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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!

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.

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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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