HGTV Green Home 2008: The Best Indoor and Outdoor Photos

Take a photographic tour and see where it all began with this gallery highlighting interior and exterior spaces from HGTV's very first Green Home, located near Hilton Head, S.C.

2008 Green Home Exterior

"Golden hour" sunlight casts long shadows and bathes the Green Home in a rich afternoon glow. This environmentally innovative home features heating and cooling systems designed to mitigate energy consumption, advanced water heating and distribution, highly energy-efficient windows and doors and photovoltaic solar collectors that provide for a portion of the home's energy needs.

Front Porch and Landscaping

A welcoming front porch, rainwater-pervious front walk and driveway, hybrid vehicle in the drive and sustainable landscape design all contribute to a worthy first impression at HGTV's 2008 Green Home.

Foyer and Powder Room

Guests entering HGTV's Green Home via the foyer immediately encounter both the luxury and sustainable design that are among the home's hallmarks.

Sunlit Living Room and Screened Porch

For the main living area, interior designer Linda Woodrum combined eco-friendly materials, earth tones and an open design that makes the most of the panoramic outdoor views.

North and South Verandas

Spacious porches offer outdoor living spaces, taking full advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings.

Back Yard and Fire Pit

HGTV's 2008 Green Home boasts inviting backyard spaces that make use of local resources, native drought-tolerant plants, a natural irrigation system and sustainable landscaping practices.

Cottage Kitchen

The Green Home's kitchen is casual and cook-friendly, featuring a logical floor-plan, a serene and soothing color theme, dark walnut flooring, accent lighting and a farmhouse sink.

Pantry and Laundry Room

The walk-through pantry, which opens at the far end onto a laundry room, features open shelving, ample storage and a recycling station that's convenient to the kitchen.

Bold Master Bedroom and Bath

The Green Home's master suite ups the ante on the subdued, earthy color palette by employing some bolder hues and contrasting accents while always maintaining an emphasis on the natural and the organic.

Neutral Dining Room

For the dining room, designer Linda Woodrum utilized a subdued color palette with green accents, recessed lighting, framed nature photography and antique furnishings to create a casual and relaxed feel.

Sunny Guest Bedroom

It may be the Green Home, but yellow is the key word in this upstairs guest bedroom. Large windows let in plenty of sunlight but are specially made to reduce excess glare as well as energy loss.

Cozy Sitting Area

The upstairs living area, decorated in earth tones, wood grain and warm hues, is the perfect hideaway for TV-watching, reading or a quick nap.

Unique Second-Floor Bathroom

The upstairs guest bathroom at Green Home employs efficient "on-demand" tankless water heaters, energy saving short-run hot water lines and low-flow toilets that use rainwater recycled from roof runoff.

Bright Bunk Room and Cubby

The upstairs kids' room and cubby feature large windows with glare-reducing glass, and the space was decorated in a beach theme with a color palette of rich ocean blues, aqua and bright green.

The Garage

The Green Home's two-car garage, located adjacent to the covered south veranda, doubles as the control center for solar power distribution as well as rainwater harvesting and recycling.

HGTV's Green Home 2008

The 2008 Green Home is registered with the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED for Homes program. LEED certification is a system for ensuring that homes and buildings are designed to be energy and resource efficient and healthy for occupants.