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Jan 7

Starting from Scratch: Why We Reframed

Reframing Blog Cabin 2013

For those who’ve been glued to the Cabin Cam over the last 48 hours, your eyes do not deceive you. We made a decision in the 11th hour to completely reframe Blog Cabin 2013. Why, you ask? Project manager Dylan Eastman and the design/build team deemed wall studs too short, floor joists (previously ceiling joists — a big no-no) too small, roof rafters too small and termite damage beyond repair.

We counted at least six renovations (highlighted in the above photo), which were pieced together and clad inside and out with very forgiving coverings that could be easily patched, caulked and/or renailed as needed. We certainly don’t want the lucky winner of Blog Cabin 2013 to worry about shifting/sagging, cracking walls and the subsequent repair work. To properly install new, efficient roofing, siding, flooring and drywall and achieve code requirement, we had no choice but to replace studs/joists. We could have retained the original studs, but they would have served no structural purpose, as all door and window locations and sizes have changed.

We salvaged wood from the original house and will reuse where we can. Our goal at this time is to maintain the charm and character of the original structure and honor the history of the home and the entire region as we rebuild.

  • Posted at 4:12 pm on January 1, 2013
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  1. Since this B.C. dose not have the 3td bedroom. Could you please put bunks somewhere for kids, like in the Dream Home 2013?Thank you .

    Angelways on January 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm
  2. I truly agree Clive. I tip my hat to the DIY Team because they gave it their best to try to remodel it. If they didn't they would have never lifted it to try to save it. I would rather have a safe home than one that had to have repairs after repairs each year to try to keep patching the problems that clearly were unfixable.

    Rebecca on January 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm
  3. truly needed to be done

    susan bedard on January 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm
  4. Looks like the rough framing for the cuploa is done. It is sitting just behind the well and pressure tank. Has the Cat and dozer always been sitting back of those trees?

    Woodworker from MN on January 12, 2013 at 8:48 am
    • I saw the cuploa there yesterday morning. I think they put Cat and dozer there when they are done for the weekend. . It is nice that they do that so we can see the cabin.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 12, 2013 at 9:49 am
    • Sharp eye Woodworker! B) So glad to see the cupola wasn't cut from the budget. Is it possible to tell from the farming if there will be operable windows in the cupola for ventilation? You can see from my question how much I don't know about construction!:S

      SID on January 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    • Looking at the rough framing, I guess it can possible have automatic opening windows, possible even with sensors to close them when rain is detected. If it is to be used for ventilation, most assuredly they will have to have some type of opener. It is amazing the technology of things like this. My nephew, who is an engineer, works with automatic sensors and things like that, so anything is possible in this day and age. If they will have automatic openers, it sure would be nice if they could fit in some short of chime, or bell in this tower, too, since there will be the need to run wiring up there anyhow. Just some ideas I would try. A chiming bell would really add a special touch to this magnificient setting, when someone rings the doorbell.

      Woodworker from MN on January 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm
    • Love your idea of a bell.<3

      SID on January 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • LOL. We live close to a church with a bell tower and full compliment of time chimes (hour & half hour 24/7). I'm NOT an fan of those chimes. o.0

      Clive on January 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    • Clive, I remember when I was a child visiting my aunt overnights in Boston. My sister and I slept on a big, tall old feather mattress at night. There was a lovely old church near her home, and I loved to hear the bells chime during the night. Sweet memory, but I probably wouldn't sleep as soundly as I did when a 7 year old – feather mattress or not! :D

      SID on January 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm
  5. Is there a reason the percentages of votes never changes despite new bloggers joining and probable participating numbers fluctuating daily? It makes the results look suspicious. It is fun voting on things for the cabin but if it is not a true vote it takes the fun away.

    grammagail on January 12, 2013 at 9:48 am
    • The percentages hardly ever change after the first few days. It's not suspicious, it's how the math works. The suspicious 'bot' voting of the first few cabins has, thankfully, been stopped. Blogggers are only a minute proportion of the voters. If all the people who blog used all 10 votes per day that would barely hit 1000 votes. The vast majority of votes never blog or even read the blog.

