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Blog Cabin 2013 Exterior April 15

It’s that time again. Post your Blog Cabin 2013 questions and we will select the very best queries and pose them to project manager Dylan Eastman and project contractor Ryan Crosser. A follow-up Q&A article will be posted in the weeks to come.

Deadline to post your questions is Monday, April 22, at 5 p.m. ET.

Ready, set … go!

  • Posted at 1:24 pm on April 4, 2013
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  1. Will Jennie and I get our screened in porch with the appropiate gauge to prevent all insects from eating us alive. LOL We will glady invite you for a nice glass of ice tea along with a homemade peach pie. ;-)

    Heading South on April 16, 2013 at 7:56 am
    • Count me in on hoping for that screened in porch.:D

      JudyInMich on April 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm
    • When is bug season? We don't have many mosquito problems in town; we're near Seattle. Slugs, yes. They are very long and slimey, but it's easy to get away from them. I feed mine a dinner of Sluggo. They love it and then die–only one bad day for them!

      Loving Grandma on April 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm
    • In the south, bug season begins shortly after frost ends and lasts until the next freeze. In NC, that means about six months out of the year. :)

      Moving2theCoast on April 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    • Ditto, HeadingSouth! We fell in love with the screened porch and swing on the original cabin–I like the idea of outdoor fans and even an outdoor heat source close to the swing… you see, it is on the coast, and there are many kinds of bugs and snakes and other 'critters' pretty much year round. The weather is very different from what you may think. The winters and the evenings get very chilly. My daughter in Wilmington says she has used $900 of propane gas for heating and cooking just from September to March. When I went to her graduation from University of NC at Wilmington in May, it was downright chilly–I needed long pants and a sweater and scarf. So, summers really are wonderfully warm, but you can expect a full 4-season year there as well.

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 17, 2013 at 7:59 am
    • I second that H/S…Maybe if enough Bloggers ask that question they will get the message and decide to Screen and Surprise us!!! The Local residents have stated so many times how Bad the Mosquitoes are especially after rains and all the flying Buggies..Alicia who lived at the Cottage said they were really bad and as children they were limited to going in and out of the Cottage because of those pesty things o.0 o.0;):)
      We shall See B):p

      Jennie/Florida on April 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm
  2. Will the BC have a security system and/or driveway gate? What kind of 'smart' features, if any, will there be? For example, will it have automatic open/close blinds for energy management? Will there be a small plunge/resistance pool? Also, are you going to blaze a walking trail around the perimeter? Just curious. Oh, and great job so far, thanks for all your hard work and kind replies.;)Boo

    Boo on April 16, 2013 at 8:35 am
    • Hi Boo, how do you "blaze" a walking Trail??? Just Curious! ^_^

      Jennie/Florida on April 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm
    • Hi Jennie, Thank you. "Create" would have been a more appropriate word. I would like to see a narrow path around the perimeter for walking. Not much would really need to be done other than maybe clearing some brush and putting down some pine needles where there are none. Oh, of course, and a few of your benches would be nice. I confess, that I really don't want them to do too much more "pruning," as we don't want that BC PRIVACY destroyed. :) <3Boo

      Boo on April 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm
  3. Good morning guys. I hope everyone is well. It is such a beautiful day at the cabin. I have thought about it and have a couple questions. I love the dog park. If you have been reading my blogs you know this is my favorite part and is a passion of mine. Do you guys plan to have a dog house so the dogs will have some place to get out of the sun? Even if the new owner doesn't have an animal maybe their guests might. Also are you guys going to give us some other hints of things to come? haha I can't help it!! I just love this house it is so beautiful. DIY has done an amazing job. Much Love!! <3<3

    Rebecca on April 16, 2013 at 8:40 am
    • Rebecca, a dog house would be such a waste to me..I have never had a dog who would waste their time on a dog house….My Rot mix is at the head of our bed right now and the cat is at the foot…..They would both be seriously offended if they were made to stay outside LOL

      karenlin91 on April 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    • Hi Karen! All of my dogs have always been house dogs. I currently have a husky. In the summer time we can barely get him to go outside but in the winter he doesn't want to come in. As you know huskys are winter dogs and love being outdoors in the winter. My husky is also older and has problems with his hips. I am sure he would prefer if he were outside to lay on something soft as other dogs would. I don't think to have a dog house would be a waste for a few reasons: (1) we don't know who the winner will be and what their choice would be as with anything DIY may choose (2) sometimes the animal would prefer to be outside for a couple hours (3) the dog may get wet and sandy and something may need to be donebefore we bring them in to bathe them. Also if someone does not want to keep the dog house or the electric fence they don't have to use it. This is just a suggestion. Also I am hoping who ever gets the house will rescue some older dogs and save them from the shelter. If they do they may want to it. I have seen dog houses built on other DIY homes and thought it would be nice with this one to. DIY do beautiful dog houses. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    • They do do beautiful dog houses……hmmmmm, it could also possibly be used as a playhouse for kids…..;-)

      karenlin91 on April 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    • I have no comment…..haha Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    • Hi Karenlin91 & Rebecca! Yes, I would LOVE to see a "playhouse" for the grandchildren! And a little "workshop" or "studio" for the adults. I have never had a dog who wanted a dog house, since the human house belongs to him or her and every dog I have ever had has been able to come inside as desired. My dear old samoyed mix is not doing well these days. I must take him to see the doctor today–he's having trouble breathing. I have never 'put down' one of my friends. I know some do, but I don't. I stay right by their side until the end. I know they would do the same for me.

