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Straighten That Slope

Blog Cabin 2012 Terraced Landscape

Our forefathers were so clever. Who knew they constructed homes on bluffs to take advantage of more than pretty views? Read the latest Remodeling of Blog Cabin 2012 article on HGTVRemodels.com to find out why our adorable high-posted cape and other homes of its era were built on hills and how today’s homeowners can mitigate resulting backyard slopes.

  • Posted at 4:54 pm on September 9, 2012
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149 Comments

  1. Interesting.

    Hazelnut Deb on September 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm
  2. I was going to use that little slope to get me going down hill on my new cross country skis! On the good side less work coming back up hill. Look at that nice rich soil!!! Good place to grow a kitchen herb garden. Now where to place the compost bin? If I'm not mistaking it appears possible to continue the front driveway all the way to the back and bring the groceries thru the back door? Hmm where to put the ski rack??? Snow shoes? In the kitchen?

    Ashtabulannie on September 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm
  3. And with weather patterns changing so much these days, God only knows just how much the hill rise will be needed!!! I think all houses need to be on higher ground!!! ;)

    asandmancan on September 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm
  4. Mary, Thank you for bringing us this interesting article. I recall hearing long ago that the air was thought to be better on the hillside so those living there would have fewer ailments. I can just imagine being back in 1884 and being part of the original "build" of the Robie Homestead. It would be great to research the old deed and read more of the history of the old place…..I wonder what will be written about the new owner… To be history in the making! Great land, great home. Absolutely beautiful and one of a kind! Good Luck bloggers!

    My fingers are crossed!

    bythebaydreamer on September 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    • Good luck back at you, Bythebaydreamer! I personally think the air in Maine is healthy and "green." There is so much history in Maine, which is something I just love and you're right it would be so interesting to study back in time about the Robie family! Maine has such an integral part in the beginning of America–How I long to be able to be there long term, to have the time to study and explore–and perhaps write about Maine's part in the History of this Great Country of ours!xD^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    • Kitty,
      I hope you get that soon!! and being a history buff myself that would be so much fun to research this whole family along with the homestead, love that idea!!
      I think we as a country have forgotten how important our history is and what you learn from that!! So many of the kids in school today can not even tell you about significant historical facts that made us who we are as a country.

      heaven-bound23 on September 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    • Heaven-bound & Kitty You are so right when addressing the importance of our history. We should be aware.. History tends to repeat itself.. Let us repeat the good :) . Looking forward to the next airing with Good Housekeeping – have to admit – I DID purchase the new HGTV magazine today. My curiosity is big enough for both! :P

      Lilly on September 23, 2012 at 12:26 am
  5. Wow I'll need to get a running start to get down the hill on my new cross country skis. Trudging back up hill will work up an appetite for some lobsta and chowda. Where should I store my skis? Does the back kitchen door have space? I can run from the master bath to the hot tub and back after a nice soak and drink my hot toddy in the tub. AHHHHH how good is that dream? Can I cook the lobsta in the tub with me while I soak?

    Ashtabulannie on September 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    • mmmmm…..briny…. add some lemon juice to the water first. ;) :p

      LLColeman on September 22, 2012 at 4:02 am
    • I think the only current storage for your skis will be via the Hobbit side door to the cellar. and, so far as cooking those lobstahs with you, that depends on whether you want to be cooked in rapidly boiling water too, for that is the requirement for the lobstahs (please don't get me wrong here, folks, it is done for humaneness) so they don't suffer. And they are best cooked in seawater with some seaweed, no lemon or seasoning other than the salty seawater. Finished cooking when antennae are loose. About 18 minutes for a 2 pounder. Then dipped in melted butter–that's scrumptious!:p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    • Now that is heaven!! :p:p LOL

      heaven-bound23 on September 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm
  6. Personally, I think that Chris Grundy and the whole team at HGTV try to think of everything. I am very happy that they are regrading the slope in the back yard. It will make the drainage of the water from the property more effective. In addition it wil also be more pleasant for an actual playarea for children. With all this regrading, will there be resodding as well? Can't wait to see how it will all turn out!!! Good Luck and Best Wishes to everyone!!!

    minnesnowda on September 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm
  7. I always thought people built on high ground so as to see the Viking hordes coming ;) :)

    Clive on September 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    • Ja Ja, I am putting my winged helmet on as we speak–did you see my dragon boat on the Medomak ??

      LLColeman on September 22, 2012 at 4:03 am
    • Now, wouldn't that be something? :) Maybe delivering the winner to their new home?

      Clive on September 22, 2012 at 5:51 am
    • Hordes of vikings huh? Well there's certainly room on the patio for a Bar-B-Q. Hope they brought some food!

      bythebaydreamer on September 22, 2012 at 8:55 am
    • I believe they would bring the beer or meade.:)

      Clive on September 22, 2012 at 10:34 am
    • Would you say the brew would be made in a microbrew?

      bythebaydreamer on September 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm
    • They might bring meade, but the whole idea of pillaging is to TAKE everyone's valuables- & food stores—-they would be useless at a potluck….. plus I hear they like to throw food….

