HGTV Dream Home
Feb 9

Q&A With Interior Designer Brian Patrick Flynn

By now you’re very familiar with our talented interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. We caught up with the designer after load-in day from our favorite waterfront property in Merritt Island. Here’s what he had to say about his design in the main living areas at HGTV Dream Home 2016.

Brian Patrick Flynn

Q: Tell us about your design approach for this year’s HGTV Dream Home.

A: When I was asked to design the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island the thing that worked right away is that I’m from Florida. I’m from Fort Lauderdale, and I’ve spent my entire life around Florida interiors seeing the same old cliché thing again and again. There’s a bunch of salmon, sea foam, yellow, and navy stripes.

So I decided to take a completely different, non-expected route. What we’ve done is create this very casual, elegant Floridian home that takes a lot of cues from the look and the feel of houses in the Hamptons.

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Q: What’s sets your approach apart from other Floridian design?

A: There’s  not a lot of fish, lobsters or pelicans in typical Floridian design. This home is a big play on softness and color, and a lot of very light tones, washed out grays and gray-blues. Overall the biggest objective of this house is to bridge the gap between the indoors and the outdoors, because it has this incredible, spectacular view of the Indian River.

Q: Tell us about how you designed the great room to take advantage of the beautiful views.

A: The furniture in the living room is set up to enjoy the view. So as you first walk in you’ll notice the upholstery is different shades of blue-gray and dove gray, which are colors you can see outside in the sky and in the river. To soften up the windows without fighting with the view, we dressed them with a sheer drapery to help bring the overall color palette all the way up to the ceiling.

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Q: What about that amazing wall mural?

A: We decided to turn that into something that people are going to talk about. So we got in touch with the Historical Society of Bavar County, and we looked through hundreds of stock images from the 60s and 70s. We found this 1970 black and white photograph of a whole bunch of surfer dudes and surfer dudettes out on surfboards, basically in the same area this house sits on. We had that printed on the same material that creates bus wraps.

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Q: Let’s move into the kitchen. Tell us what you’ve done in here.

A: The kitchen is the same color scheme as the great room because the great room, kitchen and dining room all fall into one another. In the kitchen, the biggest change was the cabinets, which are all from Cabinets To Go. Instead of using the same white cabinets, we chose two different cabinets. The upper cabinets are crisp white and the lowers are made of a very dark wood veneer.

What’s fantastic about having the dark on the lowers is, again, it pulls in that black accent that I’m using throughout the great room and it grounds the space. The uppers are all made of what’s called Malibu White, and that’s a Shaker style. Shaker style is super transitional, which means it can go with modern or traditional style interiors.  And it’s white so it’s classic and it’s never going to go out of style.

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 Q: I love the backsplash. What’s the story?

A: The backsplash is a mosaic marble basket weave, which combines white with dove gray and black. When you walk into the kitchen your eyes go directly to that backsplash, but then as you pull back you’ll notice that the backsplash actually ties everything together in a cohesive way.

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  2. I was just wondering what flooring you used in the house. It is beautiful. If I should not win this beautiful home maybe I could use the flooring in mine.

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  3. This entire post absolutely ROCKS! Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. It really shows.

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  4. Great work. I love to do that kind of home decor activities but my week point is that i can install wall wraps professionally.So, I called the Wall Wraps NJ and bring them to my home to install it properly. They did a great professional job.

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  32. Dear Brian Flynn,
    My son Edward is a Disable Veteran, he has been bouncing around homeless & will be going to the Savation Army next week….I'm his mother & living on Social Security benefits & a small pension. I pay rent which keeps going up. We both would love to have a small home. I keep entering the contest & absolutely love your designs. Keep up your great work!!!

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    Dianna DiMare on April 22, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  33. what wood flooring did you use? color type manufacturer etc.?

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    • I never wrote anything about wood floors in my comment,

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  34. a few of the things that I find odd about this so called smart dream home are some of the things in the kitchen, the complete absence of a pot filler at he cook top, the placement of what appears to be a warming drawer all the way below the ovens near the baseboard and two old school drop down door wall ovens (a smart home or dream home should have french door ovens, leaning over a hot oven door with a large roast is not a good thing) no central vacuum system for the home, which is a lot more powerful and a lot cleaner to use as the tank is not in the house itself. The architects need to stop putting the garage in the front of the home, it should not be a prominent feature of the house again old school thinking, try putting it to the side of the home so it is not fighting with the home entrance.

    Shefra on April 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm
  35. I just love everything about it, just gorgeous! My 3 kids just love the outdoor areas- and the beautiful views. Just amazing!

    Cristi J on March 21, 2016 at 9:18 pm
  36. Do we have any news about a winner being chosen yet? I am waiting for your email or visit! I just LOVE this gorgeous home! It would be such a privilege to wake up in that gorgeous master bedroom to those views every morning for the rest of my life! LOL It would even be worth the cost of all the taxes I'll have to pay when I win it! Thanks to the whole HGTV team and everyone who contributes to these wonderful, life altering homes!

    Melinda Smucker on March 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  37. Day dreaming about winning this perfectly decorated dream house! This is the best yet HGTV!

    Karen M. Preus on March 18, 2016 at 11:10 am
  38. Brian, you are an excellent designer! I absolutely love the peace and tranquility throughout the house and outdoors! Everything flows so well throughout. I really, really, really wish you did this just for me! I love, love, love it!!!!!

    icewormprincess on March 16, 2016 at 5:02 pm
  39. I live in Utah way out on an Indian reservation I suffer from many internal issues and need to get dome sun rays to help my dangerously low bit d count so I love this place it is so beautiful I check every day til I win it you guys have done so well on this it is just something I can't put into words someone will b a very lucky person

    Joanne on March 12, 2016 at 6:07 pm
  40. I got to tell you Brian, when I need a little uplifting in my day, I have to look at the beautify and happy colors and fabrics you place on this home. Its so bright and so well put together. It just brides up my day to look at it.Thank you for the inspirations and happiness you give us with your creations.I will not change a thing on this home.It will be my forever home. Love , Love ,Love your Decor.

    Elizabeth Kelly on March 12, 2016 at 5:52 am
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  42. Love this home !!!!

    Lana on March 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm
  43. Every single detail is perfection! It's almost as if this home was designed for my eccentric chef husband; my quirky, beach-loving 18month old daughter; my active (& huge!) bulldog; and me: the mommy & massage therapist, who has moved over 12 times, 5 states & 10 years in search of "home"! I've dreamt of this! …and while we've spent our lives living in the cold (Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, & most recently Massachusetts!) I'm more confident than ever that warm weather and the beach MUST be part of our everyday lives!

    Colleen on March 6, 2016 at 9:52 am
  44. VERY WELL PLANNED, BRIEN PATRICK FLYNN! I look forward to watching your work in the future.

    Steve on March 5, 2016 at 11:34 pm
  45. Brian – what will your next project be?

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  46. Waiting for my call:) Ready to move to warmer weather. Getting older and these New York winters are getting worse with age!!!!!

    Cheryl Smith on March 5, 2016 at 8:35 am
  47. Spectacular home!

    Debbie Smith on March 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm
  48. I love the color scheme in each room, the art, and decor, but especially like the doors that open, to bring in the fresh outside warmth and lots of light! So much to take in! This house would truly be a dream home, something that could be shared with a large family as a retreat from the Indiana weather, and allow my family to have a vacation get-away and come visit me year around, especially my family and grandchildren!

    Karen M. on March 3, 2016 at 11:37 am
  49. I am obsessed with this house ❤️ I've entered every single day twice a day since day one :) & I've been Looking at all the pictures and videos, dreaming about cooking in that kitchen, hosting party's for family and friends in the backyard, taking a bath in that beautiful bathtub, enjoying every detail of that house & being able to share that lifestyle with family and friends would be an amazing feeling

    Maiara on March 3, 2016 at 9:23 am
  50. I would like to start of by thanking God. The United States of America HGTV and all the smart and talented designers sponsors laborers contractors who worked extremely hard to create such a breathtaking marvelous outstanding magnificent beautiful fascinating excellent Grand lovely statuesque well-formed elegant classy stunning exquisite divine Home. My 2016 Dream home God bless you all. every detail in this house is admirable. Mr. Brian Patrick Flynn God bless you brother Great job I love all the colors you chose. this is truly a Caribbean paradise I ask that the Lord bless every last one of you and that he protects and bless HGTv network
    since I've been a kid this network has been a inspiration in my life I just get chills thinking about this house. Psalms 34:9-10 Matthew 6:31-34

    Jefrid Pierre on February 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm
  51. "There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like the HGTV Dream Home 2016!"

    Debbie Smith on February 27, 2016 at 8:27 am
  52. Outstanding property! Great choice Josh! Love, love, love the transformation from all the structural decisions, right down to the pretty… Thank you for all your blood, sweat and ( hopefully, my tears of joy) If I win!! Brian, you are a genius! I feel like we think alike! I love everything and my favorite room is the terrace bedroom too!

    Debbie Smith on February 25, 2016 at 5:47 pm
  53. I am absolutely in love with this house. It's so "me". I love the gold in the kitchen and the grays, blues and white with pops of color and trendy decor throughout the house. It's like it was designed just for me. It is the perfect mix of classy and beachy. The house is really bright and light and opens right up into the pool and the view of the water! What more can you ask for?! A boat of course! I can't wait to take it out on the water! It truly is a dream house.

    Leianna on February 23, 2016 at 2:49 pm
  54. I watch the hgtv dream home every year and they are all so fantastic. They have great decorating ideas. I hope you keep it up for many years so that I can enjoy them for the years I have left

    Sherry on February 20, 2016 at 5:56 am
  55. I had dreamed about this home before I even knew where it was going to be this year. Not exactly how I dreamed it, but so close ,it was eerie. I absolutely fell in love with it and was so surprised when I looked it up and seen where it was being done at. I love the way it was remodeled. Both my husband and I have bad knees and backs, and the doctors have been telling us for years that we needed a pool.I love have you can just walk out to it. It's truly like living in paradise. I have enjoyed watching you remodel it and watching it turn into The beautiful Dream Home that it is. My birthday is March 21st, and this would be the greatest gift ever. I would so love to win it, but I wish everyone good luck.

    Kitty Thompson on February 20, 2016 at 2:52 am
  56. I'm already having entry with drawl anyone else? Revisited the 360 degree photos. I just love viewing them each time I see them I see something I may have missed before

    pattieclemm on February 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  57. You are amazing ! I can praise it all ! The Mural….It is genius. It first evokes a strong curiosity and as you comprehend it, it's a living object d'art ! I've named it Carpe Diem ! I first cried because I thought of the boys lost at sea but God reminds me they are safe in heaven and the Mural is for now and to Keep the faith and enjoy each day of Gods Grace!! This is my forever dream house ! Ready to move on to happiness and gratefulness.~

    Cecelia Thomson on February 19, 2016 at 11:57 am
  58. I am blown away by this genius design!!!!!! when I seen it on TV , I thought I've got to have it I showed my kids and they were stoked!!! we've been praying and hoping and crossing our fingers and even if we don't win this year, there is always next year, thank-you for this opportunity!!!!!!

    Cinthia on February 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  59. How do you know when you win? Like, when do you figure it out?

    Cnthia on February 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  60. If is HERE!!!! The last day to enter has arrived! Best of luck to everyone!

    mytorpor on February 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm
  61. The whole house is done so well. Fresh and easy! No fussy or wasted spaces. Luv it. It inspires me.

    Diane on February 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  62. My last entries are in. So ready for the ambush them! Hoping Someone Special is the winner and that the winner is a blogger!!!

