Contributor to HGTV Dream Home
Eat your heart out! Our Super Fan basks in the glow of that gorgeous fireplace while sharing some insider info about the floor plan and more. Enjoy!
Mary is a contributor to HGTV Dream Home.
Posted at 10:24 am
About more trees and landscape cover, I think the newly planted shrubs and trees will work their magic and fill in nicely over time, but of course, that's the fun of ownership—you get to have it your way!
Still, if up to me, I know that I'd love to put in some colorful low-growing desert plants, with bright red, yellow, and orange blossoms to attract local fauna.
As far as to wildlife
these thoughts are mine
flowers 'n trees, birds 'n bees
they're all just fine.
but from the bears
be wary of their visit
'cause bottom line
it won't be too pleasant.
I agree with you. It would be great to put your own touches on the yard. Inside I think you have to do some changing also, move the furniture or art, hang your own art, change a light fixture etc. Just some little things to make it yours. Everything is beautiful but I'm sure there's a lamp or a picture that you would rather have in a different room. That's part of my dream … personalizing the magnificent home and yard.
Coop, I like your idea–'put in some colorful low-growing plants, with bright red, yellow, and orange blossoms to attract local fauna." Love those colors.
I don't think of it would be too pleasant when the bears makes their visit… hehehe… Some colorful natives would be awesome….
Thanks for the insights, fellow DreamHome lovers! Knowing the developer has offered a buy-back option is very helpful; after all, why would someone buy a "used" home in a subdivision that's still being built where they could build their own custom dream home just a few blocks awa?. Even though my dear husband has a bunch of concerns (he IS an engineer and can't help himself), I would love, love, love to win the house. It's in one of our favorite parts of the country, it's drop-dead gorgeous, and I simply can't stop mooning over the photos and videos on line. Winning would certainly be a dream come true.
Can you tell me more about the barn door hardware between the master bedroom and the master bath? Where did it come from? I have been looking for surface mounted sliding door hardware that doesn't look like bypass closet door track.
See http://boards.hgtv.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4714002… for information.
You GO, dreamn_again! Nice one.
Oops! I didn't know there were other places for me to look on HGTV.com for info on the dream home.
Those must have been expensive! barndoorhardware.com told me that it might cost 500 for my application (single 5-0 door), probably more if I wanted custom. The hangers are the most expensive part, it seems.
On HGTV/pro then plans show a bathroom next to the office, but I do not remember seeing one in the photos or clips. Plus regular HGTV is states 3 bathrooms. Which is true?
There are 3 baths in the main house, and one in the Casita.
Check out the photos for the office. There are a couple pictures of that previously unseen bathroom.
Please take a look at the floorplan… it shows it b the office and a closet…
There are some photos that show it, not sure which.
In the Spring it can get quite windy in NM. I would think some type of wind/sun fabric could be used around the outside. I also can't imagine sitting on either patio without some type of sun protection screening overhead.
I also thought about a catchment system, not for just the rain/snow, but also water that is use in the house. I forget what the name it for it but, it saves water from sinks, showers/tubs and maybe laundry. Here in NM water conservation is very import.
I enjoyed your video of the sitting room! It is my favorite room in the house, probably because turquoise is my favorite color! HGTV,a big THANKS for keeping our dreams alive and including the$500,000to help pay taxes etc.
Sweet Dreams,Fellow Bloggers!
aka Illinois Nancy
Hey Illinois Nancy, glad to see you back. Need to remember you're now Lucky Lady. Have a great day!
I can't get enough of this house. I grew up on the Lake Michigan shore and thought I would never live away from water. Then I spent 6 months with relatives that had a house in the desert area in Arizona, and instantly fell in love with the desert area. So quiet at night, and it seemed that you could touch the stars and moon. Would love to move back to the desert again. I would not miss these midwestern winters.
Keep Warm Indiana Jeff and definitely keep dreaming with us…
There is a misconception the dream home is in a desert. This area is a high arid climate at about 6000 ft. (higher than Denver)
Stuckinthemud, are you saying that the Dream Home is not in the high desert? If so HGTV needs to re-do their print ads concerning the Dream Home.
I think stuck is attempting to point out the differences between the low altitude desert of Tuscon and the high plains desert of Northern New Mexico. Totally a horse of a different colour for those with visions of Lawrence of Arabia or really old Hollywood westerns. : )
Gotcha Subuquerque! Thanks for the explanation. BTW: are you planning to tour the Dream Home? If so, please write us a super detailed report!
I hope to get up there this weekend. I'll do my best to soak in every detail I can and share with everyone.
At an altitude of more than 6000 ft., it gets cold & snowy in the winter. I f you look at the Dream Cam videos, you'll see snow in Oct.
