What Do You Think of HGTV’s Green Home 2011?

by hookedonhouses on April 27, 2011

Have you seen this year’s HGTV Green Home in Denver, Colorado? It was “inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, combined with subtle nods to airplane design,” which I guess explains the wing over the front door. Let’s take a look around and see what you think.

The floors are hand-scraped maple.

The living room sets the contemporary tone for the house.

The kitchen continues the gray and yellow theme, which is a hot color combination right now:

The laundry room doubles (triples?) as a home office and crafts studio, which I found a little odd. Do I want to work on a stool at a tiny desk while the laundry tumbles behind me? Probably not. And who is going to sit in those chairs, staring at the washer and dryer?  My guess is that clothes are going to get piled on them in about ten minutes…

I spy another “subtle nod to airplane design” in the master bedroom, which is decorated in “Asian chic.”

The Master Bath:

The Family Room is a loft space at the top of the stairs and has a view of the Rockies:

And then, after all the muted neutrals, grays and yellows, they hit us with a hot-pink Guest Room, which I’m still scratching my head over…

It really qualifies for one of my “One of these rooms is not like the others…posts, doesn’t it? I mean, wow. My 8-year old daughter would love sleeping here. My brother-in-law who visits twice a year…not so much.

The patio was put in front of the house, “to encourage conversation with neighbors,” and features a gas fireplace:

So what do you think of this year’s Green Home? Despite some of the complaints I had about it, I prefer last year’s. This one leaves me a little cold. I wouldn’t complain if they gave it to me, though! Will you enter to win it?

For more information about the house, you can take the full tour and enter the sweepstakes on HGTV.com before June 2, 2011.

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Luciane at Homebunch.com April 27, 2011 at 6:51 am

Good morning, Julia!

How are you doing today?

I think this is a beautiful and well designed home. If you asked me if I had to build a house if I’d the same, I’d say no. But That’s because I’m not crazy about contemporary style. But it’s definitely a beautiful home.

I hope you have a wonderful day!


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Things That Inspire April 27, 2011 at 6:51 am

I like it more than I expected, based on the exterior. However, it seems a bit disjointed. Maybe it is because the ‘family room’ is upstairs. I would call the area adjoining the kitchen the family room, and the loft space more like a den.

I am not liking that hot pink guest bedroom!

jana April 27, 2011 at 7:03 am

I would like the house better if they didn’t describe it as having “a nod to airplane design.” What the heck is airplane design???? That’s just a gimmick. I happen to have a hot pink guest room so I have no problem with theirs. I need one girly space in my house since I am a mom to all boys. My mom stays there the most frequently so it works. :)

jana April 27, 2011 at 7:04 am

Oh, but I do think the hot pink carpet in that guest room is way over the top. Yuck!

Janell Beals April 27, 2011 at 7:10 am

Very masculine, I do like it quite a lot. My favorite part is probably the front porch, a large number of the homes in my neighborhood have these and people use them all the time for parties and dinners, really does result in more interaction with neighbors! Janell

Becky K. April 27, 2011 at 7:24 am

I guess I am just not that modern. But, I would be a fool to turn it down if I were the winner. That pink room was very shocking. I do like many of the features on the inside, it is mostly the exterior that didn’t give me warm fuzzies. ((smile))

handbright April 27, 2011 at 7:24 am

UGH. ( But then I am a huge fan of the Braverman elders home, so what do I know?) Seems to me though that this home could use some cleaning up in terms of decorating- as “Things that inspire” said: disjointed is the best word to describe this home that I have read here. Schizoid may be a better one, come to think of it!

Lindsay M. April 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

I love it! They refer to the pink room as the “girl’s room” on the HGTV website. I like it, maybe not for myself to sleep in everyday but it’s definitely good for a girl! I love the loft area as well and I don’t think the house feels disjointed, it’s just not quite the open layout that is so popular these days.

But, I pretty much love all houses, especially if they are free :)

hookedonhouses April 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

That’s interesting. I read it was a guest room, but it makes much more sense as a girl’s room!

Shannon April 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

Have to say I’m not digging it and I usually love prairie style homes.

BungalowBILL April 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

I love the Prairie style, but I see nothing on the interior to say that. The exterior is nice but the off kilter overhang bugs me, as if there is something structurally wrong. I think there’s too many trees for the small lot. I like the living room wall. I assume those prints above the fireplace slide to the side to reveal a tv. I would have preferred the wood behind the bed to be stained or painted, it reads as industrial wooden pallets in their raw state.

