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Apr 13

Check Out the Brand-New The entire family has been waiting for this day for a long time. I can’t wait to hear your reactions when you explore our new home. We’ve been working hard to bring you the best experience ever and we’re sure you’re going to love it.

What are you looking for? Whether it’s going behind-the-scenes with your favorite shows, diving into your next how-to project, or exploring all things Blog Cabin 2015, we have dedicated “channels” for each topic on our new site. Within each channel, you’ll find beautiful photo galleries, projects and videos to turn your house into a home that represents you.

The new website is pure eye candy, and I can’t stop swooning. Go ahead, make yourself at home on the brand-new and our new Blog Cabin channel.

Take a Website Tour of

Jun 16

Important Alert for Our Fans

We love and value our DIY Network fans, so it’s important that we let you know that there are unsavory scammers out there who want to take advantage of your love for us!

We don’t want you to be a victim of fraud. Please beware of any communication that you receive purporting to be from DIY Network, particularly any “official looking letters” or random phone calls that request that you divulge personal financial information such as your social security, bank account, and credit card numbers — or asks you to purchase anything, including pre-paid credit cards.

If you believe that a network representative truly did reach out to you and you want to confirm the specific information you received, send us your name and either scan the letter or forward the email with the information you received to us at (No other inquiries or solicitations will be addressed via this email account.)

Jan 27

Cabin Cam is Live!

Blog Cabin 2014 Cabin Cam

Can you all really handle any more exciting Blog Cabin news this week?! I’m here to let you know that our Cabin Cam is back. Come back daily after sunrise (Eastern time) to see the latest construction progress on our dear home. It’s going to be a fun ride.

Go to Cabin Cam Now >>

Nov 12

We Want to Know

While we wait for more updates on Blog Cabin 2011 (and believe me, we’ve got some great photos and stories coming your way), I wanted to take some time to find out how you spend your free time and what type of DIYer you really are. Take a few moments to participate in this poll, then send the link to friends you know frequent the site. Much thanks to you!

Oct 27

Givin’ Away 100 Grand

Hello Die-Hard Bloggers,

For those of you here and blogging, I commend you! This time period is truly the slowest when it comes to anything Blog Cabin. Our production companies, creative directors, legal team and many others are working furiously behind the scenes to come up with the most innovative Blog Cabin yet.

In the meantime, we are giving away $100,000 in cold cash for you to create the kitchen and bathroom of your dreams.  It’s the Ultimate Kitchen & Bath Giveaway and you can enter daily between now and November 20. So give it a shot.


Watson, Manager

(P.S. For those of you with an eye for detail, we are now capitalizing the “N” in – didn’t want you to think it was a typo!)

Jun 17

Sneak Preview:

Hello Faithful Bloggers,

I have a secret to share with you. In seven days**, the you’ve come to know so well will come to an end. And as a phoenix that rises from the ashes of the old website, a new will emerge.

Please click on the link above (or here) for a preview of the new site. I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are. Site functionality, search, images, step-by-step projects, video – everything is upgraded. In fact, it’s a whole new site. Like a 1974 Mercedes vs. a 2009 Mercedes, only the name will be the same.

The Blog Cabin Blog will not be affected, however. You’ll notice that the URL for this blog ( cabin) won’t change. So no worries. If we hit a pothole at some point in the wee hours of June 24 (with the site due to launch at some point before sunrise Thursday, June 25), I’ll be here to tend to it.

And then we can get back to the business of Blog Cabin. I hope to have blog entries from DIY Network experts and hosts who have visited Blog Cabin recently posted soon. And thank you again for your patience as we move forward. It’s been a long summer (and it’s not even officially summer yet!), but the best is yet to come. Stay tuned.


Watson, Manager

** Date subject to change, but fingers crossed.

Apr 10

Checking In …

Hello Bloggers,

Just wanted to touch base and say hello. I’ve been running through various comments and see that there was a little dust-up. I have to be honest, I’ve been incredibly impressed with most of our bloggers - namely the ability to stay (generally) on topic, write thoughtful, detailed comments and be thoroughly polite. I mean, this blog has truly outstanding folks visiting regularly.

Visit any major news website that allows comments on political articles and the venom comes out quickly, primarily because, on the internet, we are anonymous. Consequently, the discourse can be roughshod. Meanspiritedness on this blog is unnecessary, but if it happens, I say take it with a grain of salt and let’s move on. I’ll do what I can to keep things from getting out of hand.

As far as the Blog Cabin Community, we’ve taken down a few profiles, and if the baby got thrown out with the bathwater for some of you, I apologize. The application isn’t nearly as handy as say, facebook, but basically once you upload a pic, it’s up there.

We tried to travel to the Blog Cabin on Tuesday, but were prevented because of snow … and I have proof. We’ll try to get some new content for you as soon as we can. Also, there’s another sweepstakes in our midst: you can enter the HGTV Green Home sweepstakes starting April 17.

Happy Easter Everyone,

Watson, Manager

Apr 1

All New Feature! Blog Cabin Community

Hello Bloggers,

After witnessing our hearty band of dedicated bloggers become a more closely knit group, we decided to provide another feature where you can get to know each other a little better. The Blog Cabin Blogger Community is your chance to literally put a name with a face.

Just click start your profile now. This will give you a chance to upload a photo or video of who you are, a pic of your pet or family members – anything you feel comfortable sharing about yourself with your fellow bloggers. If you want to share more than one photo or video, feel free – it will just be as easy as creating another “profile.” Also, the “all about me” area is character-limited, so be brief (your favorite DIY shows, hobbies, where you live, what you do, etc.).

This application isn’t meant to supplement the ongoing Blog Cabin blog discussion – it’s just a picture book where everyone can introduce themselves and see who’s participating. We hope you like it!


Watson, Manager

P.S. Give your profile a few minutes to show up – it can be a little slow sometimes …

Jul 31

Changes Ahead … New Blog Format

Hello Loyal Blog Cabinophiles,

In anticipation of the rapidly-approaching Blog Cabin 2008 season premiere and sweepstakes on August 14 (the sweepstakes launches @ 9am ET and the season premiere @ 9pm ET), will be upgrading our blog format.

The switch will occur over the next several days and should be fully functional by Monday, August 4. We are excited about the change, which should mean a more user-friendly interface for our loyal bloggers. Please be patient with us as we make this change, and be sure to post a comment with any issues you are having.

Warm regards and see you in WordPress,

Watson, Manager

Oct 5

Meet the Green Home Experts

Hey Blog Cabiners! I can’t tell you how fun it is to address such an articulate, passionate and growing group of bloggers.

After the myriad interest and ideas surrounding a “green” Blog Cabin in 2008, I would like to steer everyone toward our newest forum: Green Home Blog. It just launched today – and we feel incredibly fortunate to have four of the experts that power GreenHomeGuide joining with us to create a green living forum.

So here’s the chance to reduce your footprint while increasing green space on Please swing by with your questions and ideas!

Watson Hawkins
One of your Trusty Site Managers,



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 will transform a 1990s waterfront home in Panacea, Florida 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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