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Jan 21

People’s Choice Round Two: Vote for Master Suite Features

Blog Cabin 2014 People's Choice Vote

We’ve arrived at round two of our People’s Choice vote for this year’s DIY Network Blog Cabin. Help us select features for the upstairs master suite, from the closet design plan and headboard to the bathroom style and light fixtures. You have nine decisions to make this round. Share your picks with fellow fans (and me!) in the comments below.



  • Posted at 10:27 am on January 1, 2014
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  1. voting. is so much fun. I wonder if the window seats will have storage…..with a lift up top. nice choices….i see eugenia's library……..

    twoTERRIERs on January 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm
    • They could put a pullout bed in the window seat

      cucumberHOH on January 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    • interesting idea:):) very creative cucumber…very creative……

      twoTERRIERs on January 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm
    • Personally, I do not see why this is an either or decision. I would put in a window seat next to the window then place chairs and a small couch in front of the window to create a seating area with a table for board games or cards in the middle (We play a lot of cards on vacation).

      MAOW on January 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm
    • well i think sometimes they spend alot of money on furniture, and a built-in maybe a viable alternative.

      twoTERRIERs on January 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm
  2. WOW!!! These options just warm my heart on a cold and snowy day in PA. I was pleased that after I looked at each option and voted that most of the top votes went towards the options I also voted for. Had some worries after the votes went the way they did for some items on the Inside and Out. The options for the master could go either way. The votes are close. My question is. If not used for the master could they be used in other bedrooms of the house? All the options are great. Have at it people…..see you tomorrow.

    Jay Michajluk on January 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  3. I hope the traditional bath wins. I love the window seats! Much better than club chairs, a nice place to relax with a book and read with the windows catching a breeze on a cool day.
    The up cycled features are fantastic! I hope that cool light that was in the house is repurposed for this room. The vaulted ceilings are a must in FL. Will keep that room cooler and therefor lower energy bills.
    I want the private retreat to win, theres lots of rooms downstairs that are dual family room areas. I think it needs more bedroom space. I still hope they put an upstairs porch though.

    amiller729 on January 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm
  4. Love the comfy leather chairs. Looks like folks are leaning towards an upstairs recreation area. Downstairs for entertainment and upstairs for peace and quiet without friends and family "tramping" all over private areas and interrupting a quiet area of the house if one should be inclined. Leave the crazy fun in a specific area, not the whole house. What if someone is sick or not feeling well, privacy could be an issue. And the Florida heat certainly finds its way into the upper portion of homes and with the influx of people, I see the A/C running a marathon. The electric bill is pulling your billfold open and saying "feed me Seymour, feed me." Sorry, my two cents. I lived in Florida and it gets hot and humid!! Nice coffee and tea relaxing enjoying the lakeside view and the teens downstairs watching tv with their friends.

    kmh on January 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    • Take advantage of our most abundant resource —- SUN !!! Solar panels are a must !!

      gremol on January 22, 2014 at 12:57 am
    • solar yes but a geothermal system wouldn't hurt either attached to the solar system for pumping power. But a bit expensive for this home…at least have a recirculating pump for the hot water!

      kmh on January 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    • I can't believe solar panels have not been on any of the blog cabins yet. Someone please correct me if I missed something. And if a second floor on a home in Florida is going to raise the electric bill to cool it, all the more reason to add solar panels to offset the costs.

      AndreaMP on January 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    • Fabulous idea. After hurricanes, electric is usually out. Solar would be a great addition to homes in a hurricane zone.

      Angel on January 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm
    • Solar is a lot cheaper then it use to be. We have it at our cabin, since there is no other choice but a generator. We use 6 batteries, and it runs the whole place, lights, kitchen stuff, vcrs etc. Even in the winter. With all the son in FL I think this would be a good choice.

      vicki_in_Utah on January 25, 2014 at 11:06 am
    • Speaking of living in FL – if the comfy chairs win, I hope they aren't leather – in Florida, these are NOT comfy. I live here in the Ft Lauderdale area, and we live in shorts almost all the time. It's not comfy for your legs to get stuck on the leather. Please, Cloth Chairs, I beg you!

      Angel on January 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm
    • The house will be insulated and the windows/doors should be hurricane rated, the Central A/C units are very cost effective in SFL/Central FL. Only will pose a problem if the house isn't insulated, DIY will have this covered I am sure.

      pappysfav on January 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm
  5. Liking every option except the bar. Not a good idea. Do you really want a family fun room with an open bar especially if its upstairs and out of sight. The room would need to have a door that could be locked to keep all kids out of it unless there were an adult in the room. No one's going to keep putting out liquor and then packing it away. Seems someone without kids planned this one.

