Updated July 3, 2020
Visiting with the Maine Cabin Masters: Ashley Eldridge and Gus and I on May 16th, Mary with Chase Morrill on May 30th, and myself with Ryan Eldridge on June 19th, 2020, all at their HQ, the Kennebec Cabin Co., in Manchester, Maine.
- Disclaimer: This is not an authorized Episode Guide, and I am not affiliated with the Maine Cabin Masters. We are simply fans of the show.
This unofficial episode guide is mainly (“Maine-ly”?) for our own use. Maine Cabin Masters is one of our favorite shows, but we had yet to be able to find a complete, accurate, and more importantly, searchable episode guide for the show. Compiled from a number of sources, including binge-watching all available episodes of the series, this guide puts all our family needs for a searchable episode guide in a single page.
The Bunganuc Creek Landmark cabin seen in Season 2, Episode 1, photographed on June 25, 2020.
- Episode Descriptions: The descriptions on this page are adapted from the official descriptions on the Maine Cabin Masters own Episode Guide.
- Episode Info Accuracy: In binging the all available episodes of the show, it turned out that many available episode descriptions online are inaccurate. This includes listing Lance’s wedding gift from Chase as geese instead of emus, inaccurate cabin ages or dates, incorrect budgets or available timelines, etc. Additional info included in the below listing are:
- Location: In most episodes this is relatively general, with some (i.e., the Fishman cabin) being intentionally obscure.
- Owner(s): Parents and couples are listed without their kids.
- Budget: This includes the available funds and desired timeline, most being listed without any additional funds or unexpected extensions.
- Special Projects: These are listed from watching the episodes and are described as completely as possible.
- Unavailable For Viewing and
Strikethrough: This indicates “unable to verify” as the episode is currently unavailable on Sling. Season 4 episodes that have been unavailable for viewing in the creation of this Guide are:
- 407 – Episode 7: It Takes A Village
- 414 – Episode 14: A Dream Come True
- 419 – Episode 19: A Cabin For Future Generations
- Sequence: Some carriers are listing some episodes incorrectly, such as Sling swapping S2, Ep5 “The Hiltz Camp” and S2 Ep8 “The Bullpen” on June 25, 2020. The sequence in this Episode Guide is correct as per other sources.
- Updates: Please use our Contact Page to submit suggested corrections or additions.
69 episodes as of July 6, 2020
- Season 1 – 11 episodes
- Season 2 – 16 episodes
- Season 3 – 16 episodes
- Season 4 – 20 episodes
- Season 4 Special Episodes – 6 episodes as of July 6, 2020
- Why is this Episode Guide on this site?
101 – THE DAGGETT FAMILY CABIN
Season 1, Episode 1
First aired Jan. 2, 2017
Owners: The Daggett Family
Budget: $30,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Framed camp photos, boat paddle/minnow trap ceiling fan, whole canoe bookshelf, chiminea, cedar plank dock with chairs and table, “Da88et” pillows
A family from Maine works together to save the historic “Daggett Camp” cabin once owned by a famous politician in the 1930s. Builder Chase Morrill and his team attempt to save the camp in time, but a hidden surprise threatens to derail the whole project.
102 – DILAPIDATED ISLAND CABIN
Season 1, Episode 2
First aired Jan. 9, 2017
Location: Eaton Island, Deer Isle
Owners: Maine State Legislator Rob & Candy Eaton
Budget: $30,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Carved eagle head with copper wings from old statehouse roof, save the entry door and the center post her late brother Bruce put in, a flag for the Eatons to raise when they’re there, a sign saying “Welcome To Eaton Island”
Builder Chase Morrill and his team tackle a 1930s dilapidated island cabin with major rot issues. With a budget of $30,000 and six weeks to complete the project, the team works to transform the cabin and turn it into a secluded island retreat while maintaining its original rustic charm.
103 – CITY SLICKERS OFF THE GRID
Season 1, Episode 3
First aired Jan. 16, 2017
Location: Frenchman Bay
Owners: Barry and Ruth Baker
Budget: $45,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Kitchen tiles made of crushed clam and mussel shells, a chainsaw-carved lighthouse from a tree trunk on the property
Chase and his team of builders renovate an off-the-grid camp for a family of “city slickers.” With limited resources, they incorporate the comforts of city living into the camp along with creating more privacy in the sleeping quarters, but a rotted water tank that might violate Maine law threatens to shut them down before the renovation is begun.
104 – DATED CABIN TURNED RETREAT
Season 1, Episode 4
First aired Jan. 23, 2017
Location: Belgrade Lakes
Owners: Brian and Theresa Scanlan
Budget: $40,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Fishing pole chandelier, custom floating dock, Birdieball golf tee and floating green
The team takes on a dated and dysfunctional cabin in Belgrade Lakes, one of Maine’s most desirable regions. With a budget of $40,000 and six weeks to finish the project, they work to turn this Long Pond cabin into the perfect family retreat.
105 – REBUILDING THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE
Season 1, Episode 5
First aired Jan. 30, 2017
Owners: Sue (Mom) and Chris (Son) York
Budget: $20,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Moving archery target with a shooting platform
The Cabin Masters hike through the woods of Dedham to restore a dilapidated family camp that was once the old schoolhouse. From the swarming bugs to the relentless rain, the team quickly learns that nothing will come easy. When a serious case of rot threatens to close down the entire project, Chase and Ryan are forced to make a very expensive decision.
106 – NOT-SO-PLEASANT CAMP ON PLEASANT POND
Season 1, Episode 6
First aired Feb. 6, 2017
Location: Pleasant Pond, West Gardiner
Owners: Craig and Andrea Donovan
Budget: $30,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Life-size dice board game “Go Jump In The Lake” with octagon mosaic stepping stones, custom horizontal Murphy bed for an upper bunk that’s a chalkboard when closed, outdoor couch or “canouch” made from a canoe found on the property
The team is called in to renovate a neglected circa 1932 stone camp with a vinyl addition for a growing family. Right away, the unusual footprint proves troublesome when they try to create a second bedroom inside. Outside, the steep slope becomes a challenge just hours before the reveal. The team is challenged to overcome these obstacles in time for the family’s end-of-summer party.
