HGTV’s Green Home 2012 is a “Modern Southern Farmhouse”–Want to Win It?

by hookedonhouses on May 7, 2012

Have to say, I wasn’t crazy about last year’s Green Home, so my expectations were pretty low for this one. I wasn’t even going to tune in to the special on HGTV…but then I heard that it was “inspired by classic Southern farmhouses and redefined for modern families.”

Well, I can’t resist a white farmhouse, so I had to check it out. Have you seen it yet?

The front door is down in what looks like the foundation (love the stone). Seems like an odd place to enter the house–almost like you’re going in through the basement.

This year’s Green Home sits in Serenbe, a picturesque sustainable community about 30 miles from Atlanta.

The kitchen mixes rustic with modern.

There’s a lot going on in this master bedroom–I can’t say I’m crazy about that headboard against the striped wall and the various patterns thrown together. I need things to be a little more serene in mine. But if I win, that’s an easy change, right?

The master bath:

A fun kid’s room with a loft (there’s a TV and gaming system up there):

The guest room has what looks like the Rojo Tall Cabinet from Crate & Barrel. Have you noticed that bed skirts and dust ruffles are apparently “out” now? You rarely see them any more.

The house, which has 2,300 square feet, was designed by architect Steve Kemp and residential designer Georgia Muncaster of Kemp Hall Studio.

“The concept was to mix an old with a new feel,” Georgia explained. “That’s why we wanted to do the very rustic stone foundation. We have the simple form of the farmhouse with a traditional siding used in a different way and then the traditional metal roof.”

One of my favorite spaces in the house is this homework/craft room upstairs, overlooking the courtyard:

This room was created as a space for “quiet reflection,” but all I’d be thinking about would be, “How soon can I repaint?”

The windows on either side of this “Georgia Room”–not to mention the wicker furniture–give it a sunroom vibe that I like. It’s meant to be like an outdoor room, so it isn’t air conditioned.

Did you see the Green Home special on HGTV, hosted by Monica Pedersen? I’ve liked her since her Designed to Sell days (I miss that show!).

I just finished reading her new book, Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home–it comes out May 8, but the publisher sent me an advance copy. I enjoyed it but hope to see a decorating book from her in the future (the kinds of parties I throw these days usually involve pizza delivery and paper napkins–ha).

I learned some interesting things about her in the book–like that she started as a print model but was always interested in houses and design. It was a Sears commercial that she landed–playing a housewife with a cordless drill–that got her the audition for Designed to Sell. The rest, as they say, is HGTV history.

The one-car detached garage was designed “to look like an old farmstead wagon shed” and sits (kind of inconveniently, esp. when you have a car full of groceries) behind the house, and up a bunch of steps:

Like this year’s Green Home? Personally, I would have preferred to have seen more farmhouse and less modern. But overall, I liked it better than last year’s.

Want to win it? You can enter twice a day until June 1. Visit for all the details about the sweepstakes.

How do you think it compares to the Green Homes of the past few years?

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Jodi from New Jersey May 7, 2012 at 7:41 am

Eh. So so.

Barbara May 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Wow–reading a lot of these comments–I am surprised. I think too many are too harsh. Or they just don’t ‘get it.’ Or they don’t see the architecture and the farmhouse influence. The stone and height with the colour choice–white and teal and burnt umbers–rich browns and yellows. It is in a nice natural setting. The Georgia room sits up high enough with deck on either side–so no A/C is prob OK for critters–not many snakes are going to crawl into that area. (for all those snake comments LOL) Sheesh. Get real people! Snakes are more interested in other areas than slithering up decks…not really the place where they want to find their food of choice. Esp when the deck is not covered with foliage. the home has a nice clean –yet warm feel to it–but they seem to have achieved the modern amenities to make it liveable in the natural setting. And most important so it will retain its value. It has good bones underneath the HGTV decor–so you can make it YOURS with time. I will never win it–but if I DID win it–I would love it! I’ve lived in a lot of farm communities–I love old farm houses. But I admit I’ve always wanted one that wasn’t going to fall apart. Here you go! Meet your 21st C farmhouse.

