Coastal Comfort

The winning combination of a homeowner with definite ideas, a cooperative architect and builder, and an exquisite seaside site makes this Debordieu retreat the epitome of comfortable coastal living. Text: Lee Ann Carter. Photography: Ted Borg. Interior Design: Faye Harrington Altman. Architecture: Steve Goggins. Landscaping: Patrick Pernell. Builder: Ron English.  A seaside community with plenty of amenities to keep two active teenagers busy attracted this family to Debordieu Colony. “I was looking for an area not too far from our primary home in North Carolina. I also wanted a place that was on the water and had lots of fun … Continue reading Coastal Comfort

Developments/Lee Ann Carter

ROSE DHU CREEK PLANTATION Harkening back to an easier way of life, Rose Dhu Creek Plantation reminds you of lazy summer afternoons spent rocking on Grandmother’s front porch, shaded by grand live oaks, their branches draped with lacy Spanish moss gently swaying in the warm breeze. Photography: Ted Borg and Jay Vaughan. For many Lowcountry areas, the building boom of the 90’s has begun a shift from clear cutting large land tracts and building homes within mere feet of one another, to a more environmentally responsible plan of development. And nowhere along the South Carolina coast is that more evident than … Continue reading Developments/Lee Ann Carter

Developments/Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Park West Along with breathtaking natural beauty, Park West also has that “small town charm.” Designed to respect nature and providing amenities and services normally not found in most neighborhoods, Park West has become one of the Lowcountry’s premier communities.   Already a signature landmark in Mt. Pleasant, the entrance to Park West offers calming pools, sparkling fountains, lush foliage, and brick walls scripted with the Park West name. Welcoming and graceful, blending into the natural beauty of the land, the main entrance of Park West showcases the carefree and serene lifestyle found within.  Remember as a child riding bikes … Continue reading Developments/Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

South Carolina Home “Quiet Elegance” November-December 2001

  Winner of the Charleston Trident Homebuilder’s Association 1997 Prism Award for Best Resort Home, the Cowart residence is very symmetrical. Farris Cowart of Osprey Construction Company, the builder of the home, was involved in every detail.  Seabrook Island, a setting of beauty and serenity. Farris and Jackie Cowart have certainly captured the essence of the island as well as incorporating their own ideas and tastes into a home than can best be described as “quietly elegant.” Hidden from the main road behind a natural screen of wax myrtles, magnolias, live oaks, oleanders and ligustrums;  positioned as if the building … Continue reading South Carolina Home “Quiet Elegance” November-December 2001

South Carolina Homes & Gardens “Eye of the Storm” November-December 2003

The proud parents of five children and seventeen grandchildren, the Pauls  were living on Sullivan’s Island in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo struck. “The last nail hadn’t even been pounded on the major remodeling project we were doing when Hugo came through and we lost everything,” Huiet says. Determined to rebuild, the Pauls enlisted help from their son, George. Taking his cue from shells found along the nearby beach, George sold his parents on the idea of a concrete monolithic dome in place of their previous traditional home. “I like to say the idea transpired after lots of coffee and late … Continue reading South Carolina Homes & Gardens “Eye of the Storm” November-December 2003

South Carolina Homes & Gardens Low Country Resource Guide “Sea Island Tile” May-June 2004

In 1992 while Bee and Walt Grabowski were building their first home in Beaufort, Bee knew what she wanted for tile but was unable to find it. Bee finally located a handcrafted English tile, but when she went to purchase it, the shop owner was stunned that anyone would buy that quantity, at that price, simply because they liked it. Fast forward to 1998 and Bee, while renovating another home, discovers that Sea Island Tile is for sale. Walt is tiring of corporate life and looking for a change, so it wasn’t long until Sea Island Tile had new owners. … Continue reading South Carolina Homes & Gardens Low Country Resource Guide “Sea Island Tile” May-June 2004