A Spring Island home showcases the best of Lowcountry living.
Spring Island’s first owner, John Cochran, acquired the 5,000 acres located across the Chechessee Creek. He bought three Indian towns in 1697, paying the Lords Proprietors 10 shillings a year. Several weeks ago, I stood near the same place where Cochran would have looked across to the lands beyond the Indian towns with my host, longtime friend and Spring Island Broker-in-Charge, John Strother.
On the final bend of the narrow, winding road appeared a well-appointed house. The handsome façade—with its simple, varying detailing and muted colors—gave off a feeling of quality and balance: tongue-and-groove panels, horizontal siding, articulated facades and an abundance of windows with an understated cornice. I have admired the house the few times and felt thrilled to get a personal tour.
Designing a home is much like a piece of art blending with nature.
This home is the masterful work of the Atlanta-based Historical Concepts. The principal, Jim Strickland, has influenced the Lowcountry with both great land planning and architecture—Oldfield and Wilson Village at Palmetto Bluff being a few examples. Strickland was also involved in the early schematic concepts of Pinckney Point on Spring Island.
Entering the wonderfully-landscaped motor court provided an intimate look at the house. The large, wrap-around screened porches provided privacy, serenity and a sense of vastness. Its panoramic, 270-degree Southern and Western views of the tidal creek showcased the magnificent marsh beyond.
“Cocktail hour on the porch at sunset is a daily joy!” John remarked.
The furniture and accessories were so inviting. I wanted to sit down and enjoy the immediate surroundings, as well as the natural views along the creek’s edge. What a relaxing environment! The side-yard house fit perfectly in this narrow lot with views of the river and a boat launch.
Upon entering the central front door, the interior of the house unveiled itself.
The porch and the environs beyond were inseparable. The extensive use of triple-hung windows open up to permit passage from the house to the porch. This allows the home to ventilate in favorable weather and provide circulation.
At the rear of the foyer, the staircase created a cantilevered bay with a hand-painted wall mural depicting
Lowcountry flora and fauna. The staircase led to the garage below and the floors above with a Palladium window and sidelights.
I left with a sense that the owners had assembled a “dream team” to design, build and furnish this home.
It truly represents Southern coastal architecture and lifestyle. The attention to detail and quality of workmanship by Clements Construction is a testament to the company. The house was built in 2004, yet the condition is like-new.
Ruth Edwards of Hilton Head masterminded the interior design. Each space feels inviting, without pretension, and balanced by the architecture and the owner’s wishes.
Having the opportunity to see this home and to learn what went into it was a real treat, and you can explore it yourself with the help of these wonderful pictures. Special thanks to Dawn Fritz, marketing manager at Historical Concepts, for her help and cooperation.
Article by Randolph Stewart / Photography by Richard Leo Johnson, Atlantic Archives, Inc.