DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015: Fire Safety Features

Greetings community,

As you saw in my last post, Idaho’s a really great place and we took great strides in designing this home to the specific lot as well as for the climate. Much of the West can be described as high desert and with its coniferous trees can be prone to wildfires from lightning strikes and other causes.

Blog Cabin 2015

Knowing this, we designed this year’s house with five key elements that make it wildfire resistant. Although we were not required to meet these for local codes, it just makes smart design sense to work with the environment instead of against it.

1. We created a non-combustible perimeter around the house by using crushed basalt mulch. The lower patio is entirely non-combustible stone pavers.

Blog Cabin 2015 back patio

2. There are no vented eaves or other wall openings for embers to blow through and ignite wall spaces or attics.

Blog Cabin 2015

3. Exterior roof and wall coverings are non-combustible. The roof is standing seam metal. Walls are largely cementious siding with accents of metal panels. The lower foundation walls are concrete.

Blog Cabin 2015

4. Major structural elements of the house include steel columns and glue laminated beams that meet the requirements for heavy timber construction. Both of which are fire resistant or will delay failure from heat when compared to conventional framing.

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Great Room

5. No major coniferous trees within 30′ of the house & most are 50-75′ away. Not only does this keep pine needles and cones off roofs and walkways but it also increases the “defensible perimeter” of the house.

So while no home can be impervious to everything, we’ve increased the safety of this home when compared to code minimum construction.

Check out more behind the build and enter for your chance to win!

Watch DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2015 Special Tonight

Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET tune in for the exciting DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Special. You don’t want to miss the last episode in our DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 series. It’s been an amazing journey, and this evening Chris Grundy will wrap up this year’s modern mountain transformation with a behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful area and standout design features.

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Chris Grundy

Watch and tweet live with Grundy, Chris Lambton, Matt Muenster, John Desilvia, the Blog Cabin crew and our friends at HGTV Magazine. Use #BlogCabin.

Feeling ambitious? Check out this clever luggage coffee table you can create for your home.

Luggage coffee table

MAKE A SUITCASE COFFEE TABLE

Finally, don’t miss your chance to win items left behind at DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped. Head over to the Gimme Gimme Giveaway blog post, and leave a comment for your chance to win some awesome DIY Network swag and a design board, signed by Grundy and Yard Crashers host Chris Lambton.

Happy Labor Day!

Last Round of Gimme Gimme Giveaway

We are proud to announce the last in our series of the insanely popular Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we have been giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped.

What’s the final item up for grabs? We’re giving away a design board from Blog Cabin 2015, signed by Yard Crashers host Chris Lambton and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy and a bevy of DIY Network swag. Tune in Monday at 9:30 ET for the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Special.

Gimme Gimme Giveaway Blog Cabin Special

To enter for a chance to win this signed piece of memorabilia, take the virtual home tour, and then tell us, via a comment posted below, what you would do first if you won the Blog Cabin 2015 Giveaway.

See Official Rules

You have from September 4, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. ET until Thursday September 10, 2015, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this signed memorabilia. The following week we will randomly select the winner and post the winner in the blog.

Good luck!

Last Round of Gimme Gimme Giveaway

We are proud to announce the last in our series of the insanely popular Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we have been giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped.

What’s the final item up for grabs? We’re giving away a design board from Blog Cabin 2015, signed by Yard Crashers host Chris Lambton and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy and a bevy of DIY Network swag. Tune in Monday at 9:30 ET for the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Special.

Gimme Gimme Giveaway Blog Cabin Special

To enter for a chance to win this signed piece of memorabilia, take the virtual home tour, and then tell us, via a comment posted below, what you would do first if you won the Blog Cabin 2015 Giveaway.

See Official Rules

You have from September 4, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. ET until Thursday September 10, 2015, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this signed memorabilia. The following week we will randomly select the winner and post the winner in the blog.

Good luck!

The Best of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Now that you’ve seen all (6) shows, I hope you can see how we brought a little bit of Idaho into DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015. Every year, we attempt to make this home as local and authentic as we can. And you can see those touches through out each one. Whether its time reading about the location or scouting the local antique shops with design coordinator Laurie March, I really try to understand not only the physical location of the house and how that impacts the design but also how the surrounding beauty and culture should effect it as well.

