HGTV Dream Home Winners

Past and Present Winners of the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway

Every year since 1997, the Home and Garden Network has given away an amazing prize package including a dream house that was built on their cable television channel, an amazing vehicle, and much, much more in their annual HGTV Dream Home Giveaway. Find out all about the past and present HGTV Dream Homes and their winners.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Merritt Island, Florida

David Rennie, winner of the 2016 HGTV Dream Home
2016 Dream Home winner David Rennie at the winner's ambush. HGTV/Scripps Network, Used with Permission

The 2016 HGTV Dream Home was the first that wasn't constructed from scratch. Instead, it was a total overhaul of an existing home. The 2016 Dream Home is a ​3,100 square-foot home located near the Indian River in Merritt Island, Florida.

Winner of the 2016 HGTV Dream Home:

The 2016 HGTV Dream Home winner was David Rennie of Shelton, Connecticut. His name was chosen from among 127 million entries to receive a beautiful home in Merritt Island, Florida, a GMC Denali vehicle, a new boat, $250,000 in cash, and more.

HGTV interior designer Tiffany Brooks gave David Rennie the good news in a big surprise at his hometown church. You can see images from the ambush at the HGTV website.

David Rennie said he had been entering the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes for years. "My wife would give me grief for entering, and we were both sure nothing like this would happen to us,” Rennie said.

According to an article in the TC Palm, David Rennie chose to accept the cash option instead of taking possession of the house. 

The 2016 HGTV Dream Home Winner Was Leaked!

As alleged in comments on the Dream Home Blog, the winner's name was leaked ahead of the official winner's announcement from HGTV.

A person named Mark Smiles posted on Facebook that his college friend, David Rennie of Shelton, Connecticut was the 2016 HGTV Dream Home winner. St Paul's Church also posted pictures of the Rennie family with Tiffany Brooks.

This isn't the first time that HGTV's big announcement was leaked. In 2011, Eric Makstenieks' HGTV Dream Home win was leaked by a neighbor who saw the ambush.

2015 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Katherine O'Dell from Alabama Wins the 2015 HGTV Dream Home
Katherine O'Dell, winner of the 2015 HGTV Dream Home. Business Wire/Scripps Network

In 2015, the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes prize was a gorgeous home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, plus $250,000 cash and a GMC Acadia Denali vehicle.

Winner of the 2015 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes:

The lucky 2015 winner was Kathy O'Dell of Huntsville, Alabama, whose name was picked from among 94 million entries. HGTV, who tricked the winner into thinking that a friend had won in order to surprise her with the big prize, has pictures of her reaction to the win on their website.

Kathy and her husband Steve each entered twice a day nearly every day of the giveaway's entry period, not just this year, but for the past 19 years! That shows that persistence really does pay off!

Kathy decided to accept the cash option instead of taking possession of the Dream Home, using the money to pay off debt and to buy a more affordable dream home in her area.

2014 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Lake Tahoe, California

Photo of 2014 Dream Home Winner Laura Martin of Boise, Idaho
Laura Martin of Boise, Idaho, learns she has just won the 2014 Dream Home. (c) 2014 Scripps Networks, LLC

The 2014 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes gave away a Yukon Denali vehicle, $250,000 cash, and a fully furnished home with panoramic views overlooking the Carson Range of mountains, not far from Lake Tahoe, California. For more details, see the 2014 Dream Home Giveaway.

Winner of the 2014 HGTV Dream Home:
The winner of the 2014 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes was Laura Martin of Boise, Ohio, whose name was chosen from among more than 94 million entries.

The newlywed mother of three stepchildren was amazed and thrilled that she beat the odds to take the prize. "I love that house, I love the size, I love the location, I love the kitchen-- I don’t even cook and I love the kitchen," Laura Martin gushed upon finding out she had won this huge prize.

HGTV worked with Laura Martin's boss to surprise her at her place of business. She thought she was being honored for doing an exceptional job at work she'd done at her job when really the gathering was to surprise her with her enormous prize win.

"I'm about to wet my pants," HGTV quotes Laura Martin as saying. She then told her whole office that lunch was on her. "For once I can buy the office lunch!"

