Project Description

Lowcountry New Orleans Style

New Construction Home on Daniel Island Blends Southern Style Architecture

Award Winning Best Architecture Single-Family Residence

This home was awarded the 2019 Best Architecture Single Family Residence.

Award Winning Architectural Design

This home was awarded the 2018 ArCH Design Award.

Located in the private, gated community of Beresford Hall, this new construction seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 8,000-square foot home was created for entertaining with family-friendly amenities.  The homeowners, who entertain often, envisioned a space with great flow in an open concept floor plan.  The owner had a vision of bringing some of the style from his native New Orleans and blending it with the Lowcountry to create a perfect family home on Daniel Island.  The style is New Orleans meets the Battery with Lowcountry charm.

The house takes shape around an interior courtyard–a common feature in New Orleans and Bayou Architecture.   At the center is the pool with an infinity edge, spa, and spectacular river views.   The spa was place at the base of a waterfall that cascades down from the pool.   Living in South Carolina, the outdoors is additional living space for much of the year and this family wanted to be able to maximize their enjoyment of the outside.   The ‘U’ shape house surrounds the pool with private wings flanking the center entertaining areas of the kitchen, great room, and dining room.  With multiple ways to access the pool through walls of windows that are in fact sliding doors, guests and the homeowner can enjoy easy access to the two-story water slide and a covered area that is perfect for dining, lounging, and TV watching.  Fire features, which were the brain-child of the homeowner, create sophistication in the night when the gentle glow of the setting sun punctuates the perfect day in this luxury estate home.

Custom details fill the home including a two-story fireplace with integrated water feature.  Metal work fabricated into the shape of a fleur di lis was used on the balustrades of the second story catwalk that encircles the two story great room.  Reclaimed barn wood beams were used in the family room, on the vaulted ceiling in the great room, and overhead on the covered patio area to bring a sense of grounding and history to this new build.  The kitchen vent hood is another custom made metal work feature.

This project had a bit of an unusual beginning….  The owner and builder had been working with a different architect, but it turned out that the design they’d come up with unbuildable.  In search of an architect who could salvage the clients two-decades-in-the-making dream of a custom home in the Lowcountry, they reached out to Rachel Burton of Swallowtail for help.  No stranger to complex site planning, and with a keen way of determining a clients needs and wants, Swallowtail re-envisioned the home to meet the stringent requirements of the local building authority, as well as the rigors of design needed in a coastal environment.

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Architect: Rachel Burton, Swallowtail Architecture
Builder:  Buffington Homes
Photography: Tripp Smith

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