Home design takes into consideration living better at the beach. The driveway leads to the home's side entrance, a porch-covered space that opens directly into the laundry/mud room.
The side porch is outfitted with an outdoor shower, where one may spray off sand and hose down beach bags and gear before entering the home.
A 6-inch spray-head rain shower pops against the coquina-style back wall. Louvered walls and door provide privacy while allowing light to stream into the space.
Shimmering chrome fixtures provide spa-style luxury in the outdoor shower space. Plush cotton towels reference the home's beachy color palette.
A planter strip of dwarf Mondo grass breaks up the paver-clad driveway and helps to stabilize the soil.
The home's 24-gauge metal roof features a finish that will "withstand heat, humidity and the test of time," says builder Glenn Layton.
The home's side entrance leads directly into the laundry/mud room area, where soiled clothing can be sorted and washed and beach gear stored.
Double-hung windows, a hallmark of the classic shingle style, are modernized with dual-pane low-E glass.
Designed to resemble a boathouse or classic carriage house, the two-car garage is topped with a light tower that mimics the look of a cupola or widow's walk.
Rain barrels collect runoff for use in landscape irrigation.
The taupe hue of exterior shingles resembles shakes weathered over time. Exposed soffits lend architectural interest.
A private pool entrance leads from the driveway to the backyard, where composite-clad decks, a paver patio and pool expand the home's usable living space.
Locally sourced and durable, eco-friendly building materials are masterfully paired in the construction of HGTV's first high-tech home.
Garage doors are operable via a smartphone or tablet or personal computer, which can also be used to monitor the garage-area security camera.
Go from beach to back deck in a snap. A private pool entrance located adjacent to the garage provides easy access to outdoor entertaining areas.
Living at the beach is made easy at HGTV Smart Home 2013. A side entrance with outdoor shower keeps sand outside — where it should be — and a private door to the pool allows one to return from the beach and make a beeline for the home's backyard spaces.