    Lessie on February 18, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  63. I have a question I hope someone could answer. Does anyone know if the community would allow short term rentals of the DH? It might be a way for the winner to be able to keep the home. It is an older community ….

    Eugenia27 on February 18, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  64. Good luck to all!

    ksboiko on February 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  65. Advice well worth heeding! (Be sure to get your final two Dream Home 2016 entries submitted today before 5 p.m. ET.)

    DBCoop on February 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm
    • Good one

      Eugenia27 on February 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm
      • ^_^

        DBCoop on February 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm
    • That is a profound statement, Coop. It applies to everything in life, not just the 2016 Dream Home!

      Lessie on February 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm
      • So very true, Lessie.

        DBCoop on February 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    • Got mine in, Just a hoping those keys fit in my pocket. HAHA you have got to have some humor in life these days. It's a dream coming some ones way soon. So rub your horseshoe, or your rabbits foot, or blow on your 4 leaf clover, or other I have none of them so please rub or blow on one for me. "GREAT LUCK TO ALL"

      pattieclemm on February 18, 2016 at 7:31 pm
      • If those keys don't fit in your pocket, pattieclemm, hide them in your shoe. You may have to limp a little, but you'll still be smiling.

        DBCoop on February 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm
        • Good One. DB

          pattieclemm on February 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm
    • Hope you are talking about the keys to that house! Good luck!

      Jennifer on February 22, 2016 at 8:42 pm
  66. Well, my final 2 entries are submitted….now its nail biting time for us all! This is an amazing, gorgeous home that anyone wouldn't love to have. My hubby isn't a beach person, but loves boating, and we both would love sitting on the dock, sipping wine while watching the sunset…. so that's just a couple of reasons for our loving this place, and hope that all our dreams and loves will come true!!!!!

    flygirl66 on February 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  67. Well this build is coming to an end. I entered a few times and what happens happens. It has been a lot of fun and really looking forward to the next one. I'm here for the blogging fun! This build really helped get me thru the winter doldrums and provided a mental vacation. After 5 pm I'm going to be imagining where the next Dream Home build might be taking place right this minute. Sorry a bored mind is a dangerous thing. Thanks for some wonderful decorating ideas, great blogging buddies, and providing a most welcome diversion through these cold winter days. Great job BPF!! And Staff! Kudos to camera jockey. Hokiemom

    Ashtabulannie on February 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm
    • I got my last entry in so I'm on board with you. Where oh where will the next Dream Home be? Is it too soon to ask for clues? LOL
      They have totally covered Florida with everything, Dream Home, Smart Home, Urban Oasis and Blog Cabin. How about a move North and West. (pretty much have to go that direction from Florida) That leaves ….. well, the entire contiguous United States. I Know, Alaska!! I could definitely Dream about a Dream Home in Alaska.

      Eugenia27 on February 18, 2016 at 1:27 pm
      • Well yes too early to begin the clue game for the next Dream home. LOLOL But . I've learned not to fall in love with these builds. They are only for wishing and dreaming and fantasy vacations. And that is fine with me. It is a lot of fun!!!! I simply will move on over to the Urban Oasis Blog and hopefully have a good time with the clue game over there! I really like the idea of a Colorado location!!! Denver or Colorado Springs would be totally kool. The Smart Home is developing nicely! Crossing fingers…… but NOT holding my breath. Not getting house cleaned and not putting on makeup. As if it makes a difference. lolol

        Ashtabulannie on February 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm
        • I do use the idea of the HGTV ambush team showing up at my door, as motivation to do my spring cleaning. Funny, but I notice the little things when I picture them being on National Television.

          Eugenia27 on February 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm
          • Lol! Not a problem, Eugenia. Tell everyone you know that you'd like to be ambushed some place other than your home. A nice restaurant is always great!

            Lessie on February 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm
        • Ash, I've learned to enjoy fellow bloggers first. I'd love to win but not at the expense of overlooking and enjoying all I now have. I'm thankful and grateful for all I now have and will also be thankful and grateful for all I receive later. However, before moving on, I want to close out this dream with a heartfelt congratulations to the winner.

          Lessie on February 18, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  68. Brian – the hous is truly a beach dream home – one that I hav wntd for YRS!!! I hav ben renting rms frm people here in VA for 11 yrs now & im SO redy to own my own place agin & decorated the way I've always dreamed about!!! But the best part — Merritt island is my home twn – I wrked at the Cape aftr h.s. & the hospital & I graduated frm Merritt island high & I wnt to Thomas Jefferson middle school & I jus wnt to come home!!! Plzzzz dear God lemme win so I can reunite w/my frends & my home twn & the beach – I miss that a lot & living on the river agin wud be heaven!!! This wud make me the happiest person on earth!!! & I watch ur channel evryday & to own a home built by hgtv?!?!?! Absolute heaven!!!

    Julie Edwards on February 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm
  69. Tomorrow is the last entry day. To all of the wonderful people whom I have had commented on their remarks and their comment's on mine. I thank you. I think the Blogs are great and what learning experiences we all get from each other's views. A true learning experience. I wish all of you best of luck, I will be envious if I don't win but such is life. The Dream Home 2016 is the Dream of a life time and I hope the winning family get to actually live in it. May God bless and keep all of you.

    pattieclemm on February 18, 2016 at 11:41 am
  70. I absolutely love the design of this house and everything about it! I have been looking at all the photos since day 1 of this sweepstakes and entering every day to win this beautiful home! We live in Colorado but our son and grandkids live in Merritt Island, so it would be so great to get to win this house to retire to Florida and enjoy seeing our grandsons grow up! We love Colorado but getting tired of the snow and cold! Florida feels so good to us when we visit and we have been hoping to spend time there in the winters! We would be so happy to get the best of both worlds! Keeping my fingers crossed! Love HGTV my favorite on TV!

    Connie on February 18, 2016 at 11:18 am
  71. IT'S HERE, fellow dreamers — February 18, 2016, with a final cutoff at 5 p.m. ET — the end of an era… for Dream Home 2016 Sweepstakes entries.

    Next up? The wait! We're talkin' high anxiety here until the Grand Prize winner is contacted or "ambushed" sometime between March 21 and April 11, 2016. Subject to change, of course, as necessary to round up the winner. Don't stray too far from home. ^_^

    Note to self: Don't miss today's 5 p.m. ET deadline! (Whatever it takes to get those last two entries in, folks!)

    DBCoop on February 18, 2016 at 10:53 am
    • Good luck to all.!!!! Thanks for all the fun.

      slyfoxsherri on February 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    • Hilarious!

      Lessie on February 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm
  72. Please, let me know about the flooring…..the color is perfect for almost any home today. Brand? Color? Installation? (is this a diy project?)

    Jane on February 18, 2016 at 10:31 am
    • Its from the sponsor Lumber Liquidators. Bellawood Carriage House White Ash.

      dreamn_again on February 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm
  73. HGTV wants to shower you with a Grand Prize package worth over $1,700,000! (ARV of $1,750,756) Or take the cash option and clean-up with $1,261,555 that includes a brand new 2016 GMC Acadia Denali and a 21' Bryant Speranza powerboat! (The boat is aptly named… Speranza is Italian for Hope, as in we're hoping to win this Dream Home and all that comes with it!)

    DBCoop on February 18, 2016 at 10:25 am
    • Thank you, Coop, I love the name Speranza, because now I know what it means.!

      OCO on February 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm
  74. It's a very big day, one that I have been dreaming of and I'm so excited. This is such a beautiful home! Congratulations to all those involved in making it happen, good job! Now, it's just a matter of making someone's dreams come true. Good luck everyone!

    memanbepa on February 18, 2016 at 10:22 am
  75. This. Is. Amazing. My childhood home was on the river a few miles north of this, so seeing this transformation brings a flood of amazing memories to mind. Your design is a beautiful understatement of Florida style. Perhaps I will be the lucky winner and I can come home to "my island"

    Amy Carter on February 18, 2016 at 10:17 am
  76. LUV the color s the most.I live on Lake Ontario and did a reno on both bathrooms.I designed my little bath in the sea shore theme.Pink barnacles,starfish, and pearls.My bathroom was started from a portrait I purchased and had mounted.It has a sandy beach with a perfect orchid laying on the sand with shells etc.I put in a sea glass sink and sea glass bubble knobs.I wanted to do my river rock floor with the teal,but ended up with the creams and whites,as no on could ship me the sample to see the exact colors.That is my only regret.The other bathroom is my fiance's, he wanted skulls, and dragons.I never did dark colors before..did a lava counter with a boulder bowl(half flowing rock,half flowing smooth polished stone.I did a crystal handle dragon faucet,skull and femur bone toilet bowl brush..mural of an old house with graveyard.Did a dark river rock floor just to keep some sense of matchie..matchie..haha I love your does inspire an everyday viewer to aspire to a better home design.Thank you

    Devon on February 18, 2016 at 9:45 am
  77. I like every detail and the way you renovated the entire house, (Who wouldn't) I would suggest next time when presenting the before and after pictures that the pictures are taken from the same angle and viewpoint for both the before and after pictures. Great job on the work :)

    Dreyer on February 18, 2016 at 9:23 am
  78. Ok now….. my last two entries are in :) :). Thank you to everyone at hgtv for this wonderfull home:):) and good luck to everyone!!!:):)

    gbfla on February 18, 2016 at 8:54 am
  79. Bingo, final two entries are sent! Good luck everyone!!

    MaineBlkBear on February 18, 2016 at 6:52 am
  80. Dear Brian Patrick,
    Congratulations on all your hard work in creating the 2016 Dream Home!!
    It truly is my (+ family) dream home! I am frequently thinking about this fabulous
    home you have designed and have watched all the design videos from the
    inside of it to all the gorgeous outside design features. Thankfully, today
    is the last day to enter the contest because I literally go to sleep thinking about
    it and wake up thinking about how much it would mean to my family to live in it.
    If I don't win it I'm sure the family who does will appreciate + enjoy it everyday!
    I need to go back to bed!! It is 2 am in Wisconsin! (It really is my dream home!

    Deborah Remshak on February 18, 2016 at 3:02 am
  81. Woohoo — got my last two Dream Home entries in — and doin' the happy dance!

    DBCoop on February 18, 2016 at 1:36 am
    • Can't do the happy dance now but I sure hope to do it sometime in the near future, Coop. The dance will be so much better when I'm off drugs and able to walk again.

      Lessie on February 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm
  82. The saga of last year's Dream Home 2015 on Martha's Vineyard — and whether the O'Dell family decided to keep the house or take the cash prize –for those who hadn't yet heard the news….

    All's well that ends well. Even after taxes were paid on their winnings, the O'Dell family pocketed a handsome sum of money to make their personal dreams come true, and Dream Home 2015 welcomed two very happy new owners.

    DBCoop on February 18, 2016 at 1:20 am
    • Thanks for the reminder, Coop. That's what it's all about.

      DesignABCs on February 18, 2016 at 9:56 am
    • I did love that home. The craftsmanship was impeccable.

      Eugenia27 on February 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm
  83. A great story: When I was young, my mother told me that happiness was the key to life, so when people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd always say, "happy." They'd tell me I didn't understand the question. Turns out they didn't understand life!

    Could be. There is, however, one thing moms didn't know about back then — the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes. Now THAT puts a whole new spin on the key to happiness idea!

    Watch this video and see for yourself how a set of keys can make a world of difference in someone's life…

    DBCoop on February 17, 2016 at 10:31 pm
    • Loved seeing again the video of last years winner…what a sweet couple, well deserved. I hope their whole family is "happy" and living it up their HGTV Dream Home!!!!!

      flygirl66 on February 17, 2016 at 10:54 pm
    • Your mother was special Coop but you already know that. She instilled great values in you. Like you and others, I'm ready for THE set of keys which takes me to a new level of happiness. Can't imagine what that will be like since I'm happy now.

