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People’s Choice Round Four: Vote for All Things Living

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Round four of our People’s Choice vote has begun! We’ve gathered a bevy of interior products and materials for you to choose, from clever mudroom storage to comfy sunroom seating.

You have eight decisions to make this round. Share your picks in the comments below, and pin your favorites to Pinterest.


  • Posted at 3:23 pm on February 2, 2014
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  1. What a nice new look for the BC! That was fun to watch. Maybe she will take any severe weather more safely now that she is on a firmer foundation.

    grammagail on February 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    • Huston we have touch down.

      Jay Michajluk on February 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  2. Loved everything even the wallpaper and I am not a fan of wallpaper having. Great look and enjoying to see if others voted for the same items that I have. Just hoping the somewhere they have kept the cat that was on the outside of the original home.

    Oldmothercat on February 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    • Oldmothercat, I believe early on, around the time of moving the house, it was mentioned that someone had taken the cat, too bad because I to liked the cat.

      Slps60 on February 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm
    • They said someone had taken the cats but they didn't say 'stolen'. They left it ambiguous. I believe we may see those cats somewhere on the new house yet. :)

      AnniesOwn on February 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    • I agree they were vague about what happened to those cats, I too am hoping the show up later.

      Slps60 on February 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm
  3. Cabin is on foundation.

    Denise_D._ on February 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm
  4. Did anyone else notice that the siding on the old house was nailed directly to the studs, with no sheathing underneath it? I did not see any telltale signs of insulation in the walls, either. Even in Florida, the cooling bills must have been very high, with no sheathing and no insulation. I would think the house would have been pretty unstable, without sheathing on the studs, even a small house like this.

    builder on February 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm
    • Yes, I wonder if it's because it's so warm that they felt that they didn't need more than that. The wood also back then is thicker also.

      Denise_D._ on February 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    • I did notice that on Grundy's FB page that when they took off the plaster laths there was nothing between the laths and the siding.

      Jay Michajluk on February 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    • Looking at the siding it looks like they are covered with the old type of lead based paint. Would think all of it will have to be removed anyway. The studding there does not seem to line up wth the new back door and windows that will be part of the new dinning room and living room. Did you noticed that the back windows have been broken. That must have happened when the house squared up again. The replacement windows in the other parts of the house had more give to them.

      Jay Michajluk on February 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm
    • Jay,
      I think the old house was not very level and true when it was on its' old foundation. Now that the new foundation is truly level, something was bound to move and crack. That is quite common in all old home renovations. Nothing is straight and plumb, but now it is perfectly square and level. Does not surprise me to see cracked windows, especially when there was never any sheathing under the siding, to hold things straight.

      I hope everyone enjoys another fabulous renovation.

      builder on February 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm
    • I agree this old house is more square then it ever was. All those windows will go any way. Do you think that most of the outside walls will be replaced. All those new windows and doors need the proper headers and jacks not provided by the old walls. What about the floor? Will they put down an overlayment as the outside walls are replaced and prior to putting up any new inside walls? If I remember the original TG underlayment was at a 45 degree angle and looked good from the basement.

      Jay Michajluk on February 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm
    • Hi builder, I have been wondering when you were going to add to this. I know this is your favorite part of the BC.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm
    • Hey Vicki,
      Hope all is well with you this awful winter. Yes, I try to point out things that most people never notice.

      Let's hope for spring, real soon. :)

      builder on February 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm
    • Builder I always like to read your comments, you seem to see things I don't. Looks like you are getting a little break this week end, but back to the deep freeze next week. We finally got out to our cabin, but had to use 4 wheel drive. Still about 2 feet of snow. We put out bird and critter food for the poor things. I am hoping for spring too as i am sure you are too.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm
    • Good evening builder, reading about insulation reminded me of something.. We moved to Florida from Pennsylvania in late 1959. One day not too long ago My sister asked my if I remembered when mom went through the ceiling while installing the insulation. I remember the patched ceiling (just like the ceiling in this blog cabin .) So I guess insulation wasn't all that common back then.;) I do remember that the winters stayed colder longer. Thanks for the little trip down memory lane.<3<3

      Sheri McNamara on February 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm
    • Sheri,
      Lots of homse that age were never insulated, even down south. Apparently, people did not think about the cooling factor. Insulation is one of the cheapest things to do when building, or even remodeling a home, especially with the high energy costs nowadays. Many new homes have 2X6 studs, or even wider. I know a newer home in the Midwest, that has 2X12 studs, and 2X12 rafters, packed full of insulation. His furnace barely runs in the winter months. Just like being underground.