And this last week dumped a lovely blanket. Great for winter sports. Snow doesn't happen every year but the cold of winter certainly does.
I LOVE, LOVE this fireplace, I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to snuggle up next to it with a good book and hot tea in the winter months. I have a few questions, it does appear as though there a solar panels on the roof, how many are there and can they power the whole house? Also, we know there is plenty of beautiful warmth in this Dream Home, but does the house offer A/C to cool down in the warm summer months?
Thanks for all the hard work super fan!
The solar panels are a 4 kW array. It all depends on how much power you use as to how far that input goes.
No AC Sarah but the duct work is in if the winner must have it. High Dessert area with breeze and ceiling fans should be enough…but I don't live there so the winner will have to decide:) Keep Dreamin…
Thanks for the help!
I'm having problems with ID email again. Has anyone received a "Mail Delivery Failed" when responding from your computer to ID email? Or has your "p" number changed DOWNWARD then UPWARD within a 10 minute period of time? Seems like HGTV is trying to kick me to the curb with the ID system.
Coop, are you having problems with ID anymore?
My number changes around…as for the email thing, I don't respond from there because mine never shows up.
Going back to check previous replies from my inbox to see if they're posted. When I had problems with ID before, they weren't posted. Hopefully my replies are posted now.
Something I've learned — before replying via email, scroll down to see if there is a message to the effect, "Reply to this email to post a response to this comment," otherwise it WON'T be sent.
Hey adisneyfamily. The reply-to-email is now working on IntenseDebate. Try it. Much easier responding to emails that searching for them on the website.
New reason for wanting to win…my husband is going to be gone most of the next 18 months…I'm ready to go retreat to the desert oasis called the Dream Home.
Tell me more, where, when, & why?
Thanks, Lessie. I knew he was, and you are so right, this is a public forum.
Sorry, H_S. I need to find the special edition Lindor Truffles for adisneyfamily just in case we meet on Thursday. Will look for them when I'm out tomorrow. Sure hope they don't call my name before I meet with diz on Thursday.
Adisneyfamily, that's not the greatest news I've heard today. Want to get together Thursday after my class?
adisneyfamily – I wanted to take a moment before I head to bed to thank your husband for serving his country. In addition, I wanted to thank you and your family for giving him up so that he can do his job for our country. I know it must be difficult and I admire the efforts on all of your parts. It is appreciated. Thank you!
Living the Dream!
Oh Disneyfamily I am sorry for your husband's scheduled deployment. Thank him , you and your children for all the sacrifices that you all make daily for the freedom of this great nation. It wouldn't be great without the men and women who serve. God Bless you all!
adisneyfamily… Please tell your Husband that he is greatly appreciated, as well as you. I am sure that being in the Millitary is rewarding, but difficult on being away from the family!! Take care!!
Lessie- Thursday should work as we might have a snow day tomorrow.
H_S- I'll put it this way…2 short things and a long thing. In the vaguest terms, his job requires him to document what others do which makes it so that he can go almost anywhere for anything…sometimes short notice, sometimes pre-planned, and sometimes things change…heck, make that things change a lot of the time. In January, he was home a week, gone a week, home a week but working until 11 p.m. every night and then gone a week. The gone had him just a state away, but we still didn't get to see him and one week didn't even get to talk to him. One of the future ones I know is a state away- the other I don't get to know. The long is 12-15 months which I knew was coming sooner or later– I just expected to be a few months later…not this soon and not with the short in front.
The good news…we found out today that he is going to get to join us at Disney for the baby's 1st birthday.
That IS good news! Happy 1st birthday adisneyfamilybaby!!!!!!!!
Thank you to everyone else who thanked my husband for his service…the blog was acting up and originally showed just Lessie and H_S's comments until I posted and then the other posts appeared.
H_S, why is there a 3-peat of your message?
Posted a message to you, "diz" and you again. Just trying to pass on things I've learned from my past mistakes while using ID. Thought it would be helpful.
Are replies from your computer posted to the blogs? Mine aren't, even though each email has the "Reply to this email to post a response to this comment." See, this is why Lindor "Truffles" are necessary.
From my limited "newbie" experience, if my email message has "that" quoted line, then yes, they get posted. If you try to to respond to someone who doesn't have "numbers," i.e. not signed up with ID; then it won't work. I sincerely wish that I could help more.
chocolate can cure anything- hehe
and prevent bad things too!
Chocolate it is! The sooner, the better!
Further to my last, sometimes it becomes confusing as to whom you are replying to when there is a long “thread.” I did post duplicates; then realized they were in the wrong place, and “deleted” them. Once entered, they are sent to your inbox. Sorry, please excuse my ineptitude.