Christine April 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

Ummm… I’m not feeling that laundry/craft/office/ what are they thinking?!? room. Those desks aren’t big enough to do any crafts or office work anyway. Get rid of the chairs and the office feel and it’d be a great place to fold and organize the laundry.

My favorite room? The master bath! It’s lovely.

Dayna May 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Really? I LOVE the do-room! I love the “station” feel. I do with that one would “hide” the laundry. Perhaps I would change one of those stations into a sorting area for dirty laundry. I really love that room!

Tabitha April 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

This house is definately not my style. If I had to choose, I’d take last year’s green home over this one. However, I liked the idea of the office/craft/laundry room. What better way to multitask…throw a load in to wash, pay some bills, work on some crafty project….Awh who am I kidding!! I’d have a pile of laundry on the floor and be curled up on that cushy chair reading a mag with a cup of coffee!! ;)

Amanda @ Serenity Now April 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

I can appreciate the design (although I agree with the others that the pink carpet is too much) and I’d take it if I won, but it’s not my style. I like the yellow/gray color combo. The stools in the office do not look at all comfortable for working/crafting, but I like their idea of getting some work done while the laundry is running. I just know it would be a tangle of laundry and crafting supplies in about five minutes. ;)

Lynn TheGREENCTRealtor.com April 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

I wonder if I would be OK with the view of the air traffic control tower? From the special on HGTV it seems it’s right in front, and I don’t know if I could look at it, even though they say the residents of the development wanted to keep it as a reminder of it’s past as an airport.

The style is not something I would choose myself, but it’s interesting. I’m also not against the laundry/utility area because if I had to do work in my laundry room, I’d probably be better at keeping my laundry at bay :)

Gabbie April 27, 2011 at 8:38 am

I like laundry room/office thing if you’re using the office space for light tasks like paying bills and such. I don’t think I’d want to write a dissertation or something in a space like that but for everyday stuff, I think it would be pretty handy.

Adrian April 27, 2011 at 8:47 am

Not for me. Airplane noise would be impossible to ignore. Plus, I like to entertain. Not having a bathroom on the first floor is a big mistake. The hassle to guests to go upstairs just turns me off. (I like to keep the “public” and “private” areas separate.)

Nichole@40daysof April 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

Stapleton is the site of the old airport, so I don’t think airplane noise should be a huge problem. Denver’s new airport is DIA, and I think is located in a somewhat different area.

Alison April 27, 2011 at 11:19 am

Nichole, You’re right, DIA is out in the middle of nowhere… you have to drive 10 miles off the highway through fields and fields to get there.

Nichole@40daysof April 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

Not crazy about this. The wing over the front door drives me a bit nuts. And I think the interior will be dated pretty quickly.

the 7msn ranch April 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

Yikes…that guest room must be sponsored by Pantone – that’s their color of the year, 18-2120 Honeysuckle. I do like the efficient scale of the house, but that laundry room brings back too many bad memories of trying to do homework in the laundromat during my college days.

GilleyBrook April 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

I do like the plan – but not the color choices. I 100% agree with you on the “laundry room”. It wouldn’t work for our lifestyle. And yes…I have entered to win it!

Heather April 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

I’m with you Julia.
My favorite thing about this house is the bird comforter.
But….I’d take it if I won it! Let me go register…………

Beverly April 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

It looks smaller than most HGTV giveaways, doesn’t it? I mean when they have to combine, laundry room, office, and sitting area into one place, it seems cramped. The style for me is too dark and the pink room is just too pepto bismal.

Teacup Lane April 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

First impression is that it seems smaller than the houses in the past. I like the wood floors but I don’t care for the too modern and masculine gray and yellow look. A family room should be next to the kitchen.. not upstairs and gosh it’s tiny…looks more like a small den to me! The laundry room should have a counter height table or island for folding clothes rather than two chairs. And the shock hot pink carpet is too much for the pink room. They should have extended that lovely dark wooden floor into the girl’s pink room. Overall it’s not bad. But….someday I wish they would do more of a cottage and/or beach designed home. Now if they had picked turquoise instead of gray and yellow…..I would be in heaven.

