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  • Posted at 9:10 am on April 4, 2013
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  1. Do you think the two trees close to the small bobcat are dead or is it just too early for that part of the country to have the Spring foliage?

    grswla on April 6, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • Deciduous trees are still domant.

      Builder on April 6, 2013 at 10:18 am
    • dormant, sorry.

      builder on April 8, 2013 at 8:24 am
    • I'm impressed that the Builder answered my question and so quickly! Thank you Sir!

      grswla on April 6, 2013 at 11:33 am
    • Some people on the blog have said that these are walnut trees I believe, if they are in fact walnuts then they have a later blooming season than most other trees, usually late spring. If they do turn out to be walnut its a blessing that they wer'nt wiped out years ago by blight.

      540sam on April 7, 2013 at 6:11 am
    • Good Morning Sam, I have mentioned quite a few times to Bloggers that Alicia, who grew up in
      the Cottage said those were "Pecan Trees".. I guess my comments were overlooked, I saw no replies???.
      I was so thrilled when Alicia told me about the Trees because I love Pecans and I make Pecans Pies, Pecan Tarts, Divinity Candy, add them to Sweet Potato Pies, also add them to my Cornbread Dressing and Fresh Green Salads..Yummy! We had Pecan trees when I was growing up and My Mom did the same!! Wonder where I got My Recipes:p..Have A great Day!!

      Jennie/Florida on April 7, 2013 at 8:21 am
    • Hi Jennie, and everyone–Good Sunday morning to ALL! Wow. I didn't know they were pecan trees–I knew they had to be healthy deciduous trees, but they are so large that I assumed they were maples. Now that everyone is mentioning nut trees, I do see how they look to be either walnut or pecan… imagine that! I've always wanted pecan trees. I had walnut trees in the mountains, and though they are good, they are a hard nut to crack ;=). But pecans, just like butter ;=). You mentioned putting pecans in your cornbread dressing–I love it like that–do you happen to put water chestnuts and mushrooms in too? I do. I do try to read all the comments, but we are so far along now, I hardly ever go back to the early threads. You always give us such great information. Hope you have a fun day!

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 7, 2013 at 8:51 am
    • Thank you Brook, Yes it was a fun day, the Weather was beautiful at 78 Degrees with a nice breeze, I worked in the yard all day.The Squirrels were running around the trees and having fun. The Birds were singing and that was a true Sign of Spring! I Enjoyed it so much! Plus I got a little Sun!
      We had Pecan and Black Walnut trees when I was growing up, but I didn't like getting that black stuff all over my hands and you had to work so hard to get anything out, I just gave up! LOL and choose the Pecans instead!!!
      I don't add water chestnuts or mushrooms to my dressing. I make my Mother's recipe that she had done for Sooo many years when I was growing up! We all just love it. I no longer have Her, so when I make her Special dressing it makes me feel good to know she is looking down and smiling and saying to me don't over do your ingredients!!! It always turns out so good and I remember her telling our family, My Husband our Girls at Thanksgiving and Christmas that she always made her dressing with a special ingredient and that was with a Lot of "Love":p<3 ..That was only One of Her Specialties..Yummm Have a Good Evening!:)

      Jennie/Florida on April 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    • Hi Jennie, I remembered you said pecans…..along with the muscadines for me, and persimmons for Carl….His favorite all time pie is pecan. I used all of that to help get him hooked too.(Although it took the building to make it official ) :-) How do you feel about sharing your recipe? ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 7, 2013 at 10:46 am
    • Good Morning Karen, I don't mind sharing recipes at all…Are you talking about the Pecan Pie? Let me know and I will go through my Recipe Library and find it for you…
      Seems like Work is a little Slow at the Cottage..wonder what is holding up Progress?? I wish they would finish the Porch Posters!! They must be finished inside with their work and ready for the Designers to start their Specials!!! Seems like last BC, the Master Suite/Bath was the first Special with Matt Muenster..
      Bloggers are saying they see work being done in the kitchen, but I don't think they are installing cabinets, probably the plumbing and electrical and just prep-ing everything getting ready for Alison Victoria who is the Kitchen Designer, as far as I know, she will be the one to have everything installed in there….Maybe she and Chris Grundy– Host, will do it…So I'm thinking since the paint colors was chosen, they painting but not installing kitchen cabinets. I may be wrong, but those are my thoughts!!!:p
      I really hope they are getting Someone to redo the Muscadine Arbor before the Vines start to show signs of New Spring growth…Spring is going to sneak up on them before they know it and they could damage the Vines trying to install the new support/arbor!!!o.0B):p We shall see!!! o.0:pB) Stalling makes me anxious!!;) Have A Happy Day!!:*