      Lots of those older homes were insulated with the old rock wool, which did a really good job. Some even had blown in, ground up newspapers. Anything is better than nothing.

      builder on February 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm
    • Hi, insulation was not use been our late 1800 farm harm in SD didn't. We would go up there and look as kids never walked because we were warn we would fall though and my brothers store their games at the opening so us younger kids couldn't play with them. My Dad had the house redone by a Frnch carpenter, they replaced the plaster walls and closed of some doors that where not used much. I liked it the way it was. My little Brother has that farm now. And he took out the fire place my Dad had but in to get more square footage. Our other home in MN that French carpenter work there to add a bedroom and a bathroom in the basement so my brothers could join the family no insulation it was blown in. My grandparents who had rent the farm before my Dad purchase it on his GI bill. We would go out there each summer & help them. My parents retired there after the remodel.

      Denise_D._ on February 22, 2014 at 8:52 am
    • That old farm home had a big coal burning black stove that heated half the home with a single 10" pipe and another type in the living room which was watched to for gas. You never would touch it or you get burn. That home heating was redone when my Dad remodel it. They even had water put inside (pluming) in the home. It was different coming from pluming in CA where he was station to the farm where you go to the well house and get your water, and used a big round medal tub to bath in. We used old time crank wash machines and clothe lines. Which the clothes froze in the winter, And my aunt made me go and get them in the winter. I all ways carry 2 buckets to save trip and as full as I could get them walked back over a multi stone path on to a wood plank on to the porch then into the kit. To the counter use to wash up after being out side.

      Denise_D._ on February 22, 2014 at 10:29 am
    • Sheri, It seems you and I have shared a similar path. My family moved from PA/NY February,1960 – Highway US 1… just drove a bit further south than you did. We both have seen quite a change in Florida over the years.

      LAUDGIRL on February 22, 2014 at 11:00 am
    • Hi, I was born in R.I., my oldest brother in DC, next 2 in PA, then me, the rest in Illinois then he was in CA then MN, he was over seas but we didn't go. He board ship and aircraft flights early on a Marine then transfer to Navy medic end his Navy as Chief Med. officer.

      Denise_D_ on February 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    • He was also on the same ship or base with Bill Cosby they play cards together. He said he was even funnier back then. I suppose that some of had to do with the writers.

      Denise_D_ on February 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    • Sounds like your family got to spend time all over our beautiful country Denise. I've never heard of anyone being in more than one branch of the military like your brother…interesting.

      LAUDGIRL on February 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    • Hi, It was my father. I was very young. My oldest brother would have moved more. When I grad. from HS they moved to that farm then sold it to my little brother. They moved to FA for 10-12yrs. Then back to SD because that is where their plots are.

      Denise_D_ on February 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm
    • Hi Builder, I'm so glad You're back for another BC and to give your expert opinions ^_^ Have missed you!!!^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on February 23, 2014 at 12:49 am
    • When this house was built, insulation was the last thing on their minds, dont forget there was no air conditioning and here in the south when it was hot we slept on the porches. If you didn't have good airflow which in the case of this house was facilitated by opening the windows in the widows walk and cracking the downstairs windows, people spent little time inside of the house (except the poor housewife) and as long as the roof didn't leak they were usually comfortable. As far as heat, usuall one truck load of coal a few cords of wood, or 250 gal of oil woud see you through the winter. It was a lot less complicated then and if they never had it they never missed it.

      540sam on February 23, 2014 at 5:01 am
  5. What is with the golf clubs? Looks like the crew is getting ready for the links. It is just 3:25 PM they better hurry.

    Jay Michajluk on February 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    • Noticed that too. Bet a little showing off for the cameras. Now stop playing around making tufts in my grass. Glad to see the house finally down and ready to start the second floor. I see the rafters in the backyard covered. And whats with the extra pallets of block and digging on the west side of the property? I know the addition is poured and pallet block is already around this area/foundation. Something going on in the front of the house??

      KMH on February 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    • The footings for the kitchen end addition may have been poured but the foundation needs to be built from those blocks.

      Ralebird on February 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm
    • Grundy is on site. I saw him climbing the ladder into the house. That could have something to do with the clubs.

      grammagail on February 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm
  6. It appears the winds and the storm have either turned or broke up. As for now there is no rain in site and the treetops are still.:) Of course, it may decide to come back later. Looks nice out here. As for as my opinion goes, I cannot wait to see what the design gurus at hgtv,diynetwork and others that I fail to mention, come up with. I believe that they know what they are doing and have the "newest of new" ideas out there. Remember after the voting for products, furniture and just about anything else they ask us to vote on, the vote to win begins. I for one have every intention of voting to win as they instruct. And that is because I truly want to win this magnificent home!!! It is My Mansion in MY eyes..All I can do is my best. If it's to be, it will be. Enough said. Good evening all.<3:D:D

    Sheri McNamara on February 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm
  7. Just something for all us blogger to put into perspective. The next time you are on the cabin cam turn it toward the lake. Get a feeling how far it is from the back of the house. Now think of the front yard toward the road. That distance is about three times that of the back yard and some wider. I wonder if a paved driveway is part of this build.

