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Feb 11

Monday Construction Update

Blog Cabin 2013 Reconstructed Front Porch

Project manager Dylan Eastman provides a short, sweet update of remodeling tasks at the Blog Cabin 2013 home site:

“Last week, the construction crew completed the upper porch gable and installed weather barriers. This week, we will be awaiting the materials you chose in People’s Choice Round 1. On the week of the 18th, we will be installing the siding, windows and roofing. Be sure to check the Cabin Cam to monitor our progress.”

  • Posted at 3:00 pm on February 2, 2013
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  1. Here we are…construction on schedule. Looking good. Would like to see voters have the swing on the front porch, not the master bed porch!!! Looks like well need rain in the area today.

    Kevin on February 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm
    • Good point Kevin about swing on porch looking over water rather than on the master bedroom porch. In my mind, that is where I have pictured it all along. I just wasn't thinking that we were voting for the master bedroom porch. So I will be switching my votes to single chairs from now on. Maybe if we voice our opinion on it enough, they will move swing to the other porch.

      peachdoctor on February 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    • Kevin and Peachdoctor, you are both correct about that hanging swing! I've mentioned that, I think, at least a couple of times in posts. It does no real good to hang in the back yard, away from the view! Also, the movable rockers would be more flexible. The romanticism of a swing such as the one we're voting upon really needs to be carried out where it can be enjoyed by more, IMHO. I suppose, since it seems to be winning, it can be moved. ;) B):D Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm
    • Kitty, I hope your having a good day. I agree, The rocking chairs can be moved and enjoyed in different places. The swing is stationary in the respect that it cannot go on any other porch or on the ground. Becky:)<3

      bythebaydreamer on February 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm
    • For my 2c worth I believe the porch outside the master suite is too narrow for a swing. It's barely 4ft wide (by about 12 ft long) That's not big enough unless the swing is only allowed to move a few inches each way. Also, it has no real privacy as it's open to the road on the north end and has no great view as trees obscure the water from the east. I hope it's a typo or that they reconsider the placement of the porch swing. There's hardly even enough room for rocking chairs on that narrow porch. :)

      Clive on February 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    • I liked the rockers out side the master suite but since there isn't a lot of room like you said perhaps they could find smaller comfortable wicker chairs with a small table between them? I have to say you don't miss much Clive .. and glad about that :) .Thinking maybe the swing would obstruct the ocean view on the porch facing the ocean? If so, the swing could be on the corner or closer to it? Hard to tell with out actual dimension's of things. Just a thought..Windee :)

      Windee :) on February 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm
    • Clive,
      I agree with you 100% on the location of the porch swing. By the way, where did you get the dimensions for the master suite porch?

      Boo on February 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    • Dimensions I have worked out roughly. It was relatively easy while thery were constructing the foundations. I used the dimensions of a regular brick, did some simple math, and came up with the length of the foundation wall that faces the water. When they gave us the 'after' plans I used that as a calibration for the floor plans (I assumed they were drawn on a CAD program and therefore were to scale). By my 'brick' measurement the cabin was 2100 sq ft. DIY drawings state it's 2061 sq ft so my 'brick' scale wa fairly accurate. It took me about 5 minutes and a little help from the computer to work out rough dimensions for everything shown. ;) I actually did it with my 13yr old helping to show her how math and everyday things were linked.:D

      Clive on February 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm
    • you are so good Clive. One of my daughters is a highschool math teacher, and she loves to make her students figure out stuff like that.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    • I agree–there's no view from the MBR porch and putting the swing there is not a good plan–I would move it to the front and seaside immediately. Even the rockers look too large for that porch area… The best places to sit front the water, whether on the wrap around porch, which I hope will be screened–it NEEDS to be in NC! the upstairs porch off the Mega Den; and, it would be nice to have some seating along the dock.B)xD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    • Agreed…about the porch swing. Looking great!! This home is really coming together!:)

      Julie on February 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  2. its comming along great. love the space. its so peaceful and relaxing. just as a home should be

    INNA on February 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm
    • coming*

      INNA on February 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm
  3. Looking good !!! I saw a T.V. ad that would solve the bathtub dilemma…….a Safe Step Walk-In Tub !!! For all us oldies who worry about getting in & out, and for the disabled, that would be the ticket !!! Maybe next year we can campaign for one !!!

    gremol on February 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    • The problem I have with those walk-in tubs, gremol, is that you would have to wait until all the water drained out before you can get out. and by then you would be very cold imo.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    • I agree, Vicki. I would also be concerned about not being able to get out of it in a hurry if needed, or about leaking (esp with a heated floor). (IMO) :)

      Personally, I am super happy about the claw foot tub!!! I have always wanted one since I saw my first one at my Grandma's house when I was 17. If I were to be blessed with this house I would have a hard time choosing between taking a bath or taking in the glorious view!!! LOL :D

      Shelly313 on February 12, 2013 at 12:54 am
  4. Mary, Thank you for the update. The DIY Team is really moving along on reconstructing the blog cabin. What a beautiful job they are doing! The Blog Cam is great, I can't wait to see more. Becky :) <3

    bythebaydreamer on February 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm
  5. This is really moving right along. How great. I clicked to see how the HGTV smart home in Florida was coming along and I was so surprised to see it is finished. It is really looking beautiful, I'm looking forward to seeing the pics of the inside.

    flashy on February 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm
  6. I guess we won't see too much activity this week while you're waiting for roofing, siding and windows to be delivered. Thanks for this posting to let us know what to expect next and when.

