The Lowcountry

Drawing upon a traditional design philosophy and a deep understanding of Southern Vernacular architecture, Historical Concepts designs homes with a true and authentic "sense of place". Located throughout the coastal Carolinas and Georgia and inspired by the region's historic architecture, these diverse residences and buildings reflect the firm's ability to reinterpret classic Lowcountry architecture in a way that captures each client's personal vision and style of living.
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Classic Lowcountry Residence | Spring Island, South Carolina
This classic Lowcountry cottage, nestled below live oaks laden with Spanish moss, is the epitome of Southern architecture. A deep porch leads to a gracious front door, which opens to reveal views through the home to the coastal landscape beyond. Photography: Olin Redmon
“Paint colors” — semcg
Lowcountry Greek Revival | Spring Island, South Carolina
With Greek Revival details, including square columns and a Classical entablature, this Lowcountry center-hall cottage is simultaneously formal and welcoming. A secondary mass was added to this Spring Island, South Carolina home to accommodate the kitchen and master suite. This “generational architecture” approach adds a sense of history while also maintaining the purity of th...More
“porch” — Traci Thomas McDonald
Neoclassical Estate | Bluffton, South Carolina
This majestic home sits on 29 acres overlooking the May River in coastal South Carolina. Meandering through a live oak forest, an intimate drive leads to the 10,000 s.f. main house. Six solid masonry columns of grand scale adorn the front stucco façade, foreshadowing the stately spaces and fine finishes found inside. Playing upon the site’s natural features in creating the e...More
“Perfect” — Ellii Bipes
Drayton Street Cottage | Bluffton, South Carolina
With the house's corrugated metal roof, central dormer and deep porch are hallmarks of Southern coastal cottages, the row of French doors on this Palmetto Bluff cottage reflects a Caribbean influence. When they are open, the porch becomes an outdoor extension of the main interior living space. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“Like front elevation” — leslie8338
Tobacco Shed Guesthouse | Spring Island, South Carolina
Based on the design of an 1860s smokehouse, this Spring Island, South Carolina guesthouse is embellished with a standing-seam copper roof and barn doors that slide open to reveal French doors leading to the great room within. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“sidewalk to street, xcept 3 stones wide” — 80lady
Derry Boathouse | Ridgeland, South Carolina
This picturesque guest lodge in rural South Carolina is a comfortable retreat for visiting hunters and sportsmen. Photography: Randy O'Rourke
“Chris dream lake house” — Sharli Arntzen
Carpenter Gothic Cottage | Spring Island, South Carolina
A traditional, Lowcountry-vernacular raised cottage with subtle Carpenter Gothic influences, located on Spring Island, South Carolina Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“Metal roof. Porch posts and railings” — topofthelinedonna
Carpenter Gothic Cottage | Spring Island, South Carolina
With first-floor rooms arranged around a center hall and bedrooms tucked under steep gables, the central portion of this Spring Island, South Carolina home is reminiscent of a Southern vernacular Carpenter Gothic cottage. Creating the impression that the house grew over time, asymmetrical wings with a series of screened and open air porches extend on either side of the central...More
“love it to pieces” — brimsilver
Vernacular Carriage House | Richmond Hill, Georgia
Inspired by farm buildings with central passageways for wagons and carriages, this carriage house at The Ford Plantation, near Savannah, functions as both living quarters and garage. In addition to the parking, the lower level houses a potting shed and mud room. Loft-like quarters above include a living room lit by a cupola, a bedroom, office and small kitchen. Photography: ...More
“Very cool style” — jonathoncanada
Lowcountry Guest House | Richmond Hill, Georgia
This charming guest house is part of a larger estate at The Ford Plantation near Savannah. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson
“Metal roof” — gmonasterio
Greek Revival Plantation House | Riceboro, Georgia
Inspired by nineteenth-century Greek Revival plantations along the Natchez Trace, the façade of this Savannah-area estate combines square pilasters and round columns to create an effect that is both stately and graceful. On the waterfront side of this house, these columns frame views of the North Newport River where a ferry landing once provided crossings for travelers on Geor...More
“Rear elevation” — cherring222
Carribean-Influenced Cottage | Spring Island, South Carolina
Louvered Bermuda shutters and the metal roof's deep overhang shade the cottage's porches and rooms from the bright coastal sun. Clerestory windows in wide dormers spanning the roof bring diffuse illumination into the house, located on Spring Island in South Carolina. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“Architecture” — kitaka20
Town & Country Showhouse - Richmond Hill, Georgia
