We began the new year with a very positive reception by our clients for a new design for their Seabrook Island property. This residence has an inverted floor plan, with the living spaces and master bedroom designed at the second living level, or about 20 ft above grade. A pool and spa was requested to be on the second level, a very unusual arrangement that will require significant engineering to carry out. From this level, it is possible to have a view of the ocean a few hundred feet to the southeast.
The second level also features a detached summer house that can be completely opened up, serving a pool house, gentlemen's lounge, or sports viewing pavilion, depending on the season. The pool will have an infinity edge and tall, tiled spillway on axis with the view toward the ocean.
The key site feature is a handsome double Live Oak which has a significant presence in the front half of the lot. While limiting the use of much of the build able footprint for the property, it will provide a comfortable setting for the residence from the outset. A thorough mapping of the tree's main branches, in lateral orientation as well as height, was the first key bit of site analysis that we performed in advance of developing the design.