Better Homes and Gardens Home Improvement Challenge 2008 Slideshow

By: Danny Lipford
Better Homes and Gardens Home Improvment Challenge winner.

Whole House Remodeling Winner: Erin McIntyre

The simple lines of the dining room table enhance the room's country look.

Whole House Remodeling Winner: Erin McIntyre

A faux silo and addition were added to an existing house in LaGrange, Kentucky.

Whole House Remodeling Winner: Erin McIntyre

Old beams accent the green painted cabinets and cast concrete countertops in the kitchen.

Whole House Remodeling Winner: Erin McIntyre

The McIntyre's were graced with triplets while engaged in a major house renovation.

Whole House Remodeling Winner: Erin McIntyre

The family room addition has lots of windows to let in light.

Whole House Remodeling Winner: Erin McIntyre

A colorful combination of greens and blues sets the boys arched bedroom apart.

Decorating Winner: Lynette Hasselgren

Much of the inexpensive decorating involved the creative use of paint and fabric.

Decorating Winner: Lynette Hasselgren

White painted raised panel cabinets and bead board walls give the home a bright look.

Decorating Winner: Lynette Hasselgren

The Hasselgren family in their historic home in Walkersville, Maryland.

Decorating Winner: Lynette Hasselgren

The circa 1850, two-story log home has 1,687 square feet of living space.

Kitchen Winner: Tanja Vujic

The wooden countertop on the island contrasts with the stainless steel range.

Kitchen Winner: Tanja Vujic

The wall going up the staircase makes the perfect place to showcase family photos.

Kitchen Winner: Tanja Vujic

Hanging pendant light fixtures provide an accent for the white cabinets.

Kitchen Winner: Emily Kennedy

The Kennedy family on the porch of their story-and-a-half home in Loretto, Tennessee.

Kitchen Winner: Emily Kennedy

Remodeling the kitchen included adding a triple window and coffered bead board walls.

Kitchen Winner: Emily Kennedy

An old hutch provides a country feel as well as storage space for china and tablecloths.

Decorating Winner: George Marrone

Graduate student George Marrone decorated his townhouse bedroom in Aston, Pennsylvania.

Decorating Winner: George Marrone

He used a palette of soft greens and browns with black furniture as an accent.

Decorating Winner: George Marrone

Soothing green walls are bordered by white trim and a black leather upholstered chair.

Decorating Winner: George Marrone

Grasscloth wallpaper is flanked by panels upholstered in ultrasuede fabric.

Kitchen Winner: Tanja Vujic

A wall and ceiling were removed to open up this kitchen in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Outdoor Improvement Winner: Brett Bennink

The bluestone patio, complete with stone fountain, faces a neighbor's shed.

Outdoor Improvement Winner: Brett Bennink

An upscale play set for their autistic child spurred a complete backyard makeover.

Outdoor Improvement Winner: Brett Bennink

Improvements included a rustic gardening shed built using salvaged windows and siding.

Outdoor Improvement Winner: Brett Bennink

The Bennink family in the backyard of their house in Portland, Oregon.

Kitchen Winner: Emily Kennedy

The white painted cabinets have cutout feet to give them a feeling of fine furniture.

The 2008 Better Homes & Gardens Home Improvement Challenge contest showcased a number of impressive home projects in categories ranging from kitchens and outdoor living to decorating and whole house remodeling. These photos are from six of the 27 winners that were selected from almost 5,000 entries.

For more on the contest winners, see our Better Homes and Gardens Home Improvement Challenge article and video.

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