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."

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.