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Front Yard Landscape: The Final Touch

Our final Blog Cabin 2012 episode airs on Monday evening. Check tune-in details so you don’t miss a beat. And mark your calendar for the one-hour special, which airs on September 27 at 9 p.m. ET.

Today, I share a special sneak peek with you: an exclusive vlog starring Blog Cabin 2012 show host Chris Grundy and Desperate Landscapes show host Jason Cameron. I love the insider details they share here. Can you imagine transforming a front yard in just eight hours?


  • Posted at 3:08 pm on September 9, 2012
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372 Comments

  1. It's too bad they didn't choose to make some grow boxes with some of those old windows, or a green house. Oh well, that just gives me something to work on.

    Donna on September 17, 2012 at 9:16 am
    • That's the same thing I was thinking about the windows, I even asked them if they could make the BC one for out back (green house). But as you can see they didn't do it, I hope they still left some of those things in the barn for the new winner, so they can do these special projects with them.
      We asked and they said they would leave behind some stuff for the new owner to make things out of, so we'll see.
      Also I see they took down the old clothes line, I was hoping they was fixing it and going to put it back up closer to the home, but guess they decided not too. It would of help to save on the energy bill by hanging clothes out. I guess the winner can always make a new one for them self, if they wanted one. :)

      home_girl on September 17, 2012 at 11:00 am
    • Greetings Home girl. Boxes for herbs off a kitchen window looks nice in magazines but i have always wondered about water, insect damage as well as heavy snow damage. A homestead/Cabin with clothes lines are charming additions and are usefull for large items like airing out feather beds – NO undies :)

      Lilly on September 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    • Lilly I seen window boxes do just fine here, just put a few drain hole in bottom so water don't build up like plant pots. If they are put on right the snow shouldn't be to bad, I am sure you would clean them off of snow, so you can see out your window. If you was too worry about that, make them so they can come off for winter storage.
      Clothes lines are great, hang out blankets to air, dry sheets, nothing like fresh sheets on a bed at night. Baby cloth diapers get nice and white if left out over night to catch morning dew. We always hide the undies in the middle so you couldn't see them as well. If single line who cares, everyone wears them, or most do… ;-) Just put the prettier ones on outside. :-) Most clothes lines were out in back of the houses anyway, so people passing by didn't or couldn't see them .

      home_girl on September 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm
  2. Wow that first floor laundry area is perfect for the main entrance! Keep the cold wind out, keep that fab floor in the foyer looking good and keep the cold winds out of the house. Pull off your muddy boots, wet sweaters and snow pants, throw them in the dryer, mop up the melted snow from the floor and proceed into the main house. I would replace the two windows in laundry room with a door and put a drivway on the other side of the house. There seems to be space for a potty in a little closet?? (not sure about plumbing-but must be available since washer is nearby?) Voila-A formal entrance and a working entrance!
    Bad idea to be doing messy "Craft" projects in the same place you are doing your laundry and cleaning your clothing.

    Ashtabulannie on September 17, 2012 at 10:17 am
    • A few years ago we turned our 2 car attached garage to a single car garage and a mud room. In that mud room we put in 19 ft of cabinet (one whole wall) , area for the washer and dryer, and a 3/4 bath in its own room in the back. We put in front and back doors so I have easy access to the back yard for hanging clothes and the front door gets used for guests coming into the house in the winter. We put down tile (or my husband did as he did much of the work!) We have wood floors in the entire house other than the 2 bathrooms and I got sooooo tired of cleaning the water/snow everytime guests came into the house. I'll admit the main reason I wanted the w/d in a mud room was to get them out of the basement (knees don't work like they used to!). I think it's going to be a challenge to keep the entry room dry in the winter in this house.

      karen on September 17, 2012 at 10:53 am
    • I agree, messy crafts and clean laundry folding don't mix well; provisions should have been made for Winter home and floor protection and some important marketing opportunities were forfeited by DIY/Scripps. What's more surprising is, Maine is not only a Summer vacationland–but a Fall/Winter Escape as well!!! Maine is a Winter sport wonderland, so a home such as BC would and should have been designed to meet each vacation season, just as Scripps has done with its other home givaways. I'm baffled that this fact went unnoticed. And don't let me get started on powder rooms, accessibility, space usage, and decision making… ouch!o.0 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm
    • Hokie–I like this idea–had not thought of that ! Old homes usually had laundry porches–and many of those had a door out to the yard ( to hang the laundry on the line ). There was originally a half bath there so the plumbing for toilet could be resurrected -Victoria did say it would be easy to change the room back into a powder rm.

