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Dec 19

On Site in Winter Haven: Discoveries Around the Property

Blog Cabin project manager Dylan Eastman has been down South finalizing project details and getting the home ready for its big move. As you know, Dylan always sends over the best pictures from his visits. I loved looking at details he found around the Lake Hamilton site this week.

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Citrus

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Citrus

Among the Spanish moss are citrus trees overflowing with bundles of fresh oranges just waiting for the juicer. Nothing makes me miss warm weather more …

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Frog

Oh, hi friend! This little guy is just a glimpse of the wildlife found on site.

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Feather

This looks like a blue jay feather to me, yes?

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Wood Pile

Now through March, temperatures can get down to the low 50s at night in Winter Haven. While I’m used to below-freezing nights (and days!) in my neck of the woods, I’d certainly find any excuse to kindle a fire with this supply of wood … even in Florida.

Photos: Blog Cabin 2014 – Before the Move >>

What are you favorite parts of Blog Cabin 2014′s soon-to-be home? The draping Spanish moss? Maybe the lake view is all you need?

  • Posted at 10:45 am on December 12, 2013
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252 Comments

  1. Florida is all about Water! It is the lifeblood of the everglades. From the looks of it there is a Lota land and grass to cut. First job after the house is settled down ……. begin to return the land to a natural habitat. The lake view is enough for me! Can't wait to watch the birds flying across the water,, diving to catch fish, wading among he mash grasses and vultures gliding above. Beautiful photography.

    Ashtabulannie on December 19, 2013 at 11:24 am
    • yes i like this greenspace idea for sure….

      twoTERRIERs on December 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm
    • Yes He is an Magnificent Photographer , I love the Fruit Trees ! and surely would squeeze us fresh Orange juice every morning !
      xD :)

      Susan on December 21, 2013 at 2:31 am
    • and would love an outside Pizza oven !<3

      Susan on December 21, 2013 at 2:35 am
    • Wonderful idea. I love pizza but never make it in the summer because I don't want to heat up my house.

      Eugenia27 on December 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm
  2. Kayla, kudos for getting us out of the kitchen. Much appreciated.Phew! It was gettin hot in there. Much prefer the outdoors.

    Ashtabulannie on December 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    • I figured we could all use some fresh air. :)

      Kayla@HGTV on December 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    • yes too many holiday cookies

      twoTERRIERs on December 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    • Is there such a thing?

      Kayla@HGTV on December 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    • come to think of it no, as long as they are gingerbread….

      twoTERRIERs on December 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm
    • We're on the same page, twoTERRIERs: http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2013/12/16/mood-board

      Kayla@HGTV on December 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm
    • Happy to be back outdoors for awhile too!^_^

      Debbie on December 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm
  3. My favorite parts of the Blog Cabin 2014 lot are the Lake Views (Access?) and FL Location/Weather.

    I can't wait to see how the Blog Cabin is located on the lot to maximize Lake Views and Light (Sunrise/Sunset).

    I can't wait to see how the Blog Cabins outdoor spaces such as a Fire Pit, Hot Tub, Kitchen, Pool, and Seating are added. I would like to see the Front Porch extended across the entire front of the Blog Cabin to include an open air porch with a Chair Swing or Seating Area.

    I am interested to see how the Blog Cabin manages the Maintenances issues associated with Vacation Homes in general (Which can be left unattended for weeks/months at a time) and FL Weather (Extreme heat and humidity). The home should be designed as Maintenance Free as possible (Inside and Outside).

    MAOW on December 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • MAOW, you've got some good ideas. I'm glad to see you here.
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm
    • Thanks.

      …and among other things I also sell "Wind Chimes" for a living.

