The story of this home was one where our clients had found their perfect location; just steps from the Atlantic Ocean in Isle of Palms… but the existing house was anything but perfect. Our clients saw the potential in the home, which was large enough for their needs with a lot that gave them plenty of space to stretch out, but wow the house style and floorplan was not at all what they wanted. The exterior had hints of a contemporary style beach house, but really it was an undefined structure. Many people would pass on a house with mustardy, sunny yellow paint, but rather than do that, our clients saw the potential to make this their dream home. It would require significant changes to update this late 1990’s contemporary style beach home into a coastal dream, but we were up for the task.
We began by re-imagining the flow of the home. We opened up all of the walls on the first floor and created a large open gathering space. We removed a vaulted ceiling in the family room area so that we could add more living space on the third story. Specially engineered support beams were required to carry the load of the newly expanded third story. We reoriented the kitchen layout to create better flow for entertaining. A large center island, along with custom roof vent hood over the 60 inch range, are the center points of this new chef’s kitchen. Custom, white cabinets with all the special details including panels for the commercial refrigerator and dishwasher elevate the design for this sophisticated kitchen. When designing open concept living spaces, it is important for each zone to be differentiated from the others. This makes the spaces feel grounded, while at once being expansive. With the dining area seperating the kitchen and family room, we created a bespoke ceiling detail over the large dining table.