Contributor to HGTV Dream Home
Super Fan has come up with the perfect solution for that overexposed casita shower. Window film!
Mary is a contributor to HGTV Dream Home.
Posted at 9:42 am
While the clock ticks down the hours until the Dream Home 2010 Winner Special, I couldn't resist a little tropical downtime—and the following excerpt from the Kukui'ula estates website is just the thing to set minds dreaming about another future Dream Home location. It certainly works for me!
"Kukui'ula – Kaua'i's Living Garden, is transforming into a community like no other. This 1,010 acre parcel of land has a Par-72/18 hole Tom Weiskopf designed golf course with the front nine already complete. The Plantation House – well under construction – will embody island style landscaping and architecture, manicured hiking and biking trails linked by gardens, an upcountry lake and farm, community parks, retail component and more. The Spa at Kukui'ula is dedicated to transporting you to new levels of health, fitness and wellness. The Plantation Style of architecture this community will illustrate shall define tropical living."
Now that sounds like my kind of paradise. However, I know that HGTV fans have their sights fixed on the San Pedro Overlook Dream Home at the moment—just as it should be! It is March 15 yet?
Absolutely!!! You should assist JACK with location scouting!! (though in the third person, so that you can still enter when they choose Hawaii!!!! ……hehehhe)…. I am sure Show Me can assist with finding the third, because he still needs to be involved in the GH!! …
The 26th…last day for you to receive the last of all of my entries I get butterflies thinking about you picking my envelope HGTV….please save my entry when you pick me so I can frame it and hang it in my NEW HOME.
Now that was good!
Wow Gail!!!! You really will be handy to have as a naighbor!!! Can wait to see if I have won, met all the wonderful HGTV family and get to know Gail more. __God bless all and Good luck!!!!!__Becky
Hmmm, not exactly a neighbor. She lives in San Fran, CA.
oops Can't wait to see if I have won!!!!
Give it a rest, DVL! They're just having fun!
The casita glass wall is a easy fix. Like alot of HGTV blog family, I would make the casita glass wall my first project, having privacy for my guest is essential in my book. I would do some frosting or etching with a beautiful drawing or scene. You can also custom design your etching. If you are an artist there are companies out there that would etch or frost to your liking. I've attached an example below.
That's really nice. I love etched glass and a custom design would be great. I think I will consider it for my bathroom remodel.
I would turn the shower wall into a waterfall, viewing from the bed and within the shower, for the sound and helping to distort the views, so one may feel a little less exposed. I think it would have a spa, romantic and relaxing feel!! Plus….I get my water feature! And, I would have one more change; to add a king size bed in the Master Suite!! We all love to read at night before bed and to stretch out while sleeping…Other changes, NO!! Love life by living green and having a dream!!
i love the home just like it is i love the outdoors i would be outside sitting at night watching the sunset.the simple things in life are beautiful.i guess i am just a simple person.but i do enjoy watching the sunset an rise it would be great sitting out on the beautiful furniture there looking at the mountains.oh my i can dream.i hope who ever wins enjoys the beauty of the scenery.god bless who ever wins good luck to all.
I love that idea of a waterfall- very relaxing!
i live in a moble home and to me it like living in a submerine. (I HATE IT)!!!!! i have been trying to find a way that i can live in it and like it. I have tried everthing from tarin out a wall to painting to redoing the floors. And still i really do like it. I have nice furnishing but that is all that i like. I have painted the wall a dark blue I liked it at frist but no matter what i do i just can like this place. Any one ele lives i amoble home or can give me idea's on what i can do to make it feel not as if i live in a sub with window's please help
The casita glass wall could be sandblasted with a beautiful scene
I would go with much lighter colors and using natural scenes on a "accent" wall. (like a nice bamboo wallpaper) Using wood/laminate flooring. Furniture would be in whites, tans and then use nice punches of color, like light greens, blues, corals, etc. Good luck to you… And remember this is just an opinion.
It may be just an opinion… however, it is a very good opinion! Love your suggestions.
Two more places to visit, while visiting NM or after winning the DH!
