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. Was using the " cam" earlier. The house next door looks so close. Did read other blogs about the shape of the lot. Will have to wait to see where the final spot is for the 2014 blog cabin. They always do a great job with the homes and know trees and shrubs can be planted to give necessary privacy. It is fun to see the property and "look around" at everything. Thanks to all the entire crew for the planning and moving of the
    house to it's new home. The lake will be an asset. my best to all, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

    Nan on January 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm
    • Where they are placing the house the plot is about 200 ft wide at most. If the house is 60ft wide (just my guess) that leaves about 70 ft on each side to the property line. The neighbors houses are both close to the BC property line so a rough guess is that the BC will be around 80 – 90 ft from the next door neighbors. Close enough to wave hello but not to overhear conversations or music. The distance between the neighbors on both sides and the next 4 or 5 houses in either direction looks to be even less than the space the BC will have. :)

      Clive on January 31, 2014 at 11:05 am
    • 200' is pretty spacious for a Lake Front lot.

      My In-Laws house is on a lake and the average width of a lot in their neighborhood is 40' to 60'. Most of the houses are narrow and deep (Like the BC was when it lived in Dundee).

      MAOW on January 31, 2014 at 11:16 am
    • There's 164 ft width on the riparian line according to the realtors description. It matches measuring it from the scale on the aerial images of the lot. That's a nice size of frontage. At our house we have about 100 ft of lakefront which around our area is on the small side but plenty for what we need.

      I'm wondering whether DIY will include a dock this year. Last year was the first time they included a dock. However, it was a refurbishment of an existing structure that was 'grandfathered' into the property. There's no dock here, nor has they ever been one. They may follow the precedent of previous BC's built on water ('08, '11 & '12) and not include a new dock. I've no idea what regulations cover new dock building on Lake Hamilton but, from personal experience, I know that getting all the permits to build a new dock is both time consuming, expensive and in many states. there are numerous lakes where new docks are not permitted, nor even additions to existing structures. :)

      Clive on January 31, 2014 at 11:35 am
    • I agree. While a dock would be ideal, getting permits in a short period of time probably would not be easy, even if federal agencies are not involved as they are with coastal properties, In fact, they still may be involved.

      I have a feeling all building permits may be a bit of a holdup here anyway with the move having been delayed since last month and more so, the fact that the house has now sat for a week with no significant work accomplished, not even material delivered.

      Ralebird on January 31, 2014 at 6:21 pm
    • Maybe you missed the guys going in and out today using the ladder through the old front door.
      They were working there all morning. Things could be delivered behind the house, out of sight.

      DannyF on January 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm
    • Well, I did miss that. What were they bringing in and out with them? At this stage, there should be excavation going on for the new foundation and lots of demo on the inside. Has anyone seen a rollaway delivered?

      Ralebird on January 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm
    • Hi Clive ! You get all the "stuff" and fill in bloggers like me. Thank you and for your next comment too.
      Always interested to read. Puts things into proper perspective. my best to you, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on January 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm
    • Nan, if you look carefully you will see the cabin placed in line with three pine trees toward the neighbors on the right. The ones on the left seem to be further away but there will be an addition so it might end up equi distant. The second floor plans have already taken in neighboring life as there are no windows in the end walls. That was considerate planning for the master retreat!

      grammagail on January 31, 2014 at 5:06 pm
    • Thank you grammagail! Yes, I've been looking at the placement. Those pines look like White Pine to me. Just surprised if they are as we have them here in SE PA. I agree with you saying about no windows on the ends. Privacy is important. Clive and some others have good reasoning too! Still, there will be many wonderful views I am sure. Love the interaction. later- my best to you, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on January 31, 2014 at 6:51 pm
  2. I noticed a number of bloggers questioning where the front door would be. It seems the boaters on rivers tend to have the home(or front door) facing the river. Those boaters preferring the gulf or salt water tend to have their front door facing the road. I am guessing it is personal preference. Good evening to all and keep warm. It has been cold and rainy here in sunny Florida. LOL :D <3:D Yeah, it helps having a sense of humor.:D I know you guys "up north" have it much colder, but the rain along with the cold is tough on these old bones. All I need to make me smile is look through these awesome pictures and think about my future Blog Cabin of 2014 of course!!;) Keep warm & comfy. XXXOOO

    Sheri McNamara on January 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm
  3. Thank you so much Dylan for those great photos, I hope the black cats and the wagon wheels were taken by someone from DIY. That would be sad if they were lost. I was so happy to see that no trees were cut down.

    vicki_in_Utah on January 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm
    • I'm hoping the cats reappear over the front door on the finished house – for luck. :)

      AnniesOwn on January 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm
  4. Someone was asking if there was water skiing on Lake Hamilton. The answer is yes, despite alligators.

    grammagail on January 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm
    • There's also paddle boarding

      Bass fishing

      Air boat tours (includes up close & personal with alligators and bird watching – Lake Hamilton has a nesting pair of bald eagles.)

      Can't think the lucky winner will ever get bored. :D

      Clive on January 30, 2014 at 10:47 pm
    • There are paddle board tours and good bass fishing on the lake and a resident pair of bald eagles too for the avid ornithologists. :)

      Clive on January 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm
    • Oh wow I love to watch bald eagles. Thanks Clive.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 31, 2014 at 12:26 am
  5. Airboat nature tours on Lake Hamilton

    grammagail on January 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm
  6. I really hope they save some of the old bricks from the foundation to use at the new site. On the property of my Depression-era house I found historic bricks (dated 1901) that weighed 8 pounds each. It's no wonder that older houses are still standing and in such good shape considering their age. Quality construction makes all the difference.

    AlainaMacGaren on January 31, 2014 at 12:36 am
  7. All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW! Or, was it more WHOA,, WHOA, WHOA!

    Quite an accomplishment!

    Trish on January 31, 2014 at 12:55 am
  8. You guys have mad skills! :)

    elfie on January 31, 2014 at 1:04 am
  9. This is a home with great potential and I'm glad to be a part of it! I love the newspaper find too and bet it will become something treasured in the final iteration of the home.

    dollhouse09 on January 31, 2014 at 1:18 am
  10. Thanks Kayla and Dylan for the pictures and the storyies that you shared with them. I only looked at the preparation pictures today and will wait until tomorrow to see the pictures of the move. It was so interesting and fun to see the preparation pictures and the thoughtful words from Dylan. I appreciate so much your sharing the journey to the new Blog Cabin with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Petraathen on January 31, 2014 at 1:26 am

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