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Jan 7

People’s Choice Round One: Voting Starts Today!

Blog Cabin 2014 Construction Vote

Today’s the day you’ve all been waiting for. Starting today, you can begin voting for inside-out features for this year’s DIY Network Blog Cabin. You’ll have the opportunity to vote on the exterior siding color, window pattern, interior paint palette and the flooring installed throughout. Vote up to 10 times per day on, and pin your favorite picks to Pinterest. I’m dying to know what you pick!


  • Posted at 1:15 pm on January 1, 2014
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  1. wow voting has started and I like what I see so far. now to see what others like too…
    I liked the oak flooring, over the tiger stripe much better and loved the prairie grid windows I think it would look great in windows upstairs with that view to look at.
    Can't wait to see the new floor plans and see where the new front entry will be…

    home_girl on January 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm
    • Me too. Can't wait to see it moved/built.

      Deborah Maness on January 8, 2014 at 10:21 am
    • The white oak will last a life time and IMO the tiger stripe bamboo is way too busy.

      Eugenia27 on January 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm
    • Eugenia27, I completely agree with you on the flooring. I thought oak was stronger than bamboo but my husband said bamboo is suppose to be stronger? I just liked the look of the oak in comparison but looks like bamboo might win over. :/

      AndreaMP on January 9, 2014 at 12:22 am
    • It will be interesting to see it when it is done.Sent from my iPhone

      Eugenia27 on January 9, 2014 at 3:14 am
    • I have to agree with you. Now why do you think the white trim/ cream on outside not so popular. Is there something I need to kow about Florida?

      Val on January 10, 2014 at 2:57 am
    • maybe because it looks like it might be very yellow

      twoTERRIERs on January 10, 2014 at 3:55 am
    • I think that photo did not represent the cream color very well.

      AndreaMP on January 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm
    • :) ) yeps, any of these what i consider caribbean colors look sooooo good to me…this is going to be an absolutely fantastic house, i love the size and possibilities…the house is centered if you know what i mean…..

      twoTERRIERs on January 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm
    • Something to know about Florida, it is hot, a lot. Dark color on the exterior absorbs the heat. The lighter colors reflect the heat. I am horrified that the dark blue is neck in neck with the lighter shade of green.

      vredick on January 11, 2014 at 1:38 am
    • I hope the tiger strand bamboo doesn't win, even though its in the lead now. With the high contrast of colors I am afraid it will be too overpowering with the neutral nuance paint palette. Flooring, like the paint, should be a compliment to the furnishings. I am just worried that when you walk into this lovely home with the tiger strand flooring it will be the only thing you see. I think the white oak flooring would be much more complimentary in such a serene setting.

      I too liked the prairie grid windows. The other one just seems more craftsman like…maybe it's just me :)

      Rebecca on January 15, 2014 at 11:11 am
  2. ooooooh man. Looking good!

    Can't wait to hear what you are all thinking too.

    Happy New Year guys and gals! Did you all have some delightful down time? Are you staying warm??



    Laurie_March on January 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    • Thanks Laurie. We enjoyed the downtime but not the temps. I see even Winter Haven is chilly and you folks in TN are cold. In the upper MW we're so cold we don't even speak about it any more. Hopefully, we'll get back up to 0F tomorrow and it will feel balmy. :)

      AnniesOwn on January 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    • Hey! Stay warm… I'm in (gulp) sunny LA!

      (ducking for the snowballs you will surely throw my way)


      Laurie_March on January 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm
    • Much too cold to go out & throw snowballs. At these temps you can't form snow into a snowball. It's like fine, dry sand. Enjoy your warmth. :)

      AnniesOwn on January 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm
    • You'll be happy to know there's 85 degrees difference between your temps in LA and ours in WI at this moment. Don't be surprised if you see a car full of refugees outside your door soon if this continues. :) Thanks for the voting choices, all are sure winners. :D

      Clive on January 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    • Clive –

      EEK! well, there's room here for sure! If you want to help me weed the garden, I'd consider it a fine trade.


      Laurie_March on January 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm
    • LOL. I have children who need employment. Is child labor OK?
      Enjoy your warmth, we've only another 5 months and we'll be warm like CA. ;)

      Clive on January 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    • Hi, Laurie! I'm trying to stay warm. Layering up the blankets and whipping up hot cocoa. Hope warm Cali is treating you well. (Jealous.)

