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Blog Cabin 2013 Structural Framing

Exciting things are happening at the home site. Have you checked the cabin cam? The home is starting to take shape and assume the silhouette shown in our floor plan slideshow rendering.

Today, I’d like to share new photos snapped by project manager Dylan Eastman. I can’t wait to see that cupola, casting a soft glow on the south lawn.

  • Posted at 6:40 pm on January 1, 2013
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  1. Woo Hoo, Thank you for the pics Mary! <3 Love that there will be a skylight in the Master Bath! :* Can hardly wait to vote on the porch roof finish, etc!

    SID on January 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm
    • Also very excited about the skylight, great idea, perfect way to add more light without compromising privacy.

      zulumom on January 30, 2013 at 5:37 am
    • Great Start Mary! Out with the old and in with new! This is going to make my DREAM come true!!

      Ronnie James on January 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • I am just in awww of this house!!! I love it sooo much! There will be a very lucky lucky person that gets this one!!!! I have no luck at all so I will just dream. To beautiful for words. <3<3<3<3

      Rebecca on January 31, 2013 at 9:15 am
    • I can just imagine, the lazy front porch, seaside views, maybe a fireplace? Not interested in a pot belly stove contraction. This would make the home complete.

      Sand & Surf on January 31, 2013 at 9:35 am
    • SID- have you ever seen skylights in a porch roof? I think that might be a neat place to put one, just to experiment, and give a little bit of extra light in the corner by the foyer entrance. :) Just another of my many ideas, budget allowing, of course. :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 31, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • My Wife and i have always loved those Bearclaw bathtubs! But we never had a big enough bathroom to put one in! The Structure is coming along nicely and i love the porch and could imagine me and my wife swinging in the swing!

      RonnieJames6182 on February 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm
  2. Still no mention of a fireplace. It's like no one from DIY is answering questions and the blog is just for hopefuls to chat with each other. I'm getting the picture. The blog is for DIY to say what they want and in no way is a conversation. Like one hand clapping.

    UOwinner on January 29, 2013 at 6:58 pm
    • Wood smoke is very polluting and has lots of particulate matter. Gas fireplaces burn cleaner and don't bother everyone else in the neighborhood. It is a health and comfort issue. I commend DIY and HGTV for only having gas fireplaces. If you win the home and must have a wood fireplace, Home Depot has a big selection of outdoor firepits.

      Grandma Bets on January 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    • Hi Grandma Bets. I agree on your evaluation on wood-burning fireplaces. I'm thinking more about alternative heating options and ambiance. That cozy cabin feel. I doubt I'll win. The odds are not in my favor. And after all the costs involved with winning the cabin I doubt I would be able to actually move in if I did. It's a valid question of the DIY team about whether a fireplace of some kind is out of the question, since the original home had one. My frustration is mostly with the lack of conversation between this blog and the DIY team. ;-)

      UOwinner on January 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm
    • As I and several others have blogged before, there's a fireplace of some sorts (probably propane fuelled) drawn into the living room on the east side between the two windows. The couch & chairs are arranged towards it in the 1st floor plans. Just be patient and you will see a fire of some sort. However, it's almost certainly not going to be an open, wood burning fire for all the reasons Grandma Bets and others have noted. They're not very clean or very efficient when compared to modern stoves (gas or wood fuelled with a vent) and an open fire would prevent the house getting LEED certified. :)

      AnniesOwn on January 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm
    • AnniesOwn, thanks. I agree on your assessment of a putting in a wood-burning stove. Wouldn't it be nice if we were getting interaction with the DIY team in regard to our questions?
      Donna D

      UOwinner on January 30, 2013 at 1:33 am
    • A well built masonary fireplace using seasoned hardwood will burn clean and heat will not go up the chimney to any great extent. It will heat up the masonary and radiate heat back into the area. Look at Russian fireplace designs to get the idea. This is a nice passive way to heat, cook perhaps and enjoy the ambiance without gimmicks or gas. Besides who does not love the smell of outdoor wood smoke? The lot is large, many trees are there and the sea breezes are delightful I bet the neighbors have a fireplace too! Pat

      Pat Green on January 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    • There are EPA approved wood burning stoves and pellet stoves that do not emit the particulate matter you speak of. One wood stove has its emissions down to 0.45 grams an hour! It has a triple burn system that gets the ash down to about once a month emptying of the ash pan! Gas pollutes indoor air with carbon monoxide and carcinogens. It also smells gross when it is getting low. It does not have that roaring fire effect nor the warmth so is burning fuel to send out the flue for little gain. It is a also petroleum based product and nowhere near as renewable as wood.
      Plus gas explodes!

