New York Resident Wins DIY Network’s Blog Cabin Giveaway 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Albert Zaranka answered his first phone call after a recent move back to
New York from North Carolina to find out that he and his wife, Ellen,
are the lucky winners of the DIY Network® Blog
GiveawayTM 2015. A teacher and pianist, Zaranka was
randomly drawn from more than 23 million entries to win the grand-prize
package valued at almost $900,000.

The modern-style mountain retreat in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was rebuilt
from the ground up and redesigned to make the most of the spectacular
views. Designed with multiple decks, patios and balconies, plus a
two-story wall of windows, the home selections were made interactively
by visitors to,
who voted on all aspects of the renovation, from flooring and cabinets
to window treatments.

“My first reaction to being told that I had won was tears of joy,”
remarked Zaranka. “Then, once it sank in, I started to figure out where
we’d put the piano. We can’t wait to see the home in-person. While I
watched every video, it’s going to be better to see it in real life.”

DIY Network ventured west to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho this year for its
ninth season of Blog
, the first-ever interactive
home-building series based on a very simple idea: “You Design It, We
Build It, You Could Win It!” The home features a long, single-sloped
roof line, exposed laminate beams and concrete walls. Fire elements give
the home charm during the winter and a large balcony with sliding doors
opens the home to the beautiful northwest summer — Blog Cabin 2015 is
the perfect year-round sanctuary.

This year’s sponsors include Lumber Liquidators, Inc.; Quicken Loans,
Inc.; The Sherwin-Williams Company; Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.;
Cabinets to Go, LLC; James Hardie Building Products, Inc.; Window World;
Kohler Co.; National Gypsum; Radio Systems Corporation; Sunshine Makers,
Inc.; and Select Comfort Corporation.

About DIY Network

, from the makers of HGTV
and Food
, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home
improvement television. Currently in more than 58 million homes, DIY
Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home
and landscaping.
The network’s award-winning website,,
consistently ranks among America’s top home and garden Internet
destinations for entertaining videos, home improvement advice,
step-by-step instructions, message boards, blogs, an interactive program
guide and more. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., DIY Network is owned
by Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (SNI).


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