Posted by fcole – April 4, 2007 4:46 PM
I've just been cleared today to release this first official rendering of the next HGTV Dream Home. I'll follow up soon with more details from the construction site in Islamorada, Fla., including floor plans when they're finalized. Stay tuned!
And here's house planner Jack Thomasson doing some top-down cruising in the Florida Keys.
And since we have new people stopping by the blog all the time, just a reminder that you can enter for a chance to win the Islamorada home when HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2008 starts on Jan. 1, 2008.
MORE ABOUT HGTV DREAM HOME
The Shore at Islamorada: Site of HGTV Dream Home 2008
Video Postcard From House Planner Jack Thomasson
HGTV Dream Home Central
HGTV Dream Home 2007 Tour
HGTVPro: Exclusive Construction Details
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It is truly a dream house. I am drooling already. I would love to win this house..it's really a dreamy dream house. If I won this, I couldn't sell it, I'd want to live in it. I have more months to dream about this house being mine. Thanks for sticking around fcole. This is gonna be fun. Kathy in Baton Rouge
Posted by Kathy – April 4, 2007 5:02 PM
Looks awesome...can't wait to see it come to life!
Posted by Shelly-Illinois – April 4, 2007 5:07 PM
It's beautiful! Can't wait to see the floor plan!
Posted by JULIE – April 4, 2007 5:20 PM
The drawing of the HGTV Dream Home in the Florida Keys is absolutely gorgeous! When can I move in?!!!!
Posted by Marie – April 4, 2007 5:26 PM
I am a faithful fan of HGTV and its sister stations. I have been watching the dream homes for years and hoping to no avail that you would decide to do something good for the environment. It is high time to build a home from sustainable resources and be solar powered. Maybe it would give people incentive to follow suit. That is the way of the future and I am very disappointed that you are lagging behind!
Thank you for reading this.
Posted by Sandra Warren – April 4, 2007 5:27 PM
You could set a good example by building a home using "universal design." Making more and more people aware of this type of building puts everyone on a level plane. Not only is it necessary for the handicapped...but it will help keep people in their homes when they become elderly and/or infirmed. Having to give up one's home because of physical limitations is devastating. Step up to the plate and build us a beautiful home ANYONE can enjoy...FOREVER!
Posted by Dorothy Levinson – April 4, 2007 5:41 PM
wow.just from looking at the plan.the house is beautiful.oooh aaahh. i like the patio on the top floor looking at the ocean and the boats.oh yeah i am dreaming already.
Posted by snapgirl – April 4, 2007 5:46 PM
Posted by Krystle S – April 4, 2007 5:47 PM
Yes I would be very happy living there.
Posted by Doris – April 4, 2007 5:50 PM
WOW!! This house looks wonderful. I can hardly wait to see the floor plan. This really is a "dream home".
Posted by Barbara – April 4, 2007 6:12 PM
The homes are all nice, BUT how about giving one away that the average owner can afford to keep!
Posted by Bill Mono – April 4, 2007 6:27 PM
Aren't there a lot of hurricanes in this area???
Posted by Ruth Shields – April 4, 2007 6:29 PM
AWESOME! I would love to live there. If it is anything like your other masterful creations, it will be spectcular. Karen
Posted by Karen Geers – April 4, 2007 6:38 PM
Sandra and Dorthy , remember this is about generating the maximum amount of viewership. HGTV must create a product that will appeal to the greatest number of people to get the maximum amount of eye's watching. With that in mind, your average American isn't worried about the environment to the point where they dream of homes designed with environmental issues first and foremost. I'm also not sure most Americans don't have a need for a 'universal design'
This being said, I think flexibility and customization into the design would be an interesting element that would help them generate enhanced viewer ship. Making the house designs flexible so you could easily convert it to a personalized home would allow more people to get build that emotional attachment to the project that will result in the continued tuning into the project.
For example You will have a percentage of people that think Environmental issues should be paramount (ala Sandra), and those that think the environmental movement is the greatest lie in the history of politics (say me - I'm devil's advocate position here to make a point). Sandra is unhappy with the lack of environmental focus in the plans and I'd be disgusted if they blew the budget on what I consider to be a waste of money. But what if a highlight of the design was that the house was prewired to take advantage of future solar pannels on the roof, or rain gutters that go into a pond that can be used for gardening and grey water needs. In effect they add elements that take a generic dream house and it becomes personalized for both of us.
Posted by Mike P – April 4, 2007 6:40 PM
WOW!! If I were to win this, it would truly be a dream come true. Sun, beach and beautiful surroundings. Wouldn't this be a little piece of heaven on earth?! To me it would.
Posted by Dorenda Heather – April 4, 2007 6:44 PM
Thank you fcole! OK, you go down Hammock Lane to The Shores on Planttion Key, Islamorada and ooohh, the HOME LOOKS AWESOME. I'm very impressed with the architect's credentials. I don't know anything about fly fishing, but after I enrole in the Florida Keys Fly Fishing School, I will be a pro in no time (well, after I catch my first fish). I adore the white sand beach leading to the aqua water. How beautiful is that!
To swim with dolphins has been the DREAM of my life, and to think I could do it at Theater of the Sea Marine Park.
Dear fcole, could you please publish one floor plan, any level, soon! Just one floor plan?
Thanks again HGTV, I will be dreamin' good tonight. Love to all you fellow bloggers,
Posted by Katydid – April 4, 2007 6:44 PM
better hurry up before the hurricanes start coming in. LOL jokes aside, i'm sure it will be fab. wish you had broken ground, i'll be there for 10 days starting this sat. just love this state we live in FLORIDA,
Posted by pam – April 4, 2007 6:46 PM
My husband and I have vacationed in the Keys for two weeks every year for the last 10 years, what I wouldn't give to own a home there.
Posted by Hilda – April 4, 2007 6:46 PM
Thanks, This is more.
Posted by cami – April 4, 2007 6:52 PM
Fabulous....when can I start entering...I've been waiting for a home in a warmer climate and this is it! Very groovy! Let the games begin!
Posted by Carey in CT – April 4, 2007 6:53 PM
This is wonderful, I can smell the ocean.
Posted by JoAndra – April 4, 2007 6:55 PM
It's unbelievable!!!! My absolute Dream Home! I could be in heaven for sure!!!
Posted by Linda J Finne – April 4, 2007 7:10 PM
How do I enter the 2008 dream home give away?
Posted by Connie Lemons – April 4, 2007 7:15 PM
YAY im happy!
Posted by Dylan – April 4, 2007 7:18 PM
This house is truly a dream home--The view will be absolutely beautiful every day. I would love to spend the rest of my life there with my husband and all of my family spending their vacations and holidays with us. What a great dream.
Posted by Roberta – April 4, 2007 7:22 PM
Shades of Rosemary Beach...
Looks nice. I look forward to seeing the floorplans.
Posted by Magnusassgen – April 4, 2007 7:43 PM
this is the 3rd dream home to be built in florida! mix it up more!
Posted by marie – April 4, 2007 7:47 PM
When are you going to build more affordable homes that people can live in year around? What about the insurance/taxes on this place? I heard it costs over 250,000.00 just for the property and up..and that's a low estimate....Is this going to be wind, water, hurricane proof?.....It all looks beautiful BUT, realistically????????????????
Posted by anonymous – April 4, 2007 7:50 PM
I think it is a beautiful place that anyone can enjoy! Great location and custom design that keeps up with the surrounding environment feel. I cannot even imagine what it will look like as a finished product. Good Luck with it!
Posted by Kate – April 4, 2007 8:19 PM
Beautiful! I agree with those who hope it is energy efficient. Any solar panels? Seems like that would be a useful thing in the Keys. The wide roof overhangs are great as they block some of that intense sun. Looks like the ceilings will be high, hopefully with ceiling fans. It definitely fits in as a Florida home. Lots of screens?
Still waiting for some clue explanations, please?
Posted by roseanne VA – April 4, 2007 8:58 PM
Looks like a wonderful house and is a great contest. Hoping that I win this time; would like to move further south in something that the whole family would enjoy, as is everyone else I'm sure. LOL.
Thanks for the opportunity to participate. Can't wait!
Posted by sangri – April 4, 2007 9:01 PM
The site is heaven like!! The house will be totally grand, I'm sure. My husband will love the fishing too. I hope, I hope we win this year.
Posted by Karen Nelson – April 4, 2007 9:17 PM
I love the homes and it is a dream home so it shouldn't be run of the mill! It should be dreamy and a little like having your dream come true. What is to afford anyway? All you would need to pay are the utilities & taxes after all!! Keep on building the dream homes, it makes me dream a little dream that one day I might live in a dream home. Thanks HGTV!! You are marvelous.
Posted by Carolyn – April 4, 2007 9:37 PM
been trying to every sent they started this home give a way
Posted by skipperroy – April 4, 2007 10:34 PM
I am like some of the others...what about hurricanes, storms,high seas, etc.? Why can't it be a place that is affordable for the common man or woman? Why can't the site be central U.S. where prices and economy is affordable? Gee, it is nice to see all the fancy, but what is really liveable? Why not central or north central Arkansas? Northwest Arkansas has beautiful lakes, scenery and good living values. Solar facilities would really work, as well as recycling water for gardens, etc. Thanks for reading this.
Posted by Marie – April 4, 2007 11:21 PM
Gorgeous! I can't wait to see more!
Posted by J~ – April 4, 2007 11:40 PM
I believe it was Dorothy Levinson that commented about making the home more "universal" for everyone. I don't know if you've looked at the house plans for the other 7 houses surrounding the HGTV dream home but they all have elevators so in keeping with the rest of the surrounding houses, I'm sure that's a feature that will be added as well.
Posted by liz – April 5, 2007 12:08 AM
How can I enter the 2008 dream home give away?
Posted by Sabrina – April 5, 2007 1:50 AM
I wish that HGTV would limit this contest to people that have never owned a home. Make it a real dream home for someone.
Posted by Mike – April 5, 2007 3:01 AM
This is a great looking house. My husband I thought about living in Florida to get out of the cold here in ILLinois. It's a cold day here in the 20's. I can smell the ocean and feel the sunshine right now. Thanks Hgtv for a warm one.
Posted by Susie Curtis – April 5, 2007 8:08 AM
I like the fact that it is 3 floors. It will be situated furthest from the Gulf than the rest of the homes which would be a good thing, I think. The third floor would have awesome views. All of the other floor plans include "future elevator" with a shaft and room for the mechanicals. It would be great if your home included the elevator. Also all of the other plans only have a one car garage, you ususally have a two car garage in your homes. I agree with the idea of solar panels if possible. Perfect spot to gather energy and save some money on bills. I can't wait to see the floor plans. Looks like a great home and I would expect nothing less from HGTV!
Posted by Nancy – April 5, 2007 8:29 AM
I think this one is going to be the most beautiful yet!!!!! Can't wait to see the finished project!!!
Posted by Bella – April 5, 2007 9:08 AM
all i can say is....bring on the margarita's and the hammock. give me a good book and i will think i have died and gone to heaven. not to mention the family weekends...weeks...months...
i love florida and especially the keys.
Posted by carolyn – April 5, 2007 9:38 AM
Hey fcole--I'm loving it!! I can see all the boats coming in day and night from the balcony. I'm going to need a good telescope, bet I could see for miles. Wouldn't be inside on any computer and if I did, it could be used from the balcony. I would love to visit all the local shops and food restaurants. I love getting to know new friends,sharing the fun,food and laughter. If I should win--I want my first meal to include all the HGTV group.(Everybody)Just got to win !!! dee
Posted by Dee – April 5, 2007 10:22 AM
I know THE SECRET !!!! In my mind......This is already my house. So all others need not apply!!!!
In my mind I am already packing up and getting ready to move into the 2008 Dream Home!
