Palmetto Bluff house makes cover of Traditional Home magazine

June issue of Traditional Home magazine
June issue of Traditional Home magazine Submitted

A vacation home in Bluffton is appearing on newsstands across the country as the cover image for June's edition of Traditional Home magazine.

The national magazine is featuring the Palmetto Bluff home of Christie and Jim Bogrette because of its environmentally friendly features, according to Ashley Zink of Polished Pig Media, a public relations firm for Palmetto Bluff.

The Philadelphia couple's vacation house joins a home in Palmetto Bluff owned by John Howard in the June edition. They are the first two homes from the area to appear in the magazine, Zink said.

Each home was spotted by an editor for Traditional Home during a media tour of Palmetto Bluff, Zink said. A producer scouting locations for the magazine followed up after the editor's visit, choosing the homes based on their architectural and design ingenuity, she said.

The magazine came to Palmetto Bluff in spring 2013 to take photos of the Bogrettes and the homes.

The Bogrettes collaborated with Beaufort architect Joel Newman to design their home, which overlooks the May River. The home's eco-friendly features include a quiet, energy-efficient geothermal heating and cooling system that uses the earth's underground temperature to heat and cool the house. It also features a metal "cool roof," which deflects heat rather than absorbing it.

The features led to a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating, Zink said.

Many of the home's fixtures were crafted locally, such as a copper hood in the kitchen. Much of the floor and ceiling were made from river cypress trees or from wood reclaimed from an old cotton mill, Zink said.

Traditional Home is the second magazine in as many months to highlight Bluffton. In Family Circle's July issue, Bluffton Oyster Co. owner Larry Toomer and his family were featured in an article about Fourth of July barbecues and were photographed for the magazine at Palmetto Bluff.

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