Blog Cabin

Mar 18

The Bones of Blog Cabin 2013

Last week, we launched several new features that capture different aspects of the Blog Cabin remodeling process. We focus on reframing of the home and original buidling materials that will be incorporated into DIY projects and decorative accents. And wait till you see this video! We follow the evolution of the home in a series of 3-D graphics. You’ll see the original one-room cabin morph into a two-story home, crumble to the ground in a series of demolitions and rise again in its beautifully remodeled shape and floor plan. Enjoy!

  • Posted at 3:39 pm on March 3, 2013
  • Permalink


  1. Fascinating video.

    izzyguest on March 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm
    • I can't wait to see what's showing up next! I LOVE the curved, off to the side, entry drive-way. It gives great privacy from the roadway. I really hope there will be some kind of coded entry gate to keep the property private!

      mikes139 on March 19, 2013 at 8:27 am
    • I watched it twice – didn't see the driveway plan. Where did you see it?

      Ishmael on March 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm
    • Hi Ismael, I'm thinking He saw where they were dumping dirt and grading over the Septic tanks area and thought that area was for the Driveway..Sure wish they would build a garage for the cars, at least the Owners would have some protection for their Cars!!:)

      Jennie/Florida on March 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm
    • The house is amazing.

      Lisa Burke on March 19, 2013 at 9:08 am
    • So cool to keep as close to original plan as possible with the changes only making it more warm and inviting.
      Beachcomber, fossil hunter, water lover, fisherman, and best of all from the SOUTH!. Boy would I love to win!

      Teresa on March 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    • wow what a great piece of history my maiden name is Robinson so I am going to do some studying but I think our roots began in Ireland and then Iowa but fun to see. what a great transformation to this bit of history I have enjoyed voting as they build. Sue (Robinson) Gurganious

      Sue Gurganiuos on March 23, 2013 at 10:16 am
    • What a fantastic place to dream about. I can see a great garden in that sandy soil of blueberries and strawberries. I would envision a fantastic patio and built in bar-b-que area (to protect against those ocean winds) with that stone path leading down to the pier or the beach. I have already mentioned the built-in bench seat on the boat dock with cushions stored inside to pull out and relax on while painting a seascape or reading a book. I can't wait to see how they landscape the area and where they put the shower, path, etc. The cam showing the house lit against the black backdrop of night gives a surreal appearance. So very dark, makes the design of generous solar landscape lights a work of art to design for functionality as well as aesthetics. Such a magnificent pallet to design on. The teams are very lucky to have such a site to work with. So exciting, I can't wait to see what all that combined talent creates in the final masterpiece!

      mikes139 on March 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm
    • i just neeeedddd this home !!!!:)

      sandey051 on March 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm
  2. The video is not working. Has anyone else had this problem?

    Summer on March 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    • I can't view it on my iPad….and that's all I have to use….we are on vacation on Maui, so I guess we can get by without the video for now….

      RLD on March 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm
    • No Kidding…….Geessss, who Needs to see the Cottage when Your on Vacation in Maui???:p:p:DB)
      Have Fun and Have a Mai-Tai for us!!!:pB)o.0…So jealous!

      Jennie/Florida on March 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    • Will do..Aloha

      RLD on March 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm
  3. Never mind…………It works now.

    Summer on March 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm
  4. Wow, an original dwelling place for 9! How cool is the history of this family and descendants! I love the background video and information on then & now! Thank you DIY. You really had to FISH for this info.! (He-hee!) Great family, thanks to them also.

    amberPA on March 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    • LOL Amber!!! I enjoyed the history of how the Robinson family settled down and grew, and how their home grew with them! Fascinating!!! :)

      Shelly313 on March 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    • I especially liked the pictures! Shelly, notice the smiles on the little kids' faces! Times might have been harder than they are now, but that family was happy! A great feeling of love, family, and tradition come from seeing these photos. Have a great Weds.!^_^

      amberPA on March 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    • Shelly, exception is the little guy who looks like he didn't want to get his picture taken! He-hee. He looks like he was scared, poor little guy!

      amberPA on March 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    • I also so enjoyed the history.

      Barb2683 on April 12, 2013 at 1:28 am
  5. Very nice. But still wish the BC had more then 2 bedrooms.

    vicki_in_Utah on March 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm
    • If someone wanted to live permanently, the upstairs family room could be turned into another bedroom – there is a living room downstairs. For vacations, there is already a Murphy bed planned, and a daybed could probably be put in the entry/sitting room if necessary.

      Mimitheminer on March 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm
    • Actually the rate of perc is determined by saturation and a permit is issued for the size of the septic and drainfield and the number of bedrooms the house can have.

      540sam on March 19, 2013 at 11:17 am
    • I dont think that the septic will allow for anymore than 2br.

      540sam on March 19, 2013 at 3:16 am
    • I don't think the number of bedrooms matter to the septic system. I think it is the number of people using the bathrooms. We had 6 bedrooms and 12 people in our house with a septic system. It is how you take care of it. We never had any problems, And only had to have it pumped once in 15 years.

      vicki_in_Utah on March 19, 2013 at 9:46 am
    • The number of bedrooms is how they restrict the number of people living there. It does not take visitors into account. If you have 6 bedrooms then you must have a septic system built to handle the 12 people.
      Everything must be done to code. 540sam is correct in saying the perc test determines how many bedrooms you have but it also depends on the size and sophistication of the system you are willing to put in. More bedrooms, bigger system, more money! You can go right on up to a mini sewer treatment plant if you have enough land and want to pay for it. I have been through the process for lakefront property.

