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Mar 29

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Blog Cabin 2013 Drywall Installation

The People’s Choice portion of our voting process is now officially over. Up next? On April 4, we begin the vote for Cabin Comforts, housewarming gifts we will shower upon the winner of the home giveaway. Once you vote, don’t forget to enter for your chance to win the same gift set we present to the giveaway winner.

In just a few we will also do a Q&A with the construction crew and a special feature on our talented interior designer. Stay tuned …

  • Posted at 10:22 am on March 3, 2013
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  1. Mary, thank you for the peak inside! I love the open feeling. Can hardly wait for the Q and A with the construction crew, and also very much looking forward to the feature on this years designer. :D Did I mention how much I love everything BC this year?:*<3<3<3

    SID on March 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  2. Love the picture but I am so wishing it was a panoramic so we could see all around .

    zulumom on March 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    • I agree!

      LAinNC on April 15, 2013 at 8:39 am
  3. Thanks DIY for the Easter present. A great sneak peek inside. Looks like they're keeping exactly to the floorplan in the drawings with the open-plan downstairs communal area. Plenty of light and the stairs look great. <3

    Just one cponcern with tis picture. There's no fireplace flue visible where they have the fireplace drawn between the two East-facing windows. I so hope they're not planning a ventless fire -Yuck!

    AnniesOwn on March 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    • Sorry for all the typos. I'm using an i-touch and the screen keys are just too small for my big thumbs. :$

      AnniesOwn on March 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    • AnniesOwn, I completely agree! Our builder installed a ventless propane gas FP in our own home. It was supposed to be a good one, expensive model with remote control etc., etc., etc. We never use it because when burning it gives off noxious fumes – not at all good for my asthma. :( Even when the electric power goes out it is useless for emergency heat because you need to leave a couple of windows open for cold fresh air! :'(Possibly an electric vent like is used over a stove could be retrofitted? Good question for the Q&A feature with the builders. Maybe if we both ask?:S

      SID on March 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    • Agreed on the ventless fires for the Q&A, Yuck (again). :)

      AnniesOwn on March 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    • I have a vented propane fireplace that has a non-removable glass front that only has a 3/4 foot pipe leading to the roof that is enclosed by drywall. This sytem is very efficient approximately 85% like an unvented fireplace so it keeps you warm but is very good for those of us who suffer from allergies/asthma.

      Barbara/Virginia on March 29, 2013 at 6:32 pm
    • Barbara, thanks, good to know. I'll have to check into that, perhaps there's a way to add that to our own FP. It would be nice to be able to actually use it! :D

      SID on March 30, 2013 at 10:07 am
  4. Dear Mary, Thank you for the updated posting! I love these pictures. They give me more of an understanding of how the blog cabin will be structured inside. I can't wait to see the finished product! One lucky, lucky winner will have all this! Incredible! Becky ^_^<3

    bythebaydreamer on March 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  5. Will there be any kind of garage, car porch, and/or storage areas outside the main living area?

    grswla on March 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm
  6. Wow! It's wonderful to see the inside…..and it looks so airy and light and livable ;-) . I do have a question about the drywall. I've seen plain ole white, and greenboard for damp places. Is there any reason for the blue, except that it looks cool?

    karenlin91 on March 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    • Blue drywall is mold resistant, fire resistant, water resistant, etc. If you ever watch Holmes on Holmes, Mike uses it all the time. Bryan, on House by Bryan, used it entirely in his new home.

      Builder on March 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm
    • Perfect, that pretty much covers everything! Obviously I've missed some shows I should have been watching ;-) . Thank you Builder! You are a fantastic resource for us! (Even if you don't believe in our ghosts ;-) )

      karenlin91 on March 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    • :) :):):) Happy Good Friday. Did you also notice the deck/pier has all 2" decking, instead of just the 1" material ?

