HGTV Dream Home
Jan 7

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Kitchen and Bath

Trying to clean up your act in 2016? Try some of the design tricks we used in HGTV Dream Home 2016 to make your kitchen and bath feel neater, brighter and more organized.

In the master bath, for example, storing toiletries in glass jars on the countertops keeps loose items tidy and easy to find. White cotton balls, swabs, and bath salts look especially crisp and clean stored this way. And if you’re in the market for a remodel, you can’t beat a white penny tile backsplash for brightening the room.

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Master BathroomBut the coolest feature of this bathroom is probably the Delta® Touch2O.xt Technology courtesy of Delta Faucet. This chrome faucet from the Tesla® collection can be turned on and off with just a tap when hands are full—or covered in, say, garden dirt or finger paint. Translation: less cleanup.

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Master Bathroom Faucet

We love floor baskets and wall hooks, too, which are hands-down the easiest and most affordable tricks you can pull off. You could dart to your local home store today, buy a hook and a woven basket, and cross “organizing my guest bathroom” off your list of resolutions—why wait? They compensate beautifully for a small footprint:

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Guest BathroomMoving to the kitchen, let’s take a peek at how the space is organized. This wall of deep, sturdy flush-mounted drawers at eye level is as dreamy as storage gets:

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Kitchen Organization

In the corner, we installed a wire lazy susan to hold dinnerware. Wire racks have a contemporary vibe but also allow you to see both levels clearly at once. Clear jars work as well here as in the bathroom—keep them corralled with a sleek wooden tray.

HGTV Dream Home 2016 kitchen counter

The functional and beautiful wooden serveware is repeated on the kitchen island—you can have your prep station always at the ready by using a handsome cutting board that can live on the countertop.

But as in the master bath, the crowning touch of this kitchen is the Champagne Bronze Trinsic® Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Featuring Touch₂O® Technology courtesy of Delta Faucet that responds to a simple touch, allowing you to control water flow even when your hands are occupied. The LED ring at the base lights up when the touch sensors are activated. This unique feature can keep your kitchen sparkling clean even when you’re making the messiest of meals.

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Kitchen

This post is brought to you by Delta Faucet, a proud sponsor of the HGTV Dream Home 2016. Innovative Delta® products are featured throughout the HGTV Dream Home—transforming the way water is used every day. To find the Delta® product that can turn your home into a dream, visit

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  52. Beautiful home! Have been dreaming about this Floridian gem, especially when the snow is flying outside. I wouldn't change a thing except a couple of items. A door on the master bath toilet would be great (although there could be one there but I just don't see it in the photos or tour). Also, the dressers that were placed in the kitchen, although beautiful from a design perspective, aren't very usable from a kitchen/organization perspective. There are very few things I would place in the drawers (besides kitchen linens). I wish they would have thought about using the space as a drink/bar station. It's conveniently located below those windows (easy pass through to the lanai for drinks). It reminds me of the space in the 2013 Smart Home. In this similar nook, the Smart Home had a butler's sink (small prep sink), wine fridge (dual zone), and trash/recycling. This area could have used another prep/counter area that could be used as a bar/coffee/tea station.

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  53. Watching the making of the 2016 home, again, made me think on how wonderful that they took a 1990's, over 3k sq. ft. house and made it into a new, fresh, and beautiful home.

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  54. Am I mistaking that the color on the outside of the house is not white but a very soft, light "Blue" ?? LOL

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  55. Entering the home through two beautiful doors, you immediately notice space by way of high ceilings, and the color palette is soft and welcoming to your eyes. The marvelous railing system is carried on with the staircase. Notice the lines in the tables and light fixtures, but they are broken up with other furnishings with different geometric shapes and some with texture. The seating looks cozy and ready for lounging. This is where you can enjoy spectacular views of the waterfront, or the watery fun accent wall. It’s “Chic” and “These are the good times!”

