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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 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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  1. Whoa !! I was still on the last thread !! Didn't see the new one, Hey Kitty, I left you a message on the last one !!

    gremol on September 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm
  2. I must congratulate all involved in renovation of this cabin—I feel confident that the structure has been strengthened and the plumbing, electrical and heat systems will be hugely improved. Some decorative effects, like siding color, would not have been my choice, and I was sorry to see the hazardous old chimneys left in place…. here was my reaction when i found out the inside stairs to basement were removed and powder rm. cancelled: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=147733335

    moreover, the blog witnessed my disdain, upon seeing the master bath was not wheelchair accessible : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=147541415

    LOL, but it means more to know that this wonderful old house will be standing for decades into the future.

    LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 12:46 am
    • Love it – my laugh for today!

      Carolyn on September 23, 2012 at 9:13 am
    • Thank you… LL, That was too cute! Started my day off with a Smile!!!

      Jennie/Florida on September 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    • Jennie/Florida, you are very welcome–my brother put up a link to this Facebook star–and now we are Colonel Meow fans at our house ! ^_^

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    • LL, that kitty expresses my sentiments exactly too! Great smile inducer and perfect comments! Thanks!;)xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    • <3 You are welcome, Kitty !

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm
    • LL YOU ARE ONE CREAZZZZZZZZZY CAT..
      **that popped my eyes openxD thanks for Big LOL:o

      LISAFOS on September 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    • Thanks LLColeman for sharing those funny links!! I agree with LISAFOS , thankfully for the blog, You are a CraZee (and cool Cat) !!
      While we're speaking about craZee cool Cats,
      Here's this years Blog Cabin host : the CraZee (cool Cat) GRUNDY carving Halloween pumpkins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlH67sMa3L0

      Mel on September 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm
    • Mel–OMG!! My sides hurt from laughing…. that has to be the nuttiest How To demonstration I've ever seen….that performance makes his appearance on Blog Cabin seem downright restrained and low key ! I think the funniest part of it was Chris's excitement over the tools was so off the charts, while the end- result pumpkin was not anything too elaborate or special (but he sure was proud of it ! ) LOL

      if I need cheering up in future or a good laugh, I have to watch that video again—hilarious !
      xD:D

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    • Yep he is a blast. Bet his mother is glad that he was not twins lol

      cindy on September 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm
    • Chris Grundy shows how to carve a Halloween pumpkin with power tools. This video is part of DIY Pumpkin Carving show hosted by Chris Grundy . Thanks Mel

      OH my Goodness!!!!!! I am still rolling on the floor laughing… OK the (((crazyest award))) goes to Grundy and the the((( cool /creazzzzy award))) goes to LL Coleman… WELL DONE

      LISAFOS on September 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    • Your are crazy-welcome, Lisa ! B)

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm
  3. What faces, just gotta luv 'em! LL, thanks for the smiles (on my face anyway!):DxD;)

    SID on September 23, 2012 at 11:59 am
    • Did it to me too–before I was awake–almost made my face crack to little pieces and crumble to the floor!:S:p;) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    • SID & Kitty, even though it is hard to tell when he's happy, Col. Meow says he likes the BC game room, but he would be happier if it had a dormer window, LOL :
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=147756838

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm
    • this one is even funner then the other one…. thanks for all the laughing today….

      LISAFOS on September 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm
    • I don't blame him! With such an expansive and gorgeous view of the Medomak, birds, and rolling hills out there, can't say I blame him–plus the breezes off the water would be awesome! If I won, I'd have to figure out how to put in a big dormer in the family room and guest room. Can you imagine having binoculars and an almost infinite view if the waters and land? I'd put in darkening blinds for TV watching, but TV is not big on my agenda. Viewing, enjoying and preserving God's green earth IS!;):p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm
  4. Hi Bloggers, I just scanned the Sweepstakes info. again… Even though entering to win is coming to an end this coming Friday on September 28th, we will still have to wait for the drawing that will be held approx. around the15th of October, then the Winner will be notified approx. around October 19th and will be contacted either in person or by overnight Courier and Phone…Sooooo we still have a Long wait to find
    out who the Lucky Winner will be!! Best of Luck to all my Blogging Buddies!! I know there are so many who have been so passionate about this Wonderful old Farmhouse and wants to win so bad, but sad to say their is only one Winner!!! I wish there was a "BC Reno" in Maine for all the Online Bloggies!! Boy, wouldn't that be something to Celebrate!! OK, back down to earth! Hopefully there will be a 2013 Blog Cabin around the corner somewhere that we can start on soon..I suggested to Mary to let us choose a few of our favorite places and DIY could go over them and select a place that one of the Bloggers suggested!! Wouldn't that be great??? Maybe that will ease the pain of not winning this one…..Have a good Day!!!

