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Explore the Existing Floor Plan

Happy Friday, everyone! This week has just been full of treats here on the blog. First, the People’s Choice vote launches, and now … the existing floor plan is here! For me, it’s hard to really understand the layout of a home through images. Now, you can really comprehend what the home looks like and make your predictions on what’s to come in the renovation. Project manager Dylan Eastman shares his commentary and unnoticed details throughout the floor plan “tour” to help you all navigate.

Dylan Eastman Chris GrundyProject manager Dylan Eastman and tool expert Chris Grundy on site at Blog Cabin 2014.

Dylan Eastman Chris GrundyDylan and Grundy scoping out the home’s floor plan.

Check out the original floor plan >>

What do you think is changing? Share your renovation dreams with everyone.

  • Posted at 1:32 pm on January 1, 2014
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  1. After going back and reading Dylan's comments, now we know the two porches are not going to make the move.
    "This room was probably an add-on, so it's going to be removed prior to the house move to make way for brand-new additions."
    He also says that there was water and termite damage to both porches. But at least he says there is going to be new additions. So that's something to look forward to.

    vicki_in_Utah on January 11, 2014 at 10:38 am
    • VIU,

      I found the comments you posted from Dylan to be most interesting as well. Advising that DIY intended to "… make way for brand-new additions" is a game changer.

      Replacing the "Add-On" would allow space for a small Master BR w/Bath, 2 small BR/s, 2nd Bath, and Laundry on one side of the house w/the Entry, Kitchen, Dining Room, and Living Room on the other half. The upstairs becomes a Party Room.

      MAOW on January 11, 2014 at 11:29 am
    • Good ideas MAOW. On the widow walk, it sounds like they are going to keep it as is, but I take it they will replace all the windows, but not change the size.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 11, 2014 at 11:43 am
    • VIU,

      I agree with you belief that DIY will replace the window's in the "Widow's Walk".

      The "Widow's Walk" in the original BC had four windows in front and five windows on the side. Based on the drawings shown to select exterior paint color the "Widow's Walk" in the remodeled BC will have nine windows facing the lake (Six windows on the front of the house not facing the lake) and three windows on the side.

      More windows may indicate that the size of the "Widow's Walk" will change. Only having six windows in the "Widow's Walk" on the front of the home may indicate a bathroom/closet/ mechanicals on that side. We won't know for sure until we see the new plans.

      MAOW on January 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm
    • The siding renderings show the widows walk extended and with one end enclosed. My guess is that it will be the Master Bedroom. The enclosed end will be a bathroom. Just speculating. ;)

      Enclosed porches/sun rooms, completely enclosed pools and outdoor kitchens seem to be the style of all the neighboring houses. There are no wraparound open porches lakeside that I can see. Probably for heat and bug reasons.

      I agree that the two dilapidated and rotting porch/sunrooms will not make the move and, again looking at the renderings, there is a new sunroom where the present front porch is and maybe a bedroom or lounge/diner where the rear sunroom is presently. These will all look out over the lake as the house will be rotated 90 degrees from it's present orientation. All is just speculation on my part from Dylan's comments and the siding renderings. ^_^;)

      By removing those add-on porches and, possibly, dismantling the widows walk, together with removing the concrete steps and entrance porch will make the house much easier to move and may also be necessary to get it under power lines etc.

      Clive on January 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    • It sure is fun to speculate as to what the final BC layout will look like.

      When I first noticed the enclosed section of the "Widow's Walk" my first thought was a Master Bedroom as well. Lately, however, I am thinking that the Master Bedroom should be on the first floor. I would give the BC to my parents and they are at the age where they are starting to avoid stairs. Given the number of retirees in FL the winner of the BC could be retired or plan on retiring to FL. It would be a shame in the final winner of the BC couldn't use the Master Bedroom because it was on the second floor.

      It will be interesting to see what adjustments are needed to the BC in order to move it.

