HGTV Dream Home 2013: Front Porch Pictures

In keeping with classic Low Country cottages, the 2013 home boasts an elevated front porch, clad in durable garapa wood decking.

  • Garapa decking, a durable, sustainably harvested tropical hardwood, forms the porch flooring that leads to a cozy seating and conversation area. Durable cellular PVC siding replicates the look of century-old cedar shingles.

  • A gracious front entrance is flanked by oversized sword grass-filled tins. Siding is painted a muted shade of sage to complement the natural surroundings.

  • Mahogany railing and post caps lend elegance to the modern, horizontal porch railing.

  • All-weather woven lounge chairs carve out a cozy conversation area. \"They are part of the 'welcome to my home' statement,\" says interior designer Linda Woodrum. \"This is ... very important in how someone, owner or guest, perceives a home. It sets the mood.\"

  • As part of the home's clean, Zen-like design, porch ornamentation is eliminated. Custom-crafted stainless steel connections on Southern yellow pine timbers lend an intriguing design element.

  • The front porch, elevated 10 feet above ground level, will capture refreshing coastal breezes and capitalize on Kiawah Island sunsets. \"It's such a great place to sit and enjoy the day, read a book or watch people walk or ride by on bikes,\" says interior designer Linda Woodrum. \"It's a magical spot.\"

  • Carpenter Bill Hussey crafted the front door from FSC-certified Sapele mahogany, a naturally rot- and insect-resistant material that stands up to South Carolina Low Country's hot and humid climate.

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