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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. I like the dock, and it is nice that there are no stairs. The only problem I see is that the landing at the end of the dock is very narrow. I was hoping it would be as ample as the dock next door. I hope they enlarge it and place a roof on it. It would be nice to have enough room for an Adirondack chair to watch the sea and the sunset.

    RitaANewYorker on April 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    • I have been wondering if they are going to put a top on it like the one beside it. Since it has the posts they probably will. Even if they don't it is so beautiful as it sits anyway. They have really out done themselves on this home. I have really fell in love with it. One couldn't ask for more. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:18 am
  2. Two ladies are at the dock. Are they working? Former residents visiting the site? Beautiful day for them to be there.

    peachdoctor on April 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    • I am not sure. I haven't been able to see much because the cam has been staying on panorama. It could also be family of the crew or something because it is a beautiful place. Maybe they wanted to come down and see it in person. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:16 am
  3. It's a glorious day! It's in the 60's here, and my flowers are coming up fast! Looked in on the Cabin but I haven't seen what everyone has been doing….it was just a quick glance… unfortunately, I get to go to the dentist, thankfully for just a cleaning.

    TishaStanley on April 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    • Yes it is a beautiful day today. Get back soon so you can watch and chat with us. I hope everything goes well at the dentist. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:14 am
  4. Wouldn't you know??!!! I go back to check out what Builder is talking about–and I did see the siding on the pier–the camera went to panning….UUGGHHHH…How can I be "nosey" when the camera won't let me???!!!!

    TishaStanley on April 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    • I don't think it's being nosey, it's just curiosity. I am so guilty of it as well! I can't wait to get up every morning just to see what is going on. I sit and watch and wonder what they will be doing next. The entire process is so much fun. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:07 am
    • Tisha……..;0====== to the camera! I didn't mean that, I'm too grateful that it's there at all, but boy! it can frustrate you ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 9, 2013 at 10:11 am
  5. I think we would all just live together just fine.We seem to agree on all of it .Yes Mary. you too. I so miss my
    hubby during all this ,,he had so much fun watching the homes come to life .You all have worked on it so long and such a great job.Its time for me to add some yrs to my age ..oh no not a birthday just celebration
    ;Only get one birth .lolol ..So i am 21 again and again. lol I love to dream like i do winning this . But it sure is fun putting it all together for someone to .I loss all family in November 2012 and no hubby,mom or brother well only leaves one brother and i am affraid he would move family right in .I sure wouldn't mine. .
    You all have a blessed day and i keep dreaming of hearing the water outside my door. Great job all and some nice prizes too. Way to pick'em ..God Bless Ya ..and all you workers too

    Marylou Sakosky on April 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    • How about, Have a BLESSED PLENTY FIRST BIRTHDAY? I know you are still grieving, Marylou, but I am pleased for you that you are holding onto your sense of humor and hanging in there! Who knows, perhaps you will win the BC. Someone will. Stay with us, keep blogging and know we care!^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on April 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm
    • Hi Marylou! How are you doing today? I think we all have dreams of winning and the only thing for sure is someone will definately win it. It is so beautiful. Best of luck to you! Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:02 am
  6. That's odd. They have the 1st floor French doors opening outwards. All the other doors, 1st & 2nd floor, open inwards. Usually, French doors open inwards and the screens open outwards. There's a danger the door handles will hit the windows with the way they have it setup presently also.

    Clive on April 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    • I do not know the plan, but there are rubber stop bumbers that can be attached to the deck floor, to prevent the doors from opening too far. Some of these stops are even magnetic, if you want to hold them open for some reason. They are used alot in some construction. Being under the porch, there will be more room inside for decorating, if the doors open outward.

      Builder on April 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm
    • I have been told that there is a law in areas that have storms and hurricanes, that all doors have to open out. I know in snow country our doors have to open in. Or you can get trapped in (we have on occasion) from snow build up. Does anyone know for sure?

      vicki_in_Utah on April 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    • Doors that open outward actually seal tighter in wind-driven rain because the wind pushes the door tighter against the seal. The real advantage though is you don't need to save room inside to "park" the doors when they are open. There should be no requirement to open either way though because the upper doors open inward which saves space on the small upper deck for furniture.

      Ishmael on April 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm
    • Its done mainly for handicap and child egress, Clive, in case of an emergency. If you notice on comerical buildings all doors open outward if you are inside the buildin, its a law.. A lot of architects are using this now for residental safety purposes. However in high crime areas or cities you dont want your hinges exposed.

      540sam on April 9, 2013 at 4:31 am
    • Security is why almost all hinged exterior doors open inwards on homes. I've seen special hinges that are supposed to be difficult for the pins to be knocked out that are used on commercial buildings but they're very expensive in comparison to the interior swing hinges. Looking at these hinges they don't look special.
      I doubt there's any code demanding which way the doors open on a residential building, unlike public buildings that must open outwards.
      Depending on the wind outward opening doors may be more easily blown (or rather sucked) open in a storm.
      I was just a little confused that all the other doors, including the upstairs French Doors, open inwards. I expect it will become a little confusing for the eventual owner to have to remember to open them differently too. Maybe they have done it like this to allow easier access to the areas around the doors inside while they work on the house and then they will reverse them. :)

      Clive on April 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    • Im sure there is no code for it Clive, just an architectual choice. Sometimes there is no explaining those guys.

      540sam on April 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm
    • It is really easy (and cheap) to make outside opening hinges secure. Simply drill opposing holes in the hinge plates, then pound a nail through the hole in the frame side of the hinge, leaving the nail's head protruding a little. The opposing hole in the door side hinge plate needs to be large enough to accommodate the nail head protruding fron the frame side hinge plate when the door is closed. If a potential burglar removes the hinge pins, he can't pull the door away from the jam as the nail is restraining the door's hinge plate from sliding outward.

