see the brick chimney in the loft pictures and it appears to be directly over the office / chalkboard wall.

      The floor plans show a closet upstairs. It appears as though they guest bathroom was extended into the closet space.

      Myra on September 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm
  2. Love, love that little nook!! My 8 yr old will snuggle up and read , read and more reading in that space I just know it. Again, am thrilled with the fact that you repurposed so much of the wood and that table/ desk LOVE IT. Great job Anitra :) :D

    heaven-bound23 on August 30, 2012 at 10:34 am
  3. Fall is in the air here in Maine bloggers for sure. We have made that turn and can just imagine the beautiful foliage that will be at the Blog Cabin this fall! Nice cool, sunny morning and just imagining myself in that kitchen doing up my harvest from the great garden space I will have , of course that is after sitting out on the back deck enjoying my coffee and just taking in the God blessed scenery :D Please don't wake me from my dream…… LOL

    heaven-bound23 on August 30, 2012 at 10:38 am
    • Hi heaven-bound23….How far do you live from "Our" Blog Cabin??….Fall is my favorite time of the year and envy anyone who lives up North and gets to enjoy the Fall Colors and Cool crisp temperatures…I know with all the Maples around the Barn and BC, the Colors are going to be spectactular!!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 30, 2012 at 10:53 am
    • Oh yes and The Fall colors against the Green BC is really going to be beautiful!!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 30, 2012 at 11:00 am
    • I was thinking of that too Jennie, I love the fall colors.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    • Yes, they will be beautiful against that green :) We have nothing that compares to the colors changing in the fall in this world and I am very blessed to live where I can watch it all go on, but would love to really enjoy it with the backdrop of Blog Cabin!!! :D ;)

      heaven-bound23 on August 31, 2012 at 11:46 am
    • Although I didn't vote for the green, knowing typical New England color choices the white would have been more appropritate the green will be the perfect backdrop for the red and orange and yellows of the fall!

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm
    • Hi Jennie/ Florida, Sorry for the delay in response I am up to my eyeballs in canning so didn't get a chance to get back online until now!! Needed a breather, lol. Very muggy today so canning is uncomfortable to say the least but will try to remember these days this winter!! LOL I live about 2 1/2 hours south of Waldoboro and so wishing I could be there. I love, love that area and visit as much as possible. I am fortunate that I have friends that live not too far away from the Blog Cabin. I have lived all over this country and I have always said I could never live where we do not have the change in seasons so as much as I get tired of the winter I could never miss the rest of the pkg :)

      heaven-bound23 on August 31, 2012 at 11:39 am
    • Hi Can you till me how much SNOW they get in Waldobori.
      Also does any one remember what kind of heat the house has. they said the AC units have heat and the Wood stove. Is there any other?

      GidgetandLucy on September 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm
    • There's no wood stove or fireplace. The stove is propane. I don't believe it can function if there's a power outage as it needs electricty for the blower.

      The main heatng system is hydronic baseboard heating. That's heated and controlled by a system in the cellar that you can access through a small outside door on the south end of the house. There's no cellar access from inside the house.

      Sally on September 6, 2012 at 12:22 am
    • Hi Sally Thanks for the info. I now see the baseboard heaters on the 2nd floor.

      Good Lucy to all

      GidgetandLucy on September 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm
    • The birch trees they planted out front won't be showing much color- they have been leafless and dead looking for several months now.

      Camac on September 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    • How sad! o.0=/:(:'(<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm
    • That is so sad. I wish the rain had come sooner to water all of the lovely plants the DIY Team planted. Hopefully the birch tree will rebound.

      bythebaydreamer on September 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    • I wonder if Ahmed woiuld have planted the same tree & shrubs. I suspect the apparent poor choices of some plants & trees reflects the differnt skill sets of the 'Yard Crashers' presenters – old and new. Ahmed is an expert in plants and designs yards around the plants. Matt is more an expert of construction. Maybe, that was his first prority and he's still learning about suitability of different plants to different areas. For example I don't see many birch trees growing near the house or in the neighborhood. Maybe, although birch undoubteldy grow in this climate zone they're not really suited to this particular soil or climate on Dutch Neck Rd.