Miss Em May 7, 2012 at 7:56 am

Not really digging it. If you hadn’t told me it was supposed to have been farmhouse inspired, I’d have never known.

Sabrina May 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

um…it’s okay. Nothing spectacular.

Kelley May 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

I didn’t see last year’s, but this one is very confused. It’s nicer from the outside than inside.

W H Stoneman May 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

Ah…steps to carry everything in any direction. Not a retirees retreat but I know it could wear out the grand kids.

Elizabeth May 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

Rustic-style is meh and modern-style is meh. So, overall, just meh. If they make a traditional-looking farmhouse with tradtional-looking mod-cons, I’d like it.

Nancy May 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

The rooms feel so narrow and “tunnely” – the also seem very cluttered.

Sarah @ housecrazy May 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

It’s interesting… but I agree – I wish for more farmhouse, less modern. That entryway into the stone foundation is certainly a throw-back though. I thought that was very clever!

Kaethe May 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

It doesn’t seem a very practical house for a Southern climate: not enough overhangs or porch roofs and no screens anywhere. And a horrible place for anyone with mobility issues.

Mata May 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

I LOVE it! I think it’s great regarding design and style. I love the kitchen and the living room. Yes all the rooms are a little narrow but over all I just LOVE this. Can I win? Where do I sign up? I’d move to Georgia for that! :)

hookedonhouses May 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

Click the link to at the end of the post–they’ll tell you how to enter!

Jean May 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

It’s definitely not my style, but I certainly wouldn’t complain if I won it.
I love your blog!

hookedonhouses May 7, 2012 at 8:30 am

Thanks, Jean! :)

Tracey Almon May 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

A bit too modern for my taste as well…agreed about the farmhouse inspiration–glad they told us…that garage up on the hill was just inconvenient–however, I did think the outside of the house was architecturally interesting…I didn’t care for any of the modern cabinets/woods except the wood floors. Dust ruffles will continue at my house since old bed frames just look naked without them…besides, dust ruffles hide dust bunnies!

Wanda Styrsky May 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

Doesn’t do anything for me. That has got to be more than 2300 sq ft.

Laura May 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

Not really my style (too much dark wood in the kitchen, weird front door, cute but inconvenient garage….though maybe it can be turned into a potting shed or pool house?) , but generally I like it. The rooms are designed with a lot of color, which I like, but they’re not gaudy (too much white in a non kitchen bores the heck out of me). I like the outdoor living room and that craft/homework room – what an inspirational idea :)

MsJulie May 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

I like that it is on the water.
I do not like anything at all about the house – the multi-stories, the decorating looks like it was done by the show that stuck hay to the walls of the family room, there is nothing farmhouse about the exterior or interior, the bland architectural features, the small/narrow rooms.

MsJulie May 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

Question – is that water or the street? If it’s the street, I just lost my only reason for liking the house.

Mike May 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

street. looks to be a small lake down the street. Think the stables are behind those buildings up the street. Like the home personally. Biggest downfall would be that they look to be set up to build all around you.

kate May 7, 2012 at 8:39 am


kate May 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

Ick. I don’t want to ever live in Georgia, so that’s where I start at. TOO many snakes, and bugs and critters, to EVER have open glass doors to the outside. I do like the office, but that’s about it for me. Farmhouse inspired, ? not at all that I can see, but I live in New England, so maybe I just can’t stretch my brain enough to see where they got farmhouse from, since we’re surrounded by real ones here.

