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Architecture

Palmetto Bluff draws upon the architectural and landscape traditions that shaped the Lowcountry region. We build on this tradition to develop contemporary interpretations and details that incorporate sustainable concepts. This tradition is the result of a variety of cultural influences (English, French and German) that are well-suited to the area with regard to climate and the use of local materials.


The Lowcountry style is generally characterized as having the following main elements and design philosophies:

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Relaxed and informal living

The earliest settlers were mainly English and French, and they brought with them an architectural language that was more rectangular and formal. These designs were assimilated into the coastal climate of the Carolinas. The use of columns and symmetrical layouts were then relaxed with deep porches for shade and raised foundations to capture coastal breezes.

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Taking advantage of the coastal setting and climate

The influence of early settlers can be seen in the incorporation of wraparound verandas, porches and raised foundations to ameliorate the climate impact and take advantage of breezes and the sun, including orienting houses to maximize the coastal views.

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Collections of homes that evolved over time

The main design influences during the settlement of the Lowcountry were that houses grew over time as families grew, technology advanced and cultural influences changed. A primary house was constructed first, and as the family’s needs changed, secondary wings and structures, such as cottages, garages, dormers and outbuildings, were added. This evolution created a collection of informal buildings that were broken up, rather than creating one main dominant volume. This evolution preserved the more rural character of the Lowcountry and gave a comfortable and “human” scale to the buildings.