No explaining necessary. That is a common mistake that happens to most of us. You’re good at deleting, I just leave it and hope the person understands what I meant.
Lastly, borrowing the words of a wise acquaintance: If ineptitude were akin to sainthood, I would surely be canonized!
Amen to that!
That’s a good one H_S. In fact, lots of us would be canonized if ineptitude were akin to sainthood. Maybe except for Show Me. He’s just good.
~.~ Dreaming a Dream `.~
Thanks for this info, H_S. Will scroll down to see if this is on the email before responding. Never noticed this before, just assumed it was like regular email. Don't understand why it's not like regular email.
Don't know that I can help much, Lessie, but I'll explain how I finally cleared MY ID problems, and so far, they have not resurfaced. First, I contacted ID about the problem, then changed my password. I also deleted the ability to receive email notifications of responses to my posts. (Sorry, but found it necessary. Now I read through past comments carefully, but may miss responding to a question now and then.) It seems that replying from my email inbox via Internet Explorer/ID Notifications carried a risk of "interception" by malicious parties. Finally, I deleted nearly 60 variations of email addresses for ID Notifications that were somehow stored in my address book. All of this was done along with cooperation from the folks at IntenseDebate. I have not had problems since taking all of those steps. It was NOT a pleasant experience dealing with the repeated spam and technical issues, but I will always take every step necessary, from logical to legal, to stop that kind of unacceptable issue from continuing.
I know how frustrating it can be, and I hope that you can get it completely resolved ASAP.
Love the vlogs! The tile in the dream home is AMAZING! It is great that they used local artists for lots of things in the house too. Turquoise has been my favorite color since I was seven years old. My grandmother sent me a dress from the Indians near her new home near Tuscon, AZ. Turquoise jewelry was my favorite since my teenage years when we went to visit her from NY and experienced the southwest for the first time. This dream home brings back memories, yet the rich, modern ammenities speak of comfort and compels one to want to host family and friends in style.
Great job designers!
Hey guys somebody can help me to know how upload a picture i tried several time and it doesn't work__lots of thanks.
Go to your Intense Debate page, select My Account, then click on Picture. From the in put box, click "Browse." A folder of your pictyres will come up. Find the picture you want, and double-click on it. Once it appears on the Intense Debate page, and you're happy with it, click the Upload button.
Note: there is a file size limit (700kB?), and rectangular pictures get "scrunched" into a square, which tends to distort the image. If you get an error, try a different picture. Good luck – I'll be looking for it. Regards.
~.~ Dreaming a Dream `.~
What's your favorite style of home, based on your dream home location?
It seems that there are more choices of home designs than we can even name! Of course, favorite styles are also a factor of the region, such as New England, the South, Southwestern, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Midwest, Plains or Prairie states, and whether you choose coastal, inland, mountain, riverfront, high-desert, city, small town, etc.
Consider the following styles, which is not all of them by any means: Craftsman, Cape Cod, Colonial, Contemporary, English Cottage, Federal/Georgian, Farmhouse, French, Greek Revival, Log, Mission, Postmodern, Ranch, Southern, Southwestern (Pueblo), Spanish, Tudor, and Victorian/Queen Anne, etc.
Any ideas or insights into your perfect home style?
Personally, I'll take a country English Cottage (or Tudor), a coastal Cape Cod, a Southern riverfront Plantation style, a Southwestern traditional Pueblo, a Northwest Victorian, and while I'm at it, a tropical Hawai'ian Plantation Cottage, thank you. (Not all at once, of course.)
Happy Turquoise Trails!
British Colonial. And I have no idea why it appeals to me so much.
Do you have a favorite location for it?
I don't think that I've seen the perfect location for it yet. Perhaps when I visit Australia?
Hello DB Coop, I was looking back at some of the past homes last night , if you remember the 2008 Green Home , would that be a country cottage style, I think it was 2008 I was looking at , I just tried to go back and see but it's hopeless sometimes for me to back tract on here.I really like that style home, with a porch across the front. I just love a porch,
The 2008 Green Home was in South Carolina (Tradition community) with verandas both front and back. I'd call it country cottage style, as you thought. Of course, the 2009 Green Home was in Port St Lucie, Florida, also a Tradition community. I'd say that one was an innovative coastal beach cottage style.
I really love the Southwestern Pueblo style but you really have to live in the south west for that. If I were to build my dream home here in Upstate New York, I would build a Contemporary Ranch style home.
Hi Coop…. Mine is a coastal Plantation with wrap around porches… But, I too love the Tudor and a traditional Pueblo. Now, we need to figure out what type of furnishings are our favorites…… hmmmm….
