It’s a bit premature to make a final judgment, but it looks as though HGTV’s 2013 Dream House — located on Kiawah Island, South Carolina — might actually be worth cheering for!
Over on their website HGTV has posted a series of time-lapse photos which show the house and landscape under construction. Here’s what I see that looks promising:
1. The house is not a gigantic sprawling behemoth, like the 2012 house and some others before it. I don’t know that I would go so far as to use the word “modest”, but it’s in the realm of normal. The whole lower floor is for parking, with living space above, so it has a fairly small footprint.
2. It seems to blend nicely into its coastal surroundings. Looks like the builders left some existing stands of pines on the site instead of scraping the whole area clean. I can’t tell exactly what plants they have selected here in the photograph, but they definitely look grassy, scrubby, beachy. A deep, generous planting bed. Hooray! I hope they’ve used some natives!
3. The home is being built in Indigo Park, a LEED Platinum community, so it will feature integrated geothermal systems, a built-in hook-up for an electric car, etc. (Hear that? The whole community is LEED Platinum. Even the people! I don’t think they’re allowed to burp or fart!) But I like that HGTV is promoting a gorgeous, but less wasteful home. And this home is not even their “Green Home” (now “Smart Home“) which is slated to be built in South Beach, Florida next year.
Of course, I am still annoyed by HGTV’s paltry gardening offerings, but confess I am smitten by the 2013 Dream House. I may even enter to win!