The 2012 HGTV Dreamhouse has been revealed! It’s in Park City, Utah, and it looks to be set up as a skiier’s retreat. Take a look:
What do you think? I think the main part of the house is nice, but I wonder why they decided to stick that garage on at an angle like that. And I’m not sure what that other little “wing” is off the back — or maybe it’s an outbuilding of some sort — but that’s kind of awkward, too. Where the three structures’ rooflines converge looks crowded and random. So the house doesn’t wow me.
But more importantly, what about the landscaping? As far as I can remember (and I usually check out all the HGTV Dreamhouses; I even entered to win the one in Lake Lure, NC, back in 2006) HGTV has never shown off the landscaping of the house the way they are this year.
Here’s a closer look at the front:
HGTV says: “Natural meadow grasses, ornamental grasses and evergreens comprise the thoughtful landscape design.”
What do you think? Don’t you think the Kentucky Bluegrass is unnecessary? The lawn is so insignificant I wonder why they even bothered putting it in, but my guess is that they figure everybody wants some sort of lawn, even in a dry state like Utah. Grrrr. I think they did a nice job of setting the house off in its grassland environs, and if you look at the first picture, you’ll see the landscaping moves from bluegrass, to mown grassland, to natural grassland, which is nice…I just think they could’ve cut out the bluegrass altogether, don’t you?
I do like the formal beds at the front of the house filled with Karl Foerster grass. Here’s a view from the porch, looking out over the beds:
And here’s another view of the beds:
I think they’re pretty snazzy.
One thing that gave me a chuckle was this line from the website:
“Bio-native grasses, planted beyond Kentucky bluegrass, created a natural transition from ornamental beds to native meadow.”
That’s right, these grasses are not just native, they’re BIO-native. They really had me there. I had to do a quick internet search just to confirm that there’s no such thing as “bio-native” grasses.
My other issue with the landscape design is the use of the fir trees at the corners of the house. Using spire-like evergreens on the property is in keeping with larger landscape, but those suckers are going to going to swallow the house in a few years:
I’m sure that staging a house forces the designers to make choices that aren’t going to work long term, I just hope somebody tells the winner that they’d better keep an eye on those things.
All in all, I think the design is not bad. Just the fact that the folks over at HGTV are paying attention to the landscape, and even featuring it, is encouraging.
I’d love to hear what you all think about this design!