What the DIY Blog Cabin Sweepstakes Is (and Why You Want to Win It)

Blog Cabin's Origins, Details, and Previous Winners

Exterior of the 2016 DIY Blog Cabin
The 2016 DIY Blog Cabin. Image (c) Scripps Network, Used with Permission

What Is the DIY Blog Cabin Sweepstakes?

The DIY Blog Cabin Sweepstakes is one of several luxury home giveaways offered by the Scripps Network every year. The twist with the Blog Cabin Sweepstakes is that viewers get to choose many of the details of the home that they could win. The Blog Cabin's motto is: "You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!"

Leading up to the home's construction, DIY gives viewers the opportunity to vote on what features it should have, crowdsourcing major decisions to end up with a home that any winner is sure to love.

Origins of the Blog Cabin Giveaway.

In 1997, HGTV started a new television series where they would build a luxurious new house on the air, then let one person win it in their HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes.

A decade later, HGTV's sister network, DIY, created a similar giveaway in its own do-it-yourself style, and the Blog Cabin was born.

Instead of a fancy dream home in a high-rent area, DIY gives away a rustic cabin - and it lets its viewers pick the details of the cabin by voting on the features. For example, the blog readers might be able to pick between two different styles for the master bedroom suite or to choose which colors the living room walls should be painted.

The Blog Cabin isn't usually as expensive as the Dream Home, but it is still a dream to win (and a more affordable home means that the winners have to pay less in taxes on their prize). Each year's cabin is lovingly designed with luxurious features and the locations are stunning.

Waterfront properties, mountain getaways, and other lovely locations have been chosen for previous years' Blog Cabins.

Why Is It Called a "Blog" Cabin?

The name of DIY's big giveaway is a play on words, combining "log cabin" with a "weblog".

What does a weblog have to do with the giveaway? Well, DIY publishes a blog on their website describing the entire process of constructing and giving away the cabin.

Readers can comment and give feedback on different aspects of the cabin. Throughout the process, DIY gives the blog readers the chance to vote on various aspects of the cabin's final design.

When Does the Blog Cabin Sweepstakes Run?

Although the exact dates for the DIY Blog Cabin Sweepstakes change every year, it usually runs from the late summer until the early fall. The last Blog Cabin Sweepstakes ran from August 8th, 2016 - September 24, 2016.

Entering the DIY Blog Cabin Sweepstakes:

Once the Blog Cabin Sweepstakes has begun, you can enter by visiting the DIY Network. Typically, you can open if you are a resident of the United States who is at least 21 years old. The Blog Cabin is usually a daily entry giveaway.

Blog Cabins and Their Winners Throughout the Years:

2016: The 2016 Blog Cabin will be located in Panacea, Florida. The winner o the $900,000+ prize package was Michael Dunosky of San Jose, California.

2015: Blog Cabin 2015 was built on a hilltop in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

It was won by Albert Zaranka.

2014: The 2014 Blog Cabin was located on the waters of Lake Hamilton in Winter Haven, Florida. The winner was Bradley Powell.

2013: The 2013 Blog Cabin offered stunning views of Core Sound in North Carolina. Culver City, California resident Mari Cabrera-Hickerson won the 2013 giveaway.

2012: DIY chose Waldoboro, Maine as the setting for the 2012 Blog Cabin, which was won by Josephine Turner of Butler, Kentucky.

2011: The farmhouse-style Blog Cabin 2011 was set in Mathews, Virginia. The 2011 winner was Carol Livingston of Cincinnati, Ohio.

2010:  The 2010 Blog Cabin had the Catskill Mountains of New York as its setting. The winner was North Carolina resident Tony Marino.

2009: The mountains of Asheville, North Carolina was the location of the 2009 Blog Cabin. The winner, children's book author Margi Wolff, comes from Fort Myers, Florida herself.

2008: The 2008 Blog Cabin was set in the Lakefront Estates community on the Watts Bar Lake in East Tennessee. The winner was Patricia "Gayle" Donaldson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2007: The very first Blog Cabin was built over a 13-part television series that started airing in August of 2007. Located in the Smoky Mountains, the 2007 Blog Cabin was won by Joyce Bennett.