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Mar 11

Blog Cabin Buzz: Cabin Cam Update + Google Hangout

Apologies for the inconvenience, but occasionally the cabin cam will go offline. The connectivity on site can be unpredictable at times and we are still trying our best to fix it. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

In the meantime, check out a brief update from Laurie and Dylan on YouTube >>

dylan and laurie

  • Posted at 10:38 am on March 3, 2014
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  1. I saw one little pink bird in the Magnolia tree, and on by the wood pile by the neighbor's house. they sure are some traveling birds!
    Love the things that are going into the garden! I sure do miss southern cooking!! thanks for the update! every little bit of information about the cabin is like a fresh breath of spring! (We could sure use that up here in the snow and cold):p

    Sha on March 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm
  2. It looks like the person working on the roof left the air tool there I hope someone goes around the home to check over things and see it.

    Denise_D_ on March 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm
    • Just some staring the compressor

      Denise_D_ on March 12, 2014 at 8:20 am
  3. I noticed that too,
    Denise. Hope it doesn't It took me a minute to figure out what it was. That house looks better every day. That looks like lead glass windows on that back door. I love that house and dream about it all the time.I see my husband and myself living out our lives there.(I don't mean to sound tacky or anything). That would be the first home I ever owned and I see me in every area of that home and property.It is a wonderful dream. Sorry for babbling. My blessings to all and have a warm and cozy evening.<3:) By the way I do love that home, haha. Well, I didn't want anyone to forget!!<3

    Sheri McNamara on March 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm
    • Dreaming makes blogging fun, we all do it!

      Lia_M on March 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm
    • Just so you stay realistic is what I recommend every year I see how much it would mean not just for my family but for my parents and others to getaway for a little while. Not winning can hurt if you let yourself get too invested in winning. I have members that love to fish. 1 that use to charter fishing trips out of St.Petersburg. I don't know how these back surgery s will turn out so it's a little easier to just hope and watch with every new development

      Denise_D_ on March 12, 2014 at 7:30 am
    • Thank you Denise for your concerns, however I learned many years ago the difference in wants vs. needs and learned more than I care to think about dreams vs. reality. Thank you Denise for caring. It's amazing how many bloggers out there look out for one another.I will continue to dream about that wonderful home and hope and pray for it. I remember dreams become reality in Gods time. Love and best wishes to all.Never give up hope.<3<3:D

      Sheri McNamara on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm
    • Hi Sheri! Nice to see your name here :)


      Laurie_March on March 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm
    • Thank you Laurie, it's nice to be noticed.I am really enjoying watching the 2014 Blog Cabin from the very beginning. Lord willing I intend to see it all the way to the finish-line where I fully intend on winning this wonderful, cozy cabin. Watching that segment of the virtual house (hope I got that right) helped a great deal in visualizing the home. I appreciate all the work you do to help us all see our own visions.:)<3 By the way, I have the Lake Hamilton flamingos cousin Mr. Pete Pink and he is anxious to come live with his cousins there on the lake, so I will bring him when I win that marvelous home. His bags are already packed.;) and I am surely ready.Love to all and please be safe. XXXOOO<3

      Sheri McNamara on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm
    • Wow, I got my first thumbs down?! Not sure why, if I said something that offended someone or what. That's okay because I said what I felt and I meant. Oh well Guess I struck a nerve somewhere. I still love that house and I enjoy every moment that I read and blog.I still hope sincerely that I win this home just as many others do. Great day to all.<3

      Sheri McNamara on March 18, 2014 at 9:03 am
    • I got a thumbs down several weeks ago. I'm way too sensitive so it ruined my day! I would never intentionally offend anyone, so whatever I said just didn't come out right…or maybe they clicked the wrong button???

      LAUDGIRL on March 18, 2014 at 10:08 am
    • I let myself get that way sometimes too Laudgirl. I must have struck a nerve??I learned some years ago not to worry what others say or do. Sometimes we say what others can't or won't say. Don't let others ruin your day, just smile and keep blogging. I, like many other bloggers, love to hear from you and will gladly continue blogging with you.Just keep smiling and blog to your hearts content.<3;):D Love and best wishes to you Laudgirl!!!! XXXOOO

      Sheri McNamara on March 18, 2014 at 11:16 am
  4. Dylan & Laurie thanks for the U-tube update. This is a neat way of doing a live up on what is happening at the Blog House. Good luck & enjoy the warm weather for everyone that is in the cold climate.

    Lettucefields on March 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm
  5. Just finished putting in my daily votes and watching the video with Dylan & Laurie. Of course I spotted the pink flamingo lol. I am so excited about the raised flower/vegtable beds. I was just telling my friend Sunday that I thought that we should make some. I even thought that making them and staggering levels on them. I think that would be very cool too. Hope everyone is having a great week. God Bless to everyone. Stay safe workers and thank you for all the hard work you are putting in for some lucky winner.