Coop…. If i decided to live extravagant, it would be http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/housep…
Renee – WOW! So extravagant but absolutely stunning! I think all of the bloggers and their families could move into this one, although we would need a really good wireless internet connection system!
Sorry Lessie if this question has already been asked and aswered, but I never saw a answer here or on the message board. But does the Dream Home and the Casita have air condition?
no a/c either place but the house is prepared for adding that
There is no AC in the main house but ducts are present if you want to add that at a later date. This was confirmed by SPODutch.
The casita on the other hand has no definitive answer. If you look in the tour of the casita, you can see what appears to be the front end of a Mini-Split system which normally can do AC or both AC and Heat. But I have heard the radiant heating system extends to the casita. So I would guess that it is just AC for the casita. But I have never been able to find the outside compressor part. So I cannot be sure. And no one in the know has confirmed or denied.
lovelykitty… don't be sorry… This question has been answered in the blogs, but not officially by a rep of HGTV.. I am sure that we will hear soon from GAIL or MARY …. Hang in there..And the comment by David is correct and Joy is correct that the DH is set up for an A/C unit or Swap Cooler/EVAP system.. Hang in there, I am sure we will get the "official" information soon!
I would like to know what the group thinks about something of interest.
First, a little background. With thanks to Lynn and others, it is now believed that the Dream Home does NOT have a wood-burning fireplace. I may be repeating my comments here, so bear with me.
IF the Dream Home doesn’t have a wood-burning a wood-burning fireplace, then what is the WOOD PILE for?
• Critter Dream Home 2010?
• For use in an owner purchased Chiminea (bought from a local artisan)?
Please post YOUR thoughts.
I'm still clinging to the hope that one of the indoor fireplaces burns wood! If not, however, I think maybe aesthetics, just because we have a similar woodpile on our property from when we moved in and had to remove a lot of trees to put in a new driveway. We never did burn all that wood, but the woodpile we stacked is so impressive to look at that we haven't taken it down, even though critters do live in it! I would move that pile away from the side of the garage, though, for that reason.
the firplace in the entry hallway is gas, so it burns ceramic logs or real wood
Perhaps it’s there to “catch the eyes” of observant bloggers in hopes of stimulating “intense debating” on the blog pages.
Well, H S if so it worked ,hehe, But, for me seeing the logs , is like a fireplace , or being near water, it has an affect with the mood to transport your mind to a soothing and peaceful place , it's almost like saying, I'm safe here , and worries seem to be forgotten.
As mentioned in previous blogs, it is there to draw the snakes out of my house?
Just thinking positively. Not about the snakes, about my house.
To me it looks like the entry fireplace burns real wood with a gas outlet,, if it was ceramic logs, would it have the black soot on the interior so soon……. It looks like real wood to me.. I am no expert.. Just a guess…
H_S….. Gail just answered the question in a new blog… regarding "tickets now available to view the DH"… I bet you are heading over there…..
Hi H_S!!!! Couldn't sleep quite yet..so I decided to take a quick trip down memory lane…I'm for the Critter Dream Home 2010 myself!
The warmth of the lit fire in HG's Dream Home is reflected in the surroundings of New Mexico and its history. Having been blessed with a grandson, named Lonis Lyn Sherman, fourteen years ago in Santa Fe, I had the opportunity to make a few trips to the area. From Santa Fe to Albuquerque to Cochitee Lake to Madrid to Wagon Mound (where my husband's grandparents homesteaded), there is awe in the color, the landscape, the people, the treasures one finds in his/her travels. From the color of the sky to the color of the earth; from the color of the clothing to the color of the jewelry; the surroundings are breathtaking with generous and happy people saying, "Welcome – you ARE in the Land of Enchantment!" The HG/TV Dream Home epitomizes the very essence of beautiful design that tugs at you to "…come home!" Thank you…June Criger, Traverse City, Michigan
Just a few random thoughts while we wait for the next new blog:
Went on an awesome trail ride yesterday. The weather was sunny and mild, slightly on the cool side, and all three horses were gaited, so the pace was fast and the horses were frisky but not out of control — a great time was had by all! It more than makes up for the fact that I had to go out and clean paddocks in the cold rain this morning.
Found a great store in the Mall of Georgia over the weekend. It is called Cotton Salsa/Alpaca Connection, and I found my red shawl wrap/ruana there! It is a 50/50 alpaca/acrylic blend and only half the price of Monica's, but is it very warm and stylish. No turquoise, though — I'll have to keep looking. I also found a 100% alpaca hoodie that is more in line with my more casual style — bold geometric pattern on a red background, very warm, very soft and comfortable, and with deep pockets I can plunge my hands into for warmth. Add a reasonable price to that and it can't be beat! And for you guys, my husband got a hat and scarves — there are also sweaters for everyone. If you are in the area definitely check it out!
