Inspired by the vernacular Florida vacation home, a porch wraps the length of the backyard, providing shade from the intense midday sun. A flat porch roof, clad in 24-gauge metal, replaces the classic sloped roof clad in cedar or cypress shingles.
A stainless steel infrared grill complete with magnetic storage carts carves out a grilling station under the porch overhang. Travertine countertops off the food prep area complement the coquina-style walls, embedded with oyster shell.
A bamboo cutting board and grilling tool set are placed at the ready. Glass clamp-lid bottles are ideal for storage of marinades, dressings, and specialty cocktail syrups and infusions.
The back deck of HGTV Smart Home is designed to accommodate a classic cookout, with space to both prepare and cook a summer meal.
Composite decking in a weathered gray hue creates a neutral canvas underfoot.
Dressing the table in a tropical motif complements the sunny coastal location. Durable Thai porcelain dinnerware paired with rattan chargers is at once casual and outdoor-chic.
Ceramic demi-lune planters that flank the back entrance are filled with bird of paradise palms, which lend eye-popping texture and interest.
To stand up to Florida's harsh and changeable weather conditions, a pine trestle-style table is treated with two layers of primer, three layers of car paint and finally two layers of clear coat. Vintage steel chairs cozy up and offer seating for eight.
The dining table set presents the perfect marriage of modern and vintage-chic garden design.
Rain barrels collect runoff for use in watering the property's planters. \"While once used to collect rainwater for drinking, we now use rain barrels for additional hand-watering irrigation,\" says landscape architect Jeremy Marquis. \"They also help in eliminating the ponding that oftentimes occurs at the base of a downspout.\"
A series of kumquat trees provides a natural privacy fence in the side yard. Placed in wooden planter boxes and protected by a layer of pine straw, the trees will grow to a height of 10 feet.
Kumquat trees will fruit throughout the winter and grow several feet if properly cared for.
Exterior soffits become a focal point when painted in a semigloss shade of beachy blue.
A contemporary interpretation of the classic Florida shingle-style vacation home, HGTV Smart Home 2013 boasts architectural details that harken back to Jacksonville Beach's earliest days. Cupolas, shakes fashioned from fiber cement, wraparound porches and sloped roofs recall early design.
\"It's a good contrast of high-low,\" says Linda of the pairing of trestle table and weathered steel chairs. \"It's just a little more interesting than an expensive dining room set.\"