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Blog Cabin 2013 Cabin Comforts Gift Vote

The time has finally arrived! Please help us select housewarming gifts for the winner of the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway. Then enter for a chance to win the identical gift set. We will change rounds regularly, so please keep checking back.

Today we launch the Bed and Bath Round, which includes slippers, bath mats and more. Vote, enter and good luck!

  • Posted at 9:10 am on April 4, 2013
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  1. Good Morning everyone!!! I did my voting. I hope eveyone is enjoying this beautiful day! It looks so amazing at the BC. The water is nice and calm. There is one person at the house working with the doors open. I tried to see inside to no avail! haha Can't blame a gal for trying :) . Anyway I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Much Love!!! <3<3

    Rebecca on April 14, 2013 at 9:51 am
  2. Good Sunday to all you bloggers! Looks like it's going to be a great day at the cabin!B) Saw the truck this morning must be trying to get caught up. I was reading blogs this morning and there was one that caught my attention, it was about all the trees that have been cute down. I do agree that the cabin is now more exposed, and now it isn't as private as it once was. I liked the yard much better when all the trees were still standing. I do realize that some of the trees had to come down, but what I can't understand is why most of the trees were cut down that weren't next to the cabin.:'( It takes more then a life time for one to grow!:'(

    WE-Z on April 14, 2013 at 10:22 am
  3. Inquiring minds want to know!!! I have two questions for Anyone who can answer or make a comment…
    1) Has anyone said what kind of finish will be used on the post under the porch?
    2) The second floor balcony siding, why have they left the peek area unfinished?

    My thoughts are that it would look nice if they used the same foundation bricks to enclose the bottom post..
    I hope they will finish the siding in the peek to give it a completed look OR maybe they are going to add a light or something there…there wasn't one in the drawings or Photos;):p
    Bloggers are starting out slooow today, must be "Dragging" from Yesterday's workout in the yard, I know i am…o.0:):pB)

    Jennie/Florida on April 14, 2013 at 11:57 am
    • The peak area is finished. That white triangular piece is made for the peak of a roof. Many, many homes have that style. Enjoy your Sunday. :)

      Builder on April 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    • I am with Jennie, I think it looks unfinished. IMO

      vicki_in_Utah on April 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm
    • It's hard to see for sure, but the white detail is probably a louvered vent into the attic space for air circulation and to relieve heat buildup. I don't think they'll do anything on the columns under the porch because they'll be concealed by plantings around the deck; there could also be some kind of lattice or other skirting enclosing that area which would also help keep critters out.

      Ishmael on April 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    • I love the peak area, and when they were doing that, they added an extra molding down the sides of the triangle, you can see it on zoom……The detail just makes it look more finished. And I agree on the bricks to match the foundation and surround the bottom posts ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm
  4. What a beautiful day for fishing on the Core Sound. Wish I was there with the guys at the end of the dock!
    Bet the fishing is good on Shackleford also and the wild mustangs are romping around on the tranquil shoreline there……
    I've noticed how nice the color of AR's truck looks with the James Hardie shingle that's on the BC. I hope Jason & Matt plant some red and fuschia blooming plants to pop against the color of the BC. When the landscape is finished on this home it is going to look A-Ma-Zing. The green of the grass, the blue of the sky & water are so complimentary to the finish colors of the BC. The voters really got it right this year with the exterior colors of the BC. I can already imagine this yard finished, and how beautiful it is going to be.

    Mel on April 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    • Red Truck Guy is an awesome worker, huh, Mel? He's there when everyone else has gone home and sometimes spends the night! One knows something is going on when we see that truck!

      Loving Grandma on April 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm
    • Or maybe, they just leave the truck there and all go home. About three o'clock the other trucks left and the doors were all closed, as was the gate.

      Ishmael on April 15, 2013 at 12:55 am
    • Hi Mel, So glad to see you…Hope You are Well and enjoying the "Spring" weather…It's probably still chilly in the NC mountains..The last We blogged, Jason wasn't in the lineup for the Cottage Landscape but has returned on the roster…I am so pleased that We will have a chance to see what He will Design for this Beautiful Cottage and yard…I bet He is excited too!
      Did you see His Sign He put on the Grapevine Arbor to the Bloggers..That was really Special but has been left on the ground after winds blew it off and rain has taken most of it away…I think this Cottage is the Best yet and the property just rings Tranquility!!! Take Care and don't stay away soooo long!:p^_^<3

      Jennie/Florida on April 15, 2013 at 11:26 am
    • Jennie thanks for your kind comment!
      Yes I am psyched to see Jason back on the BC roster! He is THE MAN.
      I missed his sign. :(
      This is shaping up to be one of my favorite BC 's. I have visited the OBX and Crystal Coast all of my life, and the area is absolutely beautiful. Whoever wins will be so blessed. Best of Luck Jennie!!

