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Feb 3

After Floor Plan: The New First Floor

I seemed to have washed away some confusion by posting the new second floor last week. To make voting a breeze from here on out (well, sort of), here’s the revised first floor to get you ready for People’s Choice Round Three — kitchen features.

Blog Cabin 2014 After Floor PlanFIRST FLOOR >> AFTER

Compare the original floor plan to what’s to come. What big changes do you immediately notice?

  • The living room is moved and expanded.
  • Hello, foyer!
  • The home will have a laundry room (where the dining room used to be)(!!!!).
  • The front porch is now the office/bonus area.
  • The kitchen is getting moved to the back of the home to enjoy the lake views.
  • Plus, there’s secluded family room right off the foyer.
  • There will be two bathrooms downstairs, a Jack and Jill bathroom between the two bedrooms and a powder room underneath the stairs.


Some things that are staying the same, sort of:

  • There will still be two bedrooms on the main level.
  • The sunroom is staying in the same spot, at the right rear of the home.


Note: All specifications and designs are subject to change without notice.

Update 2/4/14: Revised Floor Plan

Our design team updated the floor plan to make a few things a little clearer for you all. First, although the dining room will not be its own separate room per se, it will be in between the living room and kitchen, denoted as #6 on the revised floor plan (above). Second, #2 on the floor plan is a Jack and Jill bathroom shared between the main floor’s two bedrooms (#1 and #4). Lastly, the kitchen (#3) is actually being moved to the back of the home to enjoy the lake views. The front of the house will feature the bedrooms, laundry room (#5), foyer (#8) and family room (#10).

  • Posted at 4:04 pm on February 2, 2014
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  1. Kayla thank you so much for getting the after floor plan of the new first floor posted before the kitchen vote starts tomorrow <3
    Once again the DIY Network has the best man on the job …Dylan nailed a wonderful layout for how folks live and use their homes today.
    I can't wait to take the journey with other enthusiastic fans in seeing this home given a whole new life and the chance to be the best BC that you guys have ever done… certainly looks like it will be a strong contender!
    My favorite changes are the new size of the kitchen and the Living Room (which will be one wonderful Great room for dining and just chillin' out and enjoying the view)
    I'm so glad that Dylan kept the sunroom and added an office space, which is a space offering lots of flexibility.

    Mel on February 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    • Hi Mel, I just have to say I agree with you all the way. Didn't want changes. I think Dylan, as usual, aced this one. No one should be surprised. I hope I'm saying this appropriately since I poured my heart out a little while ago and they "squashed it" temporarily, I think. I am in love with the 2014 Blog Cabin! OOPS, shhhhh, Hope I said that quietly. LOL They are magnificent at what they do( DIYNetwork that is.<3<3 By the way, do you know what any of the bad words are?

      Sheri McNamara on February 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm
  2. Love it don't leave it is all i have to say:):)

    twoTERRIERs on February 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm
  3. Dylan and Kayla, Thank you sooo much! I love it, love it, love it. This house will make a fantastic home for someone very lucky!!! I will easily exclaim "I WANT IT!!" I would be glad to own it as is, without a doubt. I'm really not that concerned about so much closet space. I don't own that many clothes, haha. But it's true. Living here in Florida I have mostly shorts and and summer tops, mostly sleeveless. Maybe have a couple slacks, one or two sweaters and maybe a jacket About the same goes for my husband. We have a couple pairs of shoes. That's about it. I know some people would use it seasonally, and maybe can leave things there. Just a few suggestions. I know everyone has a different situation and that's great, we are all unique, thank goodness. Sorry when I saw that amazing floor plan, I went into overdrive.xD;)<3 We all have been waiting for these floor plans and once again we got them!! Thanks again Dylan, Kayla and everyone in DIY/hgtv network. XXXOOO<3

    Sheri McNamara on February 3, 2014 at 7:29 pm
  4. Well it's my turn to get reviewed and that's ok. I got so excited I rambled. Briefly thanks to Dylan Kayla and all for bringing us those great floor plans. Hope you see my blog soon.<3

    Sheri McNamara on February 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm
  5. now that kitchen has potential for a small but very accommodating country kitchen complete with build-in bench seating for a long narrow wood kitchen table for ten plus. while still having a galley type kitchen with bar height seating at the counter too. Easy for entertaining and large family gatherings.

    kmh on February 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    • I like the idea of bench setting to accommodate my large family, but I know my elderly parents and a few others with back problems would prefer backs on their seats. Bench seating is also a little hard to get in and out if you not at an end.

