Project Description

Beacon House

New Luxury Home Steps from the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse

Award Winning Architectural Design

This home was awarded the 2021 ArCH Design Award.

The Beacon House on Sullivan’s Islands enjoys views of the iconic Charleston Light, acting as a beacon for friends and a place to always come home to for this family. This new construction, custom designed luxury home is stately with coastal elegance and the finest features and finishes.

Steps from the ocean, the lot is large, with three sides with mature landscape and live oak trees.  A lot this close to the ocean with a private and serene setting is a jewel.  There’s an air of a secret garden and we wanted to fully embrace the lot and its characteristics.  At first glance it might seem that the home is sideways, but that’s because of Sullivan’s ordinance that all homes must face the ocean.  The best way to fully utilize the character lot was to design an L shaped home.  We could then take advantage of the shallower setback on the side to place the home in the back left corner of the lot.  This allowed for an expansive front yard that embraced the seclusion of the existing greenery and aloud us to create a private back yard.  Shielded from view from both streets, in the backyard we designed a covered outdoor living and dining room that opens to a shaded pool deck and a raised splash pool with vanishing edge. A fully outfitted outdoor kitchen with smoker, BBQ, ice maker, sink, and fridge make outdoor entertaining easy in this dream space.

Isle of Palms home with corner lot making the side yard into the front yard

A unique, two-story, octagonal covered porch is the cornerstone of this home connecting the side and the front via a wrap around porch.  There is a great view of the lighthouse from the corner of the home and by creating the covered porch and seating area the space serves two needs.  The first is a spot to sit and say hello to the neighbors or chat them up as they walk their dog or walk past on their way down to the beach.  The covered porch is also the perfect entertaining space for cocktails and hors d’oeuvre.  Open the french doors from the porch and you enter directly into the formal dining room.

The homeowners love to entertain. Within the elegant large formal dining room there is a wall of custom built ins and a bespoke wine storage and display cabinet with glass doors.   Uncork a vintage variety and let the wine breathe while you step outside and enjoy an amuse-bouche before dinner.  Isn’t that the perfect way to start an evening?  The upper porch of the octagon is also the ideal spot for evening cocktails while watching the sunset for more intimate gatherings.

Adjoining the dining room is a Butler’s room with sky blue cabinets complete with dishwasher, microwave, sink, refrigerator and walkin pantry.  All the necessary outfittings for entertaining in style are accessible from the Butler’s room.

A large, bright kitchen, casual dining area, and family room with views onto the outdoor entertaining space are the heart of the home for this family. Exposed, painted trusses in the vaulted ceiling are the focal point of the kitchen. (The truss system is replicated in the outdoor space as well to unify inside and out.) The kitchen layout evolves around the center island with seating for 5. Custom cabinets, including lighted display cabinets, keep organization front and center while providing a place for everything, which keeps the space uncluttered. The millwork in this home is simply stunning, but not heavy or overbearing. Rather it adds to the refinement of the home and elevates the design.

Wood clad walls and ceilings painted in a bright white create depth using texture. The white board and batten on the curved wall of the stained wood staircase creates contrast while spotlighting the craftsmanship. Exposed wood beams in the bunk room give a casual elegance to a room that was created with custom designed woodwork, including the beds, storage, and the sweet under-the-window bench. A soft blue and white palette of textiles, paints, and tiles unifies the design that is capped off with truly spectacular lighting fixtures.

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Architect: Rachel Burton, Swallowtail Architecture
Builder: St Pierre Construction
Interior Designer: Amy Trowman Designs