      MAOW on December 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    • I sell my wind chimes at craft fairs to supplement my pension.
      I make wind chimes for pleasure. I love it. Wind chimes can be made of almost anything, I've discovered.
      And YW!
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    • I DON'T KNOW HOW OTHER PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT WINNING THIS GREAT HOME, BUT i WOULD MAKE IT MY ONE AND ONLY HOME. Yeah, it would be my primary residence.xD WOW, that felt awesome just saying that. I gotta pull myself together and win. I have never owned a home. I only rented.
      that's okay,but to own my own home would be amazing. I know it's whatever God has planned, we'll see. Love and blessings to all.:D XXXOOO

      Sheri McNamara on December 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm
    • Sheri, I wish you all the luck in the world. Keep it positive!
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    • Thank you WCG, I truly do keep things not only positive, but also keep things simple. 2013 BC really was special to me(still is) so I didn't think 2014 BC would knock my socks off, but WOW! This will be awe-inspiring! I cannot wait to see what happens, but I will. Love and best wishes to you!:D:D

      Sheri McNamara on December 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm
    • Sheri, I think Dylan is going to knock this BC completely out of the ball park.
      I have a feeling that this one will beat all the others and you will completely fall in love with it.
      I don't have ESP, but I have instincts that I trust.
      I've always found that good things come to those who wait . . .
      Just keep the faith and believe. When your are ready, it will happen.
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm
    • Good morning WCG, I saw your blog this morning and at 7:15 am I am in a great mood and smiling. Thanks for your blog cause that's where the smiles came from.xD I agree 100% on Dylan making this one fantastic Blog Cabin.xD I think I am going to invest in a "modern" juicer. Always be prepared, that's my motto. Well it is time to head over to my 6 year old grand daughters school for their Christmas play.xD See I'm still smiling. Have a great morning and I will give a brief report of school activity when I return. Love and blessings to all.xD<3<3<3

      Sheri McNamara on December 20, 2013 at 8:35 am
    • Ah, that's so nice. I hope your good mood carried you through the day.
      Love back at you,
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm
    • Good evening to WCG and to all bloggers. The Christmas program was awesome! The kids were from age6( grand daughter), to 5th graders.They did several dance performances & were amazing. They danced and sang. Teachers were up there with them dancing , singing and crying. It was very emotional! Yes WCG my mood was good, even when my child (grand daughters mom) was cranky, so I told her my grand daughter was spending the weekend with me.She is laying down beside me, sound a sleep. She gave me a kiss and said for me to have sweet dreams.Can't do any better than that. Sweat dreams and good night to all.<3<3xDxD XXOO

      Sheri McNamara on December 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    • Thank you for sharing. You are right there is nothing better than that.

      Eugenia27 on December 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    • Sheri, you paint a very sweet picture of you and your granddaughter. ;- ]

      Wind Chime Girl on December 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm
    • I can't wait to see the Video on line of the Move, to see what that does to the house.

      Deborah Maness on December 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm
  4. Nothing better than picking nice fresh oranges to enjoy! I can imagine sipping a fresh glass of oj while listening to the frogs and the birds in the yard. That sounds like a good southern time!

    Downonthefarm on December 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    • You just described my ideal afternoon, Downonthefarm!

      Kayla@HGTV on December 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm
  5. That frog needs to keep hidden or he will be the Blue Jay's breakfast :p :)

    Clive on December 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm
  6. The Orange trees on site are awesome

    Sam_O on December 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    • Oranges are such an iconic image in FL it is truly awesome that this lot contains Orange Trees.

      MAOW on December 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm
  7. Now where is the best location for the screened in Gazebo? Or were can I hang my hammock? Are there two trees suitable? Got my Ice Tea in one hand, a good book in the other and I'm looking for a landing place to plop myself. BTW be very careful when turning over those old logs. Never know what might be lurking beneath.

    Ashtabulannie on December 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm
    • Hammock's have always been one of my favorite things but as I get older my back needs more support. Therefore, I was thinking Outdoor Reclining Canopy Bed (See below link).
      https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&amp;…

      Wouldn't this work great on a deck built around the "Widow's Walk"? Maybe put a table next to it so you have a places for cocktails and books.

      MAOW on December 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm
  8. Awesome images! I had a great chuckle from the cut timber. Inside family joke of our's. Hub goes ON and ON about the Florida oranges. He truly misses them.

    Glad to see Dylan Eastman is back working on this project. The last one was phenomenal!

    Trish on December 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm
  9. I would love to have fresh squeezed orange juice from freshly picked oranges every morning! I might finally learn to make crepes and make a real event out of breakfast! I would love to have a nice dock with a screened-in platform at the end where the corgis and I can enjoy our breakfast out on the water.

    TwoCorgis on December 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  10. all i can say is Garden of Eden…

    twoTERRIERs on December 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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