When I'm in my new home; please come to visit!
Posted by Maria Pate – April 5, 2007 10:29 AM
So beautiful. So surene.
HGTV, You are considering making this home "green."
Take advantage of the sun, wind and rain
To use the purity of this environment
for this area's gain.
And what about hurricanes?
Living on the Florida Keys would be insane.
Well, we know the average person still cannot afford
The taxes, insurance and other expenses of this fabulous house we admire and adore.
Certainly not to scoff at the possibility to dream so grand...
But how about structuring the prize in a way we average Joe/Joan can occupy the land.
Of this we all implore you.
HGTV, we still adore you.
And we like Islamorada's shore too!
This is not intended to be hateful.
Believe me, we are all so grateful.
And the fact that whichever way HGTV goes we come out a winner.
And hopefully the end result of this gift provides opportunities and more peace within us.
Posted by NINA NINA BO BINA – April 5, 2007 10:36 AM
Hello fcole, I love the sneek peek of the home. I've looked at THE SHORE OF ISLAMORADA video a few times... day dreaming. Now that we've had a chance to see both... I think you are building, (E) "The Albright" . Being one of eight homes on The Shore of Islamorada. One question, are you planing to giveaway homes A, B, C, D, F, G, and H as well?
Posted by Lucretta B – April 5, 2007 10:54 AM
The location is fantastic. I agree with Mike P.s comment ...take advantage of the viewing audience to bring about enviormental awareness. The use of solar panels,bamboo flooring and water conservation etc. would only enhance the home. Thanks!
Posted by Kathy M. – April 5, 2007 10:54 AM
What a beautiful house!! And I must say it fits right in with the atmosphere, Very nice job, Can't wait to see the rest of it.
Posted by Berta – April 5, 2007 11:01 AM
I hate to rain on everyone’s parade. Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide. This is undisputed scientific data. This would immerse most of the Keys and a good portion of Florida. I can provide sources if needed. What is the elevation of the Dream Home building site and access roads? I realize that many people have not confronted this reality due to the misinformation that the current Presidential administration has publicized. Even this administration is now admitting the possibilities. Maybe I’m off base. Is the new Dream Home an undersea design?
Posted by John Peterson – April 5, 2007 11:26 AM
North Carolina is a very beatiful state and is just now being discovered and would be a wonderful place to build a dream home. It's population growth is one of the fastest in the country and still affordable for everyone.
Posted by Randy – April 5, 2007 11:42 AM
I knew it! Islamorada ... my paradise. We vacation every February in Islamorada, near MM80. I sure would love to win this dream home! Life is so simple in the Keys. The people are very friendly and the climate sure beats Indiana, especially in February. I can not wait to see future photos of this dream house. Great choice HGTV!!!
Posted by Patti – April 5, 2007 12:26 PM
The house looks fantastic, a truly beautiful design, but please tell me that it will have concrete and steel construction. (due to it's location and all). automatic hurricane shutters would be a lovely idea also. All in all though, I would love to win this house. Absolutely gorgeous. Well done HGTV.
Posted by cindy – April 5, 2007 12:39 PM
its going to be beautiful living! i can't wait to see the real one!
Posted by reshma – April 5, 2007 1:09 PM
Thank you for sharing the rendering. As information is released throughout the year on the Dreamhome, it would be great to hear about the processes that go into organizing such a project. How far in advance do you start looking for the next years dream home, how do you pick your vendors. I have been enjoying the interchange of thoughts.
Posted by RR – April 5, 2007 1:54 PM
Mike...just because someone may own their home (or like me, is paying a mortgage for their home) doesn't mean that the HGTV home wouldn't be a "real dream home" for them too. Susie, I know of what you speak...it was in the 70's a week ago, now we're barely hitting 40!
Posted by Shelly-Illinois – April 5, 2007 1:57 PM
It would be awesome to have a elevator and major electrical costs as well...saving on solar panels would take some costs down....a recycled water system(rain) would be cool to go into a pond or garden perhaps....or a waterfall feature.....hope that kitchen will be on (1st) floor to carry in groceries etc...for people who can't walk too far......pocket doors would save on space or eliminate some altogether....what about a steam/hot tub indoors/outdoor also?...........plantation shutters thruout...and some "shears" (curtains)........built in planters and sprinklers with tropical plumeria from Hawaii for that "fragrance" to take in (off the lanai in master suite overlooking the ocean.....palm trees of course and grasses in all colors and rocks embedded in the sand....and one more thing, a tropical large aquarium with salt water fish in a wall dividing the kitchen/living space to watch while indoors......a huge bathtub/jacuzzi with large windows so to watch the ocean views and gigantic big screen TV/stereo while relaxing in the tub.....don't forget large seashells, candles. etc. wall art in various colors of the island.....a state of the art outdoor patio w/cooking fascilities and fine dining for family, guests, friends to enjoy...with a waterfall, wading pool for kids..also play area for kids/adults......a large two/three garage (lots of storage) for car, boat, skido, hanggliding, surfing fishing equipment, etc. (need the space for all that).........keep on dreamin'.....I also have done much in the way of design....keeps it interesting....
Posted by ey – April 5, 2007 2:00 PM
love all your ideas ey and also don't forget a surround 'mote'
area with a pool with 5 foot sharks/pirana for intruders/guests who are not high on your priority list from coming to the home..maybe a few crocodiles/gators....Did you add a security system? Will that cover most of it? Just wanted to throw in a sense of humor.....for the readers...there's not much out there..humor, that is.....
Posted by leon – April 5, 2007 2:15 PM
Sounds intriguing for a vacation spot!
I'd like to see a future Dream Home built with a ZEN feel -- clean lines, minimalist style yet full of updated ammenities; quiet private area away from tourists (the closest neighbor should also be out of site) yet close enough to an area full of activities; including a serene garden with a waterfall, and breathtaking surrounding views?
Posted by Ruth – April 5, 2007 2:17 PM
Hi.......love the ideas...Want to add some lovely rattan, bamboo furnishings(two/four chaise loungers with lovely colored cushions for the "airy" feeling..(no couches please)..lots of built ins for "easy living" and no worries...thanks...keep the space open and no clutter with too much furniture.....the idea is keeping it minimal, more space, and airy.....a huge sky light in entry/foyer for lots of light and center area built in for tropical plants and flowers.....a wonderful presentation...also a indoor water feature......one more thing, a large skylight above that big bath....
Posted by Eric – April 5, 2007 2:28 PM
First rendering looks beautiful. I live in Florida and enjoy the keys quite a lot. I thought all new construction had to be built in the air. It used to be that if you enclosed the bottom portion it had to be with collapsible walls. How did HGTV manage to get approval to build on the ground. In answer to one of the other comments, yes we have had a lot of hurricanes in the past few years and I believe two years ago there was a storm surge in Islamorada of 11 feet.
Posted by Vicki – April 5, 2007 2:52 PM
the house looks kind of boring
Posted by Anonymous – April 5, 2007 3:41 PM
It looks fabulous!!!!!! Can't wait to see future plans to entice our dreaming. The tropics are what dreams are all about and HGTV certainly knows about dream homes. I am soooo excited about this one!
Posted by Joan – April 5, 2007 3:55 PM
I REALLY LOVE THE LOCATION. BEAUTIFUL
Posted by Rich – April 5, 2007 4:08 PM
What a wonderful dream home to win. I'll be dreaming about it for the next year to come.
Posted by Debby – April 5, 2007 4:10 PM
I did not register to win the previous home because I knew I did not want to live in Colorado year round--and I hated to waste my winning entry on the wrong house. :-) I can't wait to register to win a home and move to the Keys!
Posted by karen Jenkins – April 5, 2007 4:10 PM
Universal Design resource....http://design.ncsu.edu:8120/cud/
M.Arch students just won statewide (NC) and national US Green Building Council sustainability awards - several faculty in the School of Architecture are experts in daylighting, materials and construction, sustainability, etc.
Posted by Sherry – April 5, 2007 4:39 PM
Very nice. Very, VERY nice indeed! Can't wait to try again! SEND MORE PICS! LOL.
Posted by Alysa – April 5, 2007 4:45 PM
Oh my gosh!!! That had always been my dream home!! I just finished watching "Secret" and I will get it!!!
Posted by Jonie – April 5, 2007 5:00 PM
I'm shocked by all the comments asking for a less expensive home. It's a dream home people!!! If you can't afford it, you sell it and buy something you CAN afford and put the extra money in the bank. Most of the previous winners have not been able to keep the homes, but I'm sure they kept the money they made off them. I agree with Carolyn, a "run of the mill house" would defeat the whole dream concept. And Mike with his comment about not giving the home to people who have owned a home. Give me a break. Life is made up of choice and let's face it, some people have chosen not to own a house. Thank godness HGTV doesn't think the way you do. I'm looking forward to seeing the house progress and can't wait to see another happy winner. Cheers!
Posted by Becky from Napa Valley – April 5, 2007 5:28 PM
Hey Leon, How about a couple of moose to patrol the grounds. That would fit one of the clues. I love humor too. Wonderful idea about the plumeria (heavenly fragrance)! Could you do that HGTV? I've had several aquariums (never a salt water one) but not sure about one blogger's idea of having a large one in the house. After all, (now I'm dreaming), I have just come in from snorkeling and seeing the real thing. fcole, you mentioned indoor games. I'm curious as to what you have in mind for indoors. Outdoors it is abundant, but indoors? Humm, I just can't see a bowling alley in The Plantation. Please, fcole, can we see a floor plan soon? Or a video? Here in Michigan it is predicted we may have snow for Easter. So, you know what I will be dreaming about tonight.
Sweet Dreams all.
Posted by Katydid – April 5, 2007 6:10 PM
I could not be happier with everything about this new dream home. I have often looked at all the lovely homes on Longboat Key, St Armands, and my other dream location, Casey Key. Siesta Key is also lovely but it just doesn't have the beauty of these other locations. I can't wait for our mini vacation to Key West in December. I will be checking out this new dream home for sure. Thanks HGTV!
Posted by flboy – April 5, 2007 6:29 PM
Wow nice place to build a Dream Home I'm excited and would love to win it! I'm a Florida cracker and am not affraid of any old hurrcain! (LOL)
Choose me choose me choose me ! Tammy
Posted by Tammy – April 5, 2007 7:55 PM
Well, count on the whole first floor being washed out in the first major storm. I too am disappointed that the Dream Home isn't built with the environment in mind. How about "rezoning" a building like an old mill, barn, church, or schoolhouse into a truly unique dreamhome?
Posted by Eileen – April 5, 2007 8:35 PM
Becky from Napa Valley, you are absolutely correct.
To those that are asking for an 'affordable' house you don't even have to sell it if you win. These dream homes are eminently affordable to even someone with a zero income. All you have to do is take the rental option and position the property as a premium vacation rentals.
This is done by many families in North Carolina with both beach and mountain properties. All that's needed is a high quality rental agent that specializes in premium properties. some of the properties on the beach here in NC get 10K a week. I'm sure the Dream Home could command that or more. That means even if you were to live in the property six months out of the year.. the property would still generate over 200K during it's rental season. More than enough to pay all the expenses, and put some $$ into your pocket too.
Posted by Mike P – April 5, 2007 9:20 PM
It's a great place of choice with charm and history as well as a santuary for all ages. Great good luck to all. Look forward to seeing more news on this great home. Edwin PRViper- MI
Posted by Edwin – April 5, 2007 9:34 PM
I have been entering this contest for years and you have yet to see a house that is handicap accessible. Why?
Posted by Rochell Williams – April 5, 2007 10:37 PM
If only God and HGTV would give me this home, I would be extremely happy and grateful! This house and location would be a dream come true. Of all the other locations of previous homes, this is the best choice. I look forward to being presented this dream home in 2008!
