Blog Cabin

May 13

Behind the Scenes: Filming a Blog Cabin Episode

Kitchen Crashers at Blog Cabin 2013

I had the privilege of being a fly on the wall during the filming of the “Kitchen Crashers” episode of Blog Cabin 2013 (May 4-5). This was my first opportunity to watch the filming of a DIY Network show. What a thrill!

The crew was an absolute delight. Producer Jay Baker greeted me as if I was one of the gang. His big Tennessee smile made me feel immediately at ease. And Chris Grundy and Alison Victoria? Top-notch talent, humble, gracious … and oh so funny. Chris proved a laugh a minute, while Alison, without missing a beat, whipped out the classic comebacks. On-screen chemistry in spades!

Cameras were catching every moment of the ad libs, few of which will hit the cutting room floor, I am sure. The crew muscled through a grey, cold rainy Saturday to capture scenes for a captivating how-to project. Chris and Alison first picked through the reclaimed wood pile and then headed to a makeshift construction area near the dock where they sliced down, then ripped beams for a very cool kitchen furnishing (Hint: It has legs. And don’t be surprised if some matching coasters surface). Cabinet installation followed by a field trip were also on the day’s filming to-do list.

Candid Snaps: Blog Cabin 2013 Location
Candid Pictures of Blog Cabin 2013 Area

I had the opportunity to chat with Jay in between takes. I was fascinated by his creative process and his approach to this year’s episode. “My thought is to always to land at the place, take a look at the environment and figure out a way to involve as much of that environment into the show as possible,” he said. “We are in a special place that people will travel extensively to get to. We all have. So let’s show people why.”

Small kitchen size is a challenge this year, but Jay plans some workarounds; directing such talented hosts definitely helps. “You get someone with Chris’s energy level around someone with Alison’s energy level: They just self motivate. They are great at that. You just try to repeat that over and over and over because that’s why someone at home would want to watch this.”

For Grundy, being the Blog Cabin 2013 master of ceremonies has been a blast from the get-go. Although this year’s home is a tad smaller than the 2012 Maine home, the coastal location, beautiful water views and friendly locals make up for the building challenges. Mutual affection amongst crew members also makes for a stellar experience. “I love working with all the people that are here. I like having fun and all these people make me laugh,” he says. “And Alison Victoria — from the moment she shows up in a boat, everything gets better.”

Note: Although Cabin Cam comes down today, we have alot more to share, including a Q&A with our remodeling experts, an interview with the interior designer and content related to’s Remodeling of Blog Cabin 2013 package. Stay tuned!


  1. Awwwww …. Was watching and it went to pan about 10 minutes ago. Took me forever to get back here to blog. Oh my, what a wonderful job they all did. Looks like we , or should I say , the winner, will get seveal choice places to enjoy this lovely Blog Cabin and the surrounding area. It has been just so nice to enjoy. When the day brought difficult things, I went on here and just dreamed. Thanks for the journey. It has been great. Looking forward to seeing O & A, plus all the home as it happens. Thank you DIY and the entire crew. Nan ;) <3

    Nan on May 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm
  2. There are 2 new pictures on Chris Grundy's facebook page with Jason.

    vicki_in_Utah on May 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm
  3. I'm guessing that the pergola is made, mostly, from reclaimed wood from the original house. I'm not sure about the vertical 6×6 posts but the roof looks like the old flooring joists.

    I'm sure there are lots of other reclaimed & repurposed pieces inside that we will have to wait for the big reveal in about a month from now to see. That's going to be a Loooooooong month with no Cabin Cam to keep us guessing. I hope Mary et al have a few things up their sleeves to keep the ever-anxious horde of eager bloggers from becoming desperate for entertainment. :)

    Now, what were we all doing before the Cabin Cam was activated? ;)

    Clive on May 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    • I think you're right about the reclaimed wood, Clive. As for the cabin cam, well I guess I have a lot of time to do the things I've been procrastinating over, done.