      Grammagail on January 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm
    • Grammagail, You are right on! Many of those woodburners are very good-looking and can enhance an interior setting. I am with you and your dislike of gas for all the reasons that you stated. We need to get Kitty in on this. She also loves the Russian type fireplaces. Pat

      Pat Green on January 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm
    • Russian stoves are awesome. We have a Russian man in town that came to this country many, many years ago. He builds authentic Russian fireplaces and stoves that heat the entire house in the middle of our winters. They take a large footprint but are worth it! Again, it is the burn path that allows a secondary burn and then, if you add a catalytic burner, a third burn so very little is left. Here in Maine the smell of wood smoke is comforting to us. It means heat even if the power is out. It gets cold in North Carolina in the winter, too.

      Grammagail on January 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm
    • Ouch UOwinner, why don't you tell us what you really think? LOL Seriously though, I do understand your frustration. In years past DIY was more inclined to participate with the bloggers and most of us sort of pine for the exchange of communication we remember from those 'good old days'. In the meantime we have to be content with speaking up about our concerns and trust someone is actually reading our comments. The reality is that every now and then significant changes have actually been made after many concerns were registered. For example: blogger suggestions were actually taken to change the location of the kitchen in the Virginia BC. As to that issue of the much requested wood burning fireplace; Bloggers Woodworker and Clive have both offered really good opinions as to why DIY and HGTV may not install real fireplaces in their homes, but since this issue seems to be causing so much controversy, it would be very helpful if Dylan Eastman or someone from DIY posted some direct information on their thinking about this subject. Just one bloggers respectful opinion.:|

      SID on January 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm
    • Thanks SID. I just wanted to make the point that we bloggers might just be talking to ourselves. I remember the days when the blog was more interactive with the DIY team.

      UOwinner on January 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    • SID- Ditto to your comments. Very well stated. Let's just sit back, watch the action, enjoy those magnificent surroundings, and continue our dreaming. Whatever happens, happens, and I will be 100 % satisfied with the end results. Not all of the choices I voted for are going to happen, but the end product will be some extraordinary. From past experience, I have learned not to bicker, just try to explain what is happening to those who do not thoroughly understand the construction process, and all the minute details. Some of the things requested do not always fit into the present floor plan. Sure, I might add different things, but, I will always agree with the end result. That is why home construction is so stressful.

      Woodworker from MN on January 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm
    • Woodworker, SID addressed my concern. His comment, "it would be very helpful if Dylan Eastman or someone from DIY posted some direct information on their thinking about this subject. Just one bloggers respectful opinion,." was right on target. I am not bickering, though it sounds like you'd like to. SID addressed a general feeling that the reason for the blog seemed to be to interact with the DIY team, which is proving to seem unlikely. That was my only point. Donna D

      UOwinner on January 30, 2013 at 1:30 am
    • Donna, I agree that DIY should probably answer some of our questions, if they have time. I am sure they are overwhelmed with suggestions to address. As far as wanting to bicker, that is the farthest thing from my mind. You are reading me entirely wrong. Please do not come on so strong with other blogger's suggestions. I am sorry you took it the wrong way. Have a wonderful day.

      Woodworker from MN on January 30, 2013 at 9:20 am
    • Yes SID I remember those good old days when Watson blogged with us. And Amy on the first one. I wish Chris Grundy would. Idon't understand why they Face Book and not blog.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    • Last year they had a couple of opportunities to ask questions and/or provide suggestions as a separate blog thread. Realistically, with all of the comments we make, they would have to devote someone nearly full time to answer everything we ask and evaluate our suggestions.

      Windsmurf on January 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    • Well I love surprises so I can't wait to see! I am sure we will all be amazed what they have in store for us!!!! DIY Teams are just amazing!!!! <3<3<3<3<3

      Rebecca on January 31, 2013 at 9:16 am
  3. Also it is hard to imagine the front of the home facing south with the water pictured off to the west. Just saying.

