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On the Boards (Coastal Homes)

The Loblolly Cottage, the Virginia Residence, and the Riverview are homes designed for a new development on Kiawah.  The homes are smaller in building size than many Kiawah homes, and share community space on the river.

The Loblolly is a beautiful spacious one-story plan, which is laid out to take advantage of the views. The entry hall leads to an open plan living room, kitchen and dining room that then open onto a covered porch, providing an uninterrupted vista through the space to maximize the views and increase the impression of space.

The master retreat has been located to take advantage of the rear views. Two other bedrooms with private baths are arranged around the perimeter, and a third room can act as either a den or fourth bedroom.

The exterior is reminiscent of traditional Lowcountry island retreats, featuring a distinctive roof design characterized by a high gabled center section flanked by low hipped roof lines with kicked eaves and exposed rafter tails. The front entry stairs are nestled into the shingled roof’s overhang, and the exterior is sided with board and batten and accented with wood louvers.


The Virginia is a two-story plan designed with all of its public spaces as well as the master suite, den and additional bedroom on the first floor, while the second floor contains two bedrooms symmetrically organized around a loft area that opens onto a deck. The front stairs lead to an endless porch covered by a low hip roof with large overhangs.

The entry hall leads to an open plan kitchen, living room and dining room that then open onto a screened porch for alfresco dining, providing uninterrupted views through the length of the space to the outside, as well as maximizing the natural light . The first floor master suite is spacious and also includes access to the outdoor deck.

The exterior is suggestive of traditional Lowcountry island retreats featuring a roof design composed of gabled and shed roofs flanked by low hip roof lines with large overhangs that shade the front and rear porches. A metal roof, lap siding and louvered vents further support the Lowcountry architecture.

(Artist: Dale Watson)