      Jennie/Florida on April 7, 2013 at 11:54 am
    • Yes, please, Jennie! Pecan Pie…Carl would love it! You know, I have a feeling they are not stalling, but doing a lot of stuff out of sight, sighhhhh, but I know that they red truck has spent the night several nights in a row…and I saw him working upstairs at 11pm blog time..A whole lot of wood has disappeared into the cabin too. At first, I thought I didn't see the mud on the purple drywall and that they had painted, but then the next night I could see it…so I don't know any more, lol As far as covering the porch posts, I really think maybe they did that just so we could imagine what it would look like? If it was me, I would wait until they are done with all the going in and out with materials, etc, to avoid damage to them? I hope they are careful with the Muscadines, maybe that wood just laying there between the pier/dock and the vines is for new support?

      karenlin91 on April 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    • OOPS "they were painting" but not installing kitchen cabinets…

      Jennie/Florida on April 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    • OOPS…that is Post, not Posters! LOL..I need to Proof read before sending comment!o.0o.0

      Jennie/Florida on April 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    • Thanks for the heads up Jennie, pecans work well for me also.

      540sam on April 7, 2013 at 11:24 am
    • Your are Welcome Sam:)

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 11:12 am
    • "You are" Welcome Sam!!! LOL need to proof read! Sorry, I get in a hurry!o.0o.0

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    • YUM!!!B):*:p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on April 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    • I use pecans along with pistachios when I make Baklava…..this will be perfect!! :-)

      jamie061363 on April 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm
    • Sound really good Jamie!!

      Jennie/Florida on April 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm
  2. Good morning everyone! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. The dock looks spectacular! Good job guys. I wonder if they are going to put a top part of the dock like the one beside it? Either way it is such a nice place to fish or just sit and read a book while watching the water and the boats. Then in the evening drinking some ice tea on the porch swing watching the sunset. This is such a beautiful place to retire. Have I said lately "I WANT THIS" haha. I know we all do but I can't help but dream. I have already done my voting. I can't wait until Monday to see what will be in store for us to watch. Much Love!! <3<3

    Rebecca on April 6, 2013 at 10:35 am
    • Hi Rebecca! I love your descripitive blogs….you have a gift of making the cabin and location seem so real. I could actually imagine the sunset, reading or sketching the water and boats…. tasting the ice tea.(<:} Dreaming is an exciting part of our lives and if we are fortunate enough….they come true!! So dream on and I wish you lots of luck!!!

      dona on April 6, 2013 at 11:46 am
    • Thanks for the compliment Dona! Best of luck! Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 7, 2013 at 10:52 am
    • I'm with Rebecca, waiting to see what happens tomorrow. Meet you for coffee in the a.m. Becky:)<3

      bythebaydreamer on April 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm
  3. Good Saturday Morning to All, Another Beautiful Day at the Cottage!! Question??? Was Anyone's Camera Cam Frozen for the past few hours?? Mine was frozen on the yard and wouldn't move in either direction.I couldn't even get back to the Comments…I reported it and finally the Cam was back!!! Yeah!!! I would be miserable without the Camera Cam and Threads!
    To the Crew, We really wish Someone would move that Bobcat machine to some other area of the yard, it's blocking Our view of the Daffodils, We would really like to Enjoy them before they no longer bloom..They are so Pretty and Cheerful……Spring IS just around the Corner??? Maybe:p…
    Please AR and Crew if you're reading our Comments..Would you please "Move that BUS"..Oh, I mean Bobcat!! :p:):*^_^ We would really Appreciate it…..
    Also, We Bloggers think Your work is Outstanding and We are thrilled to be a witness to Your Work and Expertise! Of Course We would like to see more Inside!!! LOL ..Have a Good Sunny Spring Day!!!B

    Jennie/Florida on April 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    • Daffodils are done blooming. The Case backhoe and loader was needed to move something, thus the fresh tracks.

      Builder on April 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    • My daffodils haven't come up yet, but they are starting to….

