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Tour the Original Home

Good morning, friends! I’ve enjoyed reading your enthusiastic comments following Thursday’s location reveal of Blog Cabin 2014. Winter Haven, Fla. is truly a gem that we’ll explore in detail in the coming months. For now, let’s focus on the original home in all its glory.

Blog Cabin 2014

You’ve taken the indoor-outdoor photo tour, but I have a little something extra for you. So, grab your coffee, kick back and take a look:

What are your favorite details of the home? Let’s talk!

  • Posted at 11:55 am on November 11, 2013
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  1. This cabin is absolutely ADORABLE! I love all of the old charm, ice box, ironing board cabinet, old door knobs! I am also in love with the window walk! I am excited to see what this old quaint home turns into!

    Amanda on November 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm
  2. Are you kidding? I don't know where to start! I love, love, love the old bungalow style. I hope you can incorporate the antique furnace and ice box (thought it was a dumb waiter at first!) somewhere. Love the old layout – I think it still works great. French doors to the sunroom from the fireplaced living room, sunroom access from the second bedroom, the widow's walk is fabulous! Going to be great in a lake setting. Will you be able to keep all the brickwork with the move?

    Caroline on November 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm
  3. Kayla wondering if the new location will be able to include a basement. I assume this house will be up on pillars of some sort and instead have a crawl space or perhaps on a slab??? I have only seen one other home (ST. Pete)with a real basement it was also 1920's vintage. But no access from inside house. Also is there a movement to save/conserve these historical bits of Florida History? Love to hear more about the challenges of saving wooden structures in humid/tropical/bug / infested Florida . Not an easy task. Are there current restrictions on tearing down these old structures? And hope to see the actual move across town!!!! When will that be shown???? That is AWESOME!!!! Crossing fingers for that show!!! Hokiemom

    Ashtabulannie on November 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm
    • I am not sure if they will be moving this structure the same as I have witnessed other Old Florida Homes moved. Contrary to popular belief certain types of wood that were used back then was insect resistant.
      Being the homes were built off the ground normally there was not a mold/mildew problem. This one should move well.

      pappysfav on November 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm
    • Great questions Hokiemom! I especially hope they record the actual move across town for us, and that they have the live camera up and rolling at the new site as they did for last years BC!:pB)

      SID on November 26, 2013 at 10:15 am
    • In Florida basements are not wise particularly next to such a large water feature. It would flood with every storm and hurricane.

      Galamie on November 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    • Good point.

      Eugenia27 on November 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm
    • This is central Florida. Less flood risk. The house has been near a small lake and had a full basement with a furnace in it since 1928 so my guess is that the flood risk in this area is very low otherwise the furnace wouldn't be located down there. ;)

      DannyF on November 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  4. That old boiler would make a fantastic wood conversion upstairs. I'm pretty sure the house is an old Sears kit home. IMO.

    540sam on November 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm
    • If you haven't already done so please take a look at All the models are shown there. Quite fascinating. :) I can't find the exact design of the BC but it may have been modified over the years. There are several designs that, with some modification,could be the original kit for this house.

      Clive on November 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm
    • We had a "Sears" kit Garage at our House. Vintage not exactly known. Our house was built in the early 20's. We had it torn down a few years ago for a larger one. Wanted to save the #"s printed on the board but did not get the chance. The boards were still good on the walls. but the roof needed another repair and was not done before the rafters started to rot at the wall side. Our house is stone and stucco so the garage probably came sometime afterwards. Just an "FYI". Love the "new" Blog cabin 2014. anxious to get to the selections for it. best to all, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on November 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    • It was the garage that was torn down—- sorry, Nan not the house—

      Nan on November 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    • Clive I think it was the Brookside $1,513.00. not sure the link will work it is so long. <a href="″ target=”_blank”>…” target=”_blank”>

      vicki_in_Utah on November 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm
    • Vicki, I agree, the Brookside. The sunroom, porch and widows walk was added later.
      I think you found it!

      Wind Chime Girl on November 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm
    • It could be viki, I've found a couple of could be's, but I guess we'll have to wait for a posting of the floor plan to make a further determination (as if it mattered) and figure what modifications were made to fit an old floor plan. I saw one that also works as it is a little deeper and has stairs both up and down, #264B240 on that same page.

      540sam on November 26, 2013 at 5:52 am
    • Oh That could be it too. 540sam, They are kind of like vintage modular homes. but didn't come on wheels.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 26, 2013 at 9:06 am
    • Right, the only wheels the ever saw were on the train and trucks that delivered them. But that's a good analogy.

      540sam on November 26, 2013 at 11:01 am
    • Back then you didn't need a contractor, everyone was a DIY er.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 26, 2013 at 11:13 am
    • Sorry, that's not a Brookside. The roofline does not match at all. Cute house though, but I don't recognize it as a Sears model.

      Sears Homes of Chicagoland

      lara on November 27, 2013 at 9:44 am
    • Yes, it was quite fascinating. Thank you for finding this web site & making it available to all of us. I would not be surprised if some of the homes around the city I lived in were Sears’s homes. Thanks

      Lettucefields on November 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    • Great find Clive, I havent seen those for a ton of years.