Posted by Marilyn Lewis – April 6, 2007 10:19 AM
When God and HGTV give me this home, I will be so very grateful and happy. Of all the locations of former homes, I like this one best. I really look forward to being presented this dream home in 2008!
Posted by Marilyn Lewis – April 6, 2007 10:25 AM
I concur with Becky from Napa Valley and Mike P. It's a "dream house" that's what makes it special! I had asked the question about the possiblity of renting the property on the "there's more to come" blog. I was curious if that community will allow rental property? Need to know this information so I can have things prepared when I win, right!! ;o)
Posted by Shelly-Illinois – April 6, 2007 10:40 AM
CARRIE LOVES THE HOUSE. WITH ALL THE PORCHES, IT LOOKS VERY RELAXING!!! AWESOME, GREAT LOOKING HOUSE FROM THE SKECTHING. GREAT JOB HGTV, I FOR ONE WOULD LOVE TO BE ON THE PORCHES, PROBABLY AS MUCH AS THE BEACH( I'M THERE DREAMING NOW).
IT'S MY FIRST DAY AND NOW I SEE ONE PORCH THAT IS FOUR SEASONED AND AIR CONDITIONED. THANK GOD, I KNOW IT GETS HOT MID DAY AND I SAW A FEW BUGS ARE HERE. ITS SET UP LIKE A FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT ROOM WITH MOVIES AND GAMES TABLES, FOR THE RAINY DAYS WITH CLOSE ACCESS TO THE OUTDOOR COVERED FAN COOLED KITCHEN /CABANA . AS I WALK AROUND I'M NOT SURE IF I WANT TO USE THE GIANT BATH TUB IN MY ROOM OR GO BACK TO THE UPSTAIRS SCREENED IN PORCH CONNECTED TO MY ROOM , WITH THE SWINGS AND ROCKERS AND START READING THAT GREAT BIG PILE OF BOOKS I SAW ON THE BOOK SHELF NEXT TO THE BIG SWING OR WAIT A MINUTE THERE WAS A PAIR OF BINOCULARS IN THERE. WHERE DID THE KIDS GO ANYWAY? SO I GO, PICK THE BINOCULARS UP AND I SEE ALOT OF BIRDS AND BOATS. SO THERE ARE THE KIDS, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY RAN STRAIGHT FOR THE BEACH. ( hA HA) OH NO! THERE IS MY DAUGHTER BURIED IN SAND AND MY SON PROUDLY STANDING ON TOP OF HER. LAUGHING (he HE HE) AND PROUD OF HIS BURYING OF BIG SIS. SHE IS GONNA GET HIM I'M THINKING. BUT HEY! SHE IS LAUGHING TOO. SO I DON'T CARE. THEY ARE LOVING IT!
I ALSO CAN SEE A HAMMOCK BIG ENOUGH FOR SNUGGLING WITH THE FAMILY HANGING FROM A COUPLE OF THE PALMS. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FUTURE DAYS AHEAD. I PUT THEM DOWN AND REAL LIFE HITS ME,
WE'RE ALL STARVING! SO MY HUSBAND AND I LAUGHING AT THE KIDS HOLDING HANDS AND WE STILL A LITTLE KISS AND WE GO BACK DOWN TO THE KITCHEN TO SEE IF WE NEED TO GO GRAB A BITE. BUT I CAN'T LEAVE YET! I WANT TO SEE MORE! SO I WALK OVER TO THE GREAT BIG REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER AND BOTH ARE FULLY STOCKED! EGGS, MILK, BUTTER, ICE CREAM AND VEGS AND FRUITS. (I'M SHOCKED) I'M EXCITED NOW A FEW MORE MINUTES TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING BEFORE THE KIDS COME BACK HUNGRY. I SEE SINKS WITH GARBAGE DISPOSLE/TRASH COMPACTOR. ROOSTERS AND PICTURES AND NICK NACKS. I HAVE TO TOUCH AN SEE EVERYTHING. I LOOK IN THE CABINETS,AGAIN EVERYTHING FROM CLEANERS UNDER THE SINK TO DRY FOODS AND CANNED FOODS. FULLY STOCKED AGAIN. THANK GOD. LOTS OF CABINETRY AND A BIG WALK IN PANTRY WITH SEVERAL STYLES OF DISHES, BLENDERS, MIXERS, CROCKPOT, COOKWARE AND ETC. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY A SHELF WITH COOKBOOKS, CALENDAR AND LOCAL ACTIVITY PACKAGES FOR SCHOOLS, JOB LISTINGS, CHURCHS, PHONE BOOK AND LOCAL PAPERS. A MOMS DREAM KITCHEN BUT WAIT A MINUTE THE KITCHEN HAS A GLASS WALL THAT LOOKS LIKE IT OPENS UP. MY HUSBAND GIVES IT A LITTLE PUSH AND MY HUSBAND SCREAMS MAN KITCHEN, TO THE OUTDOOR KITCHEN CABANA. YES, IT IS, NOW THIS IS NICE! WITH RELAXING LOUNGERS, CHAIRS, AND TABLES AND A BIG BAR TO EAT AT. IT HAS A GREAT VEIW OF THE BACK YARD AND A BIG GRILL ON THE BACK WALL OR IS IT TWO. A SEPERATE BEVERAGE COOLER. ANOTHER SINK. AND REFRIGERATOR. SO I WALK OVER LOOK OUT BACK AND I KNOW IT DOESN'T GET TOO COLD HERE, ITS USUALLY MILD, BUT IS THAT A FIRE PIT IN THE BACK YARD WITH ADIRONDACK CHAIRS AROUND IT FOR TELLING FIRE SIDE STORIES AND FOR ROASTING HOTDOGS AND MARSHMELLOWS FOR SMORES. OR SMOKING THE BUGS AWAY. IT'LL BE GREAT FOR TAKING THE CHILL OUT OF THE KIDS WHEN THEY JUST DON'T BELIEVE IN THE COOL WATERS OF WINTER ON WARM BEACHES. THERE IS A BIG POOL LIKE HOT TUB AND A PLAY HUT WITH SWINGS AND SLIDES FOR THE KIDS. A FEW TOYS FOR THEM. ITS GONNA BE SO NICE FOR ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO WILL COME. MAYBE THEY'LL HELP WITH THE BILLS IN EXCHANGE FOR A VACATION. WHO WOULD WANT TO EVER LEAVE EXCEPT FOR GROCERY SHOPPING, SCHOOL OR CHURCH ANYWAY. OH YEAH AND WORK.. WAKE UP! NO!!!
ANOTHER SUGGESTION FOR YOU IS TO MAKE A SAFE OUTDOOR/INDOOR ACCESSED BATHROOM(S) WITH (TWO )SEPEARATE PRIVATE SHOWER WITH DRESSING AREAS IN EACH A(BOYS/GIRLS THEME) WOULD BE FUN. IT'D BE NICE TOO IF THIS WOULD BE CLOSE TO THE OUTDOOR KITCHEN AND FOUR SEASONED ROOM AREAS. LIKE MAYBE CONNECTING TO THE OLDER KIDS OR GUEST BEDROOMS. IN THOSE BATHROOMS YOU COULD PUT A SECOND WASHER DRYER AND CLOSET/LOCKER AREA IN BETWEEN THE TWO BATHROOMS FOR BEACH TOWELS, BATHING SUITS, BEACH STUFF STORAGE AND FOR EASY QUICK BEACH CLEANUP FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SO THE MAIN HOUSE AREA DOESN'T GET TOO DIRTY AND FOR THOSE KIDS BIG AND SMALL WHO JUST DON'T CARE TO EVER CLEAN UP THEIR WET SELFS. ALL THE GROUND FLOORS IN THE HOUSE SHOULD BE INSTALLED TO BE EASILY SWEPT AND DRIED UP. IN OTHER WORDS WATER/SAND PROOFED. LIKE TILE, MARBLE OR CONCRETE PAINTED STAINED FLOORS. MAKE LIFE A LITTLE EASIER FOR POOR OLD MOM WHO WILL HAVE EXTRA CLEANING DUTIES. HVAC. NOW YOUR TALKING ! YOU PROBABLY HAVE ALREADY INCLUDED SOME OF THESE IDEAS. I DO LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE REAL DEAL SOON. I'LL PROBABLY SPEND THE REST OF THE DAY DAYDREAMING ABOUT COLORS AND INTERIOR ROOMS. PLEASE DON'T FORGET ONE OTHER BEDROOM ON MASTER BEDROOM FLOOR FOR SMALL CHILDREN. THEY COULD REALLY GET INTO SOME TROUBLE IN A PLACE LIKE THAT. TOO MUCH TO DO AND SNEAK OFF TOO, KIDS AND FAMILY SAFETY FIRST SHOULD BE CONSIDERED EVEN IN DREAMHOMES.
Posted by *CARRIE MIRACLE – April 6, 2007 12:45 PM
Good question Shelley from Ill.....can you rent in the keys? High end neighbors might find that disturbing?....and Mike P...it is a good idea....hope noone trashes the property if you can rent it out....always in back of someones mind since many a rentals have been destroyed or lots of cleanup afterwards......will keep you busy especially if its a week to week rental or month to month....and think this home should be on stilts from the water and storms in area....weather has changed more and more in the last years and something to consider...
Posted by anonymous – April 6, 2007 1:32 PM
Of course some "moose" are possible Katydid, why not, its all in the "dream" but HGTV will have the last laugh/or say.....love humor too!...
Posted by leon – April 6, 2007 1:38 PM
The island is beatiful but what about hurricane's
Posted by DIane Wedell – April 6, 2007 3:02 PM
Beautiful drawing but again IT'S ON TOP OF 6 OTHER HOMES!!!! NO ELBOW ROOM!!!! And looks like you'll all share the pool! WHAT IF THE NEIGHBORS PEE IN IT?????? ewwwwwwwwwwwwww HEHEHEHEHEHEEHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHEHEHE
Posted by Janine – April 6, 2007 6:46 PM
If the home has as many bedrooms and room for entertaining as the other homes, I'd probably have special bed and breakfast reservations for those people who wanted a special week or weekend with chef service. That way I could earn enough money to pay expenses and upkeep and also live in the home too. Other people would get to enjoy the home as well as I and my family......if I won the home. Since my daughter is in a wheelchair, an elevator would be a necessity so that she could have total access to the home and guests who also may be disabled. I got to visit St. Petersburg, Florida and walk on the beach many years ago. It would be total heaven for me to live there. My mom and dad who will be needing someone to care for them as they get older, I would move them in with me to spend the rest of their days in Islamorada heaven with me! Of course, the rest of my family and friends would be able to share a lot of vacation getaways with me too. Oh, I so want to win for me, my family and all my friends. I'm almost 55, this would be a great place to start an early retirement. Jack, please give the house a Tuscan design...I love the warm colors or the feel as if it were there for hundreds of years with Greek influenced design.
Posted by EGuthrie – April 6, 2007 7:00 PM
Looking forward to designer Linda's magical touch for this piece of paradise.
Posted by Saundra – April 7, 2007 12:24 PM
Wow!Beautiful--It looks like a cross between my two favorite Dream Houses Texas and St. Marys. It has the georgous tower (St. Mary's) and the great wide front with multiple doors (Texas)!
Posted by Clif Hancock – April 7, 2007 1:44 PM
Good idea EGuthrie about the design....how about the italian riviera look or french...also warm color palatte......
Love the islandy look myself with seashells, plumeria for plants (from Hawaii)...
Well, Janine, if the neighbors try to "pee" in pool, our (my guard alligators, crocs, will get them.....HEHEHE....
Posted by Leon – April 7, 2007 1:47 PM
Reading John Peterson's comment, Apr 5, is a true statement....hope more people become aware of that fact....thanks...