Alecia @ Hoobing Family Adventures April 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

I am not usually a fan of contemporary but I like it for the most part. I agree with the laundry combo room needing a place for clothes as well as the strangeness of the pink room but it is nice. It definitely feels like more of a place you would rent for the week or month than a real true home though.

etta April 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

Hello :-)
I think I Like this house… a lot!!

Miss Smith April 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’m registering to win it, and registering my husband’s name too, but we’d just sell it. It’s way too contemporary and trendy for me. The only room I kind of like is the master bath.

The Flooring Wholesalers Daughter April 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

I love it. I’m not sure I’d keep the pink but I like a house where the rooms are all a little different. I disagree with you and Gilleybrook on having the washer and dryer in the officel – it seems pretty convenient to me and if I had laundry piled on the chairs, I’d be less likely to pile papers on them. On the other hand, as Tabitha and Gabbie pointed out, the desks are a little small.

Anyway, if I lived in Denver, I’d definitely sign up – Who doesn’t want a free house?


Dayna May 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I think those “desks” actually have tables underneath them that roll out and come together to fold laundry on.

Jeremiah April 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

It’s a beautiful home built for a regular family that a regular family can’t afford. I heard somewhere once that in the history of the HGTV Dream Home giveaway, no one has ever actually lived in it because they can’t afford to pay the taxes on it. If they really want to have a successful sweepstakes like this that can actually be lived in my your “average joe and jane” then they need to focus more on affordability and sustainability rather than glitz, glamour and shine.
If this house were to go on sale in the open market it would start somewhere around $500k or more…probably more. That is an unrealistic price for a home in most markets. I DISLIKE these homes because they showcase “high design” with a “high pricetag”, which turns off so many people to contemporary design by making them think it’s “out of my reach”…which is COMPLETELY untrue. Nice house, sure….but it could be so much better and affordable.

Melissa April 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

Love the exterior!! The smaller size and colors are all fantastic except for the pink room. So nice to see diversity in architecture.

beachgirl April 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

I liked the other homes better. This one appears odd shaped, very cold and has no warmth to me at all. The color schemes are none that I would have picked and the house has no flow to it. I prefer more wood with earthtones and NOT metal with gray or a Pepto Bismol pink room! Blech! I did like the little laundry/crafts room, but the house overall seems a lot smaller than the other ones. Their choice of art for decorations is pitiful at the least and not to my taste. This house to me is a total turn off and nothing I’d want to win, so I don’t plan to enter. Hope someone else enjoys it. I’ll enjoy our new GREEN, stacked stone home we just bought instead!

Sophie April 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

I much prefer last year’s!
Obviously this is a beautiful house, but it’s not my thing really. I’m more into traditional or old houses and modern and contemporary.
More modern interiors are boring for my eyes.

Nathan April 27, 2011 at 10:56 am

It’s the perfect size. I love every bit of it. …Except for the pink room. Was the pink carpet really necessary? That room seems to produce it’s own glow of pink light it’s so bright!

Kristen F. April 27, 2011 at 11:23 am

We live in Denver so the location works out for us, but I don’t think the style really suits us. It might just be the way they’ve decorated it. The boys’ room was kind of cute, and I love the outdoor space.

Kelli M April 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

My question is, why does “green” always seem to = “modern.” I would love to see a green home in a more traditional feel…can’t you make a “Father of the Bride” or “Stepmom”- inspired home green?? Clearly I am not a modern fan, but would like to know if there is a pragmatic reason green always seems to be modern.

Dean April 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

I like it, but I’m not blown away. I really don’t like the small lots in this development–too close for comfort. And why does the designer Linda Woodrum always have to throw some off-the-wall decorating element in the mix? Julia, did you notice the metal chair in the living room? It’s made from a salvaged radiator. A radiator?! Looks about as comfortable as a bed of nails. I’m entering (as I do every year), but I’ll take the cash option. :-)

hookedonhouses April 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I didn’t realize it was a salvaged radiator until you pointed it out, Dean. Too funny! Just what I’ve always wanted to sit on…

Arie April 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

Try as I might to find one thing, anything, that I liked about this house, I just couldn’t.

Spring April 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Pink carpet? Um. No.

Also, that sectional in the family ‘room’ upstairs? Not very family friendly when you have crawling babies trying to climb over the top of the couch. That thing is backed up to the top of the stairs. My kids would probably dare each other to jump off it.