    UOwinner on January 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm
    • This may help. http://www.bing.com/maps/?q=488+Seashore+Dr%2C+At
      the cabin address is 488 seashore Dr, Atlantic, NC.
      The rear of the house, the water facing side, faces south. East is to the left and west to the right looking out from the porch. The house is north of the camera and the dock is south of the camera. The position of the cabin is perfect. The winner will be able to enjoy both sunrise and sunset views from anywhere at the rear of the house including the entire porch, the living and dining areas and the media room. :D xDB)

      Clive on January 29, 2013 at 11:18 pm
    • Thanks Clive, that does help. I am likeing Bing better then google earth.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 30, 2013 at 12:06 am
    • Thanks Clive. I should have done that myself. Camera cam makes more sense now. Donna D

      UOwinner on January 30, 2013 at 1:25 am
    • South is always the best facing for a waterfront property — gets the most sunlight per day. But can also tend to be VERY hot during mid-day, and can lead to things like cluster flies. Are cluster flies an issue in the South Atlantic?

      jlthomps on January 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    • Isn't great that there will be a deep porch to shade the South side of the house and take advantage of the ocean breezes?

      Barbara/Virginia on January 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    • Oh my goodness have you seen the picture of the porch facing the water??? It is just so beautiful I could stay their and look at the ocean for hours. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on January 31, 2013 at 9:17 am
  4. New thread! Yay! The skylight was a great surprise. The cupola set in its home today was something to watch. More going on on the ground over near the well which sits in its new cover. Do I see a pile of what looks like old wood over there?

    Grammagail on January 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    • Gail- I will check in the morning to see what I can find. Talk tomorrow. :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 30, 2013 at 12:39 am
    • Gail, All I see by the well this morning, is perhaps an old scrap of plywood, right behind the well cover. Enjoy the day, wishing we were all in NC this morning, Very balmy, indeed. :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 30, 2013 at 8:39 am
    • I just love all the new pictures, especially the one of the porch facing the ocean!!!! I am so in love with this home!! <3<3<3<3<3 Can't you just picture yourself sitting on the porch in the morning watching the waves??? I know I can imagine me sitting there for hours upon hours. Much Love!! <3<3<3<3

      Rebecca on January 31, 2013 at 9:20 am
  5. has anyone noticed that in all the views they have shared with us there are 0 of the backside of the house?:D
    What's hiding back there?

    Grammagail on January 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    • Gail- I think it will be a very nice surprise, for EVERYONE. I love the idea of the skylight in the master bathroom. That is something I thought they might not do, and surprise us with it. As far as the fireplace is concerned, I guess we cannot please everyone, with all the things people want. Like I said in one of my very first blogs, long ago, people must realize that this is not a real huge house. and some things have to be left out of it, for lack of room. If the new owner, whomever that might be, can always go to the expense of installing a mortar fireplace, if they so desire. I love all the great new photos. I wish I was a mouse in the corner, and could get a glimpse of the backside. Smile, and Enjoy. :) :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    • That EPA approved wood stove would fit in nicely and will be the first addition if I win.LOL

      Grammagail on January 30, 2013 at 10:13 am
    • Hi Gail, I hope it's not a Hot Tub! They should spend that money on a Screened porch, all or part of porch, Outside shower, Outside storage, Pergola Carport maybe connected to the backside of the Cottage for support and protection against storms, otherwise what are you suppose to do with you cars during a Tropical storm or Hurricane, park them in the woods behind the Cottage?? Now that's a thought, but pray that the trees are not blown down on top them…Yikes!!!
      I know what Hurricanes can do and the high winds can cause so much damage to the cars, so if your cars aren't protected, they can become dangerous in those high winds… Scary! Just My thoughts!

      Jennie/Florida on January 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm
    • Jennie, When a hurricane is coming, you get in your car, and drive west as fast a possible. :) :) I read about so many people who think storms are not going to hit their home, so they stay in the home, and perish. Noone is invincible. All it takes is good insurance on your property, and common sense. Hey the carport pergola sounds like another terrific idea, if budget allows. We all must remember everything has a budget, so beggars cannot be too choosy. :) :) Enjoy the show. I loved all those new photos.

