HGTV has chosen to build their 2012 Green Home in the Serenbe community, located just 30 miles southwest of Atlanta. Serenbe is a sustainable development in the rural community of Chattahoochee Hill Country. The HGTV Green Home fits right in with the building standards of Serenbe, where all homes are EarthCraft Certified. The community preserves 70% of its green space, and the buildings have a minimal impact on the surroundings.
The HGTV Green Home resembles a farmhouse, with a modern floor plan and eco-friendly features. The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 2,300 square feet. The contemporary kitchen has custom hickory wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and a dual fuel range. The countertops are a terrazzo blend material which includes recycled glass. The main level master suite has its own private outdoor courtyard. The upstairs kids bedroom has a unique loft area for playing games and watching TV. The homes layout encourages outdoor living. The Georgia Room functions as an indoor/outdoor space with two walls of sliding French doors that open to the outdoor decks. The primary outdoor space at the Green Home is a large barbecue deck off the kitchen, complete with a built in barbecue and an outdoor eating area. There is also a courtyard off the living room, and a covered seating area off the detached garage.
The Serenbe community is designed with villages or hamlets, each one having residential and commercial property. The villages are connected by roads and walking trails. The entire community is pedestrian friendly, and green space protects the wetlands and watershed areas. Businesses located within the Serenbe community include restaurants, galleries, shops, a medspa, and a market. A 30 acre certified organic and biodynamic farm provides fresh produce for the Saturday market, which is held from May through October. Tours of the farm can be arranged. Serenbes amenities include an inn and conference center, an outdoor amphitheater, and a playhouse which offers three summer productions. A stable arranges guided trail rides, and bikes and golf carts may be rented.
The public may tour the HGTV Green Home from May 4 through June 24, 2012. Tours are given Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-7pm. The home is closed on Mondays. The tours last approximately 30 minutes, and ticket prices are $20. Proceeds from the tours support The Serenbe Institute and The Chattahoochee Hills Charter School. People may enter twice a day for a chance to win this fully furnished HGTV Green Home. Entries may be done online at HGTV.com and HGTVRemodels.com through June 1, 2012.