    CheleRS3 on March 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm
  6. Dylan and Laurie look like they're having fun. I can't wait to see what grows in their raised beds! Thanks, Virginia, for the update and for letting us know that someone is monitoring the cabin cam.

    TwoCorgis on March 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm
    • Kale grows easily!

      Trish on March 12, 2014 at 11:59 am
    • Yeah, working with Dylan is often like having fun… :)


      Laurie_March on March 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm
    • Can't call it work when having fun. Great career choice when you ENJOY what you're doing.

      Trish on March 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm
    • Hello there, TwoCorgis!
      (I'm so sorry everyone- I realize this is off topic, but for the life of me, I couldn't find a way to send a private message…please just disregard, thanks!)
      TwoCorgis: You do not know me, but I feel like I know you (virtually, that is!), and geez, louise, if that didn't sound creepy enough, let me put it this way: I have read many of your posts on a different blog. If you could assist me, and there is indeed a way to communicate with you…hmmm, maybe in private? I feel rude posting here, since it pertains to another board. Please would you be so kind to let me know? I have some questions. Thank you so much for your help! P.S. I love Corgis! They have always been one of my favorite breeds ♥

      poppycass on March 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm
    • You can reach me at

      TwoCorgis on March 12, 2014 at 10:46 pm
    • I know that you are on Dream Home Blog. I have been trying to post to on there and have been unable. It says it has to be approved by admin and never gets posted. Apparently because of my blogger name several people think I am the winner. Oh how I wish I was, but no :( . I have blogged before but forgot my user name so started a new one. Someone_Else14 because I want to be the someone else this year. haha I believe we all do. Anyways please help me to clear this up if possible. Thanks so much. I hope that this actually posts.

      Someone_Else14 on March 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm
    • ah hi someone else……we have been wondering about you on the dream home blog for days….it has been exciting to think you may be the actual winner……maybe you are? who knows. I posted your comment to Two Corgis under StormyWV…..I wish I could help you resolve the posting problem, but it may just be related to your name……..wishing you luck…..maybe you need to create another account for dream home and smart home now….

      twoTERRIERs on March 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm
  7. The brushes on both sides are blooming reds flowers.

    Denise_D_ on March 12, 2014 at 7:33 am
  8. Looks like Dylan or someone reading instructions by the finished electric hookup and now looking at it. Maybe see what went in.

    Denise_D_ on March 12, 2014 at 7:43 am
    • Just someone starting the compressor

      Denise_D_ on March 12, 2014 at 8:21 am
  9. Thank you for keeping us up to date with the cabin cam status!

    The following blog cabin preview video highlights the layout of the modern bungalow. I think
    you will be happy to see the back French doors, After seeing the video twice, all I can say is

    DeerSpring on March 12, 2014 at 8:14 am
    • Ok this was cool! So glad to see the lakeside view will actually have FULL glass French Doors to take in the awesome view. Have to confess I love the soaking tub in the master positioned in front of the lakeside windows so you can enjoy the view as you soak. Wicked Awesome!! Thanks DeerSpring for sharing the link!!

      LRN on March 12, 2014 at 8:23 am
    • Had to see more than once to take it all in. I Think this will answer some questions for some people

      Denise_D_ on March 12, 2014 at 8:34 am
    • Yes, I will be checking out the video again .: )

      DeerSpring on March 12, 2014 at 8:58 am
    • I have to admit the upstairs master area is my favorite part of the house. Although I understand
      why the stairs are on the side, I do miss the middle position of the original stairs. Can you
      imagine the views on the second level?

      DeerSpring on March 12, 2014 at 8:57 am
    • Hi there LRN, I totally agree with you about the soaking tub position in front of the lakeside windows. Can you just imagine soaking in the evening and looking out at the stars and moon(at some point) . How relaxing, and add to that some incense or candles. Something like mild lavender or any lite fragrance. Ah, that is a good part of what retirement means to me! Keep it simple, relax and enjoy.;)<3 See there?!… I enjoy this house and property so much that if the Lord is willing and has this as his plan for me, it will happen. Sorry, once more… I love this house and truly would love to make it my home. If not me, someone has a wonderful surprise in the near future. Love to all and please be safe.;)<3 XXXOOO

      Sheri McNamara on March 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm
    • DeerSpring,

      Thanks for the link. Very interesting.

      It seems that the only room not mentioned or shown in the video is the POWDER ROOM. Hmm?

      It also appears that there is an opening between space 11 OFFICE/BONUS and space 12 SUN ROOM. Based on the original layout I had assumed that only a window connected the two rooms but it may be a POCKET DOOR (Which would flow better).

