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Every year since 1997, Home and Garden Television (HGTV) has built and given away a fully furnished dream home. The TV show "HGTV Dream Home" follows the process of designing, building, furnishing and decorating a lavish home which may have such amenities as its own personal mini vineyard or built-in private sauna room, plus kitchens, dining rooms and other public spaces geared towards entertaining. In the final exciting episode, the fully furnished home is given away. The winners are announced and filmed, similar to the manner in which the "Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes" is announced every year.

Each year, a new city is chosen for the build. As part of the show, the merits of the region are discussed, from the beautiful weather to the rich culture and history to places to shop and dine. Some episodes can be fascinating to watch as a form of virtual tourism, even if one has little interest in the actual house. As the house comes together, it is toured and the reasoning behind various design choices are explained and are often related back to the general information about the region, climate and culture.

If you are planning to build your very own dream house, the explanations and reasoning behind design choice may be free advice and food for thought. However, for most viewers of more modest means, it is a simply fantastic peek into a lifestyle they can only fantasize. Of course, since it is a sweepstakes, you can also enter to win the house. Keep in mind that most winners sell the house rather than live in it because they really cannot afford to keep it. (For starters, the tax bill is usually more than they can cover.) Still, even if all one gets is the money, this can be a dream come true for the winner. For everyone else, it is at least escapist entertainment for those watching and imagining winning or imagining living the kind of lavish lifestyle that should go with such a home.

HGTV Dream Home is a Reality, Home & Garden series that is currently running and has 2020 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2017.

HGTV Dream Home is available for streaming on the HGTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch HGTV Dream Home on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes online.

Fridays at 9:00 pm on HGTV
2020 Seasons, 25 Episodes
January 1, 2017
Reality, Home & Garden
Cast: Chi-Lan Lieu, Mark L. Walberg, David Bromstad
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  • HGTV Dream Home Special 2020

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