      Anniesown on September 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    • I do have birches growing in the woods around my place, but they are scattered in with a lot of other trees. I'm not sure that small space between the house and the road was the place for them.

      Camac on September 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    • Hi Anniesown….The front yard Landscape was done by Jason Cameron and his crew from Desperate Landscapes…Jason has landscaped the last three front yards for DIY Blog Cabins. He is known for going to the local Nurserys to buy what is growning in that area.. I'm sure he would be very upset to know that his front landscape is not surviving..He takes great pride in his work.and is a great Landscaper ..You could be right that the soil at the BC may not be suited for those plants and trees, although Camac lives right down the street from the BC and she has Birch trees growing on her land…In my experience of planting trees and plants…It is so important to water the newly planted trees and flowers frequently until they are root set in the ground and maybe that wasn't done at the BC…I don't remember any of the neighbors ever mentioning they had passed by the BC and saw someone watering the flowers and trees in the landscape…But I'm sure DIY will replace every plant and tree that looks sick before the new owner shows up on the front door step….Just my thoughts!!!

      Jennie/Florida on September 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm
    • Thanks for the correction. I didn't check who had landscaped the front, just assumed it was Matt. OOPS :$ . I wrote that there were some birches nearby, just not many. That would indicate that they don't thrive in that area. My brother-in-law is a landscape architect and he always organizes a local company to water and maintain his jobs after he builds them. It seems strange that DIY didn't do something similar this time, they have in the past. Maybe the people charged with maintaining the yard missed something. However, I agree with you that DIY will surely replace all damaged or dead plants and trees for the winner.:)

      Anniesown on September 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    • Good Morning Anniesown, Birch trees live very abundantly in Maine for that matter New England. One town in New Hampshire is named for all the birch trees in the town, they line many of the roads in the town! The problem with Birch trees and why many people in Maine do not choose to plant them in the landscape is they do not withstand the heavy wet snow very well. If we get a really wet heavy snowfall they will literally bend right over double from the weight and some break and could do damage. We just like the rest of the country have had one of the worst growing seasons on record because of the weather so I believe that is the reason the plants & trees are not looking to good. I know when I owned my property maintenance business we always planned for some loss when doing new plantings, it just is bound to happen sometimes and were prepared to replace what didn't make it so yes, I would hope that DIY will replace those that didn't make it.

      heaven-bound23 on September 6, 2012 at 10:40 am
    • The other reason that birch trees are very susceptible is that people just can't seem to leave the peeling bark ( which is a trait of the tree) alone and if they continue to peel the bark off the tree, the tree will die!!! because it is like continually opening a wound and never letting it heal. That spot will become a weak spot for fungus and disease to start.

      heaven-bound23 on September 6, 2012 at 10:44 am
    • LOL. Kids and some animals are always stripping bark off our birches in the yard. I Agree totally with that being a problem in urban and peri-urban areas.

      We live in north Michigan, nearly as far north as the UP and get well over 100 inces of snow on average. However, it's usually the hard, smalI flakes not the big wet ones unless it's a late winter snowfall. We get ice storms too. They can break even the strongest trees with huge weight on the limbs. I suspect that is why there are relatively few birches in the vicinity of the BC. Being coastal I'll guess the snow is more often heavy, wet type and birch is a very weak wood, easily broken. As I said before. I know birch grow well in Maine generally but suspect that the local environment is not so good for them and they don't thrive well in the neighborhood of the BC compared to other hardier species. They get out-competed, even when conditions are less stressful. Maybe the winner can ask for somthing a little stronger if they have to be replaced.

      Anniesown on September 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    • Maples would be nice, Anniesown!

      Jennie/Florida on September 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    • Maples would certainly set off the house with their color but I'm not sure there's really the space for large trees in front of the house. What do you think? I'm concened that the roots will either hit the house or start to push under the road and too much shade will be a problem with only a few plants and grass varieties tolerating it. They look good now but in 20 years time they will tower over the house and yard. Maybe a trellis with a climbing rose, rhodedendrons or viburnum would look good in place of the trees. Oh well, maybe nature has taken care of the situation. :)

      Anniesown on September 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm
    • Hi Annie, you have a point there, I wasn't thinking about the root system, only the beauty it would bring.. more plants and a trellis would look good also. A parking space would be ideal!