      Lessie on February 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm
  84. I love the light colors used in the design of this home. They are so calming and so is that view! Even the night view with the small lights on the dock are such a wonderful touch! I can't imagine anything that has not been thought of to make this a wonderful retreat. Goodbye snow, hello sunshine!

    KG31 on February 17, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  85. Goodness — yet another reminder about the big day, this time from Lumber Liquidators:

    DBCoop on February 17, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  86. i want this house so bad . This is the perfect house,

    Terry morrell on February 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  87. hard to believe it is almost time for winner decisions.

    nursejudyfromCA on February 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  88. Florida, here we come…!!!

    Sandra Gautier on February 17, 2016 at 8:15 pm
  89. I'm still smiling.

    Eugenia27 on February 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm
  90. This is Julie Edwards agin – I'm still prayin evry day – only evn harder now that the cut off is almos here – I'm prayin realy hard cuz this Hous is evrything that I've EVR wntd – Merritt island is my hom & ive ben wanting to mov back home for YRS!!! I've ben a beach baby since I was born & ive always wntd a hous to reflect that!!! Thers not a thing I wud chg & being able to sit outside & see the sun rise ovr the river (jus like wher I lived b4 only that was the banana river but it dosnt matter) & also see the moon rise. It's SO relaxing & beautiful & i cud maybe evn water ski agin – maybe – lol! That wall that shows the beach in the 70's w/all the surfers – wow! – amazing – my brothers cud possibly be in that pic! I miss the beach & the river & Ive always wntd a pool also &&&& I havnt had my own place for TEN YRS & I'm 58 yrs old & like I sid its EVRY SINGLE thing I cud possibly wnt in a hous!!!!!! Plzzzzz dear God – I WNT TO GO HOME – I MISS MERRITT ISLAND & COCOA BEACH!!!

    Julie Edwards on February 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm
  91. Wow Brian! From the exterior of the house to every detail throughout the interior of the house, you have created an imaginable living space for one to call their home! The colors that you choose give the house such a calm and inviting feel to it…watching the videos makes me feel like i'm even there! As for the kitchen, I absolutely LOVE how you used dark wood for the bottom cabinets and white for the top cabinets! its very unique and gives the room a great contrast between dark and light! You have amazing style! Everything in this house is beyond perfect! This is more than a dream home honestly, its magical!!! I truly enjoyed watching the tour videos of how everything was designed and chosen specifically for each room and how it all came together! Can't wait to see what you create next!! Cheers! =)

    Natalie Gutierrez on February 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm
  92. I hope Brevard County survived the tornadoes and crazy weather a couple days ago! I will take the Dream Home even if the roof has blown off….just saying!! I can't wait to see whose gonna win! Why not someone from my state, like ME! :)

    waterspout2013 on February 17, 2016 at 6:36 pm
  93. You have no idea how much I could use this home. Just the serenity itself would be a blessing. I absolutely love everything about it. Great job Brian an team.
    Fingers crossed that I am blessed as the winner of this beautiful masterpiece of a home.
    Thank you for such great effort.

    Lois Snyder on February 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm
  94. The driveway entry is so grand. Could you imagine that being your driveway home?! I could…:)

    I can't believe the end is near. I look forward to my online entry twice per day. I usually take a minute (or 20) to review some photos, admiring the design and finished product. I am so excited to see how this wraps up!

    TCJ on February 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm
  95. I'm in love with the design and the warmth of this home! Every square inch of it is not only appealing but inviting. So many great ideas that all work together to create this island paradise. Great job Brian and all of the design team!

    Caryn Abbott on February 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  96. Love it love it………
    How cute:):)


    gbfla on February 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm
    • Me too, love it, thanks, DeerSpring ! :)

      OCO on February 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm
  97. I love the living room design, The eclectic use of textures with the open design is absolutely wonderful. The transformation of the home is fantastic. I like David when I first saw the bold color in the bedroom went woe, but you did a beautiful job of breaking the color intensity down in such an elegant way. I enjoy the use of masculine and feminine balance throughout the house. Cu do's Brian!

    Moveinready on February 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm
  98. Brain, I too have lived all over Florida and am so sick of the typical Florida home. I love you took this home to the Hamptons style. I did take time for the mural of the sufers and surfferetts to grow on me. It all ready had but after reading how it came to be, had me grow more of an appreciation for it. Brain, you nailed this home, well done!

    Luciann Taylor on February 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm
  99. Love Florida
    This is a totally awesome home, every aspect is beauitful.
    Great choices in you color choices and designs, furniture etc.
    Well done.
    Keeping my fingers crossed to live in this. This is a dream.
    Best wishes to you.

    Fred Termini on February 17, 2016 at 11:21 am
  100. In my dreams, I'm enjoying all of the amenities of this home. It's my most favorite HGTV home ever. I can't imagine what could be better.

    Cruise Gal on February 17, 2016 at 11:16 am
  101. Me too !!!!

    Cruise Gal on February 17, 2016 at 11:13 am
  102. This house is amazing! Thank you for doing such a great job HGTV & Brian! I can't wait to move in!

    Tammy Lawman on February 17, 2016 at 10:56 am
  103. Ever get that giddy feeling you're lighter than air? It happens when the excitement builds to a fever pitch and there are only 2 days left to submit your daily entries for the Dream Home Sweepstakes.

    DBCoop on February 17, 2016 at 10:39 am
  104. Only 2 days left to enter and I am getting very excited. I can not wait to see who will win this beautiful home. I would really make this my forever home if I win. It is left up to God and whoever pulls the winning name. Well God Bless and good luck to everyone out there that entered.

    Margaret Perkins on February 17, 2016 at 9:45 am
  105. @Vesna…great link! No one is happier for the winner of a sweepstakes than the IRS. ALL sweepstakes awards are ascribed an "Approximate Retail Value" (ARV) that is reported to the IRS and treated by the IRS as "other income" for tax purposes. You might be able to lower your taxes by documenting to the IRS that "Fair Market Value" (FMV) is less than the reported ARV (e.g, sweepstakes sponsor files that the house is worth $1.5M, but FMV is shown to be $1.1M). Regardless, the winner will owe federal and state (in most cases) taxes…and A LOT of them. This is why the sell option is the only sensible and practical option for all but the wealthier. For most (with a few possible exceptions), keeping the house is financial suicide. Take the net cash, invest it in tax-free bonds, and use the tax-free income stream to pay a low-interest, 30-year fixed mortgage (or a secured line of credit) on a nice beachfront condo. THAT is how you have your cake and eat it too

    Brian on February 17, 2016 at 7:10 am
  106. Did anyone post if this home can be rented out? Just in case I win…LOL

    Ut4evr on February 17, 2016 at 12:44 am
    • Still wondering if the HOA allows rentals…

      Ut4evr on February 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm
      • The HOA is Egrets Cove. That would be a very important question to ask. I, too, would be curious about that!

        Jennifer` on February 22, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  107. Curious… If the winner chooses the cash option, what happens to all the furnishings, decorations, etc., when they go to sell the house? I am presuming that they do not put the house on the market as is, completely furnished.

    leewardmark on February 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm
    • The property changes hands to someone who offered the money for the cash option, and whoever that someone is, decides what to do with the furnishings. The Sonoma, CA dream home builder auctioned off the furniture etc. for charities after buying it back. Each year is different.

      dreamn_again on February 17, 2016 at 12:02 am
      • That's an interesting twist to generate more dollars to pay taxes, provided you're eligible for full deductions (i.e., not subject to AMT).

        Brian on February 17, 2016 at 7:19 am
      • That's interesting. Is Scripps the 'builder' or is that the contractor?
        My understanding is that the Winner has to pay the taxes to take title – which means my plan to take title, then sell the house/furnishings to pay the taxes wouldn't work. lol.
        I am relatively new to this. Do you know how many winners actually have been able to pay the taxes and keep the house?
        Either way, someone will end up with a great house! good luck!

        leewardmark on February 18, 2016 at 10:24 am
  108. Loving that backsplash…loving that house!!!!

    flygirl66 on February 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm
  109. This Dream home is a dream come true. I'm 70 years old and retired. My wife and I were high school sweet hearts and have always dreamed of a home on the water but this home is absolutely beautiful, kudos to all of those
    of you who built and designed it. We have always wanted to have a place in Florida.

    Winning this home would make all of our dreams come true!

    Thanks for letting us try to win this beautiful home!

    Barry Waller on February 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm
  110. As the photo says, "Wind chill? What wind chill."

    Today's weather in Merritt Island out on the pool patio? Sunny and mid-70's. I'll take it, thank you.

    DBCoop on February 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm
    • Me too. Today it was 17 degrees out. I'll even take 40. To have 70 that would be heaven to me. Especially if I was at the Dream Home of my dreams.

      pattieclemm on February 16, 2016 at 10:46 pm
      • Yikes! 17 degrees? I can't imagine it, pattieclemm. Hope you get a warm-up in your region and quick!

        DBCoop on February 17, 2016 at 10:36 am
        • DB, 17 degrees is nothing. It's gets to 10-20 below not counting on a wind chill of 45+ below. That's why I need heat! I can take the heat better than the cold.

          pattieclemm on February 17, 2016 at 12:42 pm
    • Not too hot, not too cold, just right. Florida dreaming…

      Gina on February 17, 2016 at 9:13 am
    • Heck, I would be just tickled about no snow to shovel!

      Jennifer on February 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm
  111. As for Terri, her interest is in the poolside doggie dream home — and making sure I get in every entry!

    DBCoop on February 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm
    • :) :)

      OCO on February 16, 2016 at 8:18 pm
  112. Wonderful job what you all do with the homes! Lovely view too… One question that crosses my mind though… "How would a simple retiree if they won be able to live in the home if they won, what about land taxes and insurance" On such a wonderful home wouldn't that be really beyond affordable for the typical winner?

    Debbie on February 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm
  113. There's a fish in the Dream Home powder room — and the question is, "What does it inspire you to think?"

    Well, I'd say I'm inspired to have fish tacos tomorrow and put in two more Dream Home entries.

    DBCoop on February 16, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    • Me to think. "If I could only catch one that big"

      pattieclemm on February 16, 2016 at 10:48 pm
  114. Sitting' in the morning' sun
    I'll be sitting' when the evening' comes
    Watching' the ships roll in
    Then I watch 'em roll away again, yeah
    I'm sitting' on the dock of the bay
    Watching' the tide roll away,
    I'm just sitting' on the dock of the bay

    kd652 on February 16, 2016 at 4:38 pm
    • alicesoneysmom on February 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm
    • Sitting in the morning sun–in the front courtyard
      i'll be sitting when the evening comes–in the lanai

      and for the rest–way out at the end of the ppier dreaming with a fishing pole in hand

      mary on February 16, 2016 at 9:33 pm
  115. This house takes me back to being a teenager and surfing the waves in Florida!! Love the Mural!!
    I want to live in this house and look at these views forever!

    BentonvilleBecky on February 16, 2016 at 3:59 pm
  116. Thank you, DeerSpring. :)

    OCO on February 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  117. The work is wonderful and I have been entering every day on this one. My wife retires soon and we are moving to Florida. This has everything we both are looking for and the price is just right. lol I wish there was a little more video on the dock & boat though since I love to fish and would be spending most of my time on it.

