HGTV’s 2012 "Dream Home" will be a 45-minute commute from Salt Lake City — and some lucky person will win the whole thing.
HGTV is building a 4,000-square-foot modern Western ranch house at the River Meadows Ranch development, north of Heber City and Midway in Wasatch County, for its annual sweepstakes.
"It’s just a beautiful piece of land," said Jack Thomasson, HGTV’s professional home planner, who is responsible for choosing the site and overseeing the design, construction and decorating. "The location on the Provo River is just spectacular."
The site of the Dream Home was announced Friday; construction began about a month ago. It’s the 16th year of the giveaway.
HGTV received more than 76 million entries to win the Stowe, Vt., Dream Home earlier this year.
"It’s considered the largest sweepstakes in television," Thomasson said.
Individuals can enter once per day between Dec. 30, 2011, and Feb. 18, 2012. The Dream Home will be unveiled in an HGTV special on Jan. 1.
The house was designed by Salt Lake City firm JSA Architects and is being built by Rimrock Construction, a company based in Draper. River Meadows Ranch is being developed by Sandy-based Rockworth Companies.
"Our goal is for the house to fit as perfectly into this region as we can make it," Thomasson said. "We don’t want to come in and build something that doesn’t belong here."
Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, followed by two months of filming — for HGTV’s magazine, the hour-long TV special, an online virtual tour and commercials that promote the sweepstakes and the special.
"The economic benefit from the production alone is good for the area," Thomasson said. "And that’s before all the publicity that will bring people from all over the country to see this house when it opens up for public tour next year."
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