Gateway Realty and Arkiteknic Custom Homes (ACH) have come up with a great idea: Give the Lowcountry something its never seen before.
This area is no stranger to homes built to showcase design ideas and room decor. Southern Living and Coastal Living magazines have both in the past put their stamp on idea homes in Palmetto Bluff and Habersham in Beaufort, respectively. Gateway and ACH, however, decided to go in a different direction.
“Many of these idea homes are built, styled, and then opened to the public on a tour. We thought this would be a great opportunity to take it one step further and show people how a custom home comes to completion and get them involved along the way,” said Kevin Kenyon of ACH.
The 2016 Gateway Realty Idea Home Designed and Built By Arkiteknic Custom Homes is the first of its kind that will allow audiences to follow along throughout the build as well as allow folks to offer input on how the home is styled. ACH has worked closely with acclaimed architect John Pittman III on other home designs and has brought him in as a design consultant on this project.
From clearing of the lot, to pouring the foundation, to the home’s official unveiling, the process will be documented online by The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette from start to finish. As opportunities present, audiences will be invited to vote on details they would like to see in the home, such as types of flooring, paint colors, tile designs, fixtures and furnishings.
“There have been idea homes in the area before and people are familiar with the HGTV Dream Home, but it’s very unique to have a home that has a social media element. The thought that people can get involved in the selections is pretty exciting,” said Tom Jackson, Gateway Realty broker-in-charge, who along with managing partner Johnny Ussery went all in on the idea. “This is the first one of its kind and I think we could potentially see something like this pop up in other communities.”
Work on the home, located in Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, began earlier this month and is expected to be completed by April 2016.
“We’re very excited to be involved. It’s something new, fresh and different. I think people will get involved watching (the house) come to life,” Jackson said.
Sitting on two-thirds of an acre, the two story, four bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom home overlooks the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course. From the second floor, views extend over the dunes to the Colleton River clubhouse.
Outside, white hardiplank and shake siding combine for a look that’s indicative of a New England cottage one might find tucked into the bluff’s of Martha’s Vineyard. Large covered porches, a screened lanai, outdoor kitchen, two-story balcony and a paver driveway anchor the home to the Lowcountry.
“This cottage look with a Southern flare is really growing in popularity,” said Antoine Iskandar, Arkiteknic founder and master designer. “People moving to this area come dreaming about homes with great views, large porches, and outdoor spaces that are perfect for entertaining.”
Inside, the home’s open floor plan, large windows, and 10-foot glass sliding doors offer unobstructed views of the golf course. The home offers more than 4,800 square feet of living space, with more than 3,200 square feet devoted to the downstairs.
“The size and design of this home really allows the owners the opportunity to enjoy single-story living and reserve the second floor for family and company if they choose,” Kenyon said.
The first floor includes three bedrooms, with a master suite that runs the length of the house and includes his and her walk-in closets, free-standing soaking tub, and separate vanities. Also downstairs is a study, a spacious living area with a fireplace, a state-of-the-art kitchen with high-end cabinetry and appliances, and a separate breakfast area that opens to a screened lanai with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace.
“In our market, people want a home that has that ‘wow’ factor. They want a really great kitchen, a great master bedroom and master bathroom, an ideal setting, and quality moldings that add to the overall feel of the house,” Jackson said. “Arkiteknic builds a great home.”
A fourth bedroom, full bathroom, and a game room are located upstairs. The bedroom and game room open to a covered balcony. The home also has a two-car garage with separate golf cart parking. Above the garage is a bonus room and another full bathroom.
This bonus room above the garage is a great family space. We’ve seen many clients add bunk beds and make it a special place for visiting grandchildren,” Kenyon said.
HOME OF THE FUTURE
Another way the 2016 Idea Home stands out from the rest is that it’s being built for the future.
“We’re looking six to seven years down the road and we’re incorporating the latest in technology as well as new design ideas and style trends,” Iskandar said. “To us, this house is about showing how we can do things differently to build a better, stronger product.”
Living in an age of the smartphone, the Idea Home will optimize the connected lifestyle by integrating the latest in audio/video technology as well as LED lighting, high-performance appliances and state-of-the-art home automation systems for maximum energy efficiency.
Stylistically, the home will be on point with the 2016 design trends. Color palettes in cool neutrals are very popular, with whites and grays showing up in everything from granite to cabinetry, Iskandar said.
Raw brass features and earthy elements such as oyster shell light fixtures and wood accents are also big, noted Pittman.
“It really is a beautiful design and we look forward to feedback from Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette readers on certain interior selections,” Iskandar said. “We are designing and building beautiful homes both on the island and in Bluffton and we are available to answer questions from those people looking to build and people just interested in the building process. Education is the key.”