HGTV 2003 Dream Home Slideshow

Near the quiet town of Mexico Beach, Florida, the 2003 HGTV Dream Home is a comfortable retreat with sweeping views of the Panhandle's East Bay.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Rear View

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Rear View

Exterior colors are taken from neighboring oaks, palms, and pines. "The idea was for it to blend with what's occurring naturally," says design consultant Linda Woodrum. Architectural guidelines encourage homes that relate to the landscape with traditional details such as metal roofs, exposed rafter tails, and deep overhangs.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Exterior

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Exterior

Mexico Beach, home to the HGTV Dream Home 2003, is located along the Panhandle's "Forgotten Coast," as the locals say, where fishing communities recollect days of old. "Breaking the house into individual pieces allowed us to site it without removing a lot of trees," says architect Randy Johnson of Urban Design Group, Inc. "It doesn't dominate the landscape."

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Great Room

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Great Room

A two-story bank of windows in the great
room offers views of East Bay. The double-insulated wood windows combine traditional style with a coated-aluminum exterior for longevity.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Guest Suite

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Guest Suite

A sunny corner of the guest suite offers cozy chairs in patterned blues while a cool white cabinet overflows with treasures.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Hall

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Hall

In the connecting hall, the monochromatic background explodes with sunflowers. The dramatic statement is tempered by the flowers' sunny disposition. An oval-backed side chair welcomes weary visitors.

HGTV 2003 guestroom

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV 2003 guestroom

The airy guest room greets visitors with romantic fabrics and creamy hues.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Dining Room

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Dining Room

Cross-back chairs surround a rectangular dining table, guarding a dramatic display of delicate orchids. The dining set boasts fluted legs with carved rosettes in a linen finish. On the table, antique candlesticks lift pillar candles to chandelier height.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Master Suite

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Master Suite

Comfortable woven furniture graces the master suite and its private porch. Inside, board-and-batten walls surround the brick fireplace. Linda hung mirrored sconces at eye level in lieu of a mantel.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Master Suite

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Master Suite

Architectural delights abound in the master suite, where sliding shutters above the queen-sized bed, enveloped in sumptuous fabrics, open to the pristine master bathroom beyond.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Master Bathroom

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Master Bathroom

Crisp white linens soften angular glass and brushed metal fixtures in the master bathroom.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Dock HGTV Dream Home 2003 Dock

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HGTV Dream Home 2003 Dock

In the outdoor seating area, a dock points to an unspoiled horizon and sea breezes are a tactile reminder of the unparalelled setting.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Potting Room

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Potting Room

In the indoor potting room, a solid-surface countertop holds a restaurant-style sink, faucet, and overhead sprayer. "This is an industrial-strength room for serious gardeners," says Linda.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Greenhouse

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Greenhouse

Orchids, perhaps nature's most fickle flower, thrive in the comfort of the greenhouse and the convenience of a neighboring potting room.

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Outdoor Bathtub

Deborah Whitlaw

HGTV Dream Home 2003 Outdoor Bathtub

From the master suite's porch, a crushed seashell path leads to a small deck with its own footed bathtub and freestanding shower. Landscape architect Patrick Hodges sited the deck at an angle to capture water vistas. "I found a spot in the vegetation with a natural opening," he says.

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