HGTV Smart Home 2013: Beach Living Made Easy

HGTV’s first annual high-tech home is designed to accommodate an active family, with secondary entrances and outbuildings that keep the home clean and clutter free.

HGTV Smart Home 2013 Secondary Entrance

Along with the home’s high-tech features and durable, green building materials, HGTV Smart Home 2013 boasts a custom design that takes into consideration the home’s coastal location and owners’ active lifestyles.

When determining flow, architect Mike Stauffer first envisioned a family’s habits and ways to make the transition from outdoor to indoor spaces nearly seamless. “What we did was add a secondary family entrance that addresses the ability to come in from the beach.” From the driveway, one first encounters a covered porch and an adjacent spigot, which allows for easily hosing down sandy beach bags, chairs and feet before taking advantage of the outdoor shower, complete with bench and towel hooks.

The covered porch flows to the home’s mud- and laundry room, where one can strip clothing, drop towels in the washing machine, and stash away flip-flops and other beach apparel before moving into the kitchen. “So you have another layer where you can bring your beach towels right in the laundry room and you don’t have to bring your stuff through the house and drop sand throughout.”

Strategically placed near the secondary entrance, the boathouse-style garage boasts 500 square feet of space. First-floor racks and storage hooks house bikes and surfboards, while second-level storage platforms stow everything from wind surfers to a full-sized catamaran, if hoisted via the custom pulley system in just the right way. “It’s intended to be the place where you bring your kayaks and surfboards and tend to all of your toys,” says Mike. Further reducing yard clutter and keeping sports gear where it should be, a 7’ x 9’ bike/scooter pad has been integrated into the paver driveway.

Convenience is key when it comes to beach living, and the HGTV Smart Home 2013 design and build team have taken every detail into consideration. “We created this whole second entrance that allows you to avoid the main entrance and the mess that comes from tracking sand and beach gear through the house,” says Mike. “We have the luxury of being able to enjoy the outdoors almost 12 months out of the year; it was important to design a home that allows you to make the most of this beach location.“

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