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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. There is so much to learn from the HGTV giveaway homes. Kudos to the whole team and sponsors for their attention to the details that make the houses not only beautiful but award winning in their certifications. You just added another reason that we all would like to be the lucky winner of this years Blog Cabin. How wonderful to know that the Blog Cabin is now considered a FORTIFIED Home™ by receiving the Hurricane Bronze Certification from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)! We are all "in it" to "win it"! :)

    joyfulj9 on August 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm
  2. Does anyone know if all the windows in the home are Impact Resistant Glass or just the Cupola? Wondering if storm panels are going to be needed.

    Straybird on August 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    • I think that they would have received the Silver rating if all the windows were storm resistant.

      Joan on August 29, 2013 at 2:30 am
    • Very true Joan..thanks

      Straybird on August 29, 2013 at 11:32 am
    • If im not mistaken the windows are rated to 130mph. I'm not real sure but the way I read it it may only need storm panels to be silver compliant. It could need more, just can't figure what.

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 2:56 am
    • Roof shingles are rated to 130mph but windows are standard (whatever that means). Window World don't make the specially reinforced glass or windows as far as I know. I agree with the blogger who said the rating would have been higher if the windows were reinforced too.

      The 2011 Cabin had specially made, hurricane resistant windows but these seem to be the same as you or I would purchase for our homes.

      I wasn't aware the cupola glass was any different but may well have missed that info. :$

      Good Luck in the sweeps everyone and have a wonderful Labor Day. It's going to be hot in WI this weekend. Great for some camping in the forest just before the kids return to school . xD:)

      Clive on August 29, 2013 at 8:28 am
    • Wow, Im sure you'r right Clive but somewhere I remember that Dylan said that they were going to build exceeding IBHA guidelines with the extra bracing etc. I can only guess that they were going for the gold and to be dinged by something as simple as windows seems silly to me. Maybe the winner could instill storm panels if that's all that's holding it back.

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 10:10 am
    • I believe one thing folks may wish to note on these storm resistance ratings. They are a measure of how well the house should stand up to damage by straight line winds and water. They're not a measure of impact resistance against flying debris except for the requirement for soffit and gable boarding. As many know strong storms can spawn tornadoes and flying debris is the most dangerous element after flooding. Happily, the house walls are ply-board (the best for resisting impact damage) and Hardie board which is very impact and water resistant. All in all the house will be a safe haven in a tempest (if you decide to 'ride it out'). ;)

      Clive on August 29, 2013 at 11:14 am
    • If I would win I would plan to stay and go down with the ship if it becomes necessary. I was in the Florida Keys taking care of patients during Hurricane Andrew so I have an idea how very powerful that wind can be. Thanks for your input. ????

      Straybird on August 29, 2013 at 11:40 am
    • Right Clive, that's why the strongest boats are plywood(PT109) Maybe it was 2011 BC and HGTV Islamorada that I read the hurricane windows. Most of the tornadoes spawned by hurricanes are F1 magnitude with exceptions. Va Beach and Kitty's area caught some bad ones a few years back

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    • Clive, I just went to Window World site, they do have hurricane windows. weather or not they were used we will have to see.

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    • Anyone who tries to ride out a storm, needs to make a doctor appointment, immediately, to make them think straight. Heck, houses can be replaced, people cannot. Most lives are lost, when people DO NOT heed hurricane warnings. Just get in the car, and head west when a storm is predicted. Yes, this home is built tough, but nothing is hurricane proof.

      Builder on August 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm
    • I've been through a lot rougher with a whole lot less. But I was a heck of a lot younger and a heck of a lot dumber, but now that I'm gray and getting old, I'll run from a storm and save my soul.;)

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    • Heading west isn't always a solution here, in 69 Camille hit the Blue Ridge, In Va it dumped 20 and 25+in of rain in parts of the mountains, we got about 10 here. again in I think 94 or 95 another storm wiped out a lot of homes in Luray Va. Some were washed away and needless to say no one had flood insurance. So If you feel secure, no matter location, stay put, you never really know where it will wind up. Also evacuation can be hazardous and not much fun to be caught in the middle of nowhere.

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm
    • In 89 Hugo ended up tearing a path from McClellanville SC to the mountains of NC.

      TonyE on August 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    • Right Tony, some of them there is no getting away from.

      540sam on August 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    • OK Clive, just got back researching Window World hurricane windows, 4' 4lb two by four fired from 6' at 41 fps horizontally without penetration, the same way they do impact testing for all parts of storm structure requirements.

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    • they have 4 different windows..how do you know which ones were installed?

      Joan on August 30, 2013 at 6:20 am
    • That's what the discussion is about Joan, no one seems to know.

      540sam on August 30, 2013 at 6:55 am
    • 540s am and Clive: Go to the Blog Cabin under their Landing series pictures. In picture 2 it states they have "double-glass doors installed in the media room, a double-hung window in the shared bathroom". Whereas, in picture 6 it states that the cupola tower… "rises over five feet to a series of impact glass windows" .
      Since only the cupola specifically states that it contains impact glass windows and the other windows do not specify that characteristic, If the windows in the rest of the house were impact glass windows don't you think that fact would have been included.
      Review of the Window World website it appears that None of their Double-hung Windows or Doors with windows are listed as Hurricane or impact glass windows. Although they are energy efficient.

