Popular Home Styles in South Carolina

From the country to the city and all the way to the coast, check out three architectural styles that define this historic state.
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August 26, 2015

Plantation Style

Popular throughout the South Carolina countryside, plantation-style homes feature influences from the neoclassical and French Colonial architectural styles.

Plantation Style: Exterior

The tall front porch is a hallmark of the plantation home, supported by stately Greek-style columns.

Plantation Style: Front Porch

The large shutters that flank each window can be closed to protect the glass from the sometimes-harsh weather of the South Carolina coast.

Plantation Style: Entrance

In the grand entryway of this plantation-style home, a stairway gently curves upward in an ornate display of expert woodwork.

Plantation Style: Kitchen

Located in the back of the home, the large and functional kitchen was originally designed for the cooking staff.

Plantation Style: Bedroom

In the master bedroom, French doors lead directly onto the second-story balcony.

Low Country Style

The Low Country home style was designed with South Carolina's coastal setting and climate in mind. The first floor is elevated to protect the home from flooding.

Low Country Style: Dining Room

In this Low Country home, natural sunlight and cool coastal breezes stream in through a plethora of windows.

Low Country Style: Kitchen

The centrally located kitchen is the hub of the first floor, connecting the living room to the dining room and mudroom.

Low Country Style: Master Bedroom

Beautiful hardwood floors and crown moldings can be found throughout the home.

Low Country Style: Porch

The living room opens to a spacious back porch, which is covered and screened to keep out the strong midday sun.

Single Style

To make the most of small city lots, Charleston's signature single-style homes are built with their sides facing the street. The narrow floor plan also means that each room spans the entire width of the house.

Single Style: Living Room

Gorgeous architectural details -- from the built-in shelves to the stately fireplace -- serve as the focal point of the living room in this single-style home.

Single Style: Breakfast Nook

Just off the kitchen, a built-in booth-style table is the perfect place for casual meals.

Single Style: Second Floor

The upstairs rooms are bright and open, with plenty of windows and doors to let in the harborside breezes.

Single Style: Master Bathroom

Warm Cyprus wood lines the walls and floor of the bathroom. Each piece was handpicked and placed for its quality and grain.

Single Style: Master Bathroom Lighting

Purchased in Italy, this elegant sconce became the focal point and inspiration for the design of the master bathroom.

Single Style: Master Bathroom Vanity

The homeowner designed the charming vanity to complement the Italian sconces.

Single Style: Master Bathroom Porch

An open window connects the master bath to the second-story porch.

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