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Additions made to Blog Cabin 2013

Today, I’d like to share a new article posted in our Remodeling of Blog Cabin 2013 package on HGTVRemodels.com. It’s all about additions made to the original Blog Cabin 2013 structure. Project manager Dylan Eastman and his team uncovered six separate renovations as they opened up walls, examined window frames and took a look at shingles and building materials. Even the age of nails helped the team separate original structure from add-on.

Read all about it here and then post comments below.

Note to bloggers: Zoom in on the grape arbor in the Cabin Cam.

  • Posted at 12:50 pm on March 3, 2013
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  1. Good morning everyone ! Raining in PA also. But ,I am happy for each day.I usually am not here in the AM.
    Going to look at the CAM . Just love all the info. bloggers share about the cabin and area ect. Best wishws to all. ;) <3 A big thank you to all the staff and workers on this project. You are doing a great job. <3

    Nan on March 12, 2013 at 11:23 am
  2. Hi ! back again. Just saw the water over the dock. It looks like white chopper waves out there with white caps. I have read your blogs about the area and water. But not sure about just how or where this ties into the ocean. Does this area get tides and how far from the ocean? from my questions , you know I am not good on the computer and can not pull-up a lot of what you post. I have found how to move around from some directions !really nice bloggers. I think it was Shelly313 that was a great helper.<3 <3<3 <3 Have a great day;)

    Nan on March 12, 2013 at 11:52 am
    • Hi Nan! Sure glad You've joined us!!! :D It takes a while to get used to moving around here, so be kind to yourself and just keep asking questions–we don't mind! :) The Blog Cabin is on the CORE SOUND, which is part of the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Could be a bit brackish and more shallow near the shore, I've been told. There are sand bars that lie beyond the land that are uninhabited and the Atlantic Ocean is on their opposite side. If you were looking from a bird's eye view, satellite pictures or a map, you would see that, almost fronting the BC, but out some from it , where the Core Sound meets with the sand bar,, there is an open area, where I think boats can cross right directly to the ocean (no sand bar) I'm not giving you the links now but will be happy to, if you want to try to see an areal view–you mentioned having some trouble pulling stuff up…. it's really not hard, and either I or someone can walk you through. When DIY first began this process, they lifted the house 8 feet above floodstage. I hope my memory's right on that! I know they said it was raised 8 ft. Take care and thanks for the good wishes–back at ya!!!B)xD^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    • Thank you so much, Nan! Like so many others on here, I love to help whenever I can! I am not having much luck pulling up satellite photos of the area (too much cloud cover right now), but I Googled the address on Maps just to get a visual of the location, Core Sound and the surrounding area…try this link to the map and use the zoom in/out button to view the entire area. Unfortunately, I do not readily have details such as tides and distance – our local bloggers and others in-the-know will hopefully be able to better answer those questions! :)
      http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&biw=1366&am

      Shelly313 on March 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    • Great, Shelly! :D <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm
    • Thanks Kitty! Funny thing about the blog is when posts don't readily show up. We must have been posting at about the same time because I never saw your post until now! :S Thank you for detailing the sand bars for Nan! And you are right, the cottage was raised 8ft! Great Teamwork!!! ;) :D

      Shelly313 on March 14, 2013 at 9:01 am
    • High fives, Shelly and Nan! :D B);) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    • Use Bing maps (much better than Google for this area) http://www.bing.com/maps/?q=488+Seashore+Dr%2C+At:)

      Core Banks are about 2 – 2.5 miles offshore to the East. The Sound is tidal but the rise and fall is only about 2 ft either side of mean water height even at the highest tides of the year (Spring and Fall equinox tides). :)

      Clive on March 14, 2013 at 9:37 am
    • The cabin sits on Core Bay, about 2mi to the SE is a narrow strip of sandy land called the barriers, the ocean starts there.

      540sam on March 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    • Google's maps show cloud cover for the BC location. Instead, us Mapquest.com and search for Atlantic, NC. That should give you a clear picture of the immediate area. The house is just west of Atlantic where highway 70 bends closest yo the shore.

      RLD on March 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    • Thanks RLD! I didn't even think to try Mapquest! :)

      Shelly313 on March 14, 2013 at 9:03 am
  3. Good Afternoon Bloggers,
    I just posted 20 pics from yesterday and a couple from today. Working has put a real kink in my Blog Cabin time. Here is the link for my Pintrest page for those who don't have it. Feel free to check them out, I know some of you can't get to the camera during the day time. Happy Tuesday to you all. :) http://pinterest.com/christinambruns/blog-cabin-2
    Chris-IN

    chris50555 on March 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    • Thank you, Chris! Those are some fantastic pictures. I tried to like some, but I can't log into my twitter…gonna have to find out why.

      Tisha

      TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    • Thanks for pinning the images!!!

