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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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125 Comments

  1. Whew! I've watched these moves via programs and I'm always amazed how this transplant takes place.

    Thanks for the more detailed info on the location. I tried, and tried to figure this out a couple of times. DH kept asking, what are you doing? He knows this is something I enjoy sleuthing. So….I wasn't off on several occasions.

    Trish on January 27, 2014 at 9:51 am
  2. A BIG Congratulations to Dylan Eastman and the Blog Team, Movers etc. What a job! I am anxious to see more photos, movies etc. WOW! ???????????? ????

    Straybird on January 27, 2014 at 9:53 am
  3. Well I expected that a lot would come off, no surprise about insect damage and codes that made it more cost effective to remove those parts; making it also a lighter building. Question, what was the final weights. I hope it gets on Massive Moves some Fri. Night. Mover did a great job. Sometime it's best to wait and do it right, not fast just because someone wants it fast. Now things can progress, and settle some bloggers woos.

    Denise_D._ on January 27, 2014 at 10:36 am
  4. Wow!! So excited to see the next phase! :)

    Debbie on January 27, 2014 at 10:39 am
  5. Wow.. Glad you were able to get this done. I live in Winter Haven and we did hear the rumors about the issues that you guys were having. I am excited to see that it finally got moved even if it did take 13 hrs to go a regular 25 min drive at the most!!! This is SO exciting, things like this just don't happen that often in Polk County, Fl :)

    Amber G. on January 27, 2014 at 11:03 am
  6. Wow, since they were originally planning the move for a weekend in December, this would put them behind at least a month. I'm sure they were getting nervous! Can't wait to see video.

    LAUDGIRL on January 27, 2014 at 11:09 am
    • Well not so far behind, they were expecting to take off the bad areas of the house and get it to code. Also they had to but in a foundation, pluming, electric to the area the house would set.

      Denise_D._ on January 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm
    • webwoman on January 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm
  7. Great to see the house is moved. I'm wondering whether it will have a temporary resting place on some piles while they build the new foundation or whether they've already prepped the foundation and can put the house directly onto it?

    Sally on January 27, 2014 at 11:16 am
    • Sally,

      Usually, in any house move, the house is set down on cribbing, then lowered when the new foundation is complete, just like BC 2013

      Snowbird2014 on January 27, 2014 at 11:23 am
    • Thanks. That's what I'm expecting but with the delay I wondered if they had started the foundation prep in any way to get things moving faster. Probably, that's putting the cart before the horse. :)

      Sally on January 27, 2014 at 11:56 am
  8. No mention of moving the garage. I'm not surprised. The Quonset hut is a lot stronger and larger than that small, one-car garage in Dundee.

    DannyF on January 27, 2014 at 11:17 am
    • I agree. There was little reason to move the old, small garage.

      I wonder that will happen to the plot in Dundee. It looks like a residential neighborhood that's slowly giving over to light commercial. Maybe the city will purchase the lot? Maybe the BC winner will get that plot also to do with what they will?. :)

      Sally on January 27, 2014 at 11:58 am
    • Also it's among trees they will shade it, not getting into a hot storage shed – garage.

      Denise_D._ on January 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm
  9. Good morning Dylan and crew. Hope you all got some sleep last night. I expect you had to remove some of the nice fence out front. You and your team should be proud of us bloggers. After reading what you had to complete prior to the move, in the past two week I think we covered all the expected problems and what it would take to correct them except the water and termite damage. Good job fellow bloggers. Now that the move is done and the home is in the condition it is in has the new floor plans been completed and when will we be able to see them. Again good job and God bless.

    Jay Michajluk on January 27, 2014 at 11:20 am
  10. Given that the home was originally scheduled to be moved, "… a weekend in December" the DIY team must of had a tight schedule planned. According to Zillow the documented date that the Lake Hamilton lot sold was 11/20/13 (For 370K).

    MAOW on January 27, 2014 at 11:32 am
    • Well, they met up with so many challenges and problems, that's why it didn't move sooner. And many changes of new plan ideas too. All in all, it didn't go smoothly. But they jumped all the hurdles and new decisions – and won out! Many smart minds at work there!

      webwoman on January 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

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