Washington’s first HGTV Dream Home, located in Gig Harbor, has all the Pacific Northwest flair you’d anticipate, and some unexpected design.
Dropping down from a snaking driveway in Gig Harbor is the 2018 HGTV Dream Home, flanked by cascading trees and the Puget Sound, a view that appears endless from the moment you enter the home.
The 1970s contemporary house shed its skin of a mossy green and beige exterior coat and took on a bold new identity with charcoal paint. Glass-paneled garage doors and a matching front door offer a peek into the life of whomever wins the home in the annual sweepstakes. But the dramatic exoskeleton of the house is just the beginning.
Upon entering the 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom home, adapted by Gig Harbor builder Choice Construction, guests are met with floor-to-ceiling stationary windows with minimalist design accompanied by pops of pastels and a bevy of sunshine-soaking plants.
Pastels in the PNW: “The reason we did that in the living room, if you’re living in a home or any place on the planet where you go through spells where you might not have a lot of sunny days, I like the idea of having cheerfulness. The living room played up with pastels is just to keep things happy on gray days.”
Complementary Contrast: If you have a space with massive windows, paint the walls a quiet, neutral color — like this blue-gray Olympus White — so the paint color doesn’t compete with the stunning view.
Make a Statement: A lot of first-time homebuyers find themselves purchasing a bland ranch-style home with no character, Flynn said, or a contemporary 1970s or ’80s home that doesn’t have an identity. “The trick, though, is if you paint them black or charcoal, they immediately become this architectural piece that’s all about geometry and angles,” he said. “… We added a bunch of drama to a house that’s otherwise nondescript.”
Strange Walls: If you have a wall that weirdly juts out, make it a statement piece with a mural or large piece of art. It becomes a happy accident, and no one notices the odd architecture.
HGTV Dream Home interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn has been designing Dream Homes for three years and also serves as the interior designer for the annual HGTV Urban Oasis project. He spent months living in the area while working on the project, and said each home stands out as a work of art.
“I love how rugged it is,” he said. “I love all the massive evergreens outside with that perfect line of the Puget Sound and the horizon out there. And I love the weather. I do! You come here in the summer and have your windows open all day long and put a sweater on at night, and then you get closer to the end of fall and the beginnings of winter, where the clouds just keep morphing all day. It’s very beautiful, and it forces you to stay inside and just cuddle up.”
Millennial Pink: Most people wouldn’t paint a bedroom blush pink, but HGTV is an authority on pushing the envelope in home design. “We considered blush and light pinks as neutral, because they really do work with every color on the palette, from black and blue to purple and orange.”
Gallery Wall: The stairway is the perfect opportunity to design a gallery wall, and use items that have been passed down from family members. The trick is to use mixed-medium art of different shades and textures.
Happy Place: Many homes have a basement with plentiful natural light, similar to the Dream Home. Flynn continued the pastel theme using aqua and sea green. The Olympus White paint picks up sunlight and brightens the space even more.
Mural, Mural on the Wall: Flynn created balance in the master bedroom, which has a sitting area with waterfront views opposite the bed. The mural acts as a conversation piece during the day, but it’s not a distraction at night.
Outdoor Dream: The Dream Home’s landscaping is Northwest meets a breezy beach, with a bevy of refined Washington native plants arranged in the front of the house, and a handful of sun-loving greenery in the back. The selection was curated and executed by Tacoma’s Father Nature Landscaping, which stepped in during the construction process in the summer of 2017. HGTV staff gave the company a fairly bare lot layout with minimal notes on design and allowed Father Nature’s team free rein as to what should be planted.
Porcelain Pavers: The Dream Home was outfitted with Belgard porcelain pavers in the front entrance and in the backyard barbecue area. The product comes in an array of styles and colors, often mimicking the appearance of tile or hardwood, but in a very durable and easy-to-install material.