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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!

May 28

Blog Cabin 2014: We All Scream for Melamine

Hello again from sunny Winter Haven! I arrived this afternoon and I can’t wait to get back to work on this gorgeous, lakeside bungalow. I’ve spent my first few hours digging into all of the final touches that you, yourselves, chose over the past few months.


One decision you had to make caught my eye right away: outdoor dishware. You fine folks voted to stock the Blog Cabin with blue melamine dishes instead of yellow. These unbreakable, affordable dishes were at their height of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, and have recently seen a resurgence. Modern day melamine sets, like those dishes pictured above, are readily available in a wide variety of styles and colors.

Continue Reading…

May 27

Introducing Guest Blogger Laurie March

Laurie March

You’ve seen her exclusive digital video tours, now get the inside scoop on Blog Cabin 2014 with House Counselor and DIYNetwork host Laurie March. Starting tomorrow through September, Laurie will be guest blogging. She’ll be covering all things Blog Cabin 2014, from upcycled features to clever design details. Ask questions, take in all of her knowledge and give her a warm welcome as she becomes our fearless design expert for the next few months.


May 19

What’s Yardcore Doing at Blog Cabin 2014?

joel and jake moss

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend. We’re coming up on our last hangout with DIYNetwork talent shooting at Blog Cabin 2014. Yardcore hosts Joel and Jake Moss will be hosting a live Q&A alongside Chris Grundy tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET.

This is the last time we’ll to get the inside scoop on what’s going on with the construction at Blog Cabin 2014, so don’t miss it. If you have a question about the outdoor spaces, post it in the comments below and it may get answered during the chat.


May 13

Let’s Hangout With Chris Lambton Tomorrow!

chris lambton

Yard Crashers is crashing DIY Network Blog Cabin 2014 this week and we’re hosting a live Q&A with Chris Grundy and Yard Crasher’s new host Chris Lambton to talk all things landscaping.

Chris Lambton, host of Going Yard, is taking over the reins for Matt Blashaw while he works on HGTV’s Vacation House for Free. Now’s your chance to meet and get to know Chris.

If you have a question about Blog Cabin’s landscaping, post it in the comments below and it may get answered during the chat!


Tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET

May 8

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Hangout With Alison Victoria

chris grundy and allison victoria

It’s another big week at DIY Network Blog Cabin 2014! Why? Kitchen Crashers‘ host Alison Victoria is onsite giving this 1920s bungalow kitchen a complete overhaul. When she’s finished, you won’t even recognize the space.

Here’s what the kitchen looked like before it’s big transformation…

Join us tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET while we chat live with Alison and Chris. If you’ve got a question about the kitchen, ask in the comments below and it might get answered.


May 6

Cabin Comforts Round Three: Win Awesome Outdoor Prizes

cabin comforts giveaway

Don’t miss your last chance to vote and enter to win prizes!

It’s time for the last round of Blog Cabin 2014 Cabin Comforts Giveaway, and we’re headed outdoors. From high-tech gear to family-friendly backyard games, luxurious inflatable rafts to fun food makers, we’ve got you covered to throw an awesome outdoor party with ease. Remember, you can vote up to ten times per day and enter once per day for a chance to win these outdoor prizes.

Voting and entry for round one ends May 20, 2014 at 8:59 a.m. ET.

Good luck bloggers! Share with us in the comments below which prizes you love the most.

May 1

We’re Hanging Out With Matt Muenster Today!

Matt Muenster and Chris Grundy

Of all the G+ hangouts we’re doing at Blog Cabin 2014, today’s hangout is the one you don’t want to miss live. As promised, Grundy will hangout with us in a kiddie pool. And since Bath Crashers is filming at Blog Cabin today, DIY Network host Matt Muenster will have to do the same.

These two have a history of being silly so we can’t wait to see this.

Join us today at 3 p.m. ET while we chat live with the guys “poolside.”


If you’ve got a question about the Blog Cabin master bathroom for Matt or Grundy, ask in the comments below and it might get answered!

Apr 22

Anitra Mecadon is Hanging Out With Us Tomorrow!

blog cabin 2014

You might have noticed all of the action on the Cabin Cam the past few days. That’s because DIY Network host Anitra Mecadon is at Blog Cabin 2014 shooting her hit show Mega Dens. She’s taking a break this week to answer some of your questions during a G+ Hangout.

Join us tomorrow April 23, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET while we chat live at Blog Cabin 2014 with Anitra and Chris Grundy. If you’ve got a question for Anitra or Chris, ask in the comments below and it might get answered.


In case you missed last week’s G+ chat with Jason Cameron and Chris Grundy, watch it here.

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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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