      LLColeman on September 18, 2012 at 3:42 am
    • Thank you Victoria!

      Ashtabulannie on September 18, 2012 at 9:15 am
  3. Home_girl between you and Kitty we have some very good pictures to look at. In looking at the front of the house again, I think that a Holly Tree would really fill in that "blank spot" nicely and could easily be kept pruned within the space. It would also provide a nice, rich dark green accent for the front. Thank you home_girl and your husband again for being such faithful providers of good input. Thank you Kitty for your pictures and the money tree. :D

    YankeeNuke on September 17, 2012 at 11:22 am
    • It was such a joy to put the planted Money Tree in good Maine Soil, so everyone could enjoy it,especially when we found out it had hybridized to a much more desirable currency …that was great fertilizer Jennie and Lilly brought, and with Camac's constant watchcare, why, we had it made! and I could afford 2 lb lobsters for all Bloggies to eat! Let us not forget the wonderful photography of Ken Day /Day Dreamer on this Blog either. He has regaled us with some wonderful photography posted generously by Home_Girl too. I think we have had an exceptional blog group and I hate to see things come to an end. I personally have come to care for and respect and enjoy many wonderful individuals whom I don't want to lose as friends…;)xDB)<3So it's not so much about the BC but may a BLOGGIE only win it!!! :p<3 KITTY

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    • Hi Kitty, it was so much fun planning for the Virtual trip up to Maine with Lilly. To meet you and Gary and to help plant the Ben Franklin Money Tree…After the Money tree matured and flourished with all that money, we never got the Barn ready for the New Owner!! We were so excited about yours and Gary's trip and to hear about the BC, we forgot to Reno the Barn…Remember? That was the purpose of planting the Money tree….We should have planted more trees so we could do the reno and have enough money for a big "Welcome home Party" for the New Homeowner and a "Going Away Party" for all the Dedicated Bloggers.who stayed through this entire journey from start to finish and who fell in love with this Beautiful Home..Can you believe that Barn is1,800 sq ft? Great place for Our Last Virtual Party!! We can swing from the rafters and dance all night and have Moody's to Cater for this Wonderful Occasion!! Our Final Goodbye to the Beautiful Blog Cabin at 620 Dutch Neck Rd.

      Jennie/Florida on September 18, 2012 at 1:12 am
    • Jennie–Blogger Farewell Virtual Barn Party—it sounds like a must do ……<3

      LLColeman on September 18, 2012 at 3:53 am
    • Jennie, perhaps you should recap your visit to look at the amazing crop my money tree put out! I mean, I know it was a hybrid, with a varied fruit, but with a $1 MM dollar bill, we can take care of lots of necessities, plus have that virtual goodby Barn Party! That was virtually the best we could do to try to raise money for the taxes and to reverse the issues that have troubled so many of the Bloggers, such as bathrooms, ADA issues and such. I don't know what you and Lilly mixed into your fertilizer, but it was outstanding stuff! :D xD;)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm
    • Well SOMEBODY doesn't like to have virtual fun!!!! Thanks for the virtual Zero for my virtual million dollars thought! Nice thought…o.0 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm
    • Kitty__ I started blogging with the 2010 BC and have not gotten off this blog since ! It goes on all year–within weeks of announcing the winner, the next site for BC 2013 will be posted. You have been one of the most creative writers this year, and your personal Maine recollections really gave us all a feel for the place, even if we have never been to New England. I so appreciate all the information.
      I truly hope this group can continue to blog into the future…. but interests and time constraints affect many. We have lost a good # of blogger friends over the past 2 years, and I have heard some stories from bloggers who go back 3 or 4 yrs. about people they miss from the original BC projects. <3

      LLColeman on September 18, 2012 at 3:51 am
    • Ditto, LLColeman. We have had fun this year. But speaking of 2013, shouldn't they be announcing where 2013 is going to be? Or asking us where we would like it. Seems they start this before the last show to keep us going. I hope there is going to be a 2013 BC.

      vicki_in_Utah on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 am
    • vicki–of course I am making an assumption that there will BE a 2013 BC….I certainly hope so !

