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Nov 30

A Challenging Remodel

Blog Cabin 2013 As Is

Today, I am happy to post our first report from project manager Dylan Eastman, who shares some behind-the-scenes info about the state of Blog Cabin 2013.

When the house was surveyed, structural challenges, including 2×4 floor joists, 7′ ceilings and variances in floor height, were discovered. The porch, kitchen and mechanical room are also out of current construction code; the decision was made to rebuild rather than repair them.

1. The brother of the selling agent remodeled portions of the home in the early 1990s. A gabled roof was installed over the master bedroom.

2. Flooring is water damaged in areas where wind-driven rain seeped under exterior doors. Termite damage is also evident.

3. Several renovations over the home’s 150-year history have resulted in floor level changes.

4. Exterior wood shakes, now interior elements, are clues that both the kitchen and master bedroom were additions.

5. Ship’s ladder-style stairs to the second floor, originally a loft/sleeping space coined “the jump”, are not to code.

6. A second story existed over the main portion of the house prior to the addition of the space over the dining and birthing rooms. This is evidenced by the short slope of the ceiling paneling.

  • Posted at 6:24 pm on November 11, 2012
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  1. hummmmm. MEL! I love you! <3

    fromtheheart5 on January 8, 2013 at 11:00 am
  2. Miss you so much <3

    fromtheheart5 on January 8, 2013 at 11:04 am
  3. hello,my friend,how are you

    Nike Air Max 90 Black on January 20, 2013 at 6:09 am
  4. Yes it is all so exciting, and oh…what a beautiful place. I'm partial to North Carolina as both of my parents were born there. And I'm very interested in how to build log cabins the right way, as I'm living in one that we have been working on since 1983,(built by someone else). Hopefully I'll learn a lot and can "finish" ours before we retire!
    I'm voting on bathroom fixtures now…oh such fun, love everything that's winning except the 1 piece faucet…I think the 1 w/ 2 handles looks better. Don't forget to vote, all you fellow bloggers!

    Gingersnapz/Georgia on February 11, 2013 at 1:48 am
  5. Honestly, any type of remodeling is a challenge in its own right. Considering how much work you listed down, you might want to get a little help getting things done. I sure hope the house turns out okay though. Otherwise, it would be tragic waste of all that effort.

    Todd Rice on March 1, 2013 at 12:06 am
  6. Honestly, that looks more like a boat load of repair work than simple remodeling. Then again, you'd expect a lot of maintenance work on a structure that old.

    Clint Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 12:01 am

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