      Mel on April 18, 2013 at 9:07 am
  5. Good morning to all our blogger friends! I have a question: maybe it was answered in an earlier blog thread and I missed it: Is that pole just off of the northwest corner of the cottage the electric pole? Is it permanent? I am a bit concerned that it is so close to the house, and in particular, to the master bedroom, where people will sleep for extended periods of time. It looks very near to the house from the angle of the webcam. Is this an underground supply line or overhead? Is there a transformer on this pole or nearby? Just wondering…. the cottage is a dream home for sure, with DIY and all the bloggers asking questions, it must be like trying to please three million new home owners, since we all think we own it ;=). I'm so glad that everyone has made it through the worst of the winter weather, and we're all looking forward to a gorgeous spring.

    BrookwoodCarolina on April 15, 2013 at 7:37 am
    • The round pole is permanent, the square one is temporary, dont know if there is a transformer.

      540sam on April 15, 2013 at 8:05 am
    • Yes, the pole on the right, with the gray PVC running down the left side is permanent. You can see the yellow guy wire that supports the line coming in from the road. The power company just installed that new pole a couple of weeks ago. Never noticed where the transformer is located. It should be no concern how close it is to the home, because they make no noise. It is just the industrial transformers that are on the ground, that sometimes hum a bit. Don't worry, needlessly. :) Sometimes, the transformer is on the pole by the building site, other times, it can be on a pole by the road.

      Builder on April 15, 2013 at 8:52 am
  6. Good morning, the red truck is there bright and early. Lights on inside the BC. I had to laugh yesterday, when the electric cord was going into the up stairs through the hole in the door for the door knob. Today it is through a window down stairs. Hope everyone has a nice Monday.

    vicki_in_Utah on April 15, 2013 at 8:25 am
    • Good morning, Vicki, I saw the electric cord as well, but there is still one running through the hole in the door on the second floor….Hope that you have a wonderful Monday, as well!!

      TishaStanley on April 15, 2013 at 10:47 am
  7. Good morning everybody!! I've gotten a late start today, but it's all good. My sunroom is just about ready to be taken apart. I've got an antique table, a very small box and 2 barstools, 2 coolers, an A/C that I need to put into the basement. I loved this room, especially for reading and relaxing but it does need to come down before someone gets hurt. It's supposed to be 70 degrees here today, a good day to put the plants outside…I'm not sore from all the work that I've had to do, I had my hubby lift the heavy stuff…LOL. Have a wonderful day!!!

    TishaStanley on April 15, 2013 at 10:52 am
  8. Good Morning Everyone, I hope all is well…Wow, We certainly had a Wild evening! We are recovering from a vast of Storms that came across the state of Florida.last evening. Three different Tornados crossed the state just South of me and exited out the East coast around Cape Canaveral area. Don't know yet if any of them ever touched down, but We had Storms with torrential rain, nickel size hail and high winds with powerful lightening that lasted off and on for about 8hrs, wind gusts up to 60mph and higher..Sooo Scary and thought it would Never end…No damage to my Home thank God! My yard is filled with debris every where and have a couple of big Cedar limbs down, maybe from lightening strikes…We're in for more Storms today but I'm not looking forward to it. Maybe these storms won't be as bad..Boy, it's Not even in the heat of the Summer and Hurricane Season yet?? Even Our local Weathermen were surprised these storms were so Strong.. I think We're in for a long Wild Summer of record breaking Storms….Enough!!!:)
    I'm looking forward to seeing what the Guys are going to do under the "Screened Porch" and if they will be adding lattice to cover underneath. I still think bricking around the post would look really good and they could still add lattice in between..That way if they needed to go under the porch just remove one piece lattice…
    Have a Good Day All;):)B)<3 I have the Sweet Potato Coffee Cake left and warming in the oven! Coffee and Cake anyone???:p<3