      Woodworker from MN on January 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    • Hi Woodworker, I guess the point I was trying to get across is the Cottage needs a covered area for the cars…Salt Water will ruin a good paint job and I noticed almost, if not all of the Houses along the Beachfront have garages, so I was suggesting the Cottage should have one too, if possible..
      I know DIY hasn't built a garage in the last few BC's but it doesn't hurt to mention one just in case they are willing to build one of some sort…Maybe a covered Pergola as I mentioned above! That would be better than nothing and could have some kind of vines growing on it..Maybe climbing Roses, Cape Honeysuckle, Jasmine or Wisteria…Something that has a great fragrance.
      We know when a Hurricane is headed in our direction, it's time to pack up and leave the area..I have left my home soooo many times when Hurricanes are headed our way…..so we know the routine…I've lived in Florida for 45 years so we know…It's better to be safe than sorry!!!
      We Bloggers only make suggestion as to what we would like to see added to the Cottage and in the end we find out if they took any of our suggestion…We are not beggars, but just bloggers who wants everything to be perfect for the New Homeowner…And that could be You Woodworker!!!

      Jennie/Florida on January 30, 2013 at 2:26 am
    • Or it could be you, Vicki, if all goes well. I was just kidding about driving west as fast as you can. Many people who are kinda stubborn will always think they are invincible, and have to suffer the consequences. If the budget allows, a garage or car shelter of some sort is always great. We can suggest, and it may or may not come true. Did you see how warm it is in NC this morning? Shirt sleeve weather for sure, or T-shirts only if you are from the north land. :) It is funny you mentioned Wisteria, because Wisteria Blossom is the new color in our daughter's room. She loves it. :) Only 18 degrees this morning up here.:( Have a fabulous day.

      Woodworker from MN on January 30, 2013 at 8:36 am
    • Good Morning Woodworker it is 12 deg here, this should be the last day of snow, I hope. I grew up in Topanga Canyon Calif. they are famous for wild fires, we were always sent to the beach which was 5 or so miles away. But one year my dad refused to go and we climbed on top of house and beat out the sparks with wet towels. Fun.

      I love Wisterias and the color, they don't grow in So. Utah. Well going to go look at the Cabin cam.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 30, 2013 at 10:26 am
    • Well, we in Wisconsin are in the middle of a blizzard with snow and high winds. I would
      love to spend my time in beautiful N. Carolina. This babin would be a beautiful home. I love the layout.I like the idea of a pergola that could house a car. Any of the wonderful flowers and vines of N.C would be a nice addition. Ruth

      Ruth Jean on January 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm
    • Get ready…. I'm in ND, it's 15 below, and it's coming your way! Tonight is supposed to be -20 here, then warmer after that as the weather system moves east.

      Mimitheminer on January 30, 2013 at 10:36 am
    • Not again!!! In Maine we are at 42 today so far and prediction is for it to continue through tomorrow. Got some icing first but it is melting away now. The prediction after that is for the 20's for highs which I can suffer through but not below zero again please!

      Grammagail on January 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm
    • Mimi- Yes, it is supposed to get down to -20 in Minnesota on Thursday night. Brrrrrrr. Looks like it heads east from us.

      Woodworker from MN on January 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm
    • That was exactly what I was going to suggest WWMN. There is no glory in my mind in staying in a dangerous situation if you can avoid it. Remove yourself and car…situation avoided.

      Windsmurf on January 30, 2013 at 10:31 am
    • IWWfMN, I'm with YOU. Hurricane-Get out of town!! Look at a map NC is sticking waaay out there on low land-Pack it and go! Also don't really need a garage. Car paint is so well done nowadays. Up north the salt on the roads takes it's toll on cars but just hose them down once a week and get the sea salt off the surface. Not a problem. And I wouldn't bother with a fire place-overrated. I have two in my home and haven't used them in years. Sucks the heat up the flue, pain to clean and you can easily turn on the tv for a fireplace view of a burning logs without the muss and fuss. I much prefer to simply walk over and turn on the thermostat. Hey it's the south! Too much fuss over a fire place. Hey we hope to get a dock!!! Much rather get a dock and a fishing pole! Trade the fireplace for a kayak or little Hobie cat.

