Gallery: Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How...

In the interior, zero-VOC paints were used, as well as partially recycled and recyclable Shaw carpets. Consideration was even used when selecting the Flordia 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.

While the Smart Home is aiming for LEED Gold certification, it is arguably not what one might typically expect from a green home, (and HGTV makes this distinction—see more info on this here). The 2,400 square-foot, 3 bedroom, 2 and a half bathroom property features 1,000 square feet of covered porches, a swimming pool and a two-car garage. But with technologies incorporated into the house that aim to “set the standard for creative spaces and ways that consumers can use emerging technology to improve their homes,” the base design and construction are also notably responsible.

HGTV’s Jack Thomasson emphasized to us that he takes “great pride in producing homes that fit perfectly into [and respect] the natural environment,” and that pay tribute to historical homes. Thomasson recruited the architect, Mike Stauffer, as well as all contractors and builders locally. Stauffer, more than familiar with local architectural traditions and warm climate, incorporated the large covered porches and carefully-placed windows to allow for easy cross-ventilation and an abundance of natural light, while providing shade from the sun during peak hours. Before all the technology is in place, Stauffer seeked to use “good design to reduce consumption,” and looked to the traditional architectural elements used along the warm Florida coast, long before we could monitor the carbon footprint of our home with an iPad.


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  1. Evita October 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Wow, I want to win this houseeeee. It is soooooo beautiful, peaceful.

  2. marsuz April 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Just beautiful. I love Florida. I am in love with this house!

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