2013 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Exterior of the 2013 HGTV Dream Home.
Exterior of the 2013 HGTV Dream Home on Kiawah Island, SC. © 2012, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The 2013 HGTV Dream Home is a raised two-story home, plus a finished garage and playroom, on Kiawah Park, South Carolina. It has 3,000 square feet of designer living area including three bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen with a separate pantry, and a front porch and a wrap-around deck. For more details, see the 2013 Dream Home Sweepstakes Photo Tour.

Winner of the 2013 HGTV Dream Home:
The winner of the 2013 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes was Carole Simpson, a former marine from Columbia, Tennessee, whose name was chosen from among more than 77 million entries.

Carole said that she's been entering sweepstakes for years. Her advice: "Those who didn't win, keep trying. If it happened to me, it could happen to anyone."

That's so true. You never know when an entry that you throw into the hat will be a big winner.

2012 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Park City, Utah

Photo of the changing room of the 2012 HGTV Dream Home.
Changing room of the 2012 HGTV Dream Home. © 2011, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The 2012 HGTV Dream Home is a ranch-style home near Park City, Utah, the home of the Sundance Film Festival. This home takes full advantage of its beautiful outdoor surroundings, nestled in the mountains and near the river.

The outdoor living area includes a hot tub, grilling area, and more, all connected by boardwalks. See how stunning the home is with the 2012 Dream Home Sweepstakes Photo Tour.

Winner of the 2012 HGTV Dream Home:
The winner of the 2012 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes was Vicki Naggy of Acme, Pennsylvania.

Beauty salon manager Vicki Naggy's name was drawn from among 81 million entries.

Vicki Naggy said she'd entered the Dream Home sweepstakes in years past, but had a funny feeling she'd win this year. So she entered every day, twice per day, online. That lucky feeling paid off for her!

2011 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Stowe, Vermont

The 2011 HGTV Dream Home is a ski-in, ski-out mountain resort in Stowe, Vermont, with views of Vermont's highest mountain. The house was designed to hold bunches of young guests in its dorm-style bedrooms and bathroom. Take a look at the 2011 Dream Home with the 2011 Dream Home Sweepstakes Photos.

Winner of the 2011 HGTV Dream Home:
The winner of the 2011 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes was leaked in advance of the official announcement from HGTV. The winner was Eric Makstenieks of Hinsdale, Illinois.

Eric Makstenieks' win caused controversy when a neighbor saw Monica Pederson arrive to tell him about his big win, and to film his reaction for the 2011 Dream Home Special.

The neighbor posted the winner's name online far in advance of HGTV's big reveal, using the handle "JohnSmith2510."

2010 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Sandia Park, NM

Myra Lewis, Winner of the 2010 Dream Home Sweepstakes
Myra Lewis, winner of the 2010 Dream Home Sweepstakes. Image © HGTV, 2010, used with permission.

The 2010 HGTV Dream Home is a contemporary Pueblo-style home in Sandia Park, NM. This home pays homage to its desert surroundings, with decor from local artisans and a splash of turquoise in every room. See the beauty of this home for yourself in the 2010 Dream Home Sweepstakes Photo Album.

Winner of the 2010 HGTV Dream Home:
The winner of the 2010 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes was Myra Lewis of New Orleans, Louisiana. 40 million people entered the Dream Home giveaway in 2010.

Myra Lewis' New Orleans home was destroyed in hurricane Katrina, but after spending time living in Houston and Baton Rouge, she and her autistic son returned to New Orleans to rebuild. Now, they'll have a gorgeous new home to enjoy.

Myra Lewis entered the Dream Home Sweepstakes for several years, and in 2010, she and her sister pooled their determination and reminded each other to enter every day. And what a payoff their dedication earned! Myra Lewis' prize package includes the stunning New Mexico house, $500,000 in cash, and a brand new GMC Terrain vehicle.

The Dream Home Blog also said that Myra Lewis' favorite parts of this year's house are the "courtyard, rock columns, tile work and casita."

2009 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Sonoma, California

Exterior of the 2009 HGTV Dream Home.
Exterior of the 2009 HGTV Dream Home. Image © HGTV, Used with Permission

The 2009 HGTV Dream Home is set in beautiful Sonoma, California. Sonoma County is famous for its wines, quaint farms, artisan boutiques, and rolling fields surrounded by mountains.

