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Sep 13

The Giveaway Entry Period is Over

Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway Entry Period Over

It’s been an exciting ride, yes? Thank you so much for entering the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway. The grand-prize package, worth almost $500,000, includes a beautifully restored cottage located along North Carolina’s stunning Crystal Coast.

Very soon, we will randomly select the winner of the giveaway. The big announcement (the winner’s name and photo and how many times he or she entered the sweepstakes) will be posted on or around October 11, 2013. Then, just a few days later, we plan to unveil the location of our 2014 home. Stay glued to your computer — lots of details are TK in the coming weeks!

Good luck to each and every person who entered.

Sep 11

Rendering Winner Announced

Congrats goes out to Michael Golden (aka MichaelG60), who has won the framed rendering of the west yard, signed by Matt Blashaw. What a special keepsake from this year’s renovation project!

I wanted to alert you to one of our best (and easiest!) how-to projects, now being promoted on the Made + Remade blog. Please pop over there to take a look at the step-by-step instructions we’ve posted — it only takes one day to create a pebble-filled winding path just like the one that leads from the Blog Cabin 2013 front porch to the grape vine-shaded pergola. Enjoy!

Sep 5

Gimme Gimme Giveaway: Cornhole Game Set

Blog Cabin 2013 Cornhole Game Set Giveaway

We are proud to announce the last in our series of Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we have been giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2013 after episode filming wrapped.

The final item up for grabs? We will give away a cornhole game set, designed and signed by Blog Cabin 2013 show host Chris Grundy. See here for tune-in details regarding the Blog Cabin 2013 special.

To enter for a chance to win the game set, take the virtual home tour, and then tell us, via a comment posted below, what you would do first if you won the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway.

See Official Rules.

You have from September 5 at 11:30 a.m. ET until September 12, at 5 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this game set. On September 13, 2013, we will randomly select the winner of this giveaway and post the winner in the blog on or around September 16, 2013.

Good luck!

Aug 28

Blog Cabin 2013 Awarded Hurricane Bronze Certification

Blog Cabin 2013 Fortified Home Hurricane Bronze Certification

Big news from the building industry: Blog Cabin 2013 has received the FORTIFIED Home™ Hurricane Bronze Certification from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

IBHS’s Hurricane Standard helps homeowners in coastal areas strengthen their houses against these powerful storms. Incorporating the FORTIFIED Standard when repairing, rebuilding or renovating a single-family home ensures the structure’s resilience and durability.

Blog Cabin 2013 achieved this stellar rating by adhering to certain building requirements. The full list of requirements is outlined on pages 3 through 5 of this disaster safety document.

We’d like to thank sponsors and supporters who contributed building materials that helped us reach this goal. And we are thrilled to be able to present the winner of the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway with such a solid, storm-impenetrable — not to mention beautiful — home.

Please visit the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety web site for more details on this coastal home building program.

Aug 27

Bedding Set Winner Announced

Blog Cabin 2013 Master Bedroom

I am pleased to announce that Molly Taylor is the winner of our master bedroom quilt ensemble giveaway. Congrats, Molly!

Please remember to enter our west yard rendering giveaway, if you have not done so yet, and get set for the last of our Gimme Gimme Giveaways: a cornhole game set, designed and autographed by Blog Cabin 2013 show host Chris Grundy.

Entering the home giveaway twice online per day? Watching the episodes? Checking out the corresponding how-to projects? Please let us know what you are particularly loving this year. And don’t miss three new articles we just launched on HGTVRemodels.com. Topics include the renovation’s biggest challenges, the landscaping strategy and the evolution of the amazing outdoor spaces.

Aug 23

Gimme Gimme Giveaway: West Yard Rendering

Blog Cabin 2013 West Yard Rendering Giveaway

We are proud to announce the third in our series of Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we have been giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2013 after episode filming wrapped.

The third item up for grabs? We will give away a framed rendering of Blog Cabin’s west yard, signed by Yard Crashers show host Matt Blashaw. See here for tune-in details regarding the Yard Crashers episode of Blog Cabin 2013.

To enter for a chance to win the rendering, take the virtual home tour, and then tell us, via a comment posted below, what your favorite Blog Cabin 2013 landscape feature is and why.
Blog Cabin 2013 West Yard Rendering Giveaway - Matt Blashaw Autograph

You have from August 23, 2013, at 9 a.m. ET until Friday, August 30, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this signed rendering. On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, we will randomly select the winner of this rendering giveaway and post the winner in the blog on or around September 4, 2013.

See Official Rules.