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  57. I love the combination of brown and white on the home. I like the subtle color scheme in the court yard with a burst of color in the plants. The water display is an art piece that flows a soothing atmosphere. The window shutters offers protection and compliments the linear lines of the driveway, walkway, the roof, the building, the fence, the doors, and the balcony railing system (which is marvelous).

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    • I know I don't have a shot in hell of winning but just like the power ball…its fun to dream and image how things would be if you did. Best of luck to everyone! Keep dreaming big!

      Michelle on February 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm
  59. I love that there is a cozy sitting area welcoming you in the front of the home somewhat hidden by the all American white picket fence.

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  60. My family and friends will stop laughing at me for keeping any television I am around on HGTV or DIY when I win this beautiful, functional, home with a GMC in the driveway.

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  62. The 2016 Dream House is wonderful Great job HGTV! I really like the idea this year of doing a renovation instead of building new. My favorite HGTV shows, Fixer Upper and Property Brothers, take a house that is older and often neglected and make it a home again to be loved once again by another family.

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  63. This dream home Is exactly how I've wanted and envisioned my lifestyle for the next chapter of mine/our lives. I've been DIY'ing my home for years and always seem to find something I would want to change…I look at this home and there is nothing I would want to change. It is a total reflection of my personality. It's absolutely amazing. My dream….right down to the doghouse. on January 30, 2016 at 11:23 am
  64. I entered because I just feel this house has "me" all over it! I find something else every time I look at the pictures. First, I was born and raised just 2 hours south of Merritt Island in the West Palm Beach area. My father and grandfather fished the waters along the east coast of Florida and knew "the Cape" very well. My husband's cousin lives in Melbourne and we visited often, but now my youngest son is stationed there with the US Coast Guard and is renting in Merritt Island, so we've recently been in the area and we love it! I teach high school in Palm Beach County and could very easily see myself teaching high school in the area! But, there is so much more that leads me to enter every day! My son in the USCG, his name is Ethan, inspired partly by the Ethan Allen brand name! The mural on the wall in the living room of the surfers, my older brother surfed in many contests in those waters and that picture brings up many memories! Down to the coffee table that is made of rebar; my father started out as an ironworker and then went into business with my brother, who still does steel placing so I know all about rebar! I love it! What's not to love about the entire home? I couldn't have picked out better colors, tile, furnishings if I had done it myself! I can picture myself and my husband with our standard poodle using the outdoors areas every day, the long driveway to enter is wonderful for parking all the cars of my large family that could easily come to visit and stay with us! Entertaining them would be "a breeze" with all those outdoor areas and a dock for the boats! I pray that we win that home as it would be a dream come true and the signs are all there that it would immediately become "home" for us!

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  67. I have to say that this is an amazing house eith a beautiful design!!! I love every part of it!!! Is my dream house !!! Since i was a child im dreaming with a house infront of the sea!! I dont have words how to describe how impresed im with it!!!

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  70. I lived summers in Florida with my mother. The drive up to the house reminds me of those days. Then I moved to Florida to work as a new graduate from college. No matter where I live, my home is always the most important part of my life. I can't count the times, I sit in one of my rooms and just tell the universe, "I love my home." So, really home is where the heart is. I can see myself bringing my heart back to Florida, to live out my latter life.

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  73. Is anyone else having trouble opening up the photo galleries?

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    • For me, it worked after I changed browsers.

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  74. Much of this house is very different from how I normally decorate; which is not necessarily a bad thing! I would need to live in the place FOR AT LEAST A YEAR [hint, hint] before I could truly comment on the colors, layout, fixtures, etc. Yes, i think you need to allow me to try the place out :)

    suzyweidebaum on January 11, 2016 at 5:06 pm
  75. Omg all I do is dream about this house!!! Lol I can't wait until me and my children move in. I never won anything in my life so I'm praying really hard on this!! I have two teenage kids and they have already picked out there room's. I absolutely Love this whole house from top too bottom. I'm in school for interior design so I'm learning about colors and floating furniture. It's just amazing to watch. Lol I have even saved the show on my DVR so I can watch it over and over again. Ha and some times I catch my children watching it and arguing over who has what room in the house.

