HGTV Dream Home 2013: Front Yard Pictures

Landscape design incorporates native species and lends a sense of permanence to the property.

  • Before construction began the design/build team determined which trees (including 60-foot-tall live oaks) and vegetation (palmettos) would be saved from demolition.

  • To accommodate hurricane conditions and flooding, a foundation of Southern yellow pine supports elevate the home 10 feet above ground level.

  • In keeping with classic Low Country style, the home's gable ends feature long overhangs to provide shade. The undersides are clad in 1\"x4\" V-groove Southern yellow pine soffit material that is protected with a marine-grade finish.

  • Landscape architect Matt Wilson added palmetto trees in the front yard to give the property a sense of permanence. Evergreen shrubs such as yaupon holly, wax myrtle, dwarf palmetto and Walter's viburnum give texture to the landscape.

  • Among the most intriguing architectural elements, a powder-coated aluminum railing system, capped with sustainable mahogany, offers a subtle nod to nautical.

  • Support piers, with exposed steel hurricane strapping, lend visual interest.

  • Custom drainage swales help to capture runoff from the roof. Water-loving plants such as gregia, scouring and horsetail rushes, and southern wood fern will help absorb the water.

  • Using locally sourced building materials, including Southern yellow pine, contribute to HGTV Dream Home 2013's LEED certification.

  • PVC siding, designed to resemble century-old cedar shingles, contributes to the home's Low Country style and will prevent both water and insect intrusion.

  • Palmetto trees with full heads provide shade and lend a mature appearance to the landscape.

  • A drip irrigation system — a network of underground pipes — will nourish landscape elements with water for one year. Then plants will be weaned off the system.

  • The front porch, an important Low Country architectural element, provides shade and prevents the sun from heating the home's interior and putting a strain on cooling systems.

  • Golden-hued garapa decking is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect invasion.

  • Flowering drought-tolerant landscape elements attract Kiawah Island's vast array of butterflies.

  • The HGTV Dream Home 2013 plant palette reflects the natural surroundings; 90 percent of species are native to Kiawah and the South Carolina coastal region.

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