Exterior Pictures From DIY Network Blog Cabin 2016

With its Florida coastal-style architecture, manicured landscaping, and a bold exterior color palette, this Gulf Coast home on stilts offers a spectacular escape.

By: Jeannie Matteucci

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

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

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

Photo By: Mark Elias

Photo By: Mark Elias

Photo By: Mark Elias

Photo By: Mark Elias

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Tranquil Bridge

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

Lifted Up

Originally built on stilts and finished in 1992, hydraulic jacks were used to lift the home 10 inches during the course of the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2016 renovation to meet current FEMA requirements.

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

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

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

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.

Original Detail

Existing wood tiles can be seen from this underneath view of the two-story waterfront home on stilts.

Steel Bracket System

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

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.

Energy-Saving HVAC

The home's HVAC system directly blows warm and cool air into the upstairs bedrooms on chilly or warm nights, and the units can be shut off when the rooms are not being used to help save money on utility bills.

Soothing Blue Siding

The home's original cedar siding was removed and replaced with siding in a soft and soothing slate blue color.

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.

Unique Location

The unique construction and location of this home means parking is available right under the house. One of the goals of the new building requirements is to ensure the updated home on stilts is protected during a high wind storm.

Stairs to Entry

Stairs take guests from the ground level up to the front entry on the first floor of the two-story waterfront home.

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.

Local Flavor

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

Striking Siding

This close-up of the slate blue siding shows how the material offers both color and texture for exterior of the home.

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.

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.

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.

Sun Protection

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