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Behind the Build: Outdoor Living at the HGTV® Dream Home 2023

January 26, 2023
rustic mountain modern outdoor living spaces
rustic mountain modern outdoor living spaces
The HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, CO

A project like the HGTV®Dream Home 2023 benefits from the skills of a seasoned hardscape pro. Belgard is a proud sponsor of the HGTV® Home – eight years running – and worked with Designs By Sundown on the HGTV® Dream Home 2023. This year’s home in Morrison, Colorado features truly dreamy outdoor living spaces.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work 

Designs by Sundown

With more than 35 years of experience, Designs by Sundown pushes boundaries and thinks outside the box. Based in Littleton, Co., this talented team tackles complex projects and delivers exceptional results. Their expertise and attention to detail made them a good fit for the HGTV® Dream Home 2023.

“We showed what we were capable of in the initial interview process, and in just a couple of weeks were selected as the landscape designer for the project,” said Matthew Underly, Senior Landscape Designer of Designs By Sundown.

With a bachelor’s in landscape design and years of experience working with Belgard products, Underly was well-equipped to help create an exceptional outdoor living design. Even at his first site visit, he had a clear vision to create a functional, stylish backyard featuring Belgard products.

paver driveway and hardscapes at the HGTV Dream Home 2023
Beautiful hardscape driveway with contrasting colors creating a rug pattern

Next Level Hardscape Design

The tight one-month turnaround time put the team’s skills to the test. The mountainside landscape created unique challenges but also opportunities for innovation. With expertise in creating natural water features and two crews dedicated to the project, Sundown was able to construct the multi-level outdoor space in the short time allowed. Belgard’s cutting-edge hardscape products were easily incorporated into the design to enhance both the functionality and beauty of the space.

“There are many things to consider when working on a design in that type of terrain — elevation, slope, weather, seasons, the list could go on,” said Underly. “But having the opportunity to put my knowledge to use and create a next-level landscape design was an honor.”

Underly saw this project as an opportunity to showcase his creative talents and go beyond traditional landscape design. The substantial grade changes on the site allowed him to create a tiered outdoor living area, maximizing the available space and adding visual interest to the design.

A Breathtaking Outdoor Living Space

As you approach the home, you are greeted by beautiful Origins™️and Dimensions™️ pavers lining the driveway. The team carefully placed the pavers to enhance the natural environment. Their clean lines and smooth finishes contrast perfectly with the rugged mountainous terrain.

Belgard’s Landing™️ Steps take you up from the driveway to the layered backyard area. The combination of Sterling Wall® and Origins pavers create a natural texture throughout the outdoor seating and fire pit areas. These are enhanced by the flagstone-like Mega-Arbel® pavers around the fire pit.

The outdoor kitchen features the industry-leading Artforms™️ panel system. The smooth concrete panels create the perfect countertops, enhanced by Belgard Elements for the perfect cooking and dining area.

  • fire pit living room
  • hardscape lounge area with seating
  • Hardscape driveway
  • Outdoor kitchen with Belgard Elements and hardscapes
  • lounge area for relaxing
  • front lounge area with hardscape patio

Designs by Sundown team’s expertise and Belgard products help make this home’s backyard a dream-worthy Colorado oasis.

A Home Like No Other  

The HGTV® Dream Home 2023 showcases the versatility and functionality of outdoor living design.

What’s next for Designs By Sundown? Underly said, “after a project like this, I hope to continue to making homes feel like a vacation home. There is no better feeling than stepping outside and being surrounded by a space unique to the homeowner and their desires.” 

Fire pit living room at HGTV Dream Home 2023
Fire Pit Living Room

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