Kiawah Island Character Lot Home

Blending into the Setting Using Nature-Inspired Exterior Colors

Designed for comfortable and elegant living, this new construction home on Kiawah Island with direct water and marsh views, blends in with the natural setting.  The materials used on the exterior of this large, two-story home include NuCedar shake shingles on the second and third floors, along with the lowest level in a matching stucco finish.  NuCedar has all the beauty of stained cedar shakes, but it does not rot. The front elevation has several planes of rooflines that break up the large massing.  These secondary rooflines over the porch and eye-brows over the second story banks of windows and the first floor garage have a standing seam metal roof in a hue just a few shades darker than the cedar shakes and stucco finish. The door and window trim has been painted white, with the windows and doors a deep gray.  This breaks up the otherwise muted, natural color palette.

Best Architect in South Carolina named by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2024

The main floor of the home is perfect for our clients as they enter the empty-nester phase, and then on into their retirement years.  The well-planned space has a bedroom, kitchen, and the main living spaces on the second level, with the guests spaces for when their children and grandchildren visit on the third floor.   The first thing you notice when coming through the front door are the two large format french doors that bring the marsh view directly in.  One set of these doors from the main living room provides access to the elevated pool deck.   The second set in the kitchen area opens up to the screened in porch. The kitchen has white custom cabinets on the perimeter of the space and a large center island with natural wood tone cabinets and marble top with additional seating for informal dining.  Just off the kitchen is the separate dining room and an adjacent butler’s pantry.  The pantry has lots of custom cabinetry in a deep blue gray color for storage, along with a microwave, second oven, separate refrigerator, and prep sink.  This spot keeps the main kitchen space clutter free and all the items for entertaining organized.

An open, two-story stairwell brings you to the third floor.  Here you’ll find several ensuite guest bedrooms, along with one of the homeowner’s favorite spots with the best views of the marsh.  Three stories up is the informal TV room.  Soft and comfortable furnishings allow you to relax while taking in those marsh views.   The vaulted ceiling is clad in nickel gap trim.  A dormer window allows natural light to fill the space.  A center fireplace with the prettiest shades of brick on the surround is capped with a natural wood stained mantel.  This same wood is used on the floating shelves that flank the fireplace.  Gain access to the outside deck and covered porch for some fresh air and to enjoy winding down with the sounds of the marsh as the sun sets in the background.  This is quintessential Low-Country living on Kiawah Island.

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Aerial view of new home designed on Kiawah Island by Rachel Burton of Swallowtail Architecture
Two-tone kitchen with white cabinets and natural stained wood island cabinets.
View from the kitchen sink in to the
Third floor, media TV room with coastal style comfortable furnishings and access to covered porch.
A pool with a view. Character lot with views of the marsh on Kiawah Island
Architect: Rachel Burton, Swallowtail Architecture
Builder: Great Southern Builders
Interior Designer: Polish and Pop Design
Landscape Design: Three Oaks Landscape Architects

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