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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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  1. Congratulations to all of the Blog Cabin Crew, that's pretty impressive!!! I live in a hurricane prone state so that's a great accomplishment! Well done!!!!!!! :D

    nanwes on August 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  2. WOW-weeeeee! Way to go DIY, Andrew Roby team, Crashers, sponsors, and contributors! This place is nearly disaster proof! Congratulations to all! ^_^

    amberPA on August 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm
  3. Do not want to diminish this award, but what factors kept it from meeting the Silver or Gold award requirements. Fantastic work in making this house safer for the new owners.

    John on August 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    • I wondered that as well but then I thought maybe they don't have a silver or gold standard?

      COOLSMILEY on September 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    • COOLSMILEY: Yes, They Do have a silver and a gold fortified levels, just like in the Olympics. FORTIFIED Bronze is the lowest level deals with fortified roofing. FORTIFIED Silver must meet the bronze requirement and Protect Openings Windows, sliding glass doors, skylights, etc., must be impact rated to comply with approved standards. FORTIFIED Gold requires a continuous load path from roof to foundation; chimneys must be adequately anchored; and windows and entry doors, even those that are protected from wind-borne debris, must meet wind design pressure requirements for the local area.

      Joan on September 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    • Youre right Joan about the window protection, the cabin needs only hurricane window panels to,I feel, to go at least silver and probably gold as it meets those requirements also. All of the guidelines have been met for load paths over the entire structure of 130mph including the windows, however they are not impact rated, only wind and water to 130mph. That seems to be the only thing lacking.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    • Thing is, this is on the mainland, protected by barrier islands. It's not oceanfront. So I wouldn't be too caught up in the Hurricane certification level being Bronze. Stoked that it has a reinforced roof! A set of hurricane shutters would be all I would think about, and they are quite pricey.

      But this is in a high risk flood zone. Like most of the coast. And there isn't much to be done for that unless you put the home on pilings. Glad that the code requirements required elevation of the home in this location. It has been awfully lucky for all of these years.

      lulubelle13 on September 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    • The blog cabin is located in the same storm zone as if it were on the barrier island in front of it. Unfortunately very little is left to these barrier island as they have no permanent residents and no dunes left, only some fishing cabins. The blog cabin meets all requirements of 130+mph winds including windows and exceeds required flood limits, but all in all the place is built like a tank with exterior walls being 2×6 instead of 2×4 and is bolt anchored from roof to foundation. My feeling is that with the addition of storm panels it could certainly go gold.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    • Well yes, of course it is in the same storm zone, but trust me, oceanfront properties get beaten up much worse during a major storm. And some of them end up IN the ocean. See Rodanthe. Why we keep rebuilding in what is a natural inlet is beyond me. So these unpopulated barrier islands in front of the home will always take some of the brunt of any storm. And I agree with you, the home is built *well* beyond the standard for safety. They have done a *terrific* job.

      But flooding is flooding, which is not addressed by the Fortified standards, and is a distinctly different issue than wind and such. The majority of this land is AT or barely above sea level. I would have put the house on pilings. Higher than 8 feet above sea level which is the current requirement. I am not that old, and have already seen Eastern NC destroyed a time or two by what was supposedly a 500 year flood level. So imho, the minimum height above sea level requirement is not quite enough. But the vast majority of properties in the area are not even up to the 8 foot standard.

      lulubelle13 on September 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    • The previous high flood level reported by the previous owners was the bottom of the first floor window sills of the first floor on the old structure. I think they said which storm that was, but I don't remember. You have to remember the old structure stood from the mid 1850s untill present and ad faced many storms since then and with questionable construction methods it weathered the storms.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    • Yes, it has been a lucky house! But I am not a lucky person, hence my bias towards pilings. But it far exceeds any local standard as it has been designed.

      lulubelle13 on September 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    • Statistical hurricane research from 1886-1996 by North Carolina State Climatology Office, a tropical cyclone/hurricane makes landfall along the coastline about once every four years. says that in 2011, Hurricane Irene made its way across NC with inland areas of North Carolina with rainfall totals between 10 and 15 inches Coastal areas experienced extreme conditions with wind gusts up to 115 mph and reports of storm surge reaching up to 8.5 feet in some areas.
      As the house was raised 8 feet above sea level, some sandbags by the doors may be needed in future storms, otherwise all should be good in regards to flooding and the cabin.B)

      Holidaygal on September 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    • Cabin was raised to 8.5' above sea level.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    • Designing to address valid concerns about flooding, I believe rather than placing the cabin on pilings, they raised the house up 8 feet above sea level and set it on a masonry foundation. The team under Crosser and Eastman, changed the land configuration around the Blog Cabin 2013 sloping the land away from the home.
      They left the area under the porch somewhat open to let the flood waters flow on by without disturbing the home and to prevent water infiltration, They placed 10 foundation wall flood vents to allow any storm waters to flow in and out without damaging the structure and added a basement drain that feeds flood water through an underground pipe and to an old irrigation ditch. B)

      Holidaygal on September 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    • Yes they raised the grade of the cabin by 18in.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    • Very well thought out solution, no doubt. It was really interesting to read how they approached it. I can't recall where I read it, but one poster here, who lives on Core sound, mentioned a 10 foot flood water level during one storm. I am in my 40s and I recall one storm where the flood waters reached a once in 500 year flood level. But that was further inland, with accumulated waters traveling downstream into the eastern part of the state. We think a lot about water here in NC. And spend as much time in it, under it, and around it as we can.

