For the past 19 years, Home & Garden Television (HGTV) network has given away a dream home that’s encompassed luxury at its finest. Not only are these homes outfitted with the latest and greatest décor, technology and items that make it uniquely local, they are also set in some of the most beautiful places in the United States, like last year’s dream home in Martha’s Vineyard. So when HGTV announced in June that Merritt Island was the location for the 2016 HGTV Dream Home, it was no surprise to see why.

The 2016 HGTV Dream Home is located off of South Tropical Trail and has a stunning, panoramic view of 2016-HGTV-Dream-Homethe Indian River. HGTV will be rebuilding an existing home instead of building a home from the ground up, a first in the history of the sweepstakes. The 3,100-square-foot waterfront property has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an outdoor oasis with a pool and dock. 

“The whole back of the house overlooks the Indian River, and that view will always be the star of the house. Part of my design includes utilizing the outdoor space and making it into an outdoor living space, which will make the house feel larger,” expressed Brian Patrick Flynn, the interior designer of the 2016 HGTV Dream Home. 

The behind the scenes design team includes Dan Faires from “HGTV Design Star” and Brian Patrick Flynn, a regular contributor and featured designer on 

Brian first came to Merritt Island in early July to scout the house, develop his design and scour the area for local inspiration. He even made a stop in Cocoa Village as seen on his Instagram account. 

“There won’t be walls covered in scallops, but there will be local and coastal accents throughout. I gravitate towards the look of the Hamptons, so I want everything to be comfortable and elegant,” Brian continued. 

Brian is a native Floridian hailing from Fort Lauderdale and currently resides in Atlanta. He will return to Merritt Island in late September/early October for about two weeks to implement his design and stage the home. 

“Most people piecemeal their home together over the course of a few months once they understand how their home flows best for them. I truly understand how this house flows, so when I return in the fall I am making this house into a home in about two weeks. It is nonstop action during that time,” shared Brian. 

Once completed, the 2016 HGTV Dream Home will be valued in excess of $1 million.

Want to win the 2016 HGTV Dream Home?

Enter twice each day online at starting in
January through mid-February. Winner will be announced in the spring.

This article appears in the September 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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