Outdoor Spaces at HGTV Dream Home 2015

Designed to take advantage of the Martha's Vineyard location, this landscape is a mix of evergreens and flowering plants.


The back side of the HGTV Dream Home 2015 located on Martha's Vineyard in Edgartown, Massachusetts.

By: Peter Walsh

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.

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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.

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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.

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Front Yard Under Construction

For HGTV Dream Home 2015, lead architect, Patrick Ahearn, designed a house that reflects the shack cottages that are scattered in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. 

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!”

Great Room

HGTV Dream Home 2015 is a one-story vacation home with an open floor plan. When you walk through the front door you'll find yourself in the breathtaking, two-story living room.

Great Room Under Construction

Natural light streams into the living room, and a stone veneer fireplace stretches floor-to-ceiling. Exposed timber beams were locally sourced and chosen to achieve the classic Cape Cod look.

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.”


Located nearby, a gourmet kitchen features high-end appliances and luxury amenities.

Kitchen Under Construction

At the center of the kitchen, a built-in island adds additional storage and space for causal dining.

Finished Kitchen

Open, bright and convenient, the finished kitchen is perfect for meal prep, entertaining and even dining.  

Master Bedroom

An entire wing of the house is dedicated to the master suite.

Master Bedroom Under Construction

A vaulted ceiling and fireplace create a luxurious escape, while two French doors lead onto a private patio.

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.

Master Closet

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.

Master Closet Under Construction

All of the closets are outfitted with custom closet systems to maximize the space and keep clothes, shoes and accessories neat and organized.

Finished Walk-in Master Closet

Coastal blue walls combined with stately white crown molding and custom storage units deliver a luxurious finish in this finished master closet.

Master Bathroom

Down the hall a large, luxurious master bathroom sits with it's own private patio.

Master Bathroom Under Construction

The spa-like master bathroom features double sinks, a walk-in shower and a luxury soaking bathtub.

Finished Master Bathroom

Stunning tile work, luxurious fabrics and a calming color palette blend to make the finished master bathroom a decadent space designed for relaxation.

Guest Bedroom

Follow the gallery through the living room and past the fireplace to find a wing with a garage and two bedrooms.

Guest Bedroom Under Construction

Each bedroom features a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet and private patio.

Finished Guest Bedroom

A blue and orange nautical-inspired guest bedroom includes both modern design and local accessories. Vaulted bead board ceilings and floor-to-ceiling drapery expand the space for an open and airy feel.

Guest Bathroom

A private bathroom with high-end materials creates an inviting escape after a day of touring Martha's Vineyard.

Guest Bathroom Under Construction

Muted shades of white and gray makes the bathroom feel clean and spa-like. A variety of tile choices complement the charming white beadboard walls, creating a light, airy and timeless ambience.

Finished Guest Bathroom

Blue bead board walls bring New England charm into the finished guest bathroom, while a Carrara marble vanity top and accent pieces add a touch of elegance.

Back Patio

Behind the house is a large, blue stone patio, perfect for outdoor entertaining or a casual dinner after a day at the beach.

Back Patio Under Construction

This spectacular home has the look of a Cape Cod with the elegance of a celebrity mansion.

Finished Back Patio

Spacious and comfortable, the beautiful back patio  offers a spot for dining, a comfortable place to sit and relax, and plenty of seating for entertaining.

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.

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