Inside Scoop From Blog Cabin 2012 Experts
The Blog Cabin 2012 team, including Knickerbocker Group experts Kimberly Tuttle and Marcus Golding, interior decorator Victoria Lesser and DIY Network's head of programming Steven Lerner answer fans' top questions about this year's home.
Q. What is the total square footage of Blog Cabin 2012?
Q. What will happen to the original door knocker?
A. It will remain as will other saved treasures from the home.
Q. It appeared at one point that there would be a window on the front of the house above the original front door location. Why did you close this off?
A. As you know, we ripped out the original staircase and designed and built an entirely new switchback staircase. Installing a window level with the other windows wouldn’t work, so we opted for a different front window placement. After we installed the window, we realized it didn’t work and removed it.
Q. At the front entrance, will there be cabinets for coats, boots, etc.?
A. Yes, there will be built-ins designed for coat and shoe storage as well as a place to sit and pull off winter boots and store them away.
Q. Could you share more information about the loft and the configuration of the spaces? What is the bonus room? Is the library still a library?
A. The Mega Dens team is transforming the bonus room into the ultimate movie and family fun center. The room adjacent to this area (formerly a bedroom) will become a library/office.
Q. What will go behind the guest suite on the second floor? Is there going to be a guest bathroom? Where does the second set of stairs go?
A. The entire space is being transformed into a guest suite, with close access to the upstairs bathroom. We removed the second set of stairs to make room for a larger kitchen and an improved guest suite.
Q. Will there be any linen closets in the home? Will there be a closet in the bunk room? Will there be built-in drawers in the master bedroom? The master bedroom closets look small/narrow in the pictures. Are they?
A. The master bedroom closets are quite spacious; the guest suite also features closets. The home will also feature handmade built-ins and storage furniture.
Q. What plans do you have for the old kitchen cabinets? If not used, will they be left in the barn for the new owners?
A. We are using parts of the old cabinets for some projects. Other salvageable and safe items will be stored in the barn.
Q. What are the plans for all the old light fixtures that came with the home?
A. Most of the old light fixtures were not actually old. Again, we kept what we could.
Q. Did you save the living room bookcase?
A. Sadly, it couldn’t be saved because of dry rot and structural issues. We were able to keep some of the lumber for a great Mega Dens project.
Q. Is the water from a well? Are there separate wells for the house and barn? Does the water require some type of conditioning? Is there an adequate volume of water for the house and barn? Has the well ever gone dry?
A. Yes, water is from a well. Presently, no water runs to the barn. We are in the process of testing the water; it will be conditioned if necessary. To our knowledge, the well has never gone dry.
Q. Will windows be screened? Will the back deck be screened and outfitted with a roof?
A. All of the windows are screened and the back deck will be open, without a screen.
Q. What will you do with the old clothes line?
A. Honestly, we are not sure yet.
Q. Will there be a driveway, carport or parking area on kitchen end of house? Will you build a garage on the property?
A. We are not installing a driveway on the house side. The barn is very close to the house, so it’s very easy to park and walk across the street. We do not plan to build a garage.
Q. Is there going to be AC or ceiling fans? In case of a power outage is there going to be another heat source and a generator?
A. Air conditioning units have been installed in the master bedroom and Mega Dens family room, although air conditioning is only necessary on a handful of summer days. Fans have been installed throughout the house. When windows are opened, the owner will enjoy a refreshing coastal cross breeze.
Q. Why did you save the two brick chimneys if you removed the flues and stoves? Why didn’t you replace them with more attractive faux chimneys?
A. We really liked the look of the old chimneys above the roof. At that time, too, we had no intention of redoing the roof, so it made sense to leave existing elements as is. In the end, a generous donor provided new roofing, so we stripped the roof.
Q. Are you going to weatherproof or add a dehumidifier in the basement?
A. No decision has been made yet, but we are in talks about this.
Q. Who owns the waterfront?
A. Whoever owns the house.
Q. Are those fruit trees we see around the house and barn?
A. There are some apple trees on the property.
Q. How many square feet is the barn? Does it feature water and electric? Will there be a guest space or storage space in the barn? Can the barn be used as a garage or storage for a lawn mower, etc.?
A. The barn does not presently feature electric or water. The barn can be used for lawn mower and general — but not car — storage. We will share square footage soon.
Q. Have you thought about adding a white picket fence to close up the backyard?
A. Not really. We like the look of fields flowing naturally to the water’s edge, and we didn’t want to break up the view.
Q. Did you remediate mold issues?
A. There are so many health issues associated with rot and mold that we would not be doing our jobs if we left something like that as is.
Q. Will a snow plow or snow blower be needed in the winter?
A. Yes, the owner will have to invest in snow removal equipment. Welcome to Maine!