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 17, 2013 at 8:04 am
    • Hi Brookwood, I am so sorry to hear about your pet. I hope all goes well. My husky (Rex) is up there in age and I really don't know how I would be if something happened to him. He also is a winter dog and prefers to be outside "ALL THE TIME" in the winter. He is an inside dog but prefers to be outside in the winter. I have to practically drag him in at night. Since he has hip problems while he is outside he loves a cozy dog house where he can lay but still be outside. I am sure others have a pet that prefers outside either during the winter or summer and would lay in the dog house if just for a bit. Anyway it is still just a suggestion. Just in case the new owner does have a couple dogs or follows my dream and rescues a few from the shelter. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 17, 2013 at 8:23 am
    • Brookwood, I am so sorry about your friend…..I hope he will be okay, I know how hard it is.

      karenlin91 on April 17, 2013 at 9:01 am
    • Hi Rebecca, couldn't a dog be bathed in the outdoor shower?:D

      JudyInMich on April 16, 2013 at 6:29 pm
    • In looking at the showers that are going to be installed I think the shower head will be stationary and therefore I will be taking a shower with him. The only way that will work is to add an attachment with a hose so only the dog gets wet. haha It would be great though. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 17, 2013 at 8:26 am
    • Agreed I always had dogs never a dog house. If they are too hot they will either jump in the water or go inside where my bed and AC awaits.

      zulumom on April 17, 2013 at 5:05 am
    • Hi zulumom, well I am referring to the dog park. I dog house in the area where the dog park would be great. Since my husky loves being out for hours at a time in the winter I can not be with him outside all the time. I truly think a dog house would be nice. Again if the new owner does not want to use the electric fence or the dog house they don't have to use it. I know my husky would love it and use it. I am only thinking of the animal. I am sure other peoples pets prefer to be outside a lot longer than we prefer and a soft place to lay would be the right thing to do for the animal. I really love the dog park because the house is so close to the road and dogs do want to wander and explore the area.

      Rebecca on April 17, 2013 at 8:35 am
    • Im going to agree with you Rebeca,95% all of my dogs have been inside dogs, however if I go outside without them they go nuts, they just have to be outside with me and a dog house or containment area would be nice while cooking out or doing yard work. Also I know from experience, make sure you have plenty of critter repelant for your pets and yourself, skeeters and no-see-ums willwill punish you both, I've found anything leomoney works well.

      540sam on April 17, 2013 at 5:55 am
    • Exactly Sam, my dog and I am sure others want to be outside with you but there are times when you want to keep them contained, like the examples that you gave are perfect. Sometimes it is necessary. I am very passionate about my dog and would rescue more if I could but where I live right now I can't. This land is so plenty and to give back by rescueing some older dogs would be so wonderful. I still am suggesting a dog house since after all DIY did take the time to designate a dog park so a dog house would really be nice. Again it is just a suggestion for DIY since they are requesting suggestions. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 17, 2013 at 8:40 am
  4. First let me congratulate all of the contractors working on this job, and the little yellow lab supervising them. It appears that everything is being done with the highest level of quality possible and going the extra mile to ensure the safety of the house in any future hurricanes. Will a drawing or map of the grounds be provided to the winner detailing where all of the underground drains, septic system, electric lines, etc are so they won't have any little gotchas later? I would hate to put in a vegetable garden over the septic field for example:$. If I were the winner that is. Will there be a whole house generator installed?

    Windsmurf on April 16, 2013 at 8:58 am
    • The septic system is on the right side of the driveway when entering the building site. The inspection opening is very noticeable. You will see it, as you move right of the electric poles. The area just to the right of the inspection opening, is the drain field. It is greening up quite nicely.

      Builder on April 16, 2013 at 10:24 am
    • Thanks Builder. It would be a good thing still to have drawings so the winner knows exactly the extent of the underground infrastructure. How deep is the drain field?

      Windsmurf on April 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    • Hopefully they will answer that in my early question Windsmurf, I had the same concerns. As a general rule a septic system must be sketched and recorded with measurements.

      540sam on April 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    • Yes, Windsmurf! I have posted about this before also. The new owner needs a real handbook, including all the information on the people who have worked on the home, in case of problems or repairs, plus a definite sketch of the position of the well, the septic tank and the field lines (you wouldn't want to accidentally dig into them). I also asked about the electricity coming into the cabin, if it is on the pole near the master bedroom? Will it have a transformer? Where is the transformer for it? I had problems with lightning and transformers in the mountains in NC, and this is an issue I'd love to know about, plus I don't know about the distance from the sleeping area for the electrical wiring. Just an idea, wouldn't it be wonderful to install a windmill in the front to give partial power to the home year-round? I think DIY did a great job of locating the heating/cooling system upstairs away from possible flooding. Whoever lives there will certainly want a generator as well. I would have loved to see some solar panels on the roof somewhere ;=). Jus' wishin'.

