Internet voters are guiding the outcome of the renovation of a circa-1892 cottage along the Core Sound in Atlantic, North Carolina.
The renovation is for the seventh season of an interactive home-building series on the DIY Network called "Blog Cabin." The network has viewers and fans help design the featured home and at the end of the series, one of those viewers gets a chance to win the home.
"Blog Cabin," hosted by Chris Grundy, will feature the North Carolina vacation cottage renovation in six different episodes featuring the experts from other DIY shows: "Mega Dens," "House Crashers," "Bath Crashers," "Yard Crashers," "Kitchen Crashers" and "Desperate Landscapes." Footage from the cottage renovation will also get time on episodes of each of those individual shows.
The Atlantic cabin, seen here before the DIY construction began, has been in the Uriah Robinson family for generations. It started out as a one-room cabin with a detached cook's shed, and was gradually expanded as the family grew. The most recent owner of the home was Evelyn Clyde Harris, the great-granddaughter of Uriah Robinson.
The expansive renovation of the home will include the grounds and a 173-foot dock.
The demolition work began in December and a detailed account of the progress is on the Blog Cabin site. Project manager Dylan Eastman says his crew is saving "every salvageable piece of wood for use in the renovation or how-to projects." Eastman has also saved some fireplace bricks inscribed by a builder in 1895.
There is also an online Cabin Cam providing snapshots of construction in progress (it looks like the house was basically torn down to the foundation and rebuilt, but I can't tell for sure).
Voting for design elements has already started at the DIY Blog Cabin website, and will continue through March 27.
"Blog Cabin" will debut on Monday, July 29, at 9:30 p.m. DIY Network is found locally on channels 356 and 1356 on Time Warner Cable; channel 230 on DirecTV; channel 111 on Dish Network; and channels 454 and 1454 on AT&T U-verse.
Below is a close-up photo of the home before demolition and a drawing of what the new cabin will look like (but online voters get to choose the design elements).