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

At first glance, HGTV's Smart Home 2013 is not what one might expect from a newly constructed, LEED Gold-seeking home that boasts some fairly cool energy-saving technologies. Designed in the coastal vernacular by Mike Stauffer, the home sits a few blocks away from the ocean, and it looks at ease alongside nearby historic properties in the laid-back beach town of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Building upon a base of good design that allows for natural daylighting and ventilation, the home is fitted with a number of systems that help to reduce energy usage and overall environmental impact—systems which can be installed in many existing properties. We recently got to take a tour through this energy-efficient and, frankly, gorgeous new residence. Click through our gallery to see everything the home has to offer, and don't forget to enter HGTV's sweepstakes for one person to win not only the house, but other prizes - including $100,000 in cash!

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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