Blog Cabin 2010: May Construction Update

Blog Cabin 2010 goes from outdated 1970s ranch-style home to cozy cabin with the addition of a stone-faced foundation, stone-based pillars and stained pine siding.

Stone is installed on the face of the foundation; the stone-based pillars will be completed with Arts and Crafts-style tapered columns. A nine-light, cross buck-style door and cedar-shake siding add charm to the front entrance.

The front porch offers a view of the neighboring horse farm. The temporary 2x4s that support the porch will make way for structural tapered columns.

The vintage-style door allows light to stream through double-paned glass windows. The porch ceiling is constructed of beadboard.

Beveled 1x10 pine siding gives the ranch home a rustic look. Siding, stained a Sherwin-Williams Sage Green in the factory, will receive a second coat of stain on-site.

The cedar shake, installed piece by piece, can be sealed or left to weather.

The future laundry room is drywall and polished. The floor is installed and covered with masonite.

The kitchen wall adjacent to the garage is treated with a soy-based, spray-foam insulation. The eco-friendly insulation, applied throughout the home, will reduce heating and cooling costs.

Spray foam, applied to cathedral-ceiling joists in the living room, creates a virtually airtight barrier.

The gas fireplace will feature a stone surround, a stone hearth fashioned from materials found on the property and a mantel crafted from the original fireplace beam.

The guest bathroom window overlooks the horse farm.

A pair of pine four-panel double doors will serve as closet doors.

The widened hallway features pine wainscoting that will be painted white.

The wide-plank shiplap ceiling in the master bedroom will be whitewashed and painted.

The master bathroom shower is prepped for tile installation with Durock cement-board backing and taped seams.

A rear view of the home showcases beadboard soffits, beveled siding and the porch in the midst of construction.

Sixteen-foot glass doors replace a fireplace that obstructed the view of Woodstock and the rolling Sullivan County hills.

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.

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2007

The cozy mountain retreat built in the Great Smoky Mountains, DIY Network's first Blog Cabin featured a green metal roof, bark exterior siding, a stone fireplace and custom carved-wood details.

DIY Network Blog Cabin FAQ

Our handy FAQ section answers commonly asked questions about the DIY Network Blog Cabin Giveaway.

Front Porch from DIY Network Blog Cabin 2010

With tapered Arts-and-Crafts-style columns and durable decking, the front porch provides the perfect perch to relax and enjoy the country landscape.