Now Filming: 'Barnwood Builders' Are in Pittsburgh Area

The episode, which airs next month, will shadow the craftsmen as they partner with local group The Friends of Killbuck Lodge to rebuild a historic log cabin.


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The DIY Network’s "Barnwood Builders" is coming to the Pittsburgh area. Following six West Virginia natives who love to tackle 19th-century restoration projects, the episode will shadow the craftsmen as they partner with local group The Friends of Killbuck Lodge to rebuild a historic log cabin.

Located on the Robb Farm in North Fayette Township, the Killbuck Lodge was built in the 1700s. One of the oldest homesteads in Allegheny County, it was dedicated to Oakdale Boy Scout Troop 248 in 1934 and today is used for various Boy Scout activities.

However, the building — named after a Revolutionary War-era Delaware chief — is not in the greatest shape. After centuries of storms and other wear and tear, the cabin needs some major repairs.

Enter the Barnwood Builders.

The restoration experts are partnering with the Friends of the Killbuck Lodge to cover the costs of tear down, the evaluation of existing logs and the replacement of rotted logs with matching material from a similar cabin in Westmoreland County that no longer is in use. 

How will it turn out? Stay tuned. Filming for the show begins Friday, June 12 when crews start to dismantle the cabin. The Barnwood Builders are set to return in July for the rebuild when the foundation, electric and water are in place.


meet the designer

Even at a young age, Nancy Hoff Barsotti knew she was destined to work in design.

“I chose my career when I was in high school and it was a great decision,” she says. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with wonderful people across the country.”

The owner of Nancy Hoff Barsotti Interior Design on Pittsburgh’s South Side, Barsotti — a fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers who has served as president of the Pennsylvania West Chapter of ASID — says she particularly enjoys restoring older homes and buildings to their former beauty.

Barsotti says she is a fan of incorporating her clients’ personal items — including family heirlooms and artwork — into their décor.

“I believe that it is the client’s home, and his or her own style and personality must shine through at the end of the project,” she says.

One of her favorite ways to update a space is by adding wall coverings, which she says can add texture and depth to a room. Refinishing hardwoods floors and adding area rugs also are good ways to refresh your living space, she says.

“I also think every room should have a statement piece, something that makes a room unique to you,” Barsotti says. 


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Ethan Allen is celebrating the grand opening of its new Waterfront store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21. A complimentary copy of "Muses," a 328-page book of ideas and inspirations, will be available for attendees.
(Ethan Allen Design Center, 143 W. Bridge St., Suite E9, Homestead; 412/462-3547,


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