Like the bed and breakfast idea....Unless other neighbor homes do the same, they may frown on that and may just want more privacy....and it may not be allowed in that area....Vacation rental? In a multimillion $ area? Do you think your neighbors would mind? I would.....
Posted by anonymous – April 7, 2007 2:02 PM
Can you notify me when I can enter the 2008 Dreamhome Giveaway. Thank you
Posted by Laurel – April 7, 2007 3:56 PM
I live about 2 hours away from the home, so I would be able to go whenever I want to!!! iT WOULD BE SO COOL TO WIN IT!!!!!
Posted by Briana – April 7, 2007 5:29 PM
Mike P. in North Carolina: Thanks for turning on the light for me! Thought the many fees would literally eat me alive, before I could collect enough rent to keep the wolves from my door. Although I try to enter every year, I have known from the start that I would not be able to afford to live in any of the houses built by HGTV associates. Although I have been to Florida several times, to visit my parents when they were alive, and tried to live at The Villages, costs (even there) are prohibitive to me. Would not like the close proximity of the houses at the village at Islamorado, but would consider using the property as barter for someplace else more to my liking. The green house would be far more my kind of place, as I have owned a solar augmented house in the mountains of Colorado, and my Class-A motorhome has solar for remote living. Looking forward to monitoring building of both of the HGTV homes in the months ahead.
Posted by John Sorensen – April 8, 2007 2:04 AM
Your dream homes are just that, dream homes; anyone winning those houses are not able to afford to live on those properties. Furthermore, the goverment will not let you enjoy the winnings because they want their part of the action. Also, the property taxes in the areas that you select for this homes are outrageous. I have a suggestion; why not build 10 homes of 200,000 instead of one of 2 millions, you will really make 10 families dreams come true.
Just a suggestion........
I still love the homes you build i believe the are really a dream.
God bless you and all your staff.
Posted by juan carrasquillo – April 8, 2007 3:23 PM
Is it true Bob O'niel is selling the 2007 Dream Home. Tell me its not so. I would of love to be the winner, that hous was beatiful
Posted by Rich – April 8, 2007 6:20 PM
Is it true Bob O'niel is selling the 2007 Dream Home. Tell me its not so. I would of love to be the winner, that hous was beatiful
Posted by Rich – April 8, 2007 6:21 PM
NO MATTER WAHRE ANT HOME IS GIVEN AWAY NO MATTER WHERE THE LOCATION IS I WOULD BE PROUD TO BE THE RECEPIENT OF A HOME WHERE I COULD FEEL THAT I WOULD NOT BE ASHAMED TO HAVE VISITORS OVER I FEEL THAT MY HOME NEEDS A COMPLETE MAKEOVER .,,IF I WOULD BE FORTUNATE TO WIN THIS HOME I WOULD GLADLY MOVE TO FLORIDA WITH NO REGRETS I A AM NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN I WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS HG@G GIVEAWAY VERY MUCH I WILL LOG ON EVERY DAY WHEN THR CONTEST BEGINS. I WILL PRAY THAT I WILL WIN.
Posted by Janet B, Wynn – April 8, 2007 11:13 PM
I live 2o minutes from this house and I have to say that it will be gorgeous when finished. However, the taxes and home owners insurance plus flood insurance alone will be beyond what the average person makes in a year. It is a wonderful place to visit, but very unrealistic unless you are extremely wealthy!!!!
Posted by chris – April 9, 2007 10:12 AM
I agree with Juam Carasquillo, Apr 8, that sounds much more "down to earth" and affodable for most.....hope HGTV takes up that thought....thanks for sharing.....
Posted by Aries – April 9, 2007 2:45 PM
This rendering is much better than the one on the Architect's website and I am still in love with it. It is the perfect home. I love the older characteristics and charm. It looks like a home (a real home). A home I would love to own someday. And, the location is to die for. I can't say that enough. It is truly the best of both worlds. Unbelieveable!!!! I can't wait to see it. I talk about it almost every day and dream about it almost every night. Wow!!!!
Posted by lelia – April 9, 2007 4:10 PM
Hey, HGTV, here's an idea for you: How cool would it be to have a webcam at the construction site for us to check in and see live day-to-day progress on the DH '08?! I think that would be lots of fun for us serious dreamers.
Posted by Colorado Dreamin' – April 9, 2007 4:43 PM
I've enjoyed many of the previous dream homes built. But I have too agree with Juam Carasquillo's suggestion to build several homes instead of one of 2 million, you can certainly make several families dreams come true. Perhaps a spin off contest of Dream Home??????HGTV HOMEOWNERS 2008---$1 donation per entry---using proceeds to pay off the mortgages(with a set limit of course) of the runner-ups.
Having recently relocated to the Tampa area(although little less tropical) I'm eager to see the interiors decorative styles for some ideas.
God is good and we're all blessed to even dream
Posted by Chuck – April 9, 2007 10:45 PM
I am so happy that you're building a house in Florida!
I was just coming on to write a request for that!!!
I can't wait to see it!
This is one I WILL be trying to win!!!
Posted by Star – April 10, 2007 10:33 AM
Way to go Juan Carasquillo. That's a good thought and make more people happier......
or let more winners pick their home at a more affordable price and the rest of the money put in a annuity, etc.....for the enjoymnt for us to travel, etc......million or more dollar homes are great but the upkeep and expense would not be suitable for most....the homes that HGTV builds are more in line to "hype" up the program and all of us dreamers..and getting more ideas on our expense......Sorry! to burst a few bubbles but let's get a reality check here.....
Posted by anonymous – April 10, 2007 10:56 AM
I can't wait to move in.Mine, mine, mine.
Posted by ToniLynn Hayes – April 10, 2007 12:59 PM
I just came back from the Keys. Of course I was not going to drove thru Islamorada without trying to find the site. Has anyone else seen it?
Posted by Michelle – April 10, 2007 2:47 PM
Ernest Hemmingway eat your heart out! The Keys! My favorite laid back location. My husband and I have been there 3 times and I can't say enough good things about it. (well, maybe too many chickens, but there will NEVER be enough cats :))
What a wonderful site; I can hardly wait to see it take shape.
Thanks HGTV for a great opportunity (again).
Posted by cristina – April 10, 2007 6:04 PM
I can only imagine after seeing previous Dream Homes - but the Florida Keys !!!! Wow - My dream place to live!!! I have lived in Pennsylvania all my life - I am 48 years old and have lived thru cold & rainy summers, warm and miserable winters, and I have also lived thru sub zero chilling, icy, snow piled winters- Pa is beautiful but I need a change and after seeing the "Dream Home of Colorado" I just can only wonder the beauty, charm, and elegance of the amazing Florida Keys. Please let me know how and when to enter
Posted by Chris – April 10, 2007 10:15 PM
I love all the dream homes, but I have a gripe. Can't they build one the winner can actually have a chance of living in? To most American's having a modest vacation home is a dream. I wish HGTV would wake up and remember we enter contests to win, not sell our prize.
Posted by Sandra – April 11, 2007 12:49 AM
Does Jack T come with the house? ;-)
Posted by SandyBeach – April 11, 2007 6:52 AM
CAN I HELP BUILD IT. AND THEN MOVE IN... I KNOW IT"S GOING TO BE BEAUTIFUL I WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT...
Posted by MICHELLE AND ERROL BENJAMIN – April 11, 2007 1:59 PM
WOW, this is exciting!!
I've had the opportunity to visit Islamorada and it's breathtaking.
A great choice of locations...finally a warmer climate!
Congratulations on your choice HGTV!
Posted by Mary – April 11, 2007 2:37 PM
I hope you have a contingency. I'd hate to have everything you build fly away in hurricane season. What were you thinking?
Posted by Phyllis S – April 11, 2007 5:46 PM
I've been entering this contest for years and have yet to see a young person or a minority win this contest. I'm beginning to think that the winners are being chosen by their zip codes. Just think all of the winners all had houses. Just once I would like to see someone who lives in a cramped apartment win their dream home. I live in NYC and would love the real opportunity to live in this dream home.
Posted by TJ – April 11, 2007 7:47 PM
Wow this is truely one home I would love to live in. Can't wait to enter. 9 more long months to go before the first entry goes in. Good luck to all who enter next year. The location is great !!
Posted by Jane – April 11, 2007 7:59 PM
I too have been entering for several years. I am a single retiree living in an apartment in Colorado and my daughter lives in Florida. Wouldn't it be wonderful for one of us to win this house so we could live out my remaining years together in Florida?
Posted by A G – April 11, 2007 10:23 PM
A dream house should be a dream house... grandeose, inspiring, the best of design, execution and location! If you win and cannot afford it, sell it and buy one you can afford. You will still be a winner.
I like the waterfront homes more than the others, but all are truly inspiring and impressive.
Keep doing what you do HGTV! Let the whiners and the treehuggers keep whining, while we enjoy the dreams.
Posted by Joe – April 12, 2007 7:40 AM
I agree with most of the comments, especially concerns about the location and concerns about the weather. Also, I've wondered how the average person who wins these houses even gets to consider keeping them, due to the high taxes and upkeep. Yet, I remain an avid participant of the giveaway. If folks just gave up doing new building in this hurricane prone area, then it would surely shrivel up and die. So, just hope the architects are taking the weather into consideration in their design. Can't wait for Jan 2008!
Posted by Rob – April 12, 2007 8:18 AM
I am so excited!!!! Finally a home in Florida! I'm ready to move south!!!!!
Connie in Jacksonville, Fl
Posted by Connie – April 12, 2007 10:44 AM
I have wished on many stars while living and renting for 13+ years here in the Florida Keys for a home of our own. My wish was to be able to continue living here (affordable housing has vanished) and to have my children (ages 4 and 7) grow up in this beautiful and safe environment. Winning this home would be a dream come true for my family, my parents and in-laws who come visit from Indiana, and my single sister who is trying to live here on a teacher's salary. I'll keep wishing on those stars in our breathtaking Florida Keys sky!
Posted by Anneke Patterson – April 12, 2007 1:50 PM
Hello! This house is beautiful in a great location and my bags are packed and ready to move in. I love the sun, surf and the cool sea breeze blowing on my face in the mornings and sand between my toes. I predict this is my future home and it belong to me. Thank you God and HGTV for my home. LOL!
Posted by WN – April 12, 2007 10:12 PM
My oh my ... the home ... the location ...sweeter than a Georgia peach!!
Posted by Mike – April 13, 2007 5:04 AM
What's with all this complaining????? We are ALL the "have nots" when it comes to owning a dream house like this. It doesn't matter who you are, what you are or are not, it's a random chance to win a home that we have been lucky enough to have been invited to win. If you don't like what's being dished up and served here .....move on to another contest or blog where you can whine to your hearts' content. I am tired of listening to you.
Posted by cristina – April 13, 2007 5:49 AM
I was right! It was the Florida Keys, and it is on Islamorada! I knew I recognized that stretch of road! I will have to sneak a peak in August on my annual trip to go lobstering in the Keys!! Now if only I could win this, what is to me anyway, truly my 'dream' home in the Keys!!
And if it hasn't been answered, yes, you can rent homes in the Keys, but there are restrictions. You would have to rent it monthly, not weekly or daily.
Also, I've lived in Florida all my life, and I'll take the occassional hurricane over other natural disasters any day. California has to deal with earthquakes, but that hasn't stopped people from moving there either.
Woot!! I love it!!
Posted by Kaye – April 13, 2007 8:45 AM
The 2008 Dream Home design looks as though the architecture is great for that part of Florida! I know land is expensive, but sometimes stairs are difficult for us "older folks!" Any chance we'll see a single level home in the future?