    AnniesOwn on January 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm
    • nice to have an extra sink upstairs…..

      twoTERRIERs on January 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm
    • Agreed. The coffee/tea bar comes with a sink so if we don't get the master bed & bath upstairs the coffee bar would help a little. I wonder if they will put a powder room up there if it becomes the rec room?

      Clive on January 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm
    • i really hope the house has at least 2 baths……

      twoTERRIERs on January 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm
    • From personal experience of living on a lake they should consider more bathrooms than bedrooms. Three and a half should be the minimum. However, I somehow doubt there will be more than 2 1/2. ;)

      Clive on January 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm
    • Hopefully there will be an outdoor shower, if there's not at least 2 bathrooms.

      AndreaMP on January 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm
    • I agree count the bedrooms and add one more bath (sink, shower and head) toilet for you land lubbers.

      Jay Michajluk on January 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm
    • Wonder where they will put #2 or the half bath? One of the porch areas of the original plan?

      cucumberHOH on January 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm
    • Depends on which type of bar wins. Right now, it looks like the coffee/tea bar is ahead. That works for me as I imagine sitting up there in a comfortable chair, enjoying my first cup of coffee for the day while watching the morning emerge over the lake. As for the ready availability of my favorite adult beverage, I'm sure I'd be able to find a convenient place for a bottle of my favorite bourbon and some sweet vermouth….just have to remember to bring up an ice bucket in the evening. Maybe a mini-fridge is planned. That would solve the ice issue and provide a cold place for the jar of cherries and a few bottles of a good IPA.

      RLDorf on January 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    • I meant the alcoholic bar. I'm all for the coffee/tea / juice bar. Just can't think someone would have a stocked open alcoholic bar where anyone, especially children, could easily access it without adults knowing. =/ As others have mentioned, the sink in the coffee bar would be a bonus upstairs if there's no powder room. ;)

      AnniesOwn on January 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm
    • I agree with you. Some of the choices seem clearly aligned with specific options in other voting categories. For instance, the adult beverage bar would go well with the "Private Sanctuary" usage of the upstairs room, but not as much with the "Social Bonus Room"…if the later was furnished with kids in mind. The pictures provided as examples are not necessarily what would fit up there. I can't imagine putting a pool table up there due to the narrowness of the space, unless they are willing to devote half of the upstairs room to playing pool.

      RLDorf on January 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm
    • My two cents exactly and not only the kids having easy access to the booze.. lol

      AndreaMP on January 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm
    • If there are doors on the bar unit, you could put a lock the doors if you have children. Maybe there's a lock on the door going to the windows peak(unless its open stairs) Maybe there is a sliding door of some kind/divider between the social room upstairs? Some children don't touch liquor.:S

      cucumberHOH on January 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm
    • I voted for the coffee bar. I agree if you have kids around you don't want liquor stored there. If it is a coffee bar I am sure you can manage to bring drinks up when appropriate, etc. I like having the sink and since it will be an entertainment area-it would be super to have at least a mini-fridge for storing food/drink, etc.
      I see myself also enjoying coffee or a glass of wine depending on time of day from that upper room:>) Maybe they will consider a skylight to gaze at the stars? or make it a true "widow's Walk"?? with a small deck/balcony for gazing:>)???? ^_^<3o.0

      ruffybc on January 22, 2014 at 11:16 am
    • Those glass globes hold liquor & glasses & those ornamental containers that people store their liquor in.xD

      cucumberHOH on January 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm
    • It looks like it's just shelving- you could repurpose the bottles for something else, herbed olive oil, bubble bath,, etc. the bar shelves could be moved around and use for crafts, games, books. :)

      Lia_M on January 22, 2014 at 12:03 am
    • I'm personally not a fan of open shelving, unless all my junk displayed there is nice and perfect to look at.

      AndreaMP on January 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm
  6. Kayla you were right this is something else. only problem is some choices I love both. Have fun going through and deciding. Never thought upstairs master bedroom but love it. Wanted you to know on site about choices while I take deep breath to continue-know windows looking out and looking out at the water can't go wrong. back to deciding and voting. don't think to much wrong votes. (loved tea and coffee maker-I'm a tea lover and how wonderful to have coffee in am looking at waterand birds singing or anything else)

    bogartandbacall on January 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm
  7. Wow , all the options are amazing. The vaulted ceilings are a must. My daughter made her own headboard and it is beautiful. That would be my choice also. That tub is beautiful and a must for the cabin atmosphere along with pebble shower. The coffee/.tea bar is great(I don't like alcohol around the house).. The bonus room and window seating is wonderful. Sitting and watching the lake or reading would be calm, soothing . And there is plenty of room for family and friends to stop by any time. Well that's my idea today.Guess I'll see what tomorrow brings. One thing is for sure, there are no wrong choices on this home. I LOVE THIS HOME AND WOULD TO CALL IT MY OWN.<3<3 Thank you Dylan and Kayla, you are going to make someone very happy. I know I would love to call that my own.<3:D love and best wishes to all. XXXOOO

