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Dec 21

Something Old Attached to Something New

Blog Cabin 2013 original first floor

Wondering where the original first floor ends and additions begin? Project manager Dylan Eastman doctored photos to show you just that. And don’t worry: We’ve got plans for that battered dock!

  • Posted at 12:00 pm on December 12, 2012
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  1. Whooo Hoooo! A great new thread and the cabin now sits on her new skirt! They lowered it this morning onto the foundation and I must say the brick suits her well!
    Can't wait to see this project as it continues and thank you so very much for allowing us to watch on the cabin cam! The old dock will be repurposed wonderfully, I am sure. I also am anxious to see what kind of new dock replaces it. The one next door to the west looks pretty nice. A covered place to sit out over the water waiting for those fishermen to return with supper?

    grammagail on December 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm
    • First time blogger. Have loved HGTV for years. Took a while for me to navigate all the different ways to see the new project, but glad to see the progress. The cabin cam has rain on it this morning, will check back later. Loved the Maine home, can't wait to see this one.

      CJ17NE on December 29, 2012 at 10:50 am
    • Welcome aboard! You should get used to the mechanicals with time. beware, though! We have some pirates aboard celebrating some of the local history of the area! LOL A fine batch of maties they are!

      grammagail on December 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    • Wow, it's hard to believe that this rugged eyesore will transform into a stunning home in 2013. I would love to see the dock have a sitting area with retractable shades. When the water is up, the dock would make a wonderful, relaxing sanctuary.

      Can't wait to see more progress!

      JulieW on December 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm
  2. Nice surprise! Thank you Mary for the new thread, Great to hear the dock is still in the plans and there will still
    be additions..I'm anxious to see the NEW floor plans…..Mary please don't make us wait till after the New year,
    we would be so happy to get the F/P's now so we can visually plan for the new changes and it will keep us busy during the slow Holidays for some…. The Cottage has been lowered to its' foundation and looks really good…The guys are really working hard and has accomplished a lot…We Bloggers are really enjoying the Camera Cam..From sun up til sun down!! Thank you again…

    Jennie/Florida on December 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    • Jennie, the house has a long truck in front of it. My first thought borrowed from Extreme Makeover
      was to think, "Move that truck!". : ) Floor plans will be great to determine what will be old and what
      will be new. I'm very happy to see the dock may be in the plans, too. I can really see many hours
      of "quality time" spent on the dock just letting the day pass by.

      DeerSpring on December 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm
    • Hi DearSpring, your comment made me smile!!! I was wandering what the heck is that long bedded truck for!! Are they moving the house or what??? I don't know why Mary doesn't let us see the revised floor plans, unless they are still changing them or something…I told Mary that would be a great Christmas present for the bloggers who are here everyday waiting for the next move they make!!! I'm hooked, I can't get any work done, wandering what are they doing now, soooo I take another break !! I love the location and the poor Cottage really needs some major "grooming" but I still love it…I could sit out on that dock all day long with a fishing pole, a lunch box and day dream away!! Roll Tide Roll !!!

      Jennie/Florida on December 22, 2012 at 9:50 am
    • Sorry…."DeerSpring"

      Jennie/Florida on December 22, 2012 at 9:53 am
    • That's OK! Janzee on the DH blog used to call me dear DeerSpring so I didn't even
      think twice about it!

      DeerSpring on December 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm
    • Jennie, the truck is definitely out of the view today. The Blog Cabin is perched on its new
      foundation. All is well in the world! ; ) I really enjoy checking in on the Blog Cabin in
      the morning and then watching the sunrise on the sound! It would really be fun to
      do the same in person. Love your idea of spending time on the dock, too!

      DeerSpring on December 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm
    • That truck was to transport the steel I beams and crib work out and away….Yay! But I was telling to move it, too, because it was blocking the view. We can't "peek" underneath any more but I love the new look for the cabin.

      grammagail on December 22, 2012 at 10:40 am
    • Thanks, that's good news. The house looks fine on its new foundation. The peeks were
      not very revealing yesterday but today we have a full view of the house.