    Jay Michajluk on February 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm
    • Jeanie/Flordia said that the driveway has been marked out, but it looks to be a straight one not curvy. Too bad. i hope it is paved for the winner.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm
    • I wonder if that is for the drive or the trek for the water/sewer and gas lines.

      Jay Michajlluk on February 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm
    • That's a good thought Jay, it could be for water/sewer and gas lines. Then maybe we have hope for a curvy driveway.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm
    • No natural gas here. Water is already in place from two wells and there's no city sewer. ;)

      Sally on February 22, 2014 at 10:18 am
    • The satellite photo has a slight curvature on the original plot. Maybe bringing in the house it was straightened by all the contractor equipment before and after and thus remained its new shape. Costs would prohibit a concrete or paved driveway at this point but I hope stone would be layed. I do not think gas lines are on property. Electric range? Electric already on site too but not sure size of septic system or connected to city sewer that far out. I am sure it is probably septic, whether there was one onsite I do not know. Anyone? Jay?

      KMH on February 22, 2014 at 1:47 am
    • From a 'green' & ecological perspective, concrete's not a good choice for a driveway. There are several better alternatives. None of them involve a completely solid driveway.

      Within reason costs aren't really an issue with these builds. It depends on how Dylan & DIY wish to design the driveway.

      It seems only electricity is available. There are no natural gas lines. nor propane. I wonder if any locals can tell us if there's a reason for that?

      There is no septic system in place as the plot was undeveloped. They will install a septic system the same as in previous years.

      There are two wells according to the realtors description. :)

      Clive on February 22, 2014 at 2:35 am
    • Clive, from my research on Polk County and their desirability for sustainability I believe you are right on the mark.
      This is a community that favors aggressive treatment of rain water, and was a forerunner in turning landfill waste seeded with a controlled collection of rain water into a environmentally friendly Bioreactor. The resulting methane gas from the breakdown of landfill waste by rain water is trapped and converted into electrical power, sustaining 5,000 local homes.
      Water gardens are strongly encouraged to be incorporated into local landscapes, commercial as well as residential. Drought tolerant plantings, rain barrel collection, and pervious pavement. I would hope the DIY network would embrace and showcase this type of ecological preservation. Here's a link to more about the Modern Marvel bioreactor in Polk County

      Mel on February 22, 2014 at 10:22 am
    • That is a long way to run sewer. Not much drop there either. I do not know what is in the area.
      Our old house in PA had a septic and a cistern to collect water. Never had any trouble with it.

      Jay Michajluk on February 22, 2014 at 10:15 am
    • Hi, sometimes they use 2 containment to separate more solids and then it weeps out to fields would explain why the house is back beside the flooding reasons. They must have brought water with them when the mix smaller batches of concrete and for washing up. I notice durning the Jason Grundy youtube that the women behinds had been painting so she would need water for that.

      Denise_D_ on February 22, 2014 at 10:43 am
    • There are two wells on the plot (shallow & deep) and the little red building is certainly a well head/pump housing for water on site. There are hoses going from it to both the BC and the neighbor's house. :)

      Clive on February 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    • w/o need for gas, water & sewer lines, the marked route must be for the driveway. With that assumption…even though a curvy drive would be more aesthetically cool, a straight driveway makes the rest of the yard more usable for other things (I suppose). I'll take whatever they give me! I do plan on putting in a walking trail around the perimeter. The above is all based on the assumption that the driveway is along the northeast side of the lot.

      RLDorf on February 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm
    • I am very interested in all the talk about wells,septic and drainage,etc.
      As far as the driveway: I love a curvy or circular drive-easy to navigate many cars. A few BC ago they put in a crushed shell driveway. would that be an option with this BC? if a paved or concrete driveway is not good? I love the crushed shells and grew up with them at the ocean in NJ. They get more beautiful with time:>)

      ruffybc on February 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    • Clive on February 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm
    • Thanks for sharing Clive! I like the look of all of those green driveways options, and also knowing how environmentally friendly they are.
      Water is the essence of all life on earth, and certainly important in a community made up of a Chain of Lakes! How crucial it is for all of us to care about filtering out pollutants from the rain water that feeds local aquifers. It's important to be aware of the best decisions we can make for ensuring rain water is filtered by the ground before it feeds into nearby water bodies, that provide habitat for humans, birds, fish, butterflies, etc….
      Homeowners can certainly do their part in the health of water supplies by installing pervious pavements, rain gardens, water conserving landscapes, rain barrels….all of these are smart decisions for the conservation and quality of our water!