Posted by Cindy – April 13, 2007 11:10 AM
Beautiful location indeed and nice home.....a great vacation spot.........Can this home be rented to celebrities for a week or a month? Would the neighbors mind? A cool bed and breakfast would be great......Not sure if this home is affordable to live in year around and talk about global warming.....its iffy....
Posted by anonymous – April 13, 2007 1:36 PM
I won't get my hopes to high and had the winning answer for the Winter Pk. home but with 40 some million callers, its impossible...This will be just as hectic, to say the least....nice homes you build HGTV....
Posted by Mike – April 13, 2007 1:51 PM
This has to be the best yet. It would be a life time dream come true for someone like myself who is almost 50 years of age and hasn't had the chance or opportunity to ever see an Ocean, let alone one of the most beautiful and warm places on Gods planet. Where I live it is very cold from October until May and another of my dreams is to live where I will never be cold again. I wish the best for who ever win this years HGTV DREAM HOME.
Posted by Kathleen Manley – April 13, 2007 3:49 PM
Of the group of houses in this development the "Dream House" has the least desirable location. Plus, being buildt so close together is anything but a dream. With a road for a back yard and other houses for a front yard there is no private area. Florida is beautiful, the Keys are amazing, I'm sorry you couldn't find a more "dreamlike" property there to put one of your beautiful homes.
Posted by Val – April 14, 2007 3:53 PM
People, what's with all these negative comments about hurricanes, cost of insurance, can I afford to live there year round, sustainable resources ... high seas? It's a dream house! If it's not your dream go somewhere else. Go help Jimmy Carter. Put a little water in your glass and get it half full. Really though this house is not for you, you couldn't survive the Keys - you don't know how to relax. If you work up the courage to go to Key West go to the Green Parrot Bar and embrace the concept of "no sniveling".
Posted by Mike – April 14, 2007 4:56 PM
I love this 2008 dream home. Me and my husband Ben live in Coral Srings Fl. We are renting a 3 bedroom 2 bath duplex and would love to someday be able to afford a home like this. The only concern we have is that the keys you always have to evacuate during a hurricane.We would love to see the next dream home built in Coral Springs, Fl. We love the home plan so much that we want to buy a piece of land and build one just like it.Just don't have the money right now.We have three cats and a small dog a Bichon mix and he would look really cute in that dog house.I also have my mother in law living with us and it would be a dream to have a house like that because we could have her on one of the floors and she'd be very happy.The thought of having the beach in your backyard has me sold already.It's just the hurricanes I'm worried about in the keys.I hope they build this dream home to withstand a category 5 hurricane because I'd hate to see a beautiful home like that be washed away by a brutal storm.
Posted by Ann Carpenter – April 15, 2007 4:39 AM
What an exiting project!!! Islamorada, the Keys, talk about a dream come true. I am defintitely a tropical person. My family LOVES the water and the beach; boating and fishing. The lushness of the setting sends my mind to another place. The house looks absolutely stunning. Can't wait to see it happen-and to think that I even have a chance to win!!!! Great job HGTV!!!!
Posted by Cheryl – April 15, 2007 8:24 AM
GET A NEW DESIGNER FOR THE FLORIDA HOUSE. THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE HOUSES HAVE ALL BEEN DECORATED BY THE SAME PERSON AND THEY ALL LOOK ALIKE. THIS NEW HOME NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE FLORIDA!!!!!! SO GET A FLORIDA DESIGNER TO DO THE HOUSE.
Posted by S. Grant – April 15, 2007 12:47 PM
The 2008 dream home could be situated in a family neighborhood, a neighborhood that has the best schools in the area. A family community, so that school, work and family life could continue. A great neighborhood for this 2008 dream home could be in Clayton, Missouri. Yes, a family community, the best schools in the St. Louis area and the advantage of the St. Louis Cardinals. What more could you ask for?
We hope to see you scouting the neighborhood for a perfect lot in which to build!
Posted by Sue – April 15, 2007 4:00 PM
am writing to u because i would like to enter for the dream home 2008
Posted by delacy – April 15, 2007 5:10 PM
Let's keep in mind that no matter how nice the dream home is that there are some strange weather conditions going on and hope it doesn't affect the keys....where the home is...
Posted by anonymous – April 16, 2007 2:50 PM
fcole more info please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Anonymous – April 16, 2007 3:22 PM
i can win the 2008 dream home
Posted by kenny – April 16, 2007 9:50 PM
I think it's just unbelievable what you people do! Giving a dream home away every year, and making a very special family so exstatically happy. If only I could be so lucky. Good Luck and best wishes to the next HGTV Dream Home winner!
p.s. how do I enter?
A frequent viewer of
HGTV, Azelle from CT.
Posted by Azelle – April 17, 2007 3:12 PM
My husband and I have never owned a home yet and we are in our 50's. We would be thrilled to win the 2008 HGTV Dream Home! If we won it and could not afford it, we would still be thrilled just to win it! We could either sell it, make it a vacation rental, or else figure out how we could live it in and keep it, maybe move our other relatives in it. The setting in the Florida Keys is just beautiful, and we love the idea of winning! Mark & Tina
Posted by Tina – April 17, 2007 8:30 PM
WOW! Just what I've always wanted. Sunshine, fresh air, the sea and MEEEEEE! I would love those su'then breezes blowin' through my long hair as I stroll on the veranda. I am going to win this home. Thank you!!!!!!
Posted by Betty – April 18, 2007 11:02 AM
Aren't people funny.....................
I hope someone wins who will know what to do with the 2008 Dream Home. Use your imaginations, be creative....you too will know what to do. :)
I do! ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY
Posted by Peggy H – April 18, 2007 1:46 PM
we never owned a house me,my mom,brother&sister we all live together my mom works very hard so when she comes home she tried we need a place to relax
Posted by matthew guy – April 18, 2007 1:56 PM
please let us win i'm beg'n you let us win the 2008 dream home
Posted by matthew guy – April 18, 2007 1:59 PM
My white bearded, key lime pie, conch fritters, Panama Jack Hat, Jimmy Buffet, Hemingway poet, and fishing passionate, nearly Ninety Year Young Pappa, would be a dream come true to trade his humble condo for this Hemingway Palace! It would be the greatest gift to him exactly on his 90th birthday on the day of the give away!
Posted by mildre diekroeger – April 19, 2007 1:22 AM
I have studied all the floor plans available as of yet and they are all so beautiful and the location is spectacular. You have done a superb job of picking one of the greatest places I have lived before (THE KEYS). My 2 oldest children were born there in Key West and are official Conchs of the Republic and I truly miss living there. Having the opportunity and the chance to win such a glorious prize such as the HGTV Dream Home 2008 is beyond my wildest dreams! Keep up the very good work HGTV for giving us dreamers the chance to reach for the stars!
Posted by Enedina – April 19, 2007 2:05 AM
My white bearded, key lime pie, conch fritters, Panama Jack hat, Jimmy Buffet, Hemingway poet, and fishing Kahuna, nearly 90 year young Pappa, would gladly trade his modest condo for this Hemingway Palace! It would be the three tiered icing on his 90th key lime pie cake exactly on the give away date! I will once again be "gone fishing" with my Pappa!
Posted by mildre diekroeger – April 19, 2007 2:51 AM
let us see whats going on with the 2008dream home.
we are chomping at the bit now. thanks to all involved.
Posted by claudia – April 19, 2007 8:05 AM
fcole, can you please list the "answers" to your clues? In other words, we'd like specifically what you were referring to in each blog. Thanks!
Posted by Rindy – April 19, 2007 10:49 AM
HOW DO I ENTER? LOVE THE BEACH! WHERE CAN I SEE THE FLOOR PLANS?
Posted by Harriet Vining – April 19, 2007 12:40 PM
Let me know when I can enter into the contest, I would love to win. What all do I have to do?
Posted by Teisha – April 19, 2007 8:27 PM
OOOHHH the tropical breezes the white sand and our family and friends enjoying the beach.. GREAT!!! M Bare
Posted by M Bare – April 19, 2007 9:11 PM
I think you should auction the house and donate the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity who is building homes for families who really NEED a home.
Posted by Jo Ann – April 22, 2007 10:19 AM
The Keys, Gee what would i say nice very nice. Been to Fla. Naples couldnt ever think of me living in the keys , Kidding would love it!!!!!!!!! GOOD JOB YOU ALL ARE THE BEST LOVE YOUR SHOW . Buh Bye AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL.
Posted by BONNIE – April 23, 2007 10:58 PM
Why does the HGTV Dream home have to be in florida? Although it is right by Orlando and the beach, it will probably be ripped apart next hurricane season. I think the next house should be in Arizona or maybe somewhere north like Wisconsin, Maine, Vermont, or New Hampshire.
Posted by Annonymous – April 24, 2007 6:02 PM
I wish MY DREAM HOME could become reality.....but with ALL the taxes,etc. the every day person CAN NOT afford to keep their dream so what good does it do to have the home for only a few months and then HAVE to sell to pay for taxes???? The contest should be a home, tax free and apply the cash portion to the taxes, as well, and then maybe the dream could truely become reality.......ahhhhhhhh, maybe someday...............!!!!!
Also being in a hurricane vicinity are steps being taken to protect the house from damage?
Thanks and keep on building our dreams!!
Posted by Paul – April 25, 2007 4:32 PM
I pray that i will win the HGTV DREAM HOME 2008. so i can go on dream vacation. and my family will be happy.
Posted by christopher – April 25, 2007 5:06 PM
I live in Florida, the west coast, and I have been to the Keys numerous times. Love it there. However, I can not see the winner ever being able to afford the homeowners insurance, if they can even get it for a house of that magnitute. The thought of selling a house in the Keys mind boggles me. It if prone to hurricanes and flooding. It's a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. Will I enter the contest? Sure, and with my comments and my luck, I'll probably win. Heaven help me! LOL Good luck to all that enter.
Posted by Norma Jean – April 25, 2007 5:09 PM
Why do people think that there is any SAFE State? There is no true safe place to live, (just watch the news....weather is a small problem). Live life, live it well, every day is a chance to live life to it's fullest - weather notwitstanding....life is a blessing. There are no guarentees.....ever. Enjoy all that you have control over, count your blessings (family, friends...the one you love) and dance in warm rain for once ok?
Wow. That was fun. Alright, off the soap-box for now, toot toot.
I'll take the chance and live there....no problem. Ready, set, go.
Posted by Carey in CT – April 25, 2007 9:24 PM
Wow, that house is amazing! It looks like a resort. Can't wait to see what you show us next. Thanks for keeping up w/ the postings, fun and addicting.
Posted by Jeff – April 26, 2007 9:27 AM
i miss hearing from you weekley,
can you at least give us something on the new dream home monthley. would love to know how its going. and where you are, we miss you..
claudia from ohio
Posted by claudia – April 27, 2007 5:53 AM
how do you sign up for the Dream home
Posted by Ellen Stubbs – April 27, 2007 5:00 PM
Years ago, (I won’t date myself), I spent 3.5 years of my Naval Enlistment in the Florida Keys and I still dream about it! Blue skies with towering white clouds, crystal clear water, incredible sunsets, beach parties, lobster feasts and great fishing. If you can’t catch a fish in the Keys, you had better not ever touch a rod again.
I could go on for hours--------
The site for the newest Dream House looks to be ideal and I can assure you that in the Keys even a Palm Frond Hut on the beach is better than a mansion anywhere else !
Posted by Jim Wasniewski – April 28, 2007 8:06 AM
I love the Keys I use to good fishing outside of Islamorada,when I lived in Miami, back then I could walk across US1and fish both on the Gulf and Atlantic the same day love to win.the plans of 2008 just great lets get started.WIN
Posted by Mary Anne – April 28, 2007 12:16 PM
This yes is a dream home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Pat – April 29, 2007 11:24 AM
It's a good thing that there will be no mortgage on this home. That means there is no need for home owners insurance which you can't get anymore in the Keys except through a government subsidized company called Citizens. Have friends that own a 2 BR, 2 BA home in Key West who now pay $12,000 per year in homeowners insurance. Can't even imagine what it would cost for a house like this one.