107 – A CABIN FOR THE BRIDE
Season 1, Episode 7
First aired Feb. 13, 2017
Owners: Maine Cabin Master Lance and Lilly Gatcomb
Budget: $0 (wedding gift)
Special Projects: Metal bird sculpture, emu pens, emus from Chase
The Cabin Masters are back home in Augusta, ME, getting ready for Lance’s wedding when Chase gets a call from an old friend who has a little log cabin stuck in her backyard. He sees the cabin as a fun project for the team to work on and present to Lance’s lovely bride after the wedding, so with no budget and Lance as the foreman, landlord and overall malcontent, the team disassembles the log cabin and moves it onto his property. With the wedding quickly approaching and Lance busy building outhouses and emu pens for his fiance, the team must work fast in order to finish before Lilly walks down the aisle.
108 – 130-YEAR-OLD ISLAND CABIN
Season 1, Episode 8
First aired Feb. 20, 2017
Location: Cuba Island, Manchester
Owner: Jac Arbour
Budget: $40,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Inverted wooden boat chandelier, log benches, rickshaw sign, cornhole game
Chase and the team tackle the renovation of a 130-year-old cabin located on Cuba Island. With a budget of $40,000 and a time frame of six weeks, they attempt to overcome the challenges of building on an island to make sure the cabin is around for another 100 years.
109 – OFF THE GRID RENOVATION
Season 1, Episode 9
First aired Feb. 27, 2017
Owner: Matt Siekman
Budget: $20,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Bear with fish chainsaw sculpture, “cookie” countertop, gravity-fed rain catchment system with 450-gallon storage tank
Chase and the team renovate an off-the-grid hunting cabin deep in the woods of Oxford, Maine, on 550 acres. Working with a budget of $20,000 and a time frame of six weeks, their goal is to get the cabin done before winter comes.
110 – A CAMP ON TWO PONDS
Season 1, Episode 10
First aired Mar. 6, 2017
Location: Whitney and Hogan Ponds, Oxford
Owners: Matthew and Randee McDonald
Budget: $30,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Framed old 1950s Richard Bishop prints found inside the walls, outdoor shower made from an old canoe, dining table made from “rough trod” barn wood
The team is called in to renovate the 1940s Camp Eskar-Go, uniquely situated on an eskar on two ponds. With winter right around the corner, Chase knows they need to hustle in order to complete the renovation, but the wet weather and a slew of other setbacks may interfere with finishing in time for the homeowners.
111 – SIX WEEKS FOR TWO A-FRAMES
Season 1, Episode 11
First aired Mar. 13, 2017
Locations: Sugarloaf Valley
Camp 1 Owner: Peggy Morrill
Camp 1 Team: Chase, Ashley, Dixie
Camp 1 Budget: $20,000, 6 weeks
Camp 1 Special Projects: Custom crow and tree stained glass window, fire pit
Camp 2 Owners: Chris and Lauren Andrews
Camp 2 Team: Ryan, Jedi, Lance
Camp 2 Budget: $30,000, 6 weeks
Camp 2 Special Projects: Framed original plans, Sugarloaf emblem, “Survivor” boat stern on the deck rail
The Cabin Masters are called in to renovate two A-frame cabins, one being for Chase and Ashley’s Mom, Peggy Morrill, in Maine’s Sugarloaf Valley. With only six weeks to accomplish both renovations, Chase splits the team down the middle. Stakes are high as a friendly wager allows the winning team to dress the losing team up at dinner.
201 – BUNGANUC CREEK LANDMARK
Season 2, Episode 1
First aired Nov. 27, 2017
Location: Bunganuc Creek, Brunswick
Owners: Steve Stern and Arlene Morris
Budget: $25,000 – $35,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: “No Nukes” sign restoration, live-edge table with anchor inlay, stainless steel school of fish, chairs made of slabs of granite, glass table made from an old anchor windlass, wine bottle river-chilling cage on a retrieval line
Builder Chase Morrill and his crew take on a historic clammers’ shack that’s one nor’easter away from falling into Bunganuc Creek. Designer Ashley joins the guys for a renovation that consists of opening up boarded windows as well as clearing out animal droppings and years of trash and old machinery, and removing 11 tons of concrete floor. In order to make a big transformation without changing the look of the outside, they get creative while battling the rising tide that touches the camp. The team has their work cut out for them with this rebuild, and they know everyone in town is watching closely as they work on this historic landmark.
202 – CLEARWATER CAMP
Season 2, Episode 2
First aired Dec. 4, 2017
Owner: Maine Surgeon General Dora Mills
Budget: $35,000 – $45,000, 4th of July (8 – 10 weeks, unspecified)
Special Projects: Book lamp made of a stack of enyclopedias, bookcase made out of an organ, in-stair bookshelves
The Cabin Masters take on a cabin in Industry, ME, that hasn’t been touched since the 1970s. They discover that 40 years of Maine winters have not been kind to this place, and issues arise once the snow melts and they start digging into the project. Between the snow delays and their $45,000 budget, this project is sure to come down to the wire.
203 – VETERAN’S RETREAT
Season 2, Episode 3
First aired Dec. 11, 2017
Owners: Travis Mills Foundation
Budget: $50,000 + $100,000 donations, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Changing room benches made from old doors and barn boards, stand dinner bell with the stand made at a blacksmith’s, activities/schedule chalkboard made from an old door, donated art created by local veterans
Chase and his team of builders take on an unusual project from retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills. Through his foundation, Travis has built a retreat in Maine on to help combat-injured veterans and their families adjust to their new normal. Chase and the crew are tasked with turning a simple lakeside cottage (formerly owned and operated as part of the Maine Chance residential spa from 1930 – 1970 by cosmetics industry founder Elizabeth Arden) into an ADA-compliant event center for the veterans and their families. The key feature will be a huge commercial-grade deck that can accommodate up to 40 guests at a time. With only eight weeks until the first guests arrive and the camp buried under two feet of snow, the team will have to get creative to finish this project on time.
