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Living the dream

The 2020 Dream Home on Hilton Head Island just might be HGTV’s best one yet.

A new residence that “honors Hilton Head Island” soon will be viewed by hundreds of millions of viewers of HGTV – America’s third most watched non-news cable channel. Located on the eastern edge of Windmill Harbour overlooking an expanse of verdant salt marsh and the distant Calibogue Sound, the HGTV 2020 Dream Home debuts this month. Already it is being called by People Magazine perhaps “the best one yet.”

“Many of us watch various programs on the HGTV network and realize how important show homes are to the general public. They really can affect how residential design is pushed forward in style and function, so having a small part on a terrific global team was very gratifying.”  Project architect Preston Bussard, Court Atkins Group

“I love that the house honors Hilton Head Island, but it’s definitely unique and not very similar to anything most locals have seen before,” said Brian Patrick Flynn, interior design guru for HGTV who traveled far and wide to select ideal furnishings and decorative wall hangings to bring the outside indoors – like natural driftwood pieces in a guest bedroom and a vintage full-sized canoe from the Great Lakes mounted above the entry door.

The 3,514-square-foot, three bedroom, two-level home clothed in sapphire blue, was built by Shoreline Construction, the same firm that built the HGTV Smart Home a year ago in Palmetto Bluff. Court Atkins, local architect, capitalized on the panoramic outdoor marsh views and sunsets from virtually every living space.

The Windmill Harbour homesite was perfectly suited to make the most of the Southern summer breezes and vista. The interior features an open-concept great room floor plan with a gourmet kitchen, dining foyer and master bedroom — all with large windows looking toward the sunset.

Island escape • The most “island” room in the home, this guest bedroom offers an enticing space for sleeping, watching TV or just enjoying views of the surrounding Lowcountry landscape.

Additionally, there is a porch with a retractable screen that runs along the entire length of the home. Upstairs includes a second large and smartly appointed gathering space that leads out to a full covered deck porch that overlooks the grounds and a glamorous, glistening black-bottom pool. Black bottom pools keep the pool water warmer, which helps the outdoor swimming season start sooner and last longer.

“Hilton Head Island is a perfect location for the HGTV Dream Home,” said Tamara Day, host of HGTV’s Dream Home Special 2020. “The island has become known around the world for its dream-like sunsets and overall beauty.”

Trending color

Cool and relaxing blues
Accents throughout the home bring an element of water into the design, from artwork depicting beaches and estuaries to cool colors that pop against neutral sand tones.

Carolina blue is a thoughtful nod to the local tradition of painting porch ceilings blue to keep evil spirits away.


Screened Solution • Screening in the porch means there’s no problem opening the French doors that lead into the bedroom to maximize outdoor living both inside and on the porch year-round.

Designing the dream

William Court, Preston Bussard, Derek Morphew and Ashely Huffman of the Court Atkins Group Design Team weigh in on the 2020 Dream Home.

Q: When designing this home, what was a special component you thought the home just had to have and why? A: Because the home site is located alongside some of the most breathtaking marsh and water views on Hilton Head, the outdoor living spaces immediately became a top priority for the architectural design team. This evolved into two levels of rear porches with dramatic southwestern sunset views that lead out to a series of marshfront terraces wrapping around the pool.

Q: What are your favorite features? A: One of our favorites spots is the garden entrance. Think of this as a welcoming owner’s entrance with all of the features of a mud room, laundry, potting shed, craft area, and a spot for the dogs too!

Q: What were the challenges in getting this together? A: The team was tasked with fast-tracking a unique design that would take advantage of the natural beauty of the site, fit within the design standards of the community, and showcase some of the newest trends in home construction. The result still needed to feel both Southern and casually elegant.   

Q: What do you think separates this place from the average home? A: It embraces the Lowcountry lifestyle of Hilton Head. It has a true connection to the outdoors … fabulous outdoor amenities including swimming pool/hot tub, sweeping terraces, porches, deck and endless vista views, to its abundance of tall windows and transoms which bring the outdoors inside with a brightness that transcends even the gray days on the island.

Winner take all

Win the house, a new car and cash
The official entry period for the Dream Home Sweepstakes begins at 9 a.m. Dec. 30 and lasts through 5 p.m Feb. 19. Eligible fans can enter twice per day on for a chance to win the home, all the furnishings, $250,000 and a brand new Honda Passport Elite.