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Friday Construction Update

Blog Cabin 2013 Reconstructed Staircase

According to project manager Dylan Eastman, the construction crew at the Blog Cabin 2013 home site completed wall framing and sheathing, poured footings for the porch and began deck framing and interior stair construction this week.

Next week, the team will focus on main roof framing, a task that will transform this charming little cabin.

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838 Comments

  1. the stairs look safe now and easier to climb I am sure.

    home_girl on January 18, 2013 at 9:33 am
    • I definitely agree with you. That must have been quite a challenge to climb them.

      Kim on January 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    • yes they sure did not look easy to climb before.

      lmbarshaw on January 19, 2013 at 11:07 am
    • I climb stair like those and they wasn't too bad, like climbing up a ladder. Just wasn't easy for the older folks.
      The new stairs can have it's troubles too, I had some like those in my home. When you go up or come down one needs to remember to stay to the wide side of the stairs, if not you can slip or miss a step on the narrow side. I know I done it, not use to them and coming down them at night or even in the day time, after a while you remember and it's easier to know where to step.

      home_girl on January 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    • I remember my Grannys steps were like that. It wasn't bad when I was little but when I got older it seemed more difficult because they were so small and narrow. There are a lot of old homes still like that.

      Rebecca on January 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm
  2. That's great news there has been so much progress thanks for the update.

    pixelecho69 on January 18, 2013 at 9:35 am
    • These guys have been hard at work! Great job guys!

      Rebecca on January 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm
  3. Love that wonderful stairway. This kind of stairway makes everything appear so open, and beautiful. Just wait until the nice railing is in place, and the construction treads are chaged to the real ones. Mmmmmmm, I love it. Hope everyone has a marvelous day. Yipeeee, I was finally able to vote for all choices this morning……..was never able to vote for more than 4 yesterday.

    Woodworker from MN on January 18, 2013 at 9:36 am
    • I agree. I have been having problems today voting.

      Rebecca on January 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm
    • Good Sunday afternoon to ya, Woodworker! Hope you're staying warm! I was just looking at the stairway again and noticed the rail is on the right side going up, but there is no rail on the left side coming back down…Going up as the steps turn to the next level they have no full step there…That looks a little weird and maybe a "Red light" for someone carry things up the stairs…The norm is, you go up the stairs on the right side and come down the stairs on the left side, right? Where is the rail on the left side?? Seems unsafe to me, unless the Guys just haven't finished adding all that needs to be added for safety..The thin corner step on the right side bothers me. Just an observation!!
      Did you read my post about my little visitors in the back yard…the Painted Buntings?

      Jennie/Florida on January 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    • Jennie, Yes I read your last posting. It should be under one of your blogs. I am sure the railing right now is just temporary, for use by the carpenters. When people ask about unfinished things, I always tell them to be patient, to see the final product. On an open staircase, a railing on both sides will be required, for safety sake. With all the OSHA rules these days, nothing is left at risk. I am sure when the guys get on the roof, they will all be wearing safety harnesses, in case they slip and fall.

      Woodworker from MN on January 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm
    • I love the new stair case–much sturdier and easier to navigate. The construction is coming along so nicely. Can't wait for the next update!

      JulieW on January 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm
  4. I was so heart sick when I saw the cabin this weekend. I was hopeful there would be more of the OLD cabin in tact! However, the location is beautiful, and you couldn't have picked a more appropriate place. Could you save the fire place mantel and hearth?

    Siggie on January 18, 2013 at 9:51 am
    • Yes, Please! I'm not seeing that beautiful Fireplace surround and a place for a real fireplace hearth!!! Where are you putting the fireplace? That's not optional, with us Bloggies–WE all want it!!! ^_^B):*<3Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 18, 2013 at 10:41 am
    • I agree; there is nothing left. I really, really hope that the beautiful surround was saved and will be used for an actual fireplace in this cabin!

      quint103 on January 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm
    • I agree, please keep the fireplace. The scenery is Gorgeous.

      sand & surf on January 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm
    • Please add a brick fireplace. That was so much of the charm in the original home.

      UOwinner on January 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm
    • I have read here that sometimes changes are made due to popular demand. Does anyone really think it is possible they will add the very popular fireplace when they are this far along in the construction? I certainly hope so.

      draftswoman on January 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm
    • Just be patient, they have to get the house framed, before thinking about any fireplace, if any is in the plan. I know, people want a fireplace, but other things have do be done first. That old fireplace would be a great focal point in the renewed cottage. According to the blueprint, it looks like there is a fireplace, or something, planned for between the two windows in the living room. The blueprint is not all that plain, but, there is something situated between those 2 windows. Whatever is planned, I will not be disappointed, 'cause there is not always a place for everything people want. Enjoy your day.

      Woodworker from MN on January 23, 2013 at 9:31 am
    • The space you mention, between the two windows is where the original fireplace was located. I am guessing that it will be some type of gas direct vent modern fireplace. Hope not. Pat

      Pat Green on January 23, 2013 at 11:52 am
    • Just in eyeballing that space between the windows, i get the sense that the space is way too narrow for that antique fireplace surround and mantle, which is sad. I would be so delighted If i were the victim of an optical illusion and it actually DID fit!!!:p;)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    • No way it could fit; the actual space between the windows does not reflect what their floor plans showed. On the floor plan the space between the right window and the right corner is the same as the space between the left window and the post support by the foyer door in reality it is not. May be they will place some sort of stove on the left by the post/ Maybe to allow space for more furniture.

