Design Tour: The Best of HGTV Dream Home, HGTV Green Home and HGTV Urban Oasis

From rustic ski lodges to oceanfront retreats to posh big-city digs, we've designed, built, then given them all away. Tour a few of our favorite interior and exterior spaces, and get tips for matching your home's design with the locale.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2013 in Kiawah Island, S.C.

    A barrier island off the coast of historic Charleston, S.C., Kiawah is one of the nation's top golf destinations. Natural conservation is a key part of life here; homes are surrounded by lush native vegetation and marshes while beach access is a short walk or bike ride away. Designed in the classic Low Country style, our HGTV Dream Home was sturdily constructed to withstand the coastal elements while seamlessly fitting into its natural surroundings.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2013 in Kiawah Island, S.C.

    Designer Linda Woodrum let the home's coastal surroundings influence this dreamy guest room's watery palette and decorative touches. Sea glass inspired the room's cheery turquoise hue while the bedding and upholstery are in the same bright green that dots the marshes outside. Linda finished each bed with a colorful pillow which nods to Kiawah's abundant butterfly population.

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    HGTV Urban Oasis 2012 in Miami

    Overlooking Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and the Port of Miami, the sweeping views from this airy living room are nothing short of breathtaking. Designer Lindsay Pumpa selected sleek, low-profile furnishings that reflect Miami's cosmopolitan aesthetic without competing with the space's million dollar views.

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    HGTV Urban Oasis 2012 in Miami

    Streamlined white cabinets extend from floor to ceiling to maximize storage space in the condo's party-ready kitchen. A massive island separates the kitchen from the living room and houses a handy wine fridge to make entertaining a snap. Luxurious Calacatta Gold marble wraps the island in a waterfall style for a sophisticated, modern twist.

  • HGTV Green Home 2012 in Serenbe, Ga.

    Just 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Atlanta lies the planned sustainable community of Serenbe. It's a peaceful hamlet that promotes living in harmony with nature and a return to small-town values. Designed in an updated Southern farmhouse style, our HGTV Green Home fits the community's relaxed lifestyle. Many traditional farmhouse features are here: wide front porch, stacked stone fireplace, lapped siding and a crimped metal roof. Also present are eco-friendly elements such as locally-sourced materials, drought-resistant landscaping and lots of Energy-Star windows that provide sweeping views of the natural surroundings while blocking damaging UV rays and solar heat gain.

  • HGTV Green Home 2012 in Serenbe, Ga.

    The open-concept dining room and kitchen perfectly reflect the home's Modern farmhouse aesthetic. The rustic trestle table and benches are a farmhouse staple. Our version, made entirely from reclaimed shipping pallets, is as eco-friendly as it is practical. The nearby server boasts another reclaimed feature: a pair of lamps fashioned from antique foundry gears.

  • HGTV Green Home 2012 in Serenbe, Ga.

    The bunkhouse-style kids' room features an entertainment loft where pint-sized guests can kick back on beanbags while playing games or watching a movie. A sturdy oak ladder provides easy access while a clever bucket and pulley keeps the loft stocked with snacks.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2012 in Park City, Utah

    Situated in a grassy meadow with views of the Wasatch Mountains on one side and the Provo River on the other, the home's design team felt the architecture should be as rugged as the surrounding landscape with the look of a farmhouse that had evolved over time from a small central structure to a rambling 4,000-square-foot modern retreat.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2012 in Park City, Utah

    At the center of the massive home, the great room is designed to resemble an old stone structure — maybe a century-old farmhouse or barn — around which the remainder of the home has been constructed. Limestone walls and Douglas fir trusses, stained a weathered gray, lend the room an appropriately aged appearance.

  •  HGTV Dream Home 2011 Warm and Welcoming Exterior

    HGTV Dream Home 2011 in Stowe, Vt.