      MAOW on January 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    • That would be great Clive to have a master bedroom up stairs, with all those windows for breezes. Dylan did say the windows were for the lake view. That would be awesome..
      "Here, there are more windows than wall space, letting in light from every direction. These windows will be key at the new location, especially when admiring the lake."

      vicki_in_Utah on January 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm
    • Ugh! not the Widow's Walk! Why? Why would that not make the move? I do hope they keep that feature. It has been requested in so many past homes and this home finally has one-why would they have to remove it? only asking:<(?

      ruffybc on January 12, 2014 at 11:52 am
    • LOL, Vicki, I think you're misinterpreting what's been written. Of course the widow's walk will feature in the BC when it's rebuilt. However, it's very unlikely to be the original that it is now. It will be extended (looks like by about 6-8ft). It will have a new roof, and new windows for sure. the sides will almost certainly be rebuilt also. If it is to be completely rebuilt as Dylan's comment "Evidence of water and hurricane damage are all around" seems to suggest, it makes sense to remove it from the house before the move. This lightens the load and reduces the height considerably. These are both crucial factors when moving the house. It will help getting under power lines etc. if the widows walk is removed before the move. It should be easy to do this. That he takes special note of the banisters & railings design tells me that he will repurpose these if possible or design the new ones in the same style. :)

      Clive on January 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm
    • Thanks Clive, that makes more sense. The lighter they can make it for the move the better.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    • Vicki, I'm never personally readied a home for moving. On the night shift I've escorted a few house moves. They always have to lose the tallest parts and crumbliest pieces to move a structure. Everything is preserved for reinstatement as the need arises. Come to think of it, I don't know why the local was afraid the move would impact their daily traffic routine. Most house moves are done in the dead of night to allow for less traffic involvement and they can shore up or otherwise deal with service wires that cross roads in the path of the move.
      Anything that they want to preserve for the home will make it to the new site.
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on January 13, 2014 at 2:57 am
    • Clive
      That is a relief to hear that the Widow's walk is staying:>) I for one am very happy-thanks for explaining:>)

      ruffybc on January 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm
  2. Thanks for sharing the plans!

    I'm guessing the breakfast nook will be incorporated into a larger kitchen, with the breakfast nook lost and the dining room opened up to the living room and kitchen. I think a master bedroom/ bath will be added to the first floor along with a third floor bath. I think the widow’s walk will be a family room, restyled by MegaDens.

    It will be interesting to see if there is a basement or not and where the laundry room and mechanicals end up.

    I'm sure that a wonderful porch will be added lakeside. Hope they come up with some clever reuses for the heating grate from the living room floor and the old ironing board.

    What do bloggers think about a carport or garage? Do you think one will be added to the property? It would be great for storage of lake toys and to get the car out of the sun! :)

    Lia_M on January 11, 2014 at 11:39 am
    • Lia,

      Here is what we know.

      In looking at the past floor plans only the 2010 Blog Cabin included a garage. There was a garage on the original site of this BC but no word if it is being moved with the house. There is a large heavy duty metal shed/garage (With a tractor inside) on the new site which would be perfect for lake toys.

      As much as it rains in Florida I think a garage attached to the house or connected by a walkway is a must have. The lot is certainly big enough for a garage and toy shed.

      MAOW on January 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    • 2008 Blog Cabin (the last log cabin) had a garage also, newly built to go under the house. The 2010 house was the first refurbish and it already had a garage, also under the house. Interestingly, they did almost nothing to that garage. :)

      AnniesOwn on January 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    • AnniesOwn,

      Thanks for the insight. Not as much data is shown on this site for the older BC/s so the additional information really helps.

      MAOW on January 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    • MAOW:
      I didn't realize the shed with the tractor was on the new site, for some reason, probably lack of reading comprehension on my part, I thought the tractor was found on the homes original site. :)

      Maybe the new owner will be lucky and will have both garage and shed. It probably depends on expenses and donations from companies/ advertisers.

      Lia_M on January 12, 2014 at 12:45 am
    • Lia,

      Hopefully the tractor and shed are just part of the surprises DYI has in store for the 2014 BC. Plenty of room in the shed for a Swan Paddle Boat and Jet Ski's. Plenty of room in the yard for a Garage, Covered Breezeway, and a Pool.

      Good luck to year.

      MAOW on January 12, 2014 at 10:21 am
  3. I know it's Florida, still every home needs a fireplace. Please let there be a fireplace in the newly improved Blog Cabin. :D

    AndreaMP on January 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm
    • A fireplace inside and a fireplace (or fire pit) outside PLEASE.

      MAOW on January 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    • I think you'll find the fireplace stays right where it is but it will be on the front of the house, not the side!

