Austin, TX (April 15, 2015) – One very lucky winner will become the owner of the HGTV® Smart Home 2015, built by Scott Turner, Austin-based founder of Riverside Homes.
The modern Austin farmhouse is in keeping with the city’s “Imagine Austin” development plan and the McMansion ordinance that limits the size and configuration of new homes in central Austin. The HGTV Smart Home is the first of a collection of six custom homes on almost an acre with a common courtyard in between.
“The partnership with HGTV really came together last summer when Jack Thomasson, HGTV Smart Home 2015 house planner, was in Austin, searching for the perfect site and local builder for the 2015 Austin-based home,” said Turner.
“When we looked for this year’s HGTV Smart Home location, Austin was at the top of our list. You can’t find a city with a better combination of emerging technologies, exciting nightlife, great food and a welcoming culture that attracts more and more people each year,” said Thomasson. “Building this new home in a thriving neighborhood close to downtown Austin put it in the center of everything ‘smart’ that the city has to offer.”
As a seasoned builder and real estate broker, Turner is known for securing some of the very best urban lots in Austin and building thoughtfully designed, energy-efficient homes in his distinct modern Austin style.
“Turner brought the best of both worlds – a perfectly appointed home site in the historic Zilker Park neighborhood and a contemporary green builder acumen that fit the HGTV style profile while remaining distinctly Austin,” said Thomasson.
Located in Austin’s historic Zilker Park neighborhood, the HGTV Smart Home 2015 is a two-level, approximately 2,300-square-foot “modern Austin farmhouse” designed with a transitional urban feel. This new home in South Austin’s famous 78704 zip code by Turner and his team at Riverside Homes features open living and kitchen spaces surrounded by large, bright windows outfitted with smart shades that can reduce glare on demand. This area makes for great entertaining and shares the balance of the main floor with a bedroom and a universal design bath.
The second floor features a vaulted media loft that serves as a second living area, flanked on opposite ends by the master bedroom and a third bedroom, both with an en suite bath. Vaulted ceilings, well-placed windows and solar-powered skylights make the space feel light and airy. This part of the home also boasts smart features like the 85” ultra high definition, 4K big screen TV, remote controlled LED lighting and even a bathroom window with glass that turns opaque with the touch of a button.
The HGTV Smart Home 2015 has multiple outdoor living areas, including a screened-in porch and a pergola-shaded dining area with barbeque grill connected to the home by large sliding doors that can remain open much of the year, adding extra living space to the open floor plan. All of the homes in the community were designed to preserve the many mature, protected trees on site, including the large pecan tree providing a canopy of shade over the HGTV Smart Home 2015.