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 17, 2013 at 8:11 am
    • Thanks. I have noticed that the cabin seems to be shaded a great deal of the time so I am not sure if solar panels would be effective there, but a windmill would probably do well. It seems there is always a breeze there. Again, I don't know about breeziness during the summer in that area.

      Windsmurf on April 17, 2013 at 9:11 am
  5. Hey guys I did think of one more thing that would really be nice. If you guys could, would it be possible to build a screened octagon gazebo with a picnic table in it? This would be really nice when you are having crabs or just cooking out. Much Love!! <3<3

    Rebecca on April 16, 2013 at 8:59 am
  6. I was wondering about the stairs going to the house. I assume those little wooden ones are just temporary, Are they going to be brick or wider wood? And more then one set to get to the porch? Thanks it has been so much fun watching this years BC.

    vicki_in_Utah on April 16, 2013 at 9:31 am
    • Vicki, I think the drawing shows steps where they are now, and in front of the french doors….I think I would want steps on the other side of the house too.;-)

      karenlin91 on April 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    • Just be patient, relax, take more deep breaths, and allow the building to be completed. :) :):)

      Builder on April 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm
    • DIY wanted questions, so I am asking questions.

      vicki_in_Utah on April 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm
    • LOL Builder….I have come to depend on you for answers, and …………………..for patience counseling ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm
    • Thanks. :)

      Builder on April 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm
  7. Ok I have another question, are you going to have a place for kids to play? This is just a suggestion but it would be cool to have a light house and the bottom can be a playhouse for the kids. I would think who ever does win the home will have children, grandchildren or a guest with children. A kiddy gate would be nice around the play area so the kids will not be able to go toward the water. Again just a suggestion but I love the house and everything that you already have done. It is just amazing. Much Love!! <3<3

    Rebecca on April 16, 2013 at 9:51 am
    • Or they could put a dog collar on the children and they would thus be encouraged to stay within the dog play area:p.

      Windsmurf on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    • Can we test it out on you first? haha Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm
    • Only if that means I could play all day and not have to cook or clean:*

      Windsmurf on April 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm
    • lol too funny! Yes you could play all day! haha Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm
    • Actually, I had a neighbor who did exactly that. He had just had a system installed and wanted to test it out and instead of just holding it in his hand, he put the collar around his neck and walked to the boundary. It took longer for it to shut off than turn on and he hadn't read the part of the manual about adjusting the power. Even with the electrical power, the experience didn't make him any brighter.

      Ishmael on April 17, 2013 at 3:32 am
    • Oh my…………sounds like a video for utube ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 17, 2013 at 7:46 am
    • HAHA too funny! Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 17, 2013 at 8:42 am
    • LOL

      karenlin91 on April 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm
    • lol…that was the same thought that came into my mind! As a joke, of course ;)

      Moving2theCoast on April 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm
  8. Any garage or workshop in plans?
    You are DIY network so many fans of your website like to create some staff. Workshop then couldn't be missed.
    Also, this house is completely isolated or there are some people around?

    Soto on April 16, 2013 at 9:59 am
    • It is not isolated. There are many homes all along the coast, on both sides of Hwy #70 ( Seashore Drive). Go to the Bing maps, for the aerial photo, as well as birds eye view. The address is 448 Seashore Drive, Atlantic NC. There are close neighbors on both sides of this home. The aerial map will show that.

      Builder on April 16, 2013 at 10:16 am
    • Ha! First I checked the address on Google Maps and except clouds I couldn't see a thing…
      Than I follow exactly your advise, Bing maps and bingo!
      It looks like this place is chosen by fishermen and pilots. Noisy?
      Thank you very much for address.

      Soto on April 17, 2013 at 9:20 am
    • If you look very carefully you can see the roof of the house next door…or through the woods. Well, I think I can see I house there!

      Zue on April 18, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    • If you go to Bing maps, and look at the aerial view, you will be able to view all of the surrounding homes, even at a birds eye view from all angles. Have fun viewing things. You will even be able to see the different colors of Core Sound, varying in color from the different depths of the water. If you view the Outer Banks, you will see how the sand washed through the Outer Banks, and into Core Sound in one location, probably during a past storm.

      Builder on April 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    • Thank you for all information. Localization looks very promising, as well as house.

      Soto on April 21, 2013 at 9:45 am
  9. My husband and I live in Long Island and own our home; we want to move as soon as we retire in a few years. Our dream is to have a prefabricated log cabin (no work for my husband – he is a carpenter and as we all know carpenters, etc never finish their own homes) – near a stream, lake or small waterfalls within a peaceful but active retirement community. I would love to see a show from start to finish, where to build, 2hat the pitfalls are and how to make sure realtors do not take advantage and make your dream of retirement a nighmare! Thanks… Ana

    ana on April 16, 2013 at 10:44 am
  10. Will there be a screened porch? Will there be hand rails down the dock? Is the roof a standard shingle of something more substantial to stand up to a hurricane? Any plans for a generator?

    rsl73 on April 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

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