The Spence’s Island Farmhouse is a custom Designed and Built home in Lexington on Lake Murray. Gallup & LaFitte, Design-Build was the residential designer and the builder of this design build job. We worked with the homeowners to blend the modern farmhouse style that is popular today with classic touches found in southern coastal homes. The situated on a beautiful peninsula named Spence’s Island with water views from almost every angle of the home. In the design process we worked to incorporate natural light in rooms whenever possible and take advantage of the scenic views. One of the homeowners is an accomplished artist and she played an integral part in collaborating with us on the design and execution of this home. Her touches can be found throughout the house with her keen eye for detail and design.
We utilized a high water table or “wainscoting” height brick around the perimeter of the home up to the windows. The brick is a lowcountry “Kiawah” brick from Meridian brick company and if you look closely we created a Flemish bond in the brick to recreate the look of an old southern plantation brick. This subtle detail is where the bricks are turned and run to expose the narrow side every so often. On the exterior of the home we used James Hardie board and batten siding to create a farmhouse feel. The exterior also features standing seam metal roof accents and 6” tongue and groove wood ceilings painted “haint” blue as a nod to the southern plantation homes featured on the coast of South Carolina. The front entry porch features a mahogany double door, tile floor, haint blue wood ceiling, and a sitting bench custom built by one of our master finish carpenters. The back porch is a large covered porch with tile flooring, board and batten siding, and haint blue wood ceilings. The rear exterior also features an uncovered deck with a built in hot tub for relaxing under the stars.
The interior of the home was designed to accommodate visitors to the lake with 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and a large unfinished bonus room in the event they owners need more space in the future. The floorplan features 10’ ceilings and 8’ throughout. We utilized a craftsman trim package of flat casing, flat baseboard, and cove crown molding. The floorplan is an open concept as the kitchen is open to the great room and dining area. The flooring in the living areas and bedrooms ins #2 White Oak Site finished flooring in 5” width. The #2 denotes the floor having more character with more color variation, knots, and rustic edges. Once you enter the home you are immediately greeted in the foyer with expansive views to the lake. The kitchen features a giant island with a soapstone countertop finished with a mineral oil, a subway tile backsplash, and custom kitchen cabinets by Bennett’s Cabinets. The greatroom incorporates a vaulted ceiling with a dormer in the peak to bring in light and contribute to the farmhouse esthetics. The great room houses a large wood burning fireplace that ties in elements in from the exterior of the home with the same brickwork and board and batten touches. The fireplace also features a reclaimed wood beam for a mantel piece.
The master suite features square 2’x2’ windows above eye level to bring in light above the bed. The master bath features a large walk in shower, custom vanities, freehanging mirrors, and a large master closet with custom built ins. The vanities and mirrors in all baths of the home were custom built by our trim carpenters and finished with a rustic faux finish effect by the homeowner who is also an artist. The home features five bedrooms and four baths to provide plenty of room for visiting family and friends. Two of the bedrooms serve double duty as the homeowners utilize one of the rooms for his study and another for her art studio.
We constructed the home with energy efficiency in mind. Air sealing, insulation and HVAC performance were top priority as the home sits on a peninsula with sun exposure abounding. We utilized best practices in air sealing, radiant barrier roof sheathing in the attic, energy efficient Jeld-Wen windows, and a high efficiency Lennox HVAC system provided by Northpoint Heating and Air.