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We are proud to announce the launch of the Blog Cabin 2013 virtual home tour. Please take time to view the 360° images, slideshows and exclusive videos. We have so many great stories to tell about this fabulous waterfront home!

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  1. Thanks so much for the greens. You see I am a green person having a green house, carpet & car. Really like most shades of green. I like the green granite in the kitchen and powder room walls as well as all the greens. Thanks especially for the master king bed!.

    grswla on July 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm
    • Amen to the master king bed, don't know why but I can't remember it used in any of the DIY or HGTV sweepstakes homes, not that it would have kept me from being thrilled with winning any of them!:D

      nanwes on July 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm
  2. I agree with what was said by all of the Bloggers above. A great team with Dylan Eastman & all of his team that worked on the Blog Cabin, plus the Crashers, Chris Grundy, we are sure your mom is proud of you; Mary, our very important Blog Host, & Laurie, we appreciated your updates; a big thanks to the DIY, HGTV Remodels, craftsmen. Thanks a job well done. Love the history you gave it.

    Lettucefields on July 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm
  3. Blogger friends you've all said it far better than I ever could. HGTV and DIY, Dylan Eastman, Chris Grundy, Matt Blashaw, and all the other hosts, designers, craftsmen and all the crew have certainly hit a home run this time! I can only describe the atmosphere of this home, inside and out, as one of pure heaven on earth. My DH and I would pack up a few heirlooms of our own and move with our pets in a heartbeat. Oh my, this winner will be one lucky ducky! Thank you DIY for the dream and best of luck to everyone ( especially the bloggers)!:DB)<3

    SID on July 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm
  4. Curiosity killed the cat, but I gotta ask. What's next door to the BC? And what it's been dump in the water? It looks kinda weir redesh color.

    havanera on July 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    • Next door to the cabin is another property that was purchased last year. The previous owner put in a cut channel bulkheaded with riprap so that he could run his boats close to the house and have a boat ramp, however they designed it poorly as both wings of the jetty extend equal distance not letting the sand backwash when the tide goes out. As a result the mouth of the jetty has become clogged with sand allowing the water to remain within the confines of the jetty and turning brackish. thus the color.

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 2:25 am
    • Couldn't have said it better. :)

      That house to the NE was sold for $1.5 million but it's huge. The owner has a houseboat, speedboats, fishing boat and some PWC's. B) Quite a colection! They also have a large motor home. It's strange that with all those assets they didn't plan the dock better. o.0 The other neioghbor is amore modest house with a value around $450,000 and about the same size as the BC but not as modern in design or finish. It may be a vacation rental home. Two plots towards Atlantic, 508 Seashore Dr, is for sale at $400,000. 3 Bed and 6 bath (which I think is about the correct ratio for a waterfront property :) ). Two plots the other way is 374 Seashore Dr. which is a vacant lot of 2+ acres with a white sand beach. & septic permit for 4 BR home and there's an additional lot next door for sale, both for $250,000. Plenty of realestate available in the vicinity. :)

      Clive on July 18, 2013 at 10:08 am
    • I wonder why someone would live on the water and have a houseboat?o.0

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 10:26 am
    • From the little information I have the Sound and inner waterways are great for houseboats. Mostly calm and warm for much of the year. Take your party to any island. B)^_^. That's what the folks on our lake do. :D

      Clive on July 18, 2013 at 10:39 am
    • Thank you for the info 540sam. I saw how his boat would have to get in….and wondered how you steered something of that size into that space. Now, I know.

      Clive, you're correct in stating the property is HUGE! I thought it was a store of some sort. How cool to have so many ways to get on the ocean! My mister is going to be envious to say the least. I don't believe I'm sharing this with him. He's been given the tour. Won't tell him this part of it. :) He's already in the boat purchase mode.

      Thanks to both of you sharing the info to our questions.

      Trish on July 18, 2013 at 10:20 am
    • Thank you both; you're a bundle of info. I'm glad you're answering my ?'s since you're always so technical. Here comes the but; when i looked at the address on google, that's when I saw the coloration coming out of the channel into the water. Then, I tried finding the deed for the address next door to see if it was a commercial property, but I could not find any listings for that add. I found the others, you both mention, and some across the highway, but not the property next door.

      havanera on July 18, 2013 at 10:33 am
    • The coloration (reddish brown) coming out of the channel is just the color of the brackish water flowing out of the channel where it's been trapped by the sandbar that's accumolated in the mouth of the channel. It was flowing out because of the heavy rains that had occured just before the photo was taken (about April/May this year looking at the timestamp on the image). The BC site was often flooded or very wet in the spring this year before they drained and graded it. If the water's looking red on your monitor it's probably because you haven't calibrated the color settings on your monitor (something nobody does) . It's just the way your monitor is factory set.

