With the votes in and tallied Ahmed Hassan takes the Blog Cabin reigns to build this year's cabin. From the ground up Ahmed is charged with creating a home just the way the DIY bloggers want it to be. Here to help are contractor brothers Chris and Simon Hodshon. After setting truly innovative and cutting edge foundation walls, Amy Devers stops by to give Ahmed some tips and take a trip to the Barna miill, where each log is processed before showing up on our site. Amy passes the buck to Ahmed and along with Chris, and Simon, they begin the daunting task of setting the log walls.
The foundation is laid and the logs are up...it's time to start working on the Blog Cabin roof! Cool Tools host Chris Grundy stops by just in time to show off some tools that will make life on the construction site a little easier. While he's there, Chris takes full advantage of the relaxation that the lake offers and takes a boat tour of Watts Bar Dam. Meanwhile, Ahmed and the rest of the Blog Cabin team get to work building the first 6 layers of the metal roof and dressing up the roof gables with pine shingles.
With the foundation set, the logs in place, and roof underway, the Blog Cabin crew turn their attention to the expansive wrap around porch. Stopping by to help Ahmed, Chris and Simon, and to build unique porch furniture, are John and Jimmy Diresta from DIY's Hammered. Using tons of vintage lake gear they create a water ski adirondack chair, a swinging canoe seat, and a rustic cedar porch swing. And wait until you see the 1200 square feet of composite decking made from recycled plastic bags, it may look brown, but it's very green! There's plenty of reusing and recycling going on here!
The build on this year's cabin is well underway. After making headway on the porches, the build moves forward by installing the winning options: woodburning fireplaces, the metal roof, double hung windows & stoning the fireplace surround. Matt Blashaw shows up with a few construction ideas for the dual fireplaces; a rustic log holder and an iron mantle holder. But of course he does what he does best: deconstructs! Ahmed takes Matt on a trip to a local ironshop to forge firedogs for the fireplace & the custom mantle holder. Everything is going according to plan, when the stonemason's pull out of the job. Will the fireplaces get stoned, will America's winner be installed, will the mantle go up before Matt leaves?