      zulumom on January 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    • I know, ZuluMom! I just wish… Looking at the plans, I can't seem to find any place wide enough in which one could build a proper fireplace and use that antique surround. Grrrr…:So.0:x Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm
    • The good news is they are saaving things all along to use in the interior and exterior in some way. I saw so many cool things inside that old cabin. What wonderful memories. I grew up visiting that sleepy little town of Atlantic. It's changed a lot since then…

      pontoongrl on January 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    • I'm a newbee to this blog stuff. The interior of the cabin was just soooo special that I am glad to hear they are saving things along the way… Hope to see them in the "new" cabin. Also, how/when can we enter the sweepstakes?

      sandyK on January 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm
    • Hi SandyK! Welcome to the Blog! When the BC is completed, DIY will announce and introduce it to the public during a special TV show–I think it will be in July or August, though somebody else may know more specifically. After that they will open the entry period. We will be able to enter twice daily and the BC will be awarded this year! Hang in there, and read the different links, as they are posted across the top of the Blog Cabin Web Page and along the side of the page too. Good luck! :D ;) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm
    • SAD TO ABOUT HAVING TO REMOVE SO MUCH, I WAS HEART SICK ABOUT FIRE PLACE BEING GONE, BUT I KNOW THEY WILL DO A GREAT JOB.

      sanders2778 on February 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm
  5. Good Morning Mary, Thank you so much for a New Thread…It's like Christmas every time we get a new Photos and updates, we get so excited!!!
    I love those stairs. They look similar to the Farmhouse stairs in Maine…but can't tell exactly where they are located because the photo is so small…I know you don't want to give away too much info. just enough to keep us tied to the Blog constantly, afraid we will miss something…That is OK, because we are totally Hooked and can't get any work or chores done due to this build…Love every minute of it and can't get enough..
    Mary I do hope you and Mr. Eastman are reading all the comments from the last 4 threads because there are so many good suggestions that would give a better flow to the Cottage and a few changes that maybe you and Mr. Eastman would consider for the kitchen..Please take time to read them, we would appreciate it very much..Thank you again for another update..keep them coming..Smile! Have a nice day!!!

    Jennie/Florida on January 18, 2013 at 10:01 am
    • Hi Jennie!
      I couldn't have said it better myself.:D
      As for changing the size of images on your computer, have you tried holding down the command key while at the same time typing the + or – key? <3

      SID on January 18, 2013 at 10:36 am
    • Good morning, Jennie,
      If you look at the house plans, you will see the stairs are right opposite of the kitchen, next to the foyer wall. In the blueprint, it will show how the stairs go up a few steps, to a landing, then a reverse angle, going all the way to the top. This is a very common practice in today's homes, instead of one long stairway.

      Woodworker from MN on January 18, 2013 at 10:37 am
    • Jennie is right, Mary and Dylan! We Bloggies do very much appreciate you both posting more frequently to us this year–you have been super good at that, but many of us are worried, because we see tell-tale EVIDENCE that you have NOT BEEN READING OUR INPUT~which is our job, on the last 4 blog threads, now. Your work is coming along nicely, but you are overlooking things now which may cost DIY even more, should you find yourselves having to make adjustments to comply with the far wiser ideas which several Bloggies have proposed–and which are very relevant to your present build timing–ESSENTIAL, that is!!! PLEASE Read the Bloggie Threads back FOUR (4) deep now!!! Please??? Thank you! B)xD<3<3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 18, 2013 at 10:51 am
    • PLEASE read the threads Mary and Dylan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      quint103 on January 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    • Oh, Quint, you are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Right!!!B):*<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm
  6. Amazing Project Progress!

    Interior stairway great.
    It looks better, much safer and easier to use.
    Miraculous transformation from the rather dangerous looking original.

    Thanks for the terrific update.

    Lester B. on January 18, 2013 at 10:09 am
  7. Thanks again, Mary, for keeping us updated with Dylan's reports. Great to see inside shots of progress!
    I hate to tell you this when you have done so much in the last few days but I am still having voting link problems. The 404 errors are gone but the same links that gave me those gave me the old voting results page this morning with no link to the kitchen vote. The work around is to go back to the previous thread and use the link in the blog. The other link that gave me the same error message and today is giving me the old results is the "vote again" button when I finish a round. I'll just keep using the work around until you get it fixed.

    grammagail on January 18, 2013 at 10:20 am
  8. The new staircase looks great!

    Summer on January 18, 2013 at 10:42 am
    • Yeah! Looks sturdy and Strong!! And that is what matters!!

      RonnieJames6182 on January 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm
  9. Link from main page people's choice kitchen photo is now working but the one from the menu bar still goes to the Inside and Out results page which is now disabled. The vote again button still does the same.

    grammagail on January 18, 2013 at 10:43 am
    • Glad I'm not the only one having trouble on this site. I've been trying to get my log-on to DIYnetwork all day and it doesn't "work". The icon just keeps spinning. I could vote, but couldn't log-on.

      hendon on January 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm
  10. Thank goodness those old stairs are gone. It looked like you would need mountain climbing gear to reach the top. I'm guessing the space for the stairs must still be pretty tight since the platform level appears to be a series of wide, angled steps rather than just one level platform. Am I seeing that correctly?

    Windsmurf on January 18, 2013 at 10:59 am
    • Yes they are winding stairs as they announced before. I think they are nice and wide. My stairs to the basement are as steep as the old jump and even narrower. It was quite a job to bring laundry baskets up those steps. I finally moved the laundry room to the first level.

      zulumom on January 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm
    • I AM ALSO GLAD THE NEW STAIRS ARE GOING IN. I THINK I WOULD HAVE A HARD TIME COMING DOWN THE OLD ONE.

      sanders2778 on February 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

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