204 – KIDS’ DREAM LAKE HOUSE
Season 2, Episode 4
First aired Dec. 18, 2017
Location: Damariscotta Lake, Damariscotta
Owners: Luke and Laura Houghton
Budget: $30,000, July 1st (weeks unknown)
Special Projects: Epoxy color concrete floor, custom storage benches, custom stone patio, Foosball game, Turbo Chute
The Cabin Masters help a DIY homeowner jump-start his project and renovate a cabin near Damariscotta with kids in mind. With a budget of $30,000 and short time frame, the builders have to use their imagination to keep the homeowners happy while still impressing their youngest clientele yet.
205 – THE HILTZ CAMP
Season 2, Episode 5
First aired Jan. 8, 2018
Location: Kimball Pond, New Sharon
Owner: Rod and Barbara Hiltz
Budget: $20,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Hiltz Hand front door, Hiltz Hand steel fire ring, beaver stick railing, live edge countertop
Chase and his team are deep in the woods of New Sharon, Maine, to help homeowner Rod save his rundown 1940s camp from falling into the pristine Kimball Pond. He’d like to patch up the holes and get his wife to come back to the camp, which means it’s going to need a lot of work. Chase will need all hands on deck to get this build done in time and under his $20,000 budget.
206 – TAKING IT TO THE FINISH LINE
Season 2, Episode 6
First aired Jan. 15, 2018
Location: Kennebec River, Embden
Owner: Larry Costa
Budget: $20,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Custom metal stair rail and CNC plasma-cut design, handmade steel dragonfly lawn ornaments, barn board accent wall and stair risers, shotgun-blasted metal trash can light fixtures, framed old-style poster
Builder Chase Morrill and his team are hired to finish a cabin for a homeowner who has been collecting materials for years but just hasn’t been able to finish the project. With a budget of $20,000, the crew hopes to make the homeowner’s dream a reality in just eight weeks.
207 – OYSTER FARM SHACK
Season 2, Episode 7
First aired Jan. 22, 2018
Location: Damariscotta River, Edgecomb
Owners: Ryan McPherson and Briana Endicott
Budget: $25.000, 4 weeks
Special Projects: Portable oyster shucking station, light fixtures made of glass blocks filled with crushed oyster shells, oyster cedar shake shingles
Chase, Ashley and the team find themselves rebuilding an old oyster shack for Glidden Point Oyster Farm, a working oyster farm in Edgecomb. Forced into immediate action by their shortest timeline to date while working with a budget of $25,000, the team must start their preliminary work with snow still on the ground.
208 – THE BULLPEN
Season 2, Episode 8
First aired Jan. 29, 2018
Location: Clearwater Lake, Industry
Owners: The Morrill Family
Budget: $20,000, Memorial Day (no weeks specified)
Special Projects: Family tree made of glazed clay
Chase and his team head to their family camp to take on the old Army barracks that has served as overflow sleeping for over 40 years. With the family expanding and sleeping space at a premium, the guys try to save the structure to accommodate family reunions for years to come. With a budget of $20,000, a lot of reclaimed materials and help from family members, the team races to pull off this renovation before the family reunion.
209 – HEIRLOOM HOME ON THE SHORE
Season 2, Episode 9
First aired Feb. 5, 2018
Location: New Meadows River, West Bath
Owners: Tina Sener and Michele Robinson-Pontbriand
Budget: $30,000, autumn (no weeks specified)
Special Projects: Window flower boxes, “The Yorks, Darlene and Leland” sign, tile mosaics behind fireplace, floating hinged dock ramp for the dog
The team is in West Bath to work on a 20′ x 20′ family camp built in 1961 on the coast of the New Meadows River. After 56 years of use, the third-generation owners have decided to add facilities and more appropriate living quarters for the large family reunions they host each year. Chase has to figure out how to get down to the camp before taking it apart, which calls for some high-end stonework. The crew also springs into action to build something special for the family’s three-legged Labrador.
210 – DESERT POND HIDEAWAY
Season 2, Episode 10
First aired Feb. 12, 2018
Location: Desert Pond, Mt. Vernon
Owners: Vincent Hemmeter and Nicole Watson
Budget: $30,000, 4 weeks
Special Projects: Central floor insert, chimney gargoyle, claw foot tub with shower ring, “one-eyed bull” door knocker, canoe dock
The team travels to a secluded piece of land close to Desert Pond to help a couple turn their forgotten 16′ x 16′ shack with a fieldstone fireplace into a relaxing retreat. The couple has big ambitions for the one-room space, which means the crew will be stretched with a $30,000 budget and only four weeks to finish the project.
211 – PILSBURY FAMILY RAFTING CABIN
Season 2, Episode 11
First aired Feb. 19, 2018
Location: The Forks, Dead and Kennebec Rivers, Caratunk
Owner: Mike and Kim Pilsbury
Budget: $30,000, 9 weeks
Special Projects: Bench made of small logs, towel and rafting gear drying rack, as well as an extra bench, both made from old paddles, a Pilsbury Cabin birdhouse for the highway birdhouse retaining wall about 10 miles down the road
The Cabin Masters take on a project along the Kennebec River in Caratunk. They’re challenged with taking a shell of a cabin that was moved to its current property from Lake Moxie and renovating it to create a small efficiency home for family and friends to stay when they visit. The timeline and budget aren’t the only challenges the team will face, however, as the remote location provides its own set of problems.
212 – FAMILY’S EMPTY NEST
Season 2, Episode 12
First aired Feb. 26, 2018
Location: Pitcher Pond, Lincolnville
Owners: Kirk and Lisa Wolfinger
Budget: $30,000 modified to $20,000, 10 weeks
Special Projects: Carved eagle over double doors, loveseat made from a stump, portable dividing walls for the writing nook
A family has the resources to give their Lincolnville cabin the love it deserves now that their four children are almost done with college. However, the crew has their hands full with this job because the cabin has been neglected for 25 years, corners were cut in the original build, and due to local compliance laws the budget has to be $10,000 less.
