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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. I would like to have info on things like the hot water heater . . gas or electric? What about a furnace? Where are these necessities located? The office , for us anyway, would have to be turned into a storage room . . .I'm not going outside in the rain or other nasty weather to get something I need! Any ideas on what the basement looks like

    karen on September 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    • Hi Karen! I probably can't answer all your questions technically, as I have forgotten the specifics, for example, of the water pipe heating system It is new and there, but I am not familiar with that type heating, though I believe that it is propane driven. There was a full stairway access to the basement from inside, which, IMO could be replaced. I know I would! If you go way back into old blogs and pictures and do some digging, you can find some good basement and a very elaborate systems layout setup in the basement. I didn't have time to search it all, but I did find the Q & A where the builders answered a limited number of Blogger questions–believe me our list of questions was legion! Here is a photo and answer to their perspective on the basement: http://www.diynetwork.com/blog-cabin/qa-with-knic… I'm not sure what water heater DIY used this time. Last year, they used one that heated instantly next to the source. Does anyone else recall what was done on the water heating system? There is no natural gas access in Waldoboro. This BC , though promoted as a dream vacation site, could serve as a year-round home, though I can see where a few changes or additions might help some of us who need them, like me. More accessibility, interior access to cellar, an extra toilet with privacy installed in laundry room and a parking/pull-in area at the side, near the front door–all of these, requested /expected based upon the plan designs given to Bloggers and published online. Hope some of this helps! Good luck with your entry! xD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm
    • Well, I kept on reading and got your answer, Karen! ". What type of HVAC and hot water heating systems will be installed? Will there be a whole-house generator?

      A. We are installing a high-efficiency propane direct-vent boiler, which will drive hydronic baseboard heat and provide domestic hot water. Maine does not have a robust natural gas infrastructure and is heavily reliant on heating oil. We typically convert our projects to propane as the high-efficiency boilers level the BTU difference between propane and oil, which has a higher BTU capacity per gallon than propane, but oil burners cannot burn as efficiently. There will also be some cooling provided by Mitsubishi split units in the Mega Dens family room and the master bedroom. These wall-hung units with condensers will be located on the home’s exterior. We do not currently have plans for a whole-house generator, but one can be tied into the electrical system at any time." That was also a quote from the Knickerbocker Group's response to Blogger questions. There, you have it! :p;)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    • Thanks for answering the questions!

      karen on September 2, 2012 at 11:28 am
    • Karen, you are so welcome!xD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm
  2. Just curious – I haven't seen photos or read more about the Medomak access from the house. Is it hidden somewhere on the site?

    NYCMaine on September 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    • Oh, NYCMaine, it's not hidden at all, if you're out back or in the kitchen, living or MBR! The house is on the Medomak River, which is tidal, and leads out to the Atlantic Ocean. The tide, I am told, is about 10-11 ft and when it is out, you have mud flats. If you like clams, you can get a license to clam off your land, assuming you're the winner :) . There are regulations presently against adding a dock–it would have to extend so far out into the River just to get deep enough. During high tide, you could launch a kayak, dingy or the like; there's a sort of sand/mud/small rocky area that drops off 3-4 ft. from the field behind the BC which would need to be maneuvered or adjusted for better access–I imagine some kind of permit might be necessary to do so? I know I would seek one for accessibility so I could fish. Oh, how I love to fish. Hubby can clam and I can help him clam –but I don't care for them so he can eat 'em all! There's about 250 ft. of waterfront on the Medomak River. Here is the Google Maps version link : http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl Enjoy! :D Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    • There is a public boat ramp further out Dutch Neck if you want to launch other than something that you can carry. There seems to be parking there as one would expect.

      YankeeNuke on September 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    • Hi Frank! Gary and I visited the public boat launch area. It seems pretty hidden from the main Dutch Neck Road but when one drives through the meandering trail there is a more than adequate area from which to launch a boat. Of coarse Historically, Waldoboro was a major ship builder town, so there is a known deep channel, but there are also lots of shallows so any boater must be aware of tides! I believe one parks among the trees….:D Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  3. Hi I had a question in response to the Q & A #8: There was mention that there may be some plans for a structure close to the water. This would not be a dock or pier, but may be a gazebo. Has anyone seen/heard about this? It would be a lovely idea.