The 2009 HGTV Dream Home was built in a Victorian farmhouse style and designed to be the ideal place to entertain friends and family. It has two comfortable wrap-around porches, a fully equipped back patio and a kitchen that is every host's dream with two refrigerators, two work islands, and two dishwashers. Look at the 2009 Dream Home Photos.

Winner of the 2009 HGTV Dream Home:
The winner of the 2009 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes was Cheryl Smith of Lakeland, Florida. Entering the sweepstakes daily for the past ten years paid off for Cheryl Smith, whose name was drawn from among nearly 40 million entries.

Cheryl Smith and her husband sold the Dream Home back to its developers for $2.2 million dollars. They also donated nearly $187,000 worth of furnishings and artwork in the home to an organization that helps needy children.

2008 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Islamorada, Florida

Picture of the exterior of the 2008 Dream Home, part of HGTV's Dream Home Sweepstakes.
Exterior of the Dream Home 2008 - Monica Pedersen: 2008 Dream Home in Islamorada, FL. © HGTV Dream Home 2008

Islamorada is located in the gorgeous Florida Keys and is known as the sport-fishing capital of the world due to its blue waters, which team with seafood. The island of Islamorada is small, only 18 miles long and a few blocks wide, making it an exclusive location. This tranquil location is set with beautifully designed homes and private white sand beaches, the perfect spot to build a Dream Home.

Winner of the 2008 HGTV Dream Home:
Stephanie Dee of Solon, Iowa. She was announced as the winner on live television, with her friends and family gathered around her. Stephanie thought that she was going to an early birthday party and she seemed to be in a bit of shock when she was told that she won.

Stephanie Dee's lack of reaction to the big prize caused some criticism. Christy Matte, TheBalance.com's Expert on Family Computing at the time, said, "Through the whole interview, she's shed a tear or two, but she hasn't shown any real excitement." I guess she wasn't expecting a birthday present like the one she received!

2007 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Winter Park, Colorado

Robert O'Neill Sr., 2007 HGTV Dream Home Winner
Robert O'Neill Sr., 2007 HGTV Dream Home winner. Image © HGTV 2010, used with permission.

HGTV selected Winter Park, Colorado for the site of their 2007 Dream Home because it offers a wide variety of interesting things to do, as well as its beautiful setting. Receiving between 300 and 400 inches of snow every year, Winter Park is perfect for skiing and other winter sports and nestled within a million acres of parkland, it's wonderfully secluded. However, it's also a short drive from Denver, with all of the big city's attractions.

The Dream Home itself is designed in a rustic, yet sophisticated style with a lodge room in the entrance hall, an ultimate media room, and even its own observation deck.

Winner of the 2007 HGTV Dream Home:
Robert O'Neill Sr. of Johnson City, Tennessee.

Robert O'Neill thought that his son was having a wedding re-enactment when he was invited to dinner at the restaurant where his rehearsal dinner had been held, but actually, it was HGTV ambushing him with the news of his huge win.

2006 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Lake Lure, North Carolina

Donald P. Cook, winner of HGTV's 2006 Dream Home Sweepstakes, receives his check.
Donald P. Cook, winner of HGTV's 2006 Dream Home Sweepstakes, receives his check. Image © HGTV, 2010, used with permission.

For the 2006 Dream Home, HGTV selected the resort community of Grey Rock, located on the shores of Lake Lure, North Carolina. Nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Lure offers serene living among spectacular mountain and water views.

The Dream Home was designed to bring the beauty of the outdoors into the house, with a huge open porch in the center, living quarters designed to be all on one level, and a recreation area downstairs. The upstairs level is devoted to spacious guest quarters as well as a library and a suspended walkway connecting the different sections of the house.

Winner of the 2006 HGTV Dream Home:
Donald P. Cook from West Virginia won the 2006 HGTV Dream Home, chosen from among nearly 40 million entries.

Donald Cook said that although he loved the Dream Home, he couldn't afford to live there. "A house that big is hard to maintain; the electricity bill alone is more than 10 times what mine is."

He intended to sell the house, retire, buy a bigger house in West Virginia, and do some traveling.

2005 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Tyler, Texas

Cruz Family on the steps of the 2005 HGTV Dream Home.
Cruz Family on the steps to the back of the 2005 HGTV Dream Home. Image © Don Cruz, used with permission.

