Architectural Style of HGTV Smart Home 2015

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HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

From: Behind the Build: HGTV Smart Home

Photo by: Rachel Kay

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By: Peter Walsh

Austin, Texas, has a mix of eclectic styles of architecture including craftsman style homes, built in the 1920s with low pitched roofs and wide pillared front porches, strip malls built in the 1960s, and low-slung, ground hugging ranch style homes built in the 1950s through the 1970s.

HGTV Smart Home 2015 has a modern farmhouse design that easily fits into the mix of home styles. “We were looking for cities and towns that offer a green environment,” says house planner Jack Thomasson, who found the location for the project. “Austin is on the forefront of eco-friendly living and green technology and it’s clearly a place we haven’t been before with a HGTV Smart Home project,” he says.

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Once he identified the city, they had to find the site for the build and that’s where Scott Turner, home builder/developer and owner of Riverside Homes, came in. He had plans to build on this nearly one acre property as part of an infill lot where six homes would go up in the place where one home once stood.

While the house has more of a New England style farmhouse look, the clean lines provided a contemporary flair that is perfect for the lush, tree setting. This building concept keeps with the Imagine Austin development plan and the McMansion ordinance, which limits size and ornamentation of new construction in some areas.

“It feels right for the area,” says Thomasson. “We didn’t want to be the odd ball house in the neighborhood." Plus, the house would feel modern enough that the green building elements and smart technology coupled with the architecture would all work together.

Designed by Don Harris, AIA, Don Harris Architect, the approximately 2,300 square foot, two-level home has a steep pitched roof with two dormers facing the front. A metal overhang shields the front entrance door and cedar clad wall from the elements and large, wide windows in the foyer area let in an abundance of natural light.

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HGTV Smart Home 2015 Under Construction

HGTV Smart Home 2015 is a two-level, high-tech home, built with an open floor plan and modern farmhouse design in mind.  

Photo By: Rachel Kay

Finished Front Yard

With a contemporary Austin farmhouse style, this simple home is as stylish as it is efficient. “It’s intended to be a very contemporary landscape,” explains the house planner Jack Thomasson. “It feels very contemporary, clean and simple.”

Kitchen

Upon entering, visitors are led directly into the open living room and kitchen area.

Kitchen Under Construction

To make this charming kitchen completely functional, the design and build team opted for a triangle-style workspace.

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Finished Kitchen

While the kitchen island’s counter matches the white kitchen cabinets, the base of the island is painted in a soft gray that complements the room’s neutral color palette. 

Dining Room

The dining room is positioned between the kitchen and living area for easy entertaining and traffic flow.  

Dining Room Under Construction

Open to the kitchen, entryway and living room, the dining room sets the scene with streaming natural light and an open floor plan.

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Finished Dining Room

“We have really great designer lighting around the house. All of the decorative fixtures throughout the house use LED bulbs, including the candelabra bulbs above the dining table and all the lamps so we have a complete LED story here,” says Jack.

Living Room

The living room is positioned on the side of the house and feature three walls of windows. Wide, sliding low E-glass doors on the far wall lead to a floating deck on the side yard, thus flooding the room with natural light.

Living Room Under Construction

In the living area, there's the perfect spot for hanging a large, wall-mounted flat screen television.

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Finished Living Room

As beautiful as it is practical, this stylish living room can also double as a guest room in a house that is sure to have plenty of visitors.

Finished Living Room

A great mix of patterns and textures comes together to create one cohesive, stylish space. “The living room is very subtle,” explains interior designer Linda Woodrum. “It’s more about the textures and the subtle variations that wrap all around the room.”

Screened Porch

Behind the house is a private porch, perfect for outdoor entertaining and afternoon lounging.  

Screened Porch Under Construction

Large insulated low E-glass casement style windows look directly into the screened porch off the back of the house.

