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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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529 Comments

  1. I'm not totally surprised by this. When we were told about the joists being too small and weak, the studs being too few and too thin and then the termite damage and rot it didn't look good. However, they have salvaged what is reusable and the house is still in exactly the same place on the plot it's always been, enjoying the same views and resisting the weather. Now it's going to be guaranteed to do so for at least another 100 yrs.

    Many buildings around the world have been razed and rebuilt in a more modern style yet still retain the mystique and history of the old as well as having their own new character. The same will apply to BC 2013 I'm certain. A blank canvass on which the voters can leave their lasting legacy. :) DIY experts will ensure the past is woven into the future with repurposed pieces. Now it's time for them to earn their stripes.;) Eager bloggers are ready to assist with ideas and support too. xD

    Clive on January 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm
  2. I totally agree with the reframing. I totally remodeled a 100 year old home, and you would be surprised what I found lurking inside some of the walls. I found an old doorway in one corner, where the main frame of the house was compromised to make way for the door. That required a new footing on that corner. In the end, if complete framing is not done on a structure this old, it is still an old structure internally, even though the outsdie will be magnificient. Like Dylan said, " They do not want the lucky winner to have a house that eventually sags, and the sheetrock cracks". I missed all the action today, 'cause I was busy installing a kitchen backsplash. Can't wait for the sun to rise, so I can see what happened on Monday. :)

    Woodworker from MN on January 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm
  3. Mary and Dylan, Thank you kindly for the update. I was watching and wondering what had happened to make the plan shift to re framing the entire structure. I figured you all are the experts and I have every confidence that the 2013 Blog Cabin will be a beautiful blend of old and new to withstand anything Mother Nature can conger up, and will last for generations.Looking forward to each new exciting day! Becky :) <3

    bythebaydreamer on January 7, 2013 at 9:12 pm
  4. While I adore the old, I was so glad yesterday when they decided to re-frame the entire house. I had misgivings about the old structure, but believed that DIY would make sure that the home was safely up to current code. After reading the reasons today for the changes made, my confidence in DIY is even stronger. Thanks for letting us know why the decision was made! :)

    Moving2theCoast on January 7, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    • I totally agree!

      Rebecca on January 8, 2013 at 11:02 am
    • I agree, Moving.

      Lessie on January 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm
  5. Thanks for the explanation on the renovation we will stay in touch on the blog and also on the web cam.

    pixelecho69 on January 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm
  6. New posts right and left, the ol' cabin will be reborn, but it'll still be charming and much more functional. AND there's a new Smart Home post….go see!

    smokesmom on January 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm
  7. Our Blog Cabin has been framed! And through no fault of its own — but as a result of less than adequate standards of past remodeling and additions that were too casually done.

    Despite the more than cosmetic flaws found under the skin of our timeless beach cottage, she will return to us better than new, standing tall and proud and ready for many more decades of family memories to be made within her walls.

    Perhaps one among us, be they longtime Blog Cabin fans or newly joined bloggers, will have the absolute joy of calling her their own.

    DBCoop on January 8, 2013 at 1:07 am
    • Ditto DBCoop.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 8, 2013 at 1:41 am
    • Wouldn't that be the best! Here's hoping that the new owner will be a blogger. :) <3

      bythebaydreamer on January 11, 2013 at 10:06 am
    • That's what I'm talking about! May a Bloggie win!xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  8. I am glad to see they are going to redo the old cottage. If it was up to me I would have torn it down after the first inspection! Now it can be a real blog cabin instead of a blog remodel! ^_^

    EdinOregon on January 8, 2013 at 1:33 am
    • Ed, that is a good way to look at it…imagine so many of the early/original BC bloggers who left the blogs once the renovated homes replaced cabins from the ground up. Now, unintentionally, the project has become a new build–but with the model of a charming old beach home to live up to and emulate. ;)

      LLColeman on January 8, 2013 at 4:55 am
    • I don't mind either way. I am confident that the DIY Team would have remodeled the old home just as good as building it from scratch. I find they seem to be very detailed and don't just put a patch on the problems they find. The fact that now it is definately a rebuild just proves that point. Much Love!

      Rebecca on January 8, 2013 at 11:01 am
    • I agree, Ed.

      Lessie on January 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm
  9. Does anyone know the building codes along the North Carolina Coast for making Blog Cabin hurricane proof? Is the framing strapped and bolted a different way to the foundation and all the other things I just don't know about?

    Linda Vandom on January 8, 2013 at 8:59 am
    • Linda- I do not know the building codes for that area, but I am sure they required hurricane clips on all construction. Enjoy your day, and have fun watching the live cam. I see the guys put up the framework for the near side of the cottage a few minutes ago. Let the building begin. :) :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 8, 2013 at 9:58 am
    • Hey woodworker, I have been watching as well and see they have made good progress these past couple days even with all of the issues they have endored. Good work guys! DIY Team get r done!

      Rebecca on January 8, 2013 at 10:52 am
    • Rebecca. Do you see they completely erected the second story walls this morning? I missed all of yesterday, but they must have built all the walls on the upstairs floor, then erected them this morning. Gotta go…..I have to grout the backsplash this morning. I am just waiting about 10 minutes, so the grout can blend in my bucket, before using. Keep me posted on what is happening. :) :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    • They are moving fast! I love it. They had the walls erected last night before they left for the day.

      Rebecca on January 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    • They did alot yesterday, installed the engineered joists, put on the plywood floor sheeting, then built all the walls, covered the rim joist with OSB, and away they go. Just fiinished my grouting, so taking a little noon break, waiting for the grout to finish hazing over. I have wiped it at least a half dozen times, yet there is still a haze. I just love working with unsanded grout, because it fills the cracks so much better. While I take my break, I will be watching the Cabin Cam. :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    • Well half of it was up yesterday. lol They finished the rest this morning but it does look nice, doesn't it? They are workng hard.

      Rebecca on January 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    • Since they are building to the 130 mph code they have to be strapping everything so that the frame and roof and foundation act as one unit. They also have to use wood based sheathing, sub-flooring and roofing. This is an expensive construction technique that will pay for itself in minimal damage and heartache for the winner and any/all subsequent owners. They also have to provide a frame and roof that will carry the regional snow load in winter. However this will not keep an EF2+ tornado from swallowing your house.

      YankeeNuke on January 13, 2013 at 4:18 am
  10. Mary, thank you for the update. With the termite damage and the studs problem,and all the patches here and there, the resolve to start fresh makes so much sense. At first I thought I was missing something when the remaining frame was dissipating right in front of my eyes. Thank you Dylan for your diligence in producing quality in this construction project. Your efforts to accomplish the best for DIY Blog Cabin is evident in your decision. Thank you.

    Heading South on January 8, 2013 at 9:11 am
    • I agree!

      Rebecca on January 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

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