The pool blends seamlessly into its surroundings, with coping aligned flush with composite decking.
The living room's telescoping glass doors open out onto the covered deck and pool area, where one may view one of the living room's TVs with corresponding audio streamed outside.
A modern take on the classic shingle-style home, a flat metal roof replaces the classic sloped, cedar or cypress-clad roof in the backyard. Shaded areas offer relief from the intense midday sun or a random rain shower.
Saw palmetto, a native species in the Jacksonville Beach area, blurs the line between natural and built landscape in the home's backyard.
Transom windows stream light into the living room area and serve to visually expand the room's square footage.
A pebbled finish clads the pool surface, providing shimmer and a smooth feel underfoot.
The master bedroom's private back deck provides an ideal spot to sunbathe while enjoying views of the pool. Adirondack chairs, crafted of recycled plastic lumber, provide a front-row seat to nature.
Frosted-glass mosaic tile caps pool walls and echoes the design detail of front porch and interior staircase risers.
Durable, weather-resistant cushions and pillows provide a soft foundation. Lime green references nature's own lush color palette and the finish of both deck and chair materials resembles that of weathered cedar.
A motorized awning extends over the kids' bedroom window to block sunlight, thereby reducing solar heat gain.
Operable via smartphone or tablet, the awning senses severity of rain or wind and retracts automatically as weather conditions require.
"The house lives from inside to outside but it also lives from outside to inside," says builder Glenn Layton. "If you are entertaining, you can have people sitting outside on a patio or under the covered porch as well as inside the house — all interacting together."
An essential design element in Florida's earliest shingle-style homes, double-hung windows are replaced by walls of glass that create near-seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Stucco walls, embedded with bits of shell in a style reminiscent of Florida's earliest tabby-constructed homes, glisten in the midday sun.
One of the home's ten security cameras monitors deck and pool activity, allowing parents to keep a close eye on children while attending to other tasks inside the home.
Whether setting a mood or attending to security, the homeowner can program outdoor lighting via a smartphone or tablet.
The pool's jet propulsion system, including two high-intensity swim jets, provides a water treadmill experience, programmable via the home's smart tablet.
Birds of paradise palm, planted in ceramic demi-lune urns, provide a dramatic show of color.
The gentle murmur of the pool fountain, coupled with the sounds of nature, contributes to relaxation in the backyard.
The design of HGTV Smart Home 2013 draws inspiration from both New England's clapboard cottages and Jacksonville Beach's first shingle-style vacation homes.
Borrowing smart design elements from Florida's earliest vacation homes, deep porch overhangs shade outdoor areas and block sunlight from heating interior spaces.
At night the pool area is illuminated by recessed LED deck lights, the pool's own color-changeable fountain light, vintage-chic light fixtures and light streaming forth from interior spaces.