    bythebaydreamer on September 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm
    • Good question–but none of us, I think, have heard nor seen any info on ANY by the waterfront structure or surprise. We early on Bloggies talked up all sorts of things, including a gazebo, I proposed an elaborate pavilion along with storage for water-type activities, a cookout kitchen, an outdoor shower with potty, etc. Well, none of those dreams happened, but they were fun to dream up! :) When I was at the BC the end of July, I saw nothing there. It is sort of like the dropping of items, here and there, I wonder whether contractors were asked what they might sacrifice from their project plans, which would cut some of DIY's losses after they were overwhelmed with the surprise cost overruns of the hidden structural and floor issues, once the architectural/design/builder Knickerbocker got into the real nitty gritty of the walls and floors. Sad, but it certainly can and does happen, especially in an antique house structure.:):( Like life, you win some you lose some. Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    • Kitty, Thanks for the update on the BC. Hopefully there will be some kind of structure near the waters edge for the lucky winner. I wonder if another concern is that something may obscure the view from the house. I guess we all will "wait and see" just like waiting to find out who will be the lucky winner. Good luck.

      bythebaydreamer on September 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm
    • John and i were at BC cabin on August 29 and did not see anything built down by the water. All outside furniture was in the barn locked up. What a beautiful place to live . A wonderful place to call home . I'm a dreamer also.God's blessings to each of you.

      Cindy on September 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm
    • Thanks, John and Cindy! I guess they are getting the place ready for the cold weather shutdown. Wonder what they will do when they actually award the prize? I understand many plants and trees they planted didn't make it and DIY will be replacing it.Kinda' sad! ;) ^_^;)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 2, 2012 at 12:49 am
    • Cindy, Thank you for your response. I'm thinking that everything is packed up and stored in the barn until the winner is announced. There can be some miserable wind / rain storms in Maine in September. If I were to be lucky enough to win this great retreat a gazebo at the waters edge could be added in the future. Good luck to everyone!

      bythebaydreamer on September 2, 2012 at 2:08 am
    • Somewhere on this site I read that their is no beach at the water's edge. It is more of a mud flat so maybe that is why they didn't build anything down there. I'm wondering how the tide will affect the property? It's plain to see that the grass (weeds) is growing so I'm guessing only a few feet / yards of varience. If you use google maps and switch to the satelite image you can zero in on the property. Lots of space to add "something" if you want.

      Myra on September 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    • Also if there is a mud flat could you dig for clams?

      Myra on September 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    • yes, with a license.:p Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    • It's a long way (nearly 1/3 mile) from the house ot the water edge. That distance may have persuaded DIY not to bother. Also, the local riparian laws prohibit new construction nearer than 200ft from the high tide mark I believe and that construction can't sink foundations or have a bathroom etc. I guess with some tricky land use laws in the estuary DIY have left it to the winner / new owner to check all these regulations before making a decision on any structure.

      Clive on September 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm
  4. Carole, Hi! That IS strange! I wonder what is causing the fish exit? Food supply, like algae or smaller plankton? Wow! I'll have to follow that–thanks for letting me know. How are you? Haven't seen you on Blog much though try to keep up some on Facebook. Now, Gary convinced me to get on it, and I have been hesitant for years. But in some ways I really like it, because I like finding and sharing warm-hearted, funny or just outright cute or uplifting stories on my page. Can't say that I like the new Timeline style. Have you noticed whether they have done anything to fix the BC pergola that was on the ground? Wouldn't it be funny if we became neighbors? Of course that is I, thinking selfishly, so, please forgive me. You WOULD be great to live near– but I also wish you favor and a win–you wouldn't have far to move and Lisa could bring her Alpacas over to mow your grass and eat your dandelions–let's see, is that classified as "Livestock Feeding" for tax purposes?

    DwnSoDwnEaster on September 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    • Hi Kitty, there is some thought that it is runoff from animals on farms upriver- they've also been checking around septic systems near the river. Some think it;s actually the towns water treatment pant. One of my neighbors says there haven't been any fish in the river for several years- but he tends to be a pessimist and exaggerates a lot. I think it may have something to do with the fact that the river apparently used to be dredged regularly and hasn't been for years because there's concern about causing problems with the clams. In Waldoboro's glorious past, they were known for building large schooners, now you need high tide to get anything but a small boat out of the landing in town.The pergola did finally get put back on the BC. The last few days I've noticed people looking at the BC- must have trouble reading though (the “No Trespassing” signs } because today they were in the back around the deck and patio. Probably now that episodes are airing on TV it's aroused awareness and curiosity.I'd love to have you and Gary as neighbors. I've entered a few times but except for wanting to enlarge my place a little, I'm really quite content with the place I have- I like being in the woods and close to the river- as long as my neighbor keeps plowing me out in the winter.Another crop of dandelions seems to be starting to flower so the alpacas should be happy. I haven't seen Lisa in quite a while but I don't tend to go to Moody's much during the summer since it's so much busier. I thought I had mentioned before that I haven't noticed ducks or cranes in the river as much as I used to- but I don't see it in my previous comment- so -not I've said it.

