See How This Elevated Coastal Cottage Takes Home Design to a Whole New Level
To architect Darryl Cobb and his team of design experts, creating custom homes is more than just a job; it's an art form. "If architecture is designed and constructed well it can be art; it is sculpture that you occupy," Darryl says. The team's latest work of art, a gorgeous elevated coastal home located on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC, is truly a masterpiece. At least, that's what HGTV fans thought when they voted it the winner of HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Great First Impressions category.
The key to Cobb Architects' success lies in their unique hands-on approach to home design. "I like to be involved in a project from the first conceptual sketch through the construction process," Darryl says. "Every detail matters and my firm is passionate about designing to the highest possible quality." For the Daniel Island project, Darryl's firm worked closely with a local home builder, Structures Building Company, to ensure every detail of the home — from the dramatic rooflines to the shiplap paneling in the stair tower — was true to the original plans. The result is a home that is as functional and well-built as it is beautiful and unique.
Designing a home for the high flood zones of the South Carolina Lowcountry presented Darryl with the unusual architectural challenge of balancing safety with aesthetics. "Scale is critical. We designed and manipulated many details to make sure it did not look like a house on piles," Darryl says. "The stair, handrail, trim, soffit, rooflines and many other details help this home relate to the human scale." In addition, the team raised the landscape grade and flanked the home with lush coastal trees and shrubs to make it look and feel more connected to the ground.
Darryl also aimed to create a home that spoke to its coastal surroundings without compromising comfort or functionality. "Open spaces (but not too open) with natural light and interior detailing was extremely important," Darryl says. "We were trying to achieve a balance with space, light, materials and color. Everything must work together." This is evident in the home's roomy, sophisticated entryway where rich wood floors and accents create warmth and offer a bold contrast to the bright shiplap paneling.
A few feet away, a steady supply of sunlight streams in from a gallery of large windows lining the shiplap-clad stair tower.
But what truly sets the home apart is its fully functional, livable outdoor spaces. In addition to three large porches attached to the main structure, a short breezeway leads to a bonus covered porch that boasts luxurious amenities such as a fireplace lounge, vaulted ceiling and stunning views of the nearby golf course that can be enjoyed year round.
"We strive to make every home and building, whether commercial or residential, large or small, of the highest quality: one you'll enjoy every day," Darryl says.