      Lia_M on March 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  4. Wow! I have been crazy busy and distracted with life in general lately, so I am quickly checking the cam, skimming through the blog entries, and posting when I can! But I do make sure to get in my 10 daily votes…can't wait till the next round!!! :D

    I love how the dock is coming along!!! It is different than what I had envisioned would/could happen, but I am really loving the decisions made to lengthen and lower the dock – GREAT DECISIONS, DIY!!! And I love that it appears to *hopefully* remain simple in design, just as I hope the yard will also remain simple and open too so as not to distract from the setting and the view! Still hopeful for a ground/low-level boardwalk leading from the porch to the dock to keep feet dry when the rains puddle up…functional while still lending to the beach-y feel! ;) Have a blessed day, Everyone!!! ^_^B):)<3

    Shelly313 on March 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm
  5. Thank You to everyone who has mentioned me or my ideas in your posts recently!!! I have so much to catch up on, so I hope this will suffice for now:

    I really enjoy my blog family! And I love dreaming up and expanding on ideas with each and every one of you, and being able to help whenever I can! I think DIY should hire us as Idea Consultants…Kitty, Jennie, Becky, Karenlin91, RLD, Rebecca, Clive to name a few…there really are just TOO MANY great idea-givers to name! Any takers?! I would even do it for FREE!!! ;)

    Shelly313 on March 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    • Shelly, that's a wonderful idea…just for information sake, I am a Residential Planning student…graduate in June of this year. I think everyone on here has something to contribute!!!

      Tisha

      TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    • Congrats on nearing the finish line, Tisha!!! What a great resume' builder it would be to be a contributor in some way to something big like this, and you are right, everyone on here has something to contribute! We are lucky to be a part of the process where we can, and of course DIY has to put a cap on our inputs somewhere along the way…can't have too many hands in the process all the time! LOL :D

      Shelly313 on March 14, 2013 at 9:10 am
    • Shelly313, I'm all for that! Everyone who see's the cabin has a different idea of what should be done. I would love it if DIY were to do 3/4 of the work and draw the winner. Then let the winner have a certain budget and complete the house with the DIY Team…..Just an idea DIY. Then the house would be customized…..Becky ^_^<3

      bythebaydreamer on March 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    • That is an interesting idea, Becky! Considering quite a few say if they win they will change this or that (ie the Fresnel light fixture), it might be a good idea to get to a 'stopping point', select a winner, and then give the winner the 'finishing' options to choose so it saves time and money on both sides, while giving a customized home the winner will less likely change or sell! ;) :D

      Shelly313 on March 14, 2013 at 9:17 am
    • Count me in Shelly. Retired construction field engineer.

      540sam on March 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    • Looks like we have a lot of takers, Sam! Maybe DIY might consider a random draw for each special area of the design process in future builds and choose a lucky participant to give ideas…OR…maybe they can start a new blog, i.e. "The yard", and let everyone throw out their ideas, and the ideas most agreed upon can be incorporated into the plans by whoever is chosen to complete the project…and so on for each area like the kitchen, family room, etc. Of course, I still love the option to vote as we do now, but maybe they can take the two most popular ideas for each area (that are also the most economical and within reason, of course) and turn them into the People's Choice votes! ;)

      Shelly313 on March 14, 2013 at 9:32 am
    • Sounds like some great ideas Shelly.

      540sam on March 14, 2013 at 10:22 am
    • Cool, Shelly, Tisha, 540sam Jennie, Becky, Karenlin, Clive, Rebecca, SID, Mel, forgive my memory–I KNOW we have MORE folks for the mix! Yup! While career was as Business MKTING. & MGMT. Consultant, my other life (side job) was property development: design, remodel, flip for fun and profit of course–when that USED to work–LOL!. Studied architechtural & interior design undergrad. Last 3 designs were 100% accessibility planned. :) :p Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm
    • Awesome, Kitty!!! Yeah, my memory trying to list names was a bit sluggish after having worked on homework! We have SO MANY great idea givers, and SO MANY with expert skills and knowledge!!! And it looks like you definitley have the expert skills and knowledge!!! :o LOL! I just told 540sam some ideas for DIY…the best one to get the most out of everyone's talents for free ;) while adding to the design process just might be for DIY to consider starting a blog for each area of the design process and maybe they can take the two most popular ideas for each area (that are also the most economical and within reason, of course) and turn them into the People's Choice votes! As well as seriously consider inputs like built-in storage for this particular BC. They invest so much time and money into the BC's (same for HGTV and DH's), it would be a shame to overlook something that could turn out to be really important to the future of the investment!

      Shelly313 on March 14, 2013 at 9:44 am
  6. My camera is stuck on Panorama…any suggestions? I didn't put there, but it's there now…

    Thanks,
    Tisha

    TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    • Hey, Tisha! That happened to me earlier today and yesterday. The Camera just switched to Panorama on its own and gave no option to return to Cabin Cam. I'm wondering if the Cam gets stuck, tired, or cranky — or all the above, with so many of us trying to use it at once? I just gave it a rest and came back later and all was settled. I was a bit tired of spittin' mud out — that camera sure likes it! LOL!;):pxD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    • Hey Tisha, it's stuck on Panorama for me right now as well. It's not just you. :D

      MGYinSC on March 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    • Tisha it is stuck on Panorama for me too.