    I think the decision to renovate an existing home instead of starting from scratch, was a home run for HGTV Dream Home giveaway too. Would like to see it again next year, even if I win this year… lol

    Kim Kowalczyk on February 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  118. Margaritaville, Here We Come!!! Downshift to neutral for now… Thanks for the chance HGTV, You are the Best!

    William M. on February 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm
  119. When I look at art that I really like I feel a calm serenity that says to me that this is special. I have felt that each time I see the pictures and videos of this house. Congrats to Bryan Patrick Flynn. You have indeed created something special. I have to tell myself as I enter the contest each day not to become attached as the odds are not in my favor. I do count it as an admittedly superstious sign though that the last day of entry is my birthday.

    Pattis on February 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  120. I love this house and everything in it! I cant say it enough how much we want to live in it! I'm ready to move! I'm so anxious, only a few more days left to enter!

    Mareshah on February 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  121. I just have to tell you that this is my most favorite house so far!!

    Peg on February 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    • Mine as well. I REALLY hope I win it. I would love to see the house in person.

      Cruise Gal on February 17, 2016 at 11:12 am
  122. Well I always wait for someone to thank all the participants for the chance to win a fabulous place
    place to live in. It seems that the sponsors for this Home Give-away list has grown a bit. I see no
    reason for sponsors to not join the group of supporters who have contributed much needed items
    for the 2016 Dream Home Sweepstakes! This is in no special order, just a list of companies that I
    am very grateful for their contributions. Glidden paints has helped to make this house a rainbow of
    confection colors that make this a delish home. Cabnets to Go have helped the kitchen and bath-
    rooms to be crisp and clean and ready quickly. Delta has been a contributer for a long time, in fact
    I bought a kitchen faucet that I saw in one of the many DH! JELD-WEN has given us beautiful
    windows that can help to keep the cold out and the warm in and are beautiful to boot. I believe that
    Trex has gorgeous outdoor patios that are wanted by most home buyers. Ethan Allen has furniture
    and accessories that complete every room. I am so used to their wares that I look for them every
    time. Oh, I think I am stuck with Belgard – I think of windows when I hear their name, am I wrong?
    The floors are usually what everyone sees first and always fit the bill when a new home goes in. In
    this case new floors were needed so Lumber Liquidators came to the call.. Realtor. com and
    Quicken Loans have generously provided funds to help the winner pay the first year's taxes. Last of
    all, for those of our friends who might have a dog, Pedigree has given a generous amount of dog
    food for the family pet. I bet that if the winner has cats, they would change to prize to cat food!!!
    Thank you to all of the contributors, including HGTV, Scripps Network, and all the hard workers that
    build, paint, plumb, direct, unload, act, garden, and make this show possible and popular!!! How
    many of you agree???

    SandyLA on February 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm
    • I agree, Sandy, thanks so much for saying so. A great big thank you to all our sponsors including GMC, for the beautiful Acadia Denali.

      OCO on February 16, 2016 at 1:43 pm
      • Don't forget the Sparanza.

        pattieclemm on February 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm
        • Thank you, pattieclemm, how could we have forgotten that beautiful boat. That's one reason I have trouble each year naming names. We appreciate all of our Dream Home Sponsors and just want to say a great big thank you to each one of you. Thank you , Bryant Boats for the Speranza !

          OCO on February 16, 2016 at 11:32 pm
    • SandyLA Belgard made all the beautiful pavers used around the home in the driveway and backyard area around the pool. Add Bose who made those wireless speakers for music anywhere around the home, Bryant for the beautiful boat, and Bush's grillin beans.

      dreamn_again on February 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm
      • Indeed can't forget the beans! Have to eat dinner the 1st night. Won't leave to take-out. Will be sooooo overwhelmed if I won I would not be able to leave it for a few days. I would explore everything inside and out. Then go "shopping and fishing" "shopping and fishing" for a few days before getting in to a routine of swimming and fishing.

        pattieclemm on February 17, 2016 at 9:34 am
        • :)

          OCO on February 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm
      • Thank you dreamn_again for helping me out and for adding another name for us to thank!!!

        SandyLA on February 19, 2016 at 2:53 pm
    • Thank you for your post.

      Eugenia27 on February 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm
    • I agree with you:):) there is so many sponsors!! Wow. I am just wondering if the winner has to pay the taxes on all those items that a sponsors give??

      gbfla on February 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm
      • Yep.

        Lindingo on February 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm
    • Well said, SandyLA. So many folks to thank for every dream that HGTV brings our way.

      DBCoop on February 17, 2016 at 4:17 pm
    • So grateful to you for your thoughtful comment! I think allot of people don't say "Thank You" enough…and all these wonderful people and companies put in allot of time and effort to produce a wonderful product… so I want to also add my Thank You!!!

      flygirl66 on February 17, 2016 at 10:34 pm
  123. Love the gray blue theme that brings the outside in, and how the mural really boosts that effect. Bravo to designer Brian! As to location- it's perfect for this 60- something grandma whose grandkids are 2 hours inland from Merritt island and everyone surfs! Get Grandma out of the snow please?

    Janis on February 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm
  124. Looking forward to sunshine, blue skies and beachfront dreams come true? It could happen to you!

    Our magic number of Dream Home 2016 entry days is now down to 3 — and who knows, today's entry could be the one that wins you the key!

    DBCoop on February 16, 2016 at 11:07 am
    • I can go for that, Coop. Then comes the long wait for the ambush.

      DesignABCs on February 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm
      • Do you think they'll take pity on us and move up the ambush date this year? That would be nice!

        DBCoop on February 17, 2016 at 10:39 am
        • That would be nice! It's clues I'd love to see! : )

          MaineBlkBear on February 17, 2016 at 1:18 pm
          • Great thought, MaineBlkBear! If we get clues, I hope it'll be a little more specific than "the winner lives in a state that's South of the North Pole." ^_^

            DBCoop on February 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm
          • LOL, I'm with you on that one!

            MaineBlkBear on February 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm
  125. Winning this special Dream Home, I can see hubby and I would live happily, happily ever after!

    Checotah on February 16, 2016 at 9:03 am
  126. Brian Patrick, you did an amazing job! I love all the use of photos on the wall, in addition to your choice of colors. Today is my late husband's Birthday and I know he would've loved this home, as well as the city we started our lives together! I could see myself waking up in that gorgeous master suit and having coffee on the back porch over looking the water! Great Job Brain Patrick Flynn!

    Luciann Taylor on February 16, 2016 at 6:49 am
  127. #designperfection

    dawnrossguillory on February 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm
  128. How much it would cost you to own this home? Will cost me 800K. How much government will charge us to own the house Check this by your state:
    You need to scroll down.

    Vesna on February 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm
    • That was a VERY interesting article. Very illuminating, lol! Thank you for sharing it!

      SeattleRed on February 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm
    • Very enlightening. I think between the loan, property taxes, flood and regular home/boat/car insurance, property upkeep (landscaping/pool), cleaning and managing of the property, you would have to ask a hefty fee to rent the home out in order to pay all of that. And that is only IF the HOA (Egret's Cove) will allow you to rent it.

      Very enlightening indeed. After looking at comparable properties in the area, I don't think you could get as much as they are declaring the home is worth (1.4-1.5ish – depending on how much they are assessing the contents aka. Ethan Allen furniture is worth). It may be difficult to unload at the desired price point. One would have to ride on the cache of "it's and HGTV Dream Home" to try to even get close. That's the risk of selling. Cash option may be a better bet. I'm glad they offer that option for those who cannot afford the tax burden.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Jennifer on February 22, 2016 at 9:59 pm
  129. The design of this place, like all of the dream homes I've seen on HGTV is spectacular! I don't think a day goes by that I don't watch at least one show on HGTV! Would give my left arm to win this one!

    IntDesignFan on February 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  130. A truly amazing home! The design team outdid themselves a thousand times over! Going through all of the photos of every room and the entire exterior of the home, I feel it just exudes relaxation, positive energy, family, and fun!! The colors, furniture and decor are beautiful and seemingly very functional. The layout is wonderful! I will definitely be saying prayers for this one, my family would love this!!

    Joyce Beeman on February 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  131. Sunny California and Sunny Florida are nice during the wintertime.

    nursejudyfromCA on February 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm
  132. Those are neat, thank you and happy valentines day. Yesterday (Valentines Day) at mile 10 of the LA Marathon they had a place where runners could either get married or renew their vows. As I was running by I saw a glimpse of one going on, the bride had a net short while skirt and vail over her running shorts and the groom his black running outfit. Couldn't stop as it would affect my time, but thought what a neat innovation.

    nursejudyfromCA on February 15, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  133. Hey HGTV! Gotta shop for bed linen so can u guys tell me the size of the beds please? See u there soon! ^_-

    Judith on February 15, 2016 at 6:43 pm
  134. "What a Beautiful Home!" Quite wonderful, for the Price of a Dream…. All the hard work and visionary planning were well worth it. -Thank you, HGTV!!!

    William M. on February 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm
  135. Good taxes explanation page, everyone check your state (you need to scroll down the page):

    Vesna on February 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm
    • oh my……

      mary on February 15, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    • I would have to come up with $799,K plus so let's just round it up to $800,000.00
      I guess that answers my question if I would keep it, sell it or take the cash option.

      Eugenia27 on February 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm
      • Selling, I think, would become the best option. Because if you accept the cash option 900k, then you still need to pay tax from it (table 2 bellow) which you end up leaving with 380K in cash for that amount. What you think?

        Vesna on February 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm
        • I agree, selling it is the way to go.

          Lindingo on February 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm
  136. Only 4 days left! This little guy says, "C'mon, if I can do it, you can do it! Stay focused and get those two daily Dream Home entries in." ^_^

    DBCoop on February 15, 2016 at 10:53 am
  137. The more I look at this house, the more I love it. Whoever wins this house is a lucky person/family! Sure hope it is me. ;-) The only thing is, I don't have a dog. Two cats – so I guess I will need to adopt a dog from a shelter there. But doggie would get to live in the big house, not the doggie house.

    VTHausFan on February 15, 2016 at 10:23 am
  138. I am dying. I love every inch of this house. Obviously!!! Very talented!

    Brooke Stubbs on February 15, 2016 at 10:07 am
  139. Soooooo tired of winter!!!! I need some sunshine, some warm winds, some blue skies, and some green grass, some freshly squeezed OJ, some quite space all to myself.( Like sitting in my lounging gown, on that terrace outside the master bedroom,mug of coffee and feet on the table with only the birds chattering in the trees. )

    Ashtabulannie on February 15, 2016 at 9:53 am
    • Sounds great Ashta! Hoping it happens for you soon. Winter can be soooooooooooooo long.

      MaineBlkBear on February 15, 2016 at 10:03 am
      • Yep YOU of all people…….know what I'm talking about!  You feel my pain. Sending you a warm hug. Hokimom

        Ashtabulannie on February 15, 2016 at 10:44 am
    • Been a bit cool here in very sunny Florida. In the 40's at night. The Lovely Tom has even skipped his usual early morning golf a few times lately! That said, we still have lovely green grass, tall swaying palms and lots of blooms. Being a semi Maine resident, I get first hand reports. It is very cold and sometimes snowy. We begin having winter weary friends come for a respite in March. Boy oh boy, they'd love to come to the Merritt Island house!!! You would be very welcome.

      FloridaDebbie on February 15, 2016 at 11:41 am
    • Here in the Pacific Northwest we get our Vitamin D out of a bottle. (pill bottle)

      Eugenia27 on February 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    • Phew! Thanks DeerSpring! That helped a lot! Staring at photos……… look out window…….. stare at photo……. gaze at snow shovels…… stare at photo……..quick look out window. Ground frozen, snow turning to rain……. melting….. melting… melting…..