Posted by LJL – April 29, 2007 5:11 PM
Lets see I"ll have to start packing now to get to my new dreamhome sunshine here I come sounds like I am ready to win. See ya all in the KEYS
Posted by christy in oregon – April 29, 2007 9:21 PM
It would be such a blessing from God if we won this home. You know they say "dreams do come true " ! Well, this would be mine !!!
Posted by alisha p – April 29, 2007 9:56 PM
WOW..what a dream house.. it's my dream home in sunny fla...can't wait to see it come alive..
Posted by Annette – April 30, 2007 11:32 AM
where do you go to enter this sweepstakes?
Posted by shannon – April 30, 2007 4:35 PM
Great dream house!
I just put up a blog post on my South Florida blog about the Key West 2008 home... Check it out by clicking on my name!
Posted by Michael Emilio + Miami Real Estate – April 30, 2007 7:47 PM
I think that this years Dream Home will truely be my family's Dream Home. We loved the home built in Mexico Beach Florida and have actually been vacationing there!!! We love Mexico Beach. This home looks like it will have it all..... sun, sand and the beauty that we all have come to know and expect from the HGTV homes. Can't wait. This year I will be entering daily for sure!!!!!
Thanks HGTV!!!! Good luck to everyone who enters, but I am saying a prayer that my family will win this year!!!!
Posted by Andrea White – May 2, 2007 11:25 AM
I think the location is perfect and I'm very much looking forward to watching the progress of the dream home being built. Then.... entering the contest to win it. Fun.
Posted by Susie – May 2, 2007 3:31 PM
I am astonished that people think that this dream home would be some kind of BURDEN if the 'average' person won it. I can't think of a better deal than free!! If you think the taxes and utilities are too high (but, I'm confused, don't we all pay them anyway--on top of our rent and/or mortgage?) then the winner can SELL it, or RENT it out, can't they? Either way they win! If you folks don't want the house, I'll take it! I'd be a happy camper to win a house, and especially one in the KEYS, my favorite place on earth! PS,Can I bring my horses?
Posted by Janet – May 2, 2007 11:53 PM
I have enjoyed your shows for years, especially the excitement of the HGTV Dream Home give aways, but this time you have sent me over the TOP!!! WOW-2008 is truly like dying and going to Heaven!!-Oh-PLEASE, Oh-PLEASE let me win, I just had to throw in that cheap vote for myself. It is also very nice that you are considering the environment of the new home. Why can't you have it all-environmentally sound, Cost effecient, and all inside a Dream Home. What more could you ask for?
Posted by Amy Cozad-Oklahoma – May 3, 2007 11:41 AM
When will the floor plans be submitted to the blog? I just can't wait!!
Posted by Hartley – May 3, 2007 9:51 PM
Wowie! The picture says it all... that dream home is a big, beautiful, and Wowie home!
I, for sure, am entering!
Posted by Zoe – May 4, 2007 7:05 PM
we are wateing for more on the dream home... please please...
Posted by claudia – May 8, 2007 7:43 AM
I like the house, but I don't like where it is. It's hurricane and alligator season every year. Do you think that The house could sustain that. Besides this, isn't Florida one of those areas that has high foreclosure rates and homes being auctioned twice a day or so.. Well thats how I feel but I not going to deny that the design is nice.
Posted by Domi – May 8, 2007 6:50 PM
Jack, My husband,"Jack Kepler" is an excellant woodworker and uses alot of hurricane down trees from the area to make railings, furniture or whatever. He built our house from boat cradles. I have heard you like to use local artists (we live across the road on the oceanside from the Dream Home) Hope to have you stop by our house. Phyllis
Posted by Phyllis Kepler – May 9, 2007 2:28 PM
Can't wait will watch it go up everyday I did not think you would come to my area of paradise I am excited.
Posted by Beth Jacques – May 10, 2007 5:08 PM
Hey all you doom and gloomers. This is a dream home contest and that's what it is. There are natural disasters that occur no matter where you live. I would have sold all of the last dream homes to be in the Keys. If you don't want to enter don't. Also there are no alligators in the keys. There were two in the Blue Hole, but someone killed them. I have been waiting my whole life for this. My two weeks in a tent every year is not enough. There are other homes being given away on other sites if this one is not for you. I will take all your chances!
Posted by Donna Wood – May 12, 2007 1:58 PM
I don't care where this house is. I just want to win. Our backyard is always a nature preserve. I can't tell you how long we have dreamed of a green home. I don't care how big this home will be I just want to be one of the first persons to live in a green home. I have my ideas of how this home should be built but will have to wait. HGTV you have certainly caused excitement in our kitchen thinking about this home. We love to cook together. Can't wait to see this kitchen.
Posted by LightsOut – May 13, 2007 5:53 PM
Way to go HGTV! You selected Florida again! What a nice place with all the hurricanes! Why can't you get off the east coast and give the rest of the country a chance? I've got it, build 4 for the price of this one and have 4 separate giveaways. This is rediculous that you build a house and furnish it with everything and make it so expensive only "The Donald" can afford it. What fun is that to win a house with all the trimmings and then have to sell it to pay the taxes!!! I personally do not think that would be fun. Give us a break and get off the east coast and build more houses that people can afford so the winners can keep their dream home. I am not kidding, you could actually build 4 houses and furnish them with the money you spend on 1 house. They have been so chopped up in design that a family with children cannot live in them for having all the kids spread out all over the place. Design a "family friendly house" that people can live in comfortably and conveniently and and afford the taxes and quit the fancy stuff you describe as a "dream house"!!!
Posted by GrayDog – May 14, 2007 3:47 PM
Having lived most of my life in Ft. Lauderdale and boated in the Keys, & Bahamas, we have always had a warm spot for Islamorada. My Aunt & Uncle, Russell and Charlotte Neidhawk, were caretakers on Lignumvitae, an island off of Islamorada. We spent many a wonderful trip visiting there.
We live in Asheville, N.C. now and having a place there would be heaven on earth! Polly Jackson
Posted by Polly Arpin Jackson – May 15, 2007 12:35 AM
Can you even get insurance for a house this close to ocean and about 5ft above sea level?
Posted by anonymous – May 16, 2007 2:56 AM
you guys are out of your minds. "Dream House?"
more like NIGHTMARE house. For a few months of
sunshine you get the rest in unbelievable storms
that would wipe any joy out of winning this one.
Maybe some rich people who just vacation during
the good months would enjoy this prize, but the
rest of us would like a more safe site for a
dream home. I guess we know who you aim to please
Posted by mollie – May 17, 2007 1:26 PM
The picture of the home is great. :-) I thought I seen a work out area located on the second floor overlooking the ocean view? (lol)
The long stem creeping up the right side of the house with beautiful windows atop creates the perfect sunset view!!! OMGosh!!!
Posted by victoria – May 17, 2007 6:40 PM
I have lived in Florida all of my life and this is not a place for a "dream" home. Taxes are through the roof, hurricane insurance, if you can get it, has skyrocketed. Sure, let's build a home smack dab in the middle of certain destruction.
What are you thinking.
The person who wins this is going to have to sell cause unless they are rich they are never going to be able to afford to keep it.
Posted by Susan – May 18, 2007 4:33 PM
I love this house. I live in south florida, so I would be able to go anytime I wanted to. I love the idea of that. I love the Florida Keys I go there a lot. I can't wait to see the finished product!!!!!!!
Posted by Anonymous – May 19, 2007 11:35 AM
Its lovely!!! cant wait to enter. I love flordia,it's in a perfect spot. I am excited, can't wait.
Posted by megan – May 19, 2007 4:25 PM
Is your contractor going to use plenty of hurricane straps when building this structure? The keys get hammered pretty hard during hurricane season and I would hate to see this become one of those "here today...gone tommorrow" senerios. I couldn't help but notice your design team selected a fairly tall structure to build. The higher it is..the more wind it catches. Also I noticed your building it out of wood. Remember the story of the 3 little pigs? How will this house fair in 150+ mph winds? I'm just sayin!!!
Posted by Michael Kahn – May 20, 2007 8:18 AM
Hurricane straps will not stop a hurricane. Many homes on the coast have hurricane straps. It depends on what kind of straps you have and the strength they provide for the home. The higher the structure the less impact the storm surge can come in and destroy your home. The winds can be a problem but the waves are worse. When you travel the coast you see all the homes are built out of wood. It's all about being on the coast. Your house has a name posted on the front usually the name of your boat or family name. Lots of fun for the family during the summer. Who cares what might come and knock the house down. It could take years,centuries but the joy you will receive from this home will be forever written into your scrapbook.
Posted by 892ZOO – May 23, 2007 3:32 PM
looks great i just cant wait when the floor plan come when is it coming exactly
Posted by patty – May 26, 2007 1:47 AM
Good luck getting any homeowner's insurance! I work for an insurance company and I can tell you, that if you do find insurance, it'll cost you plenty! Alot of companies, including mine, have pulled out of FL due to the high exposure. I am very disappointed in the 2008 location choice. I enter every year, but if I did win this one, I'd DEFINITELY get rid of it! Sorry, but that's the truth. Please, no more Florida locations!
Posted by konli – May 26, 2007 2:08 AM
HGTV. Oh my gosh, thank you for the keys to my new Islamorada home. Feel free to visit anytime!
Posted by LAIRD – May 29, 2007 6:47 PM
Stewardship! That should be the theme of the next HGTV Dream Home. A dream for generations to come and to be remembered. A geodesic dome from American Ingenuity ( http://www.aidomes.com/ )would be a great start for an ecologically sound project. It is extremely efficient to heat and cool, is safe from wind and hail, is low maintenance and with added features like windmill generator it can be very close to self sufficient. Place this on a large parcel of land in a state like Maine where land is still reasonable and taxes are affordable and you have a beautiful homestead for a family and their following generations. Below is one example. Portage Lake Town of Portage Savor spectacular sunsets from your gorgeous and spacious lakefront lot on the eastern shores of Portage Lake, one of northern Maine's most beautiful bodies of water. With this unique 70-plus acre lot you get 2,380 feet of lakefront footage – a truly rare find. Be the proud owner of your “great getaway” in one of the most scenic areas of northern Maine. Here, fish and wildlife are abundant. The woods, which gently slope to the water's edge, are a lovely mix of cedar, birch, hemlock, balsam fir and beech. The property is gently rolling, and offers long-range views of Portage Lake and the valley beyond. The frontage is level with the lake allowing easy access for swimming, boating, and fishing. Access this lakefront wilderness property by a deeded right of way off of Route 11. There's a fabulous building site for a year-round or seasonal home, cottage, cabin or getaway retreat. The town of Caribou is only 15 minutes away. Power and telephone are available; buyer will build the entrance road. One 70-acre property JUST REDUCED to $69,900. And another example is: Beautiful rolling hills near Black Lake with wonderful scenic views in all directions. Plant crops in optimum organic soil or build your dream house away from it all! There are 137+ acres with rolling pastures, woods and a pond and all with great views and in the heart of Maine where camping, canoeing, hunting and fishing are a way of life. This could be a phenomenal dream come true and be done for less than a half of a million dollars so the possibility of the winner being able to keep it will be far more realistic.
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Posted by Clayton Scott Johnson – May 30, 2007 11:40 AM
Hats off to HGTV!!
