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TV show to film in the Tri-Lakes area

February 16, 2014
By MATTHEW TURNER ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - A home building TV show has plans to start filming in the Adirondacks and they are looking for local participants.

George Verschoor, an executive producer of "Building Wild", a show on National Geographic that premiered Jan. 14, said they want to film around the Lake Placid or Saranac Lake area.

It's known as the most rugged home building show on TV and the Adirondack Park offers the kind of outdoor views and spirit the show's producer is looking for.

"I think it is a mecca for outdoor lovers," he said. "The Adirondacks really offer great terrains and variety."

They're looking to turn up to six scenic properties of Adirondack land into a dream cabin retreat. Whether it is a skier's paradise, a writer's getaway, or any other fantasy cabin - they plan to built it.

Verschoor, who is currently in California, was recently with his production team in New York researching the area.

"We drove around for quite a bit around the park," he said. "We went to Keene Valley and near Long Lake and Tupper Lake."

The show stars Paul DiMeo, a designer and home builder who is best known for his time on the show "Extreme Makeover" and Pat "Tuffy" Bakaitis.

In the premiere episode, the crew, who own a cabin building business called Cabin Kings, built a hunting cabin for a farmer and his friends in Jackson, New York. Mike Carney had a 100-year-old barn that the home builders redesigned for him on his 300-acre property.

"This is their specialty," he said. "They really love building in different conditions in wild terrains."

He said the Cabin Kings like to get creative with different types of designs for each building.

"They build these cabins with a twist. Whether it's a spinning cabin or turning a school bus into a cabin."

"Building Wild" is produced by 90 Miles in association with Hoosick Falls productions and Shake Media.


Seeking participants

"We're looking for people who want to have a big adventure," Verschoor said. "It's a thrill; everyone who has done it says it is the craziest, most enjoyable time of their life."

To keep the costs of the show down he said people who are interested will have to provide some materials and bring a workforce of family and friends to help pitch in. The cabin would need to be built over a weeklong fiming period.

A $10,000 investment is the lowest amount for consideration by the show.

They plan to begin filming for the next season sometime in September or October. All that's needed to get the show rolling is willing participants.

"We're really hoping people will contact the website," Verschoor said. "The more, the merrier, and the sooner, the better."


How to apply

Anyone interested in participating on the show is asked to apply online at



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