Also, what is up with the radiator chair in the living room? Is it actually heated?

The house seems very uncomfortable to me.

Dean April 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Is the radiator chair heated? HA! Funny.
I mentioned the chair a few posts back. It is a really odd design element. Not only unattractive, but I’m sure uncomfortable. I think the idea behind it is that it’s recycled or salvaged, so therefore “green.” I think it’s a stretch to say the least.

Melissa April 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I agree, I like last year’s house so much better. I would take this one if I won though, and it wouldn’t be that much of a move because I live in Colorado Springs. Even though I think the girl’s room is over the top, my daughter would love it. I think I would have to tone down the wall color to make it livable though. I also think all the modern art would have to go, not a huge fan.

Cathryn April 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’m glad to see HGTV finally living in the real world of utility costs.
I think the front porch room just looks crooked, not innovative.
That dark brick around the living room fireplace is soul-sucking.
The bar stools in the kitchen look like they are designed for size -3 fashionistas, not average-sized men or wiggly children.
The weather changes on a dime at Denver’s altitude, so the chic fluffy pillows and upholstery on the visit-the-neighbors deck were toast within a week of the picture being taken.
Grey should be used a unifying neutral, not a default color.
Since when is hand-scraping anything a green choice?
I think Barbie would find that guest room too pink.

Other than that, the house is fine.

Kim April 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I didn’t care for last year’s home, but now after seeing this house, it has grown on me. Nothing about this home feels like a home and I don’t like the style at all. Like one person said up above, Why does most of the “green” HGTV homes have to be modern and contemperory? Why not do some different styles like craftsman? Sorry, but this home doesn’t work for me.

Beth April 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Didn’t Marcia, Jan, & Cindy once share that guest room?

Cassidy April 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Why do you think they put two pendants over one of the bathroom vanities and only one over the other? From what I can tell, they appear to be the same size. It jumped out at me right away.

Arie April 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

My guess is because the vanity with one light is next to a window, so it’s brighter in that area, whereas the other vanity facing away from the window might be in a darker area that extends to a passageway beyond the photograph, or it faces another dark area on the opposite side. Just a guess.

Bethany Peterson April 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I don’t love it, but don’t hate it. The yellow/grey color scheme is not my favorite. I kind of like the idea of the office/craft/laundry, but I would prefer a long counter or desk instead of the two chairs. I saw on the special (just caught the end of it) that the desks are on casters and can be moved to the center of the room for folding laundry or crafting. I do like all the built in storage and the color scheme in that room. Not a fan of the master bedroom AT ALL, but the master bath looks lovely. And that radiator chair? WHY??? Sure, it’s green, but so not functional, which really is the whole point of the green home, to show that you can have a green home and still have it be stylish and functional for the way people live today.

melissa sloan April 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I’m so glad I don’t like it at all…this way I don’t have to be disappointed when I don’t win it! lol. I see very little genuine FLW influence…kind of faux in that regard. I’m sure it will be a lovely and well loved home for someone :-)

kitty April 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I like the master bath and the outdoor area a lot, the rest not so much, it feels very masculine and way too modern for my taste. But if I won it, I wouldn’t turn it down! Would just get all of my family to help me paint it more to our taste. LOL
I like last years house much more and even that one wasn’t as great as some past years. Kind of disappointed that the houses seem to be getting worst and uglier every year!

Lucinda April 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

A big thumbs down from me. I’m sure there is an audience for it but i think it looks like corporate building lobby.

Nita April 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

It always angers me when the elitists tell all of us what we should like and what we should do. They built some houses so close together in Orange County, 7 in a cul-de-sac surrounded by identical cul-de-sacs, and the kids bounced basketballs off everyone’s walls. There were NO driveways, so you either parked in the garage or on the street and the streets were just LINED with cars.

Sorry, NO, I don’t want to live this close to people or live in an ugly house just to be green or have a front porch to have the neighbors over! I’ve only liked one of my neighbors in 20 years. I just hate all this “green” stuff. Once you’ve bought energy-saving appliances, I am pretty much done with the effort.

Heather April 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I love everything about this house….except the chair made of sticks. :)

Kelly April 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I am not a fan, to cold and sterile… As far as the gif room/ laundry room/office goes, I really didn’t get that. Who wants to squeeze into a corner to wrap presents??!!