    Brandy on January 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  76. Love the house! Perfect location. I have family in Rockledge that's been asking us to move closer! We're all avid swimmers and enjoy time at home. Couldn't think of a better place to throw a get together.

    J.L. Connor on January 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  77. My large Florida family could visit together so much more in this great location. The home is beautiful. Don't really like the "industrial" look (coffee table and lighting) but the colors are so spot on perfect. Great job HGTV.

    JennyH on January 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  78. master bath is a disaster to flow…to use the toilet you must find a new location for the chair and possibly the table because the tub is in the FREAKING WAY OF EVERYTHING! and a door would be nice occasionally. for the occasional use the tub would get the old design with a litte update would have been better. IMHO the designer ignored normal flow areas (other than the toilet) and blocked passageways (how to walk into the house from the garage thru the dining room?? a VERY typical FL requirement) , and made a non-functional media room (first item I would throw out would be those furry boxes).

    paradiselife on January 10, 2016 at 8:48 am
  79. Hello Karin: I just have to comment on the amazing bath and kitchen features; I looooooove them all, yes I love them that much. Every year HGTV Dream Homes just takes my breath away. Love all the staff, keep up the great work.

    promisedland2 on January 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm
  80. I love the storage in the kitchen and also the champagne faucets are amazing.. The glass jars in the bathroom is such a easy and cute way to store things, great idea… Thank you

    Lisa on January 8, 2016 at 1:04 pm
  81. love the glass jars with white items in them. the crisp white and pos blues will be my inspiration in my next home. love the tiles all the way to the ceiling in the kitchen.

    linda on January 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    AlmaC on January 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  83. I LOVE to cook for myself and the wonderful bed and breakfast guests. The HGTV Dream Home 2016 has a kitchen I see myself enjoying. It is practical and beautiful. It is truly a dream kitchen.

    I love a long warm bath. The Dream Home bath looks heavenly. Not only is the bath large enough to play in, and the bathroom adds the luxury to make the bathing moment magical.

    tristanRIABO on January 8, 2016 at 11:49 am
  84. The kitchen drawers are amazing! I'm a little short so this is wonderful, I lack storage and size in my current kitchen and I'm drewling over this one! I love it!

    Daffie on January 8, 2016 at 10:51 am
  85. Wow, this Dream Home is a feast for my eyes…the colors are so vibrant and bright! Not only are the colors and décor very striking, but the organizational features are well thought out and functional. The faucets are brilliantly designed and add bold touches to the kitchen and bathrooms. Overall, so rich and colorful! A very lucky winner will be enjoying this beautiful home this same time, next year! Maybe you, maybe me! Good luck everyone!

    memanbepa on January 8, 2016 at 10:32 am
  86. I love the fact that this home is not only beautiful, but is also functional and well organized. You could entertain a group of people and have very easy clean up. If designing this home by zodiac sign, I am a Libra and am always trying to balance things. This home was designed for me, I can balance my work/family lifestyle!

    bythebaydreamer on January 8, 2016 at 1:38 am
  87. Let's talk about the functionality of the kitchen. The lazy Suzy wine rack inside the cabinets is a glance and find what you need. A big fat Yaaaassss for easy find options. The champagne bronze fixtures in the kitchen feels a blend of modern and classic taste. Love it and can't wait to move.

    Lovingnla on January 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm
  88. Storage, storage and more storage! The hint of blue against the white makes the room feel airy and relaxing. With all the storage options will allow ME to keep the room clutter free!

    Lovingnla on January 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm
  89. I love the ideas shared. Would also love to make some changes in my home. What's stopping me? The green ones. Those pesky little critters always find a great hiding place when I want to renovate. :)

    Lessie on January 7, 2016 at 10:44 pm
    • It took us 20 years to finish our place, for the same reason. When ever we found 2 nickels to rub together we did a little more on our place.

