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Your Man on the Ground

Blog Cabin 2013Dylan Eastman examines the original Blog Cabin 2013 foundation after the home is lifted.

Hi all and happy Friday!

Pretty soon, we will begin coverage of the Blog Cabin 2013 remodeling process. Starting the week of November 26, project manager Dylan Eastman will offer up regular reports from the home site and, in late 2012 or early 2013, we will launch our “Remodeling of Blog Cabin” package on It will be packed with behind-the-scenes details: how we handled the home’s many additions, made allowances for harsh coastal weather conditions and more.

So pull up a seat and plan to stick around — tons of photos and exclusive details are just around the corner!

  • Posted at 3:38 pm on November 11, 2012
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  1. It is so great to have a knowledgeable project manager like Mr. Eastman travel once again from Mathews, VA to work on the new BC. I will be so grateful for any time he has to give us blog updates. He already has a number of fans among Blog Cabin followers. <3

    LLColeman on November 17, 2012 at 4:09 am
    • Ditto!:)o.0

      ruffybc on November 17, 2012 at 9:45 am
    • I'm a Dylan Eastman fan :)

      Mel on November 17, 2012 at 11:02 am
    • He's THE MAN for the job!!!! B):*:p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm
  2. Thank you so much for starting a new thread! Can't wait to hear all the goings on as well as being able to watch on the cabin cam! So the man who turned up in a couple of my cabin cam shots has a name! How great is that? Waiting with great anticipation for your reports, Dylan.

    grammagail on November 17, 2012 at 10:35 am
  3. Love the old home love the location and love the crew. what could be better cant wait to see it finnished. I want to live in this one.

    Lisa Harrell on November 17, 2012 at 11:24 am
  4. I dont see any toilets in the blog cabin!!!!!!!!!! Whats up? Is there an outhouse close by? Just checking…

    daddysdarlin on November 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    • Just to make you feel better it looks like a porta potty behind the bushes out back to the right of where the driveway comes in .Don't think there is any plumbing hooked up in the cabin at this point!

      grammagail on November 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm
    • …LOTS of bushes… ;) :DxD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm
    • Yes Kitty, Bushes! There is a man here on Lake Erie who ownes a winery on an island. One day a women approached him and said "Have you seen what those young people who drank too much wine are doing over there in the bushes?". The winery owner look out and said, "Guess I'll have to plant more bushes." LOL Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Pat Green

      Pat Green on November 21, 2012 at 11:51 am
    • Good one!

      Eugenia27 on November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    • :D LOL Pat!!! That's so funny! My Son in law and family are from the Lake Erie area, so beautiful! You're lucky to be near there! Thanks for the story, Pat! :*^_^xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    • I was hoping you would see that story and get a laugh. They say laughter is good for us. Yes, I do live on an island in Lake Erie. Fishing, boating, swimming all at our doorsteps. My family has been here for over 100 years and commercial fishing was big in the area until goverment regulation has all but shut it down. There is only one commercial fishing operation still in business on the American side. On the Canadian side however, commercial fishing is allowed and doing well. Crazy isn't it? When boating in Canadian waters you have to watch out for the fishing nets from the Canada fisheries . The town of Atlantic ,. NC seems similar to us in that commercial fishing was it's main business. Enjoy your day and best wishes for your health. Pat

      Pat Green on November 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    • So many small businesses being shut down by over-regulation…. Being able to fish right outside my door would be great! Lucky you! Good luck also with this BC Sweepstakes! Can hardly wait till we get to start decorating…

      Thank you, Pat, for your kind wishes, They mean a lot to me! God Bless you!xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    • Kitty, You are very welcome and thanks for the good wishes. The fishing is good here right now so come on over and we'll put a chair for you out on the dock. The Walleye (Pickerel or Pike as we used to call them) are coming in to shore from deeper waters so you can catch nice ones now right from the docks. Continued best wishes to you. Pat