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Finished Screened Porch

“We like the sense that we’ve kept it quiet. The chairs are all very sculptural and beautiful and because all of the wood tones are the same it keeps it interesting but it isn’t too much. It’s very much about being tied in to what’s outside,” says Linda. 

Upstairs Loft

Upstairs a carpeted media loft with a large, 84-inch television lend a movie theatre experience. The room is spacious enough to accommodate a billiard table as well.

Upstairs Loft Under Construction

For a theatre experience, a 7.1 system is installed with speakers mounted in the center of the wall, to the left and to the right, an in-wall subwoofer, and ceiling-mounted side and rear speakers, which are controlled by a tablet.

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Finished Upstairs Loft

With plenty of seating and a vibrant color palette, the loft is the perfect place for a slumber party or family movie night. “This is kind of the great big blue room,” says Linda. “I think 20 people could be up here watching TV.”

Master Suite

The master bedroom is accessed via a transition area a few more steps up. “It has a cottage scale,” says lead architect Don Harris.

Master Suite Under Construction

The master bedroom features sloping ceilings that measure 5 feet on the sides and just over 10 feet at the peak.

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Finished Master Suite

The open entrance to the master bedroom from the hall keeps the room from feeling closed off, while providing easy access to the master closet. 

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Master Bathroom

The master bathroom has a water closet for the toilet, double sink vanity, fully tiled shower with multiple shower sprays and a separate tub with a window overlooking the backyard.

Master Bathroom Under Construction

“There are digital controls in the master shower, as well as a remote and a television that is visible from the shower,” says Jack.

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Finished Master Bathroom

With smart technology, a relaxing color scheme and exceptional storage options, this master bathroom is quite possibly the best room in the house.

The house is clad in white painted fiber cement horizontal lap boards on the main structure and the garage, with its gabled roof facing front, is sheathed in vertical fiber cement board and batten siding. The charcoal gray asphalt shingles on the roof complement the gray/green color of the paint on the garage wing.

Upon entering, visitors are led directly into the open living room and kitchen area. Hardwood floors are underfoot throughout. Large insulated low E-glass casement style windows look directly into the screened porch off the back of the house and wide, sliding low E-glass doors on the living area wall lead to a floating deck on the side yard, thus flooding the room with natural light.

In the kitchen, painted wood European-style cabinets are topped with quartz countertops and a floating island free of appliances offers a place to sit for a meal or to do homework. Stainless steel appliances, a stainless steel apron front sink and recessed LED lighting lend a modern feel to the room.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the stairway hall leading to the second floor, while a foyer leads to the ground floor guest bedroom and office. A full, tiled bathroom serves the guest room and also acts as a bathroom for visitors. This bathroom has an extra wide doorway, a no-lip shower with a water wand and wall mounted sink, all built with the physically challenged in mind.

“It was designed to accommodate older visitors such as parents using a walker who might come to visit,” says Harris. In fact, he explains that main floor bathrooms with wider than normal doors are being written into city building codes. “So you don’t have to remodel the home later on,” he adds, enabling aging in place lifestyles for homeowners. A closet nearby holds the air conditioning unit and a door provides access to the garage.

Up the stairs, the master bedroom is accessed via a transition area a few more steps up. “It has a cottage scale,” says Harris, with its sloping ceilings that measure 5 feet on the sides and just over 10 feet at the peak. A large walk-in closet offers plenty of space for clothes and accessories. A carpeted sleeping chamber occupies the space above the garage.

Construction Diary

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HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Behind the Build

The HGTV Smart Home 2015 comes alive during daily construction work.

Photo By: Rachel Kay

The master bathroom has a water closet for the toilet, double sink vanity, fully tiled shower with multiple shower sprays and a separate tub with a window overlooking the backyard.

On the other side of the stairs, a carpeted media loft with a large, wall-sized television lends a movie theatre experience. The room is spacious enough to accommodate a billiard table as well. Another bedroom with an en suite bathroom and ample closet space is accessed through a small foyer area off the media loft.

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