      Now that we are done, everything is out dated.

      Eugenia27 on January 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm
    • Hello Lovely Lessie! I decided to come back to the blog after a couple of years "off". Did you ever write your book? I seem to remember your son was getting married? Anyway, hope life is still good and full of blessings. I'm hoping to stop by this DH next time we go over to Cocoa, which we love to do.

      FloridaDebbie on January 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  90. I agree with Ivonne! She likes pretty much everything. The first thing I noticed about this house is the
    the rooms themselves seem to be larger than most of the rooms in the past. Well maybe the bedrooms
    is where my eyes landed first!!!

    I would be on a couch watching anything that would be on HGTV! My usual hangout. I would invite my
    immediate family, all 14 of them and then I would extend the invitation to the rest of my family and dear
    friends. Then the next day I would invite all my friends from HGTV from the top to the bottom of the list.
    We would drink and eat until everything was gone. I would however expect some housewarming gifts
    and could even supply a list of what would be acceptable. For storage, I have been looking at some
    wire mesh shelves. They are cute and could be spray painted and could contain foods, clothing, or toys.
    My imagination is what would hold me back (hee hee)!!! BRING 'EM ON I'm A'WAITIN…………..

    SandyLA on January 7, 2016 at 10:33 pm
  91. Saludosy bendecido año nuevo para todos. Felicidades por aniversario. Esta casa esta fabulosa, todos los detalles bien pensados. Los felicito de todo corazon pporque esta muy pero muy hermosa. Me encanto la cocina , sala, terraza, baño, ,, bueno toda. Una bendicion para una familia. Voy a participar y pedirle a Dios que me ayude, no se puede perder las esperanzas, no tengo un hogar y ese seria mmm maravilloso. Se puede soñar,,, bendiciones la verdad esta hermosisima.

    Ivonne Baeza on January 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm
  92. Can anyone tell me where the laundry room is located?

    Tina on January 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm
    • The laundry room is on the first floor connected to the "pool bathroom" near the guest bedroom and the terrace bedroom.

      dreamn_again on January 7, 2016 at 10:16 pm
      • Is that the only public bathroom? I wouldn't want people walking through my room to use the bathroom (guest suites)

        Eugenia27 on January 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm
        • There is also a powder room off of the mudroom.

          dreamn_again on January 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  93. New HGTV Dream Home 2016: Tub in front of shower is one of the most ridiculous designs I have ever seen. I watched the 'before' video on HGTV with 22 other people at a party – all of us disliked that feature. Crazy!

    Jenna on January 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm
    • The original tub I didn't like at all, having to climb stairs to get into the tub, and having wet feet walking down the stairs to get out. The new sculptural tub, accessible from all sides, is exquisitely beautiful to me.

      Lindingo on January 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm
    • absolutely agree…ALWAYS in the way!! and oh btw the item most used in the room, the toilet, requires you to trip around the chair!! of course the original design didn't leave room to get to the toilet…and oh yeah there is no door either…

      paradiselife on January 10, 2016 at 8:42 am
  94. I really like great storage in any room because it does hide unnecessary clutter. I like to design with the help of my children and they are great at doing so. I feel that since the bathroom is where we clean ourselves, that place has to be extra clean and tidy. I find myself browsing HGTV website a lot to see what design styles are in and what I like most about the house.

    Rakia on January 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm
  95. Karin, Thank you for the new post. Happy New Year! I have a feeling it is going to be a beautiful year. I am so excited about this particular house because my husband and I have family in Central Florida and on the gulf coast. Living in New England we don't get to see them very often. Would I ever love to cook up some of our families favorite recipes in this kitchen! Dreaming!

    bythebaydreamer on January 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm
  96. And now, to repost a comment from earlier in the day that was sent soaring into never-never land with the return of the Intense Debate format….

    As we're talking of design styles, tips and tricks, I found this HGTV link fun to browse:

    Do you design by the sign? Your sign of the zodiac, that is. Does your home decor reflect your personality?