      Kayla@HGTV on January 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm
    • Miss Kayla – Surely you know the way to LA! Hope a plane! ;)


      Laurie_March on January 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm
    • Happy New year, Laurie…also in CA (northern) and feeling guilty to have the nicer weather while my relatives have been snowed in. Over the years, I have learned to read the blog comments before voting on BC features…many wise and practical minds here, with perspective I might not have.

      LLColeman on January 10, 2014 at 4:47 am
    • Hi LL:>)
      Well here we are voting again. I always like to vote first and see how I line up with everyone else-then I read the blog to see-like you are saying the wise thoughts thrown around:>)
      So far I am in line with the voting except the color of the house. In the past green has always been disliked-so I figured it was the yellow or the blue. I agree with the statement about the lighter color deflecting the sun?? I like the Boothbay Blue but voted for the yellow for that reason?
      Plus down south I think of lighter, brighter colors. If this home were up north here say Northeast I would pick the blue.
      I am jealous of your nice climes:) We survived the sub-zero temps now everything is melting with temps in the 40-50's:):( can't win! Next week it will be freezing again! Enjoy ! o.0

      ruffybc on January 12, 2014 at 11:06 am
    • ruffybc…..I am with you I think FLA and I think yellow exterior. Probably the oak floor…have not voted yet. Getting to it tomorrow and the new post is up re the floor plans already ! We like things to move fast ! Stay warm, kiddo. ;) <3

      LLColeman on January 13, 2014 at 3:52 am
    • LL
      Well I have had some return comments regarding the floors. The bamboo it turns out is not the best choice. so I guess I will have to go in and vote 10X :<( for the oak and re-stain if I am lucky enough to win. I am glad we have so many smart people on this blog-you included:) It is going up to almost 50 today! go figure!<3o.0

      ruffybc on January 13, 2014 at 9:01 am
    • Hi Laurie! We had a great holiday here in chilly Florida! We always love to dig out our winter sweaters and boots! Hope it doesn't last too long though, so the DIY guys and gals can get started with the moving of the cute little bungalo that will become the awesome Blog Cabin 2014!! Thanks for blogging with us and keep us filled in on what is going on if you can!! <3

      jchristie24 on January 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm
  3. Based on the exterior drawings used to select the paint color it looks like the front door was relocated. As a result it appears what were previously the sides of the home will become the front and back (Facing the water).

    I was hoping for a front porch but the exterior drawings do not show one.

    MAOW on January 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    • Just guessing but looking at the three siding color offerings I believe the Woodland Cream is shown on the lakeside of the rebuilt house and the other colors are the roadside view. If that's true then it appears Dylan has included the enclosed sunroom in the present house and made it into an enclosed porch on the lakeside. This is the same style as the neighboring homes and is, in all likelihood, the best way to go to give beautiful lake iews and some protection from heat and bugs. :) :D The other side of the French doors could be a dining room or master bedroom with lake views. B)

      Clive on January 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm
  4. And they're off! Some neck & neck races and some already a foregone conclusion. All are great choices so there are no real losers, all are winners :) .

    Personally, I would like to see DIY moving away from it's love affair with bamboo flooring and offer only N. American wood flooring that's equal or better than bamboo in every respect – but that's not a big deal.

    From the sketches of the siding color we can get an idea of the layout Dylan has planned for the house. Love that he's turned it around 90 degrees from it's present orientation in it's original site in Dundee so the Widows Walk has most exposure to the views. ^_^:DB)

    Clive on January 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    • I agree on the Bamboo flooring plus I think the strips will make it look like a Zebra!! But in any event excited it is starting!

      LRN on January 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm
    • Floorplans coming soon!

      Kayla@HGTV on January 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm
    • Cool. Thanks for the "Head's Up".

      MAOW on January 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm
    • Yippee!

      grammagail on January 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm
    • Soon? Like tomorrow (Crosses fingers)?

      MAOW on January 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm
    • Clive
      Yes, we are off and running:)again! I fully agree with you in regard to "Made in America" selections. I did select the bamboo only because it was light-not too dark as in the past with the selections. The oak is a bit bland for my tastes. I wish they had had another choice-this was too limited.
      Again I hope they pick made in America products when they can.

      ruffybc on January 12, 2014 at 11:10 am
    • Oak is easily re-stained, bamboo color can't be changed and even refinishing poses some challenges. ;) However, bamboo is going to win so we move on to the next and wish the winner well. :D

      Clive on January 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm
    • Clive,

      I have also come to the conclusion that Bamboo flooring will be selected.

