Designing the HGTV Dream Home 2015
The Concept of Scripting
Located on historical Martha’s Vineyard, the newly constructed HGTV Dream Home 2015 incorporates Cape Cod style architecture and is historically scripted to look as though it has grown over time. The concept of scripting allows one the opportunity to embrace the home’s utilitarian program with a sense of history that results in houses that look as natural and authentic as possible. The “script” of this home begins with a fisherman building a small cottage, the first piece and the center of the home. The surrounding accessory buildings could have originally been built for utilitarian use but were later attached as the family grew in size.
Blending the Old and the New
The symmetry of the HGTV Dream Home 2015 is expressed with a main door flanked by widows, v-grooved clad porches, and wings on each side. The windows are adorned with traditional green shutters and lushly planted window boxes. The enclosed porches are topped with white railings to resemble a widow walks traditionally found in New England architecture. The exterior of the home reads as a casual beach home yet the interior incorporates a refined living palette with intricate trim and recessed panel walls.
The one-story home appears larger than 3,200 SF due to the bright, open floor plan, dramatic vaulted beadboard ceilings, contrasted with reclaimed antique beams, and a combination dormers and custom skylights to provide additional sunlight. The main home holds the family gathering spaces. The right wing forms the master suite and the left wing holds additional bedrooms with a garage topped with a charming cupola. Every room is appointed with a private bath, walk-in closet, and French doors that open to a bluestone patio.
The symmetry of the home is expressed with a main door flanked by widows, v-grooved clad porches, and wings on each side. The enclosed porches are topped with white railings to resemble a widow walks traditionally found in New England architecture.
The windows are adorned with traditional green shutters and lushly planted window boxes.
The parking court provides access to the main formal entrance and continues around the side of the home to the one car garage located in the middle of the side exterior.
There are five outdoor living opportunities including a large common outdoor living space in the rear exterior of the home and four private patios radiating off the master suite, kids bedroom, and guest bedroom.
Located in the rear of the home is the outdoor living space set on a bluestone patio with a dining, seating area, and an outdoor shower enclosure.
The outdoor living area can be accessed by three sets of French doors opening off the great room. Leaving the doors open creates a rich indoor/outdoor experience perfect for entertaining on a beautiful summer night.
The open floor plan allows for a bright and airy layout complemented with symmetrical dormers to provide additional sunlight. The dramatic vaulted beadboard ceiling gives the illusion of a much larger space. The reclaimed antique wood beams further enhance the historical essence of the home and contributes a striking contrast against the white painted beadboard, which provides rhythm and practicality.
Between the main living area and the kitchen lies the open, yet intimate dining area that is accented and grounded by the historically inspired lantern pendant. The dining table is surrounded by mixed seating offering different levels of comfort.
Next to the dining table is the kitchen, conveniently located and open to the living area yet visually enclosed with a wide cased opening, dressed ceiling beams, and a change in ceiling height.
The living area is appointed with a large area rug and a seating area facing a magnificent custom millwork media center surrounding a classic gas fireplace with a stone surround. The dark gray painted back wall of the bookcases subtly sets off the contents stored in the open shelves, while, the hidden television sits above the fireplace, allowing the fireplace to take center stage.
The master bedroom is decorated with a coastal color palette and light wood. The mix between the cool blues and neutrals create a calm and relaxing atmosphere and reinforce the informal age we live in. The vaulted beadboard ceiling is contrasted with distressed antique beams which provide a sense of history and warmth to the bedroom.
Opposite the bed is a stone fireplace and intimate seating area, providing a charming spot to read. Two sets of French doors on either side of the fireplace lead out to a private bluestone patio.
The elaborate master bath is an elegant extension of the master bedroom, including a his and her double vanity, a large freestanding soaking tub, and walk-in glass shower.
Carrara marble is consistently used throughout the bathroom including the vanity counter top, mosaic patterned floor, and built-in shower bench. The walk in shower has subway tiled walls and an overhead rain shower head complimented with multiple body sprays.
The blue painted barrel ceiling culminates to a set of French doors leading out to another private bluestone patio.