HGTV Dream Home 2006: Bonus Rooms

From the inspiring craft room to the elegant guest quarters, tour the extra spaces that make the HGTV Dream Home 2006 shine.

  • Orange craft room

    Colorful Craft Room

    This lower level project room has plenty of counter space and cubbies for sewing, scrapbooking or building model planes. There is also ample light — and an inspiring view — pouring through the large French doors. Two nooks (with built in desks) and a large project table provide room for everyone in the family to have their own personal workspace. An enormous corkboard over one of the desks offers a place to pin up ideas, works in progress, or favorite family photos. Deep pumpkin-hued walls invoke creativity. \"It's rich, it envelops you,\" says designer Linda Woodrum. \"You want to get something done in here.\"

  • Energizing Exercise Studio

    The mirrored wall in the bright, sunny exercise room reflects the view of green trees and blue mountains outside the large French doors. Sage green walls and creamy white trim create a serene, peaceful space. \"There's not a lot of color here,\" says designer Linda Woodrum. \"The activity comes from the people using the room, so the room itself is very quiet.\"

    A Pro Form weight machine and a ballet bar along the wall offer just two opportunities for working up a sweat; open the closet doors and a treadmill unfolds to face the French doors and that magnificent view. Down the hall from the exercise studio is a built in storage area with four cubbyholes for towels, four drawers, and plenty of pegs for jump ropes and bathrobes.

  • Beautifully Crafted Wine Cellar

    Down the hall from the family room and game area is an intriguing door with a small window covered with wrought-iron latticework. Inside, in a space roughly the size of a walk-in closet, is a beautifully crafted wine cellar lined with cubbyholes for wine bottles. A built in table for two offers the perfect spot to sit and sip.

    Craftsman Tom Kline, who made the impressive kitchen island upstairs, created the wine cellar's cubbies with more than 35 sheets of plywood. The cubbies are modeled on similar ones that the architect, Al Platt, has in his office for holding wood samples and other materials.

    \"It's very unique,\" says designer Linda Woodrum. \"And a good way to turn a small space into a useful one.\"

  • Serene Home Office

    Tucked into a corner at the front of the house is a serene home office, lined with built-in bookshelves, a desk and counter space. Two windows offer views of the ever-changing forest outside. Soft gray walls (\"Amazing Gray\" by Sherwin-Williams) and honey-colored Australian cypress wood floors provide a calm, neutral backdrop for the busy brainwork that will take place here.

    \"It's a nice little getaway,\" says Linda Woodrum.

  • Functional Laundry Room

    Conveniently located right next to the master bedroom, the main laundry room glows in a warm shade of burnished yellow (\"Golden Fleece,\" by Sherwin-Williams). Rich cherry cabinets, Silestone counters (in \"Blanco Capri\") and an unfinished slate floor are a far cry from the dingy cinder block basements most people associate with the words \"laundry room.\"

    It's hard to believe that a room this lovely and sophisticated is also so functional. But it's loaded with storage space, plenty of countertops for folding and stacking, and even a built-in ironing board that drops down out of a closest. A window facing the forest at the front of the house is perfect for daydreaming over the rinse cycle.

  • Guest Quarters Kitchen

    An inviting entryway off the outdoor living area welcomes you into the home's guest quarters. In the small kitchenette/laundry room, log cabin walls, dark painted cupboards and stained concrete countertops provide a home-away-from-home environment that's a more sophisticated version of rustic. The logs here are hand hewn logs reclaimed from a local cabin, explains architect Parker Platt, who designed the 2006 HGTV Dream Home along with his father and business partner, Al Platt (www.plattarchitecture.com).

    A creamy white half bath between the entry hall and kitchenette shows off the flagstone floors and offers easy access for those dining or relaxing in the outdoor living area. It's all part of what makes HGTV Dream Home 2006 \"the most livable of the Dream Homes,\" says designer Linda Woodrum. \"It's the most realistic house for people to live in, for people to function in,\" she says.

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