      Ashtabulannie on January 30, 2013 at 10:32 am
    • I agree with you on all counts.

      Windsmurf on January 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    • I agree on the screened porch. How about screen panels that convert part if not all of the porch for the buggy season. As for the garage, hopefully the winner will invest in a large garage with a very large carport. Waiting to see what they do with the "boardwalk". Are they going to just fix it or put a screened gazebo at the beginning (land) for us? The back side of the house seems like it will stay mostly private and clean/plain. All the excitement will arise on the water side of the house and driveway side, I am sure.

      samidiving on January 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    • I was thinking basically storm window panels, glass for the colder months and screening for the warm. Not sure if such a thing exists, but that would be what I would start looking for. That way the space could be used pretty much year round. As for the gazebo, it seems that most "shelters" there are built at the far end of the piers where the boat would be docked to allow for cleaning fish as soon as they are removed from the boat or sound, with protectioon at least from the sun, and power and water extended all the way out.

      Windsmurf on January 30, 2013 at 10:39 am
    • Isn't throwing fish gut in the sound a no no since it can attract sharks. And the beach where you will swim is close.

      zulumom on January 31, 2013 at 6:37 am
    • I agree please no hot tub (it is easy enough for the winner to install if he wishes) but storage for all the toys, BBQ and lawn furniture is needed.

      zulumom on January 30, 2013 at 5:54 am
    • Well I love surprises, so I am sure what ever they are doing will be just amazing!!! I am just in awww of this house!! I love love love it!!! Are you getting as excited as I am about the next voting session??? It just gives you a little more of what will be. I can't wait!!!! Much Love!!! <3<3<3<3

      Rebecca on January 31, 2013 at 9:22 am
  6. oh! i could not believe more pixs i love it love it and just love it the home is getting to be quite gorgeous everyone has opinion but i see so much beauty no matter what i am excited about coopula and what a suprize in master bath esp when no windows in area you have more complaints than positive you do not have to go on line and blog but please see the good it is there if you look can not wait till master bedroom thursday have fun picking out bogartandbacall

    michelle scott on January 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm
  7. oh! i could not believe more pixs i love it love it and just love it the home is getting to be quite gorgeous everyone has opinion but i see so much beauty no matter what i am excited about coopula and what a suprize in master bath esp when no windows in area you have more complaints than positive you do not have to go on line and blog but please see the good it is there if you look can not wait till master bedroom thursday have fun picking out bogartandbacall

    michelle scott on January 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm
  8. I love a large porch! I can't wait to see the finishing touches. I can picture myself rocking in a rocking chair on this porch with a tall glass of sweet tea in my hand.

    ConnieCfromSC on January 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    • A hammock on the porch would be nice, or a double seated wicker swing. :)

      Woodworker from MN on January 29, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    • Have you sen the daybed in the playroom of the current Dream Home? It is a DIY project with material list and instructions. Hanging on chains it would make a lovely porch swing I think. http://www.hgtv.com/dream-home/hgtv-dream-home-20

      grammagail on January 30, 2013 at 10:11 pm
    • Unique idea.

      ConnieCfromSC on January 31, 2013 at 12:09 am
    • This is going the place to be, that wonderful porch. I would screen in the south side and either the west or east side leaving the other side open.

      zulumom on January 30, 2013 at 5:57 am
    • I feel the same way except I would have a cup of coffee in my hand.

      Beth on January 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    • Me too!!!! I can see myself on that porch for hours rocking my grandbaby and looking out at the ocean!! So beautiful!!! <3<3<3<3<3

      Rebecca on January 31, 2013 at 9:23 am
  9. There is so much to see on the construction site today thank you Mary for keeping us posted it is exciting to see how the Blog Cabin is taking shape:-)

    pixelecho69 on January 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    • Yes it is!!! I can't wait every morning to see if maybe I missed something the day before as far as the construction. This home is really coming together so nicely! Much Love!! <3<3<3

      Rebecca on January 31, 2013 at 9:24 am
  10. Wow! Things are moving right along! Thanks for the update!

    ncsheepfarmer on January 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm
    • It looks sooooo beautiful! I love the new pictures! <3<3<3

      Rebecca on January 31, 2013 at 9:25 am

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