      JudyInMich on March 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    • Me too, and has been for a long time now

      karenlin91 on March 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm
    • I think it drowned.:D

      540sam on March 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm
    • Thanks, Everyone! It's nice to know I'm not the only one having that issue :) 540sam, you may be right about it drowning….the lens (for me) has a lot of water on it…LOL
      DwnSoDwnEaster, i don't like spittin mud, either, and the camera seems to always put me there…LOL

      Thanks again!!
      Tisha

      TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm
    • Tisha, I'm stuck on panorama also, with so many of us stuck, makes you wonder if they're doing something that they don't want us to see….he-hee! Maybe a huge surprise tomorrow….or someone was visiting he job site that they didn't want us to see. No matter, am sure they'll have things up and running for us all soon. Hope you had a good day!^_^

      amberPA on March 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    • the job site, sorry for error!^_^

      amberPA on March 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    • Amber, what a great thought! I didn't think about them not wanting us to see something, such as a surprise! Now, I'm really getting anxious…Whatever the reason, they spent alot of time inside…I saw that before being stuck on panorama LOL. Despite the rain we're also getting, I did have a good day. I hope that you did as well!!! :)

      TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm
    • Hi Tisha and amber, I left a post at the bottom of this page…You might want to join with us who
      are reporting the problem..We would be miserable if we had to go another whole day without
      the Camera Cam and miss something Major!!! We are spoiled now! :p

      Jennie/Florida on March 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    • Hi, Jennie, it was because I saw your post that I went to report the problem…You are 100% correct…we are spoiled and we would be miserable if we had to go another day like today. I, too, enjoy the dock work. It's truly fascinating! Of, course , I do go to the cabin view and watch them also, but not as much fun as the water!!! :) !!

      Tisha

      TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm
    • Camera appears to be fixed

      RLD on March 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm
  7. At rh risk of sounding like a broken record I'm really not liking how this yard floods every time there's some rain. =/ It never drains quickly either. I can understand the need for a new drainfield for the septic tanks at the front of the house if there's a real drainage problem. The two tanks, if separated into a black and gray water system, will allow more time for leeching and not be so prone to flooding.

    Clive on March 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    • Hope they will put a couple of French Drains out Back, besides reworking the cross-drainage ditch…:| Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    • They could also add some fill and change the pitch of the yard so the water would run off into the ravine, away from the house. Becky:p<3

      bythebaydreamer on March 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    • Excellent point, Becky! :D :)^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm
    • I always think of the beach area as sandy and sand absorbs the water quickly. This is not a good sign. It makes me wonder what the ground would be like after a hurricane/flood.

      peachdoctor on March 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm
  8. To the "Hooked" Camera Cam Bloggers!! LOL Has Anyone reported the Cam was stuck on Panorama View and there is no Cabin Cam???
    I just reported it but if more Bloggers report maybe They will have it up and running by tomorrow morning, otherwise we might be watching the Panorama all day tomorrow..I would hate to Miss anything the Dock builders will be working on and maybe the Kitchen Cabinets and flooring might be delivered…But we won't know if the Camera isn't working!!!
    For those who do not know, Go to the top right corner on the Camera Cam and click the yellow one that says Report an issue with the Camera and you have to sign in your E-mail and explain the issue..
    My Panorama just keeps going and going but you can stop that, when it goes to the right, to the Cabin click on right Arrow and it should stop…but no Camera Cam:(:@o.0

    Jennie/Florida on March 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    • I reported it, You're right! I hope everyone else does too, I will go nuts if it's still doing this tomorrow ;=(

      karenlin91 on March 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm
    • I will report it now…thanks for the tip..

      Tisha

      TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm
    • OOPS Hi Tisha, I missed your comment and sent you and amber a message sorry, but thank you for reporting Our problem!! Hopefully it will be fixed before the "Dock Guys" get there…I love watching them…They do So Much with So Little Tools…I'm so impressed and amazed with there work..

      Jennie/Florida on March 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm
    • Camera is fixed.

      RLD on March 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm
    • Yeah!!!! I just looked and was never so glad to see a black screen ;-)

      karenlin91 on March 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm
    • Hi, Jennie, it was because I saw your post that I went to report the problem…You are 100% correct…we are spoiled and we would be miserable if we had to go another day like today. I, too, enjoy the dock work. It's truly fascinating! Of, course , I do go to the cabin view and watch them also, but not as much fun as the water!!! :) !!

      TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm
    • Thank goodness for that!! I'd have really been an unhappy blogger if it were still on panorama!

      TishaStanley on March 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm
  9. Are there plans for an outside shower? Any word on storm shutters for the house? These are important coastal living items! __

    rsl73 on March 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm
    • Yes!!! An outdoor shower is so important to wash off the salt!!! and sand! And it would be fun for the kids as a "duty" before going into the house! Maybe even a dog if there was one! Decorating an outside shower is alot different than an inside one too….just leave out alligator statues..!

      pickadillymonk on March 13, 2013 at 12:46 am
  10. Hello Late Night Bloggers, I just checked out the camera too and it is still working fine. We should be good for the morning. See you all then.
    Chris-IN

    chris50555 on March 13, 2013 at 1:04 am

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