      Builder on March 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    • No, I hadn't…….that will make it just that much stronger, right? Speaking of the deck/pier, is there really any cause for concern that the posts were washed in instead of driven in? It was a concern earlier, and I thought maybe they also washed in some concrete too….;-)

      karenlin91 on March 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm
    • And happy Good Friday to you. Have a wonderful Easter weekend ;-)

      karenlin91 on March 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    • If you have ever built a fence, or installed tall poles, you will know that the best way to get the posts very, very solid in the earth, is to run water in the hole, on top of the soil. The water will settle and compact the earth, as it soaks in, and, make it as hard as a rock, once it is totally settled. I do this all the time when I am building a fence. If you have ever walked on a beach, you will notice how solid the ground is, even though it is nothing but sand. Water does wonders in compacting ground. I hope this answers your question. Doesn't the yard look nice, after the dozer back dragged the new soil, leaving no tracks, and making it very smooth? Enjoy your weekend.

      Builder on March 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    • It does, thank you again. The only fences I have dealt with, I had to deal with hardpan, and getting thru that stuff ;-) And yes the yard looks beautiful all nicely smoothed out. It's also nice to see some dirt dirt go on there with all that (looks like anyway) clay. Should make for much better yard. ;-) I want to go spread grass seed now, lol

      karenlin91 on March 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm
    • Have you ever stood in the sand with the water washing around your feet? You start sinking due to the sand being undermind around your feet. Water does not compact sand it moves it. When you stand on sand it applies a vertical force, when water comes in it applies a latteral force that undermines a non compactable media. Sand by itself does not compact.

      540sam on March 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm
    • I'm with you though a couple of people disagree. The number of pilings and their length are the main factors to consider here, the method of getting them in the ground becomes moot shortly after they are installed and the sand and muck settles in around them. These pilings are tied together much more securely than the ones existing when the project started which makes the entire dock act as a single structure to resist heaving. Farther north bays sometimes freeze over and ice around pilings can lift them out of the bottom on a rising tide – that should not be a factor here.

      Ishmael on March 30, 2013 at 2:17 am
    • Washed-in will wash out. Concrete will not necessarily help and may even cause more problems. The additional weight combined with water moving the sand around may cause it to sink deeper into the sand and break up the decking, wind and water will then do it's worst. This isn't like setting a fence post in your yard.

      The pier looks to being constructed robustly above ground but that which is built on weaker foundations will, inevitably, fail faster than the stronger foundation. Whether that's a concern or not is for DIY or the winner to decide. Even the strongest piers will fail in time, it's inevitable. Maybe DIY took the cheaper route because of this. If there are no big storms or hurricanes in the next 10 years it will look almost new. If we get two or more it may well not be there. You could look at it like they're gambling on Mother Nature's generosity for a while.

      PeterNC on March 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm
    • I can see where the weight of concrete could make it worse. Thank you

      karenlin91 on March 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    • An additional comment. Washing-in piles is considered the most environmentally damaging way to do the job. It causes the most pollution and disruption to the water around it and destroys water weed and plant growth which is an essential part of the process of soil stabilization. The areas around the piles that are above the water line are now devoid of the grasses and sedges whose roots were holding the soil and sand in place. These will take years to regrow. In the interim the ground around those piles is more vulnerable to erosion and therefore the pier more likely to fail.

      PeterNC on March 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm
    • Peter, I live in Sacramento and the Sacramento River goes thru town, with levys (sp) all the way into the Delta. Over the years trees and grasses and bushes have grown on them, to the point where they furnish habitat for animals and look really inviting, and I would think that they also help keep the levys from eroding during floods. After Katrina, the Corps of Engineering decided that all the vegetation should be taken off, saying they weaken them. Last I heard Sacramento is "having discussions" over the issue. Same issue in a way, just a different scale. ;-)

      karenlin91 on March 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm
    • Oh dear Karen, all you had to say was Corps of Engineers(and in engineering we pronounce the first part phoneticaly "CORPSE") they have been known to do million dollar jobs and have them fall apart to save $25 dollars on grass seed. Tell Sacramento to fix it themselves, you cant win against the feds.

      540sam on March 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm
    • Thanks PeterNC & 540sam. I've some experience building a pier and dock but on a lake, not the ocean (or sound). I'm glad you mentioned the pollution and environmental damage caused by washing-in piles. On the lake where we live washing-in is not permitted because of the environmental damage it causes. We had to have our pier piles driven in. It was surprisingly simple (compared to what I had expected) but took longer than these guys took.