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 1:03 am
    • very funny and cool lol

      LISAFOS on September 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    • LOL! I'm on it! I thought it was the celebratory BC Barn Dance Party Boat! Oh no! Am I ready too soon?B) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    • Hope all the Viking hordes do not need to use the nonexistent powder room at once.

      izzyguest on September 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    • Do you think they would form an orderly line while waiting for the Master Bath to become available? Not sure I would want all those dirty boots from the pillaging to be tramped over my clean bedroom floor.;)

      However, I think they would find the robust iron spike pegs useful to hang a helmet or shield on while attending to business. Those spikes look solid enough to hang a long boat on.

      Clive on September 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    • Perhaps you could call on the services of the visiting Vikings to ram a hole through the message center through to access the basement.

      izzyguest on September 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm
    • That would certainly make an epic episode of Ultimate Crash.

      Clive on September 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    • Would love to see one of them try to sit on that tractor seat upstairs in the office.

      izzyguest on September 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    • izzyguest–L O L x 3 !!

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 12:54 am
    • Clive, I think josh Temple would look great in a hair shirt and a Viking helmet— he could do the whole crash episode as a re-visit episode, since so many bloggers objected to losing the basement stairs…..the word "berserk" came from the Old Norse language, and I think Josh would fit the bill there…
      …;)

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 12:59 am
    • I foresee a major problem here, folks! I don't believe that Vikings have or know how to use the loo. I can see them thinking of it as a drinking vessel, a foot soaker, a pet watering hole. Using the bushes is a more likely place, so if you can direct them downhill and down breeze some, you'll be lucky. :*;) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    • That's okay . . .the people in charge didn't see the importance of a powder room either!

      karen on September 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    • I didn't realize. Were they Vikings too???:o:) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm
    • Regarding the Vikings, let's just hope they don't think the hot tub is a convenient outdoor "water closet".

      Camac on September 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    • LOL!!! That would NOT make for a pleasant cleanout!:S=/ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    • :( Somebody's really not liked any of my posts lately! You keep zeroing me out like I'm some criminal or something–what have I done to you? Whoever you are–I haven't meant to rub you the wrong way. This last post was just a joke stating the obvious. Please lighten up!:S:( Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm
    • Went through the last four blog topics and took care of the zeroes. Sorry I have not been following the Blog Cabin, or I would have caught them as they occurred! I like the property, but I don't like the remodel. I also don't like the ARV!

      EdinOregon on September 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    • You did not need to do that, Ed, but thank you so much! That took a lot of your time and I do appreciate you! I agree with you about the ARV and could've totally redone the remodel but I understand the DIY folks have to work with their Sponsors and make up projects to be part of their TV programming… our personal choices and ideas just have to wait. I wax and wane over the entire situation because the property is in Maine and I do have a longing for a permanent place to go in Maine every year, now that the family home belongs to my Aunt. Of course I can visit but it's not my grandparent's so life goes on and space for my grands and great grands is necessary. I think the wisest is to ultimately sell this one, get one that reflects our needs better, without so many dangling added expenses to bring up to snuff, such as powder room , cellar stairs, opening windows upstairs with water views, well, these to me would have been wise investments! Any how, you are a dear gentleman and I appreciate blogging with you—look forward to continuing the blog. Many blessings, Ed!xDB) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm
  8. Dearest Mary,
    Thank you so much for such informative and very interesting article. We surely learn SO much with our forefathers in so many aspects. Yet, as I read the article through, I could not help but wonder how would these same forefathers, the original builders of the farm house feel if they had had the privilege of following the whole remodeling process right there on site with each DIY Network crew. By reading about the use of computer technology even to draw the image of the fireplace's finished stonework, I could not help but believe that our forefathers, the original builders, would SO appreciate the deep respect that each designer had in restoring the cabin with preserving its historical and original value, yet incorporating the new technology to its designing process without breaking the cabin's link with the past but bringing it to life compatible with this new sustainable era we now live in.

    FLH on September 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm
  9. Anyway, continuing my train of thought…..to me, it is more like past meeting present and future and both our forefathers as well as ourselves in a way also meeting to "learn from each other's technologies". The original builders' "technology" was surely the best technology of their time, and our technology today is the best of our time, so I'd say for sure our forefathers, the original builders, would be SO proud of the good and faithful work done to preserve history, to restore and repurpose the Farm house's very life and to project the Cabin into today and into its future. WOW!
    Thank you Mary….this article was an inspiring one to me ….a great article to set the tone for an inspiring weekend and to keep us looking forward for Sept 27th, the one hour special on the Blog Cabin….and get to learn more of what was done….Have a great weekend Mary and a great weekend to every blogger

    FLH on September 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm
  10. Great pictures! Thanks for the article, I'm glad there are no drainage issues! Water can be very destructive. Love the backyard design. I've never been in a wood fired hot tub! That sounds awesome! Another reason to use those big comfy robes we voted for :) )) Good luck everyone!

    joliekc on September 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm

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