      Jennie/Florida on September 7, 2012 at 1:04 am
    • Maples would be beautiful but Anniesown is probably right about the size. I myself love Lilacs :D ^_^ Anyone that comes to New England would see that Lilacs are very abundant so those would not be a problem, Rose of Sharon can be really nice too my Mom – in Law has one that is about 10-12 ft tall and round so that could give some nice protection but with beautiful color and fragrance. Her's is still blooming even now!! Burning Bush is wonderful too they give nice coverage and are just gorgeous this time of year when they turn crimson red and the birds love them!!

      heaven-bound23 on September 7, 2012 at 10:22 am
    • Hi heaven-bound23…I have a Rose of Sharon that has been blooming since May…I can't believe it has bloomed so long..I planted it beside my well house and it's cascading over the house in full bloom and is just beautiful..I have never cut it back, but it hasn't gotten over 6ft tall and has been there for about 12 years. I guess it's happy where it is…Lavender color with dark purple center. I also have 3 lilac bushes, but they haven't grown enough for blooms…My nursery lady said lilacs won't grow in Florida, so I had to take a picture of them to show her…She was so surprised that I have Lilacs growing! They do need cold winters and we have had some pretty cold winters, for Florida..Maybe one day I will be blessed with blooms…I'm patiently waiting!

      Jennie/Florida on September 7, 2012 at 11:44 am
    • (Cont,) just one more thing..When I was growing up, I lived in Alabama and we had the most beautiful Lilac bushes under all our windows and in the spring, my Mom would open up the windows and the great fragrance of lilacs would fill our home with a heavenly scent..Just Loved that!

      Jennie/Florida on September 7, 2012 at 11:56 am
    • Hi Jennie/ Florida, I must say I am AMAZED that you have lilacs growing in Florida, WOW!!! They are my favorite even though they are only a spring time flower the fragrance as you say is just wonderful :)
      yes, the old farmhouse I grew up in had them around the whole entire house so no matter where you were you could smell them. Bring's back lots of memories after reading your post. Thank you<3

      heaven-bound23 on September 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    • Jennie/Florida, Yes, the Rose of Sharon I think would be a great choice for the front of the house. I like the sounds of your lavender shade. Hers is a light pink with a deep red in the center it is very pretty but I like the idea of lavender better. I know she feeds her plants including shrubs quite regularly so maybe that is why it is so tall. She has amazing gardens in her yard and she can't wait to dig in if we happen to be the blessed winners so not sure how much say I will have in what gets planted!!! LOL

      heaven-bound23 on September 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    • Yes, you are so right that being coastal would bring more snow with moisture. It would be nice if they would let the new owner pick out what they wanted for the front yard!!

      heaven-bound23 on September 7, 2012 at 10:13 am
    • Anniesown if you look on the right side of the barn, there is a nice big birch tree growing there.
      I don't know of any more, but that one close enough so you know they will grow there.
      If you look at pictures Kitty has of the money tree, you can see the birch tree in 1st and last pictures she had taken (on the 1st page).

      home_girl on September 7, 2012 at 1:57 am
    • But typical New England it has been only about 50 here in the morning lately and not that far from me they had 42, yikes!!! But today it is in the 80's and mugggggyyyyy.

      heaven-bound23 on August 31, 2012 at 11:50 am
    • Hi…Heaven-Bound….. I will trade our 94 degrees plus muggy, for your 80's anytime!!!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    • Yes, I bet you would!! that is why I tell my son all the time that you do not need to look very far and someone always has it worse then you!! So I do not mean to complain especially considering what is happening in other parts of this country between Hurricane Isaac and the wildfires & drought my mugginess is nothing!!! So once again I eat my own words :S

      heaven-bound23 on August 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm
    • It’s ok to complain about hot and muggy especially when you are canning. This is one reason why I am continually asking HGTV to put in an outdoor kitchen in the homes they build. Having a bar-b-q is nice but a real outdoor kitchen is needed for those of us that preserve foods.