      This property has been the subject of much discussion since the site of the BC was announced last year. At one time there was more information available than there seems to be right now. doesn't even list the house presently but a month back all the information we're giving you was there to see. That's typical of Zillow too. :) ;) I hope that helps. :)

      Clive on July 18, 2013 at 11:08 am
    • You see, I knew I can count on you. Thank you so much. It really puts me at easy to know nothing weird is going on. Thanks for addressing my concern; am a single female, and awareness and caution is always on my mind. Pretty tough cookie, but it's better to know. Although, I'll take the blog home however it comes.

      havanera on July 18, 2013 at 11:18 am
    • I knew I liked you. we are very much alike. I want to know about the things, that may one day, be a problem. Fore warned is fore armed.

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm
  5. There is lots of green. I know there was someone on the blog that didn't care for green.I know it isn't my favorite color. I don't have any green in my house. But some how it works for this BC.

    vicki_in_Utah on July 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm
  6. Two Thoughts…..How about putting in a nice built in trimmed out microwave oven instead of just putting in a $100 k-mart special in a cabinet hole..thats cheap looking and also there is one out-building you forgot to put in……The Garage!!!!
    There are a few of us that might drive a vehicle or two.

    onemanpraying on July 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    • Hello onemanpraying, so nice to see you. Well, the BC is very different than the DH, the budget is much smaller. Generally is not a new built but a remodel rather. On this property they had a lot of set backs due to the condition of the property, and even went over budget. Plus, I belief that the city building regulations prevented them from expanding the house, rebuilding the garage and shed that were on the property . Some of us got a little spoil with the HGTV mega constructions. The way I look at it, this is a blessing, no matter what.

      havanera on July 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    • havanera, I asked about the building beside the bc, too. Someone thought there was a place for the owner to dock a large vessel. It's hidden by trees. I haven't seen anything red in the water.

      When we have gone on vacation….the lodge doesn't have a garage. Since it has privacy, we never feel we're missing anything. Plus…our vacation spot has been in the area that gets a LOT of snow. I don't see this being a problem with the BC. And it appears to have a lot of privacy.

      I can see a HUGE area to invite guests for a grand shindig!

      Last evening, after going through the virtual tour and checking out all pics, I gave my dh his tour. It's the only way to make sure he doesn't miss anything. He's so noncommittal, but did agree it is beautiful.

      Many blessings to all.

      Trish on July 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    • Trish, when I pulled the address on google maps, i shows the property next has a canal that goes inland, and has dark waters, but when you look at where it flows into the sea; there is a dark, red- brownish color leaking into the sea.
      540Sam, this goes for you too, since you also seem to be familiar with the area. I don't know if it is residential, or commercial but I couldn't find the property deed. It's like it doesn't exists; obviously I could be wrong.

      havanera on July 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm
    • I would have to think it is zoned residential, I know that when DIY bought it they paid half a mil, so there has to be a record someplace, then again it's so laid back maybe they will get to it when they can.xD

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 1:55 am
    • If you read your initial comments, the replies answers it clearly.

      Trish on July 18, 2013 at 10:22 am
    • Thanks havanera for your gracious words! Good points you made for sure but not having a garage would be a deal breaker for me….Oh well.
      Take care!

      onemanpraying on July 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    • They didn't forget the garage, to stay in code and meet the flood requirements it would have been built five feet off of the ground, along with any other outbuildings. You can go th the Q&A section and read it there. Not very practical.

      540sam on July 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    • Thanks 540sam for the feedback.
      There's alot to like about the home but no garage just wouldn't work out for me.
      As I suppose that alot of other find folks on here would admit the same.
      Oh well….onward and upward.
      Take care.

      onemanpraying on July 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm
    • How about a carport? would that work for you? Most people don't even park their cars in the garage they end up being storage units or work shops.

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm
    • Why bother? The parking area is completely shaded by old trees. Garages ensure dampness and sea air to remain around vehicles and enhance corrosion on the warm, humid coasts. Better to let the air circulate around the vehicles and the rain to wash off the salt.

