Designed as a LEED Platinum, Net Zero home from the ground up, this home will withstand and utilize the harshest Florida elements. A 10.8 kilowatt photovoltaic system harvests the power of the sun, and abundant tropic rainwater collects in the integrated 8800 gallon cistern.
Users of this luxurious hot tub enjoy sweeping views over a nearby lake and golf course in this resort-like Florida backyard. The tailored gardens surround a home with every luxury, including a spacious screened lanai.
In the living room and foyer of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, Florida, a photographic mural of surfers covers one entire wall. It's an imaginative way to fill the room with life and unique personality.
Palm trees provide texture and interest along the walkway to this new two-story home in Lido Key, Florida. The landscape design also brings together an extensive walkway and serene water feature. The front of the home receives natural light through the windows on the first and second floors.
This gorgeous custom-built lakefront home in Florida boasts 3.5 baths in the main house, with exceptional finishes and stunning designs. A large, modern soaking tub sits outside the glass walk-in shower, with a single vanity running the length of the space.
The original layout of this Florida apartment separated the dining and kitchen areas, making the home feel dark and cramped. By removing some of the walls, the ocean views can now be enjoyed from the dining table, the barstools in the kitchen and the large living room.
This backyard pool is cool and inviting, but the spa is available if you need a hot soak. The home is constructed with a classic Florida keystone facade and the copper seam roof is just beginning to patina.
A curving fence with a lush covering of dense plantings is part of an award-winning landscape for a Coral Gables, Fla., home. The landscape design by ArquitectonicaGEO won a 2014 Annual Design Award by the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
An entertainment pavilion reflects the midcentury architecture of a Sarasota, Fla., home. The pool patio was transformed with the addition of the pavilion with an extended wall that incorporates built-in dining benches designed to match the home's modern architecture. The project by DWY Landscape Architects was a Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Palm trees fill this tropical waterfront property in Lido Key, Florida. A well-groomed lawn surrounded by foliage plants and flowering plants are key elements in the front yard of the new two-story custom home with bay views.
Florida foliage is a perfect backdrop for this built-in bar, pool and patio area designed by TriplePoint Design Build. The home and outdoor decor were kept in monochromatic tones of beige and sand that create a calm, inviting setting for relaxing with family and friends.
Off the Florida room, this restored Spanish Colonial boasts a spacious back patio. The natural stone and desert plants help to complement the Spanish style of the home, while a wicker table and dining chairs and wicker lounge chairs give the homeowners a stylish, yet durable entertaining space.
Board-and-batten siding is paired with a metal roof for a coastal Craftsman-style home in Florida. Ipe wood is used for the decking because it's a resilient choice for oceanfront houses. The house is surrounded by tropical plants, including mangraves, palms and scrub flora.
When you have a large island, designers often use three pendants to fill the space. A pendant with mercury glass, for example, can add style to any kitchen, no matter whether you’re going for a retro look or an upscale Mediterranean-style beach cottage, like this home in Alys Beach, a coastal Florida community. This finish is available anywhere from $50 and up through home decor stores and retailers.
Fire and water combine in this outdoor entertaining area behind a home in The Concession, a luxury South Florida community. The round fire pit provides ambience, next to a hot tub, and may warm people up after a dip in the pool.
For this bold contemporary driveway in Sarasota, Fla., panels of permeable paving extend the architecture and horizontal grid of the home while allowing water to percolate instead of running off site. The landscaping project by DWY Landscape Architects was a 2014 Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
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 ceilings and a stylish mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Antique wicker chairs positioned around the gas fireplace offer an inviting perch. Ottomans, custom-made for the space, provide additional seating or tabletop surface.
Established in 1931, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge spans over 70,000 acres across Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. It consists of coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries of seven Florida rivers and is home to a diverse community of plant and animal life. The St. Marks Lighthouse, which was built in 1842, is still in use today.