Kiawah Island, South Carolina, United States
Charleston, South Carolina based architecture firm Island Architects designed this new shingle style dream home on a large oceanfront property on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, a barrier island known for its spacious villas, beaches and acclaimed golf courses. Island Architects worked alongside one of Kiawah Island’s leading builders, Solaris Inc., to bring the project to life. Every detail, inside and out, is the result of a talented team putting their all into this project. A gourmet kitchen serves as the heart of the home with reclaimed beamed ceiling, wonderful parquet flooring, white cabinetry and steel island and hood. The kitchen opens directly into a light-filled oceanfront keeping room with elliptical arch, walls of windows, stone fireplace and reclaimed beams. Perhaps the most spectacular room is the great room with arched steel French doors and walnut ceiling beams directly facing the ocean and opening to verandah and swimming pool. There is a fabulous family and television room finished in natural butternut boards and showcasing a beamed ceiling and adjacent wet bar.
A circular staircase with French oak treads and an iron handrail winds from one storey to the next, arriving at the second-storey library with an arched opening into a curved bay window seat. The master suite was designed to take full advantage of the water views with a massive window directly in front of the bed and two glass doors opening to a private patio. The suite also includes a sitting ares with fireplace and a fabulous white marble bathroom with curved window bay and black shutters. Continue climbing the elegant staircase and you’ll arrive to a jaw-dropping rooftop deck taking in endless ocean views. Additional amenities include a swimming pool, large spa, outdoor fireplace and an attached carriage house accessed through a curving hallway with arched reclaimed beams. Island Architects described the project, “A shingle style beach house reminiscent of the late 19th century estates in the Hamptons and Newport, this oceanfront home commands a breathtaking view across a curved infinity edged pool and sweeping lawns down to the dunes and the Atlantic beyond. The home is built to last with a modern concrete and steel foundation, but tied to an older era through the natural materials such as old brick, cedar shingles, slate and lead coated copper roofing.” Photography found on Dering Hall, Island Architects and Solaris Inc.