      Mel on February 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm
    • Clive
      Great links and a great idea. I really like these type of driveways too-can be very practical and pretty and easy to maintain:>) Thanks I hope DIY looks at this also?

      ruffybc on February 24, 2014 at 8:11 am
  8. As I started re-reading (something that I should before I push my "submit" button) I realized that sounded mean or just not nice. For that, I truly apologize. Some of you have been doing this in one way or another for many years. Don't get "swell-headed" or the like, but I know many of you are extremely smart. That's pretty obvious.;)<3 … However, if anyone of you opt out of winning, you can still come and visit anytime. The outdoor light is on!!;) Well that was just a thought . LOL Good evening everyone, have a safe and happy night. Hugs to all. XXXOOO<3

    Sheri McNamara on February 21, 2014 at 8:17 pm
    • I always look every night for your sign off. I am not opting out but I will look for the light.

      Jay Michajlluk on February 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm
    • Sheri, I wish you and all who enter good luck. We only ever enter once. No more, no less. I enjoy the fun of the builds, listening to others ideas and reasons for their choices. We don't need another house. We're content with what we have and are happy for those who win. We'll keep a lookout for that light and if we see it we'll be sure to drop by with a bottle of wine and say "Hello" Good luck and stay safe. :)

      Clive on February 22, 2014 at 2:44 am
  9. Good Evening to all my Blogging Friends^_^ Once again my friend and I were fortunate to visit "Our Little Bungalow" on the water. We were in Winter Haven on Wednesday afternoon..So glad we got there before the bad storms came through..Happy to see So many Workers and lots of activity ..:) I looked for "Our Grundy Guy", but no luck…Sigh…
    Happy to see the BC was lowered to it's foundation, BC is quite a distance from the road.. I had the urge to run down and say "Hi" to all, but of course came back to my senses. LOL
    They have outlined where the driveway will be..Quite a Long driveway….It would be nice if they would "Meander the drive down" to the BC and sporadically add small trees along the drive. Maybe with Wax Myrtles or Crepe Myrtles..The drive would be so beautiful especially during blooming season and would give a little more privacy from the road…
    We were there around 3:30 pm and most of the Guys were heading out..I'm sure it was a long day for them…
    Maybe they were going to hit some golf balls…Golf Course not far away…They deserve some playtime in Sunny Florida…Well not today… LOL
    I like most of the P/C's but agree with All who oppose to the Powder Room being so close to the Dining, Living, Foyer….Surely…….There Must be a mistake in Floor Plans ^_^:p^_^;):p B)<3<3 to All B)

    Jennie/Florida on February 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm
    • Thank you Jennie for that report. So happy you can give us a report. Hope all is going well for you.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm
    • Hi Vicki, so glad I can give updates from the BC. It is so exciting to actually be there and see it for myself. ^_^ I'm happy they chose another Lovely place with a water view…It's going to be another Beautiful place for a Lucky Winner..Winter Haven is a Lovely place with rolling hills and Orange trees everywhere.YUM!!
      Vicki, I'm still traveling back and forth from my home on the East coast to Clermont..just 30 mins. from the "Blog Cabin". My Brother is doing somewhat better but has a long way to go..He is still in the Rehabilitation Hospital…I'm home every other week..Still traveling back and forth taking care of two homes and finances…We do what we have to do for our Family^_^B)<3 Hope you are well..^_^<3

      Jennie/Florida on February 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm
    • I know what you are going through. Some years ago I had to do that with my father. He was in the VA nursing home near St. Petersburg, FL and I live in PA. Got to know the Tampa area very well. Wish I had a dime for every time I made that trip from Tampa to St. Pete.

      Jay Michajlluk on February 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm
    • Hi Jay, You were a good Son and You will be rewarded for your devotion you gave to your Father.
      I know it must have been extra hard for you living so far away but we seem to find the strength to do what we have to do when the time comes..I know It is very hard to watch someone you love in that environment and all you can do is give them your time, love and comfort them as much as possible. My brother is 82yrs old and he wanted to go back to his home he loves, but has come to realize he can no longer live at home, so He finally decided to make friends there. He has now started to put puzzles together with other patients and finally decided the food wasn't so bad after all ^_^<3

      Jennie/Florida on February 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm
    • In less then three years we first lost my step mom, in FL then mother in law in PA, my dad in FL then father in law in PA. In that same time period had to dispose of my home place in MA, dad's place in FL and my wife's home place in PA.

