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HGTV Dream Home 2006: Outdoor Living Space Pictures

The outdoor living area offers the best opportunity for appreciating the very special natural materials and unique craftsmanship that went into constructing the HGTV Dream Home 2006.

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The heart of this mountain retreat is actually not indoors, but outside, in the magnificent outdoor living room/dining room more familiarly known as a "dogtrot." Back in the day, a "dogtrot" was a covered outdoor area in which the dogs could be let loose for a walk on rainy days. "It's what makes this house a Southern Appalachian dream," says architect Parker Platt.

Indeed, the climate in the mountains here is mild enough to permit year-round use of the outdoor spaces, and the enormous outdoor fireplace and soaring peaked roof offer the opportunity to stay warm outdoors on cool days or cool on warm days. A stone ledge that runs along the perimeter of the terrace provides built-in seating. "You don't have to worry about moving furniture in and out. It's always there and always accessible, just like the view," says Linda Woodrum.

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