See How This Elevated Coastal Cottage Takes Home Design to a Whole New Level

Architect Darryl Cobb thought beyond the stilts to give this elevated coastal home in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry all the charm and curb appeal of its inland counterparts.

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.

Coastal Home Is Raised for Flood Protection

Coastal Home Is Raised for Flood Protection

Photo by: Holger Obenaus

Holger Obenaus

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.

Coastal Home With Elevated Front Porch

Coastal Home With Elevated Front Porch

Photo by: Holger Obenaus

Holger Obenaus

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.

Charming Coastal House at Twilight

Charming Coastal House at Twilight

Photo by: Holger Obenaus

Holger Obenaus

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.

Traditional Foyer Is Bright Yet Warm

Traditional Foyer Is Bright Yet Warm

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Holger Obenaus

A few feet away, a steady supply of sunlight streams in from a gallery of large windows lining the shiplap-clad stair tower.

Floor-to-Ceiling Paneling in Bright White

Floor-to-Ceiling Paneling in Bright White

Photo by: Holger Obenaus

Holger Obenaus

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.

Coastal Gazebo Is Cheery, Cozy

Coastal Gazebo Is Cheery, Cozy

Photo by: Holger Obenaus

Holger Obenaus

"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.

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Coastal Home Is Raised for Flood Protection

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Coastal Home With Elevated Front Porch

Coastal Cottage in Charleston, S.C.

Charming Coastal House at Twilight

Traditional Foyer Is Bright Yet Warm

Floor-to-Ceiling Paneling in Bright White

Photo By: Holger Obenaus

Classic White Kitchen With Coastal Flair

Crisp White Hall With Rich Wood Floors & Angled Ceiling

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Traditional Living Room Features Coastal Color Palette

Coastal Gazebo Is Cheery, Cozy

Photo By: Holger Obenaus

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