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The Truth About the Second Floor

Blog Cabin 2013 Floor Joists

Our man on the scene, project manager Dylan Eastman, just returned from a trip to Blog Cabin 2013. He shares his latest remodeling discovery below:

“During this trip, I removed some pieces of interior ceiling panel to determine how the second floor was framed and also to get samples tested for asbestos. The good news is that the house is asbestos free! The not-so-good news is that the second floor is framed at seven feet above finished floor with roughly 2 x 5-inch floor joists. Further, these joists measure anywhere from 30 to 40 inches on center and span 12 feet. There is a fair amount of sag and bounce to the second floor. These facts, combined with the short ceiling height, demand that we reframe the second floor with new joists installed one foot higher than present joists. Have no fear, Blog Cabin fans, we will save every salvageable piece of wood for use in the renovation or how-to projects.”

  • Posted at 11:47 am on December 12, 2012
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182 Comments

  1. This house has the same floor plan as the Maine house except there is a first floor powder room.

    Stu on December 13, 2012 at 12:26 am
  2. Why not make the downstairs 9-10 ft. high if your going to that much work. Other Idea take the whole second floor out and add a two story addition to bring this thing into the modern world. If it turns out as nice as Waldoboro or the Bay House I know we will like it. The last two houses surprised me how well they turned out-keep up the good work. Please save the shed/carport. Oscar

    Oscar on December 13, 2012 at 10:48 am
    • Hi Oscar, You have a good idea about the addition…I agree, the last 2 Blog Cabins turned out Beautiful.. Where do you see this shed/carport on this Beach property? I haven't seen them anywhere! Just curious
      to know!!!

      Jennie/Florida on December 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    • :) Oscar, Yes! Excellent points! There was/were at least some kind of shed and/or open covered place, which probably have bee taken down as they were leaning dangerously, I think. I don't believe that DIY has a track record of putting in sheds, carports, garages or barns…up to the winners. B):D Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm
  3. Hey all, I'm new to the blog portion of the Blog Cabin world. When and where do you actually vote on the options in the house? I am so excited to be a part of this years show! Steph

    Stephany on December 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    • Hi Stephany, the voting is supposed to start after the first of the year. Meanwhile we dream, speculate, suggest and watch the grounds with the cabin cam, which is an awesome escape visually for those of us in the frozen north. Glad to have you join in.

      grammagail on December 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    • Welcome to our DIY Blog, Stephany! This Blog is a very special place and Grammagail already filled you in on when we really start voting. Meanwhile, feel free to exercise your dreams, share ideas, we've done it all: cyber parties, short stories, poetry, clean jokes, (we have admin and are a family group, after all :) ) recipes, horticulture–well, a tad of just about everything! Glad you joined and good luck! Christmas Blessings! xD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm
  4. New Thread… Blogging Buddies!!!!

    Jennie/Florida on December 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm
  5. Sounds exciting (in a construction-sort of way) LOL!

    cadconnie on December 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm
  6. General contractor on site this morning complete with sign! Looks like work in earnest has begun with at least three people there.

    grammagail on December 17, 2012 at 10:17 am
  7. When will the project start? I keep looking at the site waiting to see any updates. I am very excited about this project! The more I look at the photos of the house I see something that I didn't really notice before. Like the light houses and beach decor. I love light houses. I hope you keep one of the rooms decorated in the beach theme with the light houses, boats and the sea shells.

    Rebecca on December 18, 2012 at 8:19 am
  8. I have every faith in the DIY team! You guys can do anything especially when you are given a challenge! I am sure this will be difficult but it will be worth it! I have fell in love with this house and the amazing property that it sits on. This will be a paradise home for someone! Be safe as you reconstruct the second floor.

    Rebecca on December 18, 2012 at 8:38 am
  9. Just finished watching the Blog Cabin in Maine. Great show. Looking forward to watching Blog Cabin in North Carolina.

    Casey on December 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm
  10. makasih atas infonya sangat bermanfaat dan enak untuk di simak

    pemesanan tricajus on December 31, 2012 at 12:17 am

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