By Charles Richardson
Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: you don’t need to reside in a coastal setting to live in a Lowcountry home design. For the past decade, they have become an increasingly popular style in towns and cities all across America, particularly with homeowners who have an affinity for coastal architecture or nostalgic memories of a childhood summer beach house.
Lowcountry Home Designs – Born out of Necessity
The Carolina coast is hot, brutally so during the months of June, July, and August. Even September can bring steady temperatures in the 90s. To combat the heat and thick, stifling humidity, homeowners in the 18th Century designed home plans to maximize cooling breezeways and to minimize the stagnant heat and threat of water buildup that plagued coastal settings. Today, Lowcountry design is as varied as it is prevalent, and it continues to be an efficient design for hot, subtropical climates, particularly in the southeast United States.
What characterizes Lowcountry design?
The classic Lowcountry design originated along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia in the post-Revolutionary War days, and became prevalent over the course of the next couple of centuries—namely, before the blessed relief of air conditioning. The designs, though varied to particular tastes, typically utilized raised first floors and porches to prevent storm water build up, high ceilings to allow for heat dissipation, and large windows and central breezeways that promoted cooling airflow. These homes also featured wide, covered porches that provided ample shade and another living space outside the confines of the house proper.
Characteristics of Lowcountry house designs
• High ceilings, usually 9 feet
• Raised foundations that rest on pilings or timbers
• Latticed underfloor space (that offered added storage)
• Large, covered front and back porches
• Open breezeways and floor plans
• Bedrooms on the first floor to avoid rising heat
• Broad, hipped roofs that extend over the porch
• Porches with decorative columns or pillars
• Kitchens placed in the rear of the house (to contain heat)
• Porches on the south side of house (to shade the interior)
• Double-stacked porches under large oak trees
• Wood and natural materials predominately
• Interior wooden floors throughout
Want to learn more about Lowcountry designs?
At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc., we offer a number of Lowcountry house plans to meet the needs and preferences of our customers. The prevalence of advanced building materials over the past few years have given homeowners a number of options that deliver style, value, and durability. Our goal is to help you create the perfect Lowcountry home design for you and your family. If you have questions or would like to learn more, one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will be happy to help. Please contact us today at 800.388.7580.
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