      AnniesOwn on January 12, 2013 at 10:46 am
    • I have questioned that in past years of the Blog Cabin. Perhaps they do their percentages at a certain time and it just may not be automated. If it is automated, it certainly does appears suspicious, and takes away the fun and conversation of the pros and cons of the products.

      Heading South on January 12, 2013 at 10:57 am
    • It's definitely not suspicious. Each day the same people vote for the same things. Very few change. The percentages remain roughly the same. To change by even one percent there has to be a big change in voting numbers. Several thousand votes must change sides to move it even one percent. If bloggers only count for about 1000 votes per day. Even if every blogger changed votes or only voted for one item there wouldn't even be a 1% change after the count had reached 100,000 total combined. Sad, possibly, but a fact.:) Many have said that the only reason for keeping the vote open longer is to allow latecomers a chance to participate. The result is almost always known within a week or even less. The crazy voting of a few years back when some people had obviously discovered how to manipulate the vote has been stopped so what we see is not rigged in any way.

      AnniesOwn on January 12, 2013 at 11:11 am
    • Thank you all for giving me some insight on this. It makes sense that after the initial votes it would take much more to change the percentages.

      grammagail on January 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm
  6. Wow, i have been waiting to see the changes, I always manage to check the blog at night when the camera is dark. I'm curious to see if this will affect floor plans. I'm still hoping for a screened in porch and a place to store the canoe. The sound is quiet and a great place for nature watching while canoeing.

    Lia_M on January 12, 2013 at 10:37 am
    • Are you on the West Coast? I know I don't think about it until dusk and by then it is too late.

      Eugenia27 on January 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm
  7. It is so beautiful. I was just panning around and looking at everything. Such a nice place to retire. The house seems to be coming right along nicely. How is everyone doing today? What is the weather like? Much Love!

    Rebecca on January 12, 2013 at 11:44 am
    • Rebecca, the weather in NC is not quite as warm this morning, but a far cry from our 12 degrees in Central Mn. I have never been in NC, but have traveled all the Gulf Coast states a few times. Really nice down south, but humid, like it is in Minnesota in the summer. One summer, I golfed in our National Golf Tournament in Decatur, GA. It was 106 degrees both days, many people quit early because of the heat, but the heat did not bother me, 'cause we have lots of days like that in MN.:)

      Woodworker from MN on January 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    • I have never been to NC either. I have a 300 mile radius around Washington, DC. I have never even flown in a plane! lol It is 45 deg here today.

      Rebecca on January 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    • We're enjoying another day of ridiculously warm (for WI) weather. Blue skies and nearly 50F (for now). However, as Woodworker from MN has mentioned, the cold weather is on it's way. Our lake is too dangerous to go out ice fishing after the rain and thaw of the last week but that dosen't seem to be stopping a few fools. We've already had a snowmobile break through, luckily the riders were rescued. Our neighbor has removed his fishing shanty to the shore in case it breaks through and sinks. Maybe with the approaching cold he'll be able to get it out again and we'll all have some fun catching fish through the ice. :) Local ski resorts can't operate as the snow machines can't make snow in these temps. Things are getting desperate for these folks after the record warm winter last year. We need some seriously cold weather and snow. My kids are 'desperate' to get on the slopes. B)

      Clive on January 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    • 50 degree is not bad. Oh my god I have never been on ski's! I would bust my butt sure as the world. Heck I have only been on roller skates about 3 times in my I do like to fish and being near the water though I don't know about ice fishing. lol

      Rebecca on January 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    • At 8am it was -9 with the wind chill -20 (that's MINUS!) I sure hope this is the end of the – minus. It is always colder the next day after it snows. I wish I could send some of this cold air to Clive and Woodworker. It warms me to see the temps at the BC.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    • Oh I don't know if I could take digits in the minus! I feel for ya Vicki! Please don't send any cold weather this way!! lol Stay warm girl. <3

      Rebecca on January 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm
  8. Some bloggers are concerned about the cottage going over budget. That may be true but I doubt it's a major factor in what happens with Blog Cabin at this stage. In 2012 Scripps Network had operating revenues of over $1/2 billion. Of this nearly $200 milion was HGTV and nearly $30 million was DIY (a 26% year on year increase). The company is robust. Advertising revenues are up considerably. I doubt there's any danger of them not being able to afford major things that are deemed necessary or cause them to cut corners. :)

