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Dec 24

On Site in Winter Haven: An Early Christmas Present

As you know from last Thursday’s post, project manager Dylan Eastman traveled to Florida last week to check in on our dear home. After crawling through the attic and measuring each space, he came across something that’s going to make site preparations much easier.

Blog Cabin 2014 House Keys

Dylan says:

When we first scouted locations, we knew this special lakeside lot had an existing metal garage on site. However, we weren’t able to get into it at the time. Later, when we were handed over the keys to the new house and lot, I got a little excited. There was one key in particular that cued my interest.

Blog Cabin 2014 Garage

This Quonset-style hut reminded me of the buildings made popular after World War II by the George Fuller Company. These buildings needed to be economical to produce, shipped anywhere and easy to put up. A rake or shovel would have easily made my day. What I didn’t expect is what I found when the garage door slid up.

Blog Cabin 2014 Garage

Blog Cabin 2014 Garage

Blog Cabin 2014 Garage

Yes, that key belonged to something that will come into much use on this beautiful multi-acre lot — our own tractor.

I can already see Grundy‘s big grin as he zooms around our new site.

  • Posted at 2:48 pm on December 12, 2013
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352 Comments

  1. That looks like a sturdy,weather-proof building,could double as a shelter,(maybe give it a clean-up and new paint job and you're good to go.How about urban camo/realtree or a mural with orange trees and a U.S Flag and Florida State flag.Nice tractor by the way,I heard that is a reliable brand.-Happy New Year Everyone!.

    OhioGuy74 on December 26, 2013 at 11:38 am
  2. OK I am confused. If Dylan found the keys in the house, does that mean that when they bought the house the lot came with it?

    vicki_in_Utah on December 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    • Dylan didn't find the keys they were handed to him by realtors. Lot & house were separate.

      "When we first scouted locations, we knew this special lakeside lot had an existing metal garage on site. However, we weren’t able to get into it at the time. Later, when we were handed over the keys to the new house and lot, I got a little excited. "

      AnniesOwn on December 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    • After crawling through the attic and measuring each space, he came across something that’s going to make site preparations much easier. See what Dylan found.

      So did he find something else in the attic?

      vicki_in_Utah on December 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm
    • Maybe he did find something but it wasn't the keys. ;)

      Kayla put two unrelated items one after the other in her blog but they were separate events. He was in Winter Haven checking the house out. After (this is the important word) he did that he was given the keys to the new lot, the metal shed and the tractor. These were always part of the purchase as it says on the realtors site. Kayla is spicing things up a bit but DIY must have know from the start that there was a shed with a Kubota grass cutting tractor as it's included in the inventory for the plot and advertised with it by the realtor several months ago. :)

      AnniesOwn on December 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm
  3. Hi Vicki– I reread, several times, so I believe when Dylan finalized the whole deal, he received the keys and then he opened up the shed to find the tractor. As far as the property goes, I'm not sure if they were referring to the lot where the house originally sat or what. Kayla can you explain that? I know that you are extremely busy already, so when you get a chance can you tell us if the lot where that wonderful house originated was part of the deal or was it the house alone was the purchase ? Maybe some of the bloggers that have been doing this for years might be able to help. Good day to all. I hope no one is in one of those horrible return lines. I am gonna stay in my safe little house until that's over. Smiles to all. XXXOOO<3:)

    Sheri McNamara on December 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    • It's very unlikely they didn't know about the tractor as they purchased the land and tractor together. This is what the realtor site said about the property months back when they purchased it.

      Zillow description of the property:

      "Located on Lake Hamilton, this beautiful and tranquil property offers 5 acres with large oak and pine trees. Large barn/shed. Kubota tractor with mower and disc for maintaining the property. There is a shallow well and pump as well as a deep well. The property is wired for underground electric and is fenced on all sides with redwood fence across the front of the property. This is a lovely piece of land to build your dream home on. There's plenty of room for horses, great fishing and skiing on Lake Hamilton, and you can land your sea plane on the lake! Country feeling with easy access to central Florida attractions and 15 minutes from LegoLand."

      DannyF on December 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    • thanks DannyF-I knew I had seen that but couldn't remember where. My question now is when they bought the house, did lot go with sale or did that stay with original owner? ;)

      Sheri McNamara on December 27, 2013 at 12:03 am
    • Do you mean the lot where the house stands now, before it's move? Or the Lake Hamilton lot?

      DannyF on December 27, 2013 at 2:42 am
    • After crawling through the attic and measuring each space, he came across something that’s going to make site preparations much easier. See what Dylen found.

      That is what confused me.

      vicki_in_Utah on December 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm
    • Me, too.