      I hope that since Bamboo isn't suggested for Kitchens and Baths that other options are used for these rooms. Even if I got to hand select what type of wood flooring to use for this home I would still want to mix things up in the Kitchen and Baths.

      MAOW on January 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm
    • Agreed. I like cork in bathrooms. It feels great on my feet. ;)

      Clive on January 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm
    • Hello again, Clive, people usually choose bamboo for energy efficiency (at least that's what I was taught), I'm a big fan of natural hard wood floors and do have that in my living room.
      Good to see you again.


      Tisha on January 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm
    • I have received some other comments on the bamboo and now it is looking like the bamboo is not the best choice. I do not have personal experience-I just know that in the past homes the bamboo usually wins. I hope people do read the comments about the choices. We have a lot of people on this blog such as yourself that are very knowledgeable about construction,etc. So I guess I will try to find the time to vote today and maybe 10X:<( to the OAK flooring-as you say it can be re-stained along with paint color changes:>) Thanks for the input

      ruffybc on January 13, 2014 at 8:42 am
    • Bamboo can be found all over this area in Fla. I think it only natural to use it.

      Penny on January 16, 2014 at 12:41 am
  5. I agree with Clive, I've never been a fan of the Tiger bamboo, but this home is going to be awesome no matter what! Can't wait to see it evovle

    Kim on January 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm
    • Me too! It always seems dirty to me.

      doriswood on January 15, 2014 at 12:30 am
  6. WhoooHoooo! Here we go! The choices are all good ones except the tiger stripe bamboo flooring. If I were to look at that everywhere all day it would get to me real fast, I think. There are applications where it would be a stunning choice but not in this period home. Way too "busy".

    grammagail on January 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm
  7. Finally voting has begun. I think no matter which choice wins that home will always be a winner. I think the reason bamboo is offered is its sustainability, but either is beautiful. I am so excited. Can't wait to win this home. By the way it was 37 degrees 2 hours south of the blog cabin. That's enough winter for me!!!! Stay warm.:D<3

    Sheri McNamara on January 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm
    • Sheri I have both bamboo and oak floors in my home. The biggest difference I've noticed between these two woods, is the bamboo is more durable. It stands up to high heels, pet nails, kids dropping stuff, and dragging stuff across the floor. Bamboo is hard as heck to scratch or dent. Unfortunately my oak floors have some bad spots in them, especially from high heels, and a suitcase zipper (long story).
      I think both woods are beautiful.

      Mel on January 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm
    • Thanks for the info Mel. The fact that the bamboo can take just about anything that comes its way sounds good to me! I believe this is going to be one fabulous home no matter how the voting goes.It's funny here we are talking about flooring and they show how gorgeous the tiger striped bamboo is. I really don't think that the tiger stripe bamboo is busy at all. I liked the little picture of the house since it does give a hint to some changes. Dylan does magic with these homes and this is gonna be great!!! Stay warm all and have a nice evening.Oh and by the way, this sunny part of Florida is going back down in the low 30's again tonight. I know lots of you live in much colder areas but here in sunny Florida the winds were really making it seem a lot colder. <3:S

      Sheri McNamara on January 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    • I do have a different finish on my stranded bamboo floors.
      Bamboo floors do well in areas with moisture too, like bathrooms & kitchens. For the last couple of years the winning floor choice (wood) has been installed over the whole house, including the BC bathrooms & kitchen. That will probably be true this year too.
      I don't think the stripe looks bad at all, and will look great with warm accent colors, especially shades of yellow and probably most greens too. I do think it's more modern looking than the oak floor. So I see a mixed results here, a traditional window style with a more modern floor choice.

      Mel on January 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm
    • Mel, The bamboo would be lovely in a different finish! It is the pattern of the one they chose that would get old for me real soon. One of those things that you get up one day and say "why in the world did I choose that?"

      grammagail on January 8, 2014 at 12:08 am
    • Grammagail I do like my bamboo finish better than the one up for vote. I also like my oak finish better than the one up for vote. I have LL's Select Red Oak Finish in Bellawood. Flooring is a big design choice. It really does impact the way a room looks and feels, and of course is much costlier than paint to replace.
      For the 2012 BC many bloggers weren't pleased with the winning floor choice. That year they did put down different flooring ( the one the bloggers favored) in the Mega Dens space. Perhaps they would do that this year? Mega Dens might get the widow's walk area to renovate, so that would be a nice break from the tiger stripe floor! I guess if the winner really hates the bamboo, they could invest in some large area rugs. So far it's winning by a large margin.

