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2017 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 2,501 - 3,500 sq. ft.


Under The Oaks

Best in Region—South Atlantic

Bluffton, South Carolina

Architect/Designer | Wayne Windham Architect, P.A.

Builder | Richard Best Custom Homes

Landscape Architect/Designer | Alan H. Jackson, Landscape Architect LLC

Interior Designer | K Fowler Designs

Photographer | Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives

Design Statement |A limited buildable area with multiple low-hanging limbs presented a design challenge on this corner lot. In order to render a solution that was sensitive to the tree canopy, a limb survey was sought to outline an overall design. Low-pitch roofs and the recessing of rooms allowed the structure to hug the tree canopy while providing maximum living space. The screened porch off the kitchen is the heart of the home, with a fireplace and view of the historical village green and the May River beyond. Inside, the open floor plan presents a great space for family gatherings, while the four bedrooms and bunk room provide ample sleeping quarters.

From the Judges
Fantastic; indoor-outdoor relationship and fenestration pattern is amazing; almost the glass house but in a good way; Antebellum; classically beautiful; done well; pushing traditional to the limit.

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