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Standing Up to Superstorm Sandy

Blog Cabin 2013 Hurricane Sandy

Blog Cabin 2013 was lifted in preparation for the construction of a new, sturdy foundation. And then news of Superstorm Sandy hit the airwaves. Before the hurricane came ashore with tropical storm-force winds, the Blog Cabin 2013 general contractor strapped the home down to the ground and then built a sand berm around the structure to keep tidal waters from washing away the cribbings. Sandy moved inland, leaving our circa-1892 coastal cottage virtually unscathed.

Take a few moments to watch the amazing time-lapse video of the home lifting process and discover more about the history of this fascinating coastal North Carolina home, lovingly cared for and tended by members of the Robinson family.


  • Posted at 10:40 am on November 11, 2012
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409 Comments

  1. Wow, that was fun to watch! I always wondered how that was done. Thank you Mary for sharing this with us.<3

    SID on November 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm
  2. The video shows, clearly, that the master bedroom remains at the front of the house and that the 'I' beams extend at least 6 ft beyond the walls to the sides. If they keep the walls exactly where they are now that would give room for a 6ft wide porch on each side (if they go close to the ends of the beams) and a good size deck/porch in front of the front door.

    If they build the 2nd floor out over the deck, making it covered at the front and sides, with a direct view west to the sea (L side as we're looking at the cabin cam) the upper floor could be close to 1300 sq ft. Add the lower floor main building and the master bedroom (about another 1000 sq ft) and this becomes a good sized house with a covered porch/deck on 3 sides.

    Clive on November 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm
    • Clive, You have such an eye for this. I think that making the house 2300 sq.ft. is a great size, especially when you add the porches on three sides that can be used year round. Let's hope that is what DIY is going to do. It would then accommodate several family members being able to gather there.<3

      bythebaydreamer on November 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm
    • That'll work, although, I was under the impression that the I-beams would be removed once the house was lowered onto the new foundation. However, since the old porches are actually part of the original footprint, there should be no problem replacing them. I don't know NC setback laws, or if they have watershed rules and regulations like we do here in VA. But then they probably do since, I think, they are federal laws.

      Dghawk4 on November 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm
    • Carolina living is porch based living and a three sided plan for this cottage would be awesome. It would also give that all important shade to the main house in the summer and a little buffer to the chill in the winter. That rocker on the porch (add hammock if you like!) with those views makes me want to be there now! A year-round greenhouse would complete the picture for me. If you can do it in Maine you can surely do it in North Carolina!

      grammagail on November 4, 2012 at 9:53 am
    • You are spot-on! The 3 sided porch and greenhouse would make this home a dream!

      Eugenia27 on November 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    • Clive__Thanks again for your expert eye and ideas for this re-do. That would be so great if they did put on a huge porch again!:p I agree that is the place to be away from the bugs-I vote for a porch swing looking out to the water:)! This re-do is going to be fun. I hope the communication with the bloggers is better with this home? I am very hopeful and excited.

      ruffybc on November 11, 2012 at 9:08 am
  3. Good job guys. I, too, noticed the brick chimney, and am curious as to how the house is prepared inside before it is lifted.

    GAS711 on November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm
  4. Super video! I had never seen this done and sat mesmerized through the whole process (time-compressed, of course). What a skilled bunch of folks to do this. Now BC 2013 is off to a safe, running start. Can't wait for the voting to begin!

    Chicken Little on November 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm
    • hey chicken little the sky was falling & blowing ^_^

      joplays on November 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm
  5. I hope they will do a foundation similar to the Dream Home 2013.

    What keeps the foundation in place when water comes rushing in? And then, what keeps the home attached to the foundation. Nothing they improve on the house will be worth anything if it is not a good, secure, SOLID foundation. Please spend money on the foundation. Improvements or upgrades to the interior can be made as the new owners are able. However everything is ready now for the best possible foundation to be put in place.

    joanlife on November 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm
    • They will probably do this foundation like the Mathews cabin. Cinder block covered in brick with vents to let the water flow through. There will probably be cinderblock piers under the house for support also.:)

      Dghawk4 on November 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm
    • Thank you for your response. That does not sound sufficient for the storms of today. Do you remember if they attached the Mathews house to the foundation?

      joanlife on November 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm
    • Agreed. I'm sure it will be exactly the same as Blog Cabin 2011. Also, similarly, there will be no storage space under the house for safety. If there is a flood items can move in the waves and become battering rams, destroying the house foundation piers.

      Clive on November 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm
    • Good point! I know with the DH 2013 they plan to use the space below the home as a garage and storage; with an entertaining area also. Everything would have to be removed before each and every storm.

      Eugenia27 on November 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm
    • you said that very well.

      joplays on November 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm
    • Can they do a foundation like the DH2013 with this BC? Or is it only possible with new construction?

      Eugenia27 on November 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    • http://blog.hgtv.com/sweepstakes/2012/09/19/const

      After watching the video again, If they chose a different site on the property for the home, OR moved the home over then built the foundation. Then, move the home back over and lower her down.

      If you scroll down to Clives post…the link is provided for the house movers. Going to their site…they even construct deep in ground pillars for foundations.

      But…this is not the DREAM Home, this is Blog Cabin. And, I am sure there is only so much money for their budget. But, with Sandy just moving through, and she was only a category one hurricane; we certainly saw the devastation to structures near the oceans edge.

      This storm was 850 to 1000 miles across. The weather is more violent and extreme. Everyone should be building accordingly. I also think it should be mandatory now that all power lines be underground. People are risking their lives to restore electricity to homes. People die from downed power lines. And, die from being without power.

      joanlife on November 3, 2012 at 12:01 am
  6. By the way, when is the actual sweepstakes on this 2013 Blog Cabin begins? And I also want to know when the voting starts?

    cucunest on November 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm
  7. Cool! Thanks for the video, Mary. Very interesting.

    Dghawk4 on November 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm
  8. For those interested in knowing a litte more about the company that raised the house go to:
    http://www.experthousemovers.com/about-us/team/

    enjoy:)

    Clive on November 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    • Clive, Thanks for providing this. It seems like a very competent company. I looked at some of their other projects and they are surely reputable. Glad they were the company doing the work. :)

      bythebaydreamer on November 5, 2012 at 12:23 am
  9. This means they are ready to start with the renovation we are so happy to hear that the storm didn't do much damage, great job for the company that raised the BC and thank you Mary for the update.

    pixelecho69 on November 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm
  10. Glad to see that the home survived the hurricane. Luckily the home is located further south than New York and New Jersey……the path of the hurricane.

    Summer on November 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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