Catching up with Building Wild: Spinning Cabin Recap

Spoiler Alert!

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

In Dover, Vermont, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild and crafting a rustic Italian getaway for the Cangiano family. Of course with every build there are issues, and this one comes with a family feud. John Cangiano wants a cabin with a front view of the sunset, but his wife wants to watch the sunrise. Tuffy, the backwoods inventor, has a solution.

Tuffy has always wanted to build a cabin that spins, and the property has an unused excavator languishing amongst the weeds. Tuffy is certain they could strip the piece of machinery down and make it into a massive turntable. Paulie thinks he’s lost his mind. Houses are supposed to stand still!

John and his cousin Mark, who is a partner in the project, listen in amazement. A spinning cabin seems risky, but Tuffy is convincing. The excavator spins a massive piece of equipment; surely it could support a cabin. In order to stick to the costs, they are going to have a kit cabin delivered and build it to spin.

The second day is spent dismantling the excavator and bringing in the cabin kit. However, fork-lifting in the materials isn’t as easy as the Cangiano’s hoped. In fact, the Cangianos aren’t exactly adept at all things construction. John lifts the load too high and tips the forklift onto two wheels, dumping the whole load. (Check out the video. Ouch!) They have to call Paulie and Tuffy down to help them fix their mess and Tuffy is not pleased.

Once the forklift fiasco is resolved and the materials are delivered to the site on day three, Tuffy focuses on building the metal frame on the excavator turntable. Paulie still doesn’t believe that they will be able to turn seven tons of log cabin. Worse, once the platform is built, everyone (except Tuffy) is worried that the platform will bounce. No one wants to try to eat spaghetti in a bouncy house.

In order to ensure the platform’s solidity, Paulie suggests they load his three-ton truck on the platform to see if tips over. Tuffy is unfazed, and for good reason, the platform doesn’t even sway when big truck is backed on to it. In fact, with the truck and the whole crew standing on the platform, Tuffy is able to turn the platform with his thumb. (Check out the moment of truth!) He’s proven his point and irritated that they have wasted the time.

Thing would get back on track quickly, except that Mother Nature has other plans. The weather doesn’t cooperate and it rains through most of the build. On top of that, the Cangiano’s have found a gigantic wooden spoon on the property that would make an excellent table. Paulie loves the idea, but thinks that to match the theme it needs to spin. He votes that Tuffy takes on this project. Tuffy “We-Don’t-Have-Time” Bakaitis is thrilled.

As is the custom, The Cabin Kings send the clients off for the last 24 hours while they finish the build. They don’t want to spoil the big reveal! Still, the weather isn’t cooperating, which gets Paulie thinking. Who would want to go outside and spin the house in the rain and the snow? He wants to create a way to spin the house from the inside. Tuffy knows exactly how to make this happen. (Of course.) After a slight delay with weather, (nothing major, just gale force winds and torrential rain) the guys pick up, dry off, and get back at it. So much for an easy cabin kit build.

The Cabin Kings have to throw extra labor at the job and the profit is low, but they are proud of their inventive retreat. It spins so smoothly, you can’t even feel it move. The cabin has a deck on either side and has all the extras you could want inside, including a steering wheel so you can turn on a whim. (Good luck with that when the grandkids get hold of it!) Paulie, embracing the Italian spirit, unveils the special extra he built, a wilderness pizza oven.

John dreamed of having a cabin in the woods his whole life, and he finally has just that and more. What comes around goes around and now it can just keep going ’round.

Wondering what The Cabin Kings will come up with next? Tune in the Building Wild: License to Mill on Tuesday February 4 at 9PM et/pt. You won’t want to miss it!


  1. paulie
    February 1, 2014, 9:04 pm

    I was wondering was the pizza oven kit! where can I get one
    Thanks alot guys

  2. Cindy
    February 5, 2014, 12:08 am

    I have tried watching this show but I think Paulie is very rude and all they do is fight the end project comes out nice if you could get past all of the arguing and the rudeness .

  3. Steve
    February 8, 2014, 12:00 pm

    How do you keep the cabin from turning in the wind?

  4. Jerry Menart
    106 Green Meadow Ln. Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 15666
    February 11, 2014, 6:32 pm

    Hi guys, love the show. Would love to know where you got the plans for the outdoor pizza oven?

  5. Karen
    February 11, 2014, 10:34 pm

    Hoping some of your team can join us at The Paramount Theatre to view the ‘Bus’ Cabin episode! Can’t wait to see how you incorporated some of the Maple Leaf plaques and puzzles as well as the final view of the front door!

  6. Mike Hebert
    February 18, 2014, 2:39 pm

    That was a BrickWood Oven – Mattone Barile Grande model it think..