Under The Oaks
Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

Nestled under an extensive live oak canopy, this 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath, 3,400 square foot home sits at a prominent intersection in the core of Palmetto Bluff’s Wilson Village. The house embraces the public corner lot with wraparound porches and large openings. Inside, the open floor plan presents a great space for family gatherings, while the 4 bedrooms plus a bunk room provide ample sleeping quarters. The screened porch off the kitchen is the heart of the home, with a fireplace and views to the historical village green and the May River beyond.

A limited buildable area with multiple low-hanging limbs presented a definite design challenge on this corner lot. In order to render a solution sensitive to the tree canopy, a limb survey was sought for guidance of the massing. Low pitch roofs and recessing of rooms allowed the structure to hug the tree canopy, while providing maximum living space.

The rotunda entrance anchors the home’s presence at the prominent intersection. The screened porches, which face the historical village green, draw views extending to the May River. A white picket fence finishes off the home in a true Southern style. I believe this home gracefully incorporates a street presence with a livable floor plan while paying respect to the site's moss-dragged oak trees and natural beauty.