      Wind Chime Girl on December 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    • Hi Vicki_in_Utah– That part still has me confused.:S Glad to see that I am not alone. HaHa . Maybe someone can answer that?… Good evening to all<3

      Sheri McNamara on December 27, 2013 at 12:08 am
    • I believe you're missing what another blogger has pointed out. Dylan received the keys AFTER he had been inspecting the house. He didn't find them WHILE he was inspecting the house.

      He says they knew there was shed on the lot. Dylan, or the people at DIY who negotiated the deal, had to know there was a tractor as it's in the inventory for the lake Hamilton lot so they bought it together with the lot. There's no real mystery.

      I just can't understand why they're making out that the tractor was a surprise unless Dylan wasn't told about it by the DIY people who negotiated the lot purchase.

      No matter what, it's great that the house comes with a tractor & mower. One less thing for the winner to purchase.

      Danny F on December 27, 2013 at 2:56 am
    • Good morning Danny F– I understood about Dylan receiving the keys after inspecting the house etc. My question is this …When that marvelous home was purchased, did they buy the house only or was the property included in that purchase? In other words, what happens to the property that the house sits on once the house is removed ? I wasn't trying to make a big deal about it, it was just a thought. I do not think anything has been said about the Dundee property once the house is moved to the new location, lakeside. Good day to everyone. Be safe and be happy throughout this Holiday season.:D

      Sheri McNamara on December 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm
  4. Last year Blashaw and Grundy had a race, maybe this year they can see who mowes the best, any time Grundy sees somthing cool it's like a kid in a toy store. I do like however the way he keeps the show so interesting for all of us.

    Steele71 on December 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    • Hi Steele71–Grundy is the best, he's my idol!! He is such a natural in front of the camera and he knows his stuff. And you know he will do something when he sees that tractor. Can't wait.:D

      Sheri McNamara on December 27, 2013 at 12:12 am
    • I agree Sheri, Grundy is a great host on the show. I have always liked watching the show but he seems to bring somthing new to BC that makes it even better.

      Steele71 on December 27, 2013 at 9:44 am
  5. Wow, did seeing that Tractor bring back some great memories.

    When I graduated from college my parents sold the house I grew up in and moved to a small farm (4 to 5 acres). The first thing my father purchased was a working FORD Tractor which was over 60 years old (If memory serves). My dad could never mow the grass when the grandkids were visiting because they would all stand in line for Tractor Rides w/Pap.

    After a year he created a Pumpkin Patch in the back of the lot and would take each Grandkid out back to pick out their very own Pumpkin. They have since sold that property and own a smaller house on a River. The tractor was replaced by Pap's Navy (Pontoon Boat, Fishing Boat, 2 Canoes, 2 Kakak's, and Paddle Boat).

    Boy would my dad love to win the Blog Cabin. At dinner on Christmas Eve I told him about the Blog Cabin and he didn't seem interested ("I never win anything…"). However, when I show him the picture of that tractor I bet he changes his mind.

    MAOW on December 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    • I also have wonderful memories of our old Alice Chomlers (sp?) tractor. We would use it to pull logs out of the beaver pond. We hooked up an elaborate array of bloc and tackles in the woods so we could get to the downed trees.

      Eugenia27 on December 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm
    • Allice Chalmers Eugenia, been there done that! ^_^

      EdinOregon on December 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    • Got to love the Pacific Northwest and tractors!

      Although I would like to check out a tractor in Florida, too. ;-) ;)

      Eugenia27 on December 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    • What a sweet idea – - a pumpkin patch! LOVE IT! Never thought of that … I'm wondering if any of those old trees are Pecan ;) We had OLD pecan trees on our lakefront property in central FL – ahhh memories

      CreativeGraf on December 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm
  6. Nice surprise! And that's an awesome garage.

    JenniferAnn on December 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm
  7. The Kubota can also tow the boat to the water.

    ChicagoBirder on December 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  8. Very Nice! Merry Christmas!

    Mpsin on December 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm
  9. Yipee! Now I wont have to worry about getting something like that when I move to Winter Haven!!!

    DarleneB on December 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    • You will not need to worry!

      58reaches on March 28, 2014 at 11:08 am
  10. My family and i would be so extremely HAPPY to win this home, to have a home remodel by your hands! also a home we could call our own ! a place where my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, could call Home and be grateful for years to come and for all of them to learn how we begot their home. It would be wonderful for any family to have a journal, picture album to show to generations . PLEASE PICK MY FAMILY ! WE are in such a need of a HOME ! xxx & ooo and lots of love to the whole Team ! FROM The HARRINGTON's :*<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3B)

    Susan on December 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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