Outdoor Spaces at HGTV Dream Home 2015
The outdoor areas of HGTV Dream Home 2015 offer a finished appearance with traditional plantings and accents. Anchoring the house to the landscape will be a mix of evergreens such as glossy leafed English hollies, Japanese ilex, flowering spirea and Hinoki cypress and climbing roses. "It's a relaxed look with flowering plants for four seasons of interest," says Cammie Naylor, landscape designer for Donaroma's Nursery & Landscape Services, Edgartown, Massachusetts, who was hired to design and install the landscaping.
A pea stone filled driveway and European-style parking court leads visitors right to the front door while the pea stone driveway winds around to the garage entered on the side of the building. "The house offers a sense of home and place," adds lead architect Patrick Ahearn. "The driveway is almost secondary."
The house offers a sense of home and place.Lead Architect Patrick Ahearn
This classic approach to landscaping includes the use of hydrangeas and clipped boxwoods that are both low maintenance and in keeping with the cottage-style feel prevalent in this area. Out back, a natural privacy screen of Leyland cypress, native cedar trees, maple trees and inkberry gives a sense of enclosure without obscuring the views of the grassy plains filled with blooming native plants such as Queen Anne’s lace, goldenrod, native perennial asters, butterfly weed, bayberry and beach plum bushes beyond.
Outside, classic slatted teak furniture offers seating on the patios for conversation, relaxation and dining. Weatherproof fabric on the cushions is rendered in charcoal and white for a reason. "We kept it neutral so it would not compete with the beautiful views," says Linda Woodrum, the interior designer.
Summer is the high season on the Vineyard with its glorious weather and sun filled skies. "The setting is conducive to sitting outside," says Jack Thomasson, the house planner. To that end, each of the guest rooms has it's own outdoor patio accessed through French doors so guests can retreat to their own private space. These outdoor rooms are each bordered by a six-foot tall hedge lending a European courtyard feel, says Ahearn.
Finished Front Yard
“You pull up and think, ‘Oh my gosh. This is the best house ever,’” says the home’s interior designer Linda Woodrum. “That’s how I feel, and I would like to win this house!”
Finished Great Room
The finished great room is a light, open space with a classic neutral color palette. “The great room structure is that new modern way of living, which would not have happened in New England,” explains interior designer Linda Woodrum. “There would have been small, dark, boxy rooms, but we all know that we are living in this new way where there is this wonderful open space.”
Finished Master Bedroom
The finished master bedroom is a warm, relaxing space designed for comfort, privacy and easy relaxation. Neutrals combined with calming shades of blue nod to the soft coastal style found throughout the Cape Cod home.
In the master bedroom, a large closet for clothes and accessories a joins a separate dressing room to keep the main sleeping area free of clutter. If the owners decide to rent out the house to tenants, explains lead architect, Patrick Ahearn, one of the closets can be locked to store their personal property while the other can remain free for the tenants use.
Finished Guest Bedroom
The master suite has a patio off the sleeping area and off the master bath connected by a covered porch offering the homeowners a spa experience, again screened from view by a tall hedge. "Three couples could come here at once and each could have their own private outdoor spaces," says Thomasson. As an added bonus, a large outdoor shower hidden off the main patio out back is the perfect place to wash off the sand after a day at the beach.