Mia April 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Last year’s Green Home is much better! It almost seems like they tried too hard with this one…it’s too cold and uncomfortable-looking.

Love Love Love your website, Julia! Thanks for all your interesting posts!

Holley April 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I like it, but I’m fond of the yellow and gray combination, as long as I could throw in some royal purple.

The hot pink room is overwhelming, but my daughter would love it.

I don’t like the patio out front, perhaps I’m anti-social, but I want my gatherings in the backyard.

Finally, I would be happy to have a proper crafting space and wouldn’t mind sharing the laundry room to get it. It would be especially helpful with quilting, although I would say that the actual crafting space is too small and not really designed with actual crafters in mind.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints April 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I really didn’t like it that much to be honest. BUT if they wanted to give it away…who am I to say no!

Allison April 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Not a huge fan…I like a place that feels lived in. A sitting area in the laundry room is rather odd. A room like that really makes me feel like I need to catch up on my reading or have a cup of coffee with a neighbor..NOT;) love your blog!

Allison April 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Oh my..just noticed the radiator chair in the den. Wow, looks comfy:)

Kelly D April 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Bleh, not really my style either. I usually enter their contests each year, but think I’ll pass this time round.

Denise April 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

What do I think of it? Not much!

Why does “green” design always have to mean modern design and bright colours? If that’s all that “green” is about, I won’t be going “green” anytime soon.

karen ho fatt April 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Looks fantastic. Beautiful detailing and well put together schemes. Love the influence of the timeless Frank Lloyd Wright on the exterior with the proportions. The distinctive canopy really draws attention the entrance -simple but grand.

Porchlight Interiors April 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Very boring! Wouldn’t it be nice to see more “green” design with actual style! Thanks for sharing! Tracey xx

Wwndy April 28, 2011 at 12:04 am

Looks very Ikea style to me. Esp the doors, kitchen, shelves…

Heidi April 28, 2011 at 3:08 am

I just saw the hottest pink room ever, LOL! And I’m in love with the patio! :D

Maria April 28, 2011 at 4:06 am

Not a fan. Looks like a townhouse layout without factoring in at least a 1/2 bath on the first floor and an attempt to do something with laundry that doesn’t work. However, it has a better layout than most Dream Homes that get worse every year when they just throw out function from the design.

My favorite part is the front facade.

I’m trying to think of something nice to say, but I can’t get there. Mostly I am just *so tired* of them using the same interior designer for every home. It shows. A lot. And I don’t like her style or lack there of. It’s repetitive, boring, lacking in usability, and in this case in what I can only guess is an attempt to be fresh: disjointed. Which I know sounds so…mean, but gosh can’t we get someone different already? This is like a really bad rip-off of Jeff Lewis. Not going to enter.

MissCaron April 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

I enter, as I do every year, but never do I grow quite attached. This year, though, I think the house has a lot of potential. Lots of re-arranging and re-decorating but overall the bones are good. I like the big island in the kitchen but I’m with you on the laundry… not so much. Also, the rooms upstairs are so disproportionate. The “girls” room is huge and the “boys” room is half the size. I do like some of the ideas in the house though and definitely wouldn’t mind moving to Denver! :)

Chris April 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

I wonder how many of these people keep these homes? Don’t they end up having to pay 40% of the home’s value in Winner’s Taxes? Just a thought…and though I like the house, I wish that they wouldn’t feed into the theme that Green = Modern Style.

Lynn April 28, 2011 at 11:33 am


melesa garrison April 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

I absolutely would not turn it down, but it’s not my style. My 8 yr old granddaughter would love the guest room too as her room is hot pink, but it’s tooooo much for a guest room. I’m not diggin’ the living room at all and I don’t care for laundry in the office. There was plenty of space to divide those rooms up! It would be perfect for someone and I’m sure I’m not going to win anyway ;)
Thanks for sharing!

Susan April 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

Cold, hard, uninviting. Not homey.

Susan April 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Not crazy about the pink bedroom, in fact using in a presentation about what I would do to CHANGE a room.