      LLColeman on September 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm
    • I hope to continue blogging, as it has been both enjoyable and a growing experience for me. I've met some very nice folks and enjoyed our journey together. Thank you, each, Bloggie Buddies! <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm
    • Thank you LL! I appreciate the compliment, especially from an English Teacher! I feel as you do and hope to continue blogging, especially on DIY Blog Cabin. I do hope the TV Network continues the concept, even though, at times I felt like pulling my hair out, but then at other times, I was ready to dance a jig! Never knew what was coming up next. Of course, that's part of the fun of it all…. Good luck to you!!!xD^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    • Here, Here all in favor of a bloggie winning it say AYE!________________________________> From: notifications@intensedebatemail.com > To: frankrh77@live.com > Subject: DwnSoDwnEaster replied to your comment on Front Yard > Landscape: The Final Touch >

      YankeeNuke on September 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm
    • AYE!!!:p Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm
    • AYE, Frank–and AY YI YI, for good measure !

      LLColeman on September 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm
    • Aye and Amen :)

      Windee :) on September 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm
  4. LOVE the front landscaping. Front yard is beautiful and inviting. With that calming green paint and the pops of color from the flowers and the old pump…sure hope this becomes my place to come home to.

    Christie on September 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm
  5. I can't believe the 2012 giveaway is coming to an end… a very happy ending for one lucky winner!

    epiphany101 on September 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm
  6. Ashtabulannie GREAT IDEA for the Blog Cabin! An additional door/entrance from deck to "2d bathroom" & (laundry area). This certainly would keep the wet, dirty feet (muddy paws), that have gone for a hike, exited the hot tub, partied on the patio, played football in the yard as well as the I just "Gotta Go Potty" feet from destroying the front door entrance! :) Also agree with crafting in a small room — messy & a bit claustrophobic.. Personally, I REALLY use my laundry area and the piles of clothes do get away from me so I would just put a screen up to hide any laundry from guests. These changes sure would create minimal use of the front door foyer and preserve the floor Jason, Chris & the Gang worked so hard on creating! It is a MASTERPIECE :) Missed advertising opportunity is right! MANY L.eon L.eonwood BEAN products available!! Their Water Hog mat could keep the floors looking AMAZING by any guests coming for a quick visit.! LOOK at their 100 year celebration!! ALL KINDS of goodies for living and recreating in Maine!! THEY ARE the EXPERTS in that region! Freeport Maine :) Truly Lilly

    Lilly on September 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm
    • I was surprised that they didn't utilize LL Bean for some of their products. I have two Water Hog mats, one for the front door and one for the back slider, and they are perfect for rain and snow. Maybe the DIY Bog cabin winner will also win LL Bean's 100th Anniversary million dollar giveaway. Someone might just be that lucky!

      Carolyn on September 18, 2012 at 9:07 am
  7. I was never able to find rugs that didn't get crunched up when the front door was opened because of the weather strip on the bottom of the door. Believe me, the tile works out so much better than the wood floor at an entrance in a snowy location. We are in a rather large ski area (3 ski hills within 5 miles of our house) and it doesn't get white here with crayons!

    karen on September 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm
  8. So excited! I couldn't have dreamed a better DREAM cabin!!

    mountaingirl76 on September 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm
  9. love the house!

    casey on September 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm
  10. I love the house, the barn and the grounds! What a rare gem this place is.The only thing I would like to have added is an American flag on the flag pole in front of the barn. DIY and HGTV Remodels can that be added?

    bythebaydreamer on September 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    • Dear Bythebaydreamer, that would be the very 1st thing to do! :D The Robie family placed that Flag pole by the barn for that very purpose–nothing would be better than to honor our Nation by flying her colors–it IS a Maine thing to do! Thank You!!!:*<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm
    • Hi Kitty and Bythebay, if you Tour the front yard you will see an American Flag flying on the pole at the Barn!

      Jennie/Florida on September 24, 2012 at 1:07 am

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