    Windsmurf on February 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm
  7. Hi all you bloggers. I have been following this blog for quite a while, but until now have never posted a comment (but certainly have enjoyed reading yours!). I share your intense excitement about this project. I'm seeing some real quality construction going on — what a great job Dylan and construction crew are doing. Regarding the concerns expressed previously about the location of the MBR porch swing, I would guess that it will be placed forward facing the water view — because that gorgeous view is what it's all about! Not to worry. . . So don't change your vote hastily to the chairs. Can't you picture sitting on that swing wrapped up with your sweety? Mmmmm . . . .

    Karen_NEOH on February 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm
    • Karen, I can understand how one might get that perspective, but, actually, the master BR porch is on the back side, set in even behind the entry foyer–so it is obscured by the foyer. Unless there is a major mirror set-up :D it would be next to impossible to see the waterfront from that porch. I'm sorry to be the bearer of that bummer news–but I do want to welcome you to the Blog!!! You brought up an important issue that I am sure we all would have wished had been different, but hey, we win and we lose but this place is gonna ROCK! xD:p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    • Kitty,

      It really doesn't matter where the crew hangs the swing, because additional hooks for alternate locations are not difficult to install, allowing the lucky winner to move the swing at their leisure. Add a few rockers and some Adirondack chairs and everyone will be able to enjoy each others company and the view from the sea side porch. Should work for anyone's personal tastes; no losers, everybody wins.


      DGustaf on February 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm
    • Thanks Don….your right! Slapping my forehead on this one. Windee ;)

      Windee :) on February 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm
    • Thanks, Kitty, for the info and the welcome!

      Karen_NEOH on February 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm
    • Given that the main porch actually faces south, MBR porch faces east – towards the sunrise…. depending on ladscaping and the like, there may still be a nice view there too. Although I was picturing the swing on the main porch myself. Maybe we'll have another option like that when they get to that area in the voting.

      Mimitheminer on February 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm
    • If the MBR porch faces east, then the person who will most enjoy this swing is the person who has cooked and cleaned up the kitchen at the end of the day and wants to relax in the COOL of the evening. It gets pretty hot around here in the summer. Yes! I can see someone really enjoying the location of that swing. Time for that glass of sweet tea!

      ncsheepfarmer on February 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm
    • Sounds like a nice idea after all the work is done .Just to sit in the cool of the evening would be very nice and relaxing. Speaking of the weather, how was it today? The weather info on the Cab cam said it was 51 degrees and 92 percent humidity! All I could think about with those figures was fill up the tub to warm up….That damp cold air just would go through me…But not to worry if we became neighbors I would buy stock in bubble bath….lol……….Windee :)

      Windee :) on February 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm
  8. Bless their hearts, looks like it was Bog cabin again today. (has someone done that one before? if so, I apologize) I agree on leaving the "swing" vote as is, not that any of us could change it at this point. Having the guys brace the porch roof/eave for a swing way outweighs fitting one in later. I think I saw someone had mentioned that in the vote blog. So, ditto on that point. I didn't get into this in time to do the first vote, so I'll have to trust you guys with that part. The voting seems to be multiplying at an alarming rate!

    Wind Chime Girl on February 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm
  9. seems like more and more people getting to know us along with regulars. I love to get up in am to check out blog and cam>enjoying a lot. i too would like swing front porch if posible, cause like they say the beautiful water /scene is what we are looking for. i love how it is geeting more and more beautiful and can not wait for finishing results. i too am one who alxo would and ready to move and move into my home not house but home. everything seems beautiful and perfect enjoy reading blogs. have sent some but have not been printed ?? why

    bogartandbacall on February 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    • Are you referring to replies you send but they don't show up? If I read your question correctly, I have the same problem. Not sure why, but for whatever reason at times I will post a reply and it won't show up, but when I log out and go back through the blog my replies or comments will be there. Doesn't happen all the time, but if your comments don't show up, just log out and go back to the comment you are responding to and see if your reply is there. Also, make sure you are logged in when you post your replies. The problem could also be because some comments may require approval before officially posting. Hope this helps! :)

      Shelly313 on February 13, 2013 at 12:02 am
  10. Dear Mary and Mr. Eastman,
    Thank you for the updates…What will happen this week? I'm thinking a lot of rain!!! Frown…Probably much needed rain for this area, so it's better to rain now while you're waiting on the shingles, siding and windows!!
    Next week will be a busy Week , So We Bloggers will pray for Nice Sunny Days for all the Major workload ahead..This week would be a great time to look at all those Wonderful Photos you took of this Cute Little Cottage…Can't wait to see them….I do have a request…. Would you have Someone who has knowledge of fruit bushes, Flowers, greenery and fruit trees, to walk the property and make a list of what is there..That would be interesting to know!!
    Indeed We will be watching Daily…"We Bloggers" are devoted Cheerleaders who will Cheer You and Your Crew on until the final minute, before the Big Reveal…Smile…We Love Our BC Cozy Cottage on the Water!!!
    Thank you again and Have a Great Week!!!

