COA alumnus Chase Morrill ’00 stars in the hit DIY Network reality series Maine Cabin Masters.COA alumnus Chase Morrill ’00 stars in the hit DIY Network reality series Maine Cabin Masters.

On a chilly afternoon, homebuilder Chase Morrill crouches in the crawlspace beneath a slim A-frame in Carrabassett Valley, installing an electric water heater. He calls this rustic house “TheChase Morrill ’00 stars in Maine Cabin Masters.Chase Morrill ’00 stars in Maine Cabin Masters. Bucking A,” a nickname bestowed by the two hapless, college-age brothers who built the place in the ’70s. “There’s the clean version of the story, which is that every time the brothers would get some of the ‘A’s to stand up they’d buck in the wind and fall over,” Morrill says. “And there’s the other version, which is that the framing was just such a bucking pain in the butt to work with.” When Morrill and his family bought it, in 2015, “it was rotting into the ground.” He started rehabbing the building last year — hoisting it onto a better foundation, creating space for the water heater, and adding a dormer and pinewood paneling — just in time for an episode of his DIY Network show, Maine Cabin Masters.

Carhartt-clad, with a strawberry-blond mop and a heavy beard, the 39-year-old Morrill looks every inch the backwoods contractor, but he’s an unlikely protagonist for reality television…

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