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Question: What is the Better Home Better Living House: "Win America 's Home"?

ANSWER: The Better Home Better Living House: America 's Home is a one-of-a-kind house designed by Better Homes and Gardens ® Magazine, inspired by homeowners across the country. America 's Home incorporates improvement suggestions from more than 7,000 people, translated into a house that will not only be built, but also given away.

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QUESTION: Where is the home being built?
ANSWER: The home is being built in Cumming, Georgia. About a 20-minute drive north of Atlanta , the home will be located in the neighborhood of Vickery, which features a unique blend of traditional and innovative in the conglomeration of shops, offices, schools, recreational areas, and homes.

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QUESTION: Who is the home architect?
ANSWER: Toby Long, founding architect of Clever Homes , has accepted the challenge of crafting the beautiful, innovative and flexible America 's Home. Toby's deeply rooted passion for architecture and design makes him the perfect candidate to lead our team of experts through this unprecedented home-building journey. Toby will incorporate a new homebuilding method called SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) to ensure that the construction is faster and more affordable, while also allowing for the flexibility that will allow the home to expand with the winning family's needs.

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QUESTION: Who is the home builder?
ANSWER: Pam Sessions, cofounder of Hedgewood Properties, Inc. , will lead the project as it designs and builds America 's Home. With over 20 years of construction experience, Pam has built nearly 3,000 homes and Hedgewood Properties was named national Builder of the Year in 2003 by Professional Builder Magazine. Pam is known for her commitment to building quality homes, so much so that she is building the Better Home Better Living House in the heart of her very own neighborhood!

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QUESTION: How much will the home cost?
ANSWER: The completed home will be worth $529,000 . Representing one of the most important factors communicated by Better Homes and Gardens readers, America's Home was designed to be extremely affordable (approximately $120 per square foot), and scaled to fit most suburban lots (under 3,000 square feet). Plus, the home is designed to grow. SIP's allow us to build a smaller home today, and the family can add on later. In addition, this panelized insulated system will allow the homeowner to rely on reduced energy costs. The home is also fitted with the highest quality materials, cosmetic accessories, and the latest technology and appliances. The total prize package will be worth $669,000.

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QUESTION: When will construction of the home begin/end?
ANSWER: The official groundbreaking at the home site is scheduled for March 1 st , 2005 ; construction is scheduled to be complete by July 29 th , 2005 .

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QUESTION: Who else is helping to create the home?
ANSWER: America 's Home, created by Better Homes and Gardens and sponsored by Home Depot, sports an impressive list of cosponsors, including: Andersen Windows, Behr Paint, Dell, Ford FreeStyle, Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors, John Deere, Purina Beneful, Martex, Wear-Dated Carpet and Quilted Northern

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QUESTION: Will there be any tours of the home?
ANSWER: Yes, tentatively scheduled from September 5 th through October 9th. Additional information concerning consumer tours of America 's Home will be available in June 2005.

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QUESTION: How will the winner of the home be selected?
ANSWER: As part of the Better Home Better Living: Win America 's Home Sweepstakes, one (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected to win the home. Each month, from January – October 2005, one (1) First Place winner will be selected to receive a prize package featuring products provided by our cosponsors, a $500 Home Depot Gift Card, an all-expenses paid trip to the, and a key that could unlock the door to America 's Home. The semi-finalists will convene at the home in Cumming , Georgia to test their keys. The key that unlocks the door, wins the home!

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QUESTION: How can I enter the Sweepstakes?
ANSWER: There are two ways to enter the Win America 's Home Sweepstakes. To enter online, Visit www.bhg.com/win or www.winamericashome.com and complete the online entry form by registering, entering your telephone number and clicking “Submit”. For mail-in entry, print your first and last name, street address, daytime phone number and age on a postcard and mail to: “Win America's Home – Attn: Sweepstakes Entry,” P.O. Box 470928, Celebration, FL 34747. Only postcards will be accepted; envelopes will be discarded unopenend.

There will be ten (10) random monthly drawings conducted during the Sweepstakes Period and entries must be submitted by the deadlines stated in the Official Sweepstakes Rules, for the following drawing dates:

Drawing 1: February 4, 2005

Drawing 2: March 4, 2005

Drawing 3: April 1, 2005

Drawing 4: May 6, 2005

Drawing 5: June 3, 2005

Drawing 6: July 1, 2005

Drawing 7: August 5, 2005

Drawing 8: September 2, 2005

Drawing 9: October 7, 2005

Drawing 10: October 7, 2005

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For a copy of the Official Sweepstakes Rules, click here or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Win America 's Home – Attn: Rule Request
P.O. Box 470928
Celebration, FL 34747

QUESTION: Can I buy the plans for America 's Home?
ANSWER: More information about obtaining the plans will be available in October/November 2005.

QUESTION: How will I know who wins America's Home?
ANSWER: Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope after September 30th, 2005 to:

     Win America 's Home – Attn: Winner Request

     P.O. Box 470928
     Celebration, FL 34747

QUESTION: How can I find out more about the progress of the building of the house?
ANSWER: Visit BHG.com for live updates, sign up for the weekly E-mail newletter or check your monthly issue of Better Homes and Gardens® magazine.


Check issues of Better Homes and Gardens for more updates on America 's Home!

If you need more information about America's Home, please call 515-284-2908.

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