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Jul 1

Don’t Miss the Boat Vote Winning Design Announcement

Chris Grundy

In less than 24 hours the winning design for the 2015 MasterCraft NXT 20 wakeboard boat will be revealed. If you haven’t voted, you’ve got until the end of the day to help us design the boat that comes with Blog Cabin 2014!

Click over to our Blog Cabin 2014 Pinterest board to repin and like your favorite interior, trailer and exterior looks.

We’ll be announcing the winning design in a live chat with host, Chris Grundy, tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET.


Jun 23

Round Three: Pick Your Favorite Exterior Color!

blog cabin boat vote

Get excited! Today, we’re promoting the last round of the Blog Cabin 2014 Boat Vote. During this time, you’ll get a say in how the 2015 MasterCraft NXT 20 wakeboard boat will be designed, by picking colors for the exterior. This is probably the most important decision yet, so choose wisely!

Do you like drama-packed purple & black? Are you fan of vibrant orange, because it reminds you of Florida citrus? Or has the purple & yellow combo caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below.

Repin your favorite and we’ll reveal the winning design in a live chat with host, Chris Grundy, on July 2 at 3 p.m. ET.


Jun 19

Cabin Comforts Giveaway: Winners Announced!

I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m thrilled to announce our winners for the Cabin Comforts Giveaway! This year we hosted three rounds of prizes inspired by our lakeside retreat and it was a huge success. Take a second to congratulate the three lucky winners in the comments below and  see all of the winning items here >>

tooth brush holder

The winner for Round 1: Bathroom Soft Goods + Accessories is Kendra H. from Chambersburg, PA

blue and white bedding

The winner for Round 2: Bedroom Soft Goods + Accessories is Sandra O. from Cleveland, TN

float in a pool

The winner for Round 3: Entertaining Items is Eric S. from Edgewater, MD

Jun 18

Round 2: Blog Cabin 2014 Boat Vote

blog cabin 2014 boat voteToday, we’re promoting round two of the Blog Cabin Boat Vote!  During this time, you’ll get a say in how the 2015 MasterCraft NXT 20 wakeboard boat will be designed, by picking colors for the boat’s trailer.

Do you prefer the sleek black trailer or are you a fan of the cool gray? Repin your favorite and we’ll reveal the winning design in a live chat with host, Chris Grundy, on July 2 at 3 p.m. ET.


Let us know about your favorite picks in the comments below!

Jun 16

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Jun 12

Don’t Miss Our Last Hangout With Dylan Eastman!

Join us for our final G+ hangout at Blog Cabin 2014 with project manager Dylan Eastman. Got a question about the house? Post it in the comments below and Dylan might answer it!

Did you miss Dylan’s last hangout? Check it out here.


Jun 11

The Blog Cabin 2014 Boat Vote Begins!

mastercraft wake board boat

The exciting news has been announced that this year’s grand prize winner will receive a 2015 MasterCraft NXT 20 wakeboard boat and a $50,000 cash prize from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans. Today, we’re hosting the first round of three for the Boat Vote! During this time, you’ll get to have a say in how the 2015 MasterCraft NXT 20 wakeboard boat will be designed, by picking color combos.

Repin your favorite interior color, and we’ll reveal the winning design in a live chat with host, Chris Grundy, on July 2 at 3 p.m. ET.


Jun 11

We’re Hanging Out With The House Counselor

laurie march and dylan eastman

Join us today, June 11, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET for a live Q&A at Blog Cabin 2014 with Laurie March, The House Counselor, and Dylan Eastman, Blog Cabin’s project manager. We’ll get the scoop on the laundry room and an update on all those flamingos seen on the Cabin Cam! If you have a question you’d like us to ask Laurie, post it in the comments below and it might get answered!


If you’ve never watched a G+ hangout, here’s the 411.

What is a G+ hangout?

It’s a live video chat hosted publicly by DIY Network on the DIY Network G+ accountHere’s a more thorough explanation from Google.

How can I watch?

You can watch on the event page here. If you have a G+ account, you can RSVP and let your friends know you’re going.

Do I need a G+ account?

You do not have to have an account to watch the hangout.

What if I miss the hangout?

You can watch the hangout later on our YouTube channel.


Jun 9

Under Construction: Charming Corbels Echo the Past

Corbel Blog Laurie March

Photo: Dylan Eastman

Hi guys! Laurie here. I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be bringing you even more behind-the-scenes action from Blog Cabin 2014 right here on the blog! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been on site, but, like you, I’ve had my eyes glued to the Cabin Cam while it’s been streaming. I noticed some pretty sweet shapes going up under the roofline and gave my buddy and house planner Dylan Eastman a call to get more of the story. Have you seen the gorgeous corbels? Continue Reading…

Jun 4

Behind the Scenes at the Blog Cabin 2014 Photo Shoot

Hello from Winter Haven!

I’m excited to report the progress at Blog Cabin 2014. You’re going to be amazed when you see the finished project in a few weeks. Craftsman style, beautiful outdoor spaces and stunning upcycled design makes this home the perfect lakeside retreat. This week we’re in Winter Haven, Florida working on virtual tours and photography.

blog cabin 2014 behind the scenes

Here, photographer Eric Perry (top left) snaps a quick pic on the dock while the lighting is just right and photographer Bruce Cole (bottom left) contemplates which direction to set up for the perfect outdoor shot.

Oh yeah, here I am taking a break  in the hammock on the dock. Life is hard on the lake!

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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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