      Garages are something they don't usually do on Blog Cabin and the cost in this location could be astronomical for one that's up to code and will be of any use. As for putting a 'granny flat' on top that would add megabucks to the cost if the power, water supply and septic system even allowed for that extra load.

      If you have the money and the desire it's an option. If it were me I would spend the 10's of thousands of $$ on a great boat to explore the Sound and Outer Banks. It could also earn money from sightseeing or fishing trips. ;)

      AnniesOwn on July 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm
    • I'm with you AnniesOwn, the boat would truly be a game changer.

      havanera on July 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm
    • Oh my YES!

      trish on July 18, 2013 at 10:24 am
    • Carport = A Big Sail in a big wind. ;-)

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    • Good point. I had not thought of that. I was just trying to find a way to get you a garage.

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    • I just use the neighbors garage….lol.

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm
    • Well, there is the Urban Home,and there is always next year. Then comes the next Dream Home, Smart Home, and on. So hopefully we'll win one of those one of these days. Plus, don't forget that you can get the cash value option, and buy whatever you like.

      havanera on July 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    • On the BC I don't think there is a cash value option.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    • Your on a roll girl….!

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    • How about a structure on sticks with a guest suite on top and a carport/garage with breakaway walls under. That would allow flood waters to go anyway if there is a hurricane I assume you would move the car as you evacuate.

      zulumom on July 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm
    • very good idea.

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2013 at 5:16 pm
    • That could be feasible zulumom, first you would have to get permits from Coastal management(CAMA)and local building approval. Since it would not be on the same footprint as the old and existing cabin, it would be considered new construction and not an improvement to the property, therefore a whole new set of guidelines come into play. Then you have FEMA and the additional insurance. Then you have the problem of sewage and well water to supply the addition. The problems that come into play on construction of coastal property is a whole different bag of worms that get tighter every year. All in all the cabin is what it is, a beautiful piece of paradise with no complicated bells and whistles. And best of all,,,,,,no HOA.

      540sam on July 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm
    • Do you think you could build a carport with breakaway walls, without the guest suite on top?

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm
    • I don't know but my garage is that long brown thingy the extends from the property into the sound, and I don't think people realize the expense that DIY went through to rebuild that dock.

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 2:37 am
    • I would take the dock any day over a garage 540sam.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm
    • Me too but what abourt storage for kayaks, bikes, mower and the likes

      Zulumom on July 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    • Zulumom, it's whatever you can afford.

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    • I don't think there's any regulations about building a shed, especially if it were with a gravel or paved floor, not a solid foundation. Make it similar to the outdoor kitchen but close the sides. It's not meant to withstand a major flood but it may, with good design shape, withstand many storms.
      However, this is the NC Coast, winter really doesn't happen. Sure, it gets a bit cold and they get a little snow and frost occasionally. There can be some strong winds from time to time also. These would be times the kayaks etc. wouldn't be used in use. Why not rent a suitable storage inland for the 'winter' months (all 3 of them maybe)? Kayaks etc. can be left down by the dock under most circumstances if they're securely tied down (very easy). Boats can't be moored in the water, on the dock for many hours so pull them up onto the beach, leave them out at anchor or, if it's a large boat, rent a berth at the Atlantic marina. There's little need for on-site storage for water 'toys'. A shed for mowers, bikes and garden tools is all thats needed. Something the winner can erect wherever they wish.:)

      Clive on July 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    • All good points.

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    • Right you are Clyde, maybe build the storage shed like you described on gravel in the back yard towards the tree line and anchor it. In the winter months fishing is excellent, especially offshore.

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm
    • I've been listening to the conversation as I can, when I can. Daughter released very prematurely from hospital after only one week and still very much affected by her disorder–needs to be back in, but very hard to do so in America. So little help for mentally disabled adults and their families, who love them. We've had a very difficult week already.