      540sam on May 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm
  4. Oh my goodness, I just looked at the cam and came to the blog and now I see a new feed also!!! This has been such a busy day at the blog cabin I see! I LOVE IT!!!!! I love the new sitting area, the bushes, the flowers, the horse shoe pits, etc….. I can go on and on. DIY Teams you deserve such a big hug for all you do! This house is sooooo beautiful. First I thought maybe the sitting area could possibly still be the grape vines that other bloggers have been talking about but I love that it was replaced with this beautiful sitting area. I tell you one could not ask for more and to know that we have still not seen everything is just too much. I really hope that the winner will be able to live in this home. Have I said I WANT THIS LATELY??? haha Well I do as all of us! I wish the best of luck to everyone and hope they can give back and rescue some older animals at the shelter. There is so much land for a couple older animals to be saved and live out the rest of their lives on this little piece of paradise would just warm my heart! Much Love!! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

    Rebecca on May 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm
    • In what city is the shelter located?

      Barb on May 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm
    • There should be at least one if not more Animal Shelters in each city. You can look it up and find the closest one to you. Older animals are usually the first ones to be put down because they are old and not likely to be adopted. It is really sad. This home is such a beautiful place and has plenty of land for a few animals. This is my passion and I am hoping that the new owner would help me with my dream and give back. Let a couple of these animals know the outside of a cage and live the rest of their life free and loved. Thanks for asking Barb! Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on May 14, 2013 at 11:50 am
  5. I JUST LOVE IT!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! DIY TEAMS YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!! MUCH LOVE!!!! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

    Rebecca on May 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    • Rebecca, Do you really love it? lol Becky<3:)

      bythebaydreamer on May 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    • Yesummmmm!!! haha Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on May 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  6. CHECK OUT THE NEW SIGN……..WE WILL MISS YOU TOO!!!!!!!! MUCH LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!<3<3

    Rebecca on May 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm
    • It brought tears to my eyes Rebecca. I took a screen shot of it, but don't know how to post it.

      vicki_in_Utah on May 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    • I know how you feel. These guys have been working so hard and I will miss seeing them day in and day out. They have all done a wonderful job. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on May 14, 2013 at 11:54 am
  7. I missed everything today and came back now to see many wonderful, beautiful, extraordinary outdoor living spaces. I know some of you are sad those old grapevines are gone, but – Jennie – you have to admit the crew did a wonderful job with that area. I am in awe of the final picture, and it is indeed the final picture. I'm guessing they are taking the cabin cam down because there will be nothing further for us to see being improved upon. Perhaps they'll post a few photos for us to refer to until all is said & done?
    What a beauty this "cabin" turned into. What a fantastic home. What a dream.
    And I love DIY's goodbye sign for us – nice touch.
    Good luck to us all in this.

    Wind Chime Girl on May 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    • WCG I totally agree with you, Those Guys did an outstanding job and another lovely place for sitting and reading or enjoying the Beautiful view..But I wish they had built it on the other side of the Grapevines closer to the property line and rebuilt the Arbor for the Grapevine and Pruned all the dead vines out! I think it was salvageable..It had a lot of growth on it…The Robinson Family planted those Muscadine vines and probably had bountiful harvest each year.:) Sad those are gone but I think Jason planted Grapevines this time around the backside of the Pergola so the new owners will have Grapes and can make a little wine, Grape jam or jelly…Your right, it is a Beauty and We finally got a Sign, but it wasn't on Our Grapevine!!!. :p:)B)^_^<3 What are we going to do without the Camera Cam to look at Our Beautiful little Cottage Everyday???:)<3

      Jennie/Florida on May 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm
    • Hi WCG! I hope they post more pictures as well. I totally agree, what a wonderful job they have done transforming this home. Such a beautiful place. I wish everyone luck as well. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on May 14, 2013 at 11:57 am
  8. Oh Dear, I had to cry when I read Dylan's farewell. The crew did such a great job. I couldn't wait to get home from work. The landscaping is unbelievable. Here we had lite snow in the higher elevations tonight a major freeze I brought the plants in. I love how they left two tiny grape vine plants and brought it back to life.
    The bistro table is so cute.:'(:'(:'( I'm going to miss the camera.
    Looking forward to seeing Chris, Jason, Matt, josh, Anitra and Alison getting the Blog Cabin back together once again.
    That reclaimed pergola even has planters on the top wow <3<3<3 This place screams how do you like me now !!!!!!

    MaryPA on May 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm
  9. It looks spectacular, I've enjoyed the cabin cam all through the building process, can't wait for the drawing, just try to pick me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gina on May 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm
  10. The landscaping changes looks great!! I would love to buy some locally caught fish and cook it on that new grill! I'm free anytime you want me to move in!! :)

    Lia_M on May 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm

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