HGTV Dream Home 2013: Deck Pictures

An extension of the great room, the back deck, elevated 10 feet above ground level, offers space to entertain guests, swim and sunbathe or enjoy the marsh scenery.

Two sets of French doors connect the great room to the back deck, which is elevated 10 feet above ground level and boasts stellar views of marshland.

An intriguing water feature, the plunge pool, illuminated at night, broadcasts rippling light through the great room and master bedroom.

Visible from both great room and kitchen windows and accessible via a private kitchen door, the infinity pool is flanked by a series of casual, all-weather ottomans — a quiet spot to relax and enjoy late-afternoon cocktails.

A trio of all-weather lounge chairs provide a front-row seat to Kiawah Island's breathtaking scenery.

Timbers, fashioned from locally sourced Southern yellow pine, lend rusticity to the Low Country style. Long overhangs protect outdoor spaces from both intense sun and rain.

HGTV Dream Home 2013 overlooks a portion of the Kiawah River, which leads to the Atlantic Ocean.

Surrounded by saltwater, Southern pine and verdant tidal grasses, alfresco dining becomes a feast for the senses. Woven, all-weather armchairs cozy up to a glass-topped table with a 9-foot tiltable canvas umbrella.

"The back deck ... had to be great looking, comfortable and visibly understated," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "It is always about the view."

A grand live oak, saved during the home's construction, provides a shading canopy over the master suite deck.

A 225-square-foot portion of the back deck is dedicated to the master suite, with access provided via the bedroom's own private deck entrance.

A sturdy aluminum sideboard offers space to display decorative accents or serve as a staging surface for outdoor dining.

Before property lines were drawn, the lot's largest trees were identified. To protect the existing flora and lend a sense of permanence, the home was tucked into foliage.

HGTV Dream Home 2013 is built to withstand hurricane, flood and seismic forces. Strapping from the roof to the foundation keeps the home secure and a Zip sheathing system prevents air and water infiltration.

Although a 3,000-square-foot home, HGTV Dream Home 2013 lives like a cozy coastal cottage thanks to steeply pitched roofs, an X-shaped floor plan and landscape design that incorporates existing vegetation.

Walls of glass blur the line between inside and out. Great-room trusses, visible from the back deck, take on added drama once night falls.