      MAOW on March 12, 2014 at 9:28 am
    • Thanks for this. It helps a lot. Loving the upper floor but pocket doors, especially into the bathroom would be better and save a lot of space. :)

      There may now be an opening from the office to the sunroom which will at least give some easier access to the media room. :)

      However, I just don't like the Foyer layout and the fact that the Family room is still very poorly accessible from anywhere in the house except the Foyer. There's still a toilet opening directly into the Dining room / Living room. That's just not pleasant. :S

      Clive on March 12, 2014 at 9:42 am
    • Hi Clive, I keep thinking about that powder room situation.After coming in through foyer, straight in and on left side place a plant(real or not) of your choice. Next place a glass-top table with small pieces for placing keys or whatever. Then another plant. I keep thinking birch type plant but use what works for you. Some people like vases with "cinnamon brooms". They smell wonderful. Another possible option might be to place a sofa/couch with the back towards bathroom door. Place a long narrow table along the back of couch. Using whatever you like on that table and it may make powder-room less noticeable. As you can tell I dress and redress that amazing home frequently. I enjoy doing that. Wonderful evening to you and your family. Be safe.;):)

      Sheri McNamara on March 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm
    • In the video the KITCHEN appears to have been given a fairly large PANTRY for storage. I know a lot of BLOGGERS were asking for one.

      MAOW on March 12, 2014 at 9:43 am
    • Thank you DeerSpring, Great find.^_^

      Jennie/Florida on March 12, 2014 at 9:58 am
    • Awesome video, thanks for sharing DeerSpring. There are things I thought would be different than is in the video. We will all see in time how it all comes out because it still can change.

      Jennifer Smith on March 12, 2014 at 10:31 am
    • Just watched it again, and noticed that this video didn't show the fireplace in the master that the plans show. Maybe they changed their minds?

      Jennifer Smith on March 12, 2014 at 10:48 am
    • What fireplace in the master (bedroom?). There's none in the plans for any of the upper rooms. Did I miss something? :)

      Clive on March 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm
    • I see why you watched it more than once. Thanks for the link.

      Eugenia27 on March 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm
  10. HVAC contractors on site this morning. 'Carrier' system by the look of it. :)

    Clive on March 12, 2014 at 8:26 am
    • Good eye Clive. I just saw that also and came to post. Carrier is a good product. Do you expect they are going to install a heat pump type system? I would think one would work well in this area.

      Jay Michajluk on March 12, 2014 at 8:48 am
    • I suspect it will be that's what was installed in our new house in that area down there. The new systems are very efficient (cost wise) and if well insulated cheap to cool and heat!

      LRN on March 12, 2014 at 9:41 am
    • I was thinking heat pump, maybe in the attic over the family room. Who knows.? ;) :):D

      Would love to see them go for geothermal one year. Their non-use of renewable alternative energy sources has always been an issue with me and a few other 'old timers'. Maybe one year I'll get a big surprise. Propane is so not green.;)

      Clive on March 12, 2014 at 9:48 am
    • Not sure about geothermal in Florida….but Solar in the SUNSHINE State?! Now I think that would be wicked awesome and a good cost return to boot! :-)

      LRN on March 12, 2014 at 11:15 am
    • LRN,

      Just wondering if the threat of Hurricanes limit the use of Solar on roofs in Florida. It seems like Solar Panels may be a danger in high winds.

      Any insight which you could provide would be appreciated.

      MAOW on March 12, 2014 at 11:24 am
    • Hi MAOW – I used to see photovoltaic panels installed on roofs when I lived there. They would need to be professionally installed by licensed contractors according to current codes in the area. They'd also take into account the lifetime of the roofing system itself and life expectancy of the solar panels are compatible (don't want 20-yr solar panels on a 10-yr roof shingle!).

      LRN on March 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm
    • LRN,

      Thanks for the insight.

      MAOW on March 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    • Roof solar panels in Florida must have a wind-load rating of 170 mph. compliments of Hurricane Andrew. My husband and I have been in solar business since ’99. Our new venture is in power management for both solar and wind power solutions. Excited because our first micro-wind turbine kit went up yesterday to power the lights on the Oklahoma Thunder’s billboard!

      LAUDGIRL on March 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm
    • Good luck with your business. It's good to read people are investing in alternative energy sources. :)

      Clive on March 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm
    • Thanks Clive for your well wishes. Development time for new technology took longer than expected, so hopefully we don’t starve before our business takes off!

      Yes, investing in alternative energy is a very good thing! Hopefully government incentives (although they are becoming more limited) and competition in the market will help promote advancements and drive costs down so more people can take advantage of it. On a positive note, I'm reading that more schools are including alternative energy programs. My future competition…ha, ha!