The Railyard – Not Just for Trains
The area around the Railyard along Guadalupe Street is where Santa Fe is working on its future. The 50 acre Railyard, after years of community input and visioning, is slowly taking shape into a multi-use property that will eventually be home to a large park, plaza, trail system, movie complex, live/work lofts, and green space. It is already home to SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary art museum with rotating exhibits, shops, galleries, restaurants, and the Santa Fe Farmers Market.
Bandelier National Monument
Located about 45 minutes from Santa Fe, Bandelier is the centuries-old site of a large pre-Pueblo community that was established in the area's extensive volcanic cliffs. One of the state's most important cultural and archaeological sites, Bandelier is a beautiful spot that offers a view across time into the lives of the hundreds of Native Americans who called it home from 1100 to 1500 AD.
Love life by living green and having a dream!!
People think that they have just signed up for a chance to win a beautiful home. But no, not true, they get educated too. First on ways to treat glass and now about things to visit while in New Mexico. Thank You Just Wonderful. Sandy
No problem!!! Thank you for your wonderful words, Sandy!!
Tent Rocks National Monument
There are destinations on this planet that have a certain Oz-like quality about them, where you’re suddenly struck with the sensation of entering another world. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is just such a place. Fortunately, you don’t have to venture somewhere over the rainbow to get to this enchanting New Mexican landscape. Tent Rocks is located just 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe.
Wow, that's an eye-opener, reneelovesgreen. I know that Plymouth Rocks, I remember that Santa Fe Rocks, and now you tell us that Tent Rocks! Hmmm, I'll have to do some looking into that, 'cause I'll admit I hadn't heard of it before.
Okay, I'm back! Images I looked at are other-worldly, although the rock formations look far more like actual teepees than what I first envisioned from the word "tent". Appropriately, it's all located near the Cochiti Indian Reservation. How cool!
Well,,,, Coop…. You do so much for all of us, that I am shocked that I found something that you hadn't heard of!! (are you sure Show Me didn't know, hehe) Seriously, so glad that I could share because I always love reading your adventurous and informative comments.
hi! mary, how r u today? i don't have anything to complain because everything can change. love the house for me it's perfect. we just lucky that there is HGTV give away & i am very happy & thankful for God & HGTV. hope the hgtv still keep going for many, many years to come. hoping to win & good luck everyone!!!i love HGTV
Renee – Just curious do you already live here in NM? You seem to have a wealth of information, even more than this local
Nope…. I have visited for several years and I love reading about New Mexico…. Trust me, you have much more info and you are so lucky to live in a beautiful state!!!! After being married in Santa Fe, 10 years ago, we loved making it an annual trip and then my Mom and her boyfriend found the beauty of New Mexico and visit yearly… I bet she gets married there!!! Especially, if I win the DH!!! Party!!!!! Take care and talk to you soon!!
Saving a mail-in entry to frame and hang in the Dream Home reminds me—folks at HGTV, could you please have the people at Ritway print out a copy of my winning online entry when it's selected by the computer so I can have it put under glass and framed. I have the perfect spot for it already picked out in my home office. Thank you.
I love it just the way it is, I really don't want to change anything about the house, to me its perfect just the way it is. I told my 16 yr old if we won the house he can have the Casita for himself. Right now we, my fiance and our 4 kids are living with his parents so winning this house would be a dream come true for my family. I can not wait to be able to have our own spave and cook in that wonderful kitchen. The views are wonderful. The first thing I would do is have everyone fly out to N.M. and throw a big house warming party for my family and friends. The only to people would be missing is my parents, but I know they would be looking down from the heavens with smiles on thier faces.
Finally – a snow day!!!! I've actually had some time to watch the many videos, and soak in the true beauty of this home and the area. We sooooo need a change in pace of living and a 'break in life ' wouldn't be too hard to handle either! While we have reached a middle class level of success (and are sooo proud of that!), we have both (my husband and I) been 'on our own' since a very early age with no opportunity for a college education or higher level of success than what we have achieved – and trust, me I'm not complaining – just stating the facts… This house, being in NM would also reunite me with my family in NM whom I had to grow up without in my life. Would soooooooooo love to breathe one big sigh of relief~ just my thoughts, just my story and reason for wanting to win. I'm sure we all have our own life story that makes winning a glorious thing! Best wishes to all!