Sheila April 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

This would be a love-hate relationship if I won this house. I do love most of the colors of the house (the exception being the — you guessed it — extremely pink room). I love the various brick patterns throughout, esp. the dark brown bricked tile. But I just can’t wrap my tastes around modern design. One or two elements in a room is enough for me. But a whole house is just too much of a “look.” I have friends (relatives!) who adore it. That being said, if I were to win it, I’d be a happy camper, if for no other reason than resale dollars to fund my own dream house. :)

jennifer April 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm


Julie April 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm

No thanks. I’ll save my odds at winning on another house. This one doesn’t do it for me at all. In all honesty, I probably feel cosiest in that weird laundry room.

Dawn @ The Wish List April 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I’m not into contemporary styles for myself but like the style when it’s well done and not too “cold”. This one isn’t cold and is nicely laid out.

I think that the pink girl’s room fits the contemporary motif. It’s just a loud pink as a nod to a girl (hopefully) that really loves the color. I don’t have a problem with that.

Overall, it’s not a bad place even if it’s not what I would choose for myself.

Ann April 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

My first reaction was: It’s not huge. I LIKE that. The kitchen looks a lot like mine, but I do hate those stools. Are they actually bolted to the floor? Blech. The pink room is ridiculous mainly because of the AMOUNT of pink…I mean a little fuchsia goes a looong way, tight? I like the master bath–but it looks like it was one of those “done on a tight budget”–which I am sure it was not. Overall? Just “Meh” for me.

Different Ann April 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Meh. But if it’s free I’ll be happy to take it. (Oh my gosh! I now see that “Ann” also said “meh!”) Creepy!!

debbie bailey April 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm

If I won it, I’d sell it as fast as possible. And gray and yellow together? (Shudder)

Meredith April 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

As someone may have pointed out before there is no “guest” room. It’s just a Master, the boy’s room and the girls’ room, hence the pink. So maybe there’s a pull out sofa for the guests? I also don’t like how the architecture doesn’t match any other house in the whole development, which seem to be traditional with a front porch. But all that being said my mother wants to win it so she can be closer to the grand-baby.

shelly joseph April 29, 2011 at 2:26 am

this is going to sound weird but I LIKE the laundry room.. the rest of it not my style but nice

Ranell Morris April 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

I think this is my least favorite of all the houses they have done. The gray and yellow may be hot right now, but I think it is cold. It makes me think they added the touch of yellow to brighten up a hospital waiting room. The front of the house does not look welcoming either. For those people who like contemporary it is probably a beautifully designed home and that is what makes America great!!! Something for everyone. BTW the pink girls room is the only thing I liked. It looks fun.

ShabbyChick April 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

I’m not a modern girl by any stretch of the imagination. I think *Modern* and FLW are 2 completely different entities, this house is not quite what Frank would do…”loosely inspired”, I should think. I adore true FLW design! The house is well done, for what it is. I ADORE the bedding in the master…the pink room, not so much. ;)

Deets April 29, 2011 at 11:34 am

The same plan is used by the developer elsewhere in the neighborhood, it’s just been “tweaked,” for those of you who think this is some foreign object dropped from the sky. The downstairs laundry/craft room is typically used as a study, which makes more sense since it is just off the living room, and the laundry area goes upstairs in a niche off the master suite.

Isn’t the pink rug an area rug? Easily removable for those who find it so objectionable.

Likewise, the radiator chair is not fixed to the spot.

I pretty much like it all except for the master suite headboard. I’d be in there with a crew to take that thing down right away.

Sarah for Real April 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I think HGTV completely misses the point of “green” design by building from the ground up. The most sustainable choice would be to lovingly and carefully remodel an existing home.

Christina April 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Not really my style.. kinda offish.. not for me. It wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t with a comfortable, cushy at home kind of feel.. It was way too modern in the pink bedroom.. There would be a great deal I would change about it. The house itself isn’t something I would shop for either.. Interesting piece to read about though.

andover May 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

I am really warming to contemporary designs and I actually like this homes’ functionality much better than the hgtv dream home 2011. Not that I wouldn’t love a place in Stowe VT but the home had some really quirky design elements.

Edythe Van Hopper May 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

The house looks ‘photogenic’ for TV, but I could never imagine actually living in it. The wall behind the bed in the master bedroom resembles an industrial palette. It seems small, kooky and disjointed.

Dayna May 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm

What I don’t like:
1. The cold feel, maybe it just needs real people to live there?
2. The radiator chair wierds me out…maybe put a cushon on it?
3. The stick chair, likewise wierds me out.
4. The laundry would be better suited upstairs in the “nich” by the master.
5. I would change the layout just a little bit
6. It’s a little dark, I would lighten up some of the rooms.

