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Enviromental sustainability, Lowcountry style, hallmarks of HGTV Dream Home

(Charleston, SC) Post and Courier

The 2013 HGTV Dream Home could be yours, and you wouldn’t have to travel too far to claim it. The house, built with environmental sustainability and traditional Lowcountry style in mind, is located in Kiawah Island’s Indigo Park development. Anyone can enter a contest to win the 3,000-square-foot home, which received the highest level of certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Contest entries can be made online Dec. 28-Feb. 16 .
Entries can be submitted daily at and at The grand prize package will be awarded March 13.
The furnished house, designed by Charleston architect Christopher Rose, has a style being described as Lowcountry Zen. The three-bedroom suite shelter is the centerpiece of HGTV’s annual Dream Home prize package. The 2013 package, valued at more than $2 million, includes a GMC Arcadia Denali and $500,000.
HGTV’s environmentally sustainable Dream Home is consistent with Indigo Park developer Dyal Compass’ mission, said its president, Candace Dyal.
“Having the house here is a huge vote of confidence,” Dyal said. “It’s also a huge vote for the future.”
Some of the home’s features underscoring a commitment to sustainable building include geothermal air conditioning, which uses earth-cooled water; siding manufactured with recycled PVC that will not require painting; and a porous driveway that allows water to seep into the ground rather than become runoff that carries pollutants to nearby waterways, said Jack Thomasson, HGTV’s home planner.
Linda Woodrum, the home’s interior designer, said she was inspired by the pluff mud browns and rustic textures of the marshes viewed through the home’s numerous windows.
Woodrum, who is partial to those elements of the Lowcountry environment, used them with more vibrant hues, to bring the outdoors, indoors, she said.
“I live on the marsh on Hilton Head and it’s the most calming thing,” Woodrum said. “It’s a gift, a great gift.”
Reach Wevonneda Minis at 937-5705.
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