      Eugenia27 on September 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    • It is funny that you mention this Eugenia27 because it reminded me that many, many of the old homes had two kitchens and it was my understanding that they did that so not to heat up the regular main kitchen, makes perfect sense!!! Especially, back then because canning was such a mainstay of preserving. But I love, love your idea of an outdoor kitchen :D ^_^xD. Can you imagine working in this outdoor kitchen while overlooking the field & river view!!!! Now I would be in heaven ^_^

      heaven-bound23 on September 6, 2012 at 10:52 am
    • Oh yes, I can imagine cooking outdoors and enjoying the views. Years ago my best friend lived in an old farm house on an apple orchard. She had a screened in outdoor kitchen. It was wonderful! There was no air conditioning in the house so canning would have been miserable had we had to do it indoors.
      The outdoor kitchen had a refreshing breeze and as it was screened in we didn’t have to worry about bugs landing on our sterilized jars. Also with it being outside, we could keep an eye on the kids while they played in the orchard. It was a win, win.

      Eugenia27 on September 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    • Eugenia27, what I would give to have that outdoor kitchen!!!!! I have heard of that before too but never had the opportunity to cook in one. I would be so envious^_^ Again, it makes perfect sense!! No air conditioning in this old house I am in so yes, canning can get quite miserable sometimes!!! But I love, love knowing where my food comes from and what is in it say nothing about cost effectiveness so you just make the best of the situation! and being in a outdoor kitchen would be the best, LOL!!! ;)

      heaven-bound23 on September 7, 2012 at 10:28 am
  4. Thanks for the update. I love the media room. It looks cozy. I imagine myself spending many nights watching my favorite TV shows, or movies.

    Summer on August 30, 2012 at 10:47 am
  5. Thanks Mary. I really like looking at the pictures of the 2nd floor. There are some awsome things up there. But when i think of my family there. I just start laughing. Can you see 7 kids with spouses, 30 grand children 0-25 years and 8 great grand children 0-2. If someone is in that nook trying to nap, and the TV is blaring with a movie or a game, I don't think they will get much sleep, then if games are being played in the game room, kids are up in the loft over the office, and someone is in the office trying to consentrate, I don't think that will happen. Then there will be a line up at the bathroom. LOL… sorry …but I do like the up stairs, it just wouldn't work for my family.

    vicki_in_Utah on August 30, 2012 at 10:51 am
    • Vicki, you crack me up! You would have to rent Porta-pottys, and post a diagram for family sleeping bags' layout. Parking assignments would be necessary due to the narrow Dutch Neck Road, no present, unsinkable spot next to house and no ability to use barn. Your situation makes me think of how blessed you are based on that Psalm in the Old Testament that says something like, "Children are a gift from God…blessed is the person whose quiver is full of them." Or, you could do like Home_Girl's family does, everyone brings their own camper and spreads out on the land–you certainly would have room for that! :D :p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 30, 2012 at 11:47 am
    • Kitty, I think of that scripture often. I don't know what I would of done with out my kids and grandkids, when I was going through cancer. My husband was at the VA hospital at the same time, so the kids just jumped in and took care of both of us. I am going to miss the Mega Den show Monday, I hope they re show it soon or put it on the net. We are having our yearly get together out at our cabin, we have 40 acres of pine trees, and a little 2 bedroom cabin. Everyone has a camper or tent and we have a ball.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    • Vicki, I hope your entire family has a WONDERFUL get-together this weekend! DIY has been good this year about posting the episodes quickly, so I think you will get to see it soon enough. Reading what Jennie said next, Getting stairs to the basement is so important–that's where you could make a huge family room! Your other choice if you really need something big–I hear there are some big castles for sale in the UK that might better fit your brood–but then, they'd all have to leave their campers home and learn how to fly like Peter Pan, since plane tickets, luggage, etc. have hit new highs–no pun intended. ;) xDB)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    • You are funny Kitty.. Is the old way to get to the basement behind the message center? Maybe that would be a way to re open the stairs.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm
    • I've been wondering about that space, Vicki–at least, if it could become the basement access. I never interpreted that we bloggers wanted or voted on a message center, rather, they asked about the material for a message board, which i assumed might be near a phone line, and a corner, perhaps in the kitchen or study, where people could post information—but what they did was overkill, I think. and a waste of space. The old basement stairs were destroyed, I believe. That space would be where I'd start–do the walls behind the cork board look angled in to you or are my eyes distorted? The space behind the cork board looks funky and lost, somehow to me. Lots of little spaces in this house that would have been good for storage just disappeared, Did you notice that? :o o.0:)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    • I tried looking at the old floor plan and think that is were the stairs use to do, but not sure. I was surprised about the message center also. I thought the same thing as you, that a cork board would be in the kitchen. That message center seems lika waste of space to me. imo

