Low Country Living 2
|Total Above-ground living area||3799|
|Lower level living area|
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
|65.167 W x 52.333 D|
|Number of stalls||2|
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.
KEY TO SYMBOLS:
LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
The covered front porch spans the entire 57' width of the house, and it is deep enough (8') to accommodate furniture. The front door is flanked by narrow windows, with transom windows above, allowing daylight into the foyer. The foyer is vaulted to the roofline, with a window high up in the center dormer providing additional light. The stairs to the upper level are on the right, a passageway that passes two coat closets before opening to the formal dining room is on the left, and the great room is straight ahead. Just before entering the great room you'll find a powder room on your left, and a door to the master suite on your right.
Like the original version, the great room and all the other rooms on the ground floor have lofty 11' ceilings. The far wall of the great room is composed almost entirely of glass. A pair of glazed doors open to the covered porch, and they are flanked by a pair of large windows on either side. Transom windows above all this glass let in even more natural light, and expand the view.
An opening at the far end of the great room brings you to the keeping room and the kitchen. The keeping room occupies the space that had been a screened porch in the original Low Country Living. This room is wrapped in windows on three sides, with a fireplace on one wall and glazed doors on another that open to the covered porch at the rear of the house. This porch is 12' deep, so it's a perfect place to entertain in warmer months.
The kitchen is set between the keeping room and the dining room. A trio of windows over the sinks provide natural light and views, and a large island has a built–in range on top. Extra counter and cabinet space is provided by a peninsula that separates the kitchen from the keeping room. A raised bar can be used for casual dining or serving. A hallway between the kitchen and the dining room provides access to a small office and a combination laundry room and mudroom.
The rest of the main level is devoted to the master suite. The master bedroom has two large windows facing the side yard, and two more facing the rear separated by two glazed doors that open to a screened porch. The "his & hers" bath area includes two good–sized walk–in closets, a large soaking tub beneath windows that wrap around two sides, a long shower with doors at either end, two completely separate vanities, and two private toilets.
The stairs to the upper level bring you to a small loft area that looks down to the foyer. Both bedrooms have a wall of windows facing the rear, with optional built–in window seats below them. Each has its own walk–in closet and full bath, and each has access through openings to attic storage space. There's also a pull–down stair in bedroom one that provides access to another attic space. The ceilings on this level are 9' high.
The two–car garage was detached from the house, but it could of course be connected via a breezeway. The garage has an upper level with room for living quarters. The plans include drawings for a full bath, while the rest of the space is undeveloped. The ceiling – set at 9' in the middle – slopes to the outer walls.
Front Elevation For Low Country Living 2
Rear Elevation For Low Country Living 2
Side 1 Elevation For Low Country Living 2
Side 2 Elevation For Low Country Living 2
Front Elevation For Low Country Living 2
Side 3 Elevation For Low Country Living 2
The architects who designed Low Country Living created a second version for another client. The size and exterior appearance are quite similar, but the floor plans on each level are significantly altered. However, it is still a classic low country home designed for a family that likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, with long, deep porches in front and in the rear. And the ceilings on the main floor are still set at a lofty 11'.