laney May 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

..oh kate!…come see us…you would fall in love with georgia…we have everything…mountains and beaches and flat lands…wonderful food…beautiful houses…and most of all…wonderful wonderful people…we would love you to bits…feed you pound cake…hug you to death…and be so happy for you to sit on our front porches and hear the crickets sing…we tell stories about our families and homes…and would absolutely love to hear yours about new england… come!…you could even stay with me
…blessings laney

laney May 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

…oh kate!…you would love georgia…we have everything here…mountains and beaches and flat lands…beautiful houses (and real farmhouses too!)…fabulous food…but most of all…wonderful wondeful people…who would just love you to pieces…feed you pound cake…hug you to death…and sit with you on our porches and watch the lightening bugs come out (they don’t bite…they just twinkle)…we would open our hearts to you…tell you stories about our homes and families…and we would love nothing more than to listen to your stories about your beautiful new england…come on…you can stay with me!…blessings laney

susan May 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Oh Kate,
Please DON’T move to GA. There are enough Northerners here already.

ALH May 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Where’s the like button?

Luciane at May 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

They took a risk here, they didn’t play safe and they definitely did not make it for the marjory of viewers.

You know what people like to see if you’re in this business and this is not it. People want warm homes, more traditional lines. They took the chance and that’s okay and refreshing. I can’t see anyone complaining if they win this too, right? :-)

Have a great week! Big hugs to you, my friend.


Luciane at

MsJulie May 7, 2012 at 9:14 am

I really would not want to win it – first there would be the tax to pay, then trying to sell it would probably be difficult due to the economy and the very small market that would like this home – meanwhile, HOA fees (if applicable), taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance,… would all be an expense.

jennifer May 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

I agree with you. The interior is not farmhousesque.

Brandy May 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

I actually love it! I like the modern flair they did to the farmhouse look and the community looks devine! A little paint here and there to add my own personal touch but I like it. :)

Teacup Lane May 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

Can’t say I love it or even like it. I hate the front basement entrance – it’s not attractive at all. I don’t like narrow door openings set back like this’s dark and scary. What were they thinking? The curb appeal is lacking to say the least. I did like the craft/office in the open hall upstairs foyer area. I haven’t seen the show – I don’t watch as much HG anymore unless its Sarah Richardson – I can’t get enough of her design.

Nicole Mulvany May 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Okay bold statement: I am sick of Chevron prints and stripe walls. I am disappointed in HGTVs house decor. I would have thought we would see something cutting edge. Something fresh or new. But, this house looks like someone went into Pinterest and kept a folder of looks and went from that.

I swear we have seen this house in the CO green house and the Utah house. It’s all looking very similar.

If I won I wouldn’t complain. I’d just redecorate and have a yard sale. I’d have you advertise on her of course and give you a cut of the proceeds and of course give you a month a year at the homestead. HA!

Julie May 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

I agree, just “eh”. Not wild about the home overall but I do love the kids room…I can see my boys all over the ladder. I also love the little crafting area.

Aria May 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

No thanks.

“We have the simple form of the farmhouse with a traditional siding used in a different way and then the traditional metal roof.”

….Siding ‘used differently’ and metal roof does not a farmhouse make. Especially if that is the only two things the designers are going to point out. Saying it’s a ‘simple form’ of a farmhouse is being generous I think. From the pics, I don’t see anything ‘farmhouse’. It simply looks like a modern house built on a stone basement.

Inside I see nothing ‘old’, unless one wants to count the wagon wheel lamps in the dining room, but even that is a stretch. That which is supposed to look ‘old’ just looks modern with a wood veneer.

I’m not signing up for this one, but if I did and if I won, the siding and modern windows would be the first to go. Then the paint on the inside. Then the tile. Then the carpeting. Then the….

Earth Ocean Sky Redux May 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

Does anyone know if once these houses are “won”, if the winner actually ever moves in? I remember reading something about one of these houses, maybe it was Napa Valley, that was never lived in and sits empty today. I venture to guess more winners take the cash, leaving some real estate broker in these towns to sell something that is odd man out.