      Camac on September 2, 2012 at 12:53 am
    • Gary and I have been entering, but it's such a long shot–who knows? Last year's winner was perfect timing for her. She was retiring, already knew someone in Matthews, VA and was actually considering the area for retirement–how close can that be? Gary would probably open a branch of his firm in Maine, keeping the one in VA, if God allowed us to win. It seems like an expensive ARV, considering the land give-away and the furnishings created on the inexpensive side. Just wondering what comparables they're using to come up with their figure? I would just Have to put in upstairs dormers–they'd mirror image the bump-out in the living room and be wide for the view; stairs to the cellar would be absolutely necessary inside, as well as a toilet with privacy in the laundry room. Gravel or shell for parking space beside the house would be mandatory too. The rest Is great except any lack of accessibility, which would remain on my future needs to do list. ;) xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm
  5. What a treat to see the different host interact in this build- love the reclaimed wood use – learning a lot

    scwilsontn on September 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm
  6. I'm thinking a toilet and sink can be placed in the laundry room. Get rid or shorten the huge table, move the WD next to the soaking sink and place the facilities where the washer/dryer is now. Plumbing already there.
    I know that can't decorate for the masses but I need a tv downstairs. Watch while cooking or use for guests over for the big game!

    Stu on September 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm
    • There is a TV in the kitchen -on the coffee bar. And they said there is wiring on "the bookshelf" for a TV if wanted – and I would definitely want. Like your laundry room ideas.

      izzyguest on September 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm
    • Stu, Most of the new front loading washers and dryers can be stacked. A toilet could be placed in the laundry room fairly easily, and for a marginal expense.

      bythebaydreamer on September 2, 2012 at 1:51 am
    • The only issue with adding a toilet is the venting. Since the floor plans show one their must be a way to do it.

      Myra on September 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    • The sink is already there!

      Nebraska on September 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm
    • Toilet in the laundry room may be a problem because a normal toilet requires a 3 or 4 inch drain. The sink and the washer only need a 1-1/2 inch drain, so the plumbing may not be there. There also might not be an adequate vent stack either. I think that a macerating toilet would solve the problem. If we knew when they changed the design we would have a better chance at guessing what needs to be done. As far as stacking the washer and dryer that might depend on what they have installed there as well as how the dry vent is run. Probably doable, but might require opening up the wall.

      YankeeNuke on September 6, 2012 at 12:41 am
  7. Ejust love the home barn land and river watched the shows in slow motion to see everything and everytime you watch you see something new and how i love that place try and look up everything i can about waldoboro im a yankee by birth and would love to come back i would definity live there and i would make due with what i had to work with it would work because so much good to it concern about taxes but where will theres a way love reading from everyone god bless to everyone and good luckl oh did i say i love the place i would love to win it

    bogeyandbacall on September 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm
  8. i apolize God should be capital never small im so sorry hunt and peck letters

    bogeyandbacall on September 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm
  9. I am still waiting for them to put the master bed room & bath show on line, so we can watch it too, (for those of us that don't get it on TV). I hope they do it soon, they got the other ones out there pretty fast, thank you for doing that for us too…

    home_girl on September 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm
    • Hi Home_girl..Hope your Mom is feeling much better…I was wondering if you had a chance to go by the BC lately?? Kitty mentioned that the Corbel or the Pergola, I forget which, had been taken down for some reason, just wondered if you passed by and saw any activity!!! I bet the weather is getting nice knowing the fall season is just around the corner and the leaves will soon be turning .."My favorite time of the year."
      I was wondering if maybe you could take some fall Photos of the BC when the leaves turn, especially for the disappointed Bloggers who didn't win this beautiful BC. At least we can see the Fall colors around the Home, Meadows to the river and around the Barn area for a sad but grand Finale…Just a reminder of all those months we spent discussing our ideas and thoughts, plus contributing to the design and decorations, but anxiously waiting for the reveal, to see how our choices were used in the home..I've enjoyed every single moment of this journey and can't wait for the Next BC location… BUT I think once the New Winner of this BC is announced, DIY SHOULD LET US VOTE ON THE NEW LOCATION for the next BC..Just My Thoughts…

      Jennie/Florida on September 2, 2012 at 2:16 am
    • Hi Jennie,
      My mom still in lots of pain but is able to move around a lot better now. She walking but not able to drive or anything yet. This coming week we'll be getting her into a car for the 1st time since surgery so we'll see how that goes, and see what doctors have to say about what's going on with that knee. Thanks for asking.
      I'll see what I can do about getting some nice fall pictures of the BC, trees have not turned yet so would not be too much of a different right now. Maybe at the end of month or Oct when trees are really pretty here, we could get some pictures. If Ken Day around there about then, I am sure he'll share some of his pictures with you all too.