      DeerSpring on December 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm
  3. I'm doing a happy dance! The new raised brick foundation looks wonderful, and there's going to be a brick fireplace! And Dylan Eastman's sketch indicated an addition that includes the fireplace – could it possibly mean the fireplace will be two sided – maybe serving both the great room and a porch? Pinch me if I'm dreaming! The dock will be repaired or replaced as well – oh what golden frosting on the cake!:p

    SID on December 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    • I looked everywhere but couldn't find any mention of them including a new brick fireplace. I must be missing it somewhere. o.0 Can you remember where you saw that.

      Anniesown on December 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm
    • Annie, Dylan Eastman's outlined shape in the photo above looks like a fireplace to me. Also there is a ton of brick sitting around at the site-it looks like even more brick than would be needed to complete the house foundation. I was talking about the exterior, no way to know what they will do inside. The exterior fireplace stack could be made of something other than brick, but the prefab type of chimneys are usually installed on interior walls. A brick fireplace structure and chimney stack just seem the logical exterior choice here, because they are already generously using brick. Hope to hear some opinions on this from other bloggers, such as Clive and Dghawk4, who know much more about construction than I do. :)

      SID on December 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    • I hope you are right. ^_^

      Eugenia27 on December 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    • The outlined fireplace and chimney stack above is to show what they removed. I think he's only outlining where it was, not where it will be or even that there will be a chimney there again. The chimneys were on the outside and are now gone as they weren’t salvageable (see the previous blog Dec 14th "we couldn’t salvage the chimneys in the lift (no liners, cracking, leaking, etc.) ".

      They may replace them (I like the idea) but I don't think they'll use the bricks that remain as they're foundation bricks with holes to permit water to pass through.

      Thanks, I see where you're coming from now. Hopefully we'll get some plans soon and all will be revealed. :)

      Anniesown on December 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    • I believe that the holes are in the bricks to allow concrete to squeeze into them and make a better bond between the courses. The actual foundation is made from cement blocks for strength and load distribution across wider footprint. The bricks are just decorative.

      YankeeNuke on December 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    • Dylan is showing the outline of the original cabin built in 1895. That gives us an idea of how big (little) it was and all the additions that were built afterward. However, since the fireplace firebox was left in place I, too, wondered if they might be going to incorporate it in the new design, perhaps to preserve the mantle on the living room side. Since I think there will be a porch on that side the idea of a double sided fireplace is intriguing, but how would you close it off to cold weather?:)

      grammagail on December 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    • Actually this is frequently done- two separate fireplaces (one inside and one outside) constructed either back to back or side by side and sharing a common chimney with two separate flues. Just hoping!:D

      SID on December 22, 2012 at 11:26 am
    • Have a look at this option that requires only one fireplace for indoor/outdoor fires. :)

      I believe Vermont Castings also makes one like this called the Chateau but I can't find much information.

      Clive on December 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    • Hi Clive is this what your looking for? not good at these websites but I hope this works, if not, I tried..
      I'm thinking it was page 4 for the two sided, but hope this site will get you there.

      Jennie/Florida on December 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm
    • One more thing, Clive, once you get there, Search –Chateau DVT44in Brochure, then scan down to Chateau See-through…hope this works…Nice fireplace!!

      Jennie/Florida on December 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm
    • Thanks. I knew it existed, just couldn't find it. :) I like the hest-n-glo one too

      Clive on December 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    • Let's try 'Heatnglo'. All thumbs today. :$

      Clive on December 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    • Jennie, your link worked for me – wow, talk about innovation! I would never have thought that would be possible. That would be lovely in this cabin.<3

      SID on December 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    • Actually, these designs have been around for quite a long time. ;)

      Clive on December 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm
    • Clive, just checked back on the live cam – looks like there's lots of block still around, but most of the brick is gone- you're probably right-no brick fireplace.:|:( I guess it was just wishful thinking on my part)……
      Thanks for posting the link for Vermont Castings though, perhaps it will influence DIY. At least a girl can dream.

