Meritage Homes Partners With HGTV to Host Open House for New Series: "Showhouse Showdown" to Take Place in McKinney

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/26/11 -- Meritage Homes (NYSE: MTH)

HGTV fans from the Dallas-Fort Worth area have a chance to see the production of a brand new series called Showhouse Showdown that premieres on August 29 at 10 p.m. EDT.

Based on the Irish format by the same name, Showhouse Showdown is a competition between two professional interior designers who take over two newly built and identical homes or townhomes with identical budgets to create a winning interior design.

The first 100 people to attend the open house will be given a voting card that asks:

  • Which living room do you prefer, house A or house B?
  • Which kitchen do you prefer, house A or house B?
  • Which "Showhouse" did you prefer overall, house A or house B?

There also will be an opportunity for voters to submit written feedback about their likes and dislikes. Votes will be tallied immediately and the designer with the most votes wins.

Everyone who tours the homes will be entered to win an iPad2.

1-4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 4, 2011

Meritage Homes
108 Bellgrove Dr.
McKinney, TX 75071

HGTV's Showhouse Showdown host Billy Derian will announce the winner to guests at the open house. For more info about the DIY expert and designer, visit

Also on hand will be Meritage Homes' Texas Region President Rick Harvey to explain why this partnership is meaningful to them.

"This partnership presents a fun opportunity to educate local and national viewers about the way homes can and should be built," said Harvey. "We've built nearly 70,000 homes during our 25-year history, so we take great pride in our work and look forward to showcasing what sets Meritage Homes apart from its competition in terms of extreme energy efficiency."

One of the top 10 homebuilders in the nation, Meritage Homes is no stranger to Texas. With communities in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, the builder is making a name for itself by incorporating extreme energy-efficient features from the ground up, so its offerings are both luxurious and affordable for average Americans.

Meritage Homes is the only large national homebuilder to be 100 percent ENERGY STARâ„¢ qualified in every home since January 2010. Consumer demand is so strong for the builder's all-inclusive green standards that in the coming weeks, Meritage Homes is planning to open six more new communities in Texas.

Media can capture a variety of visuals including interviews with the host, show producer, executive producer and Meritage Homes' sources. There also will be onlookers outside the two model homes during the design period - two weeks prior to the open house. The inside of the homes may not be recorded until the show airs.

No registration is required to attend. The event is free and open to the general public. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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