DIY Network Blog 2016 Winner Announcement

Updated Look

Updated Look

The home's old asphalt shingle roof was removed and replaced with a metal standing seam roof which helps give the home a bolder and more updated look.

Photo by: Photos: Christopher Shane/Styling: Elizabeth Demos

Photos: Christopher Shane/Styling: Elizabeth Demos

Congratulations to Michael Dunosky of San Jose, California! He and his wife, Patricia, are the proud winners of the DIY Network Blog CabinTM 2016 Giveaway, a grand prize package valued at more than $900,000.

Michael’s name was randomly drawn from more than 43 million entries. "I listened to a voicemail from someone at DIY Network saying they needed to speak with me about my entry," said Dunosky.

Michael Dunosky, pictured with family, is the lucky winner of DIY Network Blog Cabin 2016.

Michael Dunosky, pictured with family, is the lucky winner of DIY Network Blog Cabin 2016.

"My wife Patricia and I didn’t know what to make of it – before we called back, we poured over the DIY Network website trying to figure out what else it could be because we just couldn’t believe we may have won." 

Michael, a data network consultant, actually wasn't feeling well when he learned the good news. "I thought we should celebrate anyway,” said Patricia Dunosky. “I got out our good crystal and we all toasted with ice water!”

We feel so fortunate, lucky and blessed at the same time.
Michael Dunosky

The Dunoskys, along with their two small children, will see the home for the first time in person later this month. 

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Waterfront Location

Located in the waterfront community of Panacea, Florida, DIY Network Blog Cabin 2016 was designed to reflect the coastal activities and natural beauty that surround the property.

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Sitting Pretty

This view of the two-story home from the bay shows how the perfectly situated house sits in a peaceful environment with shady trees, but also offers close proximity and views of the water.

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Tranquil Bridge

A walking bridge leads from the back of the two-story home to the water.

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Lifted Up

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A compact crossover fuel-efficient SUV is part of the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2016 prize package.

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The SUV’s roomy interior features fold-down back seats that create plenty of space for packing water sports gear or other bulky items.

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In the console, a touch-screen makes navigating the area’s coastal highways and byways easier.

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Fabulous Finishes

Bolder color choices and new exterior finishes make the home pop and give the waterfront house an architectural flair that was missing before.

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Original Detail

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Steel Bracket System

A new steel bracket system on the existing stilts helped make up the height difference needed for current FEMA requirements.

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Smart Solution

The solution that makes the home compliant involves the bottom of the lowest horizontal members now being 20 feet above the ground to meet new FEMA maps.

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Energy-Saving HVAC

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Soothing Blue Siding

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Updated Look

The home's old asphalt shingle roof was removed and replaced with a metal standing seam roof which helps give the home a bolder and more updated look.

Photo By: Photos: Christopher Shane/Styling: Elizabeth Demos

Unique Location

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Stairs to Entry

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Welcome Inside

The stairs lead right to the updated front door and front deck that now offers views of the outdoor bonus room, dubbed the “Sky Cabin,” added during the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2016 renovation.

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Local Flavor

Two rope-wrapped fishing float globes hang from the home's front handrail, a nod to the waterfront location of the property.

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Striking Siding

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Front Door Changes

The stairs from the ground level lead right to the front deck and to the new front door, which was built in the confines of the original frame but with new sidelights to create a more updated look.

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Wonderful Wind Chimes

Sea shells were used to make the attractive wind chimes that greet guests and hang to the right of the home's front door.

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Color Combination

The combination of the soothing blue siding with the more neutral taupe and beige trim gives the home a coastal look without feeling overly beachy.

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Sun Protection

Lots of existing mature trees provide shade for the two-story waterfront home with strong horizontal lines.

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