Designer, HGTV star Vern Yip shines spotlight on Rosemary

Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 01:32 PM.

Construction began on Yip's actual Rosemary Beach home last year and was completed in 10 months. Since completion, the home has been featured in a HGTV magazine shoot and for an upcoming show on HGTV — so he has yet to sleep in the home he designed.

As for the look of what he calls his “dream home,” the “Design Star” judge said he wanted the house to specifically reflect Rosemary Beach's West Indies/Cape Dutch style.

"I was impressed by Rosemary Beach's Town Hall's clean lines. I had the town hall in mind when I designed my house, and I took the essence of that," he told The Sun. "It is gorgeous and will withstand the test of time. I am not a proponent of trends. Classic is the essence of greatness."

Yip has been a fan of the Rosemary Beach style since its inception.

With an earned master's degree in architecture and a passion for New Urbanism, Yip often made the trek to Seaside in his school days during the spring and fall. He and other interns would ride bikes around the town and marvel at the architectural designs and what made New Urbanism work.

"We heard of a second new urbanism project being built called Rosemary Beach and we went to check it out. There was only a trailer and a model, but I fell in love with the project. We were all interns fresh out of school making $28,000 a year. I remember thinking I would never be able to afford this and collaborated to buy a lot with some other interns. We were basically living on Ramen noodles, but I decided then I would someday have a home in Rosemary Beach. This was maybe '94 or '95 and there was literally nothing there but maybe one swimming pool."

And almost 20 years later, Yip has now seen his dream come to fruition in South Walton.

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