    Then, should you ask, is the Dream Home right for you? Or better yet, which is your favorite Dream Home bedroom? Does it match the dominant characteristics of your birth sign? Check out your design horoscope, compliments of HGTV, to find out for sure.

    Personally, I'm tempted by the inviting warmth of the guest bedroom's terra cotta walls and coral accents, lured by the sea-foam green, gray-blues and pure white of the terrace bedroom and swept away by sweet dreams of the unbridled luxury of the master bedroom with its crisp whites set against a bold teal, all framing an expansive water view.

    My zodiac sign, then? Of no consequence really, for when it comes to Dream Home 2016, my favorite sign will be wherever my signature is required if I'm lucky enough to be the winner of this Merritt Island jewel.

    DBCoop on January 7, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    • Hahah! Easy there Coop! The house is mine! And it will be MY signature on the dotted line=D

      I too enjoy the color journey my eyes go on in the guest bed room… You can sleep there while I take over the terrace bedroom. Its my FAVORITE! The only thing (to me) that tops the terrace is the location of the master in the house. The balcony and the view is a treat! Anywho…Just daydreaming here.

      Is the Dream Home right for me?? Sure it is! My mind can invision myself and my fiance sitting and rolling around in every room of the house! I'll even sit in the dog house! It looks cozy enough. Ha!

      But no seriously, The design HGTV picked for my sign, Taurus, is bitter sweet… Does it match my personality? ABSOLUTELY! lol the room gives me a sense of of a Greek Goddess royalty, ( if there is such a thing) ! My inner Goddess has many names, Penelope, Aphrodite, and Athena. The colors they chose are much too bold for my liking, but I liked Gemini's, Virgo's, and Libra's colors. A bit more easy on my eyes and soul. =)

      CarSan26 on January 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm
    • I am Scorpio and the design does not fit me at all. I am not a big fan of bold red and black. My favorite bedroom is the Terrace bedroom. I can just lay in bed and see the beautiful backyard and cuddle up with my two little dogs while my husband is snoring upstairs.

      Sherri Cuthbertson on January 8, 2016 at 12:17 am
      • The other thing I like about this home is that all the bedrooms have its own Bathroom and they didn't make kiddie rooms. Don't get me wrong I love kids. I have two of them. But they do grow up. If someone wins the home with kids then they could add those details that kids will love. Just saying

        Sherri Cuthbertson on January 8, 2016 at 12:24 am
    • That was fun! Thanks, Coop!

      I don't give out my birthday on the internet, and I shouldn't narrow it down by sign, either, but the room for my sign was Just Right for me! It was my favorite. :)

      Lindingo on January 8, 2016 at 2:37 am
    • I think my mom must have told me the wrong date of my birth. I didn't care for my sign at all but I really loved Libra. When is Libra? I need to plan my new birthday party.

      Eugenia27 on January 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm
    • Greetings, DBC. You are the ruling monarch of the Dream Homes. You add lots of interesting links and conversation. I've been AWOL for a couple of years, but, as this home is right across the state in an area The Lovely Tom and I visit often, I decided to re-enlist. My fav home was the one in New Mexico. Always loved the high desert.

      But this one is calling my name. I don't think I could blast Tom away from his regular winter golf buddies to move across state, but if the place can be rented, I'd keep it. If financially possible. I notice they have Realtor Dot something or other on the advertiser list. I've skimmed over all the blog posts and didn't see or missed any comment on rental. As this isn't in a development, it seems as though it could be rented.

      Do you know? Also, do you know the GPS location of the house? If we're over in Cocoa next month, I'd love to visit. Need to find out if there will be tickets sold for an open house tour.
      We adore Cocoa Beach. One of the very few places that hasn't changed too much. It's still the gold standard for funky little beach town. The split "business" district is just great, and there are a multitude of very inexpensive Mom and Pop beach front motels. November and December are good, as it's before the rates go up.

