HGTV Smart Home 2013: Front Yard Pictures

Native and Florida-friendly plant materials create layers of interest in the front yard, where the façade pays homage to classic shingle architectural style.

A wide front porch, topped with a 24-gauge standing-seam roof, invites relaxation and conversation with neighbors. Pine straw-covered beds planted with Asiatic jasmine greet guests along the front fence.

Classic yacht club-style rocking chairs, fashioned from durable composite material, carve out a cozy reading and conversation area.

An oxidized iron-clad wood table is set for a midday snack. Blown-glass tableware, pottery and linens hint at the interior color palette.

All homes within Paradise Key feature classic picket fencing. A palm tree motif lends distinction to the pressure-treated pine porch railing system.

Coquina-style exterior cladding, which references the construction of the earliest homes in St. Augustine, lends visual interest and tells a story of the First Coast and its architectural history.

Planted between the picket fence and the front porch to draw attention, needle palm will grow to a height of 4-1/2 feet and provide needed massing in the landscape.

Maintenance-free Asiatic jasmine replaces sod in the front yard. "We're taking that line between the structure and the natural environment and softening it so it feels like there is not a firm and precise break line," says landscape architect Jeremy Marquis.

A driveway clad in permeable pavers leads to a boathouse-style garage and the home's family entrance, where an outdoor shower provides a space to rinse off and refresh before entering the home.

A planter strip of dwarf Mondo grass stabilizes the surrounding soil and minimizes the amount of pavers used in the driveway area.

The exterior is clad in fiber cement siding, designed to mimic the look of classic cedar or cypress shakes.

A factory-inspired light fixture harkens back to 20th-century industrial design. The galvanized-steel radial shade and glass cage lend nautical style.

An aluminum sculpture, Jumping for Joy, by Roswell, Ga., artist Stephen Kishel, draws attention in the front yard and stands in contrast to the home’s classic shingle-style design.

During the construction process, every effort was made to preserve existing vegetation, including Southern pine, live oak, ferns and palms, which blend seamlessly into the landscape.

"One of this area's iconic plantings is saw palmetto, which you see everywhere," says landscape architect Jeremy Marquis. "We used it to soften that line between the natural landscape and our built landscape around the home."

Two cabbage palms flank the home's light tower, drawing the eye to unique architectural detailing. A native species and the state tree of Florida, the palm is resistant to drought, high winds and hurricane-like conditions.

Wherever possible, existing live oak was protected. The home was nestled into the property, taking advantage of shade provided by native species.

The front door is monitored by one of the home's ten security cameras. The homeowner can access data via a smartphone or tablet or computer.

Exposed soffits, extended overhangs and double-hung windows are among the features that hallmark HGTV Smart Home classic shingle style.

HGTV Smart Home 2013 makes beach living easy, with design elements that accommodate an active lifestyle and high-tech features the save time and money and ensure peace of mind.