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Blog Cabin 2013 Awarded Hurricane Bronze Certification

Blog Cabin 2013 Fortified Home Hurricane Bronze Certification

Big news from the building industry: Blog Cabin 2013 has received the FORTIFIED Home™ Hurricane Bronze Certification from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

IBHS’s Hurricane Standard helps homeowners in coastal areas strengthen their houses against these powerful storms. Incorporating the FORTIFIED Standard when repairing, rebuilding or renovating a single-family home ensures the structure’s resilience and durability.

Blog Cabin 2013 achieved this stellar rating by adhering to certain building requirements. The full list of requirements is outlined on pages 3 through 5 of this disaster safety document.

We’d like to thank sponsors and supporters who contributed building materials that helped us reach this goal. And we are thrilled to be able to present the winner of the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway with such a solid, storm-impenetrable — not to mention beautiful — home.

Please visit the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety web site for more details on this coastal home building program.

  • Posted at 4:27 pm on August 8, 2013
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521 Comments

  1. What an honor, congratulations to everyone who was involved with this beautiful & award winning project & to the Bloggers for there wonder comments & praise

    lettucefields on August 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm
  2. Wonderful!
    The FORTIFIED Standard will be much appreciated by the Blog Cabin 2013 Winner!
    To have this extra assurance of a solid storm resistant structure in this region is Great!
    Fantastic work, DIY Team!

    Lester3 on August 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm
  3. A dream come true for someone who appreciates such history and beauty

    Grace Brenzek on August 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm
  4. this is very good news

    2TERRIERGILDEDPARROT on August 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm
  5. Storm impenetrable…it sound like when Titanic was called unsinkable. Do not underestimate the power of nature.
    It is great that it is recognized as storm resistant. It should help the owner with the insurance.

    zulumom on August 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    • I think Mary misspoke on "storm impenetrable" The first thing I thought when I read that was the Titanic.
      Great Minds :)

      Eugenia27 on August 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    • LOL U don't wanna know what I thought!

      COOLSMILEY on August 29, 2013 at 12:46 am
    • Yeah, we kinda do . . .
      Oh, never mind.
      OMG I hate getting old!!!

      Wind Chime Girl on August 29, 2013 at 12:59 am
    • I made my nice comment further down! So do I

      COOLSMILEY on August 29, 2013 at 1:05 am
    • Nite Nite!!

      COOLSMILEY on August 29, 2013 at 1:06 am
    • Wind, flying objects, etc. are only part of the problem. Most of Carteret county is below 5 ft above sea level which is why most beach houses have a garage on the ground floor and the living space is 10-12 ft above ground on the second floor.

      SouthernCelt on September 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm
  6. Congratulations! This is Excellent News and I'm sure Answered alot of Peoples Questions if the Blog Cabin 2013 was Hurricane Proof!

    Sharon Lucasi on August 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    • Nothing is hurricane proof.

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 2:54 am
    • Wind, flying objects, etc. are only part of the problem. Flooding is the major issue in Carteret County. The foundation brings it up to 8 ft which will work for most storms (Isobel Cat 2 surge was 9 ft) so it may stand up to a small Cat 3, but Cat 4(130-156 mph winds) will just ruin your whole day. The good news is that one hasn't hit since 1954.So how "hurricane proof" it is depends on if your outlook is half full or half empty water glass.

      SouthernCelt on September 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm
    • The house is higher than 8ft above mean tide height and about 18 inches above the highest ever recorded flood at that site so it should be reasonably safe for a while. :)

      AnniesOwn on September 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm
    • As rickety as the old cabin was, it withstood Hazel and was about 100 years old then.

      540sam on September 6, 2013 at 4:31 am
  7. Having this rating will make the homeowner more relaxed in their surroundings. Like ZuluMom said, it will help when the owner gets insurance.

    I have always appreciated the bones (construction) of a home more than the "Bling" This Certification makes me appreciate our little cabin even more.

    Eugenia27 on August 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm
    • Amen.

      Moving2theCoast on August 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm
  8. A heartfelt Congratulations to Dylan Eastman and Andrew Roby Construction on the 2013 Blog Cabin receiving the Fortified Home Hurricane Bronze Certification from the IBHS!! Us bloggers knew you guys did a Rocking Great Job on this years project. We was watching y'all on the cabin cam :) This is just one more of so many impressive reasons to love this home and want to win it.
    How are you guys ever going to top this years BC?

    Mel on August 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    • Mel, dittos from all of us. You said it perfectly.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 29, 2013 at 1:01 am
    • Thank You Wind Chime Girl. :)
      Seeing Mary's post I knew Dylan made the absolute perfect call when he had to decide to tear down all of the original framing and rebuild the BC from the frame up. Had this home proceeded as a renovation only this certification couldn't have been achieved.
      HOORAY for Dylan for making the right call and building a home that's ship shape, & top notch.

      Mel on August 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm
    • Mel, I agree. I believe he captured the original essence of the old cabin after all.
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on August 31, 2013 at 9:53 pm
  9. Kudos to DIY, Andrey Roby Construction, Dylan Eastmam and all involved with Blog Cabin 2013! What bloggers and viewers most appreciate is that DIY Blog Cabin is seeking to educate builders and consumers regarding best practices regarding design and safety. Only one person will win Blog Cabin, but your entire audience will learn from your planning and implementation. As always, we seek and appreciate all the details, so thank you for the links to the disaster safety document and Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety and all related information you've provided so far.

    ChicagoBirder on August 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm
    • Well said.

      Eugenia27 on August 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm
  10. Congratulations to Dylan Eastmam, Andrew Roby Construction and DIY on the Fortified Home Bronze Certificate
    Thank you for giving this home your very best and making it as safe as possible. This home is loved by so many people including me.

    Straybird on August 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

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