Jean May 7, 2012 at 9:47 am


Mary Ann May 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

Without knowing who the interior designer was, after just a couple pictures, I knew it wasn’t Linda Woodrum. She would have made this house oooooh so much better. The taste level here is really low and the choices of colors, fabrics apparently meant to make some kind of statement, but they bomb here.

hookedonhouses May 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

Actually, Linda Woodrum did do this house. She was featured in the special.

ShabbyChick May 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

This house is having an identity crisis, it just doesn’t know what it wants to be! Frank Lloyd Wright meets Sleek Modern meets Farmhouse???? Sorry, I’m not buying it, it just doesn’t work and I don’t like anything about it.

Ella Burnett May 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Having lived in Atlanta…I’m not sure I understand the reasoning behind not putting air conditioning in the “Georgia Room” – it now makes it unpleasant to use for about 9 months of the year. I’m also not real crazy about all the long skinny rooms…

hookedonhouses May 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

Yeah, I would definitely want A/C in that room.

laney May 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

…good grief yes!…everyone knows God made air conditioning…

kasey May 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Yes This! The designers/planners didn’t take into account that this is Georgia and it is hot, humid and, often miserable, for a minimum of 9 months of the year. And if it isn’t hot & humid, there’s the bugs. The Georgia Room will be unusable without air conditioning and drapes of some sort to block the sun.

And they obviously don’t understand that Georgia does get ice & snow storms occasionally, that garage set back and all the steps to the house will be a nightmare.

Chris Howard May 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

The Georgia room (and I’m speaking as a native) seems like a stupid idea. We do have a lot of bugs/snakes/critters/pollen to make simply opening up glass doors to your house impractical. If you don’t open the doors, it’s just going to function like a big oven for most of the year. Very impractical, and seemingly designed by someone who’s never set foot here. There’s a reason why we love our covered and screened in porches down here!

Christina from Dallas May 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

Dosen’t look very farmhousey to me. How many people actually keep these house they win? Don’t the majority have to sell because they can’t afford the taxes?

hookedonhouses May 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

This isn’t nearly as expensive as HGTV’s Dream Houses are. It’s under a million. It’s a lot smaller, too. They also give you $100,000 to put toward taxes. So the Green Home might be easier to hang onto if you won it!

Baileywife May 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

Farmhouse??? Where is the front porch??? Nope, I will pass this year. (ha, like I would EVER win anyways :) But 2010 is still my favorite, now that one is a farmhouse look! Although I always hated the coffee table in that one. (always nit-picky aren’t we?)

Laura May 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

It certainly is a very MODERN modern farmhouse.

Tiny Homestead May 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

I like last year’s home a lot better (though I would have made a few color/decor changes). This home doesn’t do anything for me. It also seems to waste a lot of space with various sitting rooms. I’d rather see a mud room, laundry room, and a more user friendly kitchen.

snaggy May 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

Don’t like it

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family May 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

I’m with you on the headboard in the master bedroom. It completely clashes with the stripes on the wall. And I’m not crazy about the non-airconditioned sunroom. Even if the windows/doors open to allow a breeze through it won’t help that much in the middle of a Southern Summer. Plus the mosquitoes would fly in and attack you. I don’t think I would even consider registering for the house. Gift taxes on it wouldn’t even be worth it.

Carolyn May 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

Don’t much like anything about it, except that it’s green. The rectangular box forms with simple gable roofs may be farmhouse elements, but it ends there, in my opinion. I understand that it’s built into a hill and thus is vertically oriented, but too many levels for me (now that I’m older and think about such things). I like the Georgia room and the homework/craft room OK. I really don’t care for the master bedroom decor at all. Serenbe is a lovely community and they have some great examples of newer farmhouse looks. This isn’t one of them. I won’t be entering.

Ann May 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

My favorite thing in the house is the picture of the bulldog.

Dee S. May 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

That was my favorite thing too!