      Anyway, glad to see you still blogging. Hope you are well and happily traveling, as are we, thankfully.

      FloridaDebbie on January 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  97. Well, here we are back to the Intense Debate format. Unfortunately, that means the loss of some of our previous comments posted under the pre-Industrial Revolution format –before Intense Debate, that is!

    Oh well, on with the Dream Home show, fellow dreamers. We can move forward again with the blog style that most of us are used to, although those that have been blogging long enough can recall the days of old.

    DBCoop on January 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm
    • It was nice that (even if you couldn't comment on a post) I was able to retrieve the links that I had put up on the Smart Home site.

      Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 6:20 pm
  98. hi y'all i see the internet is still messing with comments those dang gremlins, just stopping by cause i am taking a break from painting this house so it will be all ready to go when i win the dream home, and i am going on an organizing crusade here also… enough is enough lol this house has no storage except the bedroom closet and one tiny linen closet and one tiny watch out cause if you open the door you take your life in your hands closet ha ha, has been very cold and my feet are in the winter is here freezing mode and won't thaw out until spring, i would enjoy a little fl sweat right now xx

    monkeyreturns on January 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm
    • Comments are still disappearing? Or do you mean the missing comments have not been restored?

      I sort of got an answer to my email to HGTV today. Answer, (I'm praphrasing) The blogs are still there; here are the links.

      So I sent a Reply that, yes, I know the blog topics are there, but what happened to our comments? Was our entering info compromised? Were sweepstakes entries lost? I guess I don't really expect an answer, but I have made the second effort.

      Lindingo on January 8, 2016 at 2:25 am
    • At least you have a house. I'm homeless

      Notluckyenuftowin on January 19, 2016 at 2:19 am
  99. trying to comment one last time…have tried several times but they are not posted SO>>>this is my question!!!!Lets play a game and pretend you ARE the winner of this amazing house and HGTV is going to film a TV show featuring you as the winner called LIVING the DREAM. What would you be doing? When we win, we will do tons of entertaining of family and friends, starting with the people at Scripps network who made this possible. Then we would invite the Quicken loans people and any HGTV hosts that wanted to come visit us. It would show our kids and grandkids loving the pool and us exploring the area. I would learn to scuba dive and surf and would swim with the dolphins and manatees if that is allowed. It would show us preparing fabulous food in that amazing kitchen and enjoying the views from the paio. It would be absolutely amazing. So what would you do???

    soldbykim on January 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm
    • It is here now.

      Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    • The first post anyone does is always delayed. It was nothing personal. Glad you made it!

      Lindingo on January 8, 2016 at 2:19 am
    • P.S. If you win, HGTV will fly you to Florida, put you up in a lovely hotel, and host a party for you at the house, with all of the sponsors invited. At least, they used to. Lots of things have changed lately, so I can't say that for sure.

      Lindingo on January 8, 2016 at 2:21 am
      • That will be awesome too, but I am talking about after … after we have figured out how we will handle the taxes to the IRS, have paid the transfer taxes and all costs as per the rules, and actually have taken possession of the house and are living there. Again, I know that is wildly unlikely, given the millions of entries they receive, and the true and actual costs involved, but am just wondering what are others peoples dreams of what their life would be like if they could actually live there. Playing a game of pretend because here, up north, it is grey and bleak and icy cold with more snow in the forecast so to me it is fun to indulge myself in make believe for a few minutes once in a while and imagine what it would be like to live on the water in beautiful Florida and live in a home that is as stunning as this. To sit in the mornings on the master BR balcony watching the sun rise, to be out on the water, to host big get togethers and utilize that incredible kitchen!!

        soldbykim on January 8, 2016 at 8:56 am
        • I love your dreams! Mine is getting up early and going for a swim every day. When it gets hotter, taking the boat out and enjoying the natural beauty all around me while the wind off the water keeps me cool. Then zipping back home to fix lunch in my beautiful kitchen, which I eat while gazing out into the beautiful back yard.