Posted by Olga – May 30, 2007 11:10 PM
I would be happy just to be able to afford anyhome used or what ever but most of all i would loved to beable to just be able to live
Posted by lorrie – June 1, 2007 12:36 PM
Considering the many days of sun we get in Florida, solar panels should be an obvious addition to this house. Why pass up free electricity to run the AC that's needed 7 months of the year, not just for the heat, but to keep the mildew at bay? Also, a concern that struck me when I saw the drawing of the Dream house is those window that have the eaves way above. The eaves had better stick out really far unless the builder is going to install what we in Florida call awning or Miami windows. Having recently renovated an 80 year old flat roofed house in Florida and replaced most of the 1950's aluminum awning windows with double hungs, I realized what a huge expensive mistake I made. Unless there are eaves overhanging all windows and down far enough to render protection, you have to run around the house closing every window when it starts to rain and it gets awful hot and muggy when all the windows are closed. Florida can get torential rains everyday in the summer that last for 1/2 hour. I would install all awning windows if I had the money to do it over. Pam in Florida
Posted by Pamelot – June 1, 2007 4:35 PM
I am drooling!!! I cannot wait to see the floorplans and the actual building! I have been PRAYING that I win. I've never owned a home and this would be fabulous for my family! I am such an ocean lover and I can almost see myself canoeing and swimming out in front of the house!!!!! FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Posted by Missy – June 2, 2007 1:20 AM
Just got back from vacation in Islamorada and actually saw the site of the dream home...view is unbelievable, but then again the view from anywhere in Islamorada is! For those of you who have never been, its the most laid back, relaxing and beautiful place on earth!
Posted by Maggie – June 2, 2007 11:20 PM
It appears that the Best Built Home has an anchor tiedown system. Perhaps, that will be the case with this home too. It would be great to watch this home being built. I hope there will be more vlogs as well as video on the home. It is interesting watching and participating in the build regardless if one wins or not!
Posted by Victoria – June 3, 2007 3:19 PM
That's a dream come true. I would love to live in that house!
Posted by Anonymous – June 3, 2007 4:42 PM
Wow!!! Islamorada and a beautiful dream home has me so excited! It's the key I've only dreamed of living on! You've made me very happy just dreaming of the possibility :) Ever since I left the Keys (NOT by choice!) I've dreamed of going back to live there, and the few vacations we've gotten to take there only make me want it more....THANKS for the chance!
Posted by Debra Fredrickson – June 3, 2007 10:04 PM
I love this house. I would do anything to get this house! HGTV.com is the best website ever. Good job designing this house. Kepp up the good work. See Ya!
Posted by Lindsey – June 4, 2007 8:42 PM
I now know why I have not won the dream home in any of my previous years of entering...fate was waiting to give me MY DREAM HOME...the Florida Keys. This is my dream, no doubt about it. My husband and I talk about giving up the hustle and material life here in NY and living the life we were truly meant to lead in the Keys. I would be the first winner to actually keep the house!
Posted by Melissa – June 6, 2007 9:15 PM
Critics, Critics, Critics!!!! To everyone that has a problem with where the Dream Home is at, how big it is, how expensive it is, then I have a suggestion for you. Stop paying attention to this site, stop entering the contest and let the rest of us enjoy. Your complaining and whining is "ruining the dream"
Posted by Edward Byk – June 7, 2007 12:43 PM
Congratulations, HGTV, for yet another WINNER of a home. I can hardly wait to see it progress!
Posted by Pat – June 8, 2007 8:29 PM
We have never been on a vacation with our 4 kids, to win this house would be the greatest thing that could ever happen to us.
Posted by dena potochny – June 10, 2007 8:07 PM
I see the progress on the house everyday. They appear to be moving right along. I hope the powers that be have enough sense to use some of the local craftsmen to trim out this beauty. In this age of building "green" I think using recycled products wherever possible is a must. Renegade Wood, a plantation key business, uses trees collected after hurricanes to create some pretty nice, one of a kind, housewares. From the local glassworkers to the metalworkers and artists in general, there are alot of options at HGTV's disposal, if only they take advantage of them. www.renegadewood.com
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Posted by Ronda Hice – June 13, 2007 12:25 AM
My husband and I live in So.Florida a mile from the beach. We love the keys, and go often. It would be a dream come true to win this beautiful home. I can't wait to enter Jan.1st. I will make sure not to miss one day of entering.
Posted by Shane – June 14, 2007 2:35 PM
I can't believe all of the negative comments. If you know you can't afford paradise then don't enter the contest. I, for one, will be checking on the progress and dreaming of the day I move in.
Posted by Diane Peters – June 17, 2007 9:21 AM
Swedish! This looks too good to be true!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Marisa – June 24, 2007 12:24 PM
OK, I'm ready to start playing the sweeps on this beautiful home. My wife will be retiring shortly and we've talked about moving to the Keys. This would be so outrageous if we could win the Dream Home. It would be like a dream come true. SO, If HGTV is listening, this would make our retirement all the better. "At least it would get us away from the kids" and they could come to Florida to see thier Mom and Pop.
The keys, I can see it now!!
What a life
Posted by Ron Rudat – June 26, 2007 1:09 PM
I hope everyone knows that you won't be able to get insurance on this! So, if a hurricane comes through, you're out one expensive home! These are the types of things HGTV should consider when choosing a home site.
Posted by Lisa – July 3, 2007 4:57 PM
I'm always very impressed at the sights you choose. WOW! This is a beautiful place, an Ernest Hemingway hide-away! Good Choice!
Posted by Debby – July 5, 2007 1:34 AM
I just have to tell you HGTV, this house should be SO BEAUTIFUL. Me and my 7 amazing kids cant wait to win and move to THE FLORIDA KEYS. Thanks HGTV for making dreams come true.
Posted by Tonjia – July 5, 2007 1:52 PM
i just looked up at the info you have ready for us to see- it looks fantastic!! i cannot wait to see the progression each month, etc., just the fact it is by the ocean- terrific!! i just want to know when and where we can sign up! is it too early? i totally love hgtv, watch it all the time, to my hubby's chagrin, hee hee!!
beautiful place, truly!
Posted by patty – July 6, 2007 11:43 PM
I can't wait to see this when it's complete. Speak about a dream???? I have always dreamed of retiring in Islamadora. It's an absolute beautiful area. For sure I'll be putting in my entry to win!
Posted by Kim – July 10, 2007 8:14 PM
Yes the new dream home looks like it will be beautiful. I have drooled over all of the previous homes as well. But, I have a question... Who are these dream homes really for? Not one person that has won can afford the taxes and insurance, even with the 250K. Everyone has to sell it, and of course the people that buy them typically use them as a 2nd home. Try building a 500k or 1million dollar home, and someone like me making 80k a year could actually afford to keep it. It would then truly be a dream.
Posted by Candace – July 11, 2007 8:21 PM
I used to live just down the street from that & probably chipped golf balls into the woods right behind it. Sweet location, and I am fired up for whoever is blessed enough to win that home. Ditto the previous comment, though. Not too many people can afford to live there for long w/ the taxes and insurance. Oh Well...
Posted by Matt L – July 24, 2007 4:58 PM
I am a fan of HGTV Dream home. My husband and I and our two girls ages 10 and 6 have been watching for years and entering the contest every year we would enter every day with hopes that one day we may get a call. My girls tell all there friends that they are moving into there new house located where ever the new house is being built. It is kinda nice seeing how interested they get watching every year with only hopes, and when we don't win they only reply with we can do it next year. Anyway we are excited to see this new house in the keys come to life and are crossing our fingers once again. Its fun just to be able to dream!
Posted by Clarice – July 27, 2007 3:47 PM
This year is going to be my year. This is my Dream Home!!!I lived in Florida for 15 years and had to move back to Illinois. I hated it. I've been dreaming about going back ever since and I believe this year MY DREAM WILL COME TRUE!!!!!
Posted by pam – July 27, 2007 11:35 PM
I just came back from a visit to the Dream house 2008 (as close as I could get to it which was pretty close). I was impressed with how much work they've done and it was far more than anything posted on the website (guess they are trying to get as much done before the height of hurricane season, August and September, gets here). After much anticipation over the "private" beach, I was disappointed to see that it is right next to a public beach. From the public beach you can (not now or you'll be arrested for trespassing) walk two steps to the "private" beach or swim from the public swimming area two strokes to be right in front of the Dream home. The public beach and the Dream home share a lagoon so to speak. From the Dream home, you will see the public taking their paddle boats and kayaks in the water as well as hearing the normal noise of a public beach. I think that the location of right next to a public beach should have been more thought provoking.
Posted by Florida resident – July 29, 2007 6:49 PM
Has anyone noticed that the Dream home is part of a dream subdivision made up of eight total houses: the Dream home set back in the middle and four homes lining it on the southern side and three lining it on the northern side almost touching each other in a diagonal fashion. Please see www.theshoreislamorda.com/property.html As I live 70 miles from the Dream home, I visited the site today and for those of you who are not used to Florida's zero lot line, this might not sit well with you.
Posted by Deneane – July 29, 2007 7:01 PM
This house is going to be realy a dream house. But it would be nice if we little people could actually afford to keep the dream house.
Posted by BEATRIZ CAMPOS – July 31, 2007 9:34 AM
Between Florida's property insurance problems and hurricanes, this dream house is no dream - it's a nightmare! What were you thinking?
Posted by Florida Resident-15 Years – July 31, 2007 11:45 AM
This dream home that you are building is truly an absolute dream. I would love to be able to raise my family in such a beautiful place and lovely house that I would be able to call mine. I have always wanted to live in a warm climate and have not made it there yet. This would be great if I could win this dream home for my family. Keep up the hard work HGTV I am waiting for the chance to win this dream home. Thanks Rebecca
Posted by Rebecca – July 31, 2007 5:09 PM
I want to win this house for my Dad after he retires. It would be a dream come true for me and my father. I know im onley a kid hopeing for wish to come true but I am pretty sure that whoever wins this house deserves it. I hope that HGTV helps that dream come true. ^_^!!!!
Posted by FloridaGirl – August 1, 2007 12:05 AM
I love the location I am a cancer and feel the need to be close to water. This is the ideal place for me to live. From the time this location was posted I felt this would be my home. I'll keep on believin and dreaming until the drawing.
Posted by Belinda – August 2, 2007 4:03 PM
Wouldn't it be wonderful to live in paradise! Everyone has a story, someone's gotta win..fingers crossed, Good Luck!
Posted by Nicole – August 3, 2007 9:19 AM
LOVE YOUR SHOW DONT STOP IT.
Posted by betty whitbeck – August 3, 2007 3:23 PM
STOP! NO ONE ELSE NEEDS TO ENTER THIS DRAWING, IT IS ALL WRAPPED UP.....IT IS MINE, AND I AM PACKING RIGHT NOW, GETTING READY FOR THE MOVE. LOOK OUT FLORIDA ,GET READY , HERE I COME~~~~
Posted by KEN TURNER – August 3, 2007 3:34 PM
0MG!!! this house is so prety! I WANT IT!!!!
Posted by Valeria Fontanez – August 3, 2007 8:16 PM
i want this house im gonna try to enter every day!!!!!!!! this house is awesome
Posted by Christine – August 4, 2007 4:48 PM
i am starting over after a 24yr marriage ended and my retirement home was lost. I have always wanted to live near water in a warm climate. having to start working and living in a broken down trailer at age 57 has been no picnic. to win would be a dream come true
Posted by ann – August 5, 2007 2:54 AM
this house lookks beautiful! the only thing is that last years house's decorations werent so great. PLAESE hire Candace Oleson. her work is amazing. i have never seen any rooms more gorgeous than hers. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!! i think many people would agree with me.
Posted by meredith – August 5, 2007 2:34 PM
The year of 2008 is going to be my year; having working two jobs, going to school full time, and being a single mom, it's time for me to take a break and relamy mind from mortgage payments.Please help me raise my son in a good neighborhood. thak you in advance.