      vicki_in_Utah on August 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    • I would think the space behind the message board would be the best and only place to put the inside stairs to basement. In the picture (#7) you can see the area well and looks like it would make a great space for the stairs. http://www.diynetwork.com/blog-cabin/late-spring-
      I don't think there is any other place where you could put them. I would still like to know why they didn't put them in, in the 1st place.

      home_girl on September 3, 2012 at 12:00 am
    • That's one of the first things I would do: open up that long wall by the message center and put in a door to the basement & stairs. I can live without a powder room on the main floor although I'd love to have one there and there's room I'm sure. A large laundry is wonderful to have with a house full of people. Sleeping: two in the MBR, One on the window seat in LR, one or two in loft, one on sofa in megaden, one in nook, two in each bedroom make it sleeps about 10 total, 8 besides us unless we make use of floors and or cots which it appears there is room for in a couple of places–forgot sofa in guest, there's another kid. We are trying to figure out how to pay the ARV LOL taxes because I just don't see that ARV based on comps in the area and what was done and furnishings. Any other thoughts? There are what, 3-1/2 acres and the barn left now? That and the house just don't add up to almost 700 or even 600k for us. RE accessibility: I even think I could manipulate the MBR and laundry with a walker when necessary. Not a chair though. Walker could do it on the main floor.

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    • minitoni, I think if the winner was going to use the house year round, a way to get to the basement from inside would be a must. imo

      vicki_in_Utah on August 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm
    • I agree. Must have basement access and would live year round there. LOL if we win

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm
    • minitoni, love the way you thought out where you would have everyone sleep, LOL.

      LLColeman on August 31, 2012 at 4:26 am
    • vicki, in your case I think a big barn renovation would have to make some more sleeping and hang -out spots–how good are they at construction, LOL ?

      LLColeman on August 31, 2012 at 4:25 am
    • LLColeman, you are right, the barn would have to be renovated for living… You asked if my kids do construction, funny you asked, of our 5 sons 4 of them build houses and churches. But the son that built our rustic cabin and is building himself a barn (gamble) cabin…is a baker LOL…he owns a bakery. His brothers did supply him with building supplies, then told him what he did wrong after it was done LOL…

      vicki_in_Utah on August 31, 2012 at 10:53 am
    • LOL! Vicki, if that weren't so sad that things didn't quite work as intended by your son, it would be funny…. Bless him! xD^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    • Kitty, we are happy with it, it is very rustic, but it doesn't leak and mice and other critters haven't gotten in. We have had it 7 years. Thats why I started watching BC to get ideas, which I did with the first one but after that they got too mic-mansionee…if you know what I mean. LOL

      vicki_in_Utah on August 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    • I always have wondered at how they have tossed the word, "cabin" around. I've not seen a cabin since I began watching the DIY BC. :D In Maine, they call them, "cottages." And yes, I know what you mean about too mac-mansionee! My family's Maine Victorian cottage is rustic inside, raw, wide hewn plank wood, mostly built by hand in the 19th century as a seaside vacation get-away. My ancestors, those who didn't actually live in Maine, would come up the New England coastline by steamboat and dock right next to the cottage–how convenient was that? Typical of Maine, pumpkin pine, big rock fireplace, wood stove in kitchen, the love of my childhood memories–still looks similar, though now owned by an aunt, since my Grandparents are gone–what memories reside among those creaky, squeeky orange walls towering above granite boulders at the working Harbor! <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    • Kitty the first 3 years of blog cabin were cabins, the 2008 McMansion one was built in Tennessee, a state I love! Ahmed was the host that year, and it remains the cabin of my dreams. I would love to see DIY do another Real cabin of any size! There are many locations throughout the Blue Ridge & Great Smokey Mountains were you can have a Real cabin with a water & mountain view. Southern Utah would be nice too. I don't mind the reno format, it fits the network perfectly. This year Victoria did the best job I've seen since the renovations began, with transforming the interior to a more rustic cabin style. Several of us bloggers asked for that. I do love the finished look of this years interior, even though like you said it really is a house! The Sweet Pea Cottage is what I call it.

