In Good Taste: Sea Island Builders

We know we’ve said this before, but, as much as we love old houses (We must to still be hanging in on the Beaufort renovation after more than a year…) we absolutely adore the “new old” house. All the charm and detail of a place centuries its senior, the “new old” home is efficient, easy-to-maintain and combines the convenience of the new with everything we love about the old. 
The trick is finding the perfect builder. When we spotted this Low Country gem, we had to find its creator. When we did, we realized that it isn’t just this house. All of Sea Island Builders’ work is in good taste!

We adore a home that appears to be a tiny cottage from the front but still has plenty of space. A garage is nearly a necessity in the salt air, and it’s all the better when it doubles as a spot for guests. It’s easier to say “the more, the merrier,” when you don’t have to share your bathroom!
This room is the ultimate place for lounging — especially on a rainy day. We can see this being the best spot for older kids and teens to congregate after a long day on the beach or the boat!
This aesthetic is so perfect for a beach home. It’s simple, uncluttered and easy to maintain. Wet bathing suits are welcome on the dining chairs and the sand can be swept right out the door!
Banquettes are, in our opinion, one of the best uses of small dining spaces. They take advantage of every square inch of available room, hold tons of people and can be used for lounging any old time of day. We wouldn’t ever want to leave this sunny spot!
Wow! We love adding interest to that fifth wall, and these ceilings are phenomenal! That barrel in the hall adds loads of height and the coffered ceiling in the living room complements the built-ins.
Shingles are without a doubt one of our favorite picks for a coastal home. In a bright — but not too bright — Bahamian color, this home is so welcoming. You know, even from the outside, that, inside, a good time is had by all!
We seriously can’t get over the details in this space. That paneling is just the right laid-back fabulous, and the ceilings everywhere are a true focal point.
We love dining rooms, but, when a breakfast bar is around, they seem to get used less and less! This eat-in kitchen is ideal for grabbing a quick bite without the muss and fuss of setting the table.
King Arthur had something going all those years ago when he started meeting with those knights at the round table. Round dining tables add such intimacy to a dinner party and the feeling that no one around the table is too far away to talk. The octagonal feature in the ceiling mirrors the table creating a sense of balance and the feel that the table was positively made for the room.
The earth tones of this kitchen blend with the wilderness outside the doors to create a feeling of harmonious living. The continuity between indoors and out is so soothing.
One of the best things about the beach is enjoying it with friends! Little nooks like these that double as extra eating and sitting space are crucial for adding guests while keeping everyone comfortable.
This wall of sailing flags is the perfect nautical chic touch. Those gorgeous doors set the tone of the house from first glance.
We’re speechless over this staircase! It is truly a work of art and an out-of-the-box way to get from one floor to the next without hogging so much room with a massive staircase. We bet the view from the top of this spiral case is something else!
Everything about this kitchen feels low maintenance and clean. The bar stools add the right amount of industrial personality without overwhelming the space.
We are all about outdoor living, and this screened porch couldn’t be more inviting. Don’t you just love an outdoor fireplace? It makes the room livable all year long.
The inside of a house is only as good as the outside. We love the attention to detail on this deck and have the distinct feeling that everyone who leaves this home is as impressed leaving as they were coming.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Sea Island Builders as much as we did. Thanks for visiting with us today!

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Comments

  1. I love how banquettes look! And they are so useful for storage :)
    xoxo
    Suzanne from written by suzanne

  2. Your absolutely right, ‘new’ amenities with an ‘old’ charm feel is perfect!

  3. All so pretty…like you my favorite is the “new old house” look too..the best of both worlds, old world styling with modern day conveniences! These are all gorgeous and I must say I do love a wide front porch..so southern!

  4. I continually ask – why are builders not creating new builds with the charm and design elements of older homes. The in-between that allows for more convenience and adequate space combined with the finishes and style of a older home would be charming.
    These are perfect examples.

  5. Wow, I love these spaces, and I am dying over the first hallway!
    Teresa
    xoxo

  6. These are simply exquisite! The details and attention to a casual lifestyle without being stuffy! Yes, I’d like them to build for me!! xo

  7. The workmanship is outstanding! To achieve a new that looks old takes a very special talent!!!! They have it!!!

  8. Love the beach house with the shingles and I love the old world style with a contemporary twist and modern conveniences! Beautiful pictures!
    best wishes
    Frances
    xx

  9. The house with shingles is just divine! What a gorgeous beach house!…xv

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  10. The trim and millwork is spot on! I sent you an email, btw.

  11. This blog article made me weak at the knees! Beautiful photos and well written! I especially like the photos of the timber paneling on the walls. We have used the same look in our powder room – http://billiemakesahome.info/?p=57
    and our stairwell – http://billiemakesahome.info/?p=48

    I’d love to know what you think of it.
    I will be a regular on your blog – thanks.
    Billie

  12. What beautiful details on the houses. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  13. beautiful homes! I love that one breakfast nook with the banquette. This builder really has the formula down for the new-old house feel.

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  15. Truly tasteful! I love coastal homes that don’t look coastal or beachy inside. That dining room with the high wainscoting is just stunning!
    Thanks for sharing,
    xo
    Holly

  16. I LOVE your posts:) and I always leave your blog with a big smile.

    Check out my new summer post and have a great day dear:)

    LOVE Maria from inredningsvis.se
    (sweden)

  17. I love the room with the barrel ceiling. The detailing on all of the rooms is amazing. How fun there are companies that focus on the little things as well as the large.
    Karen

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