      Mel on January 8, 2014 at 7:35 am
    • That's good to know about the bamboo durability. I don't like the pattern look of the choice offered though. And I hope the floors are solid wood and not "engineered wood." I had engineered oak in my previous home- huge disaster in durability. Before I moved into my husband's 40 year old home, we had the solid oak floors refinished and they look as good as new after all those years of wear & tear. No comparison to the ever popular engineered wood you see going in homes everywhere now. You can't refinish engineered wood if it gets water damaged, etc..flooring companies know it and are loving that!!

      AndreaMP on January 9, 2014 at 1:09 am
    • Hi Mel,
      I agree with you that the bamboo is more durable and as I said to Clive the oak is a bit bland for my taste. I think durable is a must where you have sand to deal with and lots of people coming and going-and pets:>)!
      Hope all is well?

      ruffybc on January 12, 2014 at 11:13 am
  8. Wow. It seems I'm really out of touch with what others like…None of my selections are in the lead. But, still and all, the choices are beautiful so the end result will be lovely no matter the final selection!

    Downonthefarm on January 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm
  9. Hey, Nebraska. did you view the interior color choices? Unless I'm mistaken, it looks like no worries for a green powder room here! :-)

    Downonthefarm on January 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm
  10. I've been to 7 designer showhomes in the past few months and they all looked alike; taupe, khaki, beige, blah. Not asking for a circus tent, but how 'bout some color. I agree about the bamboo floors, by the time it gets to the USA, it's not very "green". Local products, now that's earth friendly.

    Alex on January 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    • I agree. Neutral Nuance has nothing that evokes Floridas's vibrant colors, blue skies and oranges. It would have been good to see an option for brighter colors. Bamboo floors are way over hyped. It's no more 'green' than locally sourced lumber and takes jobs away from the US.

      DannyF on January 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    • Alex the designers will hopefully add some warm tropical pops of color with various accessories like rugs, bed linens, pillow fabrics, wall art or even painted furniture when they decorate.
      Don't give up hope for seeing vibrant "Florida" colors used in the home even if the neutral paint colors win this vote.

      Mel on January 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm
    • You can always bump up the color on your own with whatever you want to put in it.
      The trend today is a blank (all hues of white/off-white, beiges, etc.) background with
      accessories bringing in the color as a pop or the chairs painted the vibrant color!!!

      SandyLA on January 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm
    • This is what Sherwin Williams, who supply paint for the Blog Cabin, has to say about 2013/14 trending colors. "Some popular interior house colors of 2013 were dark shades of blue, green, red and purple. Other color trends of that year were bright colors such as bright green, pink, blue, and yellow paired with black, white, or grey to add bold splashes of color. The paint colors of 2014 are shifting towards lighter shades, with soft whispers of color throughout the space. The latest crazes on the paint color chart include soft pastels such as light blues, greens, and yellow. Even pinks, purples, peach, and light browns are appearing on the list of the most popular paint colors this year. While dark shades and blacks and greys were popular interior colors for 2013, the interior wall paint colors of 2014 are shifting to a softer and not so loud. Painting your room in these beautiful pale colors can brighten up your room and give the appearance of a larger space." Seems the colors on offer are to the pale end of the 2014 popular spectrum. I would still prefer some color on the walls and not just on the furniture.

      DannyF on January 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    • Whomever wins can repaint the walls to their liking, that's easier than re-doing floors. But really, I think the blog cabin will look stellar when it's all finished. (except if those crazy bamboo floors win the vote).

      AndreaMP on January 9, 2014 at 1:01 am
    • Danny, you know that Sherwin Williams also sell paint brushes and pans so that anyone can paint the colors of their choice. Go get ‘um!

      SandyLA on January 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm
    • Hey Alex, any clue as to what was trending back in 1919 1920? Anyone? Guess I've been watching WAAAAy too much Down town Abby!!!!

      Ashtabulannie on January 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    • Most likely parlor colors . Dark wood,dark paneling, chandeliers, wallpapering .

      cucumberHOH on January 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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