What I DO like:
1. I LOVE the do room (even if the laundry should go upstairs).
2. I love the feel of the outside.
3. I love the dogwashing “station”.
4. I love the pink room (weird, I know).
5. I love the master suite.
6. I love the location

Ultimately, the house grew on me and I can picture myself in it. My personal style is quite different, and I would like to see more traditional green homes in the future. But I want to live there so I’ll be trying to win… Although the chances of that are slim.

wanda s.mcleod May 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Hi, today while i was at work me and my first cousin was watching HGTV i fell totally in LOVE with the house ,I would move to Colorado in a NEW YORK MINUTE .I totally love every thing about the house i am so use to living in what ever i can rent ,i have been raising my grandson JOESPH for 17 years he is a wonderful kid ,he never gives me any trouble he is in the 11th grade he has been in the band now for 6 years .HE is now becoming a drum major next year i am very proud of him ,i now he would love to live in Colorado in that beautiful home ,so all i can do is PRAY TO THE GOOD LORD OUR HEAVENLY FATHER that i win that DREAM HOME. WANDA MCLEOD&JOSEPH ANDREWS

Irchr May 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I would love to win it, but before I moved in, I would hold one heck of a garage sale. I would dump all the local “art”, the funky stick chair, every thing PINK, every thing yellow, the master bedroom headboard, the stupid radiator chair, limestone coffee table, Radiator lamps, zebra floor in the boys room, and the glass bottom bar stools. I would hope to get enough money to buy some paint to re do most of the walls with real colors. Also I would hire an archietec to remove the still flying porch cover and put a real front porch on the house. Same for the silly deck cover. I guess you can tell that I am not impressed with this mess of a house. I don’t think many people will really like it. I am going to try and win it, then sell it and buy some thing I would really live in. Green, brown or Hot pink I don’t like this house. It does nothing for me. I think it is time HGTV changed designers. The last few houses have really been out of touch with most of America. BUt wish me luck I could use the money from the sale.

Toni R. Crismon May 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

I loved the contemporary design and the colors used, even the “Pink” room. I do not believe this house would be good for very small children — not enough play room. I would like to have seen more of the kitchen by opening cabinets, seeing drawer depths, etc. and there was no trash compactor and not sure about a broom closet (forgot to ask). Take a trip to your local landfill — to me a trash compactor is a good green item. The niche to me would be a better office space instead of the “To Do” room. I loved the glass tiles in the kitchen.
I loved the xeriscaping ideas.

My husband and I enjoyed the tour very much.

Toni R. Crismon May 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Forgot to mention another item I loved — the doors!!

John S May 15, 2011 at 12:48 am

We live near Denver and are familiar with the area where this home was built. The area, Stapleton, used to be Stapleton airport. The place is just a newer, more expensive sea of houses and flat nothingness — as you can see out the windows from these pics. HGTV is really slackin’ on this one. Sure, I’d take it, but only to sell it right after!

quiettra esslinger May 29, 2011 at 3:02 am

ShHello. my name is I married. To a wonderful man. A. Year. Ago he should that dreams come true. Your show has inpired. Me. To do all. I can. For others glike that one epasode when u help that single father with 5 boys I love everything. You did. With the. Green house. The. Kitchen with the living room i8 love. The open space just wonderful. Sincerly.mrs. esslinger

quiettra esslinger May 29, 2011 at 3:15 am

I could. Not. Emagein being pick for me and my family to have this beauiful. Home but. Thank you hgtv for even looking at me. Thank u

Patricia Stephens May 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

I love it! The porch is beautiful, as is the master bathroom! My husband builds model airplanes and just won a Best In Show at his first contest, so the plane theme works. OK, ok……maybe the pink room is a BIT much, unless a baby girl is in our future. BUT, I can’t wait to move into it and be back home! I can already see myself cooking in the kitchen and entertaining on the patio. I miss my family and my son is missing out on seeing his Grandparents. I knew it was made for us when I saw the “Do” room! We often call our son Doo! (Doo made a doo…ha ha!) See you soon Green Home and our families in Colorado! We miss you all and love you so much!