    Sheri McNamara on January 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm
    • Oops, once again I got carried away . What I meant to say was"I LOVE THIS HOME AND I WOULD BE HONORED TO CALL IT MY HOME! <3<3

      Sheri McNamara on January 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm
  8. Starting to rethink my first choice the wooden headboard….. i like the vaulted ceiling….so that may be way too much wood……..may need some material to soften it up……as long as the cloth can be removed and cleaned occasionally in a hot, steamy water…and not shrink…

    twoTERRIERs on January 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm
    • The vaulted ceiling may not be wood. That's just a random image to show what they mean by a vaulted ceiling. ;)

      Clive on January 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm
    • ah thank you……..i should not assume….i like high ceilings…..or a skylight…

      twoTERRIERs on January 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm
    • If the headboard is repainted that make help break up all the wood too.

      Lia_M on January 22, 2014 at 12:06 am
    • yes…..exactly what i was thinking…

      twoTERRIERs on January 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    • That re-purposed painted wooden headboard was screaming "LEAD PAINT" at me when I saw it, so I couldn't vote for it. Yikes!

      AndreaMP on January 21, 2014 at 8:39 pm
    • I'm guessing they won't bring lead paint back into the renovated bungalow. :)

      Lia_M on January 22, 2014 at 12:07 am
    • i would hope they are ahead of all technology, especially when it comes to safe

      twoTERRIERs on January 22, 2014 at 12:12 am
    • agreed:>)

      ruffybc on January 22, 2014 at 11:18 am
    • fingers crossed!!!

      AndreaMP on January 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm
    • I sure they used lead paint .. now really .. I think they have better sense than to do that .

      sandy on January 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm
    • If the fabric headboard wins, cleaning should not be an issue; that is what portable steam cleaners were designed for.

      DGustaf on January 26, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    • good to know…..i can just see dust…..

      twoTERRIERs on January 26, 2014 at 6:03 pm
  9. hope they will put some wooden doors on that Plan 1 closet, I wouldn't like to stare at the outlines of everything in the closet….

    twoTERRIERs on January 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm
    • two, I am so with you on that one! Would like a solid color or a wooden door for the closet doors!

      jchristie24 on January 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm
    • True, which is why I'm not a fan of open shelving either. I like to hide my stuff. :)

      AndreaMP on January 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    • oui, oui…

      twoTERRIERs on January 22, 2014 at 2:14 am
    • My interpretation of the choices is that we are voting the finishes/styles for the wood -expresso and more contemporary for #1 and more traditional style finishes for #2. I hope that choice is not between the closet doors and curtains- but I could be wrong. It happens frequently. :)

      Lia_M on January 22, 2014 at 12:12 am
    • interesting….i am going to have to look at this very close tomorrow….

      twoTERRIERs on January 22, 2014 at 2:07 am
  10. Very interesting options….and the voting is even more interesting. I'm trying to picture the traditional light fixture in the spa master bath….this is really forcing me to exercise my imagination. I can see myself in the upper room during the evening reading a good book, but the window seats, though convenient for gazing out at the lake, probably wouldn't be very comfortable for lounging on them for a couple hours of reading. It looks like the coffee bar is leading, which would be consistent for my use of the room. I know that my wife would probably take advantage of the natural light up there to seize part of that space for sewing & crafts. Can't wait to see how the votes turn out!

    RLDorf on January 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    • I agree with you about the window seat. I can speak from experience. Years ago when I still lived at home in MA my mon and dad did nearly the same thing in the second floor bedrooms of our home. They had nice padding but were short turm use at best. There is nothing like a friendly overstuffed chair next to those same windows.

      Jay Michajluk on January 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm
    • The window seats are delightful but the solution here is a little of both!

      grammagail on January 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm
    • I designed a house once that had an extension above the second floor that was about 12' x 12' with windows all around reminiscent of the coastal lifesaving stations from a century ago, two walls had window seats with bookshelves below but there was room for two compact, but comfortable chairs to take advantage of the view of the water a few hundred yards away. Too bad we couldn't secure the property it was designed for.

      Ralebird on January 22, 2014 at 5:08 am

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