      Pat Green on November 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    • That's so sweet, Pat!!! Sounds like great fishing! Thank you! Hope you and yours had a good Turkey Day and do enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend! Many blessings! ^_^:D<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm
    • My great great grandfather was from Fredonia and had a vineyard but for welch's grape juice. I'm sure there were bushes! LOL

      grammagail on November 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm
  5. Just a simple Thank You, Mary !!

    gremol on November 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm
  6. I hopefully assume we'll get to see new floor plans on 11/26 ???

    gremol on November 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    • I hope so gremol, it makes it easier when votintg on things if you know the floor plan imo.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm
  7. Bringing Dylan Eastman on as Project Manager at the outset of BC 2013 is brilliant, on the part of DIY! We saw his excellent management style for Courthouse Construction on the Susan, VA, BC 2011. That project had a bump or two but Dylan pulled everything together along with the DIY experts and it was a charming success!
    BC 2012 in Waldoboro seemed to run into a few glitches, which, IMHO, were not of the DIY Team's direct making. The local Builder took some newspaper interview liberties which both hurt and offended the Bloggers who are at the root of this very DIY concept, that Bloggers help design, DIY Builds, then someone will win the BC! The strained relationship and communication issues prolonged a while, but IMO, DIY made a bold move–Suddenly, Dylan Eastman from the Susan, VA, BC 2011 build was on board and things began falling in place. It was as though Dylan had brought a smooth communications and task queue into being, we Bloggies felt better respected than by the original builder who had termed us as "crazy cyberstalkers" with no reason for having done so; all in all, we deserved far better –and Dylan guided the entire program back in that direction, just by being a true professional, without putting on airs an working cohesively with the entire DIY Expert Team. Bravo for Bringing Dylan back! So thrilled about this new adventure–We're all on our toes, ready to work with the DIY Team–Please remember, Mary and DIY, we put our hearts into this effort because we're planning the best we would wish should we be the winner. Only the best! :) For our favorite TV Network and DIY Expert Shows! Happy Thanksgiving to all! And THANK YOU, DIY AND SCRIPPS NETWORK! xD^_^<3 Kitty

    DwnSoDwnEaster on November 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm
    • Kitty, So glad your back. I hope and pray your tests went well, and that your feeling better. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. :) <3

      bythebaydreamer on November 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm
    • A wonderful thanksgiving to you & family, Kitty. If you are up for some pirate fun, Mel's comment above on this page starts off one of our wacky blogger shindigs–a pirate Thanksgiving feast…please join in if you feel up to it. <3

      LLColeman on November 18, 2012 at 4:44 am
    • Hi Kitty, I'm so glad you're feeling better and well enough to blog…Kitty the last Blog Cabin started off on the wrong foot and was very hurtful to the Bloggers to be cut down by someone who doesn't even know us and to be labled as cyberstakers was just shocking! This coming from a Professional Group of Local Builders..Go figure, I guess they have enough work that they couldn't handle the pressure of reno-ing the Blog Cabin..But I'm so glad Dylan Eastman showed up to save grace and to be a "real" Professional and work along with the Crashers and Designers to get the job done..It Did turn out nice, too bad the winner isn't showing interest in the Maine Beauty…But on to this next BC, I love the location, the Cottage, land and gorgeous views, plus the great history behind it….Can't wait to see the Revised floor plans and I hope they listen to all the bloggers who want the porches returned…I love the Camera Cam and full screen photos, you can tour the grounds and almost put yourself there on the property!
      Dreaming Again!!!! Kitty take care and Be A Good Patient!!! Roll Tide Roll !!!!