      540sam on November 26, 2013 at 5:01 am
    • I wondered the very same thing, sam, as it does look very similar to several other Sears homes. That widows walk really throws me though. It isn't shown on any of the Sears homes shown, perhaps as you suggest, one of the later additions? Since the home has been in the same family all these years I'm hoping Kayla may be able to provide us with some interesting answers about it's history, just as they did with the 2013 BC.

      SID on November 26, 2013 at 10:39 am
    • As usual I'm sure that we will be enlightened along the way.

      540sam on November 26, 2013 at 10:58 am
  5. Only 2 bedrooms, It looks bigger on the outside, I thought for sure it would be 3 bedrooms. But love the sun room. Are they going to try to move it with the sunroom? Or was that a add on, that they will have to remove. Thanks Kayla for the details, When I watched the first video with Chris Grundy, I could only count one bedroom. There are some neat things I remember in a old house we lived in, in Los Angeles, like the old ice box and ironing board.

    vicki_in_Utah on November 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    • Watched 'Doctor Who' yesterday. His time machine is bigger on the inside. Your comment " It looks bigger on the outside " made me chuckle.

      KCDigger on November 26, 2013 at 12:44 am
  6. how will they lift this house with all of that brickwork on the bottom of the house?

    skinut1 on November 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    • I can't imagine the brickwork around the foundation making the move intact. My guess is that they will elevate the house just under the base of the first floor. The brick work would have to be reconstructed beside/on top of the foundation. I doubt that those bricks are supporting the house. They probably just face cinder blocks.

      RLDorf on November 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    • The brick work is covering the crawl space back in the day was for ventilation, this is a common feature on Old Florida "Cracker" Houses. The homes were set on Cinder Blocks roughly every 4' – 6'. This space helped to cool the house in the hot summer time. I don't see on this home where the dogs could have used it for shade, however, on many older homes they would lay under the home for shade. Also, it also protected the owners possessions from rising water "floods" during the rainy season.

      pappysfav on November 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm
    • This house has a full basement. Quite unusual for this area I believe.

      DannyF on November 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm
    • The brick chimney will have to come down too, I am thinking.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 26, 2013 at 9:18 am
  7. Kayla this is our dream a lakefront home from days gone by, you have stumble across a gem. By far 2 main features that are most exciting to us are the sun room and the widows walk. Already imagining coffee in the morning and after dinner conversation in either of these rooms would be relaxing. The old fashion double hung windows you don't see much anymore. Wood floors appear can be able to be refurbished from the picture. The ironing closet with the wooden ironing board in the kitchen makes both handy and conversation. Fireplaces, Milk glass and brass lighting ceiling fixtures. Glass door knobs (do they still have the original skeleton keys for them) if so this would be awesome. The doors thru out the house appear to be wider than normal. Hopefully we can incorporate the original brick from the entry/porch and the wagon wheel must be part of the house even as it has been changed to the side for some time. (Maybe an entry way light – good conversation * I am sure there is a story with it). The corner hutch looks to be in great shape. The ceiling height in the kitchen looks low … love the latches … I am so excited about this house …..

    pappysfav on November 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  8. Basement is my favorite and the sun room next. Please have a basement that you can get to from the inside of the house at the new location.

    grswla on November 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    • they might have some type of walkout basement?

      cucumberHoH on December 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm
  9. Nice location; on the lake. But PLEASE !!! place screens on the porch and windows to protect the winner from bug bites. Also, are there alligators on that lake?

    RitaANewYorker on November 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm
    • I think that there might be.

      Deborah Maness on November 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    • There alligators on almost every lake in Florida. Common size is 6'-8' but it is not uncommon to see a 10' gator. We have a nuisance department in our Florida Game & Fish department that will relocate them. As long as no one feeds them they will leave you alone. This link explains the warning signs that the gator has lost its fear of humans

      pappysfav on November 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm
    • Pappy, are .410's or 9mm's allowed for those issues?

      Wind Chime Girl on November 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm
    • no you need a permit from the fish & game for that, plus you are in the city limits no discharging fire arms in city limits.

      pappysfav on November 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    • Guess i'll have to rely on Florida's stand your ground rule.:D

      540sam on November 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    • Ha! Bingo, 540sam. I agree.

      Wind Chime Girl on November 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm
    • In the first video with Chris Grundy, you see water skiers, is it safe to do that with gators in the water?

      vicki_in_Utah on November 26, 2013 at 9:08 am
    • Vicki in Florida Lakes that are very active, you won't find aggressive gators. They really don't like humans.

      pappysfav on November 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    • I believe they can't catch fast moving wake boarders. Did you notice how tightly the boarders were holding the tow rope. ;) :*

      Clive on November 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm
    • Thank for the info. Us city folks are used to the two legged wildlife. :)

      RitaANewYorker on November 27, 2013 at 10:14 am
  10. So much charm to this older home. Love, love, love the ice box and the furnace – would love to see them stay in the home even if they are repurposed for another use. Hardwood flooring can't go wrong. Can not wait to follow along on this one.

    Terri on November 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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