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins on September 9, 2013. We will be giving away a custom-designed cornhole game set, signed by Blog Cabin 2013 show host Chris Grundy.

Aug 9

Gimme Gimme Giveaway: Win a Quilt Ensemble

Blog Cabin 2013 Master Bedroom Quilt Ensemble Giveaway

We are proud to announce the second in our series of Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we will be giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2013 after episode filming wrapped.

The seond item up for grabs? We will give away a C & F Enterprises Oceana Paisley Quilt Ensemble by April Cornell, identical to bedding featured in the Blog Cabin 2013 master bedroom. The ensemble includes three striped Euro shams, three paisley standard shams, one king-size 100-percent cotton paisley quilt, one embroidered ship boudoir pillow, one striped boudoir pillow and one ruffled square pillow.

To enter for a chance to win the bedding set, take the virtual home tour, examine each space and then tell us, via a comment posted below, which Blog Cabin 2013 indoor or outdoor space is your very favorite and why.

You have from August 9, 2013, at 9 a.m. ET until Friday, August 16, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this coastal quilt ensemble. On Monday, August 19, 2013, we will randomly select the winner of this bedding giveaway and post the winner in the blog on or around August 20, 2013.

See Official Rules.

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins on August 23, 2013. We will be giving away a Yard Crashers design board, framed and signed by show host Matt Blashaw.

Aug 5

Behind the Scenes: The Sand- and Seashell-Filled Table

Today, project manager Dylan Eastman shares the special experience of designing and sourcing material for that amazing dining room table. As of today, it’s the most pinned of our virtual tour images on Pinterest. You certainly do love it, as do we! See the dining table in our great room virtual tour and see the exclusive how-to project here.

In designing the kitchen table, I wanted to use reclaimed wood to counter some of the more refined elements in the front rooms. I also wanted to add color without relying heavily on place setting and flowers. With the coastal setting of this year’s house, I knew a beach motif (done right) would accent the wood while giving an additional dimension to the table. So I went on the hunt for local sea glass and shells.

Blog Cabin 2013 Seashell Dining Table

On the drive to Harker’s Island, I discovered a place call Captain Blaine’s, a store that sells fresh seafood and local crafts. The owner walks the beach regularly to collect shells and sea glass (which she sorts by color) to sell in the shop. I carefully picked through her inventory of beach treasures, looking for just the right colors and textures. Portions of bottles with imprinted text were saved. Remnants of old decorative glass windows were culled. Then I mixed in pearlescent sea scallops, iridescent witch’s nails and purple wampum to accent the glass.

After making my purchase, we chatted at length about the island and the origin of the glass and shells. Originally home to the Coree native American tribe, Harker’s Island attracted residents through the colonial period. In the late 1800s, hurricanes drove even more residents to the island from the storm-devastated outer banks. Until 1941, the only way on or off the island was by boat or ferry — it was not uncommon for residents to cast household debris (back then, mostly wood-, porcelain- or glass-based) into the sound. I figured that most of the sea glass I selected was between 70 and 100 years old.

During the table build, sand from our beach on the Core Sound was laid out to dry under the cabin cam. LEDs were run around the interior perimeter of the table to give a 21st-century accent. Then show host Chris Grundy and Kitchen Crashers host Alison Victoria carefully completed the beach motif by placing each piece of glass or shell in its perfect location. A signed message in a bottle was even left for the future winner of this home. Finally, a piece of clear glass was set over the motif to complete the top. In the end, this table represents the history of our house, the history of the coast and a modern take on upcycling.

Jul 30

Coaster Set Winner Announced

Hi all,

I am pleased to announce that Sandra Drayer (screen name SID) is the winner of our first Blog Cabin 2013 Gimme Gimme Giveaway. She is the proud new owner of our reclaimed wood coaster set. Don’t forget to stop by on August 9, when we launch our next giveaway, the complete bedding set used in the master bedroom.

Today’s cinemagraph, courtesy of visual designer Jason Kisner, highlights the home’s amazing outdoor spaces. Enjoy!

Jul 29

Enter the Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

The time has finally arrived: to throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win this adorable coastal retreat, nestled along North Carolina’s stunning Crystal Coast.

We invite you to enter twice online per day — once on DIYNetwork.com and once on HGTVRemodels.com — for your chance to win the home. Our entry period runs through mid-September. And don’t forget to take the virtual home tour, watch our exclusive Blog Cabin videos and read through articles that detail the remodeling process. Tonight, we premiere the first episode in our Blog Cabin 2013 series. Get tune-in details for the House Crashers episode.

We wish you all the best of luck!

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