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Enter the Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

The time has finally arrived: to throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win this adorable coastal retreat, nestled along North Carolina’s stunning Crystal Coast.

We invite you to enter twice online per day — once on DIYNetwork.com and once on HGTVRemodels.com — for your chance to win the home. Our entry period runs through mid-September. And don’t forget to take the virtual home tour, watch our exclusive Blog Cabin videos and read through articles that detail the remodeling process. Tonight, we premiere the first episode in our Blog Cabin 2013 series. Get tune-in details for the House Crashers episode.

We wish you all the best of luck!

  • Posted at 11:30 am on July 7, 2013
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686 Comments

  1. so there is no other prizes but the home itself? no cash or car?

    hellodolly on July 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    • Nothing else. Just the house, land and contents. Be happy with that.:)

      Tom&Penny on July 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    • They've come a long way. Never used to include any furniture or accessories as I recall????

      Ashtabulannie on July 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    • Quite correct. The early cabins came almost unfurnished. Just some custom items made by the DIY Blog Cabin crew (no 'Crashers' back then). :)

      Clive on July 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    • See Clive's comments, above, regarding very helpful tax information, and Tom&Penny's less helpful comment below. Make sure you have the cash reserves to back up what you will be paying out, should you win this contest. Better to not enter at all if you will just end up in a foreclosure or some other embarrassing outcome. Be sure to enter if you don't really need a home, but looking for another plaything.

      Fogetaboutit on July 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    • can you take the money instead of the house? do they give that option I jut wonder about some people who might not be able to afford the up keep, taxes, insurance ect…

      hellodolly on July 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    • There is no money. Unless there is a problem and the house can't be won. That happened with the 3rd BC. But no choice.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    • I be happy with just the house. I'm sure you could take out a small morgage to be able to pay the initial taxes and maybe build a garage with room to store the lawnmower and stuff.

      DebiW on September 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm
    • Not sure what you consider a "small mortgage" but federal income tax would be in the region of $130,000 and state income tax (if your state has that) would run between $20,000 – $30,000 additional.

      Getting a mortgage on the house without an income to repay it would probably not be possible. Maybe take out a 2nd mortgage on your current house if you own it and there's enough equity.

      A garage would be expensive if it were permanent and came up to building codes for the area. It was too expensive for DIY to consider which may give you some idea of the cost.

      All-in-all anything's possible but you need a good, steady income to get a mortgage and no or little debt. The house can't be used as collateral.:)xD Good luck in the Sweeps.

      AnniesOwn on September 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    • Most of what you say is accurate but the nature of any mortgage is that the house is always considered collateral, that's why there are foreclosures.

      Ishmael on September 4, 2013 at 4:13 am
    • You're correct of course. What I was trying to say was that using the blog cabin value to get the mortgage without other means to repay the loan over the period agreed would be highly unlikely. It appears several people seem to think the bank will agree to a loan based on the value of the house as though that value is cash sitting in the customers account. A reputable lender is not going to lend unless they see that the borrower can afford the repayments in addition to all the borrowers other financial obligations. As I'm sure you know.:)

      AnniesOwn on September 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    • Absolutely.

      Ishmael on September 7, 2013 at 2:36 am
  2. Wow!!!! Beautiful Home with a history, no HOA, no gates to pass thru, and was that a trapeze by the outdoor kitchen??? How did you know I was a swinger???? Wow over the years this contest has really become a second Dream Home and now includes furnishings!!! Great Job!

    Ashtabulannie on July 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    • good luck on your entries, Hokiemom ! I know for this BC you will give up bidets and saunas–so will I ! You swinger, you ! ^_^ :p ;) B)

      LLColeman on July 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    • Hi LL!! Nice to see you here. I know no bidet or saunas…… :-( ( But I can always buy one of those bidet toilet seats!!! OR Use that outdoor kitchen /finish off the sides and put some rocks in the outdoor grilll???? Fun to run into the ocean after a good old Scandinavian hot sauna time. Ahhh relax with a glass of vodka? Wonder what the story is with the trapeze??? Now I'm curious.

      Ashtabulannie on July 30, 2013 at 1:09 am
    • Ah but there are air jets in the master tub, and wouldn't that heated bathroom floor be toasty on a cold winter day? As for that trapeze-The original cabin also had two swings hanging in that pecan tree. When the outdoor kitchen was built they removed the lower branches so lost the swings, but left the trapeze. :D

      SID on July 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm
    • Hey SID congratulations on the coaster set!!! So thrilled for ya! Also thanks for the info on the original swing situation! Crossing my fingers that you might also win the cabin!!! So much fun to blog with you!!! Hokiemom

      Ashtabulannie on July 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm
    • and i especially love no HOA………………………….i need to see exactly were this is on the coast…

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 1:43 am
    • 2terriers thats the best part no HOA for sure.

      Ashtabulannie on July 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm
    • I don't like the fact that there is no gates. You're surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness, and with that comes the animals, intruders and who knows a wackjob. So often hey live in areas similar to this.

      havanera on July 31, 2013 at 10:51 am
    • Then why is the crime rate so low in Carteret county? and almost non existent in Atlantic?

