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Jan 26

Honk, Honk: We’re On the Move!

Well, technically we’ve moved! Yay! Today, our beautiful 1924 bungalow left Dundee, Fla. at 7 a.m. and pulled onto its lakefront Winter Haven lot around 6 p.m. We have lots of pictures, videos and details to share in the days to come. But in the meantime, we want you to understand some of the surface-level challenges that went into moving our 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin.

Blog Cabin 2014

Although the big trek across Polk County was originally scheduled for a weekend in December 2013, minor hiccups and delays kept pushing our date out even further. You should have heard the Blog Cabin team on the conference call when we had our confirmed move date locked in. Cheers and sighs of relief all around.

Project manager Dylan Eastman shares some of the planning and challenges that went into moving Blog Cabin 2014:

We checked three different routes to the new Winter Haven lakeside lot and even considered using a barge. Ultimately, the route with the least obstacles and inconveniences to the public was chosen. However, the last mile of the (almost) eight mile trip will be the worst, no matter which direction we come from.

Since most of this area has overhead power lines, keeping the house completely intact would require moving six power poles and lifting about 40 lines. The cable and telephone companies would have to be part of the move if moving lines were involved. This was all possible, but extremely costly and an inconvenience to the public who would temporarily lose service during the drive. So, we chose to move the home in pieces.

The house’s main conflict was the width and height. In width, the jogs at the sunroom and dining room, as well as the overhangs, were the limiting factors. Because the sunroom had been a porch filled with windows and paneling, we would already need to reframe those walls to make it truly part of the conditioned space. Since the roof and overhangs were not up to code, those would have to be rebuilt or augmented during the construction phase.

On the second floor, similar issues with the roof structure existed, as well as considerable water and termite damage. In the new design, we had planned on opening up the first floor and extending the second floor, so retrofitting joists and adding beams was already planned. Perhaps the second floor is the most iconic part about this house, and we lamented over the decision of removal. But, ultimately, it made for a more responsive and efficient move.

We are saving items as we can, moving them to the new location and rebuilding the house in its original character. The core of this home remains unchanged. To the casual observer, the temporary removal and rebuilding of these items would not be evident.

Check back tomorrow for more updates and details about the move. Talk to you then.

  • Posted at 9:43 pm on January 1, 2014
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  1. Great job. Good luck and a safe ride.:D

    Clive on January 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm
    • I know removing parts of the house is the best way to go. The move would be moody anyway you did it. The roadways are narrow in that area and would present a challenge. So many tight 90 degree turns had to be fun. That area is so scenic too, some of the crew must have at times been distracted. Removing the glass room is a benefit too since it would make it possible to expand the room toward the lake affording more space for gathering or just relaxing while enjoying the view. The removal of the jog next to the fire place allows an expansion there as well. I can actually picture a porch from the glass FL room down the now rear of the house to where the original back porch was removed with an addition replacing the old porch. Again building out toward the lake. The old Widow's Walks were so small, an expansion there would be so welcomed affording so much more space without spoiling any of the homes character.

      MrMoogy on January 31, 2014 at 12:25 pm
  2. Nice and easy gents…..

    kellyrae326 on January 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm
  3. wow …. what a job……holding all the pieces together………..

    twoTERRIERs on January 26, 2014 at 10:26 pm
  4. good job, knew you could do it. waiting to be put home- so excited. so excited and like she said be safe above all. but so excited going home

    bogartandbacall on January 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm
  5. Wow, thank you Dylan and all. I'm sure I could not even begin to guess some of the Pressures and problems that you have all encountered even before the actual move begins (or began)!! Thank you for the news and please be safe. Looking for more news in the morning. Good luck and
    gods blessings to all. Like I said a few minutes WOW! XXXOOO<3<3<3:p I am sooo excited…..

    Sheri McNamara on January 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm
  6. Wow! Now that's a job! Good luck with everything in the move. :D

    AndreaMP on January 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm
  7. Whooohooo! Home at last! What a long process but all is well that ends well. Glad it is behind you now and the rebuild can begin. Can't wait for the cabin cam to be up and running now. Watching the build is an awesome experience.

    grammagail on January 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm
  8. Thanks for the picture

    Jay Michajluk on January 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm
  9. I was hoping it would go by barge, just because I love watching them move houses across water. But taking it in pieces was the best choice. Thank you Dylan for sharing this with us ever faithful bloggers.

    vicki_in_Utah on January 26, 2014 at 11:32 pm
    • that would be interesting for sure

      twoTERRIERs on January 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm
  10. Thanks for the update. Thank you Dylan and the DIY team for doing a great job.

    Noreen on January 27, 2014 at 12:44 am

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