      Ashtabulannie on February 16, 2016 at 10:35 am
  140. Eugenia, it would be wonderful if the winner could keep the home. Not gonna hold my breath on that though. :) And thank you for your kind words.

    Ut4evr on February 15, 2016 at 9:46 am
    • I think it is weird my reply to Eugenia ended up here and where I really put it, too. What's up with that?

      Ut4evr on February 15, 2016 at 10:30 am
    • I found you.
      Did you see Vesna put up a link for the different tax amounts, depending on what state you live in? Oregon would be just under $800,000. Let's hope the winner who wants to keep the home lives in Alaska.

      Eugenia27 on February 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm
      • I'd pay over 700,000. Don't have that kind of cash lying around right now….. Luckily I'm not crazy about this home or the location. Really hope the winner isn't from California – they're the worst hit on taxes. (You're not too far behind, though) Yikes

        Ut4evr on February 15, 2016 at 11:47 pm
  141. Only a few more days…someone will be the lucky one!

    TCJ on February 15, 2016 at 6:39 am
  142. The driveway entry is so grand. Could you imagine that being your driveway home?! I could…:)

    TCJ on February 15, 2016 at 6:38 am
  143. Although we could never leave Seattle we just love this Dream Home. Thanks HGTV! And do you know what? We do have Palm Trees here in Seattle all over the place. Our favorites; the outdoor barbeque party area with all those Bush's Baked Beans and the Master Bedroom with the Balcony. Would love to add an addition to our own little Dream Home using all of your ideas. It is fun to Dream Isn't it? Happy Valentine's Day to all our Blogging Friends. Here is our all-time favorite Valentine's Day Song. Love from Alice and Soney Boy

    alicesoneysmom on February 15, 2016 at 1:07 am
    • Thank you alicesonneysmom for sharing . What a beautiful song and , remembering- .
      Hope your Valentine's day was sweet. Grammynan

      Grammynan on February 15, 2016 at 10:44 am
      • Thanks Grammynan what a kind comment. You are a Sweetheart! Love from Alice and Soney Boy from very very Rainy Seattle!

        alicesoneysmom on February 15, 2016 at 10:33 pm
    • Love "Sleepless in Seatle"

      nursejudyfromCA on February 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm
      • Thanks Nurse Judy we do too!

        Just happened to notice Stanford's on the Billboard. One of our very very favorite restaurants. Thanks Nurse Judy

        BTW it is raining CATS AND DOGS today in Seattle!

        alicesoneysmom on February 15, 2016 at 10:23 pm

          My cat, Marigold, was delighted by A Wink and a Smile. She ran up to the computer and was having so much fun!! Me, too.

          Here's one for you. :)

          Lindingo on February 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm
          • Thanks Lindingo what a beautiful song! Love the name you gave your cat Marigold! Soney and I enjoy all kinds of music too. Thanks again Lindingo. And speaking of Marigolds! One of our very favorite flowers. They have many purposes. In addition to being very pretty they ward off many insects you do not want in your garden. Love to you Lindingo and Marigold from Alice and Soney Boy from Beautiful Seattle!

            alicesoneysmom on February 17, 2016 at 10:23 pm
    • Hello! I am in Seattle too! I also can't imagine moving from Seattle, but would LOVE to have this home for a family vacation home. You mentioned all the palm trees here in Seattle… are you in the Madison Park area?? I ask because there are so many palm trees in this neighborhood! Just wondering. Good luck to you, fellow Seattle-ite. :-)

      SeattleRed on February 17, 2016 at 9:34 pm
  144. Soney and I hope everyone is having a Great Valentine's Day. Thought you might like to take a music break. One of our favorites, Grey's Anatomy, why, well it is based in Seattle that is why. Many Valentine's Day songs to watch. You don't have to download them you can just play them. And later we will let you know our very very favorite!

    alicesoneysmom on February 15, 2016 at 12:33 am
    • Best "My Funny Valentine" rendition I ever heard. Thanks, Alice!

      Lindingo on February 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  145. I keep looking at all pictures and videos and have to love everything done in this Dream Home. It amazing the job you guys did in this great home. I pray that I get to be blessed with this amazing home. :)

    IrianaC on February 14, 2016 at 11:02 pm
  146. I love everything about the remodel/redesign of this house! Brian Patrick Flynn's design style is unique…for instance who would have thought an over-sized surfing mural would fit perfectly in a living room of all places…nice job!

    Annette on February 14, 2016 at 9:52 pm
  147. thank you deer spring. happy valentines to you.

    mary on February 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm
  148. Love all of it – can't imagine anyone who wouldn't.

    Gina Grimes on February 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm
  149. I LOVE this house and area. I want a Florida home so badly. I think I have missed one day of entering. I always enter on my lunch hour and I was so upset when I missed that one day. I'm praying everyday as well for a win. I want this one bad

    Connie on February 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm
  150. for me, this home is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy my rescue dogs, count my blessings. i hope i win, but if not me, someone who will really enjoy it.

    mary on February 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  151. I hope someone who really loves this home wins it. Sounds like there's more than a few of you out there who very much appreciate this home and have dreams of living in this location. Best of luck to you! Only a few days left to enter and then the wait begins. Good luck to all dreamers.

    ut4evr on February 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm
    • I'd agree with your assessment! A lot of positive comments of bloggers whom appreciated BPF and this year's Dream Home! In my opinion, to keep or not to keep is a decision anyone would love the opportunity to have. The wait is always the hardest part for me ; )

      MaineBlkBear on February 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  152. (The Mama and Papa's)
    All the leaves are brown
    And the sky is grey
    I've been for a walk
    On a winter's day
    I'd be safe and warm if I were on M. I..
    Florida dreamin'
    On such a winter's day :)

    kd652 on February 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  153. Simply love this home! It would be a dream come true for my husband and me. We have always wanted waterfront property, and I can honestly say this one is one of the best I've seen. I would love coming home to this on a daily basis.

    D. Smith on February 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    JOY on February 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  155. Since Feb 18th is our 39th anniversary I think this would make a great gift.

    karen kosier on February 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  156. Brian, "you nailed it" with the colors!! It's like entering into an Oasis of the seas. Beautiful and breathtaking!!!

    Doreen Harris on February 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm
  157. Words can't express how beautiful and gorgeous the entire dream home gives to viewers and dreamers. I know I have spent hours dreaming about living in such a fantastic home. Recently I have talked with my husband about how we're going to enjoy every room, every inch, and every spot that only comes in a dream. He laughs, but I can't help myself for thinking of how it can come true for us. Then, comes the reality of it when I think that there has to be so many of us with the same vision of living in this marvelous home. So, I count my blessings that I have been able to check out the rooms, had visions of living there, and knowing that whoever gets it will be one lucky family. Dreams do come true. Good luck to everyone!

    Mary on February 14, 2016 at 11:53 am
  158. I

    DBCoop on February 14, 2016 at 11:49 am
    • I check your post every day to see how much longer. (Like I wouldn't know without it) It makes me happy seeing you count down the days.

      Eugenia27 on February 14, 2016 at 6:31 pm
      • The countdown serves as a good reminder to myself to get those two daily entries in right up to the very end! Not that I'm likely to forget about improving my chances of winning this beautiful Dream Home… but sometimes my busy daily routine and multi-tasking take my focus away from the prize.

        Then comes the hardest part of all — waiting for that VERY important phone call. If you're the lucky one this time around, Eugenia, simply post a comment on the blog saying IWTDH. (I Won The Dream Home.) We'll know what it means and we'll be as excited for you as if we'd won it ourself. Well… almost!

        DBCoop on February 14, 2016 at 10:46 pm
        • Thanks for the reminder Coop. Yesterday was the first entry I missed. I began my Valentines day at Dodger stadium by 4am preparing to start the LA Marathon (26.2 miles). I ran the charity relay (13.1 miles each) with my husband raising clean water for Africa with Team World Vision. I completed my half marathon in 3 hours and 19 minutes from the Dodger stadium to Hollywood at the halfway point where Hubby took over and ended at the Santa Monica Pier in 3 hours 30 minutes. I was so excited when i saw the stars on the sidewalk and realized I had made it to Hollywood, but still had a couple miles to go. It was exciting to cross the finish line and get that medal placed on your neck. I got the Big hills in LA and he got the flat road toward the beach and the heat of the day, but we made it. I was thinking when we were done, how nice a plunge in my Dreamhome pool. would have been on those now stiff muscles. Sorry I missed an entry day!

          nursejudyfromCA on February 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm
  159. Brian I have a question. Being a pro I thought maybe you can come up with an idea on what to do with the space between upper kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. This is nothing but a dust, grease collection area.I was thinking maybe making a fake wood panel from top of cabinet to ceiling covering the entire area so that no more dust and grease can collect on the top of cabinets. This is a huge issue and I know there are many women saying the same thing. I have searched all over trying to find a clever solution. I will be looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Thank you so much, Lori

    nanasgot11 on February 14, 2016 at 11:28 am
  160. Happy Valentine's Day. This is the best Dream Home yet! I am so in love with this home, inside and out. I watched the renovation show last weekend and got chills thinking of the possibility that I could actually win it. It was a beautiful home before the renovation, but now, WOW! Everything about it is spectacular. Love the tray ceiling, the mural, all the furnishings (and every little detail like the lamps with the glass bases.) Each bedroom has its own personality; company will feel like they have a B&B room picked out just for them. I so admire the gift you have to envision what you can remake a space to be, and then the talent to make it happen. If I win, everyone involved in the renovation is invited to a big thank you party!! :)

    Karen on February 14, 2016 at 11:06 am
  161. alicesoneysmom on February 14, 2016 at 12:03 am
    • Thanks Alice. That is my favorite spouse and my song.

      Eugenia27 on February 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm
      • Oh my Eugenia Soney and I couldn't find you. Just wanted to let you know that our Thank You Card to Bee is finished! Takes a long time for me to finish things. Trying to do something extra special for her if I can! This is for you Eugenia! Garlic!

        alicesoneysmom on February 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm
        • Trying to live simply in a complicated world.

          alicesoneysmom on February 18, 2016 at 10:09 pm
  162. The house is beautiful but my husband has one question, he wants to know what kind of boat comes with it?? Where is the picture of the boat, that's all he talks about…. The boat!

    Anne on February 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm
  163. Good Vibrations

    kd652 on February 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm
  164. I fell in love with this mural the surfers it was like you were at the ocean and they were coming at you it looks great so real so well design Brain what a good job now I know how you got your job you earn it you are good all the colors so well to- gather .

    janet on February 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm
  165. This house is truly a dream home. Great design Brian and everyone else did an amazing job. It appears all of you poured your heart and soul into this home. You have created a gorgeous home! The winner will be truly blessed.

    DHoffine on February 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  166. Hey Brian!I love the job that you did on this place! I really love the living room and how you matched the table and lights together! What are you going to be doing in a couple of years when I get my house built in Florida? I have absolutely no inspiration on decor anymore. Or maybe I will be the one to win this house and will sell my couple of acres to my sister since hers are right next door! LMBO

    ladybugk on February 13, 2016 at 6:58 pm
  167. I can honestly say that I have loved all of the other dream homes of the past but this one is truly something special! I completely fell in love with it at first sight.. all of the architectural designs, building materials, and interior designs and finishes are truly a couple of pages out of my dream book!