      Joan on August 30, 2013 at 7:17 am
    • 540s am and Clive: Go to the Blog Cabin under their Landing series pictures. Picture 2 states they have "double-glass doors installed in the media room, a double-hung window in the shared bathroom". Whereas, in picture 6 it states that the cupola tower… "rises over five feet to a series of impact glass windows" .
      Since only the cupola specifically states that it contains impact glass windows and the other windows do not specify that characteristic, If the windows in the rest of the house were impact glass windows or High Performance Windows their labels which we see in other pictures would be different.
      Review of the Window World website: Window Worlds' regular Double-hung Windows or Doors with windows are Not Hurricane or impact glass windows. To have the hurricane or impact windows installed via Window World website the windows would be called ComfortWorld 4000hp High Performance Double-hung Windows OR i4000 Impact Windows. The pictures of the double-hung windows all have Window World on their labels not Comfort World.

      Joan on August 30, 2013 at 7:36 am
    • Well aware of all of that.

      540sam on August 30, 2013 at 7:44 am
    • Go to my open blog from Dylan.

      540sam on August 31, 2013 at 7:32 am
    • Where's that. I can't seem to find it. Thanks.

      Bama-man on August 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    • Where can your open blog from Dylan be found?

      Eugenia27 on August 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm
    • It's in this session where I made a comment about what Dylan said to me about the windows.

      540sam on August 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    • Right now its right under coolsmiley 2 latest poems.

      540sam on August 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    • Thanks I am going back and trying to find where I saw the rating on the glass in the Cupola and I will write back. Do you know where the propane tank is? Sorry I have so many questions

      Straybird on August 29, 2013 at 11:48 am
    • Go to pictures, and then to outdoor kitchen pic #5, look behind the house and you will see the propane tank.

      540sam on August 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    • If I would win I would plan to stay and go down with the ship if it becomes necessary. I was in the Florida Keys taking care of patients during Hurricane Andrew so I have an idea how very powerful that wind can be. Thanks for your input.

      I found the tank where you said..again thank you

      Straybird on August 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    • Thanks I am going back to see where I read or heard about the windows or Cupola. I am also looking for the pump and the propane tank

      Straybird on August 29, 2013 at 11:52 am
    • in the Landing Tour information pictures, it states that the windows are double-hung and has a double-glass whereas the cupola tower, clad in locally sourced knotty cypress, rises over five feet to a series of impact glass windows. This implies that the rest of the houses doors and windows are no impact glass windows. Of course the new owners can install Hurricane Shutters as they one of the most important protection for a home in a hurricane prone area, if one does not have hurricane-proof windows.
      Living as I do in Florida, Hurricane-proof glass is increasingly popular as there is zero time to take to protect a home when a storm approaches. Roll-down Hurricane Shutters take about 15 minutes and plywood takes about 1 hour Per Window, if you can find enough plywood at the store when a storm approaches…

      Joan on August 29, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    • oops meant to state….. the doors are double-glass. word door/doors is missing.

      Joan on August 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    • Yeah Joan for finding out about the Cupola windows. Thank you. I lived in Florida for some time and also in Key Largo and remember how long it took me to put up storm panels when HurricanevAndrew was approaching. I could not remember where I heard about the windows in the Cupola so I appreciate you letting me know. It would be a little difficult to cover those windows

      Straybird on August 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm
    • I am so pleased with the out come:D

      LISA on August 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm
  3. this cabin just keeps getting better and better, you've all out done yourselves. thank you so much for giving us such a beautiful home.! me and my husband and our three dogs would really enjoy this cabin.

    Gemvisions on August 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm
  4. Stronger than the storm!

    nycfirefighter on August 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm
    • Hey NY

      COOLSMILEY on September 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm
  5. Awesome, Hurricane Bronze Certification should keep the homeowners insurance lower than a home that does not have that certification, making this home more affordable to live in.

    lfinicle on August 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm
  6. Excellent and Congratulations, DIY Crew and the the sponsors for making this happen, being prepared ahead of time is important.

    mkro19 on August 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm
  7. Awesome and appreciated!

    Gayle on August 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm
  8. KOOL! I always wished for tropical storm proof or RESISTANT shingles and siding…. I wonder how the Blog Cabin holds up? :-)

    Erinn Smith on August 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm
    • The previous house was there for generations so it should be pretty safe, but repairs are always necessary after a strong storm. They obviously put some great thought into the design so unless we get hit with another Cat3-Cat4 it should stay warm and cozy :-)

      SouthernCelt on September 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm
  9. Congratulations on the certification! Thank you for making safety the number one priority of this great home!:)

    iva/virginia on August 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm
  10. Good going DIY. I know when Matt built the out door kitchen area, he (or Chris) said that the posts were sunk 8' down so it would withstand a storm. So besides the house the outdoor kitchen should ok.

    vicki_in_Utah on August 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm
    • I watched that episode to see how they anchored the grill. They didn't show that. I wish that show was at least an hour long. There was so much info to put in such a short show.

      Eugenia27 on August 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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