Posted by IImmacule – August 7, 2007 2:22 PM
We and my children love to have a small place to live but i have very slow income please help us how to win a home we always dream but it never come true please help us
Posted by Hong tran – August 7, 2007 4:30 PM
Yes, the area looks beautiful and I hate to sound negative. I may register to win this house, but I would never live there. I prefer the mountains and 3 levels!! Even with an elevator, that is still a lot for the elderly, plus hurricane and flood insurance would probably be out of this world. I couldn't afford to live there. I have a friend who bought a $750,000 condo on Singer Island and lives there only during the winter. She has more money than she has sense. Plus, I wouldn't leave my children and grandchildren that far. I still think dream houses could be $250K to $350K. Give more people a chance to win.
Posted by June – August 9, 2007 1:45 PM
We have stayed in Islamorada vacationing for the last few years. The area is stunning. The turquoise water, beautiful plant life, and the carefree atmosphere. It is an amazing place. I'm looking forward to seeing the 2008 HGTV home. I'm sure your property will will be a great addition to the area. And I'll be faithfully entering the contest, dreaming....
Posted by Diane – August 9, 2007 7:23 PM
Please don't decorate the house in another country/rustic motif, this house begs for modern contemporary style. Even though this isn't the green house, please incorporate as much green building as possible.
I would love to live there, but don't think I could afford property taxes and insurance. It would be nice if average people could win a house they could afford to keep.
Posted by R.T. – August 12, 2007 2:15 PM
I am a huge fan of HGTV, and of the dream home showes. Each year the houses become more breath taking each year. This year is no exception I'm sure. I can't wait to enter this year. I'll be waiting and dreaming
Posted by Theresa – August 12, 2007 8:58 PM
i love it!!! please let me know when ill be able to move in? it will be great to spend the rest of my retirement where it warm and sunny.
Posted by george mann – August 12, 2007 10:11 PM
Dear HGTV - When I saw that the next "Dream Home" was in the Florida Keys, I can't describe my thoughts without telling you the whole story, but, I'll give you the cliff notes. Our daughter "Joy" has autism. Since she was small, dolphins have been her life. We finally saved the money to take her to the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, FL to swim with the dolphins for the first time. She & the dolphins actually communicated w/ each other. The squeeking and hand flapping, just like children do often do with autism. The trainers had a hard time pulling the 2 apart. Joy was crying & the dolphin "Rex" was shaking his head "No" and wouldn't go to any of the other people. We have pictures & when we ret'd, 3 newspapers wrote Sunday special articles on her. One called her Dr. Dolittle. Her entire room is as if she was in the ocean w/dolphins. We can't afford to take her there often. She sent a donation to Adopt a Dolphin" "Marina" to help w/ their food. If we win the HGTV Dream House, Joy could live near her beloved dolphins. She wants us to find her a dolphin college so she can be a trainer. Thank you. Marilyn, Jerry & Joy, Eutawville, SC
Posted by Marilyn O. Thompson – August 13, 2007 12:34 PM
i would love to win a home like that for me and my family i have always dream of have a home in fl that would be dream come true for my family if we could win this home.please let me know how to enter in this contest to win this home.
Posted by brenda hagerman – August 14, 2007 2:35 AM
Hey, GREEN EGGS and SPAM people, get off your high horses and realize that HGTV are creating beautiful homes with "green" issues built in, i.e. solar, etc. How exactly GREEN are you? I just love judgemental people like you who really have no clue what's involved in the construction of a home that the majority of us would appreciate. AND, they're giving it away!! What are YOU doing that SO impacts our planet, or are you just so negative and petty you can't appreciate how generous they are, giving joy and hope to people? People like you just want to negate anything good that people are doing just because it doesn't fit YOUR lifestyle. AND, the mainstream of people don't go off the deep end with your hopes of GREEN everything, but do try in some small, perhaps big ways of helping our environment. How dare you criticize what you don't even know. Get a life and put your energy into the multiple other avenues that most of us try to do take help make this earth a better place to live. My opinion is you're just jealous. Get a life! And go somewhere else and do your moaning and whining, these people are doing a great service and gift to most of us who can only dream of living in a beautiful home instead of critizing and sitting on your high horses. If you don't like what they are doing, take a hike and spend your energy where you believe you can make a difference. I'm sick of your negative, miserable, jealous "GREEN" people.
Posted by Lisa – August 14, 2007 8:59 AM
Ive Always wanted to go to the keys. Time and work has not permitted it. If I won the new 2008 dream home I could visit permenantly live down there. Im sure this home would supercede all the previous HGTV home giveaways good luck to all those entrants in 2008 contest
Posted by Norma Lee – August 22, 2007 11:17 PM
First of all it is truly a "Dream" house for us. To be realistic it would be a "Miracle" for our family to win, it is and has been our dream for years our friends and family know this, we have friends in Key west we have stayed with, and have fallen in love with the islands, we have purchase a lot on Big pine key, but it doesn't look good for the building process, our income is changing and it appears to be slipping from our grasp, we have an 8 year old Autistic daughter, currently live in NY and we know our daughter would thrive in that enviroment because we have seen her open up when we visit. We believe in miracles so that means it's really a possibility!
Posted by Lisa – August 31, 2007 10:31 AM
This house is going to be amazing. The water view is just fantastic. The ocean looks so calm like a pool.
If I win this house i would take my daughter for the first time into the ocean. Do to her condition is very difficult to transport her to the beach.I hope our dreams come true.
Posted by Maria – September 5, 2007 9:47 AM
WELCOME TO FLORIDA !!! WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU. I HAVE CHECKED OUT THE DREAM HOME FOR YEARS BUT ALWAYS TO COLD. THIS YEAR I WOULD LOVE TO WIN . I LIVE 100 MILES FROM THE KEYS BUT NEVER SAW THEM. IF I WON I WOULD NEVER LEAVE MY HOUSE.IT WOULD CERTAINLY MAKE LIFE ALOT EASIER FOR ME. GOOD LUCK TO EVERY ONE .
Posted by Dawn – September 7, 2007 5:02 PM
I love HGTV if it wasn't for the HGTV station on TV I would have nothing else to watch. I can't wait to see the 2008 Dream Home. And the spot that was chosen is perfect.
Posted by Cathy Ferrell – September 11, 2007 5:25 PM
My Family are are 'rare breed'...that is "Native" Floridians. My great great grandfather was amongst the first Europeans to settle below the Peace River. My great grandfather, Carl Smith, tended orange groves in Nacatee and Arcadia. It sends chills up my spine to think that this HGTV Dream Home is more than a place to live... it is an opportunity to "come home" afforded an entire family line.
We shall have to see what 'Kismet" has in store.
Sincerest thanks for the hopes and REAL dreams.
Posted by Philip – September 13, 2007 11:49 AM
Please how could I participate FOR Registration to win the HGTV Dream home 2008.
Posted by SANDRA SATURNO – September 21, 2007 1:27 PM
Beautiful! I will definitly enter!
Posted by Cyndy Salzmann – October 17, 2007 2:56 AM
what a great place to build a dream home . I vacation on islamarda it,s a vary peaceful place to live. way beyond my wildest dreams. love your show and I, watch hgtv . all the time drive my family crazy
Posted by ghislaine striney – October 20, 2007 3:07 PM
You guys, by that I mean everyone, at HGTV have blown me away once again with your choices so far with this new home. I can't wait to see it finished. Weather it is on the TV, computer, or in person. Keep up the good work!! Pandora MacDonald
Posted by Pandora Macdonald – October 21, 2007 1:54 AM
This house is amazing, what a layout, can't to see the house completed, this would be my perfect dream retirement home. Would love to win this house.
Posted by Pat Farano – October 24, 2007 5:22 PM
I've beeing watching HGTV dream homes for 5 years now and every year your homes are more beautiful that before, but this one has stolen my heart. I can hardly wait to see it finished. Someday it may even be mine! What a dream!! Best wishes to all.
Posted by Maria – October 25, 2007 1:10 PM
I have watched these beautiful homes go up for years and always wondered how one gets a chance to be a contestant. This One is so beautiful and will be someones dream of a lifetime. Hope it will be mine!
Posted by Doris Besaw – October 25, 2007 3:55 PM
I LOVE what I am seeing. My husband and I took a cruise a few years back to the Keys and I was taken instantly! I am a 5th generation Texan and I felt like I was at home in the Keys. I could see us living out our retirement years in this home and having our children and grand-children coming to stay for the holidays Islamorada style. It would be a treat for them.
What I have seen of the home so far is magnificent! It looks to be a beautiful home on a great piece of property. I look forward to more updates on this home. Hopfully I can call it my home next year.
Posted by Stephanie Graves – November 11, 2007 11:38 AM
Nice place. With a mortgage to pay IRS the more than $950k in taxes due, property taxes and insurance, this place will run $100k per year before you turn on the lights or buy the groceries. Dream home, yes. Nighmare costs, yes. From the videos I don't see the pool built or the pier/boat slips. I wonder if this would be additional expense for the homeowner or whether it is covered by the developer with the purchase price. Other homes from the original sketches don't seem to have been built yet either, so I guess there would be a lot of construction going on.
Posted by Cathy – December 9, 2007 8:03 PM
what is the square footage of dream home 2008?
Posted by janet johnson – December 30, 2007 10:28 PM
are any of the other homes built yet or is this the first one at the site?
Posted by nick hadick – January 3, 2008 12:21 AM
I was jokeing with my wife about this house. Itold her that she would have to marry me again. You see when we got married the frist time it was overseas I was in the marines Embassey guard .[moscow russia]but when I got married two days latter I had to leave out process. I think I had two hundread dollars to my name. SO she took a chance on me.with no money, no job, no house, 17 Years later I have two boys [16 10] .ajob ,an a mortage. Ilove that women . she ask me why I love her so much. I siad in return I came alive when we met! you see my wife is from russia Idid not get her on the internet. we joke about it but we never been married in this America. SO i told her if I win we must marry here. IF i win yall all are more than welcome to come to met us . and attend our wedding. and that is the truth GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!!!!!!!
Posted by keith B. – January 6, 2008 9:49 PM
OH MY GOD!!!
I have been watching the updates, but today was the Big Show and I felt as if I were transformed there by just watching!!
The color of the house, the shells, the foyer,the sunsets,sunrises, the details, OH MY-That Master Bathroom SHOWER!!!the location.
I have been dealing with PTSD symptoms after a work situation and I have to admit that seeing that porch/verandah, my breathing actually normalized.I could just about breathe in that air! It was amazing!! I truly think that such a locale would be my treatment plan.
I think I am going to utilize your Islamadora 2008 home in my daily meditations.
Posted by Debra – January 6, 2008 10:00 PM
If I win this dream home, I'll move there permanently and re-open "The Green Turtle Inn" at a new location! Conch chowder here I come!
Posted by Dave – February 8, 2008 12:59 PM
I was wondering how do you pick the winner out of so many enteries. Do I really have a chance to win this dream home. I have been entering from the begining to the last date. Is there really any hope. Well I had my daugther put her self a enter into the dream home. I know it helps to have a new dream when the one you have been waiting on takes so long. So for just a little time on the computer everyday would make one of your dreams come true Thank You for another dream to hold onto for a while. Adria
Posted by Adria – February 20, 2008 8:11 AM
I would LOVE to win the 2008 dream home. My kids and grandchildren live in Key Largo and I would be able to near them. I miss them soooo much.
Posted by barb westrich – February 20, 2008 3:40 PM
Oh! Wonderful job!
Very interesting and helpful post.
Thx, your blog in my RSS reader now
Posted by Kelly Miller – May 13, 2008 10:58 AM
Really interesting house.
Posted by Yop – November 29, 2008 11:00 AM