    S. Flynn on February 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm
  168. Hey Brian!I love the job that you did on this place! I really love the living room and how you matched the table and lights together! What are you going to be doing in a couple of years when I get my house built in Florida? I have absolutely no inspiration on decor anymore. Or maybe I will be the one to win this house and will sell my couple of acres to my sister since hers are right next door! LMBO

    ladybugk on February 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  169. This House is right out of Miami Vice!

    david on February 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  170. Can you guess what today is? With only 6 more days left in the Dream Home Sweepstakes, February 13 could be the day your winning entry was submitted!

    And on the subject of guessing, following Brian Patrick Flynn's Smart Home 2016 location clue style, do you know Dream Home 2016 house crasher Josh Temple's middle name? It might take a bit of a hide-and-seek online look about, but you're bound to find it lurking somewhere….

    The clue is as follows: Josh's middle name might bring up perfectly well-polished images from his HGTV 'House Crashers' renovations. That little known moniker is also the name of a long-established winery in the Napa region. It can be used as a noun or an adjective.

    All guesses welcome. The first one to come up with the middle name and post it on the blog wins the esteem of fellow bloggers — and bragging rights for the day.

    DBCoop on February 13, 2016 at 11:09 am
    • I am running through a list of wineries. So far I have Brave, Kind, Nickel, Pellet, Prime, Round, and Silver, but they don't sound long-established. Alpha (adj – alpha patient), Sleeper (adj – sleeper sofa). Maroon, but to use that as a noun you would have to be Bugs Bunny, so I am still looking. Hourglass, um, not that masculine…. Screaming Eagle has an adj and a noun, if they used a hyphenated middle name…. They probably wished they had named him that when he was teething.

      Oooh, I am going with Sterling! Gorgeous boy's name.

      Lindingo on February 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm
      • Yes, Lindingo, the answer is: Sterling! Officially, Joshua Sterling Temple, house crasher extraordinaire. Preferably known as Josh Temple, all-around cool guy.

        Sterling silver = well-polished images AND British money, as in pound sterling
        Sterling Vineyards = long-established and well-known Napa Valley winery

        Other interesting facts about Mr. Josh Temple can be found in this fun video with David Bromstad:

        DBCoop on February 14, 2016 at 12:23 am
  171. i live on Merritt Island and I love being part of this community. This house would be a vacation home away from home, even though I live here, Is it spectacular home. I love the the way they made the sunning area,
    it's breath taken Every room in the house is very airy just the way it should be. Well I have to say you did a awesome job on this Dream Home….<3

    Phyllis Lombardi on February 13, 2016 at 7:51 am
    • If I win, Phyllis, come on over! I'd love to get to know my new neighbors! How lucky you are to already live in such a place. We're at -9 degrees today up here in Massachusetts. :)

      Karen on February 14, 2016 at 11:26 am
  172. Hey where is all of the questions an answers. I was looking forward to reading all of them?

    pattieclemm on February 12, 2016 at 7:41 pm
  173. ! absolutely love this home. I have two questions for you. Although you might not be able to answer them for me.
    1, I have a 27 inch computer screen, I noticed in viewing the 90 second video when you turn to enter the home at your right elbow level while facing the front door on the front entrance wall there appears to be a partial repair. Has it been fixed?
    2. I noticed the walk way to the dock has the appearance of pea gravel. If it does I feel that it may be hazardous. While the lawn is being mowed the suction picks it up and shoots it every where. I would hate to see some one get injured, broken French doors/other windows, or damage to stucko. Not to exclude a human or pet. I have had experience with that happening in the past.. Why didn't you use the flat rocks at the edge of the dock to the edge of the lanai platform? Are they pea gravel I hope not? I truly love this home and love all of your creative ideas the home is par excellance.

    pattieclemm on February 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm
    • I would be very surprised if your question gets answered, although it's a great question & comment & I agree with what you said about the pea gravel. I don't like it at all, not only do I agree that it could be hazardous but also the grass in going to grow through that and It's just going to be worse than before the remodel. There was a wonderful edging if you look at the before picture, and window shutters. ): gone now. But I still love this Home and did so when I first laid eye's on it>>>> I could see it's real beauty !!!

      I would like to know the ceiling height of the down stairs bedrooms. Is it 7 or 8ft?? any one know???

      OCO on February 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm
      • I agree with you I saw all of the pre and post pic/videos also. The caption of this grouping is suppose to be Q&A with Brian Patrick I hope he answers them. I too love this home with all my heart it's my dream come true. My hubby and I would go fishing every day, after an early swim with a packed lunch for us and the fishes. Garden for a while in the coolest part of the day. Then take in all of the sites, shop at the local vendors. Or perhaps go out to lunch or dinner at one of the local establishments. On rainy days or 1-2 days a week I would volunteer at a free health clinic being a R.N.. I love caring for people. I know it's a 1 in multimillions of a chance. But, "dreamers dream". an I am one of them. HGTV what a great place to learn how to re-style, fix up, and update your home with class and renewed beauty and learn from the pros how to make your home but a dream. Thank you Brian, Josh, David and all of the HGTV contractors an affiliates.

        pattieclemm on February 13, 2016 at 1:43 am
        • pattieclemm, sounds like you & your hubby would do much the same as we would do, except I'm not a RN. That is so wonderful that you volunteer now or would. Keep dreaming.

          OCO on February 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm
    • Good to know about the pea gravel.

      Lindingo on February 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm
      • I really wish they would have used some kind of paver and a edge or lip to it.

        OCO on February 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm
    • looks like a doorbell or light switch to me. concentrate on the big picture and enjoy life. such a beautiful home……oops bout the pea gravel.

      mary on February 13, 2016 at 7:42 pm
  174. Brian
    Love the entire design. I would love to get in touch with the Brevard County Historical Office person you talked with to get a similar black and white print.
    Can you help?

    Fun2drive69 on February 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm
  175. “Less than one week left to enter….” : )

    Merritt Island:

    “Lively Coastal Beach House: HGTV Dream Home 2016”

    DeerSpring on February 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm
  176. : )

    DeerSpring on February 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm
  177. Lost for words on this lovely home. Definitely will be a dream come true to the lucky winner! God bless all of everyone's hard work put into this establishment.

    iowagirl on February 12, 2016 at 4:32 pm
  178. Love the dock and boathouse. Perfect for my 18' Maverick flats boat so I can be angling for redfish EVERY DAY!

    Bryce on February 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm
  179. hi everyone how are y'all, i know i have been mia but i am watching my grandsons ages 2 and 3 full time while my daughter and her hubs work and they are kicking my butt ha ha but i just wanted to stop while they are napping and wish everyone a happy v-day and good luck on winning this gorgeous house, i would be happy just winning the hew flooring from lumber liquadators b but not being a very lucky person i won't hold my breath so good luck y'all xx

    monkeyreturns on February 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  180. Love the colors in this house, and think it is the best Dream Home. Great job Brian.

    jon5444 on February 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  181. The House on Merrit Island point
    The perfect waterfront view
    Soft island breezes, warm,
    sandy beaches, and gorgeous sunsets,
    What else more I could dream?
    I wish to say pick me
    But! I realize its just a Dream,
    Dreaming a Dream from HGTVDreamHome2016. LOL!!!!!

    AlmaC on February 12, 2016 at 11:59 am
  182. No worry, dreamers, 'cause there are still 7 more days to go in the Dream Home Sweepstakes. Then you can sit back, relax and wait for that surprise knock on your door… well, you just never know!

    DBCoop on February 12, 2016 at 11:30 am
    • The buttons need to be larger…I was giving a thumbs up…and it slipped to thumbs down. Sorry can this be repaired please…7 to 8 to my 9.

      Trish_ on February 12, 2016 at 10:57 pm
  183. Every detail is perfect in my mind. Love it

    GregorB on February 12, 2016 at 11:00 am
  184. I love that HGTV hired you Brian, a Floridian, to design a home in your stomping grounds and you chose to resist the urge for the typical and embrace what the land/area spoke to you. One of my favorite elements is how the home very elegantly blends with and opens to the peaceful outdoors.

    laughtershock on February 12, 2016 at 9:17 am
  185. Brian continues to WOW all of us!! From top to bottom, inside and out! Although we are not related( same last name) I wish i had an ounce of his talent. Most designers use too many accessories. Brian balance and harmony with colors and sets are Fabulous! My only thought in reference to this dream home, the palm tree in the pottery planter to the left of the front door. Too neutral and too small. I import pottery from Vietnam and this is what i do. Set decks and homes,restaurants with fabulous pottery. The palm will become like a kite in the wind. The pot needs to be wider,lower, and of course closer to the turqouise pot in front of it, for POP!

    kimberly Flynn on February 12, 2016 at 7:04 am
  186. Elegance meets whimsy! How fun is that? I would love this home!

    Karen on February 12, 2016 at 3:33 am
  187. Hi nursejudyfromCA ! Years ago my husband and I were in SilverSprings , Florida at a place that had statues under water on the lake, that were put there for a previous movie. This place also was surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with so many tropical birds. We went out in a boat that had a glass bottom and saw the statues. At the time, it reminded me of the movie, The Glass Bottom Boat , with Doris Day and Arthur Godfrey. I think the guide said statues were put there for a James Bond movie with Sean Connery many years before. ( sorry if it is not spelled correctly) Gosh that brings back such good memories. We took a bus tour all around Florida even to the Key West. Thanks for giving me a reminder of happy times. Wish you and all the bloggers a blessed a peaceful night.
    Happy dreams—————-

    Grammynan on February 11, 2016 at 10:58 pm
  188. Enjoyed Brian's comments about his choices for the Dream Home. Was surprised that it was influenced by The Hamptons. I agree that- enough of the typical Florida colors. Love Brian's choices and I think it makes a very relaxing atmosphere. This will be a beautiful home for a very fortunate winner. Wish everyone a peaceful evening.

    Grammynan on February 11, 2016 at 10:08 pm
  189. Es un gran trabajo, una casa de ensueño. Esta seria una gran bendición para mi esposo y mi familia. Todo los detalles eatan muy bien planiados. Las recamaras los baños, la sala hay que de la cocina. Me encanta toda no hay detalle que no esté perfecto. Como la terraza y esa hermosa ppiscina. Dios los siga bendiciendo, esto sera un gran regalo,,, digo un sueño echo realidad para una familia. Mi esposo que tiene alzheimer dice que esa es la casa que me va a regalar,,, soñar no cuesta nada. Bendiciones

    Ivonne Baeza on February 11, 2016 at 9:36 pm
    • buena suerte para ti

      ut4evr on February 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm
  190. Thank you for all of it. you did a great job Brian.

    Tristan Riabo on February 11, 2016 at 7:49 pm
  191. I don't think there is anything is this house I don't love!!! From the soft colors to the coastal colors and nature pieces to industrial lights, this is truly my favorite house. Would be so honored to win this

    bsimms60 on February 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm
  192. Ok, I've got to tell you what that kitchen needs….ME cooking in it! Yay! I will fill those cabinets with a sous-vide, risotto pan, raclette grill, fondue pot, blow torch, crock pot (got to make a good hot dish being from MN), juicer, bread maker, etc… Would hate to mar the counters with any clutter, but the espresso maker has to go somewhere. The ONE thing I would not bring would be my winter boots!

    To cook, perchance to dream (of that kitchen)!

    Jennifer on February 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm
  193. When it comes to HGTV's Merritt Island Dream Home… i

    If I'm lucky enough to win this beauty, I'll have to find a place to hang this sign. Not sure if it should go inside or outside by the pool?

    DBCoop on February 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm
    • OMG so funny

      mary on February 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm
    • Awww!