213 – FAMILY FISHING CABIN
Season 2, Episode 13
First aired Mar. 5, 2018
Location: McGrath aka “McGraw” Pond, Oakland
Owners: Eric and Sarah Libby
Budget: $25,000, 6 weeks
Special Projects: Second floor bunkhouse loft, fish drawn on a paper bag by Eric’s father framed/outlined with branches, minnow trap light fixtures, live cedar loft railing
Chase Morrill and the team work to save an old cabin in Oakland that the homeowner purchased from his father. Eric hopes that the renovation will give the cabin many more years of life so he can share his childhood memories there with his own children. Chase and his team pull out all the stops to get this project done before winter comes and brings construction to a halt.
214 – A FAMILY GATHERING PLACE
Season 2, Episode 14
First aired Mar. 12, 2018
Location: McGrath Pond, Oakland
Owner: Stephanie Sturtevant
Budget: $30,000 – $35,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Decoupaged photos, wine rack made of old water skis, countertops made from 19th-century water-aged logs by Maine Heritage Timber in Millinocket, updated grilling and smoking stone firepit, handmade paddle uprights for the loft rail
Chase and his team take on a project on McGrath Pond in Oakland that has been empty for 15 years. Stephanie bought this 1940s place from her father and promised him she would fix it up. After her father passed a few years ago, she knew she needed to get some help so she could fulfill her promise and bring it back to the fun cabin it once was. While it seems like a pretty straightforward renovation, starting a project this late in the season raises a lot of challenges. Can Chase and his team get this project done before winter comes and brings construction to a halt?
215 = A FAMILY CABIN FIT FOR A KING
Season 2, Episode 15
First aired Mar. 19, 2018
Location: Midcoast Maine (location intentionally unspecified)
Owners: Jon and Briar Fishman
Budget: $50,000, 8 weeks (became 16 weeks)
Special Projects: Live edge dining table with slices of Briar’s father’s burl inlaid, live edge burl mirror, outdoor checkerboard
The Cabin Masters have a $50,000 budget to renovate a 100-year-old camp four-times the size of their usual builds. While they’re hesitant to take on such a huge project, the team is determined to deliver after finding out the client is a member of Ryan’s favorite band, Phish. After it’s found the cabin requires lead paint abatement, along with a series of harsh weather delays, the crew reluctantly asks for an extension on their deadline and faces the truth that cabins weren’t meant to be built in the winter. The team “drops the mic” on this build and blows away the entire family with a complete exterior and interior facelift including a special project that pays homage to a loved family member, and a giant outdoor checkerboard for the kids.
216 – A CABIN FOR THE YMCA
Season 2, Episode 16
First aired Mar. 26, 2018
Owners: Kennebec Valley YMCA
YMCA Budget: Donations, and salvage from a cabin in Sugarloaf (estimated in the episode at $8,000)
YMCA Special Projects: Chainsaw-carved bench with two owls and a bear cub, tubular wooden xylophone, loon weathervane
Chase’s Special Projects: Beer/grain elevator, faucet coat rack, commemorative frame with camp project photos, ponies from Lance
The Kennebec Valley YMCA in Augusta needs a new play structure, and the Cabin Masters know just the crew for the job. In addition, Ryan decides it’s time to build the workshop that Chase has always wanted. With winter fast approaching and no budget for either project, the team works feverishly to finish the play cabin for the YMCA and the workshop for Chase before everything freezes over.
301 – INSPIRATIONS BREWING
Season 3, Episode 1
First aired Dec. 3, 2018
Location: Sabattus Pond, Wales, Sabattus
Owners: Shamus and Naomi (no last name given)
Budget: $25,000 – $30,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Bar made of imported whiskey barrels with a “Temperance” sign from Prohibition, beer tap hidden in an old circuit breaker panel, blown glass pendant lampshade, barrel stave stair rail and bar front
If there’s one thing the Cabin Masters love as much as renovating cabins, it’s beer. When they learn that the owner of their latest cabin project works at Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, they’re excited to check out the brewery for inspiration as they turn the weekend getaway into a three-season home away from home. Located on the shore of Sabattus Pond, the cabin has a steep drop-off to the water, a front door in the wrong place, a kitchen that’s too tiny, and an unusable loft thanks to a low ceiling. Chase and the team brew up some incredible projects to reimagine the cabin footprint and use items from the brewery as well as custom pieces to transform it beyond their clients’ wildest expectations.
302 – PAWS, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Season 3, Episode 2
First aired Dec. 10, 2018
Location: Cobbosseecontee Stream, West Gardiner
Owners: Dave and Christie Allred
Budget: $25,000, open timeline
Special Projects: Animal paw prints on the floors, cat condo and catio, dog door with overhang, glass burl table
Two animal lovers with a heart for rescuing dogs and cats call on Chase and the team to transform the West Gardiner cabin they’d bought sight-unseen into a pet sanctuary. The crew works to bring modern-day amenities into a cabin that’s over a century old while maintaining the rustic appeal that originally attracted the owners.
303 – HO HO HOME
Season 3, Episode 3
First aired Dec. 17, 2018
Location: Rangeley Lakes
Owners: Doug aka “Santa” and Lois Dodge
Budget: $35,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Woodstove hearth made from camp’s former chimney bricks, bedrooms for “Naughty” (with posters found in the walls and a blacklight) and “Nice”, sleigh converted into a chair and table, much larger dock than Ryan requested, rocking moose for the grandkids
Doug, aka “Santa,” and his wife Lois inherited a 1,250-square-foot cabin in Rangeley that’s been in her family since 1958. With no major renovations since the 1970s, Chase and the team are excited to perform a Christmas miracle and transform this cabin into a wonderland for the whole family to enjoy.
