When Becky and Greg Sprecher retired to South Carolina from Hawaii they wanted their house to have an open tropical feel with lots of outdoor living space. They also wanted to highlight their collection of Pacific art, which included several screens, small statues, and many prints.
The Sprechers asked us to evaluate three different lots. Our site analysis resulted in conceptual diagrams for each lot. One diagram featured a live oak with the house wrapping around it to provide all interior spaces with exposure to the western marsh view and sunsets. That was the selected lot.
The house opens dramatically to reveal Pacific Island screens that were converted to doors leading into the dining room. On either side of the doors are niches for small statues. The hall from the foyer serves as the spine of the house and functions as the gallery. Small slot windows control the light and curved track light highlights the prints. Another antique screen was incorporated into a custom cabinet in the living room.
The house was made for entertaining; two large screened porches connect all the public spaces creating an easy flow throughout the house. The screened porch off the kitchen has a Rais stove for year round outside living.
The floors throughout the house are bamboo. To complement the floors we designed a bamboo handrail that appears lashed to bamboo balusters