    Most major items (siding, roofing, paint, furnishings etc.) are donated. The major outlays are the cost of purchasing the property ($500,000) and the cost of the builders and contractors are probably 'fixed'. I'm unsure how the Presenters are recompensed as many have their own companies who are hired as sub-contractors. Those costs may be fixed as with the genral contractors and builders. I'm sure there is strict financial control but I'm not buying into the idea that lack of money will result in compromises or major items being eliminated from the plans. At least I hope that's the case.:D

    AnniesOwn on January 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    • Excellent points, Annie! Thanks! :D B)xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm
    • I agree! I don't think they will cut corners because they are true professionals but I do think the budget does come into play. True, things happen that are unforseen and I am sure they have a cushion for that. I just think they have budgets for all of their jobs and they try their best to stay within that budget. I don't think they will be changing a lot at this point and adding a lot of costly items. The company does seem to be doing well and that is probably due to excellant management and staying within allotted budgets. They have many more projects not just this one and if they all start going over budget and people just say what the hell they have plenty of money that is not good. I have been taught to always have a budget and a little bit of cushion but stay within your budget at all costs. That is all I am saying. There were a lot of things unforseen in this project and I am sure it ate up a good portion of their budget. Much Love!

      Rebecca on January 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    • Rebecca, Good morning to you. Well said, everything has a budget. Too bad our government does not believe in budgets. It is a very chilly -2.2 degrees this morning. Yes, that is "Below Zero"..

      Last night, I was thinking, again………What kind of plan is there to build a small building over the well and pressure tank? Wouldn't it be neat to shape this small building in the form of the cottage, or even to resemble a lighthouse, with a removable top for well maintenance, should the need arise? I guess, coming from a construction and building background, I tend to think "Outside the box", covering every possible need. Everyone………..Happy Sunday. :) :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 13, 2013 at 9:47 am
    • Unfortunately they make money because each project is done to a budget. The Maine house (2012) had several examples of things being changed due to budget constraints that were forced because of extra framing that was required. There were things done last minute when they found a new sponsor for some product like roofing , that they needed. Apparent deep pockets does not a throw the money around company make.

      YankeeNuke on January 13, 2013 at 4:31 am
    • Hey Woodworker, that would be nice! You know I love my light houses. They may do something. I have seen them do certain things on the show to cover things like that. They showed some black plastic panels that clicked together like a box. Each panel had holes all through it and there were like green branches that fit into the holes. It ended up looking like a huge bush and consealed the outside unit. It looked really good.

      Rebecca on January 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm
  9. I just have a few questions, after viewing the aerial photo on Bing. What is the building just NE of our cottage, by the grape vines? Next, it looks like still another building just to the south of the cottage, closer to the property line? Finally, just west of our cottage, it looks like a small stream or creek, running north and south, Just wondering if that is a dead end stream, of if it evenutally opens up somwehere into the ocean. I have worked in aerial photograpy my entire life, before retiring, and my work computer could have zoomed in really close, down the the very last pixal. My home computer will not zoom that far, even using the 45 degree view. Wow, if this property was purchased for $500,000, can anyone visualize what the taxes would be on something like this, after total rebuilding? On the other hand, wouldn't it be fabulous to afford to live next to another very valuable property? Just dreaming…………………I think. :) :):):)

    Woodworker from MN on January 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm
    • Woodworker, someone mentioned earlier that the house just next door (East side) is valued at 1.5 million. You can see from Google Maps that the same home also has what appears to be an access canal for a boat dredged into the property.

      SID on January 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    • Woodworker, I think one building was a shed/garage by the grape vines and the other was a chicken coop, I think Alicia said Diy took those down after that photo was taken…I guess they were in sad shape and heavens forbid don't leave a garage! Smile, I Don't know about those streams! Yes, to your last question, It would be nice to live next to the Rich and maybe Famous with all their "Toys" and be able to live that lifestyle and not have to worry about money!!! and Yes, We are dreaming!!!
      That $500,000 included all the furnishings too, except for some personal things they were allowed to get but was told, what Diy didn't use in the Cottage they could have back if they wanted them..That is my If I am wrong on that please Someone correct me!