          Lindingo on January 8, 2016 at 12:48 pm
        • Thanks for letting me vent about my dream in the Dream Home! After I have magically taken care of taxes and fees, I would LOVE to entertain friends and family who would be welcome to stay with us whenever they can. I would also have to determine WHEN we would be down at the Dream Home. I suppose I would contact the Egret's Cove homeowners association to see if the home could be rented so that we could pay taxes/loan on taxes (then others can have a piece of the dream). But when we are there and not renting the house, we would kayak, swim, go boating, visit the area, and reach a new level of relaxation with friends and family in tow. Ah, to dream….

          Jennifer on February 15, 2016 at 11:01 am
    • I like this game :) I would send my retired parents to the Dream Home for the winter so they could be snowbirds and escape the bitter cold up north. It would be open to family and good friends as a vacation spot the rest of the year, until a few years from now (ahem) my husband and I retire. I love the fact that it is on the water, making fishing, swimming, and just playing around in the beautiful Florida weather just a step away.

      The Dream Homes get better every year, and I honestly think this is the best so far!

      pamsjones on January 11, 2016 at 10:56 am
      • I agree, it is one of the best ever!! You are so kind and generous to open it up to family and friends…and parents. It is bitter up here, blizzardy and wind chills below zero…so to imagine being down there right now is the ultimate dream come true. Lots of extra bed and bath rooms for extended family and guests, what good is a great blessing unless you can share it with those you love! It would be fun to water ski there too, with that great boat…but does anyone know, do they have alligators there on the intracoastal or the river or can you be in the water there? Taking the boat out fishing would be fun too.

        soldbykim on January 12, 2016 at 9:44 am
        • Great question! Googling "alligators on Merritt Island" reveals that yes, there are alligators. Could make swimming and water skiing pretty exciting (yikes!). The National Wildlife Refuge looks really neat – they have alligators and manatees!

          Pamsjones on January 12, 2016 at 10:55 am
    • I would enjoy the house with my three kids and husband who have been living with in laws for the past two months. We can't afford to rent or buy anything at the moment. In the mean time I have been remodeling the in laws home for fun. I would love just some room to stretch out in. I don't know if I would fit well though in the dream home because it's too nice. I don't deserve it so I might would want to vacation on it then take the money pay off student loans donate to charity and maybe have enough for a starter home.

      Kayla on January 19, 2016 at 2:26 am
      • KAYLA!!! Of course you deserve it!! I would love to see you win it. But from a totally realistic standpoint, hardly anyone can actually afford it…the income taxes alone would be about $600,000. There are very few people who can afford to keep the house. (Or uproot their lives to move to a totally new state). But, its is fun to dream and then take the cash alternate prize. After taxes that is enough for most people to be able to build their own version of a dream home. Plus pay off debt, and give to charity. In reality, we would probably take the cash prize, set up trusts for our grandkids education, give to some worthy charities and hopefully be able to buy a modest vacation home in florida or close to the grandkids. That would be a dream come true too!

        soldbykim on January 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm
  100. They have brought us Heaven on earth!
    Clean lines crisp accents OH BABY!
    I would love to throw a party and then fall back and relax by the pool or in the tub with my German Pointer and two Schnauzers!
    They must have been thinking of me when they remodeled LOL

    Cozy Coupe Lover on January 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm
  101. On the subject of home style, I’m moved to ask, do you design by the sign? Your sign of the zodiac, that is. Does your home decor reflect your personality?

    The logical next question — Is the Dream Home right for you? Or better yet, which is your favorite Dream Home bedroom? Does it match the dominant characteristics of your birth sign? Check out your design horoscope, compliments of HGTV, to find out for sure.

    Personally, I’m tempted by the inviting warmth of the guest bedroom’s terra cotta walls and coral accents, lured by the sea-foam green, gray-blues and pure white of the terrace bedroom and the unbridled luxury of the master bedroom with its crisp whites set against a bold teal, all framing an expansive water view. My zodiac sign, then? Of no consequence really, for when it comes to Dream Home 2016, my favorite sign will be wherever my signature is required if I’m lucky enough to be the winner of this sparkling Merritt Island jewel…!