      I tend to agree with your comments that maybe DIY took the cheap, less strong route to save money and time. Of course the additional maintenance costs are yet another cost factor that the winner needs to build into their áffordability' calculations. :)

      Clive on April 4, 2013 at 9:23 am
    • Very observent Peter, sounds like both of us have been around these situations. I've done asbuilts on piers and docks, wooden and all concrete and after a few hurricanes and noreasters ive gone back and done them again and the measurements and variences were unbelievably off. The fact is, we cant outbuild mother nature.

      540sam on March 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    • 540sam,I have a feeling that your last sentence says it all. "We can't outbuild mother nature." ;-)

      karenlin91 on March 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    • True Karen, even with all of our technology and knowledge she still kicks our butts 10 times out of 9. LOL.

      540sam on March 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm
    • Great information 540sam and PeterNC. It's clear you guys know what you're talking about with piers/docks in this region. I wonder where DIY is getting it's advice on this subject?

      Ally on March 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    • Its their choice Ally, driving piles is a lot more expensive than washing in or even digging because driving means the piles go deep into the mud causing a suction that actually holds them in place. But alas those too will fail over time, it's just a fact of nature. If I were DIY I probably would have made the same decision, remember they have a budget to work with and could have eleminated it all together to save money. The fact is, it is what it is. Anyone living with a dock will have to deal with it however it's built.

      540sam on March 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm
    • Thank you ,Builder, great to know. We appreciate so much your kindness in blogging with us.:D

      SID on March 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    • Karenlin91-
      Good morning. My name is Steve and I'm the Gypsum Product Manager at National Gypsum Company. Just as an fyi, that drywall is actually PURPLE and it's our moisture and mold resistant product that provides added protection against the growth of mold and mildew. If you get a moment, check out our website ( and it may provide some helpful information. Hope you have a great day!

      1PURPLE on April 4, 2013 at 8:56 am
  7. Good Friday to you! Thank you DIY for the peek-a-boo shot! (Keeping us curious, of course!) He-hee! Hope you all have a blessed Easter Holiday! Safe travels to all.

    Is that Peter cotton-tail in the yard? Oh, it is just some of the crew working hard as always!

    amberPA on March 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm
  8. Love the polka dot paint job on the walls and ceiling. Who came up wih the polka dot scheme?:) Just kidding. Anyone know what color scheme they are going with on the interior?

    gmartell54 on March 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    • Im like you, I like the polka dots also, but then again my favorite color is paisley.xD

      540sam on March 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    • UGH, can you imagine the time and patience it would take to paint a paisley design on the walls or even an intricate plaid design. Who ever did the paint job would probably be bald afterward(even if they started with a full head of hair).

      gmartell54 on March 30, 2013 at 9:54 am
    • This link will take you to the first round choices that included the color scheme of Costal Cool.

      chris50555 on March 30, 2013 at 1:07 am
    • Thanks for the link. The color scheme is just a bit better then the polka dots shown on the picture above:)

      gmartell54 on March 30, 2013 at 9:57 am
    • gmartell54-
      Good morning. My name is Steve and I'm the Gypsum Product Manager at National Gypsum Company. Just as an fyi, that PURPLE drywall is our moisture and mold resistant product that provides added protection against the growth of mold and mildew. If you get a moment, check out our website ( and it may provide some helpful information. Hope you have a great day!

      1PURPLE on April 4, 2013 at 8:54 am
  9. gmartell54, Go to the first People's Choice vote, and click on the "inside and out" tab. You will see that the interior color scheme that was chosen was Coastal Cool, a pallet of soft greens and blues. :) Boo

    Boo on March 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm
  10. For those on the west coast who work late and don't get to watch the daytime progress: Lots seemed to be happening indoors out of camera site, but the waterside yard was all graded, and work has begun on the pier ramp surface. I haven't seen the cute little black dog in the past few days, but late this afternoon there was a sweet big golden retriever or yellow lab (not sure which) on the site. So funny – no one seemed to worry about him getting dirty lounging around in the freshly spread topsoil, must not belong to a married guy!;) Have a wonderful Easter everyone!<3<3<3

    SID on March 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm
    • Oe he's married and in the dog house!! Groan- bad pun! :)

      Lia_M on March 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm
    • Good one! LOL!<3<3<3

      SID on March 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

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