      Grammynan on February 13, 2016 at 9:35 am
  194. Dear HGTV dream house team, Let me start with congratulating you on a fabulous home giveaway for 2016!!! I started watching videos one Sunday and could not stop. You have picked a breath takeing spot!!! I love that it was your first redo. You have chosen my personal favorite colors blue green coral and white mixed with plenty of neutrals. The tile really has me screaming. The flowers and plants add so much. it is hard for me to think about anything else! The art is spectacular! Please know that I will be a great sport for whomever wins but until that day I am considering it mine! I have read the rules and I'm ready to comply with all that winning would involve. I can't tell you that I deserve the house in any way. I have never been homeless. I have been very blessed I just have that Willy Wonka hope of a very slim chance of ending up in that Paradise. I'm tired of trying to like what I have been told I should. I taught school for 23 years and retired to keep my grandchildren I have a feeling they will visit frequently, if not end up near the dream house. My wonderful friends will be visiting often. You may laugh but I have ordered my palm tree bed head PJs . They are blue and green. I am fantasizing about cooking in that amazing kitchen. I have myself wondering if the sheets are 100% cotton. I may need your help organizing my bead collection. Can't wait to show my husband the lap pool! He has always wanted one. Not sure where my favorite coffee spot will be! Can't believe you are including that beautiful new car, boat and CASH! This Mississippi girl is travelling mentally like Mrs. Doubtfire does! Looking forward to our family gathering for togetherness and badly needed R&R. My HGTV Magazines will have a prominent spot in the house. The TV will be set on HGTV! Better go learn more about the area. Thank you for the possibility of a dream coming true!!!

    Virginia on February 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm
    • Hey fellow educator! I, too, have taught for 24 years and going strong. It's infectious, looking at the photos, tours, videos, isn't it? Here's to hoping, wishing, longing… Happy retirement to you!

      Jennifer on February 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm
  195. Sweet sixteen! Yep, that's how many entries are left to submit — that's twice daily x 8 more days — until the Dream Home 2016 Sweepstakes ends on February 18.

    DBCoop on February 11, 2016 at 10:45 am
    • Here's to the sweet sixteen! Well, more if you enter via snail mail. I can't believe it's just around the corner! Best of luck to all.

      Jennifer on February 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm
  196. Hello everyone this is such a beautiful homevi wish hope I could win this house never owned anything of my own not a pitty blog just being honest I love HGTV watch it everyday wish me and my two sons luck

    donnitta on February 11, 2016 at 3:22 am
  197. Beautiful design and very talented designer! Your work is inspiring!

    Suzanne on February 11, 2016 at 3:13 am
  198. I fell in love with this mural the surfers it was like you were at the ocean and they were coming at you it looks great so real so well design Brain what a good job now I know how you got your job you earn it you are good all the colors so well to- gather .

    janet on February 11, 2016 at 12:58 am
  199. I am not able to put my 2nd entry on DYI….is anyone else having problems

    mgl on February 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm
    • worked fine for me

      Lindingo on February 11, 2016 at 11:35 am
  200. Have you been getting my postcards? I sketched my favorite rooms of the 2016 Dream Home and put them on the front of these postcards. The living room and kitchen are among the sketches. But I have to say, the Terrace Bedroom, with its cool blue hues and views of the river are the icing on the cake. They all feature the real star of the home, the location, so well. Well done Brian! I sure hope to see this lovely home in person.

    Jennifer on February 10, 2016 at 5:52 pm
  201. The driveway entry is so grand. Could you imagine that being your driveway home?! I could…:)

    TCJ on February 10, 2016 at 5:52 pm
  202. I love what you did to this home, Brian Patrick. It is so fun to see your beautiful work. Thank you for creating such a dreamy home.

    Tristan Riabo on February 10, 2016 at 5:08 pm
  203. what a beautiful home, everything is so perfect! I have a home as well on the water, wish it would look like this!

    tina on February 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm
  204. I am ready to move in, everything in the home says relax Judy. I can't stop dreaming about those views and enjoyed Brian's Q & A. Today I am in the living room and I know the way Brian set the chairs are set in this artistic placement for the photographer, but today I'm moving the chairs to the the other side of the coffee table so i can face the windows and enjoy the views and sip my Chai tea Latte. Care to join me fellow bloggers ? Now Sunday afternoon you will have to join me at the pool because after the LA Marathon which predicts a high of 91 degrees, I will be ready to take that plunge. I was hoping for 60's as it would be a much more pleasant run. Thankfully I am running the first half, but poor hubby is the second leg of this charity run. So Sunday, we can dream together with a pool party and a Barbeque. Who is cooking the meat?

    nursejudyfromCA on February 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  205. Thank you Mr.Brian Patrick for your time to explained about your creation from the entrance to the deck its so pretty your reflection from the Sea to the River mades an unique naturally HGDreamHome!!!

    AlmaC on February 10, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  206. I was hoping this would be a place to ask BPF questions. Mine is: Why put the dining table in sideways? Ever. But especially when it blocks the entry from the garage. Yes, I know that sounds like just a criticism, but it is also a question. Why do designers do that?

    Lindingo on February 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm
  207. I am in love with everything in this dream home. All ready to move in.

    milda_16 on February 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  208. Love everything Brian did with the house. Having two different colors on the kitchen cabinets was a great idea. Both are my favorites. Hope I win this house, it's my dream!

    IrianaC on February 10, 2016 at 11:53 am
  209. Important information being tracked about the Dream Home 2016 Sweepstakes!

    DBCoop on February 10, 2016 at 11:50 am
    • Lol…..:):)

      gbfla on February 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    • Woohoo! And I love the purple!

      TwoCorgis on February 10, 2016 at 4:37 pm
      • I laughed right out loud! :D

        Checotah on February 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm
  210. A chance to win some Trex decking and an HGTV magazine subscription:

    DBCoop on February 10, 2016 at 10:53 am
  211. The kitchen is elegant yet casual – really nice! I could definitely be happy there. :-)

    VTHausFan on February 10, 2016 at 10:09 am
  212. Thank you Brian for helping to create this beautiful home. I have not noticed that it was a basket weave design for the back splash, just love it, looks great and very eye catching. It is hard to see all the details just from pictures, so I am pretty sure who ever wins this home has a lot more surprises in store for them. Counting down the days and entering every day,(my mom makes sure and asks me every day to enter). I know she would love to come back to Florida(eccspecialy the Indian River area).

    Margaret Perkins on February 10, 2016 at 9:15 am
  213. Love the "levitating" coffee table in the living room. Looks like it is supported by invisible lines from the overhead lights. Very very kool. I think what helps this illusion-the shadows underneath the table. That really seals the deal. KUDOS to photographer too! Now this tells me I've been spending waaaay too much time on these blogs!!!!! Must turn off computer.

    Ashtabulannie on February 10, 2016 at 9:07 am
    • Just limit yourself to no more than 8 hours a day online, Ashtabulannie, with two 15 minute breaks and an hour or two for lunch. It makes for a low-stress office day routine!

      Now I'd better levitate my fingers on the keyboard and get my Dream Home entries in for the day!

      DBCoop on February 10, 2016 at 11:45 am
      • It is soooooooo easy to stay inside when the weather is cold, & windy, (But at least today – beautiful blue sky and Sunny)!!! So I am putting on my walking shoes and warm hat, mittens, and taking a long long stroll for a couple of hours. Exercise, fresh air and sunshine is quite the tonic to keep these old bones from seizing up. Ha just like an old engine block sitting the the garage with old oil in the crank case? Off to commune with nature.

        Ashtabulannie on February 10, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  214. I am a Grandma/Mimi, and I love the Master bedroom, not dated at all for me. I love this Masterpiece, it's a home designed for living life to the fullest, it's fun, it's inviting, it's vibrant yet warm, exciting and calm. It brings about all of the emotions in a way that seems like therapy for the mind, soul, and body. A healing sanctuary. A home that connects with the spirit. Creativity at it's best.

    rcvannatter on February 10, 2016 at 8:10 am
  215. The tile throughout the house has me screaming! What an over the top job you have done!!!

    Virginia on February 10, 2016 at 4:48 am
  216. The living room design is awesome, simple, elegant, and clean but the master bedroom is decorated for an old floridian grandma, it doesn't seem stylish but dated. Also, since there are only 3 bedrooms, it would have been nice to designate one as a children's room. Would love to see another property like the lake Tahoe design, that was modern, cozy, and perfect! It would great to have a mother in law suite in future dream homes. Also please try to incorporate more storage type furniture, like an ottoman with storage built in for families in mind instead of bulky furniture without any storage.

    shy417 on February 10, 2016 at 3:37 am
  217. Soney wanted to take a music break. Can you imagine listening to all of our music on the Bose Music System in the Dream Home. Here are two different versions of the same song of one of our favorites.

    alicesoneysmom on February 10, 2016 at 2:35 am
  218. Felicitaciones ,me fascina tu enfoque ,la conbinacion de colores acabados ,perfectos con la arquitectura y el lugar donde está ubicada la casa Brian Patrick Flynn eres el mejor!!mis respetos!!

    ivon on February 10, 2016 at 12:53 am
  219. Wow, we didn't realize Cabinets to Go made such beautiful cabinets! LOVE the Shaker-style, great choice! The only lobster in this house is going to be in a pot for our dinner! Ha! The Kitchen/Living room area is our favorite- it's the heart, and what makes a house a HOME! #wearehome #youarewelcomehere

    Joan on February 10, 2016 at 12:45 am
  220. I what to won so bad i would be a kiss for a higher power (GOD) if i won

    lorrie on February 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm
  221. Love the decor, stand back all this house is mine

    Orlando on February 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm
  222. Love the living room! Fun 60's mural – oh, my! And then there is that fabulous view. Another great spot for entertaining or just sitting with my sweetie and lovin' life.

    MamaSue2 on February 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm
  223. What an incredible masterpiece! I'm especially loving the living room and the three pendant lights,the master balcony, raised sun deck and wonderful views. I would love to stand on that dock! Best of luck to all on February 18, 2016.

    Ruth Robinson on February 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm
  224. I declare this home mine in the name of the father, son and holy spirit.

    Faithinheaven on February 9, 2016 at 9:01 pm
    • I'm very sorry Faithiinheaven I tried to give you a positive vote but my computer is touch screen and accidentally I press the wrong I know you do not know this but I felt bad, because I laugh when I read your post, I wish you good luck after all you already married the dream home :)

      AlmaC on February 9, 2016 at 10:56 pm
    • Amen….. faithinheaven blessing to you:):)

      gbfla on February 10, 2016 at 12:20 pm
  225. I wondered what is the style from the Hampton's that inspired this home. I've never been there. This describes what BPF has used as inspiration.

    DH2016 on February 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm
  226. I'm guessing BPF has moved onto other projects but will he answer our questions about this home Virginia?

    DH2016 on February 9, 2016 at 8:30 pm
  227. Love the home throughout but please tell me about the closets throughout I love closets as much as the design and would love to see them, bring on the storage spaces!!! Mare

    Mare on February 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  228. I think you did everything right. your design is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Eleanor Scoggins on February 9, 2016 at 6:55 pm
  229. I've never been the one to enter contest or sweepstakes, but this house caught my eye from the very beginning. My wife has entered everyday, 2x daily. Absolutely stunning, and the landscape is beautiful. Luv the palms lining the driveway. Awesome job HGTV! Sad to hear one of your workers was killed on the site though. May he rest in peace.

    Craig57 on February 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm
  230. My home here in Michigan is painted the basic colors. I just love the vibrant color pallet and designs used in this home.

    Lillian Jenkins on February 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm
  231. Dan Lags builds Dream Home 2016 Part 2 — making progress!