      Jay Michajluk on February 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm
    • Wow Jay, What a big load to handle in less than 3 yrs. I'm so sorry for all your loss..When
      I was a little girl my Mom always told me that God will only give you as much as you can handle, I must say you were really put to the test..You and your wife have great strength and
      I admire how you have come through. It takes Special people to survive so many tragedies and to take care of all the financial affairs, pretty big job..I know You and Your family are truly blessed…Thank you for sharing ^_^<3

      Jennie/Florida on February 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm
    • Yes you are right. With out God's people praying for us could not have done it all. PTL we are in good health for our 60's and are retired now. It is time to relax enjoy our children and grandchildren (maybe in Winter Heaven):)

      Jay Michajluk on February 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm
    • You have my Vote ^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on February 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm
    • When it rains it pours doesn't it? Hope he gets better soon. But the good thing is you can keep checking on the BC.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm
    • Hi, from the moving of the home onto the lot did they use the neighbors drive? I had saw that it looked like they may have came in that way.

      Denise_D._ on February 22, 2014 at 9:05 am
    • No. The house came through the BC plot only. Check out the pictures and video of the move. They had to dismantle part of the fence and gate to get it in. There's a route through the trees if you look carefully. ;)

      Sally on February 22, 2014 at 10:23 am
    • Jennie,
      In looking at the BC neighborhood a while back using street view, I saw a very pretty, long driveway that was lined on both sides by palm trees.
      The palm lined driveway made the entrance into the property look grand, and tropical. I like your idea of lining the BC driveway with trees or ornamental plantings. I do believe that would be very pretty.
      I'm in love with the country setting and all the trees that are on the BC acreage, especially the Live Oaks dripping Spanish moss.
      I hope your brother continues to make progress, and that both of you can get your lives back to normal soon <3 Take Care Friend <3

      Mel on February 22, 2014 at 11:01 am
    • Hi Dear Mel, thank you for your sweet thoughts. I just sent a comment to Jay above about my brother, hope you read it.
      Mel, most of the homes surrounding the BC are quite large, elegant and stand tall..Nice neighborhood on a Country road..I was so thrilled to see the BC property in person..Nice peaceful land. That little mower will be perfect to run around the property and cut the grass…It will be so much fun..
      The property is beautiful and the mossy trees give it that Southern charm…I don't know if someone planted that little Magnolia close to the Bungalow but it will surely be beautiful when it starts blooming and close enough to the BC that the fragrance will flow through our little Bungalow…^_^ That will be a blessing and will need the fragrance to douse the odor if they "don't move the Powder Room" to another location of the home …What's up with that??? Hopefully Virginia will read our comments and pass our concern along to Mr. Eastman before it's too late to relocate the "potty room"…Take careB)<3

      Jennie/Florida on February 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm
    • I saw that same view. Perchance if I would receive this BC I would tend to go that way if I have to do the diriveway.

      Jay Michajluk on February 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm
    • Oh dear Jennie, there is nothing wrong with a long driveway, at least you don't have to shovel snow away from it.:D

      540sam on February 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm
    • Hello my dear Sam, are You shoveling Snow??? If so, i'm so sorry to hear that…I would love to be up there in the Snow and help out with the shoveling…Rare event for all on the East coast and Outer Banks…We are having Thunder boomers but would rather have snow…:( Be careful and don't go
      slipping and sliding…I hear our Little Cottage go lots of snow..I bet it is beautiful..I hope Mari will take some pictures of the snow and put them on facebook or send them to Virginia to share with all of us Bloggies who just adore our little Cottage, oops! Mari's little Cottage^_^B) As you can see, I'm not over that yet:(^_^B) Take Care Sam B)

      Jennie/Florida on February 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm
    • Mari has one snow picture on facebook on the upper deck. I got about 6" of snow, but thats long gone. I thoughts are as I get older, snow is like leaves, God put it there and God will take it away.:)

      540sam on February 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    • OOPS, sorry for all my type-oooo's….o.0 B)

      Jennie/Florida on February 23, 2014 at 9:08 am
    • Forgot to say, I have a real long driveway and I love Long Driveways until I have to pressure wash mine B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on February 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm
    • Thats the best thing about it.

      Jay Michajluk on February 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm
  10. Thank you for showing some pics of wild style on the blog cabin home page….bears and teepees and trees…

    twoTERRIERs on February 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm

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