304 – SHIP SHAPE SHACK
Season 3, Episode 4
First aired Jan. 7, 2019
Location: Round Pond, Bristol
Owners: David, Tom and Sally Orcutt
Budget: $30,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Lobster trap loading line/float rope floor mats, lobster trap chairs and a lobster bouy/wind chime drink ordering bell for the widow’s walk
Chase and the team have their hands full transforming a family’s treasured 1950s lobster shack that had been moved from Boothbay, into a cabin that will create a lifetime of memories for generations to come. They re-imagine the cabin’s interior layout, preserve a cherished mural, and add an exterior widow’s walk on top of the new design.
305 – CABIN OVERHAUL
Season 3, Episode 5
First aired Jan. 14, 2019
Location: Mooselookmeguntic Lake
Owners: Gene and Dotty Bettencourt
Budget: $40,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Blown glass light fixtures molded from racing chassis springs, tailgate bench with pedestals turned from an 18″ log from the property
It’s a Cabin Masters conundrum as Chase and the team are challenged to take a 1960s former garage and turn it into a home that will comfortably accommodate six siblings and their 17 kids. They’re up against the clock to convert the cramped camp into a real cabin the family can enjoy for years to come.
306 – HOOK, LINE AND SINKER
Season 3, Episode 6
First aired Jan. 21, 2019
Location: Toothaker Pond, Phillips
Owners: Keith and Terri Smith
Budget: $25,000, 11 weeks
Special Projects: Tennis ball slingshot and dock for Millie the dock-diving dog, chandelier with fly fishing lures
A couple buys a dilapidated cabin in Phillips, Maine, in hopes of keeping the area’s fly-fishing traditions alive. Chase and his team pull out all the stops to fix a myriad of issues in just 11 weeks.
307 – STABLE FAMILY TIES
Season 3, Episode 7
First aired Jan. 28, 2019
Location: Biscay Pond, Bremen
Owners: Andrew, Nick, and Cammie Christ
Budget: $40,000, 9 weeks
Special Projects: Peaceful memorial garden honoring Nanny & Pop’s cremation urns overlooking the camp (including a fresh beer for Fritz), horseshoe coatracks and a horseshoe door knocker handmade at a blacksmith shop, drop-down bed on a winch, gift of a 7′ table made by the owners’ brother-in-law with barn wood from their former family farm in Rhode Island
Chase and the crew have their work cut out for them turning a vacation cabin that was originally a 1920s horse barn that had been dragged across the lake in the 1940s, into a stable building for a large family. Drawing from the past as inspiration, the crew also wants to honor the owners’ late parents in this emotional build.
308 – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Season 3, Episode 8
First aired Feb, 4, 2019
Location: Belle Island, Lake Cobbosseecontee, Winthrop
Owners: Jon and Win Elliott
Budget: $45,000, 9 weeks
Special Projects: 100′ zip line, hand-painted floor canvas
A couple’s Belle Island camp has a long multi-generational history within their family since the 1890s. Their three-building camp, with a main building, a log cabin with a wide stone fireplace, a boathouse, and a gazebo, is an ongoing focus of family life and they are now ready to make its preservation their main priority. They call on the Cabin Masters to bring these historic buildings into the present and stand the test of time for the next generation.
309 – THE HONEYMOON SUITE
Season 3, Episode 9
First aired Feb. 11, 2019
Location: Drury Pond, Temple
Owners: Seamus and Kali McKinney
Budget: $35,000, no deadline
Special Projects: Winter scene wall hangings for Kali made by Ashley and Seamus’ mom Maggie, floor lamp made from sheet metal from the camp to match the older hanging lamps, planter boxes with decorative tiles found in the camp, champagne from the team
In a Maine Cabin Masters first, Chase and his creative crew help a newlywed couple take a questionable “wedding gift” with a 1970s vibe and turn it into an alpine ski bungalow that would rival those found in the Swiss Alps. With $35,000 and no time limit, Chase and his team completely gut the camp and start from scratch to transform it from its current condition into the beautiful bungalow that the newlyweds will enjoy for generations to come.
310 – THE TWISTER CAMP
Season 3, Episode 10
First aired Feb. 18, 2019
Owners: Jim and Lisa Backman
Budget: $22,500, 2 months
Special Projects: Canoe bookcase, donated cliff rock BBQ island, donated cedar dock with dual Adirondack chair, donated custom indoor stair rail with ski decorations
A couple calls on the Cabin Masters to help save the owner from himself after their mountain camp was leveled by a freak tornado. With community involvement and an emphasis on outdoor entertaining, and with Ashley in charge while Chase is out ill, the team completes an open second floor and the desired finishing touches to the camp as they race to wrap it up before the first snow falls.
311 – A LEGACY PRESERVED
Season 3, Episode 11
First aired Feb. 25, 2019
Location: Cobbossee Stream, West Gardiner
Owners: Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary, Kennebec Land Trust
Budget: $45,000, 9 weeks
Special Projects: Bat boxes built at the Chewonki Foundation, two woven Bates Mill wedgewood blue “Martha Wahington” bedspreads made at Maine Heritage Weavers
The Cabin Masters pay tribute to Kendra Shaw, an entomologist and late matriarch of an amazing legacy in West Gardiner, Maine, by restoring two rustic cabins on the 113-acre Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary she’d donated. With a budget of $45,000, they restore the cabins by adding composting toilets, hand pumps to pull water from the nearby stream, as well as propane heaters and cook stoves.
312 – GOLDEN YEARS FAMILY CAMP
Season 3, Episode 12
First aired Mar. 4, 2019
Location: Highland Pond, Bridgton
Owner: Sandra Stevenson
Budget: $40,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Firehose wall lamp and handrail horizontal balusters, wheeled steamer trunk game storage cabinet
After buying her parents’ old summer camp in Bridgton, a mother calls on the Cabin Masters to help her completely renovate the home for her parents to retire in full-time. With a $40,000 budget and eight weeks, Chase and his crew come in to transform this camp into the ideal retirement space where the grandparents can safely continue to enjoy their twilight years surrounded by their loving family.