    The home's architecture is inspired by the Adirondack Great Camps constructed in Northeastern New York during the latter half of the 19th century. These historic homes were themselves artful combinations of Swiss chalet and Craftsman design elements. Like the Great Camps, our 2011 Dream Home is constructed of locally sourced materials, which helps to further tie it to this style of construction and the surrounding rugged terrain.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2011 Private Guest Room with View

    HGTV Dream Home 2011 in Stowe, Vt.

    Warm caramel upholstery and locally sourced wood accents, like a white pine cornice and Appalachian-hardwood platform bed, pair with modern lighting and chrome accessories to create a sophisticated space that blends lodge style with the home's contemporary aesthetic.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2011 Glass Enclosed Observatory

    HGTV Dream Home 2011 in Stowe, Vt.

    For the gathering room, designer Linda Woodrum chose a rich autumnal color palette of orange, red and gold to give the vaulted space a cozy feel even on the coldest winter days. Filled with plush upholstered furniture, this is the ideal spot to relax by the fire while taking in a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2011 Colorful Ski Dorm Bunk Beds

    HGTV Dream Home 2011 in Stowe, Vt.

    Up to eight guests can comfortably bed down in the home's ski dorm. Decorated in saturated shades, the room's rustic elements include a knotty pine-planked ceiling and columns made from white cedar logs, felled on the property, to bring a bit of the outdoors in.

  •  Urban Oasis 2011 Living Room and City Night View

    HGTV Urban Oasis 2011 in Chicago

    Designer Vern Yip was inspired by famed Chicago-based architect Frank Lloyd Wright when selecting a color palette and design elements for the home's living room. The furnishings are a combination of items created by local artisans, architectural salvage and custom pieces, like the massive illuminated panel behind the sofa that was created to resemble Wright's Tree of Life art glass.

  • HGTV Green Home 2011 Front of Home Wide Shot

    HGTV Green Home 2011 in Denver

    The architecture of this eco-friendly home is inspired by the Prairie School style espoused by early 20th-century architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. Flat roofs, wide overhanging eaves, locally sourced materials and horizontal lines that tie the home into the surrounding landscape are hallmarks of this Midwestern style. Native grasses, plants and shrubs help to blend the home into its environment, and the plants are drought-tolerant, so they will require little maintenance.

  •  HGTV Green Home 2011 Master Suite Wide Shot

    HGTV Green Home 2011 in Denver

    Designer Linda Woodrum created this peaceful getaway utilizing Prairie School principles of hand craftsmanship, simplicity and a natural aesthetic. From the graphite drawing of winter pines above the bed by artist Anna Kaye to the massive headboard created from reclaimed lumber, the master suite successfully combines luxury with an earthy color palette and sustainable approach to design.

  • HGTV Urban Oasis 2010 in New York City

    Although the high-rise residence is entirely new construction, designer Vern Yip honored NYC's architectural history by covering the bedroom feature wall in paneling that resembles masonry common in the city's 19th-century buildings. Flanking the bed are salvaged Art Nouveau keystone pediments displayed on custom-constructed hollow pedestals, which cleverly provide hidden storage on each side of the bed.

  • HGTV Urban Oasis 2010 in New York City

    Located in the heart of Manhattan's financial district, this 900-square-foot home is spacious by NYC standards, but incorporating all the elements that Vern desired meant creating spaces that can do double duty. The kitchen area works for food prep, dining, entertaining and as a home office. All the kitchen essentials are present, plus a multifunctional printer and full-size washer/dryer, which are hidden away within the sleek wood cabinetry.

  • HGTV Green Home 2010 in Plymouth, Mass.

    Resembling historic shingle-style cottages found throughout New England, this home blends timeless good looks with modern energy-saving features such as solar panels on the home's observation tower and a drip irrigation system. A reclaimed New England fieldstone chimney and established native trees and shrubs give the newly constructed home a sense of permanence.

  • HGTV Green Home 2010 in Plymouth, Mass.

    Boasting a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape, the tower room is ideal for watching summer sunsets or winter snowstorms. Designer Linda Woodrum created this space to be a bright and airy perch where the homeowner can observe and feel connected to nature. Rustic, shiplap pine boards, painted an ethereal sky blue, visually raise the ceiling and further enhance the room's airy feeling.

