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.
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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.