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'Building Wild' may come to the Adirondacks

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Updated: 8:00 AM

By CHRISSY PRICHARD

Special to the Express

OLD FORGE - A new television reality show is in the works, and producers are looking for property owners in the Adirondacks.

The series, titled "Building Wild," will focus on building rustic, remote cabins for folks with a love of the outdoors and a desire to "get away from it all." The pilot episode was shot outside Shaftsbury, Vt. in April.

"Now," says Casting Producer Brooke Burbach, "we're in the process of finding the landowners to appear in our next episodes, and we'd love to find some interesting characters and fun build challenges in the Adirondack region."

The ideal candidate is someone who owns a piece of property in the wilderness. Producers are looking for "extreme" beauty, such as a mountaintop, an island or a remote lake.

The crew wants to combine wild scenery with the challenge of building a unique cabin in a location that may be a little challenging to get to. "No roads? No electricity? No resources? No problem." touts the show's Facebook page.

ON NAT GEO

The series will be aired on the National Geographic Channel. Producer George Verschoor, who produced several seasons of the show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," will be at the helm.

Paul DiMeo, who has led the construction for the Extreme Makeover series, will be in charge of the design and building process for "Building Wild."

Verschoor, who is originally from Hoosick Falls, has an appreciation of the Adirondacks and understands the appeal of an escape in the wilderness.

Landowners with an interest in outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, hiking, bird watching and the like are encouraged to apply. The owner's interests will be incorporated into the design of the structure, which will add character to the finished product.

ONE WEEK AND FREE

The small cabins will be built in one week, with camera crews documenting the adventure. Applicants must be willing to participate in the construction, share their stories and vision and be on camera throughout the process.

Participating in the show comes at no cost to the landowner, but parcels do need to have a building permit.

To be considered for the show email to BuildingWildCasting@gmail.com. The email should include what you love about getting away in the wilderness, what makes you and your piece of land special and your vision for your dream getaway.

Digital photos of the property, scenery and any existing structures such as lean-tos, barns or sheds should be included in the email.

     

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