Some time back, I shared a courtyard style house that I designed on the site of a tear-down in the heart of downtown Greenville, SC (take a look HERE) That house is moving right along:
|An inset balcony overlooks the courtyard.|
|The front of the house doesn't hint at it's true size. I'm disappointed to see that the deep cornice fell under the budget hatchet, but overall the house is looking just as I imagined.|
The main house is a simply detailed European country style. The painted brick corbels at the gable ends, and cast stone lintels highlight the entrance and porte-cochere. Clipped gables soften the roofline.
The client's had a great attitude about this house--all of the rooms and spaces are "just right" sized. The master suite, on the ground floor, is small by today's standards, but more than adequate for the owner's needs. They tossed out the formal dining room, resisted the temptation to do a big showy foyer, and instead created spaces that they will use daily. The biggest space splurge is a large family room, big enough for a pool table and wet bar, that their extended family will gather in. When the couple is home alone, they'll cozy up in the front living room--warmed by a fireplace flanked by walls of books. While the house is just over 3,000 square feet--every one of them was carefully considered.
Out back, a series of porches hug around a small splash pool. We used every bit of the property...an appropriate thing to do here, as most neighboring houses sit on the setbacks of their narrow lots. The owners will be able to enjoy the downtown lifestyle on weekends rather than spend their time tending the lawn.
We have many special touches planned for this house--I look forward to sharing them with you as construction begins!
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