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HGTV® Dream Home 2023 Designer Infuses Home With Rocky Mountain Vibe

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn finds his HGTV® Dream Home 2023 inspiration for the home’s outdoor spaces from the surrounding beauty of Colorado.

December 01, 2022


Brian Patrick Flynn’s challenge designing this year’s HGTV® Dream Home was winnowing down his inspiration choices, not finding them. Located 35 minutes southwest of Denver, CO, right down the road from the former gold rush town of Golden, at the bottom of winding Bear Creek Canyon, a stone’s throw from the iconic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater and enveloped by the grand Rocky Mountains, this modern mountain wonder offers nearly as much as its surroundings.

Flynn could look in every direction and find another nugget to impact this year’s timeless yet contemporary home in Morrison, CO. “A lot of design choices were informed by the lifestyle that comes with Colorado,” he said. “It’s important that the house fits people who will really take advantage of the surroundings.”

Flynn set out to create a rugged, active western home with a warm, cozy vibe. He designed the nearly 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home with the earthy Colorado colors and an unexpected touch of classic English. The total package is breathtaking.

Dreamhome deck

“Every element of designing HGTV® Dream Home 2023 is so fulfilling that it’s hard to choose a favorite,” Flynn said. “But I will say that playing around with all of the outdoor furniture to create a flow that seems totally balanced and practical, pays off once all of the spaces are set up and ready for use.”

Several Trex products set the outdoor tone at this year’s home. A deck that runs the full length of the house was built with Trex Transcend® Lineage™ composite decking in Biscayne. While Colorado is known for its winters, it also gets hot in the summer months, making Lineage a smart choice. Lineage was engineered to remain cooler under the sun than most other composite decking products of similar color.*

“The Lineage decking is exactly what the back of the house needed,” Flynn said. “Something low maintenance and hard working so the space can just be enjoyed care-free any month of the year. I love the coloring against the sage green of the home’s exterior (siding).”

Lineage fascia boards give the deck’s edge a pleasing finishing touch, as do the Trex Hideaway® Hidden Fasteners which are installed in between the grooved-edge deck boards to eliminate unsightly screws and ensure an evenly spaced installation.

Exterior photography of 2023 HGTV Dream Home in Morrison, Colorado. Photography of Belgard Hardscape products and Trex composite decking and railing.

Complementing the light brown deck boards is Trex Signature® Rod Rail aluminum railing in Charcoal Black with its horizontal rather than vertical baluster treatment. Trex® Outdoor Lighting™ components not only add a romantic glow at night, but also safety features. Recessed lights installed flush on the deck boards efficiently light the way while stair riser LED lights improve wayfinding. Trex® Pergola™ in the Shadow Design and Redwood color was installed just a few yards from the home, connected by a bridge made from Trex composite decking and railing, making a cohesive outdoor extravaganza.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, CO

One of the most obvious differences in designing this year’s HGTV® Dream Home compared to others is the increase in square footage outside the home, Flynn said. Low maintenance tops the list of requirements, making composite decking and easy-care railing the obvious material choices. Unlike wood, Trex decking, sustainably made from 95% recycled plastic film and reclaimed wood, is fade-, stain-, scratch- and mold-resistant and cleans easily with just soap and water.

“People love using their outdoor spaces so much more regularly,” Flynn said. “The must-have features of the outdoor space today has to include easy-to-care-for floor surfaces.”

HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, CO

The home’s interior spaces, defined by various bold and subtle colors, have plenty of special touches, including a massive wall of windows in the great room, a Pinnacle skylight ceiling, a monochromatic gold bathroom, and a mudroom complete with dog station. “I wanted the house to be a great fit for pet owners as almost everyone you see in the neighborhood is out walking their dogs at different times of the day,” Flynn said.

Flynn’s favorite part of the home is the dining area, “right smack in the middle of the great room with the limestone fireplace anchoring it.” Outside, he loves the backyard water feature which “instantly adds a sense of calm when you see and hear it.”

 What Flynn has learned over the past eight years is that every HGTV® Dream Home is its own unique creation. “The aesthetic evolves every year as the house must reflect its surroundings and the vernacular style,” he said. “I love that part of it though. Always ready for something unlike the previous year.”

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*Although Trex Transcend Lineage is designed to be cooler than most other composite decking products of a similar color, on a hot sunny day, it will get hot. On hot days, care should be taken to avoid extended contact between exposed skin and the deck surface, especially with young children and those with special needs.

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