What would a dream come true look like for you?
By Annette Velarde
What would a dream come true look like for you? A big pile of cash? A new car? A new home, fully paid? Well, how about all three?
Every spring for the past 16 years, Home and Garden Television, (HGTV), has awarded this threefold mega-prize to one lucky entrant. Th is year, Utahans sat up and took special notice because the Dream Home was located just ten minutes from Park City in the mountain hamlet of Midway, Utah. On March 17th, 2012, Vicki Naggy from Acme, Pennsylvania was announced as the winner of the prizes valued at over $2M. As the manager of a beauty salon, her response of “This is going to change my whole life,” was indeed the truth!
Over 2011, Utah locals who drove by the construction site of the HGTV Dream Home did plenty of dreaming themselves. Located in River Meadows Ranch, (rivermeadowsranch.com), an exclusive development on the banks of the Provo River, this home promised to be the perfect floor plan on the perfect lot in the perfect setting. Jack Thomasson, head of the HGTV Dream Team choose Rimrock Construction, (rimrock.us), as the construction company that would build their latest Dream Home. It proved to be a match made in heaven. “If I could build every home with Rimrock, I would,” he said. Linda Woodrum, HGTV Dream Home Designer, said Utah was the most wonderful surprise. Spectacularly beautiful, and a work ethic unlike anything she’d ever experienced. Rimrock took the job on with the Utah attitude of “we’ll get the
job done on time, on budget, and exceptionally well.”
The architects and designers wanted a look reminiscent of ranch homes that were built over time to accommodate changing family needs. In yesteryear, a new addition would be built when a new generation joined the household. The heart of the 2012 Dream Home is the great room, which is a very appropriate name because it is truly great. Multiple
sets of French doors open wide onto patio living areas on the front and back of the house. A giant stone fireplace anchors the room on the south wall and the rugged stone wraps around the entire circumference. The wall texture changes to smooth, cool wood as it approaches the soaring ceiling. The colors and furnishings in this room are neutral and relaxed, keeping the focal point on the windows and the dazzling views they frame.
Just off the great room is a gourmet kitchen and dining room designed for serious cooks who love company. All the appliances are state-of-the-art with multiple refrigeration and warming units. Textures and sheens are juxtaposed to create interest among the muted tones. Stainless steel doors and fixtures are balanced by soft , vanilla paint shades. The gleaming blue tiles on the backsplash contrast with the textured matte cream tiles that surround them. The warm, hardwood floor offsets easy to clean, spacious countertops. In the kitchen, as throughout the house, accent blues are used to reflect the brilliantly blue Utah sky that shines through the many windows.
Down the hall from the kitchen is the family entertainment room, again with knockout views from every window. While the great room is the heart of the house, the family room is the soul. You can easily envision the hours spent with your clan playing games, watching movies, or just hanging out and talking. Up a short staircase is a bedroom suite, suited equally well for family or guests. On the other end of the house is a second bedroom suite on the ground floor.
Both of these are five-star hotel plush, replete with private baths and wall-mounted televisions.
Finally, the master suite boasts the best views in the house. From the sitting area, the Wasatch Mountains tower above. From the bedroom, a panorama of the Provo River roars by. Elegant French doors open onto a private, covered balcony that overlooks the river and is ideal for lingering, long breakfasts. Warm earth tones of amber and wheat give
the sleeping area a cozy, tranquil feel. The color scheme reverses in the sitting area, giving it a vibrant, bright ambiance. All the colors are reflected in the glass tile that covers large areas of the master bath. Twin sinks and walk-in closets, a graceful bath that beckons long soaks, and a multiple-head shower complete the master suite as the ultimate private retreat to relax and recharge.
For video and photo tours of the 2012 HGTV Dream Home, visit HGTV.com and choose the Dream Home tab. Keep an eye on this website to learn when the entries for the 2013 contest begin—who knows, you could be their next big winner!