      Jennie/Florida on January 13, 2013 at 1:14 am
    • The house just to the east is 508 Seashore Dr and is currently listed on the market for 399,000.The amount of land is listed as considerably smaller than BC coming in at about 0.7 of an acre. Gorgeous house, though.

      grammagail on January 13, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • Jennie- I was thinking the same concerning those other buildings, since these aeiral photos are never always current. In most cases, it is best to remove those eyesores, rather than try to repair them. They can be real money pits, just like trying to renovate very old houses.. Yes, it would be nice living next to the "Rich and Famous", like you said. However, in my own experience, I would much rather have neighbors who are regular working folks. When our 4 children and I go biking every day in the summer, we ride by many pretty exclusive homes. Seems like the only people who ever wave back, are the ones who live in the "not so exclusive" homes. When I grew up on the farm, everyone knew everyone else, and everyone waved. Now, that is not the case at all. What a change in society!

      PS- I can remember my mom raising chickens, about 200, just for our own use, with left over money from sales, to buy groceries. Ahhhhhhh, the " Good Old Days".

      Woodworker from MN on January 13, 2013 at 10:01 am
    • I agree with you Woodworker, I would much rather have Friendly neighbors than Rich ones..Our neighborhood looks out for one another and we all pitch in when a neighbor is in need…That is more rewarding to me..Oh don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with being rich, if you don't turn into a snob and look down your nose to other people…I have a few friends who are quite wealthy but you would never know it because they are caring people and share their wealth with others..
      When I was growing up, I remember my older brother had a Chicken coop that he built, in the
      back yard and he had about 25 chickens. He would play hooky from school to spend time with his chickens. The Truant Officer would come to pick him up on a regular basis and take him to school..The Officer would just shake his head and smile…We had lots of eggs and he shared them with the neighborhood. He would sell eggs, if my Mom needed money for bills or food….

      Jennie/Florida on January 13, 2013 at 11:39 am
    • PS…I should add that I was 3 years old at the time and my brother was 13..My other 2 brothers scolded my brother about the Truant Officer and his dedication to his chickens instead of his books, he was grounded a lot …But I have to say My brother turned out to be a very Smart and Successful Man and has done well for himself..Thank goodness!!! So people can turn their lives around if they really want to…We had Fun times in our Family and .as you said it was the "Good Old Days"……Nice to remember!!!

      Jennie/Florida on January 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm
    • I believe Alicia refered to a drainage ditch to help dry the property out after flooding. After Sandy passed it was full and ther were egrets, herons and one day aa raccoon, fishing in it,

      I've no idea what property taxes are in this area. Maybe a local can tell us something.

      Income tax for the winner will be just shy of 40% of the ARV or a professional evaluation if they keep it or 40% of the sale price if they choose to sell quickly. Looking on the positive side, the winner will be richer to the tune of 60% of the sale price.:)

      Clive on January 13, 2013 at 1:45 am
  10. Just a couple more comments, after looking at the BING 45 degree aerial photo. Does this property share a driveway with the big home to the north ? It is real hard to see a distinct driveway through the trees. By looking at that photo, I am estimating the long dock to be between 200-250 long. That in itself will cost big bucks to rebuild someting that long. Hope everyone has a fabulous day, a great weekend, and please come to visit, if I win. :) I can dream, can't I ?????

    Woodworker from MN on January 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm
    • The following article says the dock is 173 feet long. You made a good estimate. Also, I think
      this photo may show the driveway to the home. Have a good weekend, too.

      DeerSpring on January 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    • Thanks very much. I also see lots of extra concrete blocks, a big pallet of bricks, and lots of lumber behind the grape vines. Mmmm…….wonder where the blocks are being used ? I found the driveway, and it is not being shared. The mini-biff is just along that driveway.

      Woodworker from MN on January 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    • Rebuilding the dock may not produce the same length dock that is there now. They will build what is required and in their budget. It may not be the same construction technique and materials as the existing dock. Sadly Scripps is in the business of making money, so they have to run each project on a budget to make sure that they remain profitable and preferably grow so that they can continue building and re-building homes to give away.

      YankeeNuke on January 13, 2013 at 4:36 am

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