Edisto Island Southern Home (5310)
ABOUT THE Edisto Island Southern Home (5310)
When looking to build a vacation home in South Carolina's Low Country, it is crucial to ensure it can withstand hurricane season. This 3,588-square-foot Edisto Island house was built to last and is as sturdy as a New England barn. Its 24-gauge copper roof and hurricane-resistant windows fend off the elements during stormy months. Guests can sip cocktails on a front porch made of ironwood, which is a strong South American hardwood that’s a mahogany look-alike.
Inside, the home’s details also echo its Southern roots, however, that century old look took a little creativity. Using historic photographs of a nearby plantation house, a handmade staircase was reproduced using cypress. This wood, native to Edisto Island, also provides the wainscoting and kitchen cabinets.
Wide-plank, heart-pine flooring lines the home, which gives the place a wonderfully aged look. A snug, built-in bed in one of the three upstairs bedrooms also adds to the historic feel. On the front porch there’s a joggling board, which is a bouncy wood bench that is a Southern plantation’s answer to a hammock.
Similar to many beach houses, the home is elevated 10-feet above the ground. To offset the high foundation, the couple lined the surface area with old-looking faux stone that also made it appear thicker and fuller. This vacation getaway blends the feel of an old Southern estate with the strength and elegance of a timber frame building.