Timeless Coastal Charm
In keeping with sturdy and modest structural coastal aesthetics and in response to the local climate, the home features wide roof overhangs, simple details, and comfortable porches to catch refreshing breezes. Tabby, which was used on the home’s exterior, is a mixture of crushed oyster shells that dries like concrete and was often used by early settlers because its ingredients were readily found along the coast.
The Hoods’ bungalow also incorporated building materials historically found and used to construct homes in the area: corrugated-metal roof, simple wood box columns, and tabby-formed chimney and foundation piers.
The Hoods decorated their front porch with lamps that look like sea-weathered wood, sisal rugs, and throw pillows with wavy and coral-like patterns inspired by the Atlantic Ocean just a short drive away.
If the homeowners need more seclusion or shade on their porches, all they have to do is close a bank of shutters. These handy panels combined with decorative solid walls below and fixed louvered shutters above further transform both ends of the porch into cozy outdoor rooms.
Operable shutters also flank the French doors inside the porch. “I love using shutters with adjustable slats because even when closed, the slats can be positioned to let air circulate,” architect Jim Strickland says. “Plus, being on this porch when it’s raining, with all the shutters pulled shut, is such a treat.”
Inspired by the sea, tortoise shells and conch shells accessorize the living area, while starfish adorn the mantel. Books on South Carolina’s coastal area lie stacked on the coffee table and topped with shells. Vases of palm fronds simply picked up from outside complete the tropical ambience.
Structurally, the table behind the sofa helps divide the room.
Nautical-style lighting above the island helps carry the coastal look into this space.