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Brays Island Home, Brays Island, S.C.

Brays Island Home, Brays Island, S.C.

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    The Brays Island house sits in a clearing, surrounded by lush vegetation.

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    Glass walls line the rear of the house, the better to enjoy distant water views.

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    Architect James Choate specified zinc exterior accents, which supply a textural variation on the wood-and-concrete materials palette.

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    The house's cantilevered elements echo the sheltering angles of the nearby live oaks.

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    Strong axial relationships help define the L-shaped floor plan.

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    A mix of woods--cedar, oak, and walnut--warms the interiors.

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    Staggered geometrical forms enliven the front door.

The judges enjoyed the restrained palette and abstract forms of this Brays Island, S.C., house. “It’s a very tight composition,” said a judge. “There’s a finesse to it.” Architect James Choate used cedar on the exterior to blend in with the trees surrounding the site. Poured concrete emphasizes the home’s rigorous geometry and provides a solid contrast to the less weighty wood. “The concrete is heavy and the wood is light—it sort of floats off of the concrete,” Choate says.

The two materials reappear throughout the interiors, along with white oak and walnut. An orderly, L-shaped plan brings in distant water views and neatly divides the public and private spaces into perpendicular wings.


Entrant/Architect: Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects, Atlanta; Builder: Gernatt Construction, Marietta, Ga.; Living space: 3,845 square feet; Site: 1 acre; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Phillip Spears Commercial Photographer.


Resources: Hardware: FSB, www.fsbna.com; Insulation: Icynene, www.icynene.com; Kitchen cabinets: bulthaup, www.bulthaup.com; Kitchen fittings: Dornbracht, www.dornbracht.com; Lighting fixtures: Cooper Lighting, www.cooperindustries.com; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; Windows: YKK, www.ykkap.com