HGTV’s fifth Green Home giveaway is underway, and this year’s stunner is located in none other than Serenbe. Not familiar? Picture a postcard perfect set of rural villages connected by farmland and surrounded by 1,000 acres of preserved forest, all wrapped up in a feel-good environmentally aware philosophy. No, we’re not talking about a development in the Pacific Northwest; Serenbe is a quick thirty minute trip south of Atlanta’s center. So what will one lucky fan receive when they’re declared victorious? Well, a new set of undies would probably be in order, but beside that...
The house itself is freshly built and melds Southern farmhouse style with contemporary architectural cues. The forms are familiar, but they’re dressed and detailed in a way that says “today.” Kudos to Kemp Hall Studio for designing such a beautiful structure! 2,300 square feet of living space is described by HGTV as ideal for “living big” in a “compact” space, although some New Yorkers might have an issue with that description. The garage (well, really more of a carport) is a neat feature: Kemp Hall designed it as a reference to old wagon sheds. The absence of a yard was an ecologically-minded move, since minimal land disturbance was one of the building goals.
Moving inside, the 3 bed/2.5 bath floorplan is unapologetically modern. Bright, open spaces reign supreme. One of the cooler attributes of the Green Home is the network of courtyards that provides an inviting set of indoor-outdoor living spaces. Let’s see, there’s the master bedroom courtyard, a barbecue courtyard, and a living room courtyard - yard smard! The house also features what could be our first encounter with a “Georgia Room,” which kind of looks like a sunroom. There’s an entire room dedicated to bike storage, important in a place like Serenbe. And I wonder if the craft room doubles as a gift wrapping room? And let’s not overlook the beautiful decor that’s included in the prize, which has just the right amount of simple traditional, modern, and rustic elements.
The Green Home was built to Earthcraft standards, and the builder is aiming for LEED certification. There’s a solar array on the metal roof, which is colored in a way that reflects the sun and reduces heating costs. All of the doors and windows are Energy Star-rated, and the spray insulation is by none other than Icynene®. It’s refreshing to know not a single tree went to waste during the demolition phase; they’ll be reused after going through a mill. The winner of this fabulous rural retreat will receive an additional $100,000 and a GMC Terrain SUV. Good luck!