Our empty-nester clients approached us needing to design a home that would preserve a large oak near the side and rear of the lot. Having worked extensively with the Kiawah Island Architectural Review Board (ARB) in the past, we were able to leverage our knowledge of their requirements to create a plan to safeguard the tree. Special consideration was given to limit the encroachment into the root mass and to limit the height we were building under the tree limbs. There is something so majestic and humbling when such an exquisite tree is a part of your daily interactions in your home and we are so pleased that the design highlights this. The home feels perfectly in balance with nature and situated ideally in its environment.
The Owner’s Bedroom is located on the side of the home with the tree because of the wonderful, direct water views and because of the tree’s ever-changing natural beauty.
Designed for main floor living, this home is perfect for our clients as they enter the empty-nester phase, and then on into their retirement years. With the bedroom, kitchen, and living spaces on the main level, the guests spaces will be on the second floor for when their children and grandchildren visit.
This particular site challenge reminded me of a similar project back in 2017. Feel free to read that story, On The Boards: Site Considerations on Kiawah Island.