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Saving What We Can: Fireplace History

Blog Cabin 2013 Fireplace

Happy Friday! Today project manager Dylan Eastman shares a short but sweet report about the Blog Cabin 2013 chimneys.

“Since we couldn’t salvage the chimneys in the lift (no liners, cracking, leaking, etc.), we saved the ones inscribed “BUILT JULY 1895 BY PAKE” and will try to work them into show how-to projects. ‘Pake’ is a local family name.”

  • Posted at 12:36 pm on December 12, 2012
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130 Comments

  1. Thanks for the update,good to hear you are going to use the date and name.It's a beautiful area down here except for the hurricanes.And thoughts to the community in Sandy Hook.

    AnthonyE on December 15, 2012 at 1:13 am
  2. It's nice to read that and also to see a new blog thanks guys

    pixelecho69 on December 15, 2012 at 2:13 am
  3. Tonight as we retire for the day, we need to keep the community of Newtown Conn. in our prayers. The senseless act of violence has changed this community forever. God keep those impacted by this terrible act in your care.
    <3

    bythebaydreamer on December 15, 2012 at 2:17 am
  4. One thing we need to keep in mind is the difference between a renovation and a restoration. DIY is doing a RENOVATION and in that context can try to include as much history as possible but the degree of sameness to the original will be different. A RESTORATION is returning a property to its original form as close as possible and often with the original building methods used. That is not a possibility here. We can hope they capture the feel and intent of this cottage but it will not be the same as it was before. That said, it is wonderful that this cottage gets a chance to have an extended life with respect shown to its former self and those who enjoyed so many times there.

    grammagail on December 15, 2012 at 10:48 am
    • So instead of restoring the antique car they are making a hot rod.

      YankeeNuke on December 16, 2012 at 2:59 am
    • Hopefully not!
      You can do a renovation in a way that preserves the original intent and use but adds the necessary inclusions to bring it up to date in codes and usage. Modern plumbing and a dishwasher does not make it a "hot rod" but might make it a "hot" beach cottage with all the things necessary to kick back and relax! LOL!
      Restoration would not allow those changes and life there would demand all the extra work to do things in the old fashioned way. Extra hours taken away from fishing, painting, reading, cooking "shore" meals, and just plain relaxin'.

      grammagail on December 16, 2012 at 9:57 am
    • Hope that you saw my tongue in cheek with that comment. I have friends who have built hot rods that looked almost like the original cars but had updated interiors, bigger motors, A/C and automatic transmissions. I think that this is what will happen at the beach cottage, at least I hope so.________________________________> From: notifications@intensedebatemail.com > To: frankrh77@live.com > Subject: grammagail replied to your comment on Saving What We Can: > Fireplace History >

      YankeeNuke on December 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm
    • You are so funny! LOL! Seriously though, I hope they will not overdo either the exaggerated "shabby chic" look, or ultra modern. For instance I loved the original clapboard walls and ceilings – but I don't want to see ANY walls made of repurposed barn board! I would love them to retain the true classic /traditional character of this home. Modern kitchen and baths, and windows there should be, but not ultra stainless steel appliances and counters that look like they came from a restaurant. Please white bead board cabinets, marble or slate kitchen counters, you know, modern things that look like they belong.

      SID on December 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    • Oh, new slate or soapstone sink would be perfect with white beadboard cabinets and wainscotting.

      grammagail on December 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm
    • I agree. I would like to see modern materials where they look like the original, but provide better service. Shaker cabinets might not be to bad, but you are right bead board rules in these older places. Simple, functional, and attractive. there are soem ugly things that could be thrown in and there are some unserviceable things that could be used. We have to keep on the designers to not make this a New York Chic place nor a backwoods crudely done backwoods place either.________________________________> From: notifications@intensedebatemail.com > To: frankrh77@live.com > Subject: SID replied to your comment on Saving What We Can: Fireplace History >

      YankeeNuke on December 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    • I hope we end up with a comfortable, cozy beach cottage. Modern amenities and modern materials that are more natural (granite, soapstone, wood) would be great in my opinion and would extend the life of this home for many more years of enjoyment. I would like AC (and heat), but would also love to have screened windows to allow the breezes through the house on more temperate days. I would love to have large windows to enjoy the view from as much of the house as possible, with smart window materials to absorb light on cold days and reflect it on hot days. An outside shower would seem really appropriate here ,as would a fire pit near the shoreline. When they do the landscaping, I hope they incorporate local varieties and some edible plantings as well (scuppernong grapes, bay-leaf schrubs, berry bearing trees?).

      Windsmurf on December 18, 2012 at 11:03 am
  5. Bobcat working this morning, right now! Looks like they are putting some top soil down.

    grammagail on December 15, 2012 at 11:04 am
  6. Yeah… Real activity going on at the Beach Cottage!!!!

    Jennie/Florida on December 15, 2012 at 11:08 am
  7. Dump truck leaving. To get another load perhaps? Didn't think they would be working on Saturday. Nice surprise!

    grammagail on December 15, 2012 at 11:11 am
  8. I sure wish someone had gathered up all those nice shells around that tree before they dumped the dirt..The shells will be crushed or buried…Those were probably gathered by Alicia's family…what a waste!

    Jennie/Florida on December 15, 2012 at 11:27 am
    • I am watching the shells, too, and Alicia did share that they were brought back from their trips to outer banks.

      grammagail on December 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm
    • So far shells are still safe and it looks like they are deliberately leaving that area alone.

      grammagail on December 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm
    • The bright side is that there are plenty more shells in the sea for the new owner to collect and display:D

      Windsmurf on December 19, 2012 at 10:01 am
  9. So sorry to hear about the chimneys not being salvegeable. Please, please,please put in a WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE and not a gas one!!! There is so much downed wood available to be cut and stacked to season and be burned. I mean an INSIDE fireplace and not an outside one which just doesn't do the same thing and isn't in keeping with the age and history of the cabin. A fire ring on the beach would be nice, too. Pat Green

    Pat Green on December 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    • I agree with you! They do make efficient models nowadays if that is the issue.. I'd even be okay with one indoor wood burning fireplace and one indoor gas log fireplace! Or even a wood stove! Just give me one place to hear the cracklin' of burning wood :)

      Danielle on December 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    • I like the idea of a fire ring on the beach too….

      Mimitheminer on December 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm
  10. Kudo's for using elements of the old to bring something special to the new! I love the idea of keeping or finding a way to incorporate the inscription!

    Mienliebte on December 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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