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How you could win a Stowe dream home

Stowe, Vermont - December 7, 2010

Just off the ski trails at Spruce Peak awaits someone's dream.

"Our window to complete and build the home was 5 months," said Brendan O'Reilly of Builder Gris Mill Builders.

A custom designed 3,400 square foot home you could win in a contest run by the home decorating channel HGTV.

"I came across Stowe, the Stowe Mountain Lodge and the real estate that existed here and it just felt like the right place this year," said Jack Thomasson, HGTV's House Planner.

Thomasson wanted to make sure that the house represented Vermont. He used local talent to design and construct the channel's 15th dream home.

"Working with them to share our vision for the house and their vision to make it Stowe and make it feel like it's Vermont really comes together to create a house that we hope represents the people that live here," Thomasson said.

"It's a wonderful project has some great energy and connection to the site and I believe when people are here they're going to feel like they're part of Vermont, which is important," architect Paul Rousselle said.

The home has a tree house type design and granite steps lead you inside where work by local artists hangs on the walls.

"Eighty percent of the materials are locally based," O'Reilly said. "All the timbers are milled in Hardwick, they're from sites that we have worked on and logged. The trim on the whole house-- the same thing-- pine trim."

"The siding for example is a spruce so we try to introduce materials that are indigenous to Vermont" Rousselle said.

Starting on Jan. 1 you'll have 45 days to win this dream home, but don't worry, you have just as much of a shot as the other 40 million people who enter because the winner is picked completely at random.

Designing and building someone's dream home is a challenge, but even more when you're working on a television schedule-- creating a masterpiece in just a few short months. But the home still has all the bells and whistles; from a ski in and out location, to a bunker room that sleeps eight ski bunnies, even shades and lights that work with the touch of a button.

"We've designed the house to live for those people who are excited to get outside; hitting showers, grabbing pancakes in the kitchen, using great Vermont maple syrup and hitting slopes," Thomasson said.

"Somebody can actually win a true dream. It's not like winning the lotto for $50 million, they literally can step through the front door into a new life into a real dream," O'Reilly said.

A Vermont dream come true for one lucky winner.

The winner of the HGTV Dream home will have to pay the taxes on the $2 million prize package.

Click here for more information about the contest.

Gina Bullard - WCAX News

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