      RLD on April 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm
    • Hi Clive, I am sure they are aware and will ensure they put door stops or do something so that won't happen. This aint their first rodeo. haha How are you doing today? Much Love!!<3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 8:59 am
  7. Builder, Sam, Clive, Anybody….help!!! What are they doing around the house now? With the digging, and the pipes and the long black whatever it is?

    karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm
    • Sorry, I can't see anything. For me the camera has been on 'pan' most of the afternoon.o.0:@:'(

      Clive on April 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    • Well ^$(*!! and weird too…..I thought we'd all be on pan at the same time….. The backhoe dug a trench right in front and around the side (don't know if it goes all the way around), pretty deep…….they have pipe laying out at the side under the trees, and for a while there was some long black cloth? plastic? laid out across the whole front "mud yard" like something you would lay out to straighten in the sun. Plus there's a big truck still there that might have gravel, or more dirt. Only thing Carl and I could think of is that they were installing a french drain type of thing around the cabin? It's late now, so I don't think they'll finish, so hopefully you can see it soon. I'm sorry your stuck on panorama, it drives me nuts when I am ;-(

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    • They were digging a trench all around the house, installing white pipe. The trench had rock put in the bottom, then covered with black landscape fabric to prevent soil from getting into the tile. Do not know the exact reason for it, but it was done rather quickly today. The soil is easy digging, so it went real fast. The skirting on the dock is going very fast , with the near side just about completed to the water line. Now, they are working on the far side of the dock/pier. Lots of great activity today. Hope everyone had a chance to see what was happening. Have a wonderful, wonderful evening, keep dreaming, and watch tomorrow's show. Don't blink, or you will surely miss something. :) :)

      Builder on April 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm
    • Thank you Builder! I must have blinked, I missed seeing them put the stuff in the trench ;-) . Isn't that pretty much what a french drain is? I have to say, when I first saw the skirting on the dock, I thought it was ugly, but now that it's mostly done on the side I can see, it looks good…..gives a more finished look to it ;-) There was a lot going on today…..took all the frustration of not being able to see anything right away! Nice! Have a good evening.

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm
    • It went in really quickly once they had the trench dug and prep work done. It seemed as if it only took them 5 minutes to lay the pipe in there and almost no time for the backhoe to fill it in, but they left a big mound there as of yesterday. I was surprised when I checked today that it was all leveled off again and looked as if nothing ever happened.

      Windsmurf on April 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm
    • Hi Karen, I missed yesterday but I do see a ditch this am,4.30, looks like its close to the roofline probably all the way around for drain tile, traditional gutters arent used here so the drain tile helps to disperse the excess roof rainwater runoff.

      540sam on April 9, 2013 at 4:52 am
    • Thank you Sam. I don't know if there would be any necessity for them, but the minute you said they don't use traditional gutters, I thought of "drain chains". I think that's what they're called….they look so COOL ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 9, 2013 at 10:17 am
    • Hi 540sm. What's the reason for no gutters in this region? Up where we live in the 'frozen tundra' no gutters would spell disaster for the house. However, we all have basements. Also, my in-laws who live in the NC piedmont have 6-inch gutters and several 6-inch underground pipes to get the water away from the house, as does every house in their neighborhood. They certainly need them when it rains BIG.

      DIY seems to not put gutters on any houses they build, with the exception of the 2007 BC in Kinzel Springs. Just curious. :)

      Clive on April 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm
    • Right Clive, they dont have the freeze problems at the BC and because no living space is below grade gutters are not necessary. Very seldom will you see gutters on coastal cottages and very seldom will you see a coastal cottage with any living space below grade. I have full gutters on my house with no living space below grade but my insurance co. says I must have them.

      540sam on April 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    • Hi Karen, I can't help much. The cam went to panorama as soon as I started looking. Only thing I did notice is that there are a lot of guys out there today. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 8:57 am
  8. Thanks, Builder! I, too, was wondering what the digging was all about, but every time I tried to move the camera today, it went to "pan". It did that for the water view as well. So, I missed a lot….

    TishaStanley on April 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  9. I love the fact that you can see inside the house at night now that they are leaving the lights on. Not that there's much to see right now. I do believe there is a full wall that is separating the kitchen from the stairs.

    Risinglight on April 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm
    • There is a full height wall, according to plan. I think some are confused because that wall only extends about 2/3 of the way from the back wall of the kitchen to a point opposite the bottom step rather than going all the way to the bearing wall, but that is the way it has always shown on the plans.

      Ishmael on April 8, 2013 at 11:56 pm
    • Hi!! They have been leaving the lights on for awhile now and I think they kinda block where they don't want us to see. It is looking so nice though. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 8:55 am
    • I keep trying to see inside, and not being able to figure out what they're doing, but it's fun to try ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 9, 2013 at 10:18 am
  10. Good morning, Everyone!! It's another beautiful day here, in Upstate NY. It's 52 degrees and promises to get into the 60's. Coffee is on, Dunkin made the donuts and I believe we are now all set to sit back, relax, and watch as the workers do their thing. Have a GREAT day!!!

    Tisha

    TishaStanley on April 9, 2013 at 7:25 am
    • Hi Tisha!!! I have my ice tea when I was watching first I saw a lot of activity and guys working their hearts outs. Then the cam went to panorama :o . haha I am waiting patiently now I have to refill my tea. Talk to you later. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

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