313 – DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
Season 3, Episode 13
First aired Mar. 11, 2019
Location: Salmon Lake, Smithfield
Owners: Pam, Jane aka “Mom”, and Suzanne, aka “PMS”
Budget: $40,000, 9 weeks
Special Projects: Three-person Adirondack chair, the Adirondaquiri signature Tiki cocktail from the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, Tiki masks made by Chase’s kids
After three women collectively buy a cabin they describe as “a diamond in the rough on a pretty lot,” they are determined to prove the naysayers wrong and create the cabin of their dreams, complete with an outdoor Tiki bar. With the help of Chase and the Maine Cabin Masters team, their dreams become reality and their “diamond in the rough” becomes a cherished gem and family gathering spot.
314 – LOVE YURTS
Season 3, Episode 14
First aired Mar. 18, 2019
Location: Snake Island, Lower Patten Pond, Ellsworth
Owners: Gary and Mackenzi White
Budget: $15,000, 5 weeks
Special Projects: Handmade ice fishing trap, four chainsaw-carved eagles (one for each of the kids), hanging outdoor cocoon pod chairs
In a Cabin Masters first, Chase and the crew are tasked with a relocation and land manifestation of a family Yurt on an island on Togus Pond. With a budget of $15,000 and five weeks to complete the job, Chase and the team enter uncharted (and nearly frozen) waters, knowing they will have to move quickly to beat the oncoming ice and snow so they can have the yurt ready for the family to drop their fishing lines in the frozen pond.
315 – A DREAM COME TRUE
Season 3, Episode 15
First aired Mar. 25, 2019
Location: David Pond, Fayette
Owners: Jay and Sarah Wolfington
Budget: $20,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Loft railing made of old water skis, baseball glove chair and baseball beanbag
A couple with five children calls on the Cabin Masters to take their camp they’d purchased only two months earlier on David Pond and turn it into a family vacation cabin that will serve as a central part of their lives for generations to come. Chase and his team are poised to take this blank canvas and create a work of art that includes beautiful pine walls and ceilings and additional sleeping space for the growing family.
316 – THE DIXIE DOG DEN
Season 3, Episode 16
First aired Apr. 1, 2019
Location: Togus Pond, Augusta
Owners: Mamie Beale, “Dixie”‘s Grandmother
Budget: $25,000, no deadline
Special Projects: Bowls turned by a neighbor from logs found on the property, kitchen shelving made from a dogsled
The Cabin Masters team helps their own Matthew Dix restore his grandfather’s old shed to its former glory for Betty, Betsy, and Tootsie, Dixie’s Mom and Aunts. With $25,000 of family money, an open deadline, and his 92-year-old feisty grandma waiting impatiently next door, “Dixie” and the Cabin Masters visit every chance they get to check on grandma, and put hammer to nails to restore the decrepit cabin.
401 – A CABIN IN TRAINING
Season 4, Episode 1
First aired Dec. 4, 2019
Location: Piper Pond, Abbot
Owners: Ron and Hilary Porter
Budget: $30,000, 9 weeks
Special Projects: Iron tractor wheel bench, rabbit wood carving art for the caboose
A couple purchased a quaint cabin with an accompanying railroad caboose. Chase and the team transform both spaces to create a camp by enlarging the main cabin with more sleeping space, indoor plumbing and an updated kitchen, while the caboose provides more bunk space and storage.
402 – A LOBSTER LEGACY SHACK
Season 4, Episode 2
First aired Jan. 20, 2020
Location: Orr’s Island, Harpswell
Owners: Zach and Shannon Lindsey
Budget: $20,000, 7 – 11 weeks
Special Projects: Bar made from an old wooden Chris-Craft transom, lobster bouy solar patio lights
A couple inherited their quaint cabin from his grandfather, who originally built the cabin by hand in 1978. With a newly built wharf that provides a stable foundation, Chase and his team focus on transforming the former fish and lobster shack into a fun family cabin.
403 – THE CALL OF THE LOON
Season 4, Episode 3
First aired Jan. 27, 2020
Location: Moosehead Lake
Owners: Scott and Rachel Kopec
Budget: $50,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Chief Needahbeh theming throughout, including a shadow box containing Chief Needahbeh flys made by Dixie and Ashley
Sitting on the shores of Moosehead Lake, the cabin known as the “Call of The Loon” has been reacquired in 2011 by Rachel, the great-granddaughter of Walter Gerrish, who built it in 1931. Chief Needahbeh of the Penobscot tribe owned it until the 1950s and apparently painted two murals in the cabin. He also collected stones from most of the states, marked them, and built the stone stove on the property with them. Chase and the team update the amenities and add a second story to accommodate the large family.
404 – OLD CABIN, NEW TRICKS
Season 4, Episode 4
First aired Feb, 3, 2020
Location: Harpswell Sound
Owners: Allen and Anne Springer
Budget: $40,000, 12 weeks
Special Projects: Sea Bag tote with a Casco Bay coastal map having a heart at the camp’s location
For the past 20 years, a family has created lasting memories of their cabin overlooking Harpswell Sound, but the cabin is in need of some work to see the next 20 years and beyond. Chase and the team jack and level the cabin and expand it with a second floor loft space to accommodate the next generation of the family.
405 – A MULTI-FAMILY AFFAIR
Season 4, Episode 5
First aired Feb. 10, 2020
Location: Moose Pond Township, Moosehead Lake
Owners: Kevin and Alison, and David and Megan
Budget: $20,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Stone patio from slate pieces and crushed stone found on the property, moose call made of paint cans and string, floating swim mat, custom rail cart given to the owners for transporting gear on the railroad tracks (with the railroad’s permission … see “Ten Most Challenging Builds”, season 4, special episode 3)
A pair of couples found an isolated cabin and fell in love with idea of owning and restoring it. Chase and the team have their hands full trying to repair and restore this diamond in the rough that’s only accessible by hiking 2 miles on the railroad tracks, or by boating across the lake.