    Jennie/Florida on April 15, 2013 at 10:54 am
    • Hi Jennie, I'm glad that you are safe after those horrid tornadoes! I hope they didn't do any damage to your garden. Those tornadoes are so scary. I'm afraid we may all be in for another rough season of storms again this year in the south. :'( The forecast was for 83 degrees here today, but it certainly doesn't look like it's going to make it. It is already noontime and is drizzly and only 66. I'm stubbornly spreading mulch anyway today. I need to cover up some soaker hose I installed in a flower bed on saturday. Lots of work yet to do preparing for what may be another record hot, dry summer.
      I love your idea of brick columns at the base of the porch posts. It might be possible to do that, as I think the concrete footers are wide enough. Do I remember correctly that they poured a solid concrete footing in a line all around the porch? I think I remember wondering at the time why they poured a solid footer just to install wooden posts which would only require individual concrete footers? My memory is not as sharp as it used to be, so maybe it's only wishful thinking. :S

      SID on April 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    • Thank you Sid, I don't look forward to those Summer Drastic Storms!:( I have to admit I get stubborn when it comes to my yard too, I have worked on many rainy days to finish up what I started and if there is no thunder and lightening I'm out there to finish, a little rain feels good in the summertime, but at 66 deg. could be a little chilly!!o.0;) Sid I think your right about them pouring a concrete footer all around but I'm thinking that was for the foundation, I'm not sure about line of solid footers for post…I'm sure the Guys would remember! Builder, Clive or 540sam and others maybe…I can't remember what I had for lunch today o.0;) that's how bad I am!!:$ Have a good evening!!!<3:p
      Oh yes Sid, New Thread!! We need to make our list of all the questions we want to ask Mr. Eastman and his partner, here I go again, I can't remember his name!!! You know his name, I'm sure!!!:p<3

      Jennie/Florida on April 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm
    • Hi, Jennie, I am glad that you and your family are safe from the storms!!! I hope that the guys will use brick to cover underneath, I'm really not big on lattice work…not sure why. I think a spot could be left open should someone need to get under the porch… I know it's later in the day, but is there still some Sweet Potato Coffee Cake left?? It sounds good!!!

      TishaStanley on April 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    • Thank you Tisha, Hot days with rain and unstable air usually bring electrical storms so we just really have to be prepared for active weather for now on until the fall season…It goes with the territory!!! I just dread the Hurricane Season, they are very stressful, not knowing the strength and how powerful they will be..So We prepare for the worst and Hope for the Best!:p

      There is already a brick foundation underneath the Cottage so I don't think they will add brick cover underneath the porch. I think it has to have air flow underneath incase of storms and water pressure.
      That's what I understood and that is the reason I suggested to cover the post with brick because it would give the Porch more support and stability and would match the rest of the foundation around the Cottage..The reason I suggested lattice is because the old Cottage had a screened porch with lattice and We wanted to add lattice somewhere to get some of the Charm back, the other Cottage porch had..I think lattice between the brick would look good and if Someone had to get under the porch for some reason, removing a few pieces of lattice for easy entry would work or make a lattice Door.. those were just my thoughts!:p
      I know it's late Tisha, but Sweet Potato Pie is Good anytime and I saved you a Big piece. Maybe you could have it for breakfast in the morning!!!:pB)<3 Enjoy!

      Jennie/Florida on April 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm
    • That is "active weather from now on"

      Jennie/Florida on April 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm
  9. Hello ! Amazed at all the" posts" about how you can even see where the cord is going through hole for the door knob. ;) I keep trying but am not good at zooming. Wonderful information. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the Q & A when they post their replies. So nice to do this for us. ;) <3 I can not imagine having either of their jobs. They sure know their "stuff" as the saying goes. Someone is going to be very fortunate to have a really well built home. ;) <3 Thank you DIY, for this opportunity. best to all ;) <3

    Nan on April 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    • Nan if you put the camera on "full screen" the little arrow up in the left hand corner, you can see much better.

      vicki_in_Utah on April 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm
  10. Beautiful male Cardinal and his mate just to the left of the end of the pier by the ditch. :)

    Clive on April 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm
    • I missed them….

      TishaStanley on April 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm
    • Hi Tisha and Clive, I have Cardinals in my yard all the time!!!:p Also have Finch, Painted Buntings, Dove, Robins, Cranes,Egrets, Woodpeckers and Hummingbirds and Hawks just to name a Few.
      The Painted Bunting is in the Cardinal family and they are Sooo beautiful…If you get a chance google them and you will be totally taken, they have such beautiful colors, but I won't say anymore because I don't want to spoil it for you.
      I have Bird feeders throughout my yard and Birdbaths everywhere, so I keep busy just cleaning and feeding the lovely birds..So enjoyable!!!:p<3 Nighty, Night!^_^

      Jennie/Florida on April 16, 2013 at 12:07 am

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