FYI! Don't let your dog jump off the end of the dock unless it's very high tide! The water at the end isn't that deep (only 2-3 feet deep). I'm pretty sure that, in regards to the dock that's there now, the distance between the dock and the water was greater than the depth of the water itself. Now, if they put in a floating dock, on the other hand, maybe your pup will stand a chance :)
The only outbuildings we had were an old chicken coop and the garage. The garage was mostly destroyed by Hurricane Isabel, so they tore that down first. They also got rid of the chicken coop before they even raised the house. I don't remember seeing any coop-scraps anywhere, unfortunately.
Yes! You can never have enough storage space in a kitchen! In the last kitchen, my dad and step-mom had built upper and lower cabinets for storage, but I do agree that a pantry (even a narrow one) would be ideal.
With my time difference, I haven't had a chance to check out the cabin cam lately. I just heard they've torn down the last wall of the original home?! I don't know that I wanna look. Is it going to make me cry?! =/ It's so much easier to just talk about the changes they're making instead of watching them happen. Ugh.
The original house had two main doors before DIY bought it. There was one that opened in to the dining room and faced the driveway, not the street. This was the door that had the family crests beside it. The other door (the one we used the most) faced Core Sound and opened up into the living room.
Jennie, we always felt like the sound-side was the front of the house, because that's the entrance we always used, that's where Evelyn built up her herb garden and where the brick walkway was. Though, I guess you could have also called it the side of the house if you wanted to enter through the dining room.
Congratulations!! What great news to hear!!!
Ugh, sponsors. Go figure. Thanks for that bit of information, though. It makes a little more sense to me now that they would put in a media room. "Media" does cover a lot of ground, so hopefully they won't make it too modern or else it will just seem so out of place.
Between the beach and the huge yard, my brother and I weren't allowed inside (and didn't want to be inside!) during the summer days as kids!! Well, except for when it was time to eat lunch ... but even then we opted to eat on the porch!
Thanks! It is definitely bittersweet to see all of this. It's still really great to hear so many people still want to keep it's old charm and not make it too modern. I did have a great Christmas; though I was very very far from home, one of my best friends from college teaches out here in Korea as well and I had a chance to spend the whole week with her. A little piece of home away from home :) Hope you've had a great holiday season, too!!
I talked to my dad earlier this morning. The first thing he said was, "They don't have a screen on that porch! That doesn't make any sense!" Haha! He hasn't seen the floor plans, but I told him about how they plan to cut the bedrooms from 5 to 2 and he just didn't get that either. I know we're both really attached to the way the house was originally, but I think it's reasonable to be put off by those two things ... :/ We'll see. I know a lot of people have mentioned it, too. Maybe they'll leave the floor plan up for a little modification since they still have a while before they really get into the building phase??