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2024 HGTV Dream Home

INTRODUCTION

Step into HGTV’s annual spectacle, the “Dream Home” extravaganza, where the 2024 edition promises to dazzle once again. Celebrating two decades of aspirational living, these homes are more than just prize packages—they’re fully furnished, custom-built marvels worth over a million dollars, each boasting a unique design theme. From Coastal Elegance to Modern Rustic, the homes blend smart technology with sustainable design and lavish amenities.

We aimed to delve deeper into what constitutes a dream home design and craft our own version. F9 Productions has a history of designing home of all styles, from craftsman to modern. We wanted to use our experience in reimaging what a dream home could be.

DREAM HOME DESIGN

Naturally, when embarking on your own home design journey, you’ll start with the essentials like a list of desired rooms, your construction budget, and the timeline you aim to meet. Beyond these basics, you must consider the activities and lifestyle you envision for the house. A custom design allows your unique style and taste to come to life.

One concept architects often employ is the “parti”. This team means the overarching theme, controlling idea, or organizing thought that drives the design. For instance, your “parti” could revolve around creating a nurturing environment for children, fostering peace and tranquility, or providing a space for creating lasting memories. Whatever ‘parti’ you choose will inform and shape the space. What’s your parti?

DREAM HOME MATERIALS

While many focus on what they want in their house, we often neglect what the house is made of. Your dream home’s longevity and performance are determined by its building materials. Designing a custom home allows you to select materials tailored to your needs.

This dream home incorporates plenty of glass for natural light, a concrete insulated wall on the first level for strength, and reclaimed wood siding on the second level for a natural touch.

DREAM HOME LAYOUT

When envisioning your future spaces, what matters most to you? Is it the views, abundant natural light, or the arrangement of rooms in proximity to each other? The placement of spaces is a significant and challenging aspect of the design puzzle.

Let’s begin by considering the often-overlooked basement. Traditionally this space is relegated to “leftover” rooms like the kids’ playroom or workout space. Basements often fail to live up to their potential due to their underground location. They’re typically situated near mechanical rooms or storage spaces that are lacking organization and appeal. Let’s enhance this by repositioning these spaces.

Firstly, we can relocate the kids’ playroom to the upper level to maximize natural light and proximity to their bedrooms. Secondly, by consolidating the mechanical and storage spaces and moving them to the main level everything becomes easily accessible. Finally, placing the workout room next to the backyard, where the children play, enhances convenience and connectivity. Additionally, transforming some garage space into a gym with a large glass garage door facilitates access to the backyard, and placing a workbench with view of the front driveway allows you to engage in pickup basketball games.

While basements are often seen as inexpensive additional space, this is a misconception. Concrete prices alone can significantly impact the budget. Excavation costs and additional finishing expenses further escalate costs. By reevaluating the use of basement space and potentially relocating rooms to the upper floors, you can optimize natural light and improve the connection to the home.

In this design, a central living room offers easy access to the kitchen/dining area, office, entrance, and backyard. A mudroom off the garage provides convenient storage and connects to the front entrance, streamlining the process of accessing coats and shoes. The kids play room focuses on community, while the separation of the parents room from the kids room offers a computer station location. The primary bedroom has easy access to an outdoor patio. The separation of the adult and kids wings allow for a extra tall living room.

CONCLUSION

The 2024 HGTV Dream Homes serve as a fantastic source of inspiration for your own design journey. If you’re contemplating your dream home design, your next steps involve finding suitable land and engaging a skilled architect. For our tips for buying land see our blog post: https://f9productions.com/tips-when-buying-land-for-a-custom-home/

Architecture entails intricate problem-solving, incorporating considerations of cost, regulations, and feasibility. A proficient architect can navigate these complexities to realize your vision. Feel free to reach out to us for assistance or guidance on your journey.

BONUS: THE DREAM HOME GARAGE

When envisioning your dream home, why neglect the garage? Often cluttered with miscellaneous items and lacking natural light, garages have untapped potential.

In our dream home we designed the garage to have no living space above it. This allows us to install 80% transparent polycarbonate panels coated with UV protection on the roof, and under the overhangs. This design floods the garage with natural light. Additionally, a back door leads to a covered storage area for garbage, recycling, and mini-split condensers, addressing odor concerns.

To maximize storage and accommodate vehicles, the garage includes dedicated sections for kids’ equipment, a gym, and space for tools, hobbies, and miscellaneous storage. With a 12-foot ceiling height and ample space, the garage realizes its full potential as a functional and well-lit space within the dream home.