Blog Cabin

Jan 30

Get Details Before + During the Move

As you know from Sunday’s exclamatory blog post, this year’s DIY Network Blog Cabin has uprooted from its 90-year-old spot in Dundee, Fla. to its brand-new lakeside lot in Winter Haven just eight miles down the road. I promised you I would share more updates and details about the move. Well, here they are!

Moving Blog Cabin 2014

First, dive into our pre-move photo gallery featuring notes from build and design manager Dylan Eastman. He shares details and challenges that went into getting our home ready for its cross-county journey and renovation.


Then, flip through our move slideshow as the home rolls through Dundee to Winter Haven. Of course, we hit a few snags along the way, including scraping the edge off a power pole. Get all the details and drama, step-by-step.


Welcome to your new waterfront spot, Blog Cabin!

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  1. I can not beleive I am the first to see these. Great coverage. Lets us know just what hoops your crew had to jump through. I did notice that the view of the cam changed. We have been enjoying watching the birds along the shore line.

    Jay Michajluk on January 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  2. The August 1929 paper is a great find and some history of the house. When growing up I was a Ham radio operator and still have some of the equipment today.

    Jay Michajluk on January 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    • I plan on sharing more pictures of that newspaper find. That find was my favorite that Dylan shared.

      Kayla@HGTV on January 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm
    • I do not know if I got the date right. May be August 6. 1939. I noticed that at the top of the page it says GRIT. A weekly newspaper was published in Williamsport, PA called "The Grit". Used to receive it years ago. Such a great find. Well I am here another great shots are of the old furnace. Exactly like the one we had in our first home. Seems like that should be repurposed. Good lock in moving it. The other shot was from the basement looking up the steps showing the life preservers on the wall. Tung and grove underlayment at a 45 degree was the same as our home. Very strong – wood was hard as rock. Had great color and grain.

      Jay Michajluk on January 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    • Thank you Kayla . Looking forward to what you find. Probably a lot of interesting things especially about how the area was back then. Thank you for all your work and sharing. my very best to you,
      Nan <3 <3 <3 <3 ;)

      Nan on January 30, 2014 at 7:07 pm
    • That is a great find and will be something special in the end I bet, something decorative.

      dollhouse09 on January 31, 2014 at 1:16 am
  3. Great shots & report. Glad to see I guess correctly and no trees were cut down either. Great job DIY, Modern Movers, local electricity utility workers and the local community. :)

    Clive on January 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  4. Massive moves will not be on this week but will return 2/7/2014. I hope the house doesn't move toward the lake. I like that it is off set from the neighbors; gives everyone a bit more privatcy. Going into a the building of the sub level is more challenging with the house partly in the way and the wet weather.

    Denise_D._ on January 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    • Last year and in 2011 they built the raised foundation in the same way. The house really isn't in the way. They'll build under it and install all the electrical and water pipes etc. at the same time. Then they'll lower it off the cribbing onto the new raised foundation. Last year they contended with heavy rain and Super Storm Sandy while they were raising and building the foundation. There shouldn't be a problem with some light rain and then temps back in the 70's. :)

      AnniesOwn on January 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm
    • Apparently you haven't seen shows, when the foundation is ready, along with everything else and they raise the house height and just roll it on. That is what I was talking about, I have seen many of these moves. But they may not have decided how large the added room will be yet.

      Denise_D._ on January 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm
  5. Terrific photos of the move!
    Everyone involved did an AMAZING job!
    Excellent post.

    Lester3 on January 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm
  6. wow with that lovely lacey moss…..thank you for the pictures…this is great..

    twoTERRIERs on January 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm
    • and i love the newpaper find from 1939…….

      twoTERRIERs on January 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm
    • This is going to be incredible if it works for me thanks two!

      dollhouse09 on January 31, 2014 at 1:17 am
  7. Hello Dylan ! What a project! I am so happy to have reviewed the pictures and, your comments. What time you have taken to share all of this with us. I do appreciate this and enjoy it. The old furnace and the grate , was from a "pipe less heater system ". My Aunt had one. It was fun to stand over it in my cotton dress and it made the skirt flare out. (You know, like Marilyn Manroe, it that famous movie picture.) ha ha. You are quite a history person showing the different floors. Looks like the color will shows what is the newest addition. Oh my, how awful that someone took the "black cats". Not nice. You wear many hats ! Thanks again for sharing. I know I'll be looking at the pictures again. Wish you the very best . Nan <3 ;) <3 ;) <3 ;)

    Nan on January 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm
    • I can remember to one installed in our home growing up. When I was 6 did not remember to step over that round piece and it was burned into my bear feet. Did not do that again.

      Jay Michajluk on January 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    • Both of my grandparents had them in there homes we could listen to them talking, when we were to be in bed. But they could also here us get out of bed and play.

      Denise_D._ on January 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    • Hi Jay & Denise ! There are probably a lot of us that share many of these things. We had a furnace that was converted to oil like that with the motor & whatever on the front just like this one. The old news papers were found in family homes when they renovated. A lot of interesting finds. This entire move and house rebuild is going to be soooo interesting all the way to the finish. Enjoy reading all the blogs. the Cam is great too! Have a restful evening. my best to all, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on January 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm
  8. Amazing pictures and what an amazing move. Thank you Dylan, DIYNetwork, movers, Scripps network and thanks to the local utilities, police dept, Kayla, and anyone I may have missed. What a story the pictures do tell!! It is truly amazing(yeah I know that I keep using that word, but that is what I keep thinking) to see what goes into moving a home. Since the weather is determined to be cold and rainy, I'm gonna keep looking through those terrific(I tried) pictures of our 2014 Blog Cabin!!! Thank you all once again, that was an amazing move!! :D <3<3:* XXXOOO to all.

    Sheri McNamara on January 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm
  9. OMG Dylan Eastman you never cease to amaze us. Great job. Thanks to all involved. ??

    Straybird on January 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  10. So glad you saved 'Hercules'. I'm hoping he will be turned into a pizza oven for the back yard entertainment area but any project that keeps him will be good. :)

    Clive on January 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    • That would be great. No heating up the Kit. In summer. Pizza always seem to taste better from the wood ones.

      Denise_D._ on January 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm

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