Joan May 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

The only thing I felt about this house was claustrophobia. Totally. I live in Georgia in a small passive solar home I designed and even marked the foundation settings and orientation so that I would always be facing south with great cross ventilation. I never have to turn on AC until late in the afternoon when western sun starts to broil. As far as the snakes and bugs I keep grass mowed and never go into woods in the summertime. It’s wonderful ! But in that house I would have to stay outside all the time.

Jen M May 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

I agree with Ann. The bulldog art is the only thing I like.

Rachel May 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

I don’t like the grainy look on the cabinets in the kitchen or the bathroom. Seems really busy in the decor. You’d think farmhouse would mean a little less.

Lisa T. May 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

I really like it. There a few quirky things that I would have to get used to (not that I’m actually going to win), but overall I think it is very nice. The front entrance is something that would rarely be used except to bring groceries in. You are closer to the kitchen down there and there are less steps.

The master bedroom needs a calmer rug (too busy) and a solid wall color. But I like the headboard. All those steps would help keep me in shape.

I agree with a previous poster about the screened in porch and AC needed in the Georgia room. I’m from NC and mama didn’t raise no dummy! No need to sit steaming hot while mosquitoes munch on you. You’re not going to feel a whole lot better just because you can congratulate yourself on your small carbon footprint.

Al May 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Has anyone noticed that the writers of the HGTV shows are adding conflict, even arguing, to the scripts? The show Love It or List It has couples arguing with each other, with the designer, with the realtor. I find watching it uncomfortable. Even on Candice Olsen’s recent show, she had cross words with her contractor. Also, the couples on House Hunters are beginning to bicker. What’s going on?

Patty May 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

They must be trying to appeal to the idiot reality TV lovers. I’m with Carol M. Haven’t watched HGTV in forever.

Janet May 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Have to agree with many it just left me meh. It’s lovely for a magazine shoot but not to live in. What’s up with all those stairs to get anywhere? And a garage uphill from the house? Yeah that will rarely be used.
But I admit I will enter, hope I win and then sell it to build my dream green house.

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sharron May 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Yes I agree not really digging it. It would be an awesome vacation home for whomever wins it!

Carol M May 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Not for me. It just doesn’t seem all that practical, nor inviting. HGTV is becoming more and more of a disappointment. I hardly ever watch it anymore.

Rosie May 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Way to contemporary for my taste. Not what I would envision as “farm house”. I didn’t see the special. I wasn’t really wowed by any of the rooms.

Abby R May 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Am I the only one with plastic storage containers full of winter clothes hidden under my master bed? Without dusters, I would lose all of that extra storage! This trend can just pass me right on by…

Patty May 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Well, back to the drawing board.

W H Stoneman May 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

There is NOT a farm housewife, anywhere, would want this house after sloppin the pigs, feeding the chickens, loading the hay, tended the kids and changing diapers and then having to climb up and down all the stairs in the house. She would be too tired!

Lauren May 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Off topic, but do you have any photos of Regina’s house on Once Upon A Time. Great house (except for the tree wallpaper in the den)!

jan May 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

only thing I liked was the lack of dust ruffles on the beds.

Kelly at Talk of the House May 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

It is definitely not my style, but it does fit the “arts-i-ness” of Serenbe. BUT, on the other hand, Serenbe has some beautiful houses styled like farmhouses with traditional styling (front porches, wide hallways, beatiful staircases)…and they have a great traditional barn area and vegetable gardens. It must be in one of the newer more modern area of Serenbe. The last time we were there, many of the empty for-sale houses were traditionally styled (and gorgeous). Maybe since those weren’t selling, they decided to go in a different direction. Anyway, not going to enter to win this…much rather win one on the water from Coastal Living.

Hoyt Clagwell May 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Overdone, overwrought, overdecorated. None of the interior finishes or furnishings relate in any way whatsoever to the architecture of the house itself, which is dated, but not unpleasant–Kind of Margaret McCurry from 12 years ago…

The furniture…It kind of looks like the modern version of Green Acres, where some Manhattan Real Housewife type brought everything with her from her Upper East Side duplex and stuffed it into this suburban house.

