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From the HGTV® Smart Home 2015

HGTV Smart Home 2015If you like the idea of a stylish, energy-efficient home packed with smart technology indoors and out, mark your calendar: next week the HGTV® Smart Home 2015 will be unveiled. From its open, airy interior with thoughtful upgrades throughout, to its comfortable outdoor spaces designed for maximum enjoyment and minimal upkeep, the HGTV Smart Home 2015 has it all.

The best news is there’s a chance that this smart home might become your smart home. This year’s HGTV Smart Home Giveaway starts at 9 a.m. ET on April 15 and ends at 5 p.m. ET on June 2. The lucky grand prize winner will be announced in August.

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The HGTV Smart Home 2015 features comfortable outdoor spaces designed for maximum enjoyment and minimal upkeep.
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The HGTV Smart Home 2015 is a modern farmhouse-style, approximately 2,300-square-foot home in the historic Zilker Park neighborhood of Austin, Texas. It features the latest in green building materials, energy-efficient systems and comfort technology. It’s designed for high-efficiency indoors and out.

  • Inside, the HGTV team selected high-tech components offering fingertip control over every aspect of daily life, all designed to make life easier and hassle-free.
  • The house comes fully outfitted with high-end appliances, beautifully furnished and bursting with Texas style artwork. Entertainment features include an 82-inch TV and surround sound system.
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    On flowerbeds, Preen Garden Weed Preventer blocks weeds for up to three months.
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    In designing the easy, breezy landscape, the HGTV experts focused on beauty, year-round use and, above all, low maintenance. They chose drought-tolerant flowers, trees and shrubs to minimize water-use to keep water bills and labor down. Many of the species they chose are hardy Texas natives, as these plants will thrive with minimal fuss.
  • For weed prevention, the HGTV Smart Home 2015 features Preen weed prevention products, honing in on the smart strategy familiar to all who use Preen: stop weeds before they start! They used a combination of mulch and Preen Garden Weed Preventer on flowerbeds to block weeds for up to three months. Preen’s battery-powered spreader cap made it especially quick and easy to apply Preen granules with precision.
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    Preen Mulch Plus in the landscape beds prevents weeds for up to six months, guaranteed.
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    Another smart solution was the use of good-looking Preen Mulch Plus in landscape beds to retain soil moisture, moderate soil temperatures and offset plantings so they pop. Preen Mulch Plus—the only premium mulch with added Preen weed preventers already mixed in—provides ultimate weed prevention to stop weeds before they start for up to six months guaranteed. Each bag also covers 30% more area than regular mulch. Just a two-inch layer gives a finished look that prevents weeds for the season.
  • Austin is a southwestern town and the landscape at this year’s HGTV Smart Home was designed to reflect this. Gravel walkways throughout the property look crisp and clean, helping to cut down on dirt tracked into the house. Preen Landscape Fabric is laid under the gravel to inhibit weed growth for years. Just an occasional raking will keep these areas tidy.
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Preen Landscape Fabric installed underneath keeps gravel areas weed free.
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For a sneak peek at the HGTV Smart Home 2015, see a “Behind the Build” TV special airing Thursday, April 16 at 11:00 p.m. on DIY Network and again Friday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m. on HGTV. The show focuses on the construction process from beginning to end, including finalizing the architectural plans through the groundbreaking on to landscaping and completion.

The TV Special on The HGTV Smart Home 2015 premieres Monday, April 20 at 11:00 p.m. on HGTV. It airs subsequently on: Friday, April 24 at 8:00 a.m.; Monday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m.; Tuesday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m.; and Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Preen is a proud sponsor of HGTV Smart Home 2015. For more information on the HGTV Smart Home 2015 and to enter for a chance to win this year’s HGTV Smart Home Giveaway, visit hgtv.com/Smart. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes starts at 9:00 a.m. ET April 15, 2015 and ends at 5:00 p.m. ET June 2, 2015. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For full official rules, visit hgtv.com or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: "HGTV Smart Home Giveaway" – RR, P.O. Box 52628, Knoxville, TN 37950. Main Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a Home & Garden Television.

HGTV, HGTV Smart Home and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway names and logos are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Photos© 2015 Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved.

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