The Southern Living 2014 Idea House is a quintessential, elevated Lowcountry home with wide wraparound porches and a gracious courtyard entrance. The unique exterior features a double-peaked roof, double chimney caps to match, distinctive siding treatments, and a variety of different sized gables. The garage features numerous spaces for cars, golf carts, or storage.

As you enter through a cozy dining area, you then see the soaring ceiling in the great room with the hand-painted wood clad walls and floor-to-ceiling banks of windows. Even though this is an open floor plan, there are spaces of different heights, always giving your eye new areas to explore. To aid the open floor plan, there are also back rooms including a wonderful clutter room and mud room.

The window-lined kitchen provides a fabulous view. Electrical outlets at the window sills solve the problem of electricity without disturbing the view. The large island, hidden built-in cabinetry, and hanging open shelving with hand wrought iron hardware completes this stylish, yet functional room. Details abound in this home from the curved wall at the interior staircase to the amazing fireplace and TV wall made of steel, stone, and glass. Glass panels line an upstairs bridge which provides an inviting place to relax and take in the view.

The importance of outdoor living is represented by the grand rear porch. With exposed rafters and ceiling fans, the porch has distinct outdoor spaces for cooking (with a built-in grill), dining, and relaxing to take in the amazing view from this truly inspirational home.

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