      Tisha Stanley on April 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm
    • Good Morning Builder, the Backhoe and loader has been sitting there for a week and I kept waiting for them to move it before I made my request!!:p..There is plenty of yard for the backhoe and could be moved out from under those trees and Daffodils..We enjoy the beauty around the Cottage as we Pan and the b/h
      is obstructing Our view!!! o.0o.0:) Have A Beautiful Spring Day!!!B)

      Jennie/Florida on April 7, 2013 at 8:54 am
    • The camera is both a blessing and a curse! When it's working, it is so much fun, going all the way around the property, zooming in and out, watching the workers come and go, sneaking a smoke outdoors (glad they decided not to smoke inside while working)… it's just like we are right there, supervising! Then, when it doesn't work and the Panorama sucker punches you while you're playing around, looking, that hurts ;0. But when it goes to the stock photo of the day, that is like an insult to us, we are supposed to be the bosses… right? Naw. Guess not. But the very worst thing happened to me yesterday, my DNS server went out. Talk about missing out on everything! I finally just unplugged both the server box and the wireless router for the night because I'm so stubborn that I couldn't stop trying to fix it from my computer commands and system restore and everything else I could think of. I had watched the daffodils every day too, and knew they had stopped blooming. I don't know if there might be azaleas or tulips or anything else planted around the yard, but rest assured, the crashers are coming, and they will give us some flowers, herbs, fruits, and all things wonderful… it IS so hard to wait…

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 7, 2013 at 9:00 am
  4. Hi all, I had wondered how they were going to deal with the ground under the porch, well there's several guys there now, doing something ;-) Anyone got any ideas what they would be doing?

    karenlin91 on April 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    • Installing the flood water gates in the foundation under the deck. If you look real close, you will see where they are mortaring. That is the reason for the wheel barrow and mortar. You will see the dry mortar bag in the back of the pickup.

      Builder on April 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    • Thank you Builder, I hope you know how much your answers are appreciated! So if they're gates, they will keep critters from setting up housekeeping under the house, right? ;-) Everything is looking fantastic. Happy weekend!

      karenlin91 on April 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    • Yes, no critters allowed. :)

      Builder on April 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm
    • Hi Builder ! Confused – flood water gates in the foundation ? I know there is a black substance that is applied to the foundation to "waterproof' " where we live. Do not understand the term. Sounds like an oxymoron. I think the area would be prone to flooding and that is why the cabin was raised, but ,gates? Sorry, just curious. This blog has gotten to me, just keep reading and love how everyone "talks" to each other. The Blog Cabin is going to be a real nice home for someone. Best to all the bloggers .;) <3

      Nan on April 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm
    • It's better to let the storm surge in to relieve pressure.

      TonyE on April 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    • Thank you TonyE ! ;) Sure hope that doesn't happen too often. I know in the HGTV Dream Home 2013, they did the garage -family area with some of the walls with a lattice design.
      It is beautiful with such lovely furnishings. I just thought at the time the same way, that there wouldn't be high water too often.The two couches were suspended with chains. My thoughts were they could put the other furniture up on the couches. Guess you have to learn to live with
      some things to enjoy the other benefits. Have a good night everyone. ;) <3

      Nan on April 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm
    • In 2003 Hurricane Isabel then in 2011 Hurricane Irene both deposited 3 feet of storm surge in my garage.Several times water has been up to the foundation.

      TonyE on April 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    • TonyE, Thank you for the info. I think several posts back you said that you lived in Sea Level. I am curious. Is your home an older home like our original BC, and built at sea level, or has it been raised like our 'new' BC? And, in your opinion, do you think that the BC should have been raised even higher? Several months back, there was some discussion on the blog on this topic. A blogger (I am sorry, I forget who… do not mean to not give you credit) posted a link to an article in one of the NC newspapers, I think. The author felt that the NC legislature should enact even stricker building codes due to the almost certainty of rising sea levels. Would like your thoughts. :) Boo

      Boo on April 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    • In some early post, it was stated that this home is now 8' above sea level. That is one lot of water!

      builder on April 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    • my house was built in 1996.My foundation is 5 block high(3.5 block higher than required by county inspectors).The land here was surveyed at 7.7 ft above mean high water.The storm surge has been 6" below the floor level 2 times in past storms.I would have gone higher than what the BC is.