I try, but I'm sure there are some on here who don't agree. Thanks for the kind words.
The casita is for married couple , they do not need privacy.(I hope you smile on my comment)
I still think they used "Smart Glass."
Here's a link to learn more about it:
Your very Welcome! I really like reading your posts on the Dream Home blogger.
Smart glass…the perfect solution! Gail, although your idea was good, smart glass is more in line for this luxury home. If you can afford to live in this house, you can afford the smart glass. After all, the winner is going to be hit with taxes(IRS) from the beginning (and I don't think the $500,000 is going to cover them) and then there will be property taxes and I believe I read somewhere that this is in a gated community so there's probably some monthly or yearly dues to help maintain that community pool, etc. But it's a beautiful home!
This space would be for my guests..Guests enjoy the unusual and the unique..If they don't like the openness then they can hang something over it for their stay…It will stay open if we win the house. I love the design and it would be an atrocity to cover the beautiful tiles which seems to be the main theme of this room.
Patricia…you don't have to worry about the finances I will when I win the home. But thank you for your concern. Good Luck And Best Wishes….
HGTV CALL me I am ready to get my finances in order and come home.
Awhile back we had an informal casita contest with ideas for the privacy issue. We had some great fun with it and it is on the "But where's the grocery store" blog. My thoughts were that I would take my inspiration from those beautiful vertical casita tiles and etch the glass in the same random pattern, leaving a clear "grout-like" area between each frosted tile. I'd only go up the glass as far as the height of a person sitting on the "throne", or if someone was a little more modest, I would carry it up to an average person's shoulder height. That would allow for light to easily pass through and not obstruct the view. I wouldn't make the top straight across though. That way the top of the tile area would have a sort of a playful serrated appearance. Etching is a fairly inexpensive option, can even be a DIY project…but, if finances allowed, I would get in touch with the group that made the glass wall tiles and have enough tiles made to apply in the same way as the frosted " tiles". Would use clear glass adhesive and clear silicone grout. Glass on glass would be lovely and make the shower sparkle when the sun came through! mmmm…..dreaming….
Susannamac, I am still confident that they used "smart Glass" for that wall, but are keeping it a secrect for a surprise later!
Here are two links to learn more:
It wouldn't surprise me if they planned a surprise! , but I kind of like the idea of glass tiling or etching the wall…it's the artist in me I guess!
I really like your idea!
It is certainly much better than applying vinyl!
Given the creativity & resources of the 'Dream Team,' I am willing to place a bet on SmartGlass or its equivalent!
If I win the Dream Home, and decide to keep it; and that wall is not a SmartGlass or equivalent wall; then I will hire you to 'work your magic' on it!!!
You may reside in the Casita for the duration of the project, and enjoy the comforts of the main house as well!
Absolutely! Can't wait! That would be the next best thing to winning myself!
I love the idea of using the glass tiles to repeat the pattern and colors of the wall, but using a clear adhesive. That's brilliant.
Thank you very much!! (Whispering…Brilliant, she said my idea was brilliant!!!)
There is always a little of the engineer that comes out in an artist. It sounds like you would have a lot of fun working with your light source, available materials, and angles for privacy/
Yep! And I offered to do it for a winning blogger for a chance to spend the week in the Casita…interested? I live in Colorado so it is doable…
Since you can still see through window film, I don't see how that is a solution to the privacy issue. And then there is the sound issue too. No sleeping for the partner of the person using that bathroom. I don''t see any solution other than a real wall. But judging from what appears to be the size and comments from a message board member who have visited the house, the casita is so tiny that a wall would probably make it into a tiny cave. So forget putting your guest couples in there. Make it a teen room or an office and use the "office" for a guest room.