Val May 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

YAWN….. BORING and no curb apeal. HGTV should have done better than this. Very disappointed. Not really liking anything from 2010 – 2012 homes

State of Texas Gal May 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Speaking as someone who OWNs a farmhouse: this is not one.

HollyM May 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

This poor house is confused. Is it a farmhouse? Or a townhouse? Or a mid-century modern? And that’s just the design and layout. Then there’s the decor. Contemporary or traditional? Eclectic or MCM? But the real question is: who paints a narrow room orange?

Odd. Just odd.

Kim May 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I don’t like this house. The layout and design were poorly done and I don’t see anything that remotely resembles the farm house style. Plus I do not like contemporary. That’s why I’m passing on this one.

missy May 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I love the Georgia Room, but maybe that’s just because we are building outdoor space right now. I do NOT like that entry. It’s a little too modern to be called a farmhouse for me, but I like it better than last year.

stephanie May 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Before I got to your last comment about the garage – I was going to comment that the people who designed this house must not buy and drag groceries into their homes. When I looked at the front door – all I could think was the many trips up the stairs with groceries, dry cleaning and ever other errand – and what a pain that would be. I agree with Holly (above) – it’s a townhouse, not a farmhouse.

I like some of the woods inside – I’m guessing they are sustainable woods and/or bamboo – but otherwise… eh. I do love the hallway – office/craft area – that is a good use of space. Decorating wise – it’s too busy for me ; stuff on top of stuff in every room.

Rebecca C. May 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Maybe those bedrooms are bigger than they seem? By just looking at the pictures, they seem to be tiny. As everyone has said, this is not a farmhouse. I wonder when they design these houses that they take into consideration where they are building. Georgia would be a bit more traditional than say out West. I do like the outdoor spaces. That orange room? Too much. I love that color, but that’s just too much.

Alicia Sullivan May 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

And yet another TV over a fireplace! When will the madness end? UGH!

Kristina May 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

NOT a farmhouse at all. I didn’t like anything about this house.

ALH May 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I wish I could think of something nice to say, but it looks dated already.

Mrs C May 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Any idea if the bulldog picture in the kids room can be purchased somewhere or was it done especially for the Green Home? Big UGA fans in our house & would love to have one for my little boys room. Enjoy reading your blog, it’s a daily escape for me!

hookedonhouses May 8, 2012 at 6:54 am

Hop on over to HGTV’s Green Home main page that I linked to. They should have all the source info there and will hopefully mention that picture, too!

Jared May 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

You know what I’ve been noticing a lot lately, especially in more modern design, are ceilings the same color as the walls which I do not like. It creates a box and who wants to live in a box??

hookedonhouses May 8, 2012 at 6:53 am

Yeah, that’s the thing now, to paint the ceiling. Feels way too claustrophobic to me, especially with a dark color like that. I’ll remain off-trend with that one! :-)

Bridget May 7, 2012 at 11:21 pm

My favorite was the 2009 Dream Home in Sonoma, CA:

Great home and fabulous location!!

Bridget May 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

PS I forgot to say I wouldn’t enter the contest for this home. It feels really cold to me starting at the front door. I would have thought that was the way to the garage.

Georgia is truly gorgeous… just not the house.

stephanie May 8, 2012 at 2:20 am

I agree! There must be a feng shui issue with this house/door – because that was my first thought as well… “I don’t like this door.” It does not feel welcome like a place I’d want to come home to.

Jane May 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

Wow! Definitely not getting a positive impression and I agree. So much seems off balance. I’m not entering the contest to win it.

Jenny May 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

I don’t care for it at all. I can’t get past the front door. I hate when doors are in a cave like that. It feels so cramped.

Also, a home outside of Atlanta and no AC in the sunroom? Yikes!

Dean May 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

I like the modernism of the place, but farmhouse? I don’t see it. I HATE the placement of the front door! I’m with you: It definitely looks like you’re entering through the basement. It has such an odd look about it.

