Isle of Palms Wild Dunes custom home by coastal architect, Swallowtail Architecture

A feature article about the Isle of Palms Land’s End home appears in the January/February issue of Charleston Living Magazine, which details the circuitous background story and finally the amazing results of this project. Architect Rachel Burton of Swallowtail Architecture was first introduced to the project back in 2015. When Rachel first met the home’s new owner, there was an existing home on the property. The property, however, was prone to flooding and the entire exterior was going to have to be replaced. The original hope had been to renovate, but it was determined that the best choice was to raze the home and start fresh–including a bulkhead to address the water intrusion.

This amazing piece of property boasts 180 degree water views across the inlet and marsh to the Atlantic Ocean and the waters of Coahee Sound and Gray Bay. This is what drew the homeowner to the property, and would become the focus of the design plan to bring these vistas in to as much of the interior as possible. It wasn’t as simple as that though, so the story goes … . The Charleston Living article details how the original homeowner loved Rachel’s plans, but decided to sell the property, along with Rachel’s designs. It turned out that the couple who would purchase the property had had their eye on the home and lot for years. They loved Rachel’s design plans and moved forward with the purchase. As co-owners of a Hickory, North Carolina furniture company, the new owners put their own touch on the design. They brought a focus to the texture and layering of materials on both the exterior and interior.

“Every detail, from materials to finishes, was worthy of those views and magnificently displayed the painstaking attention that was paid. “We really leaned in hard to the fact that this area has a really rich architectural history and really tried to make sure it fit the vernacular of our local architecture but interpret it in such a way that it felt fresh and modern and contemporary and was of the ‘now’” Burton says. “It’s rich and sensuous because we used so many natural elements.”


Coastal-styled living room in luxury home in Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms

In the end, Rachel’s persistence paid off, and it was more than worth the wait. The results are a stunning home with equally amazing views, both of which are cherished daily.

Learn more about this project in the Portfolio: Isle of Palms Land’s End

See the full article on Charleston Living.