The 2005 HGTV Dream House is a sweeping mansion built on the shores of Lake Tyler in Texas. The 6,500 square foot house is the only one with direct access to the lake waters. Not only that, but there was also a second house directly on the lake. Dream-worthy amenities include a master bedroom with its own screened-in porch with a Jacuzzi tub, a tree-house style kids' bedroom, and a separate dock house.

Winner of the 2005 Dream Home:
Don Cruz of Batavia, Illinois.

2004 HGTV Dream Home Winner - St. Marys, Georgia

The 2004 Dream Home was built in St. Mary's, Georgia, which many believe to be the second-oldest city in the United States. Located on the Georgia coast, not far from Jacksonville, Florida, this home takes full advantage of its waterfront location with amenities like a boat dock, a screened veranda, and a four-story tower room. There's also a very cool secret media room in the attic and a miniature doggy dream home outside.

Winner of the 2004 HGTV Dream Home:
Kathi Nakao of Sacramento, California.

2003 Dream Home Winner - Mexico Beach, Florida

The 2003 Dream Home was a return to Florida following the 1999 giveaway in Rosemary Beach. This home, located right on the Gulf of Mexico, is a dream for any water lover. Features include a boat dock, a "summer kitchen," and a gorgeous home office with views of the bay. The summer kitchen is located directly below the office but is open on all four sides. It's easily accessible to the boat dock so that the catch can be brought right into the kitchen.

Winner of the 2003 HGTV Dream Home:
John and Karen Groszkiewicz of Erie County, Pennsylvania.

2002 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Sherwood, Maryland

The 2002 Dream Home is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, overlooking the beautiful and bountiful Chesapeake Bay, famous for its crabs, scallops, and fish. The Dream Home has three fireplaces, a sweeping waterfront deck, and even a miniature version of the home for the family dog in the backyard.

Winner of the 2002 HGTV Dream Home:
Milton O'Bryant from Midland, Texas was chosen from over 11 million entries.

2001 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Camden, Maine

2001 marked HGTV's first Dream Home in New England. This New England shingle-style cottage overlooking the Maine coast offered sweeping windows with 180-degree views both up and down the coast. The interior of the home was designed to accentuate the beauty of the outdoors, including the waters of the Penobscot Bay and the wooded property with its graceful birch trees.

Winner of the 2001 HGTV Dream Home:
Kathy Hedrick of Gladstone, Missouri.

2000 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Nehalem, Oregon

The 2000 Dream House was built to reflect the rugged environment of the Nehalem Peninsula in Oregon. The modified Craftsman architecture is designed to accentuate the beauty of the woodland surroundings and the spectacular views of the coast. The home features stunning accents like bamboo flooring, hemlock ceilings, and dramatic windows.

Winner of the 2000 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway:
Mary Barker of San Antonio, Texas was selected from about 5.3 million entries.

1999 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Rosemary Beach, Florida

The 1999 HGTV Dream Home was built on the pristine beaches of Rosemary Beach, FL. The architecture of the surrounding area reflects the beautiful designs found in cities like New Orleans, Saint Augustine, and the Caribbean. The house includes unusual features like a roof that is custom-designed to keep the house cool despite the Florida heat and an outdoor room that is just as beautifully furnished as any of the interior areas.

Winner of the 1999 HGTV Dream Home:
Belinda Brown of Kingston, Tennessee.

1998 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Beaufort, South Carolina

The second HGTV Dream Home was located in Beaufort, South Carolina, one of the oldest communities in the state. The area is known for history and its deep Southern charm. That charm is reflected in the design of the Dream Home, which includes three elegant porches and a light and airy interior design.

Winner of the 1998 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway:
Tina Carlson of Thousand Oaks, California was selected as the winner from among 2.5 million entries - more than double the number of entries from the year before.

1997 HGTV Dream Home Winner - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming was known for such exciting features as being the home of the world's largest ball of barbed wire as well as for its excellent skiing and winter sports. In 1997, however, it made history by being the site of the first HGTV Dream Home. HGTV calls the first Dream Home a "warm and cozy Western retreat" with spectacular views of the Grand Teton Mountains. In order to ensure that the Dream Home would stand up to the tough Jackson Hole winters, all of the elements for the solid log house were fabricated in Finland and shipped to Wyoming.

Winner of the 1997 Dream Home Giveaway: Michele Rambo of Tulsa, Oklahoma

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