Patricia Stephens May 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

Oh, I forgot to mention the dog washing station….what an awesome idea! I love to do my own grooming, but hate to mess up the tub. :) So, this really is a dream come true and an excellent addition to a beautiful home! Thanks for building this one in my home town! I miss Colorado….friends and family….can’t wait to return!

sputnik June 4, 2011 at 8:34 am

I love the home and hope I win it. I would actually move there and live in it and not sell it. I love Denver and Colorado and I can afford the taxes on the 700k easily so if I win I will move there . I may sell the auto though seeing I prefer european cars and I have a nice Volvo XC60 …. The one thing I don’t like about the home is the porch and grill being at the front of the house. I know they say its to encourage you to interact with neighbors but to be honest I don’t want to interact with my neighbors . I don’t want my neigbors watching me out their window while i set on my patio grill and drink beer. I would prefer a more private area for that. Also I like to walk around in my speedos outside so Im not sure how well that will go with the neigbors.

Irchr June 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I think this is the worst design of any of the HGTV homes Green or other wise. I think they just went off the deep end on this one. I signed up to win it, but I would never want to live in it. LIke so many others my dislikes start at the “bent” front porch cover and front patio. I would NEVER sit out like that, Much of the quirky furniture would be sitting on the curb for pick up mins after I bought it. The Radiator chair and the chair made from bits of wood would be the first things out of the house. I love art, but I don’t like very many of the “things” in frames they chose here. OUT! I would buy several gallons of paint and change the gray to some thing warm and inviting, I hate gray and no BLUE or PINK OUT!!!

Even though I signed up to win this house, I don’t want to win it. Too much trouble even to try and sell it. But like I said, I could never live in it, NEVER.

Yes they got the highest rating on GREEN but at what cost per sq ft? The cost of the home exceeds the savings you get. The average person could not afford to “SAVE” this much for what it would cost them. HGTV lets get real on the next home, and make it more livable ( could you get another designer while you are at it, this one is worn out.)

Terry L. Hills June 20, 2011 at 9:17 am

Dear Julie: I’ve been trying to find locate who has the bedspread for sale in the master suite the bird design above, Asian chic, and or bird design Botanical, would like to purchase it for a friend who needs comforting and loves birds. I’ve been all over the internet and can’t find it at all. Can you help in anyway, a thought when I saw a video ARHAUS furniture, that was the diningroom table had bedding but not that store. Can you help assist me in finding it or tell me how to find or locate it?
Thankyou, Julie for your time and trouble. Love the house too, different guess I like nature.

hookedonhouses June 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

I’m afraid I have no source info, but it should be on HGTV.com if it’s anywhere. Check there!

Froya June 20, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I live 5 minutes away from this house and finally had the chance to tour it. The overall scheme isn’t my cup of tea but there are some nice touches. I’m partial to the frosted barn doors and the wood inlay in the boys bedroom was a lovely touch. The Ipad control was a neat feature but unless they’re giving away the Ipad with the house I don’t imagine many people will have the ability to remotely control their house from work quite that easily. Some odd tidbits that I didn’t understand were their choice in blinds on the upper windows. They’re not automatic and when I asked the guide how you opened and closed them he proceeded to show me a metal pole…lovely. The Astroturf in the backyard threw me and seemed so out of touch with the fantastic xeriscape they had in the rest of the yard. The basement of this house remains unfinished to maintain it’s premier status as a green home. Complete the basement and you lose that title. The charm of this house comes from it’s surrounding neighborhood. This is one family friendly place and I think I spent more time checking out the neighbor’s houses then I did the green home. You’re not going to find too many places in Denver where you can have colonial, Spanish, prairie modern and coastal bungalow architecture so close to one another. As for those mountain views you win with this home…we’ll see if they stick around. The lots are filling fast and I’m guessing whoever wins is going to be competing for a view.

Jean September 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

One of my main dis-likes is the upstairs railings (and the couch pushed up against it). My boys would be climbing up and over them in an instant.

PJ May 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

It amazes me that everyone completely dislikes this house. If I can remember correctly there is a powder bathroom on the first floor. This house compared to the Green Home from last year is beautiful and new. I enjoy it when a builder takes homes in a direction that others typically would not. Sometimes you have to look past the decorating and look at the bones of the house and this house has good bones. I did tour the home and absolutely loved it. I have looked at several homes in the community of Stapleton and everyone sits out on their front porch and talks to their neighbors. This is really a family centric community.

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