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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 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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  1. Thank you Mary for the new thread..Well, we're almost to the end of this Great Journey on Dutch Neck Road. The Farmhouse is Beautiful. From start to Finish, it has been very exciting to see this home remodeled and loved the updates and photos along the way, but there were a few Major let downs, in the Reno, for some of the Bloggers, but we had so much fun choosing things for the BC and the Bloggers made some great choices and great suggestions too..The Bloggers are so kind, helpful and considerate of one another and very creative..A great Blogging Family…The Special Designers and Crashers did an outstanding job in their line of expertise and Chris Grundy was a great -Guest Host. He and Crashers worked well together. The Backyard turned out great and will be the Center of all activity until Snow returns, then the Mega Den and Kitchen will be busy with family and friends. Love the Riverview, it's just breathtaking and so inviting…I can't wait to find out who the Lucky Winner is. I hope it's a Blogger and I hope they will be able to keep the BC!

    Jennie/Florida on September 22, 2012 at 3:19 am
    • Yes, thank you, Mary and all DIY Team! I second everything that Jennie said–I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of this entire process! We Bloggies are ready to stand with you again on next year's Blog Cabin and would like to be part of the location selection process, if that's possible? What a blessing it would be if a Blogger, who has put their heart and time into the Blog Cabin could win this year and could keep this glorious place! Now THAT would be awesome Marketing Strategy for DIY and HGTV Remodels. ;) xD^_^<3Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    • Kitty, I've entered a few times, but if I should win, I think I would deed it over to you and Gary- provided I could use it if I can't get down my road due to snow or I have more than 2 people visiting and don't have room to get them in my place.

      Camac on September 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm
  2. Mary, just one more thing! While we're waiting for the Big Finale, could you give us a heads up on
    how you or DIY will be choosing the next location for 2013 Blog Cabin? Will we get a chance to list
    a few of our favorite locations? At least that would give DIY some places to consider and give the
    Bloggers a chance to contribute to the final destination..Please give this some thought.!!!!.
    Mary thank you for all that you do…I know you must be, one busy Lady!!!

    Jennie/Florida on September 22, 2012 at 3:44 am
  3. My favorite part of the article was the photo of the outdoor fireplace with a roaring fire inside ! The backyard area is still my favorite part of the project.

    LLColeman on September 22, 2012 at 4:11 am
  4. I think my favorite space in the Blog Cabin is the kitchen. I absolutely love the farmhouse table. The kitchen is the heart of the home at my place, and this table can seat so many family members and friends. With Thanksgiving coming it would be a great place to prepare a feast! Family could help and not get underfoot. Can you feel the warmth of the gas stove in the living room heating the first floor, and smell the turkey roasting in the oven? After eating everyone can talk a leisurely stroll to the waters edge, and then return to the house for coffee (served from the coffee bar) and homemade pies!

    Just imagine……I'm loving the dream….It won't be long now. Good Luck to fellow bloggers !

    Fingers crossed.

    bythebaydreamer on September 22, 2012 at 9:13 am
  5. Good to know. Thanks for the update.

    Summer on September 22, 2012 at 11:21 am
  6. Very interesting our forefathers were so smart.

    pixelecho69 on September 22, 2012 at 11:32 am
  7. With all that digging, terracing and landscaping going on, I'm surprised there's no mention of finding any buried pirate treasure. Guess it's all still laying at the bottom of Peter's Pond. On top of winning the Blog Cabin, a couple of heavy, filled-to-the-brim old chests of pirate loot would be a great added bonus.

    DBCoop on September 22, 2012 at 11:42 am
    • I think it would be the only way for some of us to pay all the taxes /insurance this place will demand!

      karen on September 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    • you are so right Karen!!!!!

      heaven-bound23 on September 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    • Coop, three days ago was "Talk Like a Pirate Day "…maybe we could have gotten a dive crew together then.

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 12:48 am
    • All those taxes, etc are sure scary to me also. I do remember, Coop – you wrote way back – about KEEP THE SWEEPS—-Can't find it any more, do you have any idea about it? That was the only way most people could survive the taxes.

      Lucy Brookshire on September 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm
    • About two weeks back blogger Sally posted a link and a lot of useful information on this topic. Here's the link… I hope it helps.

      Good luck.:)

      Clive on September 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm
    • Probably should have taken a break and dropped a high power metal detector in the cistern before covering it with a 5 ton boulder. The treasure could be there–right under our very eyes… oh-oh! I'd be very curious to know what might be down there—or could it be revived for use?B):*:p Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm
    • Hey Coop on HGTV they had an epidode on Raising House of a modular home. Of course they do the entire house in 22 minutes so we don't get a good view of the process. Ya think we can get them to do our modular dream house sweeps yet?

      Nebraska on September 24, 2012 at 10:25 am
    • SSSHhhhhh! It's suppose to be a secret for the 2012 Blog Cabin Winner. They get to dig up their house to find million's in gold & jewels! The house & all the work is just a cover up. The real treasure is underneath!!!! xD LOL

      StellaF on September 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm
  8. I just love the cobblestone pavers and the stone fireplace and can picture myself sitting out there on a cool crisp fall evening sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows. We did a similar stone patio (semi circle) at the back of our house 3 years ago and I am still enjoying it today. This article was great because now I understand why my husband had the drainage put in to send the water away from the house. Terracing, I learned something new today and pan to impress my husband:).

    jetddt on September 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    • Isn't it something else when we learn our husbands are smarter than we think (and we have been married for 47 yrs.) My husband wasn't in construction work for his career but has really shocked me with the stuff he knows. Last year when he was doing the brick driveway we also had a guy put seamless gutters on the house and my huband ,too, did the drainage thing with the driveway. We've been in this house for over 26 years and there is always something to do. Luckily, we have to hire out for very few jobs other than those he just doesn't want to do (like paint the outside of the house and install triple pane windows!). Both he and my sisters husband have really saved us tons of money doing things around the houses. I can't imagine paying for someone to do some of the things they have tackled!

      karen on September 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm
  9. just beautiful landscape to behold!! Pray the winner will be truly happy there!! the crashers have really put so much into this beautiful place, wonderful pics!!!! thanks to you Mary, and all the crashers!!!!! truly beautiful!! p. s. hope someday to be able to watch diy again. take care, all!!!

    Penginsmomina on September 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm
  10. As to be expected it seems much thought was put into the design, but also the integrity of the actual construction of the landscape. So important and often overlooked, it's great to know that it was done right. Coming from a construction/real estate family, over the years we've seen it all. It all starts with a good foundation, be it house or landscape. Kudo's to Blog Cabin and showing everyone the right way! Well done.

    lolobug on September 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

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