      home_girl on September 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm
    • Dear Rhonda, so sorry your Mom is still having so much pain! I'm sure everybody had hoped the surgery would have alleviated some of that. I've been posting off and on to this blog and facebook, trying to divert myself from my own health stuff–mostly pain, for which no doctor will treat for fear of legal recriminations nowadays. So the patient often gets nothing. :$ That face looks how I feel– and this one :p is how I try to cover up for it and pretend nothing's doin'! :p I'll just be glad to find out about all the tests and biopsies…. Please let us know how your Mom's medical appointment and knee situation go. Have a good Labor Day, you and yours! I need to get back to our genealogy search–want to find out which Leavitt you came down from. I can tell you that mine was the 1st Moses. He m. Dorothy Dudley, Granddaughter of Governor Thomas Dudley of Massachussetts (then included Maine) and his son Rev. Samuel Dudley. there is a very active Leavitt Family Assoc. of which i am a lifetime member, based in Maine. They might be able to help you too.I really think we're cousins! :) <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm
    • Kitty that would be something if we was cousins, I know the Leavitts are all over Maine, there's even a school names for them in Turner. I always wondered if they was related some how.

      My Mother was told that with as much work that was done on her knee it may be months before it could feel better. I think she just worried that something else might be wrong with it, I think she'll do better once they x-ray it and find out what's going on with it.

      home_girl on September 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm
    • Hey Jennie! Camac posted yesterday that the Pergola was back up. Earlier, however, she also posted that the white birch trees appear to have died as the leaves all dried early after planting so we won't se Kittye any fall color from them. Lots of the flowering plants also died. I know when I was there, nothing was blooming and much was shriveled–it did not look good or promising. I know that DIY delivers the place in top notch condition, so I'm sure this will be remedied when the winner gets the keys later this Fall. Is your yard beginning to dry out yet from Isaac and the earlier storms? Sure hope so! xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    • Hi Kitty…..Sad to hear the birch trees and the flowers are not doing well..I'm sure Jason would be upset to know that his front yard project is looking sick…DIY will probably send him back to the BC to replace everything that doesn't look healthy….Kitty, my backyard is still drying out due to Issac and T/S Debbie…The back is lower than the rest of my yard and gets the water that runs down from my house and my neighbors house too and we have really had the rain with those two storms..I cut my grass today anyway. It was soupy in some places..but If the grass gets too high, I have a heck of a time getting my mower though it…I am happy to say, that all my Bromeliads are in full bloom. They are just beautiful with a nice orange size bloom and they are deep orangish-red cones with purple tips..They are so perfect looking, they look fake… I have them everywhere in the yard…Too bad they didn't wait til Christmas to bloom, they could have been part of my Christmas decorations..Oh well, the blooms only last a week and then fade out..They usually bloom in July, but were late this year for some reason, maybe the weather had something to do with it …Have a restful evening…Kitty!

      Jennie/Florida on September 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    • I LOVE Bromeliads! They don't do well outside in VA though. My back yard is like yours, lower, so it gets more run-off. Our Encore azaleas are in full bloom and look great, but I have so many weeds, I haven't been able to catch up and some of them are tall and flowering. It's a battle. Chesapeake, where I live, is rather flat and I'm only about 3 miles from the Intracoastal Waterway at most. When we have lots of rain, the water tends to just wallow, unless we get lots of hot, dry air and sunshine following so evaporation speeds up. there have been sunny days, but it's been temperate, so water hasn't been inclined to go for the clouds.:|:);) Have a good, relaxing Labor Day! <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    • I was wondering the same thing home_girl. Someone suggested the link at the top of Videos but there are no full episodes there, just 2-3 minute tours of the spaces. The Full Episodes link only shows the first two episodes. I'm anxiously waiting to see the rest as well ! Till then I guess I'll just have to keep looking at the photos…..

      Myra on September 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm
    • Myra, i may have been the guilty party that suggested "videos" link when I meant to write "Full Episodes"–I was up way past bedtime that night ! I am so sorry…now it is already Tuesday and still see only the first 2 episodes ! I hope with the end of the long weekend holiday, some more episodes will be posted. :)

      LLColeman on September 4, 2012 at 4:11 am
    • No worries LLColeman. I thought maybe I was missing something because I've scoured this entire site and couldn't find more. Glad to know it's not me!! LOL

      Myra on September 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm
  10. OMG! I so want to win this house. It is in so much better shape than our current house which is only slighly younger. And the land. It would be like dying and going to heaven so beautiful. I would move my whole family up there permently. wouldn't really change much that I can see. Though would like it to have 4 bedrooms instead of three, but would manage it if we won.

    Melissa on September 2, 2012 at 8:01 am
    • Melissa,
      if you didn't need an office that room can be the 4th bed room, as it once was. The office can be moved to family room or down stairs to laundry room, giving you your 4th bedroom.

      home_girl on September 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

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