HGTV's latest poll asks what your favorite Valentine's Day color is — the results so far:
My favorite Valentine's Day color is:
Red is far ahead as the favorite — it is my favorite as well. My only question is why they didn't include turquoise this year? I'll bet this unconventional choice would have been very popular!
Keep on dreaming, everyone — that Dream Home will have a new owner soon!
Well, C&E, sounds like a good time was had by all at the Mall of Georgia. You'll be the envy of many bloggers with your red shawl wrap/ruana.
And I think you're right—isn't turquoise "in" this year? So why not a turquoise Valentine's Day color?
Yes… they should include Turquoise.. one of my favorite colors!!! It sounds like you go a wonderful new wrap/ruana at the Mall!! Thanks for sharing!!
Fello bloggers, Have you been watching the "More Video Channels" on the Video page???
Super Fan Gail, not only has the fireplace video there, but has many more! Some of these include the master bath, the kitchen island, garage storage, common bathroom, Casita privacy, and more!
This brings up the question of the day:
What is your favorite video commercial?
I'll get to mine later….. now back to the More Video Channels!!!!!
Thanks for the tip, H_S — leave it to our wonderful Super Fan Gail to answer all of those pesky frequently asked questions about the Dream Home!
We just might see one of those for our new blog topic.
Mine is the bathtub …… as soon as I saw the sliding windows in there, I knew the views of the fireplace would be a relaxing space…. And Gail always delivers .. Its like she is reading what we say… hehehe
Renee, I was hoping to get your favorite HGTV video "commercial"; but it doesn't matter now — the fireplace can burn WOOD!
I didn't get the "commercial" part… I guess it would have to be the GMC Terrain.. Because, I don't like cleaning (bissel) and I don't need flooring at the present moment…. hehehehe
Just a note, I re-did the question of the day, with less confusion, on the "new" pages. I just wanted to get some sponsor feedback. Thanks for your reply.
My dear Coop: You know that we already share the same taste in styles of homes, and also agree on the location of the next Dream Home!! In case you have forgotten, that would be a stately Southern Plantation in Pine Mountain Georgia!!! WOW!! Maybe the following plan could be reviewed by HGTV for ideas for 2011's beauty!!!
I don't think it is overly lavish with the following amenities:
2616 Total Square Feet
2 Full Baths, 1 Half Baths
2-Car Attached, Rear Entry
Standard Foundation – Slab
Hey Marie.. I know this comment is meant for COOP,, But, I loved the home you chose and I picked one that I loved….http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/housep… what do you think??? Do you have a Scarlett O'Hara dress and your mint juleps ready?? Hehehe.. Talk to you soon..
reneelovesgreen, wasn't able to access the link you provided. Is it just me? I was looking forward to checking it out.
let's try again http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan047D...
Very nice floor plan reneelovesgreen, I really liked the m. bath
Okay… I posted my two favorites …. So Far… hehehe .. Hope that it works this time. I think features from the two could make one beautiful home. I love those large porches and open areas!!
Amazing, Marie, since I've actually looked at this plan before. (Well, I do spend alot of time sorting through the various sites.) It would be perfect for a Callaway Gardens Dream Home! (No problem, Jack Thomassan, we can wait until 2012 if necessary.)
Several things I like about this plan: the elegant but not overly formal columned front elevation for starters, the spacious family room, the bonus room over the garage, convenient utility room, an enormous Master Bedroom walk-in closet, and the traditional front balcony.
A few modifications? Well, perhaps adding a fireplace in the Master Bedroom, reworking and enclosing a portion of the covered patio into a breakfast/garden room, and seeing if a balcony off the Master Bedroom could be worked into the plan. After all, mint juleps in the summer require a balcony.
Happy Ground Hogs Day Bloggers! Unfortunately he is predicting 6 more weeks of winter. We are still recovering from the snowfall here in Tidewater VA. 2nd snow day from school!! More time to enjoy the Dream Home website and the new questions from others including those that are in the sainthood..haha!
For me, here in P-cola, spring starts today, YAY!!
We only have three seasons,which are four months long:
Spring — Feb. thru May
Summer — June thru Sep.
Fall — Oct. thru Jan.
Lucky YOu! My son went to p-cola for the Penn State game on New YEars. That was his Christmas present from his wife and they all drove down to friends of theirs. He stood in the rain with his friend and froze his feet but he loved it!