      540sam on July 31, 2013 at 11:22 am
    • So is Lincoln, Montana where Ted Kaczinsky, the Unabomber built and mailed the bombs that harmed and could have potentially killed more people than it did. So many other stories similar to this. Anything can happen anywhere. But one must reduced the chances for a crime of opportunity or being a victim of an animal attack; specially your domestic pets.

      havanera on July 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    • Yes and you could be taking a bath and be hit by lightning:D but I kind of doubt it, after all where else can you have nerve enough to put up a mailbox made of copper?(I hope it's still there). Probably the worse wildlife you will encounter there will be an occasional skunk, unless the Core Ness Monster decides to rear it's ugly head.xD

      540sam on July 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    • havanera, Good Point! It's not too far from a military base? There are always security cameras? Being a city person I am accustomed to finding the occasional, unfortunate homeless persons taking a dump in my yard. Yep really! So….. I just deal with it.
      I at the time thought Blacksburgh, VA was one of the safest places to send my kid to college. Go Figure….. Hokiemom.

      Ashtabulannie on July 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm
  3. I keep trying which is all you can do to win this beautiful coastal home. What a great getaway retreat!!!! Good Job DIY !!!!!!!

    Steve on July 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm
  4. Would need some cash to pay the taxes. Yikes!

    Chris on July 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm
  5. Great job! The house is absolutely beautiful! Now I have to get back to work….$200,000 is a chunk of change!

    Mbkozay on July 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm
  6. Love the cabin all $462,740 of it. No cash prize though. time to enter and win

    Lfinicle on July 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm
  7. It's amazing how artistic and clever the DIY crew were in repurposing their finds during the demolition. The home they built may be new but it's decorated with old world charm. I love the idea of using the homes original outdoor water pump for the outdoor shower. Rinsing off your feet after the sea shore is a must for any beach house. I'm looking forward to fishing off the pier with my family. Loved the hideaway bunk beds, too, behind the "Fresh seafood" whimsical art! Bravo to the entire DIY team-job well done!

    sarah Patt on July 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    • Yes, Sarah– it's not just beautiful, it's functional! It's just so creative and charming inside and out. For the first time ever, my husband even scheduled the DVR to record each and every show so he could watch them go step by step on this home. It's exciting since it's not too far from us. Thoughtful was the full house generator as well…so necessary here!

      JEssig on July 31, 2013 at 2:34 am
  8. Love this picture.

    vicki_in_Utah on July 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm
    • Best of luck in the contest, Vickie ! <3

      LLColeman on July 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    • Thank you LLColeman, good luck to you also. I truly hope a blogger wins this great BC.

      vicki_in_Utah on July 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm
  9. Best wishes everyone! May the best person win…Just kidding. ;)

    Lea81194 on July 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm
  10. My hat is in the ring!;) Thank you DIY, HGTV, sponsors, builders, contractors, designers, hosts, and everyone involved in building this incredible home. Thank you for all your hard work, your creative ideas, and especially for providing us with the incredible opportunity to win this home. Thank you also for the lower ARV than previous cabins. We all know you put far more than that into this project! The resulting lower taxes will probably bring the chance of keeping this home and living the dream within the reach of more families, and if the winner so chooses a quick sale should be much easier. Thank you also, fellow bloggers, for contributing your ideas and especially your friendship throughout this whole year, and best of luck to each and every one of you dear friends! <3<3<3

    SID on July 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm
    • Good luck to you, SID ! <3

      LLColeman on July 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm
    • <3<3<3

      SID on July 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    • SID, sounds like you won it already. I hope you do.
      Cheers!
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on July 29, 2013 at 11:38 pm
    • Ha Ha! Oh I wish! Hope all your dreams come true too, WCG!

      SID on July 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    • Good luck Sid!:D

      JudyInMich on July 30, 2013 at 8:51 am
    • Good luck to you too Judy!

      SID on July 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    • As soon as I discovered this year's Blog Cabin is in NC, I made a 160 mi trip to sneak a peak from the road! It's cordoned off of course but I could see it and just seeing it made the dream so much more real!

      It's truly spectacular, in a lovely area, and I agree with you…the craftsmen (and women) have done an AMAZING job! Watching the shows (as the house came to life again) is a blast! I love you, Grundy! You're so funny! The turtle in the lumber really was a surprise! My son would have kept it though! LOL!

      I'm hoping for it! If so, I'd live there year round! It's perfect! I could continue my work (with a transfer) and for the first time EVER, I'd have a real home of my own. <3

      Best of luck to everyone! ;) ;)

      JosephsMom on August 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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Blog Cabin is the groundbreaking multimedia experience based on a very simple idea: You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It! This truly interactive series asks Internet users to vote on the design features for a real vacation getaway. Expert hosts from DIY Network series will be on hand to rebuild the 1920s lakeside house that will become a luxurious home for a lucky sweepstakes winner. Plus, a one-hour Blog Cabin special, hosted by tool expert Chris Grundy, will highlight the incredible transformation.
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