      Ralebird on January 14, 2014 at 6:34 am
  4. Great posting Kayla, as usual and thanks for the floor plans. It helps to have the image of the concept of the home on the people's choice vote if that is the final concept and not something else LOL. I read things into things a lot! I would love to see two real bedrooms, a real master suite as one of them, and functional space for living with a fireplace. I'd also love to see that breakfast room table reused in the new version of the cabin, it looks like a treasure. Thanks again for listening to all of us.

    minitoni on January 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm
  5. Just a note on thumbs up and thumbs downs from a fellow blogger. I noticed lots of zero thumbs up and minus one thumbs posts this morning when I came back to the blog. This is not a contest. We are not voting on each others' ideas. If you don't like them please leave an alternative in a comment so no one feels "graded" or judged. We generally only use thumbs down button for true trolls, those who are very strident and negative and unpleasant in a post. Instead, please leave a comment to the poster with your idea of an alternative that would work, and please say it pleasantly. This is not a contest up for votes. Use the thumbs up button instead when you like a poster's idea. Or please don't use them at all. Thanks.

    minitoni on January 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm
  6. So has anyone seen who all the guest hosts are going to be? I went on Chris Grundys facebook page and he confirmed that Matt Muenster is going to be there.

    "Love hanging out with Matt Muenster and his crew. We ate, drank, and laughed all night long! Can't wait for Blog Cabin 2014!!
    Somebody's gonna get their Bath Crashed
    Doo dah, Doooo Daah"

    vicki_in_Utah on January 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm
    • Vicki_in_Utah, I believe it states on the right side of the 2014 homepage the 2014 hosts and guests starts with Chris Grundy My hero), and the other crashers , Jason Cameron.etc. I'm sure I have messed with specific wording badly but basically everyone from last years BC. I believe they are all awesome and know their stuff!!! They all seem to get along great and have lots of fun while they work. I believe it will be amazing with how the house is transformed into a warm, wonderful Blog Cabin. My future home! Yes my Blog Cabin! Okay my feet are back on land. Good evening all. Oh yeah, I have lived in Florida all my life and do not believe the exterior paint color makes as much difference as the coloring of the roofing material(must be light!) and great insulation makes a huge difference.House placement among trees(not touching house but close). Just a thought.:) I believe Dylan knows his stuff and the end product will say just that! Thanks Dylan!:)

      Sheri McNamara on January 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm
    • Sheri, that's what I thought too, until I was voting and noticed a different line up, on the right side of the screen,. for the inside living space, which was Josh Temple last year, it now says "Slegehammer" Jason Cameron, and what Jason usually does it has "Yardcore" Jake and Joe Moss. So I wonder who it really is going to be. So next time you vote check it out.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 16, 2014 at 9:18 am
  7. How about opening up some of the roof with sky lights. I love the water view!

    Paula Rogers on January 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm
    • I hope the winner doesn't get to see the water through the skylights:p

      Windsmurf on January 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm
    • I was thinking of sky lights too. I would like the type that went for fresh air, it would also let the heat exit and let the cool air do it's job better. The type that closes when it starts to rain. I had one but you had to close it if there was a possibility of rain. The fresh morning cool air would come in, it was great. We replaced it with a non vented, because the stores didn't have any went ones in stock. We had a in-law carpenter install it. It leaked a little and I asked him did you but the rubber membrane down to the wood sheeting he said no so we had him redo it. I guess he learn the hard way. He was paid but had to do it twice.

      Denise_D._ on January 14, 2014 at 9:56 am
  8. The widow's walk will be the most exciting thing to change. I too believe a wrap around porch, new sunroom and master suite will be fun, fun, fun! Can't wait to see how you incorporate the old ironing board into the kitchen design.

    tammybnc on January 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  9. Hello, all. I'm kinda late to the party… I haven't read through all of the comments, but I did scan the main blog entries, checked out the photos and plans, and watched the video clip. It's a charming little house, I love the "widow's walk" and the breakfast nook (although I fear that probably won't stay).

    The lot is also lovely.

    Has anyone heard WHY, exactly, this house was selected, and is being moved?
    Do we have a backstory on the selection process or history of the house that I missed?

    Mimitheminer on January 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm
  10. If I remember correctly, at the original location the BC had a basement. If the new location does not allow for a basement space will be needed in the floor plan for "Mechanicals" (Less than 1% of current homes for sell in Winter Park, FL include a basement in the listing).

    MAOW on January 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm
    • The small images we have of the siding renderings seem to show a crawl space. My guess is that they will only move the core of the house, not the brick upper basement wall, sunrooms, porch or steps. Basements in lakeside homes aren't a good idea unless there's good elevation above the 100 yr. flood level – which there's not here. Locals have already blogged that the lake has been a lot higher and a lot lower quite recently so a house raised, like last year and BC 2011, would seem much more likely. Also, most of the neighboring homes seem to be raised with a crawl space underneath.

      There's plenty of space on the 1st floor for a small mechanical room, especially if they go for an 'on demand' hot water system and a raised platform on the end of the home for the heat exchangers for the cooling. :D

      Clive on January 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

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