Catching up with Building Wild: Tuff Enough

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If you want to watch this episode and not ruin the surprise, stop reading now!


In Vermont, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild with a shipping container and a plan. At least, Paulie has a plan. Tuffy thinks that making a dream home out of a soup can is the worst idea he’s ever heard.

On the first day, surveying the property, the Cabin Kings meet Jason Parks, a man with dream. However, a shipping container wasn’t even a part of his wildest imaginings. All the same, he’s willing to trust the experts. How to get a four-ton, forty-foot container up a rocky logging road is only the first challenge. It’s a rough ride just getting to the site on a quad. In fact, they manage to get one quad stuck in the mud and flip another on the way down. Everyone is okay, but Paulie picks a different driver for the rest of the ride. (Check out the rough ride.)

On the build site, they find a deer stand which belonged to Jason’s father. It’s in about the same spot it has always been, except that it used to be twenty feet up. The guys decide that they will cut the container in half, laying one side perpendicular so that there is a tower where they can set the deer stand.

Down below the build site, the crew starts working on the pre-build. Steady ground is going to be imperative for saving time. Meanwhile, Tuffy cuts a more workable road to bring up the components. Once that is done, they cut the container in two pieces.

Getting the container up the hill is no easy task, especially after it’s tipped over. Paulie is suddenly regretting that he ever suggested the container idea. Tempers flare (because that never happens), but at the end of the day the container is at the site and nobody gets hurt.  (Check out the journey with the container.) Unfortunately, the guys are about a day behind on their construction schedule.

Moving the container’s pieces into place takes a lot of finesse and Tuffy makes the near-impossible look almost easy. The team is set to start building the rest of the cabin around the two pieces. They are going to have to work through the night to get back on schedule, however. So they bring up lights and a generator. This is a great idea, except for the part where they flip the light tower in the mud. Fortunately, they get the lights on and everyone keeps on keeping on.

The build is going together perfectly, but the day’s entertainment is watching Paulie directing Tuffy to drop in the girder for the roof. Paulie has measured the slot perfectly, so that there is no slack when they drop in– or rather, pound in the girder. After a lot of yelling, teeth gnashing and operator stress, the beam goes in. Tuffy is not pleased and Paulie tries to appease him. (For the record, don’t try to butter up Tuffy with a day-old donut.)

Jason runs down the hill to get a surprise for his crew and meanwhile, the team works to get the inside of the cabin knocked out along with a couple of surprises.

Jason returns with a keg of beer and a big smile. He can’t wait to see the finished project. Even from the outside he can see that he has the cabin of his dreams. Tuffy has made him a spinning hatchet-throwing wheel. Inside, is a one of a kind cabin that is more than just a container. It is complete with an elevator to get to the lookout deer stand, birch wood railings and a place like nowhere else. This is the sort of place that only the Cabin Kings can imagine and make a reality.

What else can Tuffy and Paulie do? Tune in to Building Wild: Double Decker Cabin on Tuesday March 4 at 9PM et/pt.  


  1. Robert Joe Sorrells
    Ozark hills of Missouri
    February 28, 2014, 1:14 pm

    Love the show and the creativity. Would love to build a cabin on my property. Have 300 acres with views of 20 miles. A old mine that is listed as a historical location, and the first railroad in the state of Missouri. A lot of history to the site and have wanted a cabin for the family and friends. Have access to a lot of good and unusual materials as well as many friend that are very good in construction. Could supply nice accommodations. Can also supply good food. Son is a chef. He could cook on site or at a local winery. Thanks Joe

  2. Frank Beyer
    New Strawn, Kansas
    February 28, 2014, 1:47 pm

    The last episode of Ultimate Survival Alaska showed just how bad a network will go to try and make a show exciting. When I saw he had a deer in his sights and it had no antlers yet the one they later showed as the kill having the antlers made me disappointed. I was willing to look past the fact that the mountaineers were able to go the wrong direction as in opposite they needed for half a day and then turn around and win the segment was also a little to far. You people took a great idea and and completely ruined it. This is the type of show that the more you watch the more you want to change the channel. to bad!!!!

  3. Jeff Beeman
    Richmond, CA
    March 6, 2014, 11:19 pm

    It’s hard to understand why I love this show so much. Part of it is that I have known guys like Paulie and Tuffy and have admired both types. Some of the tension between the two is, no doubt, “amped” a bit for the sake of TV conflict, but no matter. They are the Yin and Yang of adult “Fort building,” and the combo is definitely stronger than either guy would be solo. I guess they are the Lennon and McCartney of construction 😉 Love the creativity, love the scenery, love the dream quality of the projects. I only wish I had the means to hire their butts and fly them to California to build me a gold rush cabin!