Located on Whitemarsh Island near Savannah, Georgia, this new home designed by architecture firm
embraces the traditional look of stately Southern homes with elegant Georgian architecture and gracious details. Historical Concepts 44
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The home features a classical façade that references the architecture of Savannah with nods to Jefferson and Palladio. The center entry includes double-height Doric columns and a recessed porch with white painted shiplap boards that contrast elegantly with the Savannah Gray brick of the exterior.
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A low garden wall of Savannah Gray brick defines a formal entry to the home that is distinguished from the natural edges of the property. The porch ceiling is painted a soft-blue green color, known locally as haint blue and common on many Southern porches, adding a regional reference to the classical front façade.
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The entry hall provides a first impression of the home’s traditional architectural detailing with raised paneled walls and a soft gracious elliptical opening that leads to the great room. Warm, wide plank black walnut floors complement the painted woodwork of the space. A glimpse of the kitchen is seen at the left.
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The grand stair was made to feel graceful and intimate by recessing it off the entry behind an arched opening.
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The great room's oversized windows and French doors provide excellent views of the tidal marshes and outdoor spaces. Dual fireplaces with Calcutta Gold marble surrounds are flanked by traditional Mutt and Jeff windows. Rising 10 feet from the floor, these windows open upward and allow access to the wraparound porch.
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The kitchen is elegant with Calcutta Gold marble countertops and backsplashes, fixtures from Waterworks and a custom steel hood. The custom cabinetry features a beaded edge. This detail is repeated in the ceiling beams, which are alternated with cork tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. This graceful space enjoys views to the Wilmington River.
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With cypress millwork and a Negro Marquina marble fireplace surround, the office has a richer, warmer look than the light palette used throughout the rest of the home. Narrow pilasters flank the bookcases and frame deep openings around the windows, while a raised panel wainscotting grounds the room. On the floor, four-inch walnut boards are laid in a traditional herringbone pattern.
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Inspired by Southern plantation homes, the home includes a 14-foot deep, double height wraparound porch that is perfect for relaxing outdoors and enjoying the river views.
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The rear porch opens on to a formal entertaining lawn and a pool beyond. A small pool house was situated to the side to allow the sweeping views toward the water to remain unobstructed.