      Grammagail on March 19, 2013 at 11:40 am
    • Gail, You are 100% correct. The number of bedrooms, do indeed, determine the size of the septic system. For those interested, go to one of the NC septic system websites, and you will see the requirements, almost exactly what Gail just said. Word of caution……..Do not wait until it is too late, to pump your septic system. Many areas are now requiring a minumum of every 3 years, some even less.

      Builder on March 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    • Sorry—–Minimum

      Builder on March 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    • Builder, I think folks are getting confused about what a Perc. test means. It's short for percolate or percolation – like a coffee pot. It has nothing to do with the number of bedrooms or the number of people pooping into the system or the size of the septic tank. It has to do with the soil's moisture/water absorption rate. It has to do with whether or not you have to have an aerobic or anaerobic system, meaning – a sprinkler system off of your septic tank or a leach field.
      We had holes dug all over our place to see which type we would have to spring for, it depended on how long it took the water to seep into the ground out of each hole.
      So a 2 bdrm summer cabin = smaller septic tank. A 4 bdrm full time home = larger septic tank. The Perc test only applies to the style system that must be installed.
      Builder, please feel absolutely free to correct me here. If I'm wrong, I've been mislead.

      Wind Chime Girl on March 21, 2013 at 12:18 am
    • The perc test is what determines the size of the drainfield. Low perc test, the larger the number of drain lines. Like you said, the lower the number of bedrooms, the smaller the tank, and number of drain lines. I know one family, who has 9 children, who required one enormous drain field, and a huge, huge septic tank. Total cost was $20,000 !! As the number of bedrooms increases, so does the size of the septic tank and system. If the site has a clay subsoil, it will need more and longer drainfield lines, because seepage is at a much slower rate. I hope everyone is thoroughly confused at this point :)

      Builder on March 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm
    • Not enough try again

      zulumom on March 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm
    • Huh? Booo.0:'(

      Boo on March 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm
    • I know what you mean, but I was thinking. The media room has a pull down bed and another day bed could be put in there for sitting area and an extra sleeping medium. Then downstairs in the living room, there may be a sofa couch which could give additional sleeping space. It's possible to manage the space so a good sized family could meet together.

      mikes139 on March 19, 2013 at 8:31 am
    • If it is going to be used as a vacation home 2 bedrooms would be ok But for main home it would be a little harder.

      vicki_in_Utah on March 19, 2013 at 9:43 am
    • I would live here permanently if I were to win this. Two bedrooms would be perfect for me, I do not want to encourage visitors to stay indefinately. They are welcome to come and visit, but as Ben Franklin said "Guests, like fish, begin to smell after 3 days".:p

      Windsmurf on March 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    • :D :D :D Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    • Gotta love Ben Franklin – he was a very wise man.

      Mimitheminer on March 21, 2013 at 4:58 am
    • Windsmurf, I had the exact thought. (You have to love Benjamin Franklin) I too would keep the home and live there as my forever home. There is just the 2 of us so the second bedroom would be for guests.

      Eugenia27 on March 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm
    • Even though it is small I think it is perfect. Such a beautiful place to retire to. I love to be in peace and quiet and not to have a lot of people around. I could truly be a hermit! haha Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on March 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm
    • I agree with you Rebecca, the location, somewhat isolated in a low population area, makes it ideal for retiring. It doesnt have the the atmosphere of say Atlantic Beach, Nags Head, etc or the influx of tourist and tourist traps, just good old waterfront living the way it used to be.

      540sam on March 20, 2013 at 4:22 am
  6. Soooo nice! Love the family and generational history….brings the cabin to a home we all can relate to. I have always been fascinated with families who built their generational legacy from a bare and hardworking beginning and evolved to the present. That's one of the biggest reasons I'm hooked on the DIY rehab. shows (*_*) Thank you DIY and hope everyone will feel as good as I veiwing the video!!

    dona on March 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    • I agree, Dona! I love that DIY did this video and brought history to life!!! Just makes this home that much more special!!! :)

      Shelly313 on March 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  7. That was really cool.

    Mimitheminer on March 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm
  8. fantastic water view

    ira on March 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    • That's what makes this even more special! So Perfect for some lucky winner. Neat Video
      <SPAN class=idc-smiley><SPAN style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: -36px 0pt"><SPAN>;)</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN>

      seeingtoomuch on March 30, 2013 at 8:46 am
  9. Great video. Love the background information on the family and house. Thank-you DIY for making and sharing this video.

    Noreen on March 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm
  10. I really enjoyed this video. It honors the family history as well as details the building construction over the years.__Thanks for the tribute to this family and to the preservation of the cabin's history.

    Peacefurpets on March 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm
    • I think that you found the right word, "tribute". I hope that that tribute will be reflected in the finished design. I hope that we will see some of those pictures of the original families in the interior decor.

      paperdragon on March 19, 2013 at 12:56 am
    • I agree with both of you…"tribute" is perfect! And I can't wait to see what will remain for the future owner to reflect on, enjoy, and add to!!! ^_^

      Shelly313 on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Post a Comment



Blog Cabin is the groundbreaking multimedia experience based on a very simple idea: You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It! This truly interactive series asks Internet users to vote on the design features for a real vacation getaway. Expert hosts will transform a 1990s waterfront home in Panacea, Florida that will become a luxurious home for a lucky sweepstakes winner. Plus, a one-hour Blog Cabin special, hosted by tool expert Chris Grundy, will highlight the incredible transformation.
DIY Network on Facebook