Well, we are just getting pounded by the rain.. But, today will be 82 with isolated showers.. Then, tomorrow we cool down to the mid-70's. I bet my Son would love a snow day…. hehehe Hang in there Brenda!
I had to make a trip across town and run some errands. While out on this "first day of spring," I could see that the trees are out in "red bud." It's sunny, not a cloud in the sky, upper 60's, and I had my car windows down. My Camellia buds are opening, my roses are budding — it's SPRING!
I could hurt you right now with your Springy happiness…..heeheee!
Spring is my favorite time of year and I am looking forward to going back to work tomorrow just to get out of the house! I hope that it rains tonight and washes all of this snow away….I want Spring to come and the drawing of the (my) Dream Home:)
Your late HS. All my camelias are blooming here in Oregon. Of couse I have seen them blooming with icicles hanging from the leaves LOL.
Perhaps, mine wait to hear the Groundhog's forecast first!
Just a guess…but I think we may get a new Super Fan vlog sometime soon. And, yes, Gail is in the bathtub again! Remember when she was in the bathtub in last year's Dream Home video? Gail has a video where she show what it looks like to sit in the bathtub and the great views you have of the Master Suite from there…Fabulous! Personally, I love that you can sit in the candle-lit bathtub and watch TV…and, of course, you would be watching HGTV from that location, right?
P.S. H_S is correct…there are videos you can watch from the main Dream Home page and the bathtub scene is one of them! Look them over because they are spectacular! Thanks again Gail!
Lynn, do you think our next topic could be one of those? I do. Hope I didn't steal any "thunder".
Uh-oh! Do you think it is like when my kids used to take a peek into my closets to find their Christmas presents before Christmas morning?
I hope there is not an intense debate at HGTV today about whether or not they should clog our blogs!
Ooops, I "peeked!"
As I told Lessie, "Borrowing the words of a wise acquaintance: If ineptitude were akin to sainthood, I would surely be canonized!"
For all of my pet loving friends who have had questions about how to keep your pet safe when you win the HGTV Dream Home 2010…
How can I protect my cat or dog from coyotes?
– There are a number of things you can do to prevent your small pet (cat or dog) from being attacked by a coyote.
– Keep small pets (cats, small dogs and other pets) indoors from dusk until dawn. Or keep pets in a coyote-proof yard, area or cage from dusk until dawn.
– Install a fence or convert your fence to prevent coyotes from entering your yard. (Although I do not think this is allowed in San Pedro Overlook.)
– Feed your pets indoors. Or if you feed them outdoors do so during the day and never leave pet food out at night.
- Make sure trash is not left outside in bags and that all trash cans have secure lids with locking mechanisms. Secure the cans to a fence or wall with rope or elastic cord so the trash cannot be tipped over.
– Install motion sensitive lights in your back yard and around your house. (Pretty sure these are probably already installed.)
– Don’t leave fruit, berries or compost on the ground or uncovered.
– Don’t overflow birdfeeders. Hang them high or in areas that are not accessible to coyotes.
- NEVER feed coyotes. (Or bears!)
– You can install one or more 7 foot or higher posts with a platform at the top for cats to use as an escape from coyotes. The posts need to be made of a material that the cats can climb. When being chased by a predator a cat can climb the post and sit on the platform until it is safe to decend and the coyote is gone. (Wouldn't it be fun to build some fabulous free-standing 'treeless house' beyond the patio?)
Thanks for sharing this info…. it should be printed a quick sheet for the new owner of the Dream Home….
– Clear brush and vegetation to remove habitat for small animals that may attract coyotes and to remove areas where coyotes can hide while stalking their prey.
– Always keep pets on a leash when walking in parks, forest areas or in residential areas.
Well…I hope these pointers make some of you feel a little better.
What should I do if I see a coyote?
You want to harass or scare the coyote so it fears you and leaves. You can do this by shouting or yelling at the coyote. Wave your arms and throw rocks at the coyote if necessary. You can make loud noises by clapping your hands, blowing a whistle, knocking two boards together or by using a car horn, air horn or other noise making device.
or throw him a steak off the barbeque to give you enough time to run into the house… hehehhe… Great info Lynn!
Renee – When you have Jamie Durie over, make sure you call it a Barbie!
Absolutely…I will call it anything for him… Plus, make a steak if he likes..(i don't eat red meat)!! You are funny….. If I win, we will have to make sure to always be outdoors with our little doggie, ChiChi…
Don't forget the "Tinnies in the Eskie" (beer cans in the cooler)!
That is a good one!! And just so funny sounding!!
My apologies for asking a question I know has been answered, but where can I find information about how the GMC Terrain comes equipped for the winner?