      LAUDGIRL on February 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm
    • Not really. Think of that restaurant with the booth like bench on one side of the table or tables and chairs on the other. Easy in, easy out AND high back booth like bench seating. I am sorry for not being too clear. Not that flimsy bench seat like a cheap picnic table.

      kmh on February 4, 2014 at 1:28 am
  6. So what room would be given the media room treatment?

    LAUDGIRL on February 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    • Family room or Bonus office I'll guess. Almost no windows means they could be planning a projector TV. B)

      AnniesOwn on February 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm
    • My guess was also leaning in that direction. Hopefully they will make it clear before People's Choice.

      LAUDGIRL on February 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm
    • I would expect there is not enough room. (As an example to view an 8' screen you would need to be at least 14' away. Any closer the viewer would have to keep moving his head left to right. The bonus office area may be to small. Looks like it could be about 8 or 9' square. The family room looks to be 14 to 16' wide and much longer in the other direction. I would guess the screen/projector would be across that shorter direction some where.

      Jay Michajluk on February 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm
    • Flat screen

      Dneise on February 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    • Family Room gets my vote.

      MAOW on February 3, 2014 at 9:15 pm
    • We'll need a 75" tv then. Okay Dylan?

      webwoman on February 4, 2014 at 11:47 am
    • Laudgirl, wonderful question.
      The Mega Dens show films for five days, almost twice as long as the Crasher shows, for that reason I believe they will be given more than one room, also there are multiple living spaces on the first floor.
      But….we do have a brand new show in the line up this year, Sledgehammer, I have no idea how many days they film, knowing that would help me guess. I do believe that since this is Jason's brand new show it will play a starring role in the transformation in the first floor. I remember when Mega Dens was a new show, and was featured in the 2011 Blog Cabin they transformed three of the upstairs rooms.
      So for the above reasons my guesses are Mega Dens gets the office and Sunroom. Jason gets the Family room and part of, if not all of the Living room space. Alison Victoria may get the dining side of the Living room space, (split with Jason) and of course the kitchen.
      I'm also curious if Good Housekeeping will be back again for another year of Blog Cabin? Will they do a guest bedroom again this year? I always try to figure which space a certain show will transform.
      I'm only 100% on who gets the yard space- LOL Yard Crashers & Yard Core.

      Mel on February 4, 2014 at 6:51 am
    • Perhaps, sledge hammer will do the garage with a extra area. Just a thought. Jason is quick on getting things done. I would guess that it would need to get started when most go the house outside is done. If they do a garage closer to the house. Last house didn't have one.

      Denise_D._ on February 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm
  7. I have to add this, it just totally Amazes me to look at the home now and imagine how beautifully it will be transformed when Dylan and all of the work crews are finished. It seriously impresses me when folks have this type of vision and ability to see the "what could be" in an older home!
    I don't know hard it was to take the existing home and come up with such a practical and functional floor plan, but I'm so glad the potential in this old home was appreciated and will be given a new life.

    Mel on February 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    • Each of their talents amazes me!!!!!

      webwoman on February 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    • The potential it seems, has been realized to the Max this year.

      Deborah Maness on February 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  8. Thank you so much for 3 bedrooms this year. and a living and family room. This is going to be fantastic.

    vicki_in_Utah on February 3, 2014 at 8:24 pm
    • 3 BEDROOMS are great.

      I also like the fact that the UPSTAIRS SANCTUARY, FAMILY ROOM, and BONUS/OFFICE could include a fold-out bed or sleeper sofa. I have a large family and it would be nice to have a room for everyone.

      Would also be nice to have a 3rd FULL BATH. I suggest the current LAUNDRY room be expanded into the FOYER and split (3rd FULL BATH and LAUNDRY).

      MAOW on February 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm
  9. Personally I'm glad the bedrooms are on the front side of the house. My bedroom is on the water, which I thought I would love. However, I'm rarely in the bedroom during the day and at night when I am, it is too dark to see the water! From the live cam view, it seems the downstairs will have approximately the same elevation that I have. The views will be beautiful from either floor, so both owners and guest will be happy! This layout seems well thought out for waterfront living.

    LAUDGIRL on February 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm
  10. I would LOVE a theatre room!!!! And a theatre popcorn popper too!!!! Can you imagine that??

    webwoman on February 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm
    • When I retired my gift to my self was a home theatre. I contracted with a company that, that is all they do. They first came in to evaluate the space and then decided what equipment to use. After they gave me the specifications, I built the wall unit that would hold the 8' screen and all the equipment. All this equipment and projector had to be insulated from the frame of the house. It took 5 weeks to complete and 3 days to program. This past Christmas my son gave me a popcorn machine. You have not watched foodball until you see it on a big screen. I can not wait for the Olympics to start.

      Jay Michajluk on February 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

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