Now being an East coaster, I admit to not knowing much about Idaho. Potatoes right? Well I was way under-informed as to how cool this place really is! Luckily we also had the fine and friendly people of Coeur d’Alene to help as well as some top notch builders at Edwards Smith Construction.

Browse Around-the-Area Photos >>

So today I wanted to share my top 5 Favorite things about Idaho….

Idaho Scenery

1. Natural Beauty

This place is unbelievably beautiful. The first time I drove to the old run down house, I thought I might run off the road staring out the windows. Splendid mountains that meander around epic lakes. If you can take in all that, imagine bald eagles, elk, moose, turkey, deer, edible plants! I mean come on…

Whether you are a sportsman, fisherman, or naturalist this place has something for everyone.

Coeur d'Alene Idaho

2. Weather

So being only 99 miles from Canada you’d expect this place to be as cold as it is for our friends over at Bath Crashers in Minnesota? Boy was I wrong! See the average low is only 22 degrees in the winter. And get this 85 in the summer. It turns out to be incredibly temperate for the latitude. Part of it is the buffering of a 27 mile lake and part of it is that the really cold air dropping down from Canada goes on the east side of the Rockies to Montana. That makes for an epic outdoor adventure, which I’m getting to.

3. Outdoor Sports

With that decent weather and some good sun why wouldn’t you want to be ripping around that lake on a wakeboard? Or heading to one of the many resorts in the winter for snow skiing? Everyone here loves the outdoors. I have never seen so many boats, ATVs, and ski lodges. There’s something for everyone.

Not into power sports? How about some of my favorite hikes right outside of town like Tubbs Hill, Mineral Ridge, and Beauty Bay. Perhaps you don’t like to see 300 bald eagles at one time, but I do.

Coeur d'Alene Idaho

4. Small Town Charm

Being only 30 minutes from Spokane and the airport gives you lots of options if you want the city. Drive 30 minutes in any other direction and you have cute little towns through out the valleys. Want to see the Center of the Universe? Head to Wallace. A mining museum? Head up to the Sprague Pole museum in Murray. Be sure to make some friends and talk to the locals. They are as friendly as they come.

5. Great Food

And lastly how could I leave out the food? Given the size of Coeur d’Alene, you wouldn’t expect so many good restaurants. But there are so many options here. The Coeur d’Alene resort alone has three restaurants in it, and the four blocks of downtown has at least 20 hot spots. To top it off the food is economical compared to some destination towns. Healthy and heavy eaters alike can find something at most places. The restaurants are tuned in food allergies as well as locally-sourced ingredients. Like local beer options? Check out Crafted. Fine dining? Beverly’s in the Resort. Some fusion pizza? Fire’s the place to be.

I could go on and make this my top 20 favorite things but I have to stop somewhere. I love this place. My least favorite thing you ask? Its that I can’t win DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015, but you can! I will definitely be back to Idaho in the future.

Top 5 Pet-Friendly Spots Near DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 host Chris Grundy gets some puppy love.

Now that you’ve toured DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015, you’ve witnessed the expertly planned design, the million dollar views and the top-notch amenities that combine to make this modern mountain house a home. But with that said, a house wouldn’t be a home without the family that resides within, including those four-legged family members!

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 didn’t skimp on pet amenities this year. Complete with a swanky Doggy Blog Cabin, a pet fountain, treats, toys and a spacious yard to run around, this home is the place for pets to live in style.

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Dog House

And while DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 has it all, the city of Coeur d’Alene has a multitude of additional events and places to enjoy with your pooch, making it the perfect family attraction for humans and pets alike. Voted as the 2011 Dog Town USA by Dog Fancy Magazine, here are the top five pet-friendly places in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho:

1. Dog d’Alene

Starting off with the ultimate pet social, the Dog d’Alene is an annual event held in May and hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association. What’s not to love? Pets and their owners from all over the community gather downtown for a day of “all things dog”, complete with competitions, a Doxie Dash, costume contests and more. Now that’s one doggone good time.

A rousing game of musical hoops at the Dog d’Alene festival in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

2.  Canfield Mountain Trail

If you’re looking for a moderate hiking trail close to town, Canfield Mountain Trail is your ticket. A 24 acre open space park nestled in the mountains on the north side of town has a 1.5 mile dirt trail that boasts the proximity to downtown with the feeling of being out in the wilderness.