      Jennie/Florida on November 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    • Welcome back Kitty! Very much agree with everything you said, and also am very happy to have Dylan Eastman back on board this season from the very beginning. Hope you are feeling much better and wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.<3

      SID on November 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    • Hi Kitty, so nice to see you back on the blog. Did we ever find out what happened on BC 2011 when all of a sudden the contractors sign dissapeared? Then I think Dylan took over. I know we all had questions.
      Have a happy Thanksgiving.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 19, 2012 at 11:20 am
    • So nice to hear from you, Kitty. Hope yoou are doing better!xD

      Dghawk4 on November 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm
    • Kitty
      I too am glad to see Mr. Eastman as Project Mg. I hope this year's build will be a better build all around. It was very sad what happened last year and I am sure the contractor is not benefiting from his mistake. Very unfortunate for him as I would think being a part of one of these projects would bring in much needed revenue and business?
      But, that all said it is behind us now and we bloggers are up and running holding up our good spirits and we are even adding "spirits" Arrrgh!
      This will be good and fun! this home will be beautiful when done. Already we have heard such a wonderful, rich history attached to this home. Something to reinforce into the future:)
      Can't wait to smell the sawdust! and bring on the stones and rocks!

      ruffybc on November 21, 2012 at 9:29 am
  8. Has anyone noticed the ladder resting on the back (door to the bedroom) door and that the screen door appears to be loose and opening and closing? Pat Green

    Pat Green on November 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    • They had a ladder there a couple of days ago when the Roby truck was there. I couldn't catch where they used it but they probably left it there.

      grammagail on November 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    • The ladder was on the side of the house at the door on the right side. They were going in and out of that door. The bedroom door is still open and banging open and closed. If the wind gets stronger the door could come loose and do some damage to the cabin. Hope that does not happen or that someone comes and seccures the door. Pat Green

      Pat Green on November 19, 2012 at 11:37 am
    • i live next door tto the blog cabin property, would you like me to shut the door for you?

      mary on November 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    • Mary, Thank you so very much for your offer to secure the door. Don't know if we bloggers are allowed to instigate actions. Mary? You are very kind. Please keep blogging withus. Pat

      Pat Green on November 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    • I see the ladder this morning. Is that the front or back that we see from the cabin cam?

      vicki_in_Utah on November 20, 2012 at 8:54 am
    • Hi Vicki, That is the old door from the master bedroom to the porch (no longer there) I believe. This is facing the camera as we look at it. The ladder is up against the door with the screen door on the outside of it. Just wondering if someone left it there by mistake. It could come loose and break one of the old windows with the old bubble glass panes or some other damage to the home. Pat Green

      Pat Green on November 20, 2012 at 10:29 am
    • Thank you Pat

      vicki_in_Utah on November 21, 2012 at 9:46 am
    • What we're seeing of the house is the rear that faces the dock. The door that now has the ladder was the back door leading from the porch to the living room (# 1 on the before plan). My guess is they really don't care as this will be junked soon and I'll offer that there probably will not even be a door there when the reno is complete. Just a guess, but I believe they will have a big bay window there and a porch on the left or right side of the house (or both) as we see it as well as a deck at the front (out of sight behind the house). ;) Maybe, they will utilize one of the original fireplaces and repace it with a two-way fireplace to heat the living room and deck/porch.

      Clive on November 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    • Thanks Clive, I hope you are right about the fireplace.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 21, 2012 at 9:47 am
    • Thank you, Clive, It is easy for me to get turned around in directions now that the porches are off and the old kitchen has been removed. I know that old and much repaired storm door won't be kept but only worried about possible damage to the home if the wind picks up. Pat Green

      Pat Green on November 21, 2012 at 11:29 am
    • Mary i guess you don't have to look at the cabin cam like we do. You are so lucky to live in that area, it is so beautful. Thank you so much for poping in with us.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 20, 2012 at 8:55 am
  9. I am looking forward to project manager Dylan Eastman's reports from the home site; watching this home's step by step renovation; and, seeing Mary's photos and exclusive details on this blog. This should turn out to be an amazing Blog Cabin transformation!

    Lester B. on November 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm
  10. After a somewhat closer look at the simple prints from before reno, I see that the central wall on both levels are aligned and are probably bearing; to open up the lower level will require a beam to carry the weight of the upper level. We've seen DIY do this many times, so no worries. At very least, a doorway from the living room to what is called the dining room will be a necessity. Before that, we will watch the crew dig footings and build a foundation to support this cabin.

    'Til we get some plans or the crew gets going on the foundation, there isn't much to discuss, is there?

    DGustaf on November 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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