Builder Glenn Layton describes the Smart Home as an “extreme build with standard components.” The contractors and builders used entirely locally-sourced timber for the framing of the home, and a soy-based closed cell foam insulation in the attic of the house. Located within the Jacksonsville Beach Paradise Key development, the Smart Home is part of a Florida Water Star community. The zero-scaping of the property reflects that; there is no lawn to the property, instead there are native and drought-tolerant plants surrounding the home, planted into land that was not razed during construction. For any watering needs, the home includes a modest rainwater collection system.
For the interior, zero-VOC paints were used, as well as partially recycled and recyclable Shaw carpets. Consideration for the environment was even employed when selecting the Florida beach house accessories—the fish are molded, the coral is made from resin, the quartz is recycled and a large outdoor dining table is made entirely from salvaged parts. With dramatic drapes serving as room partitions throughout the living area, the entire space can be opened up to make the most of the natural daylight.