      LAUDGIRL on March 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm
    • Laudgirl,

      Thanks for the insight.

      I had assumed there would be some consideration given for Hurricanes and it is nice to know the specifics.

      MAOW on March 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    • Just curious, what about solar shingles?

      Clive on March 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm
    • I definitely think solar shingles are more attractive then panels. However, I don’t have any firsthand knowledge and I’m not the technical expert in my company…my position is more “Director of All Else”. I do know that direct sunlight is essential to solar efficiency, and I would think roof angles and tree shading could possibly prevent the required direct full sunlight even in sunny Winter Haven. Probably ok to augment AC, but a day or two of cloudy conditions would be a problem off the grid and a battery backup system would be needed. There is a newer solar technology that only requires indirect sunlight, but I’m fairly confident the shingle industry isn’t utilizing it yet.

      Even though shingle companies claim their products last 20 years and are rated for 80 mph, I’m not sure I would be comfortable making such a costly investment when there seems to be limited history for this specific product. I wonder what would happen to the shingles in a hail storm. I also wonder if there would be any problems with insurance coverage. Since solar and wind technology are still fairly pricey relative to return on investment, my company’s main focus is for situations where AC power is unavailable or cost prohibitive to obtain.

      Yours and many others willingness to share knowledge is what drew me to this blog, so please correct me if I am wrong about product reliability and lifespan validation if you are more familiar with solar shingle technology.

      LAUDGIRL on March 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm
    • Geothermal works fine in Florida. 8ft below ground the temp is a constant 60F in Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. Geothermal uses that to cool in the summer (dump heat) and extract heat in the winter. In winter it will boost that 60F to any reasonable interior temp. Initial cost is high for installation depending on how far the underground pipe run needs to be. However after than it takes a few cents for the electrical pumps and compressor. There are federal programs in many states that allow up to 30% rebate on installation costs. Some states have additional rebates also. ^_^

      Clive on March 12, 2014 at 11:28 am
    • Oh and the heat pump I mentioned we had on our HVAC system was all electric. It was a component of the air conditioner (or whatever that big thing was outside the house). It worked great even on the few 20 degree winter days we had over by Lake Hatchineha. Used to get a kick out of seeing the ice on the unit on those really cold days. Our home was smaller then what BC will be (@1600 conditioned space) but electricity per month cost less then $70 in winter to heat and no more than $120 in hot humid summer and that was with electric hot water heater too! ;-)

      LRN on March 12, 2014 at 11:20 am
    • Heat pumps are very efficient, but very costly, compared with convention air conditioning and furnace. Heat pumps will have to be installed outside, because they must exhaust the heat from the compressor, outdoors. They tend to be quite noisy at times, especially when they defrost in the cooler temps. This will not be a problem in Florida. Putting them at an inside location, like attic, is highly unlikely. I know people who put them close to the bedroom side of the house, and were not happy with that location. They would have preferred to put them away from bedroom windows, because of the noise. Usually, they are very quiet, like a normal whole house air conditioner.

      Yes, like you said, they work even when the temp drops down to 20 degrees in the cold weather. It is amazing how they work, so very efficient. All heat pumps will also have to have an alternate source of fuel, whether it be electric, or propane, or natural gas. The biggest cost is electricity, not fuel consumed. I will agree with your low cost per month in winter.

      Snowbird2014 on March 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    • 2011 BC had the heat pump in the attic. Heat pumps are installed inside houses basements or attics. They require a small roof vent, nothing more. There is an intake fan that can be inside or outside the house. If the HP is in the basement the intake is usually outside, if it's in a well ventilated attic it can be inside.

      You may be confusing HP's with heat exchangers from AC units that are bigger, noisier and typically are mounted outside. :)

      Although a heat pump has a higher purchase cost than a standard air conditioner, (there are federal and possibly state rebates) it operates more efficiently and produces energy and cost savings over its lifetime. A standard air conditioner only cools during the summer months, whereas a heat pump functions both as an air conditioner and a heat source during the winter.:)

      Clive on March 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm
    • No, I am talking about heat pumps, not air exchangers, because at one time I had one installed in our other home. Our neighbor had one too, and they were so very efficient.

      Yes, the initial cost is much higher, but there are state and federal energy rebates to install them. It will not take many years of reduced heating and cooling costs, to pay for the initial investment. I also know people who have ground source heat pumps, using water pipes underground. A local church has a ground source heat pump, using many water wells drilled into the earth. We do not have one at this home, because we needed a larger home, and it has the normal heating and cooling. I really miss those cheap heating bills.

      Heat pumps can be noisy, when defrosting in winter, but usually for a few minutes, until they warm up to operating temperature.

      Last year, on This Old House, they installed a ground source heat pump. Tom Silva told everyone how it worked.

      Snowbird2014 on March 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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