      Mel on September 3, 2012 at 8:57 am
    • I love it too, Mel! My disappointments came only with the accessibility, powder room and stair to cellar issues. the drive/parking is a small deal and easily fixed. Love the kitchen, mega den and living room! I think lack of dormers was a financial decision. I would install, if I won, because I feel the upstairs needs the longer, wider views and I can understand why they nixed it. Same with a generator. I would put one in because it's a necessity in Maine. I don't say these things critically. This Maine charmer has my heart!!! I just think DIY ran short this year, with unexpected expenditures–they did a fabulous job! Sweet Pea Cottage suits it well! :D ^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    • Wow Vicki!!!! You certainly have your hands full when your family comes to visit….If you win the "BC" you will have the deck, patio and a huge back yard for your grand and great-grand children to play, when weather permits …I'm sure you would figure it all out….Oh and their's the nice big Barn across the street that your grand kids would love.
      A Basement Familyroom would have been a great area for all of your family to enjoy, too bad that didn't happen!!!…… Hope your weather is better and you are doing well !

      Jennie/Florida on August 30, 2012 at 11:56 am
    • yep we are mob when we get together. Which we are this weekend. That's what made me laugh about the BC. But you are right Jennie, there is lots of outdoor places at the BC to hang out. We would just have to have some porta pottys. I have not been able to stop watching the weather channel. I hope you and all are blogging buddies are safe.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    • Hi Vicki, I continue to watch the weather channel worrying about all those people in Louisiana and on the Gulf coast..Issac showed up on the Anniversary of Katrina and I can imagine what was going through their minds..I feel so bad for them….We had high winds and constant rain for days, feeder bands with tornados in them. Two touched down just south of me..Structural damage but no casualties.Thank God! We woke up to a Nice sunny morning and is still nice so far. The weather man said rain for this evening…As I told Kitty, I'm so waterlogged and my yard is so saturated, it squishes…..The humidity is heavy, you can cut it with a knife…That is what makes it
      so miserable…Vicki…Have a good time with your family, when you go to your Cabin…Stay safe!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm
  6. Okay, that sleeping nook works for me! And I'm sure that if I'm not in it, Terri will be. Come to think of it, Terri will probably want to be up there lounging whether I'm in it or not!

    DBCoop on August 30, 2012 at 11:18 am
  7. A nook sounds perfect I know for a fact that if we are lucky to win the contest it will be a very busy area we love to read and spend quality time together so the mega den
    will be perfect to relax and enjoy stories in the afternoon.

    pixelecho69 on August 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm
  8. I love it all ready! I set my TV box to record just encase, so I don't miss a moment. I love the work and stile of this New Blog Cabin! B)

    asandmancan on August 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm
    • having trouble recording mega dens, can't seem to search and find it will try again tomorrow. Just saw first house crashers episode online and see what everyone meand by under stair space…good to know. THanks. Been off blogs for a while. Back now for a while.

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm
    • Glade you're back then, I've ben on and off lately too.
      Yeah, my recording with Dish can be picky and change on me. :S So I know what you mean!

      asandmancan on August 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm
  9. Windee, this note is to let you know that I finally got to post an answer to your post to me on the loooooong August 13 thread! Please read ASAP, since it is about plans for us should one of us–yours truly–wins the Blog Cabin!!! I do believe our previous discussion regarding dandelions needs to be set on the back burner, as I think they pretty much take care of themselves, crop-wise. By the way, did I mention to you that i never got to meet Lisa nor her Alpacas this time in Maine, though Carole, Gary and I went to her beautiful place. They must have all been out enjoying a walk or something.:)<3 Kitty

    DwnSoDwnEaster on August 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    • I want to meet Lisa and her alpacas and get some if we win. Always wanted them for wool. Nothing is like alpaca wool (especially baby alpaca) to knit with. Having lived in rural western NY dandelions take care of them selves seasonal crop/weed. just mow them down. Does the john deer zero radius Matt Grundy was riding come with the place or do we have to bring our own? LOL minor detail. Would love to know more about barn too. Have been offline will check other blogs now.

