Modern Dogtrot Home

Lowcountry Living
Photo: Photo by: Helen Norman, Styling by: Rebecca Omweg

History repeats itself in the dogtrot floor plan of one couple's Lowcountry retreat.

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Lowcountry Living

Lowcountry Living
Photo by: Helen Norman, Styling by: Rebecca Omweg

Patricia and Geordie Cole chose to reintroduce the dogtrot floor plan, originally developed centuries ago to accommodate the heat and humidity of the South, in their newly constructed South Carolina home.

Modest in scale and rooted in the history of the Lowcountry, it is an architectural style that reflects the quiet lifestyle the Coles envisioned for themselves in South Carolina. It's a classic design, updated with all the provisions for modern-day living.

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Entry

Dogtrot House
Helen Norman

Large folding doors replace a traditional front entry to completely open the central hallway.

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Exterior

Exterior
Photo by: Helen Norman, Styling by: Rebecca Omweg

The house was sited to keep most of the existing trees.

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Dining Room

Dining Room
Photo by: Helen Norman, Styling by: Rebecca Omweg

Modeled on a traditional dogtrot, the house's central hall opens to the front and back.

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Kitchen

Modern Dogtrot Kitchen
Photo: Helen Norman, Styling: Rebecca Omweg

Windows in the kitchen open to the central hallway and reflect original dogtrot architecture.

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Helpful Details

Helpful Details
Photo by: Helen Norman, Styling by: Rebecca Omweg

Patricia had the refrigerator custom paneled in chalkboard—clever and hardworking! "The second I run out of Earl Grey tea, I write it down," she says, "and there the grocery list is in my face."

The cabinetry color (gray with a slight brown wash) reads differently as the light changes throughout the day, ranging from light gray to green to sky blue.

  • Source Guide
    Light fixtures:
    Edison Collection Pendant Light No. 19 in Old Bronze finish; hudsonvalleylighting.com.
  • Refrigerator: 36" French Door Freestanding Bottom Freezer; dacor.com.
  • Cabinetry paint: custom blend of Fieldstone (1558) and Gray Owl (2137-60); benjaminmoore.com.
  • Cabinetry hardware: Oval Knob in Barcelona (A1560-BARC); alnoinc.com.
  • Sink: Shaws Original 1½ Bowl Fireclay Apron Kitchen Sink; rohlhome.com.
  • Faucet: Pillar with Ascot Handle; sigmafaucet.com.
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The View

The View
Photo by: Helen Norman, Styling by: Rebecca Omweg

With a wall of large windows, the kitchen's breakfast nook is an ideal bird-watching spot.

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Living Room

Dogtrot Hallway Fireplace
Photo: Helen Norman, Styling: Rebecca Omweg

The fireplace mantel in the central hallway is a piece of reclaimed cherry found by the builder. The painting on the mantel is by South Carolina artist Linda Rorer.

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Screened Porch

Screened Porch
Photo by: Helen Norman, Styling by: Rebecca Omweg

The long, narrow screened porch runs the width of the home and is accessible from the formal living room, the central hallway, and the primary bedroom.

  • Source Guide
    Wall paint:
    Oyster Shell (43YY78/053) by Glidden (glidden.com); homedepot.com.
  • Trim paint: Snowy Egret (PWN-50); behr.com.
  • Fans: The Windpointe Five Blade Series, antique finish wide oval woven bamboo blades; fanimation.com.
  • Planter by sofa: vintage kettle, similar items available from Sunshine Hardscape, Landscape & Nursery; 843/757-7256.
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