  • HGTV Green Home 2010 in Plymouth, Mass.

    The kitchen has a typical New England farmhouse feel, with Shaker-style cabinets, a tongue-and-groove ceiling and distressed hickory hardwood floors. The quartz countertops and glass backsplash, both made primarily from recycled materials, are two colorful and eco-friendly choices that lend the kitchen a nautical feel.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2010 in Sandia Park, N.M.

    Constructed in the pueblo revival style, this spacious home is perfectly suited for its desert surroundings. The design style originated centuries ago with the Pueblo Indians who used adobe, a type of mud mixed with straw, to construct durable homes in which interior temperatures remain a relatively even temperature despite scorching days and chilly nights. Situated on three acres, carefully landscaped with native plants and adjacent to protected natural preserves, the home boasts breathtaking desert views.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2010 in Sandia Park, N.M.

    The home's great room is a mix of contemporary pared-down furnishings and Southwestern touches. Antique Native American baskets, books on Southwestern culture and a bowl filled with colorful chili peppers create a conversation-starting tablescape. Designer Linda Woodrum says of her approach to creating a vignette, \"I keep taking away and adding things until I feel like I have it right.\"

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    HGTV Dream Home 2010 in Sandia Park, N.M.

    A traditional Southwestern color palette of simmering red, cool turquoise and golden wood tones tie the home's casita, or guest house, to the desert's spectacular sunsets. Behind the bed, the colorful accent wall adds contemporary sparkle while supporting a good cause: The tiles were manufactured by the women of Southwest Creations Collaborative, an Albuquerque-based nonprofit organization.

  • HGTV Green Home 2009 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    Modern Spanish-style architecture pairs with eco-friendly materials and drought-tolerant plants to create a waterfront home perfectly suited to the area's subtropical climate. Florida is an ideal location for a Spanish-style home, as Spaniards were the first Europeans to claim this territory in the New World. Typical features of this warm-climate design style are low-pitched red tile roofs, stucco exteriors and often a campanile, or bell-tower-like structure, reminiscent of the original Catholic missions.

  • bold stripes inspire foyer decor

    HGTV Green Home 2009 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    Rather than matching the home's interior design to the exterior's Spanish architecture, designer Linda Woodrum chose to highlight Florida's familiar tropical color palettes, and she started in the foyer, where bold coral stripes greet guests with \"a message of what to expect, what the house will be about,\" she explains. The playful palette and wide stripes are reminiscent of the beach-cabana style popular in 1950s Florida. Neutral ceramic floor tiles don't distract from the eye-catching focal wall and are easy to maintain in this sandy waterfront area.

  • HGTV Green Home 2009 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    Bright and sunny, the lounge pops with saturated citrus colors. The room's 4-foot-tall focal point, Lord Turnbull's Ornithological Study of Red Bird, was originally destined for the dining room. But after seeing how well it worked with the chaises' kicky orange fabric, Linda decided to keep the threesome together.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2009 in Sonoma, Calif.

    A nostalgic mix of formal Victorian and casual farmhouse styles, this home has a rustic appeal perfectly suited for its agricultural surroundings. The Victorian architectural features — turned porch posts, spandrels, balusters and corbels — are reminiscent of historic homes sprinkled throughout California's wine country.

  • spa style bathroom provides a great escape

    HGTV Dream Home 2009 in Sonoma, Calif.

    Soft, neutral colors, gleaming hardwood floors, custom cabinets and a deep sink-right-in slipper tub combine the best of Victorian elegance with farmhouse charm in the master bathroom. Designer Linda Woodrum selected a creamy palette because: \"It's very difficult to put on makeup or really see how you look in the mirror if you're surrounded by strong color. A subtle, neutral color scheme goes a long way.\"

  • HGTV Dream Home 2008 in Islamorada, Fla.

