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Photo: Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives
In the gated community of Palmetto Bluff, myriad examples of Lowcountry vernacular architectural styles abound in enclaves and hamlets that illuminate the walkable nature of Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND). Just as the pioneers who first built homes along the May River understood, today’s architects and engineers select materials strong enough to withstand heat, humidity and salt air, and design to take advantage of coastal breezes and the shade of old-growth canopy—even with the benefits of indoor air conditioning. Foundations are raised to promote air circulation, high ceilings and windows help homeowners keep their cool and flood interior spaces with natural light, deep covered porches protect against fierce afternoon showers and buffer the brilliant sun.