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Log cabins have certainly gone high tech. At least in terms of this interactive Blog found on the DIY Network anyway!
Their newest venture is called Blog Cabin. It’s an interactive site that includes lots of opportunities for YOU to help design and build a log cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains
Here’s the scoop… (It’s lots of FUN!)
DIY’s log cabin is located in historic Kinzel Springs, a gated community on the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The whole idea began on the DIY Network site on February 2nd.
The only vote that has taken place so far is the vote on which floorplan to use. Readers chose the Greenbriar as the winning design. (It had 87,813 votes compared to 79,999 for Smokeyview and 56,471 for Trillium.)
Upcoming votes for which Amy still needs your input:
(* indicates current leader, according to votes placed so far)
Choose the roof style:
- Asphalt Shingle
- Tin Metal Roof*
- Cedar Shakes
Choose the fireplace:
- Stone Hearth and Surround*
- Brick Hearth and Surround
- Wood Burning Stove
Choose the window design:
- Double Hung*
Choose the flooring:
- Casa de Colour Aztec Cherry Oak*
- Clover Lea Pine
- Clover Lea Savannah Gold Heart Pine
- Supreme Bamboo Natural Pre-Finished
- Supreme Bamboo Carbonized Prefinished
Choose the stair railings:
- Rustic Branches
Choose the cabinetry:
- Stainless Steel
Choose the tile for the bath:
- Natural Tile*
- Glass Tile
- Mosaic Tile Pattern
Choose the kitchen countertops:
Choose the bath fixtures:
- Steam/Shower Combo
- Clawfoot Tub
- Modern Slate Walk-In Shower*
- Whirlpool Bath
Choose the focal point of the landscaping:
- Outdoor Patio with a Fireplace*
- Rustic Gazebo
- Water Feature
Choose the interior wall finish:
- Single Color – Eggshell Finish*
- Textured – Sand or Plaster Effect
- Decorative Paint/Faux Finish
Choose the front entryway:
- Wormy Chestnut Door*
- Lead Glass Door
- Barn Door
- Wrought Iron Door
Then, sit back and watch each week as your design is put into place and the log cabin is built before your very eyes.
Have a say… influence the design of this one-of-a-kind log cabin… and have a lot of FUN in the process!
Check out Blog Cabin
Welcome to the very exciting and interesting drama-action-comedy-adventure that I’m sure this Blog Cabin experiment will be. I think it bears repeating that YOU will be designing this home. While, yes, I am a designer, I am not the designer in this case. Think of me as a liaison, facilitator, curator, consultant, and knowledgeable friend. I’m just here to make sure we can include as many of your awesome suggestions as possible, balance the practical and aesthetic concerns with the parameters of time, space, and budget, and make sure we don’t end up with a Franken-Cabin.
— Amy Devers (of DIY to the Rescue fame)
We’ve gone through the entire process of designing and planning every single detail of our dream log home! We have the blueprints… and the land… and the contractor… and the goal for our log cabin home to be our retirement home. Before you build (or buy) a log home, I have a slew of helpful tips for you — to plan, design, build, decorate, and maintain your very own rustic modern log home. When I’m not fine-tuning the log home of my dreams, you’ll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I’ve written nearly 300 articles for current and future log home owners on this site! Many of them have over 50K shares.