      TonyE on April 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    • Thanks, Tony! i agree with you that they could have lifted the BC foundation higher. One just cannot predict exactly what mother nature is going to do. In 1979, my home and contents were completely submerged and destroyed by river flood, in a NON-FLOOD ZONE! My family, like Katrina and other such mega disasters, was rescued from a small pull-down staired attic after 3 days. I had 7.8 ft. of river backwaters and sewerage plant overflow in my house for 8 days. Now living in Virginia's, SE Coast, I've been through the same hurricane activity to yours and sustained unexpected damage. Even with the best intentions, planning for the unexpected is just prudent. I really hope BC will remain unflooded!!! Thankfully, there is a 2nd story, so if it's flood surge one is concerned with, move valuable furnishings upstairs. But then, there's the winds…Ah! Now there's the rub! I think DIY Builder/ Dylan and Roby Folks are doing lots of backup strength planning–that's a good thing.The rest is in nature's Hands….:oo.0 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on April 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    • TonyE, Builder, and Kitty, Thank you for your thoughts on the subject. Let us hope that our BC is never flooded. But Kitty, as your experience shows, one never knows what mother nature has in store for us, and she is definitely the BOSS. :) <3:)Boo

      Boo on April 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    • Checking back with you, TonyE. Oh, so sorry! Thanks for all your in-put. So nice when people share. ;) <3 Sure hope you do not have to deal with another storm for a looooong
      while . <3 ;) Wish you the very best. ;) Have a wondrful day everyone ! ;) Thanks DIY <3 <3<3<3

      Nan on April 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    • Nan I'll try to answer your question for you without getting technical. In engineering they are called vents as a gate is used to block water out, but both terms are used sometimes. In a flood zone these vents open to allow water into the foundation area to equalize the pressure of the water, on the opposite side of the house you have the same to allow a flow, when water receeeds it flows out. This is done to keep the foundation from crushing and is a requirement for flood insurance. Hope this helps. As TonyE(who lives right down the road from BC) said, water can get quite high.

      540sam on April 7, 2013 at 3:01 am
    • Back checking -not on yesterday. Thank you 540sam ! ;) Very helpful ;) Appreciate everyone helping me understand. A great group of bloggers. This whole process has been very interesting . I am learning. The DIY network sure is a great place. Love the BlogCabin and I also hope it does not see a bad storm . Thanks Bset to you and all the Bloggers. ;) <3 <3;)

      Nan on April 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    • Hi Karen, I am not sure but I am positive they will make it look very nice. They could also be there just planning on what they want to do with several things around the house and the yard. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 7, 2013 at 10:50 am
  5. Our little sign that was by the grape arbor is gone, in its place is what looks like a dog leash and a rope…

    TishaStanley on April 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    • Maybe it's the dock supervisors holding station Tisha. LOLxD

      540sam on April 7, 2013 at 3:26 am
    • Hi Tisha, I was thinking the same thing it belonged to the beautiful older dog that comes with his BF. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 7, 2013 at 10:47 am
  6. Lookin' good……yep, sure is…..lookin' good.^_^

    Dghawk4 on April 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm
    • Yes it is! It is such a beautiful day at the BC. 55 degree and the water looks so calm. You can't help but fall in love with it! Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 7, 2013 at 10:45 am
  7. Thanks for the updates and answering questions builder.I have been by there several times on the road but wouldn't stop by because of the no trespassing signs.

    TonyE on April 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm
    • Hi TonyE and everyone! You have been by there? Wow. It must be really hard to know it is just beyond reach! Guess we'll be neighbors, when I win ;=) Hee Hee Hee…. Then you can stop in and see… Just kidding of course, but I would like to think the winner would love to meet some of the other bloggers… think how nice it would be to have friends already in the neighborhood…

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 7, 2013 at 9:05 am
    • OOPS! I meant to say, "Just kidding about 'when I win'"….

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 7, 2013 at 9:06 am
    • Nothing wrong with thinking positively! I expect to win all of these HGTV homes….until the day after the ambush notifications are supposed to occur. At that point I let reality return.

