The homeowners came to us with a plan designed by Barry Owens and a picture of their dream home as inspiration. The owners wanted to create the feel of a lowcountry southern home on Lake Murray. We incorporated two expansive covered porches that span the entire length of the home front and back. We incorporated white painted hardi-plank siding, composite wrapped box columns, black metal roofing accents, exposed rafters and tongue and groove 6” wood ceilings painted in haint blue to create the feel of a southern farmhouse. We used faux wood metal garage doors by Amarr to create the look of carriage doors. The front entry features a 8’ mahogany front door, wood ceilings, and a hanging gas lantern.
The back porch features the same wood ceiling, hanging fans, built in speakers for entertaining, and a large wood burning fireplace wrapped in real stacked stone with a ceramic mantel piece that has the appearance of a reclaimed beam. During construction we collaborated with the homeowners to leave the ceilings of the front and back porch vaulted vs. run flat ceiling joists as the plans initially called for. This field change actually saved the homeowners a little cost which they were able to allocate to using wood ceiling material vs. vinyl. The vaulted porch ceilings create a light and airy feeling to the porches and make for a great entertaining space. The back porch features large 8’ tall sliding doors by Jeld-Wen. The sliding doors off of the kitchen and great room open away from each other to create a large opening.
The interior includes a 10’ ceiling height on the main floor, a 9’ basement level height, and vaulted ceilings in the upstairs bedrooms. The tall ceiling heights make the rooms feel much more open and larger, especially in the basement level where a smaller 8’ height can create a cavernous feeling. We utilized a cottage trim package with flat casing on windows and doors and a cove crown molding. The main floor living areas and both staircases in the home feature reclaimed antique heartpine flooring. This flooring was custom made in wide widths by Wayne Rast of Carolina Heartpine Flooring. Wayne takes old beams and framing members from from barns and buildings in South Carolina and mills them into flooring. The fooring also has real nail holes and antique patina to it and has a pleasant rustic effect. The great room features a custom Mendota fireplace with birch logs, stacked stone, ceramic mantel beam, and siplap above mantel. The ceramic beam allows you to mount the mantel much lower to the fireplace than you can with wood.
Custom kitchen cabinetry by Bennett’s Cabinets and is a clean shaker look. The cabinets were painted white and the island finished in a blue accent color. There is a shiplap backsplash behind the cooktop. Distinctive Surfaces provided the countertops for this home. The island countertop is a white quartz and the perimeter cabinets are topped with a leathered granite. There is a large walk in pantry and custom broom closet to match kitchen cabinetry off to the side of the kitchen towards the laundry room. The laundry room also plays double duty as a garage entryway with cubbies for shoes and jackets. The space sharing of the laundry room and garage entry is a neat feature that utilizes space extremely well.
In the powder room the homeowners brought us an old furniture piece and we modified it to create a vanity. We trimmed the room out with shiplap up to a high wainscoting height and installed sconces on either side of the powder room mirror. In the ceiling of the powder room we installed subtle woven textured wallpaper.
The master suite features a box tray ceiling for an added design element. The master bath features a custom his and hers vanity with a linen closet cabinet, a walk in shower with framless door, and a custom his and hers walk in closet.
The upstairs bedrooms incorporate lake views from both the front and rear of the home and include vaulted ceilings. The upstairs bedrooms save space and share a jack and jill bath. There are two large walk in attics for storage upstairs.
The home features a study on the main level for her. The basement incorporates stained concrete flooring and offers an office for him, another bedroom with full bath, a small gym with epoxy flooring, and a secondary garage/workshop with epoxy flooring.