    Jennie/Florida on February 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    • Great idea…I was thinking the same regarding the old established plantings that are in place. Noticed the daffodils under the big trees. Also, I wonder if the grape vines can be pruned back to produce again.

      JJmck on February 12, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • Hi JJ, I love the sweet little Daffodils…I think those are Pecan Trees where the Daffodils are growing,
      if I'm not mistaken..I think the Muscadine grape vines can be pruned in the Spring, but have to be careful and not cut off new sprouts and nodes…Boy I don't envy the person pruning that vine, It's huge…
      Grape picking time is in August and September. That is what I was told…I hope they will have a Professional Pruner out there to make sure the grapevines are prune correctly and the New Owner will have an abundance of Muscadine Grapes for jelly, jam and maybe some Wine…Have A good Day!

      Jennie/Florida on February 12, 2013 at 11:03 am
    • You are so right! praying for sunny days ahead, and wanting to see some of those photos…(view from the balcony?) And I'd like to second your request for someone to let us know what is there, although you have been a major source for that &lt;SPAN class=idc-smiley&gt;&lt;SPAN style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -36px 0pt"&gt;&lt;SPAN&gt;;-)&lt;/SPAN&gt;&lt;/SPAN&gt;&lt;/SPAN&gt; oh yeah,and someone to take care of those muscadine vines!

      karenlin91 on February 12, 2013 at 11:12 am
    • Whoa!! don't know what happened but all the garbage in the middle must be the html for a smiley face. ;-)

      karenlin91 on February 12, 2013 at 11:54 am
    • Karenlin91 I had that gobbledygook happen when I went back to edit something– could that be it? ;) ^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    • Yep, Kitty, that's exactly what I did…….thanks

      karenlin91 on February 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm
    • Hi Jennie, I'm sorry to be late catching up with the posts again so I read and responded late to your post on the previous thread. We didn't get that snow where I live in central AR, it was restricted to just north and west of us where the mountains are higher. It was actually a very nice day for us, low 60's and sunny. There is a chance a bigger portion of AR may get snow or ice tomorrow, I surely hope not ice, as that often means we lose electric service!:( Watching the live camera, it appears this years BC has a winter climate very similar to ours here. It's not nearly as nice as winter in FL, but still not bad! Like at the BC, the daffodils are also in full bloom here now, as is Carolina jasmine.B)<3 Best of all we are starting to see some of the hardwoods in the forrest just beginning to bloom. I hope we have a big nut crop this year for the wild critters (deer, turkeys etc) that depend on them for winter food. <3<3<3

      SID on February 12, 2013 at 11:16 am
    • Are the dogwood and redbuds starting to bloom already? A sure sign of spring!

      karenlin91 on February 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    • Not just yet, but it won't be long!<3<3<3

      SID on February 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm
    • Oh Sid, I have Carolina Jasmine in my back yard and I love them…They are so hardy and all I do is prune if they get too high and I do feed them in the fall and they are insect free…Love the Fragrance of the little blooms and they are planted under our bedroom window and you can open the window and the nice Fragrance comes through!
      Sid, I didn't know what part of Arkansas you lived but glad you missed the last storm..I certainly hope you Don't get any Ice Storms…Don't need to go slipping and siding and you really don't need to lose Power!
      We are having a Summer day here and temps are going up to middle 80s and this is Feb? All my flowers and plants are totally confused, they think it's spring and all are blooming..It's been a pretty mild winter considering, with a few frosty nights and low 40s for a couple of weeks ..That was during and after the Holidays…
      I hope we don't get a big Frost now because all my flowers will truly suffer..Strange Weather all over!!
      Have a good day and take care!

      Jennie/Florida on February 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm
    • Jennie, the C. Jasmine doesn't seem to be browsed much by deer either, a huge plus in our neck of the woods! Those rascals eat every bud off my azaleas every winter and munch my hydrangeas down to the ground. I can't get too mad because I know they are so hungry in the winter. I tried every repellant but need to try actually wrapping them in chicken wire-not a very attractive solution! I also grow Confederate Jasmine in my garden, it has white flowers with really intense perfume, almost gardenia like. You have so many gorgeous things that will grow in your area, I'll bet you are familiar with it! <3<3<3

      SID on February 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    • Hi Jennie, how are you? I know I have been here cheering with you as well! My pom poms may be dusty and have quite a few frindges gone but they still shake!!! haha I love watching each and everyday! Much Love!!

      rebecca on February 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

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