406 – PASSPORT TO GREENVILLE
Season 4, Episode 6
First aired Feb. 17, 2020
Location: Moosehead Lake, Greenville Junction
Owners: Jerry and Wanda Nutt
Budget: $40,000, 8 weeks
Special Projects: Custom carved wood tap handle for the requested portable outdoor kitchen with a moose, Mt. Kineo, and a loon on the lake, live edge pine countertops for both the indoor and outdoor kitchens as well as an outdoor bench all from a tree on the property
On their way to Canada but without a lost passport, a couple fell in love with the stunning views of Greenville Junction, Maine. But the cabin they purchased just the previous October is in need of some serious work to make it livable year-round for their extended family. Chase and the team open up the floor plan to create a working bathroom and kitchen as well as additional sleeping space.
407 – IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Season 4, Episode 7
First aired Feb. 24, 2020
Unavailable For Viewing
Location: Agassiz Village, Poland
Founded in 1935, Agassiz Village has provided underprivileged and at-risk kids an opportunity to experience a camp surrounded by the beauty of Maine. Chase and his team take on the big project with a small budget to help the camp with the support of the community.
408 – BALLARD
Season 4, Episode 8
First aired Mar. 2, 2020
Location: Maranacook Lake, Winthrop
Owners: Jared and Mia Ballard
Budget: $60,000, no dealine (took 7 months)
Special Projects: Live edge vanity, L-shaped dock with bench, front stone patio, wood lift-latches on wooden doorknobs, wooden un-powered period icebox refrigeration donated by Dixie
An early 1900s cabin that’s intimately tied to Maine’s history and legacy puts Chase and the team to the test as they try to re-create its original look and feel. The cabin was owned by the state and was taken to Boston and New York before being placed on the property in the 1940s. The camp and the property was then owned by Joseph Stickney, Mia’s Great Grandfather, who was credited with creating the term “Vacationland” for Maine.
409 – RETROFIT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Season 4, Episode 9
First aired Mar. 9, 2020
Location: Jug Stream, Lake Annabessacook, Monmouth
Owners: Tony and Jeanne Sun
Budget: $25,000 – $30,000, 8 – 10 weeks
Special Projects: Live edge siding which is a first for the Cabin Masters, upright arcade video game with 32″ screen and custonm barn wood cabinet, decorative timberframe and threaded rod collar tie, trolley wicker basket pulley system down the hill from the cabin to the stream
A couple found their own slice of heaven overlooking Lake Annabessacook, only to find out it needed more work than they could provide. Chase, the team, and the Mini Masters take it out of its current 1950’s decor and update it with modern touches and areas for the three dogs, with some special projects up their sleeves.
410 – LIGHTHOUSE POINT
Season 4, Episode 10
First aired Mar. 16, 2020
Location: Great Pond, Belgrade
Owners: Jay and Linda Saulter
Budget: $35,000, 10 weeks
Special Projects: Stair rail with fish balusters (and one shark), kids’ craft shop made out of the old ice house, 10-foot working lighthouse built and donated by Jay’s friends John and Darren
After relocating back to Maine, a family of five has been cramped in their small 3-season 1940s cabin on a peninsula overlooking Great Pond. It’s so small the youngest daughter sleeps in the camper. Chase and the team want to expand the footprint of the cabin by adding a loft space, but they must work fast to finish the restoration before winter.
411 – AN UPHILL BATTLE
Season 4, Episode 11
First aired Mar. 23, 2020
Location: Great Pond, Belgrade
Owners: Connie and Louise Nesbit
Budget: $25,000, 8 – 10 weeks
Special Projects: Candle holder made from four welded steel grates from the stone fireplace, wooden kayak found on the property made to hang on the side of the deck
Lifelong Mainers bought their 1954 Belgrade cabin in 1987 and have maintained it over the years, but the list of needed repairs continues to grow. Chase and the team give the camp much-needed life by rebuilding its front wall and replacing the heating system.
412 – A HOME FOR THE CABIN MASTERS
Season 4, Episode 12
First aired Mar. 30, 2020
Owners: Kennebec Cabin Company
Budget: $0.00, 12 weeks
Special Projects: A huge 9′ x 4′ x 3″ thick live edge table for the design space from Chase, the surprise of an encaustic beeswax-based painting of their Mom’s “Buckin’ A” cabin from season 1 episode 11 “Six Weeks For Two A-Frames” from Ashley
As a surprise for Ashley, Chase and the team jump at the opportunity to buy the Daggett’s 140-year-old farmhouse in Manchester, ME, and transform it into their headquarters. Holding a barn sale with the barn’s contents they bring in $2,700 for local charity Capital Clubhouse. They plan to create a showroom, offices, and a special space where Ashley can design and create custom pieces.
413 – AN ISLAND RETREAT
Season 4, Episode 13
First aired Apr. 6, 2020
Location: Sherb’s Island, Maranacook Lake
Owners: Leon and Kim Roberts
Budget: $30,000, 10 weeks
Special Projects: Taller doorways and collar ties for Leon’s height, bedroom and bathroom log-faced doors with coffin shapes, concrete domed wood-fired pizza oven, stone “iZland Camp” sign gifted from Leon’s friend Bill Vickerson, aluminum stairs on the front hill with a kayak launch alongside, framed portrait of the newly-married owners
A man and his fiancée, who eloped during the build, would like to see their rustic camping cabin without plumbing transformed into a place where they can entertain, use the bathroom indoors and enjoy multiple seasons. Additionally, they’d like to pay homage to their funeral home business.
414 – A DREAM COME TRUE
Season 4, Episode 14
First aired Apr. 13, 2020
Unavailable For Viewing
A family of four from Florida is living in their dream home on a scenic Maine lake. But from the kitchen to the rafters, it’s in need of some serious renovations to withstand the winter months and really work for them. Chase and his team are up to the task.
