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Enter the Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

The time has finally arrived: to throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win this adorable coastal retreat, nestled along North Carolina’s stunning Crystal Coast.

We invite you to enter twice online per day — once on DIYNetwork.com and once on HGTVRemodels.com — for your chance to win the home. Our entry period runs through mid-September. And don’t forget to take the virtual home tour, watch our exclusive Blog Cabin videos and read through articles that detail the remodeling process. Tonight, we premiere the first episode in our Blog Cabin 2013 series. Get tune-in details for the House Crashers episode.

We wish you all the best of luck!

  • Posted at 11:30 am on July 7, 2013
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  1. After watching the opening episode of Blog Cabin 2013, I have but one word to say,……" FANTABULOUS".

    Tonight's show goes to show how much pride the professional trade represents. There is not a better feeling in the world than to be told by a customer……"Thanks you so much for doing such a fantastic job". It also shows how much work there is involved in reusing old material, and turning it into some wonderful, instead of hauling it to the landfill, or burning it for firewood.

    May the new owner really appreciate the hard work, expertise, and PRIDE, that went into Blog Cabin 2013.

    Enjoy……………:):):)

    Builder on July 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm
    • Hi Builder, good to see you!!^_^ I agree with you 100%….The whole Crew showed Dedication, Pride and Expertise throughout the entire Rebuild…I'm so pleased to see how professional Everyone was…Not only that, they really seem to be enjoying their craft!!!<3<3^_^ What a Crew they were..I'm just proud to be a small part of the Rebuild. It was fun voting on things that ended up in this Beautiful Cottage..Good luck to you, if you are entering to win this Cottage…Someone will be very lucky just to win and get a chance to walk through and see this showplace in person…I do hope they can afford to keep it and enjoy the Beauty all around!!^_^B)<3 The Photo Above speaks Pride, doesn't it???<3

      Jennie/Florida on July 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm
    • Hi Jennie,
      Yes, a photo tells a million stories. Such a marvelous home. Next week, it is Alison Victoria's turn to do her segment of BC 2013. One thing about BC 2013, compared to just the Crasher shows, is that all people working on the project are professionals, so no need to educate anyone, like they have to do for the homeowners and their helpers.

      Now, we can sit back, smile, and enjoy the upcoming shows, as we enter daily.

      Have a Fabulous Tuesday, and a better day tomorrow. :)

      Builder on July 30, 2013 at 10:23 am
    • I had never thought of that Builder, your are right, when they do a crash, they have to show the home owners how to do things. With the BC it is just "Lets get it done". :p

      vicki_in_Utah on July 30, 2013 at 11:30 am
    • Well said builder ! You have stated it perfectly. They did a wonderful job from start to finish.
      My best to all Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on July 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  2. When my daughter was 11 or 12 years old, she said she wanted to retire to the North Carolina beach. I think this will fit the ticket. And now that she has our first grandchild to bring with her, it will be a great family place. Just the kind we like to rent. Best of luck to me!

    deere driver on July 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm
  3. Busy day. Didn't get here until almost too late for today's entry.:p:D

    Nebraska on July 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm
  4. Glad I popped in didn't realize it's time! Love you guyz at DIY for making something interesting in my life. <3<3B). I'm holding Dylan to his words!;)<3 Great job it's stunning!! Sittin on the dock at the bay!!! Waitin for Chris and the crew to get groven and WOW the blog cabin beach retreat complete. ;) Miss that cam^_^

    MaryPA on July 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm
  5. They added smiles :)

    iamflourishing on July 30, 2013 at 12:43 am
  6. Beautiful and impressive is the house with it's surrounding of the house, the land and outside all things they have build. Nice changes from old to new. From inside, my favorite is master bath tube.

    Vesna on July 30, 2013 at 12:54 am
  7. Question on rules….Can you enter on line and via mail….or only online or by mail? I love everything about this home including the stairwell…..so tastefully done…..and the "backsplash" in the kitchen, the light fixtures, the landing…this is home…oh my gosh

    twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 1:41 am
    • Both!

      EdinOregon on July 30, 2013 at 2:12 am
  8. So, I'm confused. I know nothing about home ownership.. all of these taxes and closing costs are due immediately? So basically you have to have money to win the home? This is making me sad… nothing in life is free so I can't be too sad. For most people this would be home, not a vacation home and to have to uproot your life, and have no job to go to? Seems harsh to have to pay so much for a prize..I'm sad I even looked at something I couldn't afford :( … The struggle is real my friends.

    Victoria on July 30, 2013 at 1:47 am
  9. Does anyone knows if you can add a pool and garage to this property?

    TWOTERRIERS on July 30, 2013 at 2:09 am
    • It really needs a garage . . .where are you supposed to store the riding lawn mower you have to purchase? Maybe some goats?

      mimigook on July 30, 2013 at 9:33 am
    • oh my gosh goats and burros………………..love it …..i guess you can put an invisible fence around the properties to keep all the domestic animals in…..i love the doggie door….

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 10:09 am
    • The invisible fencing is included. No need for a mower the goats will surely eat everything including the landscaping. LOL^_^

      MaryPA on July 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    • well planned this is great…..thanks Mary…..i do love goats and burrows even thought they can be ocd mowers….

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm
    • mobile garage….

