HGTV will construct the first HGTV Smart Home in the beach community of Paradise Key South Beach in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Inspired by coastal Northeast Florida architecture, the home will feature the latest developments in home technology and green living, as HGTV enhances its successful HGTV Green Home concept and incorporates many of the energy-saving features previously exhibited in the HGTV Green Home. HGTV viewers can enter for a chance to win the home next spring when the HGTV Smart Home Giveaway opens for entries in April 2013, and can follow construction progress at www.hgtv.com/smarthome. “The features and functionality of this home are like nothing we’ve ever offered in HGTV home giveaways, and set the standard for creative spaces and ways that consumers can use emerging technology to improve their homes,” said Jack Thomasson, HGTV house planner. Smart home technology connects many of a home’s appliances and devices, and allows occupants to monitor energy use and control home systems such as security, interior climate, lighting and other electronics. Designed by architect Mike Stauffer, AIA, and constructed by Glenn Layton Homes, the HGTV Smart Home will measure approximately 2,400 square feet and feature more than 1,000 square feet of covered porches, decks and pool. The project will use primarily local labor and materials. “As long-time builders in Northeast Florida, we’ve pulled the best of what we know and applied it to our daily operation while doing what we love, which is creating quality homes,” said builder Glenn Layton. The pedestrian and bicycle-friendly Paradise Key South Beach neighborhood lies just five blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and a quick 20-minute drive from downtown Jacksonville, one of Florida’s most vibrant communities. Footpaths and wooden walking bridges dot the development, which embraces Florida-friendly landscaping and an indigenous plant palette to reduce lawn maintenance.
“This community's thoughtful design vision and refreshing coastal architecture make Paradise Key a remarkable place to live and a wonderful setting to showcase the first HGTV Smart Home,” said developer Lon Walton. “We have an outstanding beach community, and we are very excited about teaming with HGTV and having the First Coast as the first location for the HGTV Smart Home.”About HGTV America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to almost 99 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, soft goods and other home-oriented products, as well as HGTV Magazine, a new home and lifestyle publication published in partnership with Hearst Magazines. About Paradise Key South Beach Discover Paradise Key South Beach, an enchanting coastal neighborhood with 62 homesites in desirable South Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Paradise Key South Beach offers distinctive coastal architecture in an extraordinary location – just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean with convenient access to major highways, shopping, dining and recreation. Paradise Key South Beach is pedestrian and bicycle friendly with footpaths and wooden walking bridges throughout the community. Paradise Key South Beach, smart living along the coast! Visit us on-line at www.paradisekeysouthbeach.com Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50374259&lang=en