The courtyard was born of architect Steve Kemp’s vision for a truly green design. A central outdoor space replaces the conventional backyard, which would have required excess soil displacement and construction of retaining walls. “Now the ‘yard’ is open to almost every room in the house, rather than being open to one or two rooms,” he says.
Composite decking forms a solid foundation for the courtyard, where a cedar and galvanized metal pipe awning has potential to shade interior spaces if used as a trellis for flowering vines.
HGTV Green Home was designed to accommodate parties, large and small. Both sets of sliding French doors in the Georgia room open to allow traffic to disperse from the front porch through the Georgia room to the courtyard, and, with accordion doors open, into the kitchen, living room and courtyard beyond.
Drawing from the retreat’s saturated color palette, place settings add the outdoor room’s needed punch. Casual ceramic dinnerware and whimsical coffee mugs pair with more formal embroidered napkins and mercury glass vases.
Tucked discreetly behind a stacked stone privacy wall, a gas grilling station offers its own concrete counter surface and capped ledge.
Direct access to the courtyard via its side entrance minimizes foot traffic inside.
The traditional Florida room takes on a new face at HGTV Green Home 2012. The weatherized yet unconditioned space is designed to live like an interior room, with vaulted beamed ceilings and a stylish mix of contemporary and antique furnishings.
A direct-vent gas fireplace serves as the room’s heat source. The surround and hearth, clad in slate tile, complement the room’s selection of rustic and industrial home furnishings.
Carpenter David Brown constructed the room’s rustic coffee table from pieces of rough-sawn heart pine, reclaimed from an old fence.
A plantation-grown mango wood pedestal table serves as a display column for Linda’s favorite find from the Canton Street Antique Market: a table lamp fashioned from an old machine bit. “The red pillows and the red lamps make this room just buzz with energy,” she says.
Sliding French doors lead to the home’s front porch, where earth-friendly composite decking forms a solid surface and stands in contrast to the structure’s steel cable railing.
The adjacent powder room continues the home’s rustic-chic design focus, with walls clad from floor to ceiling in rich green mosaic tile.
A sculptural vessel sink rests atop a wood pedestal, hand-crafted by carpenter David Brown from cedar fencing.
A patterned area rug grounds the design of this upper-floor escape, which boasts floor-to-ceiling east-facing windows.
A trio of interior windows draws light from the stairwell into the sunny space.
Paper mache drum tables serve as nightstands in a space dedicated to interesting textures and graphic design.
Organic cotton chevron duvets create a soft cushion and stand in contrast to a hand-blocked cotton harlequin pillow.
A reading nook offers views of the front yard and bustling sidewalk. A casual lounge chair, upholstered in retro poolside-inspired outdoor fabric, provides the perfect spot to people watch.
Frosted glass micro-block tile in a tortoise shell-inspired shade served as a springboard for the design of the guest bathroom, an upper-floor space that offers interior windows to the stairwell.
The contemporary pattern of the shower curtain fabric adds an interesting visual element.
The 82-inch-long vanity is topped with polished recycled-glass-embedded concrete, a terrazzo blend material manufactured in Atlanta.
With a vaulted ceiling and plenty of elbow room to spread out and sketch, the craft area beckons the artist.
Colored pencils, beeswax crayons, acrylic paints, goat-hair brushes and sketching pads scatter across the tabletop. Durable resin wicker chairs, designed for outdoor use, offer comfortable seating.
Modern in design with an antiqued finish, adjustable task lighting on each end of the 12-foot hickory counter shines a spotlight on works in progress. An oiled beechwood easel is set with canvas, should inspiration strike.
Conveniently located near the kids’ bedroom and the craft area, the laundry room offers both a front-loading Energy Star-rated steam washer and a dryer.
The room’s workstation, topped with steel-troweled concrete, offers space to sort and fold laundry, and treat difficult stains in the undermount single-bowl sink.
Playful word signs crafted by carpenter David Brown grace the entrance to a 57-inch-wide by 50-inch-deep closet, outfitted with shelving and hanger space.
Twin beds fashioned from repurposed pieces of pine, poplar and plywood feature headboards upholstered in durable, solution-dyed acrylic fabric.
A glass-topped table, fashioned from pieces of hand-gathered driftwood, serves as the room’s centerpiece. Flexible gooseneck lamps aid in reading or homework.
A loft cantilevers over the beds, creating a cozy cabin-like cove in which twin beds tuck.
Beanbag seats — filled with eco-friendly inserts — cozy up to a flat-screen TV and game console. An awning-style window provides light and opens to promote ventilation.