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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. Nice work guys. Not only did you recycle and repurpose you build a beautiful safe home
    Way to go on the certification

    Rebecca on September 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm
  2. Every day I look at the Blog Cabin 2013 and love it more than the day before. Does anyone know the actual room sizes? Can "540sam" or "Builder" or ?? Help on this

    Holidaygal on September 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm
  3. Only 7 days and counting……happy friday 9/6 to all.

    2TERRIERGILDEDPARROT on September 6, 2013 at 11:58 am
    • I'm putting a big circle on my calendar for Oct 9th. That is to be the date the Grand Prize Winner will be contacted either in person or by overnight courier and phone on or about October 9, 2013. …Congratulations You have won Blog Cabin 2013!!!

      Holidaygal on September 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    • Thank you….i was wondering about that day…………………so excited for anyone including me, who might win……

      2TERRIERGILDEDPARROT on September 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm
  4. Not wanting to rain on any parade, I'm just curious why the build team opted not to go for Silver or Gold certification, and instead settled for the lowest designation? This from the IBHS:

    FORTIFIED Home Hurricane currently has three levels of designation:

    • Bronze: focusing on roof cover, roof deck and attic ventilation systems
    (including soffits)
    • Silver: focusing on gable construction, anchorage of roof overhangs and
    opening protection systems
    • Gold: focusing on developing a continuous load path system from the roof to
    the foundation

    Nicholas on September 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    • Probably ran out of funds, due to the total reframing that they had not anticipated they were going to have to do as the initial concept was beefing up old wood framing with engineered lumber. This was scrapped in favor of a complete reframe. Demolition and reframing knocked about 30 percent off available construction costs.

      Holidaygal on September 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm
    • There's a lot more to it that this very limited synopsis. Consensus among bloggers (some of whom are builders and live on the E. Coast) who were in close attention all along and who have contacted the Project Manager on this very topic is that the windows aren't up to Silver or Gold standard. They're rated to 130mph winbds but not impact resistant. Otherwise almost all of the Silver & Gold criteria were met. :)

      Sally on September 6, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    • If I were building a house in that location on an unlimited budget, I would not likely do as MUCH as they have done. Flying debris is not what is likely to injure people or homes during a Hurricane. It is water. Lots of water. For which they have thoughtfully planned. I suspect that BC is built to a higher standard than probably 99% of the homes in that area. Any weather people here? I am wondering if wind/damage from wind is a bigger issue in Florida, and water a bigger issue here. I would think that would be true, but I am no weather guru.

      lulubelle13 on September 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm
    • hi lulubelle13, Yes, Flooding is a problem in the Tampa Bay area and all across southern Florida for TS and higher, especially if a slow moving storm. After Andrew, FL started stricter building codes and every few years tightens the building code even more. IBHS gives Florida building code a score of about 95 whereas NC is a score of 81 (have no idea how they do the scores): http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/201

      Holidaygal on September 7, 2013 at 4:01 am
    • IBHS on Hurricane Surroundings –
      Secure your surroundings to prevent damage from flying debris.
      Replace gravel/rock landscaping materials and walkways with a softer material, such as mulch or dirt. In a particularly strong hurricane, gravel has been found in mail boxes and has shredded vinyl siding.
      Work with neighbors to make sure everyone’s home is protected from this risk.
      So I guess the winner will need to replace those gravel paths with mulch or make it as a dirt path. that is an easy fix!

      Holidaygal on September 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  5. If I win the BC, I will donate the Dining Room Table to the Atlantic NC Elementary School for them to auction; with the proceeds to buy books for their school library. The elementary school is about 1 1/ miles from the BC. I thought books would be appropriate as the Robinson family had books scattered throughout their home.

    Holidaygal on September 7, 2013 at 8:14 am
    • Thank you,nice gesture when you win.From what my kids had to buy for school that I thought would be furnished the school system here is short on funds.

      Tony E on September 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm
    • I think the whole state is in that position. The NCGA did quite a number on teachers this year. Friend of mine teaches in Carteret county, his salary is atrocious. And the way NC doles out budget funds, by student pretty much, the more densely packed school systems get more resources. Not fair imho.

      lulubelle13 on September 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  6. well we are almost at only 5 days to go…………can't wait…

    2TERRIERGILDEDPARROT on September 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm
  7. I would pack my bags and live in it plain and simple. If there are no zoning laws my dad who is 84 could build himself a home close by on the property and we would retire there for our forever home.xD

    kimakay1950 on September 8, 2013 at 8:29 am
    • I am sure there are many zoning restrictions, and it is very doubtful that another dwelling could be built on the same site. Gotta remember the septic system, etc. Even though this is quite rural, there are still zoning rules and regulations that will apply, like all over the country.

      Builder on September 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm
    • My husband is actually a state health inspector who designed septic systems, but maybe we could add an addition to the property for him. I know home aeration systems are sometimes an option. I could not leave him as I am an only child and will not ever leave him.

      kimakay1950 on September 9, 2013 at 10:44 am
  8. What a relief for the lucky new owners of Blog Cabin 2013. This will relieve the stress of how to protect their wonderful new home. The teams did a fantastic job in creating something that will be enjoyed and protected for long into the future.

    Patricia Langford on September 8, 2013 at 10:28 am
  9. This is an amazing accompishment! This award represents the dedication, love and pride that the DYI team puts into it's remodeling projects. DYI upholds the highest industry standards and this is just one representation of that. We thank you for showing us the right way to do a remodel project!

    Mimi on September 9, 2013 at 9:11 am
  10. An awesome award given to well-deserving group of people. Everyone went above and beyond in the making , or remaking of a fabulous home. That award should put to ease, the mind(s) of the future home-owners. To those of us who have gone through hurricanes, you know what I mean!! God Bless all who have had a hand in the making of the cozy Blog Cabin.:DxD

    Sheri on September 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

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