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Blog Cabin 2013 Yard Drainage System

While we wait for the winner announcement, I thought I’d share an interesting tidbit about Blog Cabin 2013 and the yard drainage system that keeps the home high and dry.

As you know, Blog Cabin 2013 has stood on the same spot for more than a century. And surprisingly the site has suffered little to no erosion. So as part of an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy, project manager Dylan Eastman was careful to maintain the home’s original roof size. For added assurance, project contractor Ryan Crosser of Andrew Roby Construction built a subterranean drain system under the eaves to collect roof runoff and carry it through 300 feet of buried piping to a natural ditch that can handle the excess water.

Pretty nifty, yes? You may not have the wherewithal to create your own subterranean drain system, but a French drain is a pretty easy feature to install and does wonders to draw water away from structures. For those in need of how-to help, please check out’s own French drain installation and yard drainage system projects. zeroes in on the topic with a focused feature on basement drainage solutions and natural stormwater management techniques.

How has this year’s or past years’ Blog Cabins inspired your own interior design, home remodeling or DIY efforts? Share your stories below.

  • Posted at 2:57 pm on October 10, 2013
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  1. So many homes and basements are severely damaged due to poor drainage. Great post.

    Craig Ceccarelli on May 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm
  2. A nice share. However, a more better and easy option would be to have a easy-to-go-with drainage system which can be easily repaired when required. I like the idea where the writer is going here, and I am sure the focus here is to make things easy for all by having a not-very-complicated drainage system.

    Dallas Drainage on June 17, 2014 at 4:27 am
  3. Good Blog !! we are getting lots of water in it.

    Effective Basement on February 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm
  4. Good Blog !! It is interesting to learn about drainage system or French drain installion.It is very helpful for us

    Effective Basement on February 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm
  5. Well, it's about 640 miles from Nasheville to New Bern and about 725 miles from Nashville to Egg Harbor.  Let's just continue our virtual travel.  Maybe Scripps (DIY and HGTV) will come along.  I think this is a great time of the year to see Door County, then take the car ferry across Lake Michigan.  I picked up squash, apples, hand harvested wild rice and cranberries plus honey from my favorite bee hives and cheeses when I was in MN and WI a week ago.   I just missed the immense Northern Lights display seen from north of Minneapolis though.  Hoping others will join in with virtual tours for their favorite places for a future Blog Cabin.   

    ChicagoBirder on October 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm
  6. Wow ChicagoBirder, sounds like a great trip. cranberries, apples and cheese from Wisconsin and Minnesota, yum. Did you get any of those Michigan peaches and blueberries?

    Holidaygal on October 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm
  7. I DID get blueberries and peaches.  I'm hoping that Scripps (Blog Cabin and HGTV Dream Home, Smart Home, Green Home) like these midwest and upper midwest virtual trips enough to select the area for many future projects.  Areas to consider are closer to Scripps headquarters than many projects selected thus far.  Additionally, looking at all risks from climate and weather, these areas are excellent choices; i.e. less flood or storm surge risk, less risk from loss of power, less heat risk.  And there are many midwest and upper midwest areas with less crime.   Where are your favorite places for Blog Cabin?

    ChicagoBirder on October 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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