Last Updated on May 19, 2020 by Maria Brittis
BEST OVERALL HOME
This past May we moved into our new home under very chaotic conditions. I’ve learned a lot, and my husband and I both learned how to build our dream home in every aspect. We had an amazing builder who was willing to work with us as a team and it became a good relationship where we all taught each other something. I love simple and classic design. They love traditional design with a touch of old world charm. Our builders, Reclamation By Design, is known for building one-of-a-kind homes with sustainable elements. These qualities are what drew my husband and I to them. Here in coastal Carolina, nature is a big element in home designs. The architect, Court Atkins, had designed this home to be positioned among nature.
Because of the uniqueness of our home, our builder felt that it should be entered in the Prestigious Lighthouse Award for the Coastal Carolina Home Builders Association. I was excited and said “Sure!”, but never thought it would actually win. Unbeknownst to us, it won for Best Bath, Best Kitchen and Best Overall in the Custom Homes category. So, sit back, relax and enjoy a tour of our award-winning home!
The outdoor walk way is great way to enter the house from the garage.
The unique aspect of this stairway is the bookcase. It was designed to give a traditional area more of a contemporary flair, which are elements I love to blend.
The kitchen and dining room are all in a loft style design. Reclaimed wood is on the island and the kitchen fan is made from tabby with wrapped reclaimed wood.
The pantry/preparation room has reclaimed shelving with plumbing pipes, which was my husband’s idea. We found all the supplies ourselves, and had it installed by the builder.
Old beams are throughout the dining room and family room ceiling. The beams were found in an old warehouse in Georgia.
The fireplace in the family room is constructed from tabby and another reclaimed beam for the mantle.
Reclamation by Design is known for their barn style doors. I thought it be cool to have old barn wood for the doors. Another dream was to have concrete flooring throughout most of the home. It was a work in progress and not an easy feat. You can learn about the process here.
This upstairs guest bathroom initially was much smaller and had standard tub & shower. So, we took space from the bedroom closet, which was enormous, to make the bathroom bigger, added a classy tub with a stand alone shower. In my opinion, the extra expense was worth it.
Now to my favorite– the master bedroom suite. We added barn wood in the ceiling for a french look. Initially the builder was against white washing the ceiling because he felt it took away from the character of the wood. I did some studying and found many Pinterest photos of white washed wood. With the right painter, I knew it could come out great, and it did! Stick with your instincts!
A simple bath tub can go a long way. This bath tub was something the builder designed himself. He cut into the concrete flooring and created an oval shape space filling it with river rock. The tub was set on top of this river rock for a very natural setting very similar to a river bed.
While my domain is the interior, my husband’s is outdoor gardening. He has some design ability in the landscape area. He created this design for our backyard. A firepit to the left of the home, and to the right an outdoor kitchen. The paths you see are to give an estate-like setting. I was amazed of the savings by doing this design ourselves.
The little half bath. The vanity is made from leftover reclaimed wood. The ceiling is the same as our master bedroom white wash reclaimed barn wood. It has my favorite 18th-century antique mirror hanging over it.