      But, because I live on the Virginia Coast, next door to North Carolina, I think I need to say this. Clive is correct, that the winner can erect whatever they wish–but I say, Many of the beautiful appointments scattered around the gorgeous 2013 Blog Cabin, plus the necessary lawnmower, weed eater, and other tools, will need storage. Also, while the home has been rebuilt with extra fortified anti-high wind security, extra strong, anti-mold wallboard, and great, extra steel cladding supports along the wood framing; the lovely outdoor items will become airborne trajectory weapons if and when high winds hit the area! To say that has never happened would be incorrect. And yes, there have been high waters there. It can happen again. Or become worse. Or completely miss Core Sound for a few years. But does one wish to take the chance? A simple shed may not be strong enough against a low grade Hurricane–or even a Nor'easter. Look at New Jersey and New York. Storage for all those outdoor furnishings is imperative, whether you build onsite, or have a big truck and strong arms to lift on, then store–and redo the process all over again when storm is over.. I know, I'm always the one with the motherly word of caution, but living on the coast of Virginia, having lived through Hurricane Camille in 1969 (google it–one of the most tragic and destructive in American history), suffered some losses in Isabelle and Freddie, plus a major 8-day flood of both my home and business in 1979, with dank 7 1/.2 ft. water sitting indoors for those 8 days! Just words of loving caution.B):)<3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    • I went back to see HOW MUCH furniture is in the yard and on the porch. WOW. It didn't look like over much until I thought about hauling it in for safety before a storm. How about the Grill? could it stay? I wonder if you could build a shed right behind the cabin. That way the house would take the brunt of the wind. Or am I completely off on that thought?

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm
    • I remember as a child when we had hurricanes, afterwards when I was actually allowed outside; you'd see refrigerators floating, mattresses, furniture. All sort of stuff. To the contrary to damages here in the States, in Cuba the houses rarely suffer the level of structural damages we see.

      havanera on July 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm
    • Moved to the east coast a few years before Hazel what was that like 53 or 54?(I can't remember Kitty) been through all of em since. I think the best way to explain it to someone Kitty is, if you stick your finger in a light socket you don't want to do it again, same with a hurricane. Hurricanes contain every weather related phenom that mother nature dishes out, so if your going to stay, you'd better know what your doing.

      540sam on July 19, 2013 at 5:49 am
    • Hazel- October 15, 1954. My first Hurricane. Flattened everything between Beaufort and Greenville. There are storms you can live through, and some you better get out of the way and hope for the best.

      SouthernCelt on August 1, 2013 at 9:56 am
    • Yea I was actually in the eye of that one. Thought it was over; for a few minutes.

      540sam on August 1, 2013 at 10:05 am
    • Any thing without a solid foundation will float away the next time the weather gets testy. I'd be more interested in what type of grass they chose for the yard. It's not as easy to grow a nice yard as it is up north.

      SouthernCelt on August 1, 2013 at 9:53 am
    • Most of the grass in that area is Caterpillar grass.

      540sam on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    • I don't need a garage. I was just asking for onemanpraying. I much prefer the dock.

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    • The neighbors next door said it would be fine to store my junk in their garage.

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    • Except when it floods.

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    • Good idea.

      donnadavidson on July 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm
    • Isn't this similar to what was built for Dream Home 2012 Kiawah Island, SC? But on a much larger scale?

      Trish on July 18, 2013 at 10:29 am
    • The typical beach house anywhere in Craven or Carteret Counties is a Garage on the ground floor, house on the second floor. When it floods, the car(s) won't be there and the house is ten feet above the ground so it stays dry. The usual reason to build a carport instead of a garage is tax based. NC includes the garage in living space. It doesn't include a carport.

      SouthernCelt on August 1, 2013 at 9:22 am
    • Hi One, havanera, answered you before I got here. They had so many things happen on this build that the cash ran out.
      As for the microwave ….. who needs one? I would put my Kitchen-aid and blender in/on that shelf/drawer.
      ZuluMom has a great idea, build something similar to the DH Kiawah Island garage; with the breakaway walls and build a guest suite above the garage.

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    • Microwave #1
      TV #2 :-)

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    • Sea view #1
      Lifestyle# 2
      Stress Free-

      havanera on July 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    • I have to agree with you.

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    • lol.

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    • Nah, you need at least a 40ft boat to be stress free :-)

      SouthernCelt on August 1, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • Unless you own a 40' boat.:D

      540sam on August 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm
    • OMP, Really? Microwave #1? My favorite spouse uses it to reheat his coffee, I don't use it at all.
      Wait that is not true. I melt my butter in it when I make popcorn. Real popcorn, not the junk that people put in microwaves.

