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With just a few more days to enter HGTV’s Dream Home Sweepstakes, I finally took the opportunity to watch the online video tour.

Wow!  The house is huge, with around 3,000 square feet of living space, plus something they call a “car barn,” which is a massive garage with a loft that could be built into even more living space.   

This dream home is built for a large family or for people who really love to entertain.  And since it’s in Vermont, it would ideal for hosting out-of-town family and friends for ski weekends all winter long.  There’s even a Ski Dorm, with bunk beds for eight sleepers, in addition to an adjacent guest suite.  The home sleeps 14 total. 

Laundry isn’t a problem for all those guests either, as the spacious laundry room boasts 2 washers and 2 dryers to keep all that winter snow gear clean and dry.

The gathering spaces in the house feel a bit cold to me, with the open concept design and the cool colour palette, but could easily be warmed up with further decoration and personalization.  


Kitchens are where people usually congregate in most homes, and while people could gather in this one, I’d like to see it become a more cozy, inviting space.  Perhaps it just me (and if I actually won a house like this I certainly wouldn’t complain!), but I don’t like guests sitting at the island while I cook food on the stove top, or wash dishes in the sink that are both installed IN the island.  Same with the oven, instead of placing it along a wall, it’s built in under the island.  

The kitchen does offer some wonderful views to the scenery outside.  And outside is really where you would want to spend time.  The mountain views are spectacular, and the terrace and decks allow you to take it all in.  With a grilling area, fireplace, and hot tub, there’s almost no reason to go inside!

If you haven’t entered the contest already, and this house is something you can picture yourself living in (and really, who couldn’t??), then pop on over to the HGTV.com and enter twice a day, each day until midnight on February 18, 2011.    Good luck!

by Lora Prentis

* All photos and video link are courtesy HGTV.com

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