Community member samantha999 recently won a trip to Santa Fe, NM, to see the 2010 HGTV Dream Home, courtesy of Cosentino, who provided the tile used in the house. She posted photos and details about her tour, which was given by HGTV House Planner Jack Thomasson. Here are some great excerpts from her post:
After breakfast on Saturday we all met for the hour-long drive along the Turquoise Trail to the Sandia Park location to see the 2010 HGTV home. It is located in a still under development gated community and sits on three acres overlooking the desert and mountains; absolutely breathtaking. To see it online and to see it in person really are two different things. Upon walking through the glass door you enter to see a small seating area in front of a turquoise art tiled gas fire place, which is where Jack greeted and welcomed us and introduced the home.
We started our tour in the dining room which has a full glass wall looking out to the motor court/patio with a view at least 100 miles away to the snow-capped mountains and ski slopes. He even took the time to explain the reason for the lighting fixture being as high as it was so it would not obstruct the view.
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Then across the foyer is the media room with its large Panasonic flat screen TV and cork covered walls (nice soundproofing touch). It has a master control for the entertainment unit that can also control the rest of the homeʼs sound (the house is fully-wired and has in-ceiling speakers). The unit the TV and DVD player sit upon was loaded with Blu-ray DVDs. In the center of the room was a large (too large) multilayered light wood table with books and tchotchkes and on either side of the table are chaise lounges with a couch along the back wall with Hollywood set lights on either side. The room, though warm, was a bit too crowded for its size. In this case, less would have been more.
Then off to the Jack & Jill kids' rooms. One for a boy and one for a girl with a shared bathroom area. The girlʼs room was lavender with two canopy twin beds with a small dresser between them. Truthfully, I have to second guess the choice of artwork in this room for a little girl. I think the charcoal drawings would be a little scary to a young child. The large Southwest tin mirror was a nice accent piece over the second dresser. The room is trying to straddle the age range from a young girl to a teen (a large range to stretch). Off of this room is one of two laundry rooms in the house (again something I question). Then we went through the shared bathroom and storage area with its colorful rubber duckies to a dream come true room for a little boy. Filled to the brim with Toy Story toys, a cowboy hat upon the bed and a basket full of wooden blocks. I felt like a kid in that room and if not for the toys on the bed might have jumped on it.
From there, off to the dreamy master suite. Upon entering through double doors you have the bathroom and huge walk-in/ walk-through closet area. The bathroom walls are tiled with Silestone mosaic in a pale off-white color that will catch the morning light through the large picture window. My guess is they will pick up the colors from the sunrise and sunset and change the room as the day progresses. The bathroom and sleeping area are integrated though sliding double frosted glass barn doors. A huge soaking tub sits along side of a glass walled steam shower that can fit 10 - yes we all fit in it. Opposite this is the double sink with an 8ʼ Silestone counter in a matching color to the walls. Behind the bathroom is a walk in/walk through closet to be envied.
There's lots more to see and read from this HGTV Dream Home tour, read the rest here.