415 – CABIN MASTERS TO THE RESCUE
Season 4, Episode 15
First aired Apr. 20, 2020
Owners: Gary and Ellen Fuller
Budget: $20,000, ASAP
Special Projects: Flaked epoxy floor over concrete, combination deer-hanging stand and swing set with swings made by the Mini Masters, handmade “Registered Maine Guide” wall hanging, antler chandelier, butcher block table bar
A couple started building a small cabin after inheriting 97 acres in Manchester, Maine, but the Master Maine Guide’s health issues are making the job difficult. They call on Chase and the team to finish the project so they can enjoy it with their children and grandchildren.
416 – A CABIN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Season 4, Episode 16
First aired Apr. 27, 2020
Location: Pickerel Pond, Wayne
Owners: Larry and Noriko Pearson
Budget: $15,000, 6 – 8 weeks
Special Projects: Handcrafted ceramic loon whistle from a potter in Wayne, privacy screen made of old shutters, outdoor stone bench
A man calls on the Cabin Masters to repair and renovate his family’s 1954 off-the-grid fishing camp that was converted from a tent platform on Pickerel Pond in Wayne. He hopes to get a screened-in porch where he can enjoy the surroundings with his grandchildren, his wife hopes for a space for her massage table, and the team must act quickly before winter arrives.
417 – KEEPING THE DREAMS ALIVE
Season 4, Episode 17
First aired May 4, 2020
Owners: Kay and her son Dan Webster
Budget: $30,000, 10 weeks
Special Projects: Timberframe truss system, railroad tie steps down the hill, handmade hanging bench swing in the screened-in porch
Chase and the team are challenged to renovate a family’s cabin that’s fallen into major disrepair in Winthrop as no ones used it since the late 1990s. They must navigate a treacherous hillside to stabilize the camp and make necessary repairs so the family can enjoy it for another 42 years.
418 – A RE-IMAGINATION
Season 4, Episode 18
First aired May 11, 2020
Location: Messalonskee Lake aka “Snow Pond”, Sidney
Owners: Greg and Denise Shaw
Budget: $70,000, 3 months
Special Projects: Live edge dining table and headboard both made from barn boards taken off the cabin
A couple finds a cabin that has been untouched for years on the beautiful shore of Messalonskee Lake aka “Snow Pond” in Sidney. With an interior that’s in a state of vintage hibernation, Chase and the team upgrade the property from 3-season to 4-season while maintaining its rustic beauty.
419 – A CABIN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Season 4, Episode 19
First aired May 18, 2020
Unavailable For Viewing
Location: Little Sebago Lake
A woman and her siblings can’t keep up with their family cabin’s mounting repairs on Little Sebago Lake, Maine. Chase and the team step in to rework its floor plan, create space for their families and make it more accessible for the older generation.
420 – A CHANGING OF THE GUARD’S CAMP
Season 4, Episode 20
First aired May 25, 2020
Location: Weber Pond, Vassalboro
Owners: Jeff and Leah Bickford
Budget: $50,000 (became $70,000), 16 weeks (became 18 weeks)
Special Projects: Handmade pillowcase with a flag, ammo box coffee table recreating an old wooden ammo box from the property, poured concrete floor in the crawlspace to prevent moisture, prefinished hardwood floor and installation both donated by Maxton’s as the owners are military, red, white & blue loft handrail, handmade exterior wooden American flag, full-height outdoor flagpole
A couple, he being retired from and she being active duty in the National Guard, recently inherited the cabin where he spent summers in Vassalboro, and it needs major repairs. Unexpectedly and in a show first, the team finds they must tear down the entire structure to the original floor system and recreate a dream cabin to accommodate the entire family.
SEASON 4 SPECIAL EPISODES
TOP TEN WATERFRONT CABINS
Season 4, Special Episode 1
First aired June 1, 2020
Chase, Ryan, and Ashley reveal their viewers’ favorite waterfront cabin projects.
TEN MOST UNIQUE BUILDS
Season 4, Special Episode 2
First aired June 8, 2020
Chase, Ryan, and Ashley take a fun-filled look back to pick their favorite unique builds from so many great camps over the years.
TEN MOST CHALLENGING BUILDS
Season 4, Special Episode 3
First aired June 15, 2020
Chase, Ryan, and Ashley showcase their most challenging builds from all four seasons.
WORK SMAHTA, NOT HAHDA
Season 4, Special Episode 4
First aired June 22, 2020
The Maine Cabin Masters team share their favorite construction and remodeling tips & tricks, including tips for demo, working with and storing wood, using timberframe and cedar shakes, working with artisans and craftsmen to create custom projects, opening up ceilings to create more space, dealing with rot including jacking & leveling, and ratcheting things back together, preventing rot with Techno Metal Posts, reusing and repurposing things to save money, and some Maine life hacks. And it’s a “trough”, pronounced “trawf.”
TOP TEN ISLAND ESCAPES
Season 4, Special Episode 5
First aired June 29, 2020
Chase, Ryan, and Ashley reveal their viewers’ favorite Island Escapes projects.
TRASH TO TREASURE
Season 4, Special Episode 6
First aired July 6, 2020
The Cabin Masters count down the top 10 projects they turned from trash to treasure as voted on by fans. Featuring their most creative upcycles, Chase and his team repurposed heirlooms that provide a one-of-a-kind touch to every camp.
WHY IS THIS EPISODE GUIDE ON THIS SITE?
You may ask, “Why have you included this Episode Guide on a site that’s rather food-centric?” I’ve included it here because we’ve found that Maine has a rather unique food culture deserving of its own exploration. Others hear of Maine lobster, which is available across the U.S. in varying degrees of freshness. But Mainers also enjoy foods people don’t hear of unless they visit the state, such as Maine’s Red Hot Dogs, the unexpected and readily-available raw milk, and Finnan Haddie, a Scottish dish traditionally made with Cod, but in Maine made with freshly-smoked Haddock, shown in the above photo as served at Taste Of Maine in Woolwich on June 21, 2020. And in the 1950s the State of Maine’s Dept. of Sea & Shore Fisheries was also the source of the line drawing instructions for disassembling, picking, and eating whole Maine lobster, images which are in the public domain. Local food culture is important in Maine, and the Maine Cabin Masters appear to appreciate it as other locals do.