I’ve entered since day one, but will take the cash option when I win. :-)

Country Girl May 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This is what a fresh interpretation of a well loved style looks like according to these architects— taking a modern form and building it with traditional farmhouse materials. I have also seen traditional farmhouse shapes built with space age looking materials…none of these are not intrinsically displeasing but they certainly challenge that traditional meme of white clapboard, gable roof, porches, etc.

I like it, all but the garage, which seems very impractical. But then I like almost any and every style of house, as long as it is a good example of the style and easy to live in. As far as looking out of place, it is perfectly in tune with its surroundings in Serenbe, which is a sustainable community very far in concept and execution from most subdivisions or planned communities. I don’t live there, but am very I impressed with what they’ve created and how they’ve gone about it…

Dawn May 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Disappointed yet again. I’ve yet to like any of the green houses that HGTV creates and the Dream Homes are hit and miss every other year. I’d really like to see a new Interior Designer brought in other than Linda Woodrum. I’m constantly disappointed in the kitchens.

Nathan May 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I’m undecided whether I like it or not.

Karen May 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

This is too contemporary and modern for my tastes and the entry does seem like it is leading to a basement. I’m not too keen on it, although I do love the outdoor area as well as the craftroom.

Christy May 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm


Nancy May 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Meh. Not my taste. Won’t enter. I haven’t cared for the last couple. Each to its own.

Stacey May 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm

It is interesting but I much prefer my quirky historic farmhouse. I like knowing that I live in a rich piece of history, not a second rate imitation.

Anita May 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I think that the House is really nice to move in I know that when God give you something it is a blessing And if it is God will I will take the home and do right by it .

Bug May 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

Closets too small.
Laundry room should be next to master bedroom.
Attached 2-stall garage a must.

AngC May 9, 2012 at 5:57 am

It is an awkward lot, so the house had to be built to best use the space. The detached garage and lower level font door are both due to constraints of the lot. I wonder if there’s space for an elevator. Also we live in a Neo Traditional neighborhood, like Serenbe, and there are strict convenants about what can be built.
I don’t think the house is at all Farmhouse, more like industrial warm chic. I wouldn’t have designed it, but it is a pretty house. It just feels impractical for everyday family living. I agree it would be a fun vacation house!

Julie B. [Holland] May 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I agree with so many of you here, its just so so . I dont really care for it at all. Its not so special………. Sorry HGTV :(

euphemia lay May 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

I love it

Maria May 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

The foyer looks like a windowless cellblock. At first I thought the drywall wasn’t finished, but no. I agree, cluttered, narrow, and lots of stairs/steps. Add hotlanta to the mix and I’m not a fan. From the deep off center entry cave one needs bring guests up a flight of stairs, through the kitchen and dining room before, at the other end of the house, landing in the living room. Also MB clothes need to go to the other end of the house and up stairs to get to the laundry, not to mention the hike to the garage. I’m think the name should be changed to The Exercise House.

Also I’ve decided Linda either owns the place or has something on someone, because we beg and plead for them to get another Int Designer, but gawd bless her she just doesn’t go away.

I do like all the indoor/outdoor space (wanted to say at least something nice), but I wont be entering.

Lisa May 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Not liking that weird squinchy front door at all.

margo plung May 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm

dear linda w. I dont know why every body is so down on you. I think you do a real good job. The house does have alot of steps, but that doesnt hurt most people.A lot of people are to picky. I like the house, but if i won it i wish i could afford to keep it.

VJ May 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

Loved the kids room, the windows and the outdoor areas, but hated everything else about the house. Too many colors & patterns that don’t go well together, too modern and DEFINITELY not matching a “farmhouse”. Looks more like a posh modern townhouse that belongs in Connecticut or NY. Besides that…EVERYTHING needs to be air conditioned in Georgia! Score of 1-10 on this house…I’d have to go with a 1 for sure. Not good at all, especially for something so “expensive” by most people’s standards.

