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Residential architects who specialize in the hot, humid, southern climate

Lowcountry River House

Lowcountry River house
full front of house
full front of house
bath
bath
dining table to fire & kitc
dining table to fire & kitc
ext side day
ext side day
hallway w_deerhead
hallway w_deerhead
horz living
horz living
inside of porch
inside of porch
kitchen counters w_ fire
kitchen counters w_ fire
rear ext day
rear ext day
living room wide w_fire
living room wide w_fire

The clients wanted to downsize, have an open one-story floor plan, and all the latest high-tech smart house systems. The program included one guest bedroom, the master bedroom suite with a large office for the husband, and a small office for the wife. The clients enjoy hunting and fishing and needed storage space for the outdoor gear.  To fit into the rural agrarian landscape we drew forms and details from the vernacular farmhouses of South Carolina. We used traditional materials of old brick for the foundation, hand formed terne metal roofing, clapboard siding, double hung windows, spacious porches, exposed rafter tails, and dormer windows.

The house was laid out with a central square public space with two wings one private and the other semi-private. The central square focuses on a four-sided fireplace and includes the living, dining, and cooking areas, as well as the front porch, entry and screened porch that overlooks an impounded rice pond. The kitchen is the center of the house with a large pantry and wine closet. The kitchen is connected to the laundry room by a hall that functions as the wife’s office. It is convenient to the kitchen but hidden by a pocket door. The kitchen cabinets are custom make from reclaimed heart pine. The kitchen sink is soapstone in a two-inch thick cherry countertop.

The study is included in the master bedroom wing and has both a private entrance and a public entrance through a small room for displaying memorabilia. The study has custom-built heart pine cabinets. There is a safe whose door is hidden in the paneling and shelving. The second wing includes the back entrance through an attractive hall that has a built in bench for boot removal and storage. The guest room is at the outer end of the wing for privacy. The laundry room opens off of the back hall and has storage space for hunting clothes and gear.