the ocean side of the home

No, it’s not for sale, but I had a chance to tour this fabulous house this week, and I was really struck by the attention to detail: both for green living as well as for great design features.

The house really has a great sense of space and place: it’s maximized for Lowcountry living and entertaining.  Right from the get-go, you know where you are.  I loved this beach sign on the downstairs post:

As you come up the drive, you can see all the great attention to ornamental detail:

And I LOVE an outdoor swing!

The location is great: it’s right on the beach with big wide views of the Atlantic, and its own beach access path:

Under the house, there’s an outdoor shower:

Upstairs inside, there is a great room with the kitchen at one end and a fireplace at the other, with a wonderful big dining area in the middle.

The rattan chairs and granite give everything a natural, island feel, while the beadboard on the cabinets (and appliances!) makes it feel like a beach-cottage.

There’s a less formal eating area in the kitchen, complete with fish and a chalkboard:

If you stand in the kitchen and look toward the rest of the room, you can see that even the elevator was thoughtfully designed to maximize the light airy feeling and blend in with the architectural details.

The Windsor chairs give a sense of old-fashioned simplicity to the room.

Curved railings soften the elevator transition, and the barn style door details add a rustic touch.

Near the fireplace, the island theme continues.

I love the designer touches that really make it feel like a beach house… the birds, the chart, the palm tree lame: it’s just enough but not overdone.  The room feels fun, relaxed, and comfortable to sit in!

Outside on this level, there are two decks with space for eating and relaxing.  Caribbean colors on the chairs lends a playful air.

And on that main living level, there is a HUGE home office, which would be a great place to work.

The bedrooms also have a great sense of place.  I can just hear the waves through the open windows at night.

The very top floor has a great room with a sleeping futon that guests fight over, and a fabulous deck.

What a place to watch the sunset!