A collaboration with Town & Country magazine, this showcase home at The Ford Plantation is a tasteful combination of various stems of classical vocabulary. Columned porches, breezeways and a pedimented Georgian façade are interpreted in a southern vernacular to create a home that is both formal and welcoming. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson
“symmetry” — saywhatever12
The Village at Palmetto Bluff | Bluffton, South Carolina
While the buildings on the main street of the Village at Palmetto Bluff vary in scale and style, they create a unified appearance when viewed across the village green. With a corner store, offices and a modest post office, the block was designed to recall the mix of buildings commonly found along main streets of countless small towns across America. The nostalgic texture of t...More
“Bluffton, South Carolina” — dubykat
Post and Beam Guest House | Riceboro, Georgia
The form of this guesthouse recalls early waterfront structures such as oyster factories and storehouses for indigo, rice and other agricultural products. Built in true post-and-beam construction, it employs the same mortise-and-tenon joinery common to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century structures. This building, referred to as the Oyster Factory, is a large and spacious gues...More
“My idea of a perfect house...tree house!!” — llseptx
Barn Retreat | Spring Island, South Carolina
Built entirely of salvaged wood, this new barn on Spring Island is almost impossible to distinguish from the farm buildings that inspired it. Sliding doors, a hayloft-style window, and an antique hay hook complete its resemblance to a working barn, although it is actually a cozy retreat that can sleep up to twelve family members. On either side of the hayloft window, twelve-fo...More
“Spring Island, South Carolina” — dubykat
Among the Oaks | Spring Island, South Carolina
Encircling the live oaks, this Spring Island, South Carolina compound includes a two-bedroom guesthouse, the main residence, which combines communal spaces with the master bedroom suite, and a carriage house with a garage, a home office and an additional guest room. This collection of varied buildings inspired by the architectural vernacular of the Lowcountry, merges organical...More
“Love!!” — herrick23456
Among the Oaks | Spring Island, South Carolina
Inspired by simple worker's quarters on Southern plantations, this Sp[ring Island guesthouse has many classic Southern vernacular details: a standing-seam metal roof, white clapboard siding, shed-roof porches sheltering doors with transoms, and a large screen porch. The two front doors open to separate one-bedroom suites where guests can enjoy privacy. The suites are connect...More
“Love bringing two sheds together to create this” — adamtorres
Lowcountry Creole - Spring Island, South Carolina
Situated on a secluded site, this home was inspired by the architecture of southern Louisiana, a blend of French Acadian and Creole influences. The Creole raised cottage shares common elements with its Carolina cousins, as both evolved to address similar concerns of climate and culture. The Creole influence is evident in the massing of the large hipped roof, integral porches,...More
“story + 1/2” — penfiel6
Rambling Family Compound | Spring Island, South Carolina
This family compound is a rambling array of small buildings, interconnected by open breezeways that frame views of the lush Spring Island landscape. The cottage-like structure on the left is in actuality a wing of the main house. Resembling a barn, the building on the right includes a large recreation and sporting room, guest quarters, and storage for garden tools and boating...More
“buildings connected by breezeways” — dfwalling
Marshfront Home - Hilton Head, South Carolina
The uncomplicated architecture of this back porch on a Hilton Head Island home provides an ideal setting from which to enjoy the ever-changing vista of a South Carolina tidal marsh. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“Hilton Head, South Carolina” — dubykat
Stable Style Home | Spring Island, South Carolina
The unique family home was designed to recall a turn of the century barn or stable and is divided in the middle by a traditional dogtrot. Sliding barn doors open to reveal the central, open space that bisects the home and provides a sheltered outdoor living room. Less rustic than the dark, unpainted wood barns of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this playfu...More
“Spring Island, South Carolina” — dubykat
Georgia Greek Revival | The Ford Plantation
The hallmark details of Greek Revival architecture are blended with local architectural traditions for a home that successfully marries classical style with the regional vernacular. On this home located at The Ford Plantation near Savannah, a classical portico is supported by prominent Greek Doric columns, while Greek Doric pilasters flank the entry door. A close look at the ...More
“bricks” — neigle
Palmetto Bluff Village Home - Bluffton, South Carolina
Old oak trees line the streets of Palmetto Bluff, a resort community in Bluffton, South Carolina. Here, houses sit close to the sidewalk, as they did in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century neighborhoods. Modestly sized cottages in unpretentious vernacular styles, many designed by Historical Concepts, form a congenial streetscape in the community's Wilson Village.