      On the subject of brick and block, I noted the house was actually lowered onto concrete block piers. Now they are completing what looks to be a pretty substantial brick veneer surround. I don't see any openings left for water to go through on the dock side? Would a brick wall break away to relieve pressure in the event of storm surge?

      SID on December 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm
    • Water holes seem to be on the ends. Solid wall on the front would divert water to the sides and if there was substantial accumulation it could run back out the ends when it subsided?

      grammagail on December 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm
    • The cinder blocks/ or concrete blocks that are covered by the brick are the structure of the house and would not "blow out" or let water back out if there was a storm surge. I believe that they will be relying on the landscape grades to keep the storm surge from reaching the house. It is difficult to fully analyze what they are doing without seeing what additional structure they will be adding to the floors and as Cliff pointed out what piers they might have added to support the existing floor joists. I have missed most of the day time cam shots so I didn't see the foundation or footer work.

      YankeeNuke on December 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    • The footing design is almost identical to 2011 cabin. Cinder block and brick veneer with blow outs for flood mitigation. The cinder block is lightweight and allows a broader footprint for the support walls. This means the load per sq inch of the house on the concrete foundations is greatly reduced making the whole structure stronger. Brick is harder, heavier and will withstand wind and water better so protecting the outside of the cinder block walls. I'm certain there will be some more pillars underneath supporting the central load bearing floor and walls (we can't see them but they have to be there).

      I don't know about the design or construction of the fireplace but, as DIY seem wedded to propane, my assumption is that they will use that and not a closed wood or pellet stove that would be much greener. :( Propane (or a closed wood stove)doesn't require a full chimney just a vent system.

      Clive on December 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    • In Maine we are also running a metal chimney right up an old, unlined chimney for direct vent use. A little re-mortar and you're in business. We have had a pellet stove for ten years now and love it. After burning logs for years the pellet stove is a wonderful vacation, lighting itself and turning itself off plus we have it hooked up to a battery and inverter and it runs when the power is out.
      The double sided fireplace is my choice for NC, though. Not the same life threatening demand for heat and the ambiance on the shore would be delightful.

      grammagail on December 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm
    • Great to hear this. I've been proposing pellet (or log) burning stoves with automatic ignition on a timer – can even be controlled by a smart phone easily. Couple this with batteries with inverters for every Blog Cabin. No takers at DIY yet. ;) Ironically, we used a similar system with solar panels to charge the batteries very effectively when I lived in central Africa for many years. If we could get it to work efficiently there it should be easy here, however!!! :)

      Clive on December 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    • Love to hear about your experience with solar in Africa! Plenty of extra sun there!
      We were going to do a small (20×30) actual log cabin and I designed it with insulated slab foundation, passive solar radiant heat in the floor as well as hot water system, pellet stove, solar pump for the water supply, lights wired for AC and 12 volt just like an RV, gas lights for back-up,and gas generator for those times the sun doesn't shine for a while. There are some great systems coming out of Canada for us north country folks. The goal was to be off grid and off petroleum except for back-up. Then the economic crash happened and health intervened so it all went on hold. We still enjoy our RV on the land and off grid. And yes we have a home as well.
      Winters in Maine are a bit rugged in an RV!

      grammagail on December 23, 2012 at 10:32 am
    • Good question, Anniesown! :) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    • Kitty Happy New Year!
      I hope this finds you feeling better and getting the treatment you need. My prayers are with you dear for your increasing energy and peace. God Bless you.