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    • I know what you mean about microwaves, mine has Amana Radar Range labeled on it so you can imagine how old it is, of course if you don't use them they seem to last forever.:)

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm
    • Now thats got some age on it!
      Brings back memories…

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    • When we first got married my husband bought an Amana Radar Range, it took up almost all of the counter space we had in our tiny apartment. Back then I only cooked from scratch so I made him sell it.

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    • Yea, I could probably put a new one in it and cook it.:D

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    • LOL

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    • It is likely I designed the controller for it and it has the only seal approved by the Government. All other microwaves require a radiation label. Amana doesn't.

      SouthernCelt on August 1, 2013 at 9:26 am
    • You need to get with it!!!
      This is 2013….People in the now generation use our micro's LOL!!

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm
    • Well, that is one thing I have never claimed to be …. part of the NOW generation. I'm still hoping that a blog cabin or Green home comes with a wood cook stove!

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    • Ah…I can see you now: Ax – Tree stump – splitting wood for the evening meal as the microwave gathers dust sitting in the cabinet hole….. :-)

      onemanpraying on July 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm
    • Now you are talking. except the microwave got sold at the yard sale.

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm
    • Right you are, I dont do microwaves or TV dinners.

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm
    • Don't forget to cut a lot of wood. Those cast iron pots take a lot of heat to boil shrimp :-)

      SouthernCelt on August 1, 2013 at 9:35 am
    • Popcorn is hard on the Magnetron (the part of the microwave over that radiates and cooks the food) because of the shifting load. In a good oven its OK, but it will wear out a cheap one quick.

      SouthernCelt on August 1, 2013 at 9:30 am
    • They bought the house full of furnishings many of which I would have loved to see several pieces more in the final use, such as headboards, Blue Willow china set, some great chests of drawers–much needed, too! Unless it's like you, Eugenia, who has both great taste plus special antiques already that would fit in….hee hee!!!xD:p^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    • I'm pretty sure my serpentine-hat box high boy chest will fit in the guest room where that little suitcase stand is sitting. I know there have to be room dimensions some where.

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm
    • I have a bed that is heavier than my conscious, but I don't want to get rid of it. So, the uglier the bed in the master, the better; it gives me an excuse to hang on to my.

      havanera on July 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm
    • Mine's about 2K pounds plus frame (and heater :-) ). Add headboard, etc. and it requires a strong floor. Heavier than that?

      SouthernCelt on August 1, 2013 at 9:41 am
  7. Perfect…have always dreamed of a house on the water….maybe, just maybe…

    grace on July 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm
    • Gilligan's Island did a number on all of us. :) Didn't hurt to be living on Oahu at the time either. hehehe

      And after taking vacations with waterfront property….yep, it gets me, too.

      Trish on July 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    • With a name like Grace
      It just might wind
      up being your place!

      coolsmiley on July 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm
  8. Hi Everyone, I have totally ruined my Eyesight from viewing "Our Beautiful little Cottage" over and over and over!! o.0o.0o.0 I have spotted quite a few treasures throughout, from Our past little Cottage. So glad there
    are little treasures displayed everywhere! ^_^. The camera has caught great finds but you have to look closely!!!^_^ …..
    I have spotted a few things that was a little surprising that won the votes—
    1) they didn't use the brown shear Truffle colored Blinds that won –so glad they went with white
    2) I haven't seen the Garnet colored Throw anywhere-cabin comforts
    3) Has anyone seen the rope bins? maybe I missed them
    4) Haven't spotted the water pump anywhere in the yard
    5) I haven't seen an address marker on the Cottage–maybe it's just going to be on the mailbox
    6) Has anyone seen a designated parking area?
    7) Is the Double doors water side going to be the front door or is the side Foyer Door? There are walkways
    to both…
    I Love this Beautiful Place and We bloggers have spent Many, Many days and months talking, suggesting, expressing our thoughts from start to finish on this Little Bit of Heaven…It has been a long Journey and I have enjoyed every moment of it.."Well except When they Took Our Camera Cam Away" (:(:( .I have had so much fun and Love my Blogging Family and have met new Blogging Friends that I already consider our Blogging family tooooo!! Thank ALL of You for being here daily and making this a memorable Blog Cabin Year…Love To All B)<3<3<3
    We have a few months before We know Who the Winner will be…I hope a Blogger wins<3 But Whom ever wins will be in "Hog Heaven" and will have Big decisions to make and I pray the Winner will be fortunate enough to live there and enjoy the Beauty, Peacefulness and Serenity with all those Glorious Views…B)<3<3<3
    Good luck to all who enters and May God bless You, My Blogging Friends <3<3<3<3B)