    Jennie/Florida on September 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm
    • that should be a few of our favorite locations!

      Jennie/Florida on September 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm
    • Yep that would be nice…..:D

      LISAFOS on September 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    • Jennie I'm all about offering suggestions, I love your idea :)
      I'd love to see a Blog Cabin (or any of the Scripps giveaway homes) in any of the following places:
      Lake Toxaway, Brevard, Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire, Maggie Valley, or around Boone, Blowing Rock or Grandfather mountain NC.
      Smith Mountain Lake or Shenandoah Valley Virginia.
      I'd probably love any place in Tennessee with a mountain or lake view. ( I LOVE my neighboring state TN)

      DgHawk4 doesn't blog anymore, but last year she posted a link to Pocahontas WV. After going to that link and learning about the area, my family went there this year on summer vacation. I fell in love with Elkins WV. You never know Scripps might look into our suggestions, or a fellow blogger might get a great tip on a fun place to vacation.

      Mel on September 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm
    • Hi Mel, I've been to all those places you named except for Lake Toxaway of course and Smith Mt. Lake…..Yes I was wondering about DgHawk4….I enjoyed her comments and miss reading them..
      I'm sorry she doesn't blog anymore..She didn't live too far from the Twin Coves and was so good about reporting on the T/C when the Hurricane went up the East Coast last year… Mel I loved all the places you mention and a Blog Cabin would fit right in any of those areas…I would think the most expensive area to live, would be the Highlands and Cashiers…I'm with you, North Carolina and Tennessee Mt. has the most beautiful areas with outstanding views whether it be Mountains, Lakes or Ridges…I hope we get a chance to list our favorite locations and be part of the decision making for where the next 2013 BC will be..Maybe each Blogger could list 5 favorite areas…It would be fun to see the different locations each BC bloggers would choose…We shall see if Scripps or DIY will pick up on this idea !!!

      Jennie/Florida on September 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm
  5. The idea for building on a slope had a lot to do with drainage away from the house and having the snow and ice roll away from the house also. The location also allowed for cooler breezes in the summer heat and a better view of who was coming up the road or trail. More advantages to this even today. I still believe the garden isn't complete without some tulips and hyacinths. My granny would never have approved of anything else.

    Darrell on September 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    • Hydrangena's?

      Nebraska on September 24, 2012 at 10:27 am
  6. High Posted Cape
    Can someone please tell me what this term means?
    I looked up "high posted" and got various definitions unrelated to architecture. I looked up "high posted cape" and got a geographical reference to cape cod.

    thanks, Laura

    Mystified on September 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    • I don''t know, I used to be in Real Estate, but on the opposite coast, we had other styles of homes. Post and Beam style refers to how it is constructed. High Posted? IDK, maybe the guy who was in charge of construction (he's on one of the videos) can enlighten us.

      I like they way they made up the style of interior – Rustic Refined – from the paint sample book they used to vote on the colors : ))

      joliekc on September 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm
    • Joliekc your explanation is the closest to my understanding of this term. High posted is a reference to the way the blog cabin is framed. You can have post & beam construction that has the framing post stopping at the second floor level or framing posts that extends up past the second floor.
      If we could peel back the drywall of the second floor we would see the framing post extend past the floor, that means the home is "high posted"
      For what it's worth, I love a home that exposes some of it's post & beam construction, and isn't all covered up by drywall.

      Mel on September 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    • I've read about old construction methods and have not seen the term "high posted" used to describe a house frame. The framing you describe sounds like balloon frame construction, which uses lighter timber than post & beam, and is more of a fire spread hazard, so not used any more. Is "high posted" a local term or early American?

      idplacemaker on September 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm
    • Idplacemaker, from research on the internet, almost everything I found that referred to high posted also referenced New England.
      My one and only experience with this type of framing was some months ago when me & my husband met with a builder in NC and he showed us a model of this type of framing, and went over it's pros, and cost.
      Here's a link to what the interior framing of a High Posted Cape looks like http://www.rjemithantimberframe.com/Pages/MaineHi

      Mel on September 27, 2012 at 5:22 am
    • Ha! Is is just like the house I grew up in in Massachusetts. We called it a cape, everybody called it a cape, who new there were variations on the form??? Seems to be a well kept secret. Thanks for the history of architecture lesson & link! Great info.

      idplacemaker on September 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm
    • You're welcome Idplacemaker. I too love learning about architectural history.

      It's nice that you have the New England connection, Best of Luck in the sweeps!!