      ruffybc on January 2, 2013 at 10:02 am
    • Happy New Year to you as well, Ruffy! I'm doing OK and expecting further developments this Friday morning, when I see my Neuroendocrinologist., Dr. Vinik. I've been researching Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia–type I ( MEN–I) and Gastrinoma for about 3 weeks now, and my docs name keeps coming up as one of the WORLD'S LEADERS in treatment related thereto! That has to be a God thing–to connect me with such a specialist, right here where I live! I am so grateful. I suspect that he will recommend surgery, and probably a combo of very extensive removal of affected organs, as well as doing the intra-abdominal ultrasound and exploratory work necessary to find the tumors that we know are there due to symptoms, but didn't show up on the scans I had. I'll know better on Friday. What amazes me is this source of supernatural Peace that I am experiencing, Ruffy! Oh. that I could share and give it away to any and all that are facing adversity in their lives!!! My odds, on paper, are very slim, as the combo of things I have tend to be incurable. All I know today is, "Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world…" Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, for they ARE being heard by Almighty God and I am floating through this storm unafraid! Much Love to you, Ruffy!^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    • Happy New Year Sid and everyone else:)
      I am so happy to see such progress on the home since I last checked in. I am super happy to hear the good news about the dock:):) In regard to the fireplace I hope they do at least one fireplace and when I first saw this home and the porch I hoped and said that I hoped they would keep a large porch and if they could somehow have a two way fireplace it would be fantastic! That way on those rainy days that you still want to be somewhat outside (on the porch) you could still enjoy a fire:) I still would enjoy a firepit or fireplace outside on a patio. Everyone seems to enjoy fire and water they have an attraction we all enjoy and seek. As far as the pellet stove/fireplace I have friends that have them and love them and have had them for years. I live in Central NY and we have severe & long winters-so NC should be a good fit for this type of stove/fireplace:) Can't wait to see FP's and hear more ideas.^_^

      ruffybc on January 2, 2013 at 10:00 am
  4. Oh my gosh, I'm just chomping at the bit to get a glimpse of the new floorplans!! This is gonna be so incredible!

    MGYinSC on December 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm
  5. Oh-oh! Shells are in jeopardy! Being piled on with supplies that I imagine got moved hastily this morning in prep for the lowering of the cabin. Please, please, please, someone rescue those shells? They represent countless trips to the outer banks and must be tied to countless memories of happy summer days at Dobbie's cove.

    grammagail on December 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm
    • Yes, Yes, Yes! Please save the shells !!! Good eye grammagail !

      SouthernBorn57 on December 26, 2012 at 2:00 am
  6. Looking at the raised foundation today I've a little suspicion that the main entrance may be moved to the right side of the house facing the driveway and not be on the front of the house as it was. Just a thought.^_^

    Clive on December 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm
    • My guess is for a huge deck on the front with patio doors, porch on the driveway side with entrance for unloading groceries and a porch on the other side off the master bedroom with water view. There still are supplies left for more foundation work…notice that? Porches and maybe a garage?

      grammagail on December 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    • Yes, I noticed the extra foundation materials. Based on how they did things in 2011 they may need some for more support pillars under the house and more still for steps up to a front porch outside the main entrance. Did you see they excavated what look like foundations out from the right side towards the drive? This is identical to the way they started to build the front entry porch and steps in 2011. Of course, I am probably completely wrong, not the first time for that to be sure! :$

      Clive on December 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    • Clive, I think you are right. And it is nice they have the experience from the Virginia project to speed things up a little. There are enough new issues to deal with at this location so anything learned from the past may help smooth the path a little.
      I sure hope they include a garage of some sort as well. That sun is brutal in summer and it would be nice to have a place out of the sun for the car so you don't have to start the air conditioning and let it run before you get in.

      grammagail on December 22, 2012 at 10:31 am
    • There may be problems with a garage same as there were with the 2011 house, namely, cost, complexity of building it and perceived need. Also, traditionally, DIY Blog Cabin never builds garages unless they're integral to the house, as in 2008. It's possible a garage will also have to be raised as high as the house to meet building regs for coastal dvelopment. This house has plenty of mature shade trees. I'll guess that DIY will not consider a garage but rely on the tree cover and the eventual owner can install a non-permanent carport if they wish. This also avoids making more homes for unwanted visitors. One of the major flaws (IMO) of the VA house was almost total lack of storage for outdoor items from lawnmowers to water toys. I hope DIY consider something, possibly iuncluded in the dock rehabilitation, for that sort of thing here.