Also, wouldn't it be fun to see a video in which all the cabinets, drawers and doors behind which items included in the grand prize could be displayed?
SusanCarol, I posted a comment to you and it disappeared, so if it posts twice, sorry. The GMC is listed in the prizes under the Sweepstakes. It gives a value,, I know that someone in the past went into the GMC site to design your own Terrain to figure out how it comes equipped… But, no official listing. Also, closer to the Giveaway, GAIL gives us peeks into the drawers and closets…. Keep Watching…. Though, they leave a few surprises for the Winner…
Thanks, Renee. I appreciate your response.
Thanks for the great video, Gail! I'm dreaming of sitting in front of that beautiful fireplace and warming up!
Heeritage_seeker Thank you so much for your answered, I had been tried to follow the same step without success, while I oppened the browser appear only the folder and the picture's number without to see the picture .TK
My apologies for asking a question I know has been answered, but where can I find information about how the GMC Terrain comes equipped for the winner?
I have checked out that site before but cannot find how this GMC Terrain is equipped nor the dollar value…….not that I have a chance of winning with 40 million entries….but we keep on dreaming and hoping.
In the past dream home & GMC car giveaways, they normally would select a value from one very well equipped, and list it in the sweepstakes official rules, from that they allowed the winner to pick a color and customize it up to that value, possibly allowing swaps of vehicle model, and allowing. Sometimes they even paid the state sales tax.
I don't know if that might have changed recently with GMs financials.
The GMC Terrain is valued at $38,785. You can take that amount & build pretty much any terrain with all the accessories. It's up to you to decide on the colors & accessories you want within that price range.
In addition to today being Groundhog Day (thank you VABrenda for reminding us), I thought some history buffs may enjoy this one…
In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the U.S.-Mexican War. This Treaty extended the boundaries of the United States and granted the U.S. more than 525,000 square miles of former Mexican territory which includes present-day Arizona, California, western Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah for $15 million.
Article I of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed February 2, 1848 reads:
"There shall be firm and universal peace between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic, and between their respective Countries, territories, cities, towns and people, without exception of places or persons."
If this had never happened, I wonder where the HGTV Dream Home 2010 would have been built?!?!?!?!
Lynn.. What a great piece of history to remind us of… Not, to get political, but if we reminded more people of this history, maybe they would be open and understanding that this Country is made up of various cultures, no one better than the other. We are all Human,, and that's what counts…… Keep living the Dream, Lynn.. and keep sharing with your friends here…….
Lynn Coggin , thanks so much for reminding us of that information, I can't express how much I have enjoyed this site , who wouldn't with so many people helping each other, and its so wonderful to learn the different personalities and interest, the computer is really a marvel, I could pinch myself for thinking I couldn't learn how to use it much sooner, even if I have Driven you all crazy with my mistakes, I do learn something from them, Now , my memory , well, that's a whole different story, but, I think I have good enough reasons for that , dealing with so many recent deaths in my life all at once, so thanks to all of you for sharing your interest with us here,
Start your year off with an exciting winter vacation in Taos – land of beautiful mountains, powdery snow, and a tri-cultural heritage that blends Spanish, American Indian, and Anglo into a unique and artistic community. After a day on the slopes, enjoy a bowl of green chili or maybe a soak in a hot tub under starry skies. Visit ancient Taos Pueblo with its multi-story adobe buildings, gallery hop in town, or just relax by a kiva fireplace.
Throughout 2010, Taos honors its sacred places – ancient and new, man-made and natural, inner and outdoor. There is something innately spiritual about Taos. Nestled between Taos Mountain and the winding Rio Grande under unforgettable bright blue skies, Taos is a land of many sacred places. To learn more about this aspect of Taos and the events planned throughout 2010, go to TaosSacredPlaces.com and post your Taos Haiku (especially for H_S) and/or enter to win a trip to Taos.
Thanks a lot for this info and the link! I didn't know Taos was that close (2-2/12 hrs) from the Dream Home until I looked at a map. I am fascinated by this area because I'm an artist, I study metaphysics and chinese medicine, and have a lot of Native American in my family tree. More importantly, it looks like an incredible and beautiful place to just "be". Thanks again…
You will love it, Taos is spiritual and inspires art!! Enter the contest to win a paid vacation!!! I have Native American in my family, as well…. a big reason for getting married in Santa Fe… I love the entire area!!! Hope that you get there soon!!! You are welcome, I love to share …… Good Luck …
Thanks for the info. I would love to go there. After all, that's where my aunt Mary bought my hand-made moccasins that I dreamt about! I'll check out the site.