    Jennie/Florida on July 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    • Commenting on some of your points:
      4) I, and others, can't find the repurposed handpump in the yard. Dylan said it would be used as a dog bowl filler beside the shower but it's nowhere to be seen.
      5) There are no shots of the roadside face of the house (probably because there's not much to see) and the marker is on that side I'll guess.
      6) There's a large gravelled area to the right (looking from the sound) of the house, I think they call it the East side, that's the parking area under the trees.
      7) Dylan said the foyer (now called a sunroom) door is the front door.

      I would add one comment about those double French doors. They are built to open outwards so there can't be a screen door fitted easily. To have the screen door inside the main doors isn't practical. Therefore I see no way the doors can be left open without bugs having free entry to the house. o.0 The winner will probably either have to build a screened porch or rebuild the doorway with the French doors opening inwards and screens on the outside. Maybe I'm missing something but several bloggers commented on this during the construction but nothing seems to have been done.

      AnniesOwn on July 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    • Jennie, I thought there was a singer sewing machine in the original BC, but when I went through the before and after photos, I didn't see it. I must of been dreaming. Thanks all you bloggers, it has been fun this year.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm
    • Hey Jennie, just thought i'd throw in 2cents,. I think they filmed this back around the time the last storm went through, so what's that 3 or 4 weeks now? so maybe they just didn't have the throw and rope bins out yet, I don't know. I hadn't even noticed the truffle blinds won, I voted for white. Dylan said the water pump was going in the shower area for foot wash etc, I imagine the only address marker would be out on the road as you couldn't see it from the road if it were on the cabin.(you already know I'll be taking that down too) and the entrance foyer is what they are now calling the sunroom, although I don't see why you couldn't use either as I imagine most familiars will use the L/R entrance.

      540sam on July 18, 2013 at 1:43 am
  9. Thank you, DIY blog cabin 2013 crew for this great journey! The tours, photos and videos are the products of your professional hard work. It is so easy to imagine ourselves living and enjoying life there. The following list has just few of the many features we love: the cool coastal colors along with the rustic wood, nautical deco, beautiful tiled back splash in the kitchen, the fabulous people and pet friendly yard and the items from the original cabin throughout the cabin. Best wishes and good health to everyone!

    donna white on July 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm
  10. I have virtually walked through and around our Blog Cabin. It is even better than I had imagined it would be.
    I love the doggie door and invisible fence. I’m not sure my little couch potatoes are as happy about that as I am (I hope to find out).
    This Cabin has hit most all my ‘must haves’ in a home. There is the outdoor kitchen. (I hate heating up the house in the summer) I won’t have to stress the AC trying to cool the house back down.
    The BC is so wonderful it is hard to list everything I love about the place but I have to say the shelving units in the upstairs makes me very happy. My books would be so happy to be displayed there. The media room with its comfy chairs is just waiting to be snuggled into with me and a good book.
    I’m sure each and every one of us can picture ourselves living there. It isn’t just a vacation house but truly is a home that is just waiting to welcome one of us home.

    Eugenia27 on July 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    • So right Eugenia, this home turned out much, much better than I envisioned !! I really love it !!

      gremol on July 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm
    • I always get such a kick out of homes that are valued half a mil being called vacation homes, lol. That media/den with pull out murphys and outside terrace is to die for , Nothing BEATS THOSE OUTSIDE SPACES AND OUTDOOR KITCHEN, GRILL FISH ..HERE WE COME!! Only this time we can just run out and catch our own:) Was there a fact sheet anywhere on this homes taxes??

      coolsmiley on July 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm
    • Eugenia27
      Was there a good cross breeze blowing through the blog cabin?

      donnadavidson on July 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    • Oh yes! As I am virtually moving into the BC (until the rightful owner gets the keys) I have thrown open all the doors and windows just to feel that breeze. (In my virtual world there are no bugs) :)

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    • I love the outdoor kitchen for the catch of the day, seafood is my favorite and that way the house wont smell. The a/c, am not worry about; with the sea breeze and the fans, I can deal most of the time.

      havanera on July 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm
    • You are so right about cooking fish outdoors. I keep forgetting about the natural AC (sea breeze).

      Eugenia27 on July 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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