      lulubelle13 on September 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    • That was TonyE who lives in Sea Level he had 10' but he is kind of on the back side and subject to tide stacking. That same storm got like 7' at the cabin which isn't as subject to storm stacking as it is more open and water flows out faster.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    • That makes sense. It was someone with a screen name of coresounder or something like that. Bottom line is that the "impossible" has happened a time or two in my memory, which doesn't go back all that far. I don't hang my hat on predictions as I have seen them exceeded too many times for my comfort. The worse, hands down, being the inland storm which caused 500 year flood levels down east. I own property in a flood zone now, we all do. But at the end of the day, we all know that Mother Nature wins if she wishes to.

      lulubelle13 on September 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm
    • I know some of my friends lost their homes from hurricanes that droped 25in of rain in the blue ridge mts. happend 2 times in 3yrs both 1000 yr floods.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    • You must be an engineer? You work off of probabilities. And I like math, don't get me wrong, it is very useful for planning our lives, but probabilities aren't certainties, and history has shown that to be true on occasion. We have all been caught here a few times when the probabilities were not correct. Really nice to hear your explanations.

      lulubelle13 on September 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    • I am an engineer and work off of math strictly, not probalities.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm
    • However, until you live in a home, and it is tested, you really don’t know what to expect. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Best Wishes for/ to the 2013 Blog Cabin Winner Whomever they will be!! please please let it be me…

      Holidaygal on September 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    • Previous owners family lived there for 160yrs and knew what to expect. They moved furniture etc. to the upper floor and rode out the storms. They have commented that the house is much better protected and elevated than it ever was. :) Good luck to you too.^_^

      Sally on September 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    • oops Sally can not be 160 years: John Robinson bought the land in 1892. After buying the land, he built the cabin. The fireplace brick has a date of 1895. The highest years living in the cabin would be:
      Math: 8 +100 + 13 = 121 years!!

      Holidaygal on September 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    • Cool! And probabilities ARE most certainly a mathematician's math. The kind of math which guides all of these standards for elevation and construction. But probabilities are not absolute certainties, and on rare occasions, are wrong. Like when we see 500 and 1000 year flood levels exceeded. More than once. In a span of my middle aged lifetime. And Mother nature doesn't really respect our mathematical probabilities anyway.

      lulubelle13 on September 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    • Mathematicians who deal in probabilities are physicist.

      540sam on September 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    • At the end of the day, I'm just excited that such care and integrity was used throughout this process,in an area that I care so much about. I didn't think that these house shows were capable of such things after a EM home was built in my urban hood and the producers would not allow local upcyclers to salvage the beautiful old floors and such. So good on you, DIY.

      lulubelle13 on September 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm
  4. Hi there! It's been so exciting going through all the pictures, videos and postings re: Blog Cabin 2013. This winner will be lucky and blessed to have such a GREAT place. Does anyone know just how they will decide who gets this wonderful present besides a "drawing"?

    Peggy on August 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    • There's nothing else besides the random drawing. Good luck. :)

      Lindingo on August 30, 2013 at 4:23 am
    • Thanks for answering me. Then why are they counting how many times we comment, rate our comments, and keep track of what we answer in our signing up page?

      Peggy on August 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm
    • If you are speaking of the blog giveaways they pick a random drawing by computer of all of the blogs on that particular item, makes no difference how many times you blog or what you say. The last winner, Molly, only blogged once. I think that why one giveaway thread got to 67 pages is that people thought the more they said the better their chance of winning.

      540sam on August 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm
    • Thanks for answering me! I see. Well, in that case, maybe I do have a chance. Is that the same with the Urban Oasis prize?

      Peggy on August 31, 2013 at 12:03 am
    • I have no idea about Urban Oasis, didn't know they were having giveaways like Blog Cabin blog is doing.

      540sam on August 31, 2013 at 12:12 am
  5. Congratulations! John, if you read the information, you might have found some included the garage consideration which is not a concern for the BC. (This is only speculation on my part; but, I DID read the information about the various levels.) So much was considered in building THIS blog cabin. I'm very impressed! KUDOS Mr. Eastman & Mr. Roby.

    Trish on August 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  6. Awesome, thank you DIY, for your quality craftsmanship. Love all the projects with reclaimed materials, especially the dining table, one of a kind! This home is so beautiful, inside and outside, as well as safe and sound.

    Susan on August 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm
  7. Congrats & many thanks to the DIY crew, sponsors and supporters for this beautiful and storm-impenetrable home. This will be so important for the new homeowner to have an extra plus assurance for great coastal living. Best of health and dreams to live on!!

    donna white on August 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm
  8. Exciting everyday we are getting closer to a blog cabin winner……………………countdown beginning….getting excited how about you?????Good luck all and Happy Thursday.

    2TERRIERGILDEDPARROT on August 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm
    • I too am getting excited-more and more each day. I also do day counting. I vote on line plus I send in those post cards. The award is wonderful and it does show the extra mile was given to this home-and how wonderful it will be still around 110 years from now. It would be considered an antique-maybe like a time capsule- to see how we lived and protected our homes. I not only love the home, area, I loved everything that went into this Blog Cabin Contest-nothing like it. michelle

      bogartandbacall on August 31, 2013 at 12:54 am
  9. Congratulations to the entire crew. Great job!

    mike on August 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm
  10. Congratulations to all who had a hand to not only make Blog Cabin 2013 beautiful but also sturdy in a hurricane zone! Whomever is lucky enough (fingers crossed and a prayer to Up Above) will sleep better in the event of a hurricane.

    Debi W. on August 29, 2013 at 8:44 pm

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