The site for the Timmons' house was the former barn area for a large hog farm on Bray's Island. The concept for the project was to reinterpret agrarian forms to reflect the farming history of the site. There are wonderful views to the south of the salt marshes and creeks from the point of land where the house is located.
The Timmons wanted a small main house with one bedroom, kitchen, living and dining. They needed to be able to accommodate guests in separate guest houses. Sara needed a studio and Jeff required an office space. There is a small tidal creek that could be accessed at high water in kayaks or small boats.
The 1500 s.f main house is a “T” shape that is common in the South Carolina lowcountry and allows windows on three sides of most rooms and provides for good ventilation. The south west brick terrace provides a sun pocket that soaks up heat and shields the owners from the cold northwest winds and allows them use the outdoors even on cool days.
The screen porch is detached and is latched on to a large pyramidal outdoor fireplace. In the early 19th century this area was a rice plantation. The thrashing of rice was done with steam power and often all that remains of the steam mills is a chimney like the one used here. Winnowing sheds where one drives a wagon underneath the structure and it is loaded from above gave us the form for the screen porch and Jeff’s office directly above. The views required a roof top terrace and the three floors resulted in a rural office tower.
Interior wall finishes are 1x6 horizontal boards, floors are brick or local heart pine, ceilings are beaded board wood. Exposed 2x6 rafter tails, x brace operable board shutters, cedar log posts, and 5 “v” barn roof, give the home a rural casual feeling that opens directly out to the varied outdoor living spaces in close contact with a spectacular natural environment.