      Mel on September 29, 2012 at 8:04 am
    • Mystified, I think a "high – posted" cape is a cape cod style house with high ceilings. Most cape cod style homes have the traditional is around 7 feet 6 inches. The blog cabins ceilings are higher. With the steel beam that was used to support the second floor they were able to take walls down and open up the space on the first floor, making the space even larger. Hope this is helpful.

      bythebaydreamer on September 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm
    • Advertising jargon. It's a posted cape. The 'high' is just realtor speak. Trying to make is something different and catchy.

      Joselin on September 25, 2012 at 1:18 am
    • "High posted" = "Highfalutin" !!

      idplacemaker on September 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm
  7. Thank goodness the good folks at DIY are available to teach the masses the right way to landscape!

    Jim Carey is one Funny landscaper, while his way is economical, it wouldn't get you any love from the neighborhood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9uTIKvTUmw

    Mel on September 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    • Too funny ! The ' lawn ' either looked like it had patchy mange–or was a moderne, minimalist design of sod circles…. Jim Carey is hilarious.

      LLColeman on September 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm
    • Too funny, Mel! B);):p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm
    • Mel,
      Now how the heck did you find that one? Funny :) Leave it to you….ha ha…I will second your DIY statement if you don't mind… Good thing they didn't hire Jim Carey….for landscape duty, talk about disaster….lol
      But I have to say DIY did a wonderful job with the landscaping! They even incorporated the bolders we asked for and it looks fabulous!
      Thanks for the video,

      Windee :)

      Windee :) on September 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm
    • Windee, what can I say? My brain is full of all types of worthless pop culture images!!
      I saw this movie when it came out, this scene was my favorite. I've wanted to post this link to the blog for awhile now, and I felt Mary opened the door for me to to do that under this blog topic.
      I'm glad you, Kitty and LLColeman got a chuckle from it :)

      Mel on September 27, 2012 at 6:49 am
  8. facebook celebrity cat " Colonel Meow " checked out the BC game room and wants to know where the blogger-requested dormer window was : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=147756838

    LOL

    LLColeman on September 24, 2012 at 3:25 am
    • That is just the coolest cat that i think i have ever seen. That look could scare a junk yard dog.LOL
      Love it.

      t

      cindy on September 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    • I wouldn't want to take the controller away from that cat!!! He looks scarey! Haha

      bythebaydreamer on September 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm
    • LLColeman,
      I can't stop laughing!!! What a face on Colonel Meow! Too funny lol, lol…..
      Thanks for the picture………lol…..Windee :)

      Windee :) on September 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm
  9. My personal favorite in the Blog Cabin is the kitchen. I love to cook and I love entertaining guests with food, or even while I make their meal. It is the most comfortable place for me whenever I am home.

    Jessica Francisco on September 24, 2012 at 5:08 am
  10. Oh my!!!!! My hubby and I just now swung by the Blog Cabin!!!! We took a few pictures on our way through to celebrate our anniversary up in Bar Harbor!!! The place is simply beautiful!!! The grounds, landscaping and view are amazing… The patio design is just incredible!!! Needless to say, we are very impressed!!

    Lorrie on September 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm
    • Lorrie, I was wondering from your last blog when you would get there. Thank you for the update. Happy Anniversary!!! Enjoy Bar Harbor. I bet it will be beautiful this time of year.

      bythebaydreamer on September 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm
    • Thanks so much!!! The weather was perfect today!!! The leaves are starting to change, and there is a slight chill to the air! We are out hiking tomorrow in Acadia!!!

      Lorrie on September 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    • Hi Lorrie, I did notice a couple of vehicles at the BC when I went past it today. They were having quite a rain storm north of here today (sky was really dark) but we were having sunshine with intermittent overcast.

      Camac on September 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm
    • Happy Anniversary, Lorrie–and happy trails !

      LLColeman on September 25, 2012 at 3:22 am
    • keep me in your mind so I can see Acadia – take lots of photos and post on photobucket please…..

      Nebraska on September 25, 2012 at 11:58 am
    • Hi Nebraska!!!! I am actually originally from Nebraska!!!! I actually took about 10 pictures…. But I'm not sure how to share with everyone ! Our anniversary trip is great fun!!! The leaves are just now starting to change here in Maine… But it is oh so beautiful!!!! Only 48 degrees and extremely breezy on the top of Cadillac Mountain today but the view was MAGNIFICENT!!! We hiked about 6 miles today! Whew!!!

      Lorrie on September 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm
    • Accounts on photobucket are free and you set up "photo albums" and can choose to share one or all. It is fairly easy.

      People might not know but I am a National Park fan and my bucket list has all of them on it!

      Nebraska on September 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

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