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."

As part of the home's clean, Zen-like design, porch ornamentation is eliminated. Custom-crafted stainless steel connections on Southern yellow pine timbers lend an intriguing design element.

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.