Congratulations to Albert Zaranka! He and his wife, Ellen, are the proud winners of the DIY Network® Blog Cabin 2015 GiveawayTM, a grand prize package valued at almost $900,000.
Al’s name was randomly drawn from more than 23 million entries. “My first reaction to being told that I had won was tears of joy,” he says. “For how many millions of entries you get, it never occurred to me that I’d be the lucky one.”
The DIY Network enthusiast admits to entering online, looking at every room, and watching every video. “I always try to figure out where we’d put the piano in each house,” says Al. At DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015, he envisions the family piano in the downstairs hallway across from the living room and stairway.
Al, a teacher and pianist, loves the two-story open concept. “I particularly like the living room with the balcony effect and the view,” he explains.
“We can’t wait to see the home in-person,” says Al. Still shocked from his stroke of good fortune, Al looks forward to sharing the prize with his wife.
Check back in November for more pictures of the lucky winner at DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015.
Thanks for entering Blog Cabin 2015! I wish you all the best of luck. Keep checking back here for updates and info. We’ll be announcing the winner in October, so stay tuned.
As you saw in my last post, Idaho’s a really great place and we took great strides in designing this home to the specific lot as well as for the climate. Much of the West can be described as high desert and with its coniferous trees can be prone to wildfires from lightning strikes and other causes.
Knowing this, we designed this year’s house with five key elements that make it wildfire resistant. Although we were not required to meet these for local codes, it just makes smart design sense to work with the environment instead of against it.
Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET tune in for the exciting DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Special. You don’t want to miss the last episode in our DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 series. It’s been an amazing journey, and this evening Chris Grundy will wrap up this year’s modern mountain transformation with a behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful area and standout design features.
Watch and tweet live with Grundy, Chris Lambton, Matt Muenster, John Desilvia, the Blog Cabin crew and our friends at HGTV Magazine. Use #BlogCabin.
We are proud to announce the last in our series of the insanely popular Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we have been giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped.
What’s the final item up for grabs? We’re giving away a design board from Blog Cabin 2015, signed by Yard Crashers host Chris Lambton and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy and a bevy of DIY Network swag. Tune in Monday at 9:30 ET for the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Special.
To enter for a chance to win this signed piece of memorabilia, take the virtual home tour, and then tell us, via a comment posted below, what you would do first if you won the Blog Cabin 2015 Giveaway.
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You have from September 4, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. ET until Thursday September 10, 2015, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this signed memorabilia. The following week we will randomly select the winner and post the winner in the blog.
Now that you’ve seen all (6) shows, I hope you can see how we brought a little bit of Idaho into DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015. Every year, we attempt to make this home as local and authentic as we can. And you can see those touches through out each one. Whether its time reading about the location or scouting the local antique shops with design coordinator Laurie March, I really try to understand not only the physical location of the house and how that impacts the design but also how the surrounding beauty and culture should effect it as well.
Now being an East coaster, I admit to not knowing much about Idaho. Potatoes right? Well I was way under-informed as to how cool this place really is! Luckily we also had the fine and friendly people of Coeur d’Alene to help as well as some top notch builders at Edwards Smith Construction.
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So today I wanted to share my top 5 Favorite things about Idaho….
If you are lucky enough to have a house with a view of the mountains or a lake, such as DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015, then you’ll want to be sure to maximize that view.
Small windows and puny patios just won’t cut it. Instead, you might want to install large windows, sliding glass doors and outdoor spaces that can accommodate a crowd to take in the view.
At DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015, the existing house faces southwest and has a view of Lake Coeur d’Alene. But, according to Dylan Eastman, build and design manager on the project, if possible, the view should be more southernly to get the maximum vista and the most sun in winter to passively solar heat the house. “In our case, it could be worse,” he says. “The view could have been on the northeastern side of the house where it’s darker and colder. The orientation of the existing house was part of our decision during purchase.”
DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 host Chris Grundy gets some puppy love.
Now that you’ve toured DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015, you’ve witnessed the expertly planned design, the million dollar views and the top-notch amenities that combine to make this modern mountain house a home. But with that said, a house wouldn’t be a home without the family that resides within, including those four-legged family members!
DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 didn’t skimp on pet amenities this year. Complete with a swanky Doggy Blog Cabin, a pet fountain, treats, toys and a spacious yard to run around, this home is the place for pets to live in style.
And while DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 has it all, the city of Coeur d’Alene has a multitude of additional events and places to enjoy with your pooch, making it the perfect family attraction for humans and pets alike. Voted as the 2011 Dog Town USA by Dog Fancy Magazine, here are the top five pet-friendly places in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho:
We’re excited to announce the sixth in our series of the insanely popular Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we will be giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped.
What’s the item up for grabs? We’re giving away a Yard Crashers design board, signed by host Chris Lambton and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy and a bevy of DIY Network swag. See here for tune-in details regarding the Yard Crashers episode of Blog Cabin 2015.
To enter for a chance to win this one-of-a-kind signed design board, take the virtual home tour, examine each space and then tell us, via a comment posted below, which Blog Cabin 2015 upcycled feature you like best.
Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET tune in as Chris Lambton takes on the yard at DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015. You won’t want to miss this amazing mountaintop transformation with the ultimate patio and outdoor dining area. It’s stunning!
Watch and tweet live with Chris Lambton and Grundy! Use #BlogCabin.