Low Country Architecture

The term “Low Country” is often used to describe a cultural region located in the southeastern portion of South Carolina between the Savannah River and the Atlantic Coastline including the Sea Islands.  The term is also used to describe the traditional architecture style of the region.

Lowcountry style architecture originated in the 1700’s.  Homes were designed for the climate and built from the materials available at the time. Out of necessity, homes were built to overcome the heat and subtropical climate, typically set on pilings because of high water areas. Large front porches and side porches were utilized to capture the most of  breezes. High ceilings and tall windows allowed cool air to flow inside and shutters protected the home from harsh winds. Broad hip roofs sent strong winds to blow over unobstructed.  Timber was most available material and used for construction in the area.

Incorporate this look by adding:

  • Wood planks, shakes or simulated wood for the exterior
  • Large covered porches or decks
  • Tall windows  with shutters
  • metal roofs
  • porches set on pilings instead of slabs
  • lookouts or widows walk

Ask your building designer for help with this style. 

Homes with Low Country Architectural Details

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