    Constructed to resemble Florida's Cracker style — wood-frame homes built throughout the state by 19th-century settlers — the home's deep porches capture tropical breezes from the nearby bay. Other Cracker influences are evident, such as the shuttered windows, metal roof and a clerestory, or cupola, designed to vent interior heat. Early settlers created the Cracker style to cope with Florida's unrelenting hot and humid climate; these homes relied on ocean breezes to keep the inhabitants cool in the centuries before air conditioning. Cracker style is currently seeing a resurgence as Floridians embrace their state's architectural history and look for energy efficient homebuilding techniques.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2008 in Islamorada, Fla.

    Combining British West Indies-style mahogany furnishings with beachy shell prints and splashes of hot pink, the guest bedroom has a zest perfectly in step with the home's tropical locale. The room's real stunner is the intense lime-green wall color. \"The color is my favorite part of the room; it's strong but appealing, and it's balanced by the blacks and whites,\" says designer Linda Woodrum.

  • HGTV Green Home 2008 in Hilton Head, S.C.

    This low-country cottage features all the hallmarks of this charming and quintessentially Southern coastal style: a broad hipped roof, shuttered windows, deep covered porches and dedicated outdoor living areas that take full advantage of spectacular sunsets and coastal breezes.

  • HGTV Green Home 2008 in Hilton Head, S.C.

    Full of coastal colors and whimsical sea creatures, the kids' beachy bunk room cleverly makes maximum use of limited space by creating designated zones. A small corner under the eaves is an entertainment area where kids can relax while they watch movies, play video games or read. Separated by a gingham curtain, the sleeping area features custom bunk beds with leaping dolphin headboards in a kid-pleasing shade of lime green.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2007 in Winter Park, Colo.

    Surrounded by lush mountain beauty and located at the base of some of the most popular skiing trails in the area, this Swiss chalet-style home provides breathtaking views and a home base for outdoor adventures year round. Typical features of chalet style — gable roofs with wide eaves, exposed beams and brackets, balconies and massive windows — are all evident.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2007 in Winter Park, Colo.

    Rough-hewn wood beams are a character-adding architectural element above the lodge-style living room. Below, the room's cozy traditional furnishings, wide-plank hardwood floors and stacked stone fireplace suit the home's relaxed, rustic feel to a tee.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2006 in Lake Lure, N.C.

    Designed to follow the high mountain ridge it straddles, this home is perfectly positioned to take in sweeping views of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains and placid Lake Lure. Locally sourced materials were used to create the rambling lake cottage, which is Appalachian in style and uses many indigenous materials, such as river rock, board-and-batten siding, hand-hewn logs and bark shakes. It borrows many design features from the rustic mountain homes typical in the remote areas of Appalachia.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2006 in Lake Lure, N.C.

    Serene colors and a relaxed cottage style make this guest room a dreamy escape. Designer Linda Woodrum chose to paint the vaulted ceiling the same blue as the sky outside to give the room an airy, cloudlike feel. Handmade quilts and country-inspired fabrics tie this room to its Appalachian locale.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2006 in Lake Lure, N.C.

    This is log cabin luxury at its finest. The soaring living room is sophisticated yet rustic, with colors that reflect the natural world outside. Designer Linda Woodrum honored the rich history of North Carolina's mountains by incorporating regional items, such as an antique apple crate as a coffee table, along with locally crafted baskets, pottery and paintings. She brings the outdoors in by facing the built-in bookcases with split branches and filling the space with pinecones and freshly cut branches.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2005 in Tyler, Texas

    Proving the old adage that everything is bigger in Texas, this massive lakefront home boasts more than 6,000 square feet of luxurious living space spread over the main house and two-story dock house. A soaring 32-foot-high ceiling dominates the great room, kitchen and sunroom, while an abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows provides a sweeping view of the lake.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2005 in Tyler, Texas

    At 780 square feet, the dock house is a luxurious guest house rather than a place to stash boating equipment. The small home is complete with a well-appointed kitchen, living room, bathroom and dreamy bedroom, where whitewashed wood-plank walls combine with wraparound lake views to make this one of the home's most romantic spaces.

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