Hey, I learned something while there:
Haiku (??, haikai verse) plural haiku, is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 moras (or syllables), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively. Haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to parallel the three metrical phrases of Japanese haiku. Haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.
by the way is "moccasins" 3 syllables? The "s" is bugging me!
Yes, H_S … I read that too!! Cool… huh? "Moccasins" is 3 syllables, at least the way I pronounce it…hehhehe… Can't wait to see your Haiku!!
For your adventurous outdoor spirit, we have fishing at Bonito Lake, Mescalero Lake, Grindstone Lake and the Rio Ruidoso, hiking and mountain biking in the Lincoln National Forest and Sacramento Mountains, horseback riding along historic trails, skiing and snowboarding at Ski Apache and inner tubing at Ruidoso Winter Park. For the explorer in you, we have incredible historic sites such as Lincoln, New Mexico, Gran Quivera ruins, the Old Dowlin Mill, the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, Fort Stanton, White Oaks, Three Rivers Petroglyphs and the Mescalero Apache Reservation. A great museum exists in the Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, a Smithsonian affiliate and art studios, art galleries and artists studios abound.
Calling ALL Bloggers………….New Blog Alert on Public Tours and more information…check it out!
I'm sorry, the HGTV Dream home is just a total disappoint for me. It does very little to represent a true Southwestern design. I've seen Southwestern design homes that would put it to shame at half the cost. Just look through past issues of New Mexico magazine.
I think HGTV intends the dream home to be reflective not just of the region but current styles and trends in homes overall. They're trying to recreate something new and different with a nod to the regional traditions and style.
The HGTV Dream Home can't always put a smile on everyone's face, but it does represent a true contemporary Southwest Pueblo style home within the constraints provided by the SPO design standards, the range of furnishings and materials available from the sponsored suppliers, and the intended goal of the interior design team to understate the interior and keep the focus on the views.
I think that if the views were not paramount to the appeal of the Dream Home, Linda Woodrum would have been more than capable of pumping up the volume with interior finishes that pushed the Wow factor to keep all eyes inside—which is the point of interior design magazine spreads.
Nonetheless, it's all negotiable, open to opinion, and all welcome!
If I'm the winner of this Dream Home, I'll take this gift horse and personalize it with my own brand, as anyone else would want to do.
I am in LOVE with turquoise. Be still my heart. Those chair were meant for me. Made for me! I cannot wait to move in. Thanks Gail!
I understand that not everyone likes the same thing , but , so many people love this beautiful home for different reasons , there has been alot of loving care and thought put into this beautiful home ,plus I'm sure alot of blood , sweat and exhausting hours, to meet dead lines. and, it's just so wonderful that HGTV and their sister sites Try so hard to please us, Which will always be impossible to please everyone , all the time, and they really do wonderful things to help protect our earth, and then, give us the choice to keep what they have " Given Us ",or to sell and use the money to build what ever we like. Our Thanks HGTV, We appreciate You Beyond Words.
I love the tour video it makes it easier to see all the rooms. I live in Florida but would love to win this house.My 15 year old daughter has fallen in love with it she has been on the site for an hour looking at all the rooms and blogs,I thought she was going to start packing her room,shes ready to move in it lol HGTV has done a great job with this house Its beautiful someone is going to be very lucky to win it….
Any idea yet when Dream Home tickets will be available…. I was hoping to tour the home whie passing through town this Sunday…. Hate to make air changes without knowing if the tours will be held this weekend…
http://www.hgtv.com/dream-home/tours-of-hgtv-drea… has the latest information.
This description of the layout to include the heart of the home at this fireplace with the look of waterfall tiles around a glowing fire is extraordinary. It is poetic.
Speaking of poetic, I just found the exterior pictures and the bench between pinon trees where one can watch sunsets. I love it!
Hi Gail I was just wondering if the land comes with the house or does it have to be bought on the side?.And how much acres does it come with? Thanks
The lot is slightly over 3 acres, and it is included with the house.
Thank you very much for the update.
What a beautiful fireplace, I love the colors, this home would make an awesome birthday present…
Its a sweepstakes prize, not a personal present to anyone. But you could have amazing parties there, if you're the lucky winner.
Hey, this house is beautiful and if we were to win, we would be out there in 10 minutes..love it. in the specs, I thought that I read three bedrooms and 3 baths not counting the casita. I never saw a pic of the third bath. Did I read wrong? The views, the colors, the floorplan, the interior design are all a dream….I've enjoyed dreaming….
Hello possum-girl, No, you read right ,there are 3 baths in the home , the mystery guess bath is near the office, I had a hard time finding that one also , as others have too., but it's there , beautiful as everything else in the house. Gail has a video for it , because so many were asking to see it.
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