      Clive on December 22, 2012 at 10:54 am
    • Is there space under the house? Those things are replaceable if it floods or easily moved up out of harms way if a storm is coming in.

      grammagail on December 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    • The space under the house can't be used. That's why it's closed except for 'blow out' holes in the walls. It's designed for a tidal flood to pass through unhindered. This ensures there will be no major resistance to any srorm surge and therefore the building will be much more secure than if the footings were sealed. However, this also means that nothing can be stored under the house. Things stored under the house will become battering rams in a storm flood and actually cause much more damage than the flood or wind alone. Most storm damage to buildings is caused by items being blown in the wind or washed in on the waves hitting the building repeatedly. Wind and waves alone don't do so much damage.

      Clive on December 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm
    • Been working on my own foundation , will try to stop in now and then to see how this project evolves. Good to see he who all trout fear is still ahead of the flood.

      BNB on January 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm
    • Hello 'old' bloggie friend. How are the geoducks? ;)

      Clive on January 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    • Geoducks are still there, just have to get out there and get some ! Yum !
      Will probably only be able to do weekends, working temporary duty at… trying to stay on top of things of course. Life is keeping me really busy as of late. will fill you in on things over time. This build is interesting. I think we need to ask for something original to make the statement. Maybe weather vane? private fish stock pond? a smoke house ? Something different.

      BNB on January 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm
  7. I'm looking forward to finding out the plans for the dock.
    This is such a beautiful location, I'm glad that the DIY team will be creating something new to utilize the "battered" dock.
    I think we all can enjoy the fantasy of using whatever is created to enjoy the fishing and other wonderful water activities associated with having one's own dock, in this local.

    Lester B. on December 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm
  8. I noticed on this thread and the last one too, that they lifted the Cottage with the furniture still in the Cottage.
    Up above where the fireplace was removed there is a wicker rocking chair still in there and on the last post, there was pictures still hanging on the wall…I am so surprised they didn't remove everything in the Cottage before lifting it, really taking chances of something getting damaged or broken…It is my understanding that when DIY purchased the Cottage, they also purchased all the furnishings and accessories. but what DIY didn't use, the family could get those back…I know Alicia said they did get to go in and get some personal things after DIY took the first inside photos of the Cottage …That is my understanding, please someone correct me if I'm wrong..Just surprised the furniture wasn't removed before the lifting…. Just my thoughts!!!

    Jennie/Florida on December 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm
    • Jennie,
      When we had our house jacked up and moved to do a foundation under it they arrived and I said "Just a minute and I will be out." They said "No need. You can go ahead and bake a pie if you wish." They hooked up electricity to a power cord, connected the plumbing to hoses and proceeded to jack it up and roll it back on rollers. The only way I knew was the scenery out the window was changing. I did bake that pie just for fun and to say I did it. So I bet the furniture and pictures did just fine.
      By the way, I was wondering if anyone else had noticed the stuff still in there! Good eyes!

      grammagail on December 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm
    • grammagail, that is too funny :-) I had noticed the photos on the wall in the house on the other thread and wondered if the furniture and all the other itemswould come crashing down. I quess they do it very slowly and precisely balanced with the hydrolics that they have. Did you share your pie with the crew? ;-) The red brick looks great, but I didn't see any vents. I probably missed it. I noticed this morning that they cleared out more ground on the front of the house. I wish we had a cam for that side. I am getting excited on this one, and I am so so excited to see how they redo the dock going out to the water. I am hoping that they will incorporate a build-in bench to sit and fish on days you don't want to launch your boat out onto the water. Just a thought :-) I'm wondering how deep that water is at the end of the dock?

