Blog Cabin 2009: Construction Begins

Clearing of the site and pouring of the foundation are among the first steps in the construction process.

Clearing the Site

Clearing the Lot

Clearing the Lot

A bulldozer begins the process of clearing the land for construction.

Ready for Reuse

Making Use of Cleared Timber

Making Use of Cleared Timber

Reuse is key at Little Pine. Although forest must be cleared to make way for Blog Cabin, brush is removed from the property and timber stored for future use.

Empty Plot

Home Site is Cleared

Home Site is Cleared

After land clearing and brush removal, the empty plot of earth is ready for cabin construction.

Cabin Cam

Cabin Cam

Cabin Cam

The Cabin Cam, barely detectable from its treetop perch in the backyard, captures daily construction footage of Blog Cabin 2009.

Home Plans

Surveying the Plot

Surveying the Plot

A professional surveyor from Ed Holmes and Associates studies the home plans.

Treehouse Site

Locating the Construction Site

Locating the Construction Site

Trees marked with red ribbons indicate where the tree house will be constructed.

Garden Beds

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna Gardening

"Lasagna gardening," which requires no digging, tilling or sod removal, is one of many eco-friendly projects promoted at Little Pine.

Prepping the Cement

Preparing the Concrete

Preparing the Concrete

Cement trucks dump material into the concrete pump before the foundation of the 2009 DIY Blog Cabin is poured.

Team Discussion

Build Team Meeting

Build Team Meeting

The Blog Cabin build team discuss some last-minute changes.

Pouring the Foundation

Pouring the Foundation

Pouring the Foundation

Butch Bassett and Jeff Osborne of Energy Wise pump in the foundation.

Footers

Poured Footers

Poured Footers

The footers are poured for the back foundation wall.

Foundation View

Foundation Foam Forms

Foundation Foam Forms

A view from the right side of the foundation.

Walls

Cabin Foundation

Cabin Foundation

A photo reveals the foundation walls that will form the front of the home.

Taking Shape

Home's Wall's Take Shape

Home's Wall's Take Shape

The foundation of the 2009 Blog Cabin takes shape.

Action

Blog Cabin Stars

Blog Cabin Stars

Ahmed Hassan and Amy Matthews prepare to shoot a scene for DIY Network's Blog Cabin .

Next Up

Blog Cabin 2009: Interior Construction

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the interior construction of Blog Cabin 2009.

Blog Cabin 2009: Exterior Construction

View exterior construction details of Blog Cabin 2009.

Blog Cabin 2009: Q&A with Phillip Richardson, Greenstone Builders Inc.

An expert answers building questions about the DIY Blog Cabin 2009.

Blog Cabin 2009: Homesite Voting Choices

Meadow view or mountain view? Browse the voting choices for Blog Cabin 2009.

Blog Cabin 2009: Endless-View Lodge Voting Choice

Tour the floor plan of the Endless-View Lodge.

Blog Cabin 2009: Shingles, Veneer, Doors and More Voting Choices

Take a look at the choices for shingles, veneer, doors and more for Blog Cabin 2009.

Blog Cabin 2009: Luxuries and Home Technology Voting Choices

See a detailed view of the luxury and home technology choices for Blog Cabin 2009.

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2009: Vaulted-View Lodge Floor Plan Winner

Tour the floor plan of a beautiful lodge with spectacular views.

Blog Cabin Carpenter: Ryan James Heryford

Meet one of the carpenters responsible for building DIY Blog Cabin 2009.

Luxury Home Giveaways

HGTV Urban Oasis

A cozy Craftsman-style home in Ann Arbor, MI

HGTV Smart Home

A sophisticated Southern home in Raleigh, N.C.

HGTV Dream Home

A waterfront escape in Merritt Island, Florida

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Meet the Experts

Learn about the design and build team responsible for DIY Network Blog Cabin 2016.