Hi HTGV family, another great idea for beautifying the Casita glass wall is to sandblast with paint making custom or original art or drawings. Example below:
Gail, actually I did think of the idea of decorative window film when I first saw the Casita bathroom; I just didn't post about it !!!
I love the open feel to the casita!!! But I would also want guest to feel comfortable if they were to stay in the casita, so the window film sounds like the perfect privacy solution!
I'm feeling confident that "Smart Glass" was used, and you won't need window film.
Here are a couple of links to learn more:
Smart glass would be a super neat feature!!! Thanks for the info! It sounds interesting!
I thought about the same thing when i saw how open the shower was, where's the privacy. but after i ave it some thought it could be kinda fun when your with your love one, if you know what i mean lol. But other then that it can be an easy fix. i never tought about forsted glass or sticker art but that sound really artistic and beautiful.
I wouldn't want to block the view from the throne or break up the effect from the tiled wall. If you don't want to see your mate taking care of nature, roll over and and enjoy the other natural view.
"Thank you " but who are you thinking might see you,The one you love how romantic just think about it. who else unless you invited them in then you probably still don't care right. I think the designer was thinking on these lines to. "GREAT IDEA" Love it stay young
I am glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks that the Casita shower needs to be more private. Who wants to take a shower and be open to the entire room? Not me. I would not even want my own husband to see me taking my daily shower. The winner of this home may want to add some type of privacy wall or curtain in order to give the shower more privacy.
Well, the most recent house guests have departed. Tomorrow is March 1, so out go the balloons. Don't forget to put yours out as well. I know we all hope to see a balloon bouquet on TV when the ambush team arrives to surprise the winner.
It looks like the glass wall ends at about 7 feet, so lets hope there is a fan:)
Oh no…never thought about THAT…I'll bet there is a good place for a stick up!!!
I agree with your suggestion in regards to the privacy issue………I want to say congratulations to whom ever will be the winner…….I have entered the contest daily and have my fingers crossed….this could be my DREAM HOME!
I apologize if I misspelled your name
If the glass does not electronically, turn opaque, then I am a bit surprised too! However the see through one sided window cling would be an alternative. I have seen the high end glass on one or two shows on HGTV in the distant past, but can't remember which show.
What question would I ask the winner??? I would ask, "What will be the theme of your first party that you will having in your new home?" My answer if asked, "I would honor the cast of any and all of the shows on HGTV, that would attend, to thank them for all of their hard work and entertainment they have provided. I would ask for any other ideas they might have for improvements outside the home, in the area, that could help the community that I could participate with for the follow up show. Could be an idea for a follow up special on past winners and the surrounding area for each home give away. I would love to be that LUCKY!!! Great JOB!!!
What about the privacy for the master bedroom…it seems its open without a door?
There are double doors to the whole master suite. Gail posted pictures in the following blog. http://blog.hgtv.com/dreamhome/2010/01/20/drape-i…
Yeah, It's a whole section of the house that is dedicated only to the master suite. With double doors leading in to it. It is beautiful. Just check out the links and see for yourself. It's an awesome design. Good luck to you and God bless.
I think I hold a minority opinion about the casita's privacy issue. I don't think guests would want to look at shower and toilet and products under any circumstances. For me, the solution would be a beautiful floor-to-ceiling black-out drape (lined with special fabric)…..not only for privacy but also if someone uses the bathroom in the middle of the night when the light turned on, it might disturb another person who's sleeping.
I do love the separateness of the casita. I'd add a coffee-maker and maybe a mini-frig.
Good luck to all dreamers….it's getting close!
Does the Casita have a clothes closet?
Yes it does. Big enough to hang some clothes & put a large suitcase on the floor.Inside the front door of the casita is a door to the bathroom then next to it is the closet, with double doors. It holds the tankless water heater on the wall. Big enough for guest.
The community is gated so privacy won't be a major issue, I would keep the house/casita the way it is.
I want to live in that house just the way it is…
i luv the walls!!!!!
I really like the frosted glass, the glass etching and the waterfall ideas. But, a simple fix would be a ceiling hanging rod with drapes that can be pulled back after to still show the expanse of the space.
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