      Heading South on December 22, 2012 at 9:20 am
    • The house is raised and lowered at such a slow rate all at one time, that you could probably sit in the rocking chair and no even know you were going up or down.

      Todd on December 22, 2012 at 11:11 am
    • I think they did remove some stuff from the house before lifting it. It sure would make it easier to remove furniture and things on the ground instead of from 8 feet in the air!

      Alicia9981 on January 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm
  9. Woohoo! Progress! I miss a few days, and I come back to TWO new threads! I'm SO excited!

    Mimitheminer on December 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    • It only took them 3 days to do the foundation and it looks like a good job from here. Don't stay away long 'cause things will progress fast now. Only a week or so to voting!

      grammagail on December 22, 2012 at 10:42 am
  10. Yee-haw, Blog Cabin fans — we got us somethin' old attached to somethin' new, so alls we need is somethin' borrowed and somethin' blue to finish this here dream.

    First, we gotta have something blue. Hmm, I got it — blueprints, aka floor plans. Yep, time to get'em done!

    Something borrowed? I got just the thing — a tune right from the big man himself, Johnny Cash:
    We got Blog Cabin fever, hotter than a pepper sprout. We've been talkin' 'bout Atlantic ever since the word got out. We're going to Atlantic, ain't never comin' back. Yeah, we're going to Atlantic — look out Atlantic town!

    How about that?! The renovation hasn't even started and I'm already lookin' to make a commitment….

    DBCoop on December 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    • Great singing! How about something borrowed……all the construction equipment and something blue…..could be the blue glass and blue and white china that was in the house?

      grammagail on December 22, 2012 at 10:35 am
    • I'm with you, Grammagail! Bring on some Blues–music, that is–good ole' Southern blues playin' in the background to keep the workers' rythm n' blues a goin'– and their work-flow steady! :D And add some blues to the home color scheme–PLEASE– no green colors again!! There's a beautiful collection of blue & white china, blue glass, more blue things and items which coordinate…. Give us Beachy; Bright; USA; please keep character simple and pay homage to original Robinson Family and their antique furnishings!!!! ;) xD<3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    • Kitty, I am with you, keep the beachy blue and white color scheme, and keep some of the original furnishing and bric a brac from the Robinson house there. If the "character of the original house is added to the reno then this house will keep it's original feeling of comfy/coziness. Perhaps if new wood is added it could be white washed.
      I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and a happy & healthy New Year. Becky :) <3

      bythebaydreamer on December 24, 2012 at 12:25 am
    • Kitty
      I am with you in the color scheme:) I like the blue & white theme & the beachy feel & USA!<3
      If Victoria is working this home? I am sure she will be more than capable to incorporate some of the prior owners belongings-there were some nice pieces of history that I hope they keep. She would do a fantastic job with this home. I have alot of my own blue & white peices I would most happy to move into this home:):)!
      And good singing Coop!

      ruffybc on January 2, 2013 at 10:16 am
    • Hi Ruffy! Again, it's great to have you back! I don't know of anyone hearing whether Victoria Lesser is coming back or not. She would do a magnificent job on this house, just so long as she doesn't nix any bath/powder rooms! :) I know she took a beating for that one–everyone makes misjudgements, and that was a biggie, but I'm quick to forgive and I love Victoria's style! Hope she will be back! Ready for BLUES, Folks? This home begs for it as a primary color. Use patriotic accent colors and NO greens, please!!! And PULEEEZE don't make this house formal and sheetrocky!!!! It is a beach cottage! ;) B)^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm
    • Blue skies shinning on me, nothing but blue skies can I see…..:)<3

      bythebaydreamer on December 24, 2012 at 12:27 am
    • Boy, does that song bring back memories!–nice ones! Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas Day, Becky! xD^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

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