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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. Very cool. They made it look so easy. Thanks for the video.

    card145 on November 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm
  2. the as is floor plan is not what they are going with right? the dining room is too far from the kitchen. some of that furniture was antiques – beautiful antiques. . ..

    joplays on November 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm
    • I believe I read the floor plan will stay the same, it was in the very first intro for this BC. Let us know if you read something different.

      11241224 on November 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    • I would have to rearrange so dining room & kitchen are close & change the dining room to a study/library/retreat. too far too set the table or take food around to it.

      joplays on November 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm
    • If you look at the pictures and the floor plan, it appears the original dining room was that space directly off the kitchen before you go into the living room. It seems to me it would be prudent to go back to that original plan and perhaps see if the wall between the living room and the current dining room could be opened up to make for a larger living area. If not, then maybe the current dining room could be used a study with a sleeper sofa for overflow guests.

      Moving2theCoast on November 5, 2012 at 11:33 am
  3. can't wait to vote the designs and enter the sweepstakes! so when is the first day to enter for the sweepstakes??? i am going to watch every single step on how they fix it up! smile! good luck to the people who fix this lovely cottage!! smile!

    rjh on November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm
  4. It is so exciting to see a beloved old home given new life, for a new to laugh, dreamin and enjoy. With fre memoris of Hurricane/Nor'eastr/blizzard Sandy's damages I'm happy to see the home raised above flood level. Will there be any other protections added? The cedar shake shingles, aged wood color remind me of a week in Cape Cod as a child. Are there other homes nearby? I love most of the interior as is-hoping the renov captures the feel, the love.

    Nanagracie01 on November 2, 2012 at 2:47 am
  5. Jim, it is nice to see you are doing another great job lifting the Blog Cabin 2013 , just as you did for Blog Cabin 2011. You got lots more "face time" in this video, too, LOL. I like the fancy camera angle from the beam surface as it slid under the house.
    How lucky that you were able to get that house up before the storm came in ! I hope you and yours were okay in VA during the storm.

    LLColeman on November 2, 2012 at 3:41 am
    • It is great to be back and part of another exciting project.. LL I remember your comments on the Mathews project. We wish you the best and good luck.

      JimM

      Jim M on November 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm
    • Thanks, Jim !

      LLColeman on November 8, 2012 at 3:18 am
  6. DIY, having read all the comments since you announced this new location, I have yet to see one comment from anyone asking you to modernize and change the cabin to a contemporary resort. Most bloggers discussing the cabin itself are begging you to keep it rustic, beach-casual, and as close to the original as possible….and they also ask you to please respect the antiques, if you end up using any that were in the home.
    Nobody really cares if you are trying to appeal to a young, 'upscale-y" market. Please do not destroy the original feel of this place.

    LLColeman on November 2, 2012 at 3:47 am
    • Totallly agree with your comments! Just be sure to put the screened porches back on so everyone can enjoy them.

      Hazelnut Deb on November 2, 2012 at 11:39 am
    • I agree Rustic should be the theme

      Ozzie31657 on November 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    • From Your Lips
      to DIY’s ears.

      Eugenia27 on November 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    • Eugenia, I keep trying ! Not that they ever heed my input …this year I won't even try asking for universal access for wheelchairs, since the home will be raised above ground like the 2011 BC.

      LLColeman on November 4, 2012 at 4:18 am
    • It doesn’t look like this home is as far off the ground as the DH. If they put the porches back on I could picture a way of attaching a ramp. But it would be nice if DIY did the work for us.

      Eugenia27 on November 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm
    • If they raise the house 8ft as they say the ramp needs to be about 100ft long to be ADA compliant (12ft length for every 1ft rise). That's huge and a massive expense. Also it would have to be set in solid foundations to resist storm damage (the pier is evidence of what can happen when a category 2 hurricane passes by).

      I have to agree with LLC, sadly, this house will not be in synch with universal design. Access will, as is common with most of the previous BC's, only be for very able bodied people. :(

      Clive on November 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm
    • I have seen ramps that do a switchback. I know they are very expensive.

      Eugenia27 on November 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    • Agreed, the ramp can switchback but it still needs to be 100ft long in total. Whichever way it's approached there needs to be 100 x 3ft wide ramp. If the ramp is straight that's 300sqft of ramp board plus upright posts every 3 ft and a minimum of 200ft of top rails and vertical rails every 9 inches. Add 8 swithbacks with corner platforms (can't have corners on an incline for ADA compliance) which is about another 50% increase on these totals and you come up with a very expensive and large construction. Sadly, it's completely unfeasible in a house this size. It would probably never survive a big storm either.

      Clive on November 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm
    • How about a elevator?

      vicki_in_Utah on November 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm
    • AMEN !!!!

      gremol on November 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm
  7. Dear Mary,
    Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on this Cute little Cottage…Well, she's not so cute right now, they have put her up on her pedestal but she has been stripped of some of her most valuble assets, (screened porches) for one….Would it be possible for you to give us the revised Floor Plans so we can
    view the changes that have been made inside and out, also it would give us something New to ponder on during the weekend…You know by now, we all will have our own ideas and we would like to share our thoughts with all the Bloggers…Please Mary???

    Jennie/Florida on November 2, 2012 at 10:41 am
    • Maybe DIY will revert to the style of voting of the first Blog Cabins and give is options on the floorplan and that's why there' s no 'revised' plan yet. Living in hope as always. :)

      Clive on November 2, 2012 at 10:50 am
    • Yes, let us help by looking at the revised floor plans. We bloggers really do have some good ideas and sometimes can just tweek them a little to make them more user friendly. That was one of my favorite parts of the blog cabin before.

      Hazelnut Deb on November 2, 2012 at 11:41 am
    • You have been missed, Hazelnut Deb…so nice having you on the blog again. <3

      LLColeman on November 4, 2012 at 4:20 am
  8. As Sandy was passing the Blog Cabin, the highest wind speed I saw from the Cabin Cam was 39. Any one see anything higher?

    joanlife on November 2, 2012 at 11:13 am
  9. Thank you Mary for answering my question.

    Nebraska on November 2, 2012 at 11:23 am
  10. The interior is beautiful, and I love the landscape. I am glad the house withstood Sandy lifting the house was amazeing.

    Fay Emery on November 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

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