3.  Centennial Trail & Higgens Point

For those dogs who are serious athletes, the Centennial Trail is a popular option. Whether walking, biking or roller blading, this paved 23 mile trail starts at the Idaho/Washington state line and ends downtown at Higgens Point on the water. And in a destination voted by National Geographic as “One of the World’s 10 Most Beautiful Lakes”, it would be remiss not to take a dip. The perfect place to cool off after a hike or bike, Higgens Point is a must visit for water loving pups.

Dogs stroll through downtown at the Dog d’Alene festival.

4.  McEuen Park

A newly-renovated off leash dog park rests beside McEuen Park and Tubbs Hill in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Two separate parks for small and large breeds allow dogs to run free, wag tails and say hello. If you get tired of the social scene, the adjacent Tubbs Hill provides several miles of hiking trails with spectacular views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

5.  Marie Creek Trail

For a great escape close to town, Marie Creek Trail is the adventurer’s best kept secret. Motor and wheel-free, the 10 mile round trip along a tranquil creek is a great path to explore and is not highly trafficked, making it perfect for dogs (and humans) who like to channel their wild side.

So what are you waiting for? Enter twice daily for your chance to win DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015! Your pets will thank you.

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Last Chance to Snag Some Yard Crashers Swag

We’re excited to announce the sixth in our series of the insanely popular Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we will be giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped.

What’s the item up for grabs? We’re giving away a Yard Crashers design board, signed by host Chris Lambton and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy and a bevy of DIY Network swag. See here for tune-in details regarding the Yard Crashers episode of Blog Cabin 2015.

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Yard Crashers Giveaway

To enter for a chance to win this one-of-a-kind signed design board, take the virtual home tour, examine each space and then tell us, via a comment posted below, which Blog Cabin 2015 upcycled feature you like best.

You have from August 28, 2015, at 9 a.m. ET until Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this design board. The following week we will randomly select the winner and post the winner in the blog.

See Official Rules

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins September 4, 2015. We’ll be giving away a piece of Gypsum board from Blog Cabin 2015, signed by Yard Crashers host Chris Lambton and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy.

Watch Yard Crashers Tackle DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015

Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET tune in as Chris Lambton takes on the yard at DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015. You won’t want to miss this amazing mountaintop transformation with the ultimate patio and outdoor dining area. It’s stunning!

Chris Lambton and Chris Grundy

Watch and tweet live with Chris Lambton and Grundy! Use #BlogCabin.

Feeling ambitious? Check out this bridge made from reclaimed wood you can do in your home.

Waterfall bridge

BUILD A RUSTIC BRIDGE

Finally, don’t miss your chance to win items left behind at Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped. Head over to the Gimme Gimme Giveaway blog post, and leave a comment for your chance to win some awesome DIY Network swag and a Yard Crashers design board, signed by Grundy and Chris.

Yard Crashers Swag Up for Grabs

We’re excited to announce the fifth in our series of the insanely popular Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we will be giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped.

What’s the item up for grabs? We’re giving away a Yard Crashers design board, signed by host Chris Lambton and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy and a bevy of DIY Network swag. See here for tune-in details regarding the Yard Crashers episode of Blog Cabin 2015.

Yard Crashers Giveaway

To enter for a chance to win this one-of-a-kind signed design board, take the virtual home tour, examine each space and then tell us, via a comment posted below, which DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 outdoor feature you like best.

You have from August 21, 2015, at 9 a.m. ET until Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this design board. The following week we will randomly select the winner and post the winner in the blog.

See Official Rules

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins August 28, 2015. We’ll be giving away another Yard Crashers design board, signed by host Chris Lambton and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy.

Watch Bath Crashers Tonight and Join the Conversation

Bath Crashers

Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET tune in as Matt Muenster travels to DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 to tackle the master suite. It’s going to be a wild ride with an amazing transformation, clever storage and stunning upcycled features. Watch and tweet live with Matt and Grundy! Use #BlogCabin.

Feeling ambitious? Check out this clever and creative accent wall you can do in your home.

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 Master Bedroom

DESIGN A WOOD SLAT WALL

Finally, don’t miss your chance to win items left behind at Blog Cabin 2015 after episode filming wrapped. Head over to the Gimme Gimme Giveaway blog post, and leave a comment for your chance to win some awesome DIY Network swag and a Bath Crashers design board, signed by Grundy and Matt.