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"Building Wild" (TV show) is a do-it-yourself series on National Geographic Channel.

Designer Paul DiMeo became known for building the impossible over nine seasons on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Now he's ready for perhaps the most rugged construction show ever — using extreme architectural engineering to create incredible, perhaps improbable, wilderness cabin retreats in America's last frontiers.

Paulie, as he is known, has partnered with woodsman and master fabricator Pat "Tuffy" Bakaitis on a cabin design and construction business called Cabin Kings. These "Cabin Kings" are construction's odd couple: Paulie is a city boy at heart and Tuffy is a gruff, logical woodsman who has never heard of Starbucks. But together, this duo creates unbelievable wilderness getaways, transforming discarded materials into fabulous contraptions and overcoming outrageous building challenges along the way.

Forget the man caves, these getaways are the ultimate escape: from a snowboarder's paradise perched atop an abandoned ski hill to a cabin built on a turntable so the owners can enjoy the sunrise and sunset from their porch.

Each week, they meet a new client who owns a challenging piece of wilderness and dreams of building a cabin on the property. The Cabin Kings provide big ideas and construction know-how. To keep costs low, the landowners must provide some materials, bring together a workforce of friends and family and agree to do the entire build in one week.

But before these getaway dreams can come true, they must get to the retreat! In rough terrain, often miles from the nearest road, the Cabin Kings will have to transport building materials. Where there is no road, these guys will have to build their own.

Each finished cabin is a an awesome, rustic feat, a backwoods paradise that defies the odds: a school bus could become a screened-in porch; a shipping container can become a vertical lookout tower; and a tumbling-down barn is the raw material for a brand-new hunting retreat. Relax, drink a beer and enjoy the view.

"Building Wild" is produced by 90 Miles in association with Hoosick Falls Productions and Shake Media, Inc. for National Geographic Channel (NGC). Executive producers are George Verschoor, Will Spjut and Paul DiMeo. For NGC, executive producer is Stephanie Buxbaum; vice president, production & development is J-T Ladt; senior vice president, production & development is Alan Eyres; and president is Howard T. Owens.


Network: National Geographic Channel
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: January 14, 2014
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
90 Miles
Hoosick Falls Productions
Shake Media, Inc.

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