    DBCoop on February 9, 2016 at 5:20 pm
    • Wonder how much time it takes to do these? Dan is very talented. Now for the next part.

      DesignABCs on February 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    • That was very interesting., looks neat!

      nursejudyfromCA on February 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm
  232. Building Dream Home 2016, Part 1… something different and fun to watch!

    DBCoop on February 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm
    • Talk about creative, it's amazing.

      DesignABCs on February 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm
    • I love that he's creating a dream home neighborhood! I'm inspired to play with Minecraft now. My nephews will love that I'm finally taking an interest!

      TwoCorgis on February 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm
  233. Beautiful work Brian! You, Josh and your crews should be very proud! This is an HGTV dream for sure! Taking my chances everyday! Good luck to all.

    TCJ on February 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm
  234. You are amazing Brian…congratulations on what you've achieved!!! I have loved every picture and video of this gorgeous home, and hope that whoever the lucky winner will be, that they will love it too!!!

    flygirl66 on February 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm
  235. Bryan knows it all

    debraz0781 on February 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm
  236. The best place to be !!!!!!

    debraz0781 on February 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm
  237. I have to say, I didn't love the mural at first. It made me think of a sandwich and smoothie restaurant. However, it has grown on me and now I really love it. As part of Brian's effort to focus on the view, the black and white photo brings the action inside with out drawing the eye away from the windows. I must have missed the fact that it's the same material as those bus wraps. Clever!

    TwoCorgis on February 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm
    • me too; my hubby is a photographer so i'm biased :)
      it's not bad, tho, i have to admit

      Anafrag on February 18, 2016 at 10:48 am
  238. Great job! I love the home and the décor.

    travelfun on February 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  239. This home is beyond gorgeous!!! Whoever ends up with home is truly lucky and blessed! You did a marvelous job of putting this home together!!?

    Lisa Collins on February 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm
  240. REALLY LOVELY HOME! You did great job of blending outside and inside. so peaceful–quiet and luxurious. So glad no TV in living room. It took me a few looks, but I have come to love the mural. Also like the dressers in kitchen–wonderful storage for table linens and things. They soften the modern edge. Brilliant!

    mary on February 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  241. Just like everyone else, I'm so ready for a visit from the Dream Home ambush team even though the entry period is still open! Can't wait to see this beauty in person.

    Lessie on February 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm
    • Should you win, I would be thrilled to hear your opinion on every little thing.

      Eugenia27 on February 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  242. The Dream Home is Beautiful inside and out Brian. Thank you! Ok, so my question for you is; I'm sure you've caught some flack concerning your design choices from some people who don't understand your methods in designs, Have you ever gave yourself a little flack over a design choice so much that you actually had to go back and make some type of adjustment to the design? I know I have in the past concerning my bedroom, I actually took back a whole bedroom set because something so small caused a eye sore in my design method. It seems that you are so perfect at what you do Brian, That's why I'm asking you.

    Rakia on February 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  243. Stunning design job Brian! Absolutely love the mural. Color scheme for living room & kitchen is right on!!

    Mari on February 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • Agree! Love the mural. Of course there is a Love for it All, but the mural is the first piece that pops in my mind that I want to touch.
      Well Done Everyone~

      JuliT on February 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm
  244. I was just wondering what flooring you used in the house. It is beautiful. If I should not win this beautiful home maybe I could use the flooring in mine.

    Janice on February 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm
    • Its Bellawood Carriage House White Ash from the sponsor Lumber Liquidators

      dreamn_again on February 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm
  245. Thanks Brian for all the awesome interior in this beautiful Dream Home. You did a great job

    Lisa on February 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  246. The interior is gorgeous!!! BUT the views take my breath. Great pick on this one. I would LOVE to enjoy the views inside & out everyday!

    Monica on February 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  247. Brian I can't stop gazing at the living room photo. (because I am totally tired of looking at more snow here in Virginia!!) Even though it is just a photo my eyes are immediately pulled outside to the landscape. And that is just a smallish photo on my monitor. I can only imagine how it hits ya when you enter the front door. Sorry to say that one almost doesn't see the furnishings. They simply dissolve into the background. That is a compliment. Especially notable is the open space (negative space) under the coffee table. It's almost floating.Great optical illusion.

    Ashtabulannie on February 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm
    • This area is my favorite also. To stand in the entry way and look straight through this beauty to the river is a totally the cats meow.

      pattieclemm on February 12, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  248. Brian and the rest of the designers team did an amazing job in making this a true Dream Home! The inside definitely blends with the outside and from the moment you walk in you are drawn to the view. And thank you for not having any lobsters or flamingos… really love the turtles! I'm counting down the minutes and counting on being the winner!

    Mayra on February 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm
  249. I am impressed! Love the mural, that's better than fish & pelicans! I am also well pleased with the location, especially as I look out at the snow where I am now.

    Kim on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm
  250. Simply Superb!!!

    Michel on February 9, 2016 at 11:39 am
  251. Gosh! Gotta have some pool statues…….. mer-man . Brian…… really not even an itsy bitsy flamingo? But it's Florida. Are there HOA restrictions? Your mural sure got people talking! For sure! I like it! I didn't at first but like it now. Very kool!

    Now I've never been to the Hampton's…… so have nothing to compare it to???? I'm not hanging with the right crowd?

    Ashtabulannie on February 9, 2016 at 11:09 am
    • Saw this morning how an artist was putting statues under water, had to be viewed by scuba gear. Looked very interesting. Interesting concept.

      nursejudyfromCA on February 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm
      • Whoa Nursejudy, forgot to check the bottom of the pool!!!!! SPLASH!!!! Glug glug glug.

        Ashtabulannie on February 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm
        • Check out this pool with authentic Roman era relics, Ashtabulannie! It's part of a many centuries old thermal springs complex in Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Turkey. The natural hot springs pool is littered with columns and building stones from the time of the Romans and is still used today.

          I had the opportunity to visit there some years ago and it was an incredible experience to swim among these ancient artifacts. It could be duplicated on a smaller scale for the Dream Home pool. ^_^

          DBCoop on February 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm
          • OMG! Coop that is incredible.  You are one lucky guy to experience that place.  Impossible to replicate.  Are you in the photo?  Wearing one of those European speed o suits? I had the experience of visiting one of many delicious Backlavarias. Not on Unesco special sites list.lolol Not in the same catagory…. lollo.  Gosh I do hope that one day our paths might cross and we might compare our world travel adventures.  Bet there are some great stories to be told. Always great to hear about others peoples trials, tribulations and travel odysseys.  Unfortunately, we do not have the international travel opportunities since hubby retired. Sigh….But we do maintain the deep and wonderful friendships we developed over the years.  Priceless!

            Ashtabulannie on February 10, 2016 at 11:57 pm
          • Thanks for sharing DBCoop Keep warm ! Too cold in PA so that look inviting. Wish you a beautiful day.

            Grammynan on February 13, 2016 at 9:30 am
          • It's in the mid-80's around these parts, Grammynan, well above normal for this time of year even for us! Not so pleasant in many other parts of the country as you know.

            I'll definitely stay warm. You do the same.

            DBCoop on February 13, 2016 at 11:07 am
          • Thanks ,you too. I forget ,do you live in Arizona? I remember you and your "friend" talking about your "anniversary. Really enjoyed how you shared about the saga of the man that jumped out of the plane. I remembered it but was so surprised that my son knew all about that event. Have a great day DBCoop ! by the way it is now around 14 degrees at 5PA this Sunday here in SE PA . Yesterday was awful—- so windy and even colder to start. Wish you a peaceful evening and thanks for "dropping by". ——

            Grammynan on February 14, 2016 at 5:39 pm
        • Annie it definitely would be a great conversation starter to have underwater statues in your pool.Sent from my iPhone

          nursejudyfromCA on February 10, 2016 at 8:04 pm
      • I'll be the first to volunteer to spend an hour or two…or five, checking to see if there are any statues at the bottom of that pool! LOL I really like the fact that it is more a wading pool than a larger swimming pool, just right for hubby and I to enjoy together!

        mytorpor on February 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm
        • I agree, the pool is just the right size

          nursejudyfromCA on February 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm
          • Only missing that hot tub! So sad they didn't replace it………… But then ya need a heater, and pumps and yada yada yada…… Can get expensive for sure.

            Ashtabulannie on February 16, 2016 at 10:37 am
          • Yes it is!

            nursejudyfromCA on February 16, 2016 at 9:56 pm
  252. I really like the wavy backsplash in the kitchen, I too missed that little detail! Fabulous design, the colors are beautiful!

    Daffie on February 9, 2016 at 10:59 am
  253. i need a house,dont have one now,am a DAV

    everet on February 9, 2016 at 10:47 am
  254. From load-in day to count-down day, how time flies when you're having fun!

    So — We're almost there — Thursday, February 18 at 5 pm ET that is. Just stay calm, enter twice daily and keep your fingers crossed!

    DBCoop on February 9, 2016 at 10:46 am
    • Time sure did fly on this one. Maybe I'm just confused because we have two houses going on in Florida right now. They are VERY different homes, but without an interior to see at Blog Cabin, I think my brain has merged the two.

      TwoCorgis on February 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm
    • Thinking the same when getting up this morning. Little over a week and this one is a has been. What a good time again with HGTV giving away this fantastic home. Hope everyone enjoys their day of dreaming.

      AZPeaks on February 10, 2016 at 10:54 am
    • Oh, I am so excited can not wait until 5pm today. I have done my very best to try to win this Dream Home, I have entered twice every single day. I love Patrick Flynn he is simply amazing to say the least. Good luck to everyone who has entered, I am sure you hope to win just as I do. Love HGTV and DIY watch all the time. My television is always on your shows. Thanks so much for a exciting opportunity to try to win an amazing dream home.

      Lana Higginbotham on February 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm
  255. Using the dressers instead of cabinets in the kitchen is sheer genius! I have so many things that would go better in a large drawer than a cabinet and their top surface provide extra space for display, something I have none of in my current kitchen!

    mytorpor on February 9, 2016 at 10:39 am
  256. I have boon looking and admiring all of the photo galleries of each room and space of this house, and it's really hard to say which part is my absolute favorite; because I love all of it. Brian and the other design team members have turned this beautiful house into a spectacular designer home. ❤️

    Patricia on February 9, 2016 at 10:39 am
    • *Been

      Patricia on February 9, 2016 at 10:40 am
    • I agree, I just love every detail, my kids love the Pool and outdoor space, but o find the inside so beautiful and my kids love the views and the outdoor space- including the pool. It's a great package for sure!

      Cristi J on March 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm
  257. "Bavar County"!! lol That would be Brevard County. :)

    Lydia on February 9, 2016 at 10:17 am
  258. Absolutely love the design of this home! Attention to every detail with splashes of whimsy is fabulous! Very talented designer.

    Jenny D on February 9, 2016 at 10:12 am
    • Agree. How about that ironing board cover – Love! – How Fun!!…..(especially if you iron weekly). And I wonder what the turtle in the living room is made of?

      JuliT on February 18, 2016 at 1:31 pm
  259. I hadn't noticed the 'wavy-ness" of the backsplash up close before. I love it!! It fits with my quirky style.

    TrippinMomma55 on February 9, 2016 at 9:05 am
    • I had a colleague who always put her displays at odd angles. I asked why she did this…..she said, then nothing could be out of place if all the board displays were"wonky". I thought of her when I noticed the tile design. I think everyone has a bit of quirky…life would be boring without.

      Trish_ on February 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm
  260. Way to go Brian…… love the house:):) the marble basket weave in the kitchen will go nice with my baskets I already have :) :)

    gbfla on February 9, 2016 at 8:25 am

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