“Walks” — Belle Meadows at HP Farms
Waterfront Home - Bluffton, South Carolina
This traditional, two story home features elements of coastal and southern vernacular architecture and is located at Palmetto Bluff. An auto court leads past the Carriage House to the main home which sits along the May River.
“Brick” — gingerhussey
Raised Cottage - Richmond Hill, Georgia
A newer addition to the Lowcountry landscape, this simple raised cottage appears as if it has long stood beneath The Ford Plantation's live oaks. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson
“Country cottage look” — Judy O'Malley
Palmetto Bluff Village Home | Bluffton, South Carolina
Located at Palmetto Bluff, this neighborhood home captures quintessential elements of southern vernacular architecture. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson
“Double porch/balcony” — sierragirl79
Greek Revival Estate | Spring Island, South Caroilna
The gracious family compound in the South Carolina Lowcountry includes a main residence, guest house and a carriage house with an unparalleled views of Spring Island's tidal creeks and salt marshes. Drawing inspiration from Southern riverside plantations, this magnificent home has elevations of different design, one seen by land and the other by water. The combination of indige...More
“THIS could work” — Sara Naegle
Generational Cottage | Spring Island, South Carolina
Exposed rafter tails, plain porch posts, and simple railings contribute to the unpretentious charm of this Spring Island dwelling, which is actually a collection of small cottages connected via communal screened porches. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“Roof, porch, shutters” — acottager
Lowcountry Estate | Richmond Hill, Georgia
This estate at The Ford Plantation is anchored by a classic Lowcountry home with stately proportions. A charming guest house sits to its right. Just out of sight at left is a three bay carriage house, connected to the main house via a covered breezeway. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson
“Rounded drive way with tree in middle - perfect” — ricardovial
Beaufort Styled Residence | Spring Island, South Carolina
The rear of this Spring Island residence provides open and screened porches for enjoying the everchanging views of the coastal marshes beyond. Inspired by the grand homes in nearby Beaufort, this homes mixes classical with vernacular details and is infused with historical charm. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“I like this look also!” — JHN - Residential Building Design
Lowcountry Greek Revival | Spring Island, South Carolina
The rear of this Greek Revival-style house in a dramatic Lowcountry setting is the result of extraordinary attention to detail. With walls of windows that recede between Classical symmetrical wings, it both reflects and reveals the scenery that surrounds it. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“I love all the glass windows and how open it looks. Perfect for my lake.” — klw092681
Verandah House | Richmond Hill, Georgia
The Verandah House was designed to epitomize the restrained elegance of the South’s grand, old homes. Inspired by the Greek Revival architecture prevalent in the four decades prior to the Civil War, this home merges classical elements with vernacular touches to create a relaxed refinement that works beautifully in this Lowcountry setting. While situated on a relatively small...More
“Railings on top porch, not on bottom” — hollynrk
Haas Residence -- Spring Island, South Caroilna
This charming compound nestles low to the native landscape. The dark shingled exterior of the guest house, main house and carraige house complements the verdant green of the surroundings. Photography: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
“Layout” — Laura McClendon
On the Screened Porch
Ubiquitous in the Southeast's coastal regions, the screened porch is an important element of the southern home. Deep porches with high ceilings provide cooling shade to the home, and screens create functional outdoor rooms that can be utilized year round. A traditional haint blue ceiling, carriage lanterns and a deep porch swing complete this southern staple. Photography: R...More
“Color” — mbdermody
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