    DBCoop on January 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  102. Did they have a lot of leftovers in the storeroom? Chair pictures in dining room, in the hallway, and Master bedroom. Dog pictures in guest room and MBR, just too many pictures, none of them with any theme. The nail studded chests in the kitchen were used in the NC Blog cabin, as was the cookware cabinet next to the fridge, no pantry. I get the feeling that some of the ideas were just thrown in due to lack of time, to fill up space. Is the broken down fence with missing posts the property line? I love the house.

    Judith Mumford on January 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  103. Different format now?? Ok….. anyway the dream home is wonderfull:):) thanks for the ideas:)

    gbfla on January 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm
  104. I love everything about this house!!!

    Amanda on January 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  105. sorry did not mean to make 3 similar comments. Confused with the new format where new comments post at the beginning as it use to post at the end, so thought it did not post. Like the new idea as you do not have to search for new comments.

    Back from vacation and glad to see the many comments i missed while i was gone.

    nursejudyfromCa on January 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm
  106. I love the kitchen, bright, nice refreshing look. Is there a pantry?

    nursejudyfromCa on January 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm
  107. The Kitchen is refreshing and I would love sitting at the counter with my cup of chai tea. I believe they said the dressers were instead of a pantry or is there a pantry as well?

    nursejudyfromCa on January 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm
  108. The kitchen is great, I did not notice a pantry. Is there one?

    nursejudyfromca on January 7, 2016 at 11:59 am
  109. The change in the deck off the master bedroom is great and I really like the change from the original. Can imagagine enjoying the view.

    nursejudyfromca on January 7, 2016 at 11:57 am
  110. From the Floor to the roof and the sand to the shore . I Love everything about the HGTV Dream Home 2016.

    Doris Griffin on January 7, 2016 at 11:50 am
  111. What a superb job to all but just looking at all those stairs I think on the next house you need to add an indoor elevator if you have a bi-level what ya think. But the house is beautiful every year you guys get better and better keep up the good work and thank you.

    Charlene on January 7, 2016 at 11:12 am
  112. The kitchen is amazing. I’ve always wanted this styled storage for pots & pans.

    Heidi on January 7, 2016 at 11:03 am
  113. Loved the dining room those chairs and that no other way to say it the huge art on the wall it was not loud very soft, I think this is why you where able to do that right? Beautiful…

    Charlene on January 7, 2016 at 11:02 am
  114. The house looks lovely. You need to design the kitchen so there is a bi-level counter, with the top deep enough for someone in a wheelchair to sit at it. The whole counter at seating would work, especially for the many who need to sit while they work. The total first floor and all outdoor spaces should be all on one level. That doesn’t cost any more if included in original plans. Make sure the doors are wide enough to accommodate a wheel chair and the bathrooms are user friendly, especially on the first floor. The house will still look lovely and won’t be noticed by those folks who need the house to be wheelchair user friendly.

    Bobbi on January 7, 2016 at 10:57 am
  115. I love that new feature on the Delta products with the led lighting showing cold to hot, great idea. I do also love the marble tile all the way to the ceiling not just in the bath but in the baths as well. That helps with cleaning, and with a crisp clean look. Thanks.

    Moveinready on January 7, 2016 at 10:24 am
  116. Love that bathroom – especially the blue tiles! Pot/Pan pull out drawers in kitchen – would love to have room for those!

    lmt on January 7, 2016 at 9:27 am
  117. Love the lazy Susan for organization. The jars in the bathroom for loose items is a nice touch as well. It’s neat to learn little details of this home. I can’t wait to learn more! By the way, is this new way of posting on the blog here to stay?

    MaineBlackBear on January 7, 2016 at 8:57 am
  118. Love the Sparkling White Crispness features! Champagne Bronze One Touch looks awesome!

    Checotah on January 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

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