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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. Are measures being taken to preserve the charm of the original house?
    We are already evidently losing the adorable black edging and trusses.
    Are the front steps being replaced by the pedestrian wooden steps shown above?

    Yes, the place needs updating but not at the cost of the essence of the original!
    What's next? The wonderful banister in the widows walk? I love that "asterisk" design.

    Even the floor. I am voting for the bamboo because I prefer it to the pale oak but, I would have rather had something more in keeping with the original house. Though battered I liked the original floor and suspect that options were eliminated to make a more distinct before and after shot. The transformation from old to new would have been enough.

    Please tell us if some effort will be made at preserving the presence of the original home.

    Kari on January 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm
    • I have to agree with you about the flooring. I suggested that Nicole Curtis come in on this house. She would of been able to preserve the floors throughout the entire house. I also hate that they are going to take those old kitchen cabinets out more than likely. I know that they are old and have lots of coats of paint on them, but you could strip them down and redo them and the hardware on them is what is part of the time. I hope they give us that option when we get there.

      CheleRS3 on January 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm
  2. In keeping with the homes age, the oak floors are the way to go. They can be stained darker if the new owner wants them dark. the tiger bamboo is trendy, busy and not the right fit for this home. Just my opinion.

    Eugenia27 on January 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm
    • 100% agree! :)

      AndreaMP on January 9, 2014 at 10:49 am
    • I agree, the light colored oak is much nicer to look at than the striped bamboo in my opinion.

      Windsmurf on January 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    • Great choice, Eugenia. Though I might often prefer the bamboo flooring in a more contemporary setting, the oak floors are more appropriate to the look, architecture and age of the home.

      DBCoop on January 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    • I could see the tiger bamboo working in an ultra modern condo, and it would be spectacular.

      Eugenia27 on January 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    • I completely agree and much prefer the oak, or a less "busy" bamboo. I am surprised that the tiger bamboo is in the lead by so much, but it looks like we're in the minority so far. That said, I don't completely despise the tiger bamboo. I could see indoor green leafy plants against that flooring style, and area rugs could help to tame it down a bit. (See what I did there? Tiger/tame! LOL! I crack myself up!)

      TwoCorgis on January 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm
    • If they tame the tiger correctly it could be appealing. I just hope it doesn't end up biting the bloggers in the butt-er.

      Eugenia27 on January 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm
  3. cant wait to see what it looks like when it finished

    angel79 on January 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm
  4. It is really interesting to sit back and read all the varying choices. I have to agree that there are no wrong options and add the wallpaper to the picture this house is going to be great. I just can't wait to see the actual floor plan. Good evening to all.<3:D

    Sheri McNamara on January 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm
  5. Could one of the FL residents on the Blog provide some idea of the building requirements related to Hurricanes which would apply to this build. I am curious because the current design has a lot of windows.

    Are storm shutters required or is this property far enough inland that these types of restrictions do not apply?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    MAOW on January 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm
    • I know Florida has various hurricane wind fields for building codes depending on the location. Polk County is central and not subject to the stricture standards of say south Flordia. I know the professionals with DIY and local building officials will make sure it meets the appropriate codes. I believe for new construction it is tied all the way down from the roof system to the foundation/slab for more wind resistance but don't know how it will apply to a renovation/restoration. I am eagerly awaiting the project to see how they do it!! :-)

      LRN on January 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm
    • LRN,

      Thanks for your feedback.

      MAOW on January 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm
    • Hurricane Charley hit Central Florida (including Polk) in 2004… I believe at winds of 150+/- … I live in Tampa, but have lived in the same home for over 10 years. Hurricane building codes are every changing – bigger and better every year it seems. I wouldn't worry too much. I'm certain that DIY has educated themselves well for the build – any local subcontractors they use will also be well aware of requirements – hurricane shutters are always an option, but there are so many new options these days; quite impressive really. :)

      CreativeGraf on January 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm
    • CreativeGraf,

      Thanks for sharing. Good insight.

      MAOW on January 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm
    • HI, yes one of the other bloggers is correct. In 2004, actually 3 of the 4 hurricanes that hit central Florida passed directly over east Polk County. Even though we are inland, this house is located on a large, shallow lake, which allows for maximum wind damage. Building codes require high wind tolerance on roof and window structures, and straps to the foundation for mobile homes, etc. I'm sure the Blog Cabin team will be able to meet the building codes and yet make this house beautiful. Whoever is lucky enough to win it and ultimately live in it, can always install hurricane shutters to protect against wind damage on the windows. Or better yet, maybe they will take this into consideration as part of the remodel. Best!

      Diane on January 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm
    • Diane,

      Thanks for the post.

      Since this is an older home being moved to the sight it will be interesting to see what modifications are needed to meet the current requirements. I would think upgrading a home to meet the current standards may be more difficult than if the home was built form scratch.

      MAOW on January 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm
    • This is exactly what DIY did last year. Although they only raised the old house they rebuilt it to greater than the building code requirements for that hurricane prone area including straps to hold the roof to the walls and the walls to the base plus hurricane-resistant windows. Dylan is an expert at this so I don't think anyone needs to be concerned. The house is in excellent hands. Hopefully, like last year, he will explain to us how it's done. :)

      AnniesOwn on January 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm
    • AnniesOwn,

      Great post. Thanks for the details on last years build.

      MAOW on January 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm
  6. If I remember right we had a Green BC for the Main BC. So I hope the green doesn't get ahead of the Blue. I would even be happy with the cream, but not another Green BC IMO.

    vicki_in_Utah on January 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm
    • Vicki,

      The 2012 BC in Maine was Green (Darker than the current Green). Considering that the 2014 BC Blue is called Boothbay (Which as another blogger noted is a harbor in Maine) maybe DYI will repaint the 2012 BC Boothbay Blue if the 2014 BC is also Green. LOL.

      MAOW on January 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    • LOL MAOW, good call.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm
    • The Maine cabin was definately a darker green, this one appears to be a softer, hint of green. The Boothbay Blue might have been more in keeping with the Maine cabin site than with this central Florida site, but I don't recall it being a choice then. I am certain DIY won't repaint the Maine cabin as it was already won. I like this green much better than the darker one in Maine, the cream is OK, though I don't particularly like yellow houses, but the blue seems like a less acceptable choice for such a warm location.;)

      Windsmurf on January 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm
  7. I love the bamboo flooring! It is so exciting to watch the blog cabin change. I have watched the episodes several times and I am always amazed how they re-purpose things. I have started to think more about repurposing things around the house and it is really fun.

    Dchauffe on January 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm
  8. Good evening to everyone. The temp is about 50 degrees, a nice temp to snuggle and watch tv or blog, so here I am. I have noticed there are questions about these older homes and historical homes. The only thing I can really tell you is the people who work at the office of building permits etc. will not issue permits without the proper info. and they visit sites often and they can stop you in your tracks if something is not right. They are also good people who answer questions. They want to see people succeed.I am sure Dylan and all the others involved know this and are very prepared.:D:S<3 I'm sorry I didn't mean to go on so. XXXOOO

    Sheri McNamara on January 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm
  9. This is going to be one good looking cabin ;) -3 for now but a warm up for the weekend 20. Brrrrrrr

    MaryPA on January 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm
  10. good news kayla on the floorplans….

    twoTERRIERs on January 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm

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