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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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529 Comments

  1. Glad to see the change. New bern is a great location!

    rherman1995 on January 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm
  2. I hope they rewire the house. Plus the insects problem. House is pretty from the old fashion way into the new.

    sherry on January 17, 2013 at 10:36 am
  3. Sounds like you made the correct decision, especially with the termite damage.
    Also, reminde me of the old mining construction adage: there's never enough time and money to do it right , but there is always enough time and money to do it over.

    Barry McMullan on January 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm
  4. Post-Sandy any work done to reinforce structure is well worth it. This is such a charming do over and such a beautiful area.

    Marberger on January 19, 2013 at 9:32 am
  5. I think its great to reinforce the structure because of hurricanes can get bad there I think and the termite damage is also a biggie that will kill a house any house I hope they did not find any live ones that it was only a old nest either way I know you guys took care of it what am I thinking you are the pros lol …. boy I pray every night I get lucky one this house.. I love it so wonderful cant wait to see how it turns out what a wonderful location…I enjoy your show so entertain to me Thank you

    kathy fluta on January 22, 2013 at 12:44 am
  6. I just noticed the brickes forn the fire -place are gone yes:S but you could use them for a new mantel for a new fire place if we were to have one hmmmmm yessss<3<3<3:)

    kathy fluta on January 23, 2013 at 12:02 am
  7. The house is only as good as its structure if the structure is unsound then the is a problem so with that bing said I understand why you did what you did to the house you are making it to last for the next winner and for that we are all happy and proud and what to thank you guys for all of your hard work for us .. you have found a wonderful house in a wonderful location and I know The lucky winner will be very greatful to win this gem.<3<3<3<3<3

    kathy fluta on January 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm
  8. With the new boards the house will last many years now.

    Beth on January 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm
  9. YOUR ORGANIZATION IS AMAZINGLY CREATIVE AND INSPIRING. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    DOROTHY NACCI on February 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm
  10. i will like to enter for the 2013 cabin and like to try to win too see i'm a full time house/wife and mother and i just will like to have a nice home to be safe in i been enter on the hgtv 2013 dream home and i may enter on the 2013 smart home too i hope i win it will a nice thing i been enter over 14 years.

    wanda jo box on March 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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