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    • LOL! Minitoni, I hope you have time to go back and read some of our early blogs. We had some that went on and on hilariously, like on the floor slapping,side-splitting killer laughter. Alpacas like to snack on dandelions and Windee and I were exploring the field (no pun intended) of dandelion farming for Alpaca owners. :D LOL! We bloggers wrote 3 stories to pass time during huge lulls in communication with the DIY Blog Admin–better known as Mary. Our story themes were always rooted in our love for and worry about "where's Mary?" Those were, to me, some of the funniest times I have EVER had bar none, with or without internet!B):pxD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm
    • Will try to get back there sometime soon LOL I can imagine!:D

      minitoni on August 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm
    • Addendum on other comments: don't know about John Deere–big ??? Minitoni, did you get over to the website belonging to Blogger, Home_Girl, who posted pictures that she, Ken Day (Day Dreamer) and later, my husband Gary and I posted on a special Blog Cabin Link she set up on her commercial website? Rhonda (her name) makes beautiful matching doll and little girl clothes and she makes the real-looking Re-Born babies for sale and also writes and illustrates children's books. Smart lady!
      If you haven't been there, or it has been a while, there are some pictures Gary took of the undersides of the barn, which gives an idea of the condition and, perhaps the type of work needed to shore it up so that vehicles may be stored inside.While we were back in Maine, Gary and I also chose a 2 lb each virtual lobster for every blogger–did you get yours yet? It is waiting to be claimed on the website too: http://www.yourespecialtoo.com While In Maine I planted a Money tree so as to be ready to cover my expenses with taxes, deed and any barn repairs and painting, etc. Some of my Bloggie Buddies jumped in to help so I gave them reaping permission if they would just water and fertilize, whenever they were there and needed to harvest some of the crop–but little did I expect our crop to explode as it did–did you see that, Minitoni? Maybe you heard about it and I'm telling you an old story. If so, forgive me. But if not or any new Bloggers want to see what some of us Bloggies have done in our spare time to try to improve the BC Barn, go to that website that is about mostly dolls, don't give up! Scroll down you will find a line with a link that refers to Bog Cabin. In the site there are miscellaneous photo posts of the cabin and land and barn PLUS a series of pictures on the Money Tree Progress. Please follow all the way to the end and click link for SURPRISE!!! ENJOY!!! :D B);) K

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 am
    • Kitty the mower that they were using is a model that is no longer in production and must have been borrowed or rented. DR has some reasonably solid small farm/residential mowers as well. The trick will be getting something when it is on sale. Instead of harvesting the dandelions, just load the Alpacas up and bring them over to graze on the organic dandelions that are growing one the 16 or so acres between the house and the river. Then the area around the back of the barn could be used for a victory garden. If the property between the hose and the river is left natural or is "farmed' I believe that it could be owned by the winners and still be put under the conservancy for oversight and yield a reduction in property taxes. It would also be good to know what the right of way looks like for Dutch Neck Rd and how far jy goes into the rock pile and headstone in the front yard. Chat more later.:)<3

      YankeeNuke on August 31, 2012 at 1:41 am
    • hey, good that you checked in…Kitty let us know that you and family are ok, if not saturated by lots of rain. I am sure it can be hard sometimes to get online. People affected by Isaac have been in my thoughts & prayers.

      LLColeman on August 31, 2012 at 4:36 am
    • Thank you for your concern, LL! You are always so thoughtful!!! We had some nighttime storms but are fine, other than saturated grounds. I just haven't been able to keep up with weeds in my flowerbeds this year–it's been awful! And worse, since my energy levels have been impaired. Even my grandkids have been coming over to help, but the recurring storm systems this Summer have been the joy of all my weeds…. have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 1, 2012 at 12:11 am
    • Good to have you back on board, Frank! :D Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    • Kitty, went back, see reply. :)

      Windee :) on September 6, 2012 at 4:43 am
    • Windee–I followed, see message. Thanks! xD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm
  10. Thanks for another preview video of the Blog Cabin.

    dreamn_again on August 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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