      RLD on April 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    • Hi Tony! I would love to go and visit but I am sure they don't want people noseing around :( . haha I am just so curious. I love everything about this home and it makes you even more curious. I love being able to watch and see the guys at hard work. They are such a good crew. I guess they have to save some surprises for us and when they air the episodes on the DIY network. I just can't wait!! haha Best of luck to you. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 7, 2013 at 10:42 am
    • Hi Tony, a few questions if you don't mind..
      1) Is Hwy 70, 3ft or more higher ground than the Cottage and will the Rain Storms with lots of rain head toward the Cottage from the Hwy? Are there ditches on each side of the Hwy to catch the run offs? I hope the water runs off to the opposite side of the Hwy. from the Cottage.The Hwy appears to be much higher than the Cottage..Is there a house directly across the Hwy from the Cottage?
      2) In your area, do you have problems with mosquitos and bugs of all kind in the Spring and Summer season? if so, do you have a screened area to enjoy the outdoors? We have pleaded for a Screened porch, but will have to wait and see if they read Our comments and will grant our wishes…
      Thank you so much for Sharing Your thoughts with Us :) We really appreciate it!:p

      Jennie/Florida on April 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    • There is a ditch on the side of the hwy,usually around here a heavy rain doesn't bother us as most areas drain fast to the sound.Skeeters are the county bird here,almost as large as a bird and there are times a couple weeks after a rain they are quite thick.When they are that thick you don't swat them,you wipe them off and it seems to not attract as many.

      TonyE on April 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    • Wow Tony, are you Serious about those "Skeeters" being so big and in mast quantities?? Yikes and
      Yuk!!! o.0o.0:( Doesn't sound good! You didn't mentions if there is a house directly across the Hwy from the Cottage…The Cottage area was having big problems with drainage due to the Clay around it, unless they mix something with the clay around the place, it will always have standing water
      which will brings Skeeters Toooooo!!:( Thank you for your comments and Have a Great Day!!!:pB)

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 9:16 am
    • There isn't a house straight across the road but there is a small airstrip and a garage close across the road.There is a neighbor with a small harbor beside it,the harbor will drain any water on that side.The road is sloped away from the BC so any water on the road will run away from the BC during a heavy rain.There is a gate with a sign on it on the driveway,but I couldn't read the sign because the gate was open.

      TonyE on April 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    • Thank you Tony, that is good to know about the drainage and is a relief..I wonder if AR will leave that Security gate up for the Cottage Owner once they are finished. It would be Nice to have a little Security there by the road since the Hwy. is so close…A Nice well lighted yard would be great also and would be a deterrent for unwanted visitors..
      Ok it's quit raining now so I can get back to my Yard Work…Bummer! :pB)

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    • will 'bring' Skeeters tooo! o.0o.0

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    • Yea Tony when you swat the bird sized ones it makes the big ones mad and they carry you back to their nest. LOL

      540sam on April 8, 2013 at 11:54 am
  8. Have a great night everyone!! Builder, thank you for all your insight today!!

    Tisha

    TishaStanley on April 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm
    • Good night and good morning!!! haha Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 7, 2013 at 10:35 am
  9. Good Morning, Everyone!!! It's raining a little here, but I will take that over snow any day…hahaha. I will just take my coffee and dream that I'm sitting on the dock, enjoying the morning breeze, waiting for all my blog friends to join me…..

    TishaStanley on April 7, 2013 at 6:57 am
    • Tisha, good morning and congratulations on the rain, sounds like a step in the right direction! And move over and make room for me and my coffee. It's so beautiful there this morning. ;-) Maybe a dolphin will come and say hi ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 7, 2013 at 7:42 am
    • Karen, there is plenty of room!! Come on and enjoy this morning with me….I keep hoping to see a dolphin or maybe a fin….nothing yet…but the day is young…

      TishaStanley on April 7, 2013 at 9:05 am
    • Good morning Tisha! I think I will join you in the dream land of the BC paradise! haha The temp is 55 at the BC and the water looks so calm. The flowers look so beautiful. I prefer the swing on the porch with a glass of ice tea. haha How are you doing today aside from all the rain? Best of luck my friend. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 7, 2013 at 10:34 am
    • Hi, Rebecca, I'm doing good. The rain stopped, but it wasn't bad…not a heavy rain, just a nice slow one. It is absolutely beautiful at the BC!! It just looks so peaceful and serene!! How are you doing?

      TishaStanley on April 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  10. Good morning BC family and friends! How is everyone doing this beautiful Sunday morning? It is such a lovely day at the BC. It is 55degrees and sunny. The water looks so calm, the flowers are so beautiful. Such a calming feeling just looking around the property on such a lovely day like this. Good luck to everyone. Much Love!! <3<3

    Rebecca on April 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

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