Being an Architect myself, I don’t know where their heads were when they designed this place. Not functional or inviting at all with the dark, dreary spaces and long, crowded rooms. The way things are laid out, it also makes it impossible to get a new look by moving the furniture around, which a LOT of people want that option.

Alejandra Francesca Alanis-Martinez May 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Honestly coming from a city gal this makes so much sense to me… The decor is very busy and I personally like that. I’ve lived in the City and the country and I have to say the decor would make it a little more comforting for a transition.

I wouldn’t change much about this and would be extremely thankful since my family don’t even have a place of our own.

I think it’s lovely and could only hope to be blessed enough to win something so wonderful!

My Fiancee and I would for sure move our children here and really enjoy ourselves. He wouldn’t mind relocating and finding a shop to work at.

GailD May 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

I saw the Green Home last week, and found humor in a few things. The cute outdoor sitting area off the master bedroom featured a “Dog House” (with matching decor to the master bedroom). I joked with my friend that now we know where to send our husbands when they are out of favor!

Also — did anyone else catch that the door to the master bath “water closet” would not close – it opened IN to the room, but could not fit past the edge of the toilet to close. (they HAD to notice that when they hung the door!) It’s Permanently open (not a problem I guess for tours and would keep folks from using it I guess). We were told that “there are still a few items that need fixing” (and that was one of them).

Master bedrooom closet – Hardly ANY hanging space for dresses (maybe 2 ft in width). In fact, that master closet would have struggled to fit my husband’s clothes so have no clue where mine would end up!

hookedonhouses May 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

Interesting! So odd that the door wouldn’t close. Thanks for the on-the-field report, Gail!

wanda box June 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

i hope my family will win the 2012 green house in georgia i’ve been enter over 12 years and i hope this year will be me i’m full time house-wife/mother

wanda box June 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

i feel in love with the green house sent first time i saw it on hgtv and my hole family loves it to my daughter loves the gmc and my husand love the every thing of the house and i will happy to be the one and i believe in hgtv and they did a good job on the house.

wanda box June 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

i feel in love with the green house sent first time i saw it on hgtv and my hole family loves it to my daughter loves the gmc and my husand love the every thing of the house hgtv did a good job

Geraldine June 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I LOVE IT!!! Would do anything to win it. I can picture my family living in it. They did a great job. Im in love!!!

wanda box June 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

if i win the green house it will be my dream come true for me and my family and the first time i saw it was on my phone before it came on hgtv

wanda box June 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

i live in fayette county alabama i’m white female and i hope to win the home in georgia caused i fell in love with it so much

Mary Pike June 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I Love it is my Dream home

wanda box June 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

the first time i saw it was on my phone on the enternet before they build the home and yes i fall deep in love with it and yes i will love to be the winner and live there for ever and my family and friends can come and see this beautiful home made by hgtv

wanda box June 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

the first time i saw this home was on my phone before they have it on tv and i hope to god i be the winner

wanda box June 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

i hope ya an’t fake or don’t tell the truth caused i’ m very say if i don’t win this house that make my heart very say

wanda box June 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

i hope ya an’t fake or don’t tell the truth caused i’m very sad if i don’t win this house and that make my heart very sad also

kathy June 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This incredible home knocks my socks off! And the icing on the cake is that it is a GREEN home! It represents the future (hopefully) as our society becomes more interested//involved in protecting the world’s natural resources and living as green as possible!

It is a wonderful that “living green” doesn’t mean living in a tree (not that there’s anything wrong with that)! HGTV has demonstrated this with the 2012 Green Home and I’m sure the lucky winner will appreciate residing in this unique home; it will be the opportunity of a lifetime!

wanda box June 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

i was very sad to heard that some one else won that house

wanda box June 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

i’m very very up set i didn’t win the 2012 green house from hgtv i enter over 280 times why i didn’t win?

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