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm
    • This has been discussed on the blog at length. There can not be a garage, because it would have to be raised the same as the house ( I think it was 8 feet) and there can not be a carport because it would be blown away in a storm. A pool would be out of the question because the property is below sea level. Hope this helps.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 30, 2013 at 10:02 am
    • Definitely helps….thank you vicki in utah….i guess you need a truck with those wheels that are almost 6 foot high…..so your little cars don't rust out….i choose a bike…

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 11:03 am
    • Your welcome twoterriers, At least a bike you could put in the house when a storm is on its way. Not so much with a small car. ;)

      vicki_in_Utah on July 30, 2013 at 11:25 am
    • i just had an idea i will post on the main blog…maybe hgtv will consider developing something…..

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 11:46 am
    • When I made the drive to see it, there were lots of twists and turns and narrow roads and bridges as it's surrounded by water. If it's the main home for anyone, you would seriously need a four wheel drive vehicles in times of storms and flooding. I could imagine it as clear as a bell when I was driving my little car there. It's such a beautiful drive though! ;)

      JosephsMom on August 16, 2013 at 6:59 am
    • That's not correct; a garage, shed, barn or other accessory structure not to be inhabited can be built at grade level but must be anchored and allow for water to flow through in the event of flooding.

      Ishmael on August 2, 2013 at 1:15 am
    • Ishmael, I was just repeating what Mr. Eastman said in the Q&A thread.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 2, 2013 at 2:26 am
    • Vicki, it's safe to assume that Dylan knows what he's talking about more than us bloggers.

      540sam on August 2, 2013 at 7:44 am
    • The coaster blog has two links to NC State documents that show the requirements for accessory structures; that is where I got the information posted above.

      Ishmael on August 3, 2013 at 3:32 am
    • Im with you Ishmael everyone down there has storage structures of sort. The just need to be anchored and have breakaway walls.

      zulumom on August 12, 2013 at 7:21 am
    • I guess it's like I told Ishamel in the coaster blog, I guess Dylan doesn't know what he's talking about.:)

      540sam on August 3, 2013 at 8:38 am
    • Whether he knows or not is not the question. The man gets paid to do public relations work for DIY. If two state websites explain requirements for that state I would tend to have more confidence in those state publications than a spin doctor for a private entity.

      Ishmael on August 4, 2013 at 1:56 am
    • Wow, no comment here, I don't think you have enough room for another foot in your mouth.

      540sam on August 4, 2013 at 4:31 am
    • Fine. There are two sources of information here. You choose to put your trust in the words of a television personality; I choose to trust the published regulations of the state agency making those regulations. Good luck.

      Ishmael on August 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    • I wasn't, but I'm sure you were, there for the construction meetings from the precon thru completion plus phase inspections with the powers that be. But I have been through enough of them to know that your interpretation of what is written is usually not theirs. Guess who gets the final say so. It ain't some guy who read something on the web.

      540sam on August 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    • You may want to read Dylan's detailed response to your comments and then take your foot out of your mouth.;)

      Tom&Penny on August 16, 2013 at 11:55 am
    • That was in response to Ishmael who, clearly, doesn't know what he's talking about on this topic.

      Tom&Penny on August 16, 2013 at 11:56 am
    • Nice to meet you, Tom&Penny. Mr. Eastman added a post about a week ago on one of the other topics with about ten answers to bloggers' questions. He did a good job of clarifying the garage question. No governmental agency bars the construction of an accessory structure (which is how a detached garage is categorized) below BFE provided certain anchoring and hydroventilation and other provisions are met. He does caution that insuring it may be a problem. Have a nice day.

      Ishmael on August 19, 2013 at 4:03 am
    • i agree he provided a great answer….

      TWOTERRIERS on August 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    • Why the need for a pool when you have a white sand beach, shallow, warm seawater at the end of your back yard and a dock to jump from? Seems silly to have a pool too.^_^ Why waste money? Wouldn't it flood every storm surge? If there were a pool the yard or the pool area would have to be fenced adding more cost.=/

      Scooter on August 5, 2013 at 9:01 am
    • yes, you have a point

      twoterriers on August 5, 2013 at 9:54 am
    • Some people prefer to swim away from sharks. Me I usually take my chances for a short dip with the dogs. They splash more than I do so should be attacked first. Just Kidding animal lovers.

      zulumom on August 12, 2013 at 7:25 am
    • There are less that 100 shark attacks on humans annually worldwide. There's much greater chance of being killed by a surf board. Shark phobia is phoey! :)

      Tom&Penny on August 16, 2013 at 11:53 am
  10. too excited can't sleep………this is such a special place; i guess we can all virtually live here for the next 2 months….

    twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 2:41 am
    • Many of us virtually live here! LOVE how that was worded. Now, how do we get a blogger to live here indefinitely and share about all that is happening in REAL world time?

      Can you imagine: Walked down the dock and took a swim this morning. Yep, did this even BEFORE my first cup of coffee, I couldn't wait! I did take the fishing poles to catch lunch/dinner. I had something on the line, but it was sooooooooo big it got away. Next, sunned a bit under the pergola. You should've seen all the boats going by! Better go and shower off before going inside. You know…there IS still cleaning to do even in our DREAM BC! Nice that everything is arranged so beautifully to get the job done. Who knew cleaning could be a dream, too. Company's coming and we have to have all the appetizers ready. Tell you more tomorrow…..Who could throw tomatoes at a dreamer? Now, the actual winner? I don't know how some people would react? We just enjoy our time we can spend there when it's virtual, right?

      Trish on July 30, 2013 at 8:39 am
    • Trish, save this post just in case you win.LOL :)

      vicki_in_Utah on July 30, 2013 at 11:33 am

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