March 2019

The New Lowcountry: Jacoby & Sons presents an entirely new take on tradition in this stunning Hampton Lake home

Author: Barry Kaufman

There’s a reason they’re referred to as “the trappings of tradition.” Too often, they can be a trap. Refer to a home as a “Lowcountry” home, and you’re immediately held to an architectural style that, while beautiful, offers limitations. But as with any trap, the trappings of tradition are easily escaped with a little bit of inspiration and ton of creativity. This gorgeous Hampton Lake home, built by Jacoby & Sons, escaped the trappings of a typical Lowcountry home and, in the process, created something breathtaking.

“So many of our customers are coming to us saying they want an open floorplan, which is not typically a part of a Lowcountry house,” Tom Jacoby said. “Traditionally, you come in and there is a separate dining room to one side, maybe a little office on the other…. I said, I’m going to design something that no one else has ever seen: a truly open floor plan.”

Indeed, just past a spacious foyer marked by tall ceilings and every luxury accent you’d expect, you are drawn into the immense great room marked by 1,000 square feet of exquisite living space. Beneath soaring ceilings, a comfortable conversation area fronts a custom-crafted fireplace surround; a spacious dining area enjoys panoramic views; and 24 feet of 10-foot-tall sliders bathe the entire room in rich natural light. Beyond those sliders, 360 square feet of screened porch provide immaculate views of the lake just beyond a stretch of lush green grass. That wide back porch is just one way the company’s Driftwood model breaks free from typical Lowcountry style.

“Most of these houses go left to right,” Jacoby said. “We go front to back, which means when you’re working in the kitchen you’re looking out at the beautiful lake, rather than towards a fireplace or a TV.”

Those lake views are just as dazzling in the kitchen as they are on the porch, easily viewed from any point of the grand 16-foot counter-height quartz island. Ideal for entertaining, this extra-long counterspace anchors the heart of the home.

The Driftwood model has proven exceptionally popular for customers of the design build firm, with nearly 16 of them cropping up throughout the Lowcountry. It’s not only prized for its playful tweaking of typical Lowcountry luxury, but for the endless ways it can be customized.

“Everyone’s changed something slightly. Since we’re a design build company, we can take this living room out, move this bathroom over here, and change anything we want. We have two architects we work with exclusively, and they’re both exceptional,” Jacoby said. “We’ve even built this house upside down. We had someone who had a lot where the view from the second floor was spectacular, but they had no view from the first. So, we put the bonus room and two bedrooms downstairs, then this great room all the way across the top so they were looking at a par five from tee to green.”

Another reason for this model’s popularity is its relatively narrow footprint—an attractive feature for the lakefront lots, which tend to not be very wide.

“Believe it or not, this model is just 50 feet wide,” Jacoby said. Given the impressive sense of space, it doesn’t seem possible. “This house will fit on just about anybody’s lot.”

If you do have space to widen the house, there will be many options for an owner. Walking back into the sprawling pantry, Tom points to a wall that could be used to create a true back door kitchen stretching out from one end of the house.

One only needs to look at the surrounding photos to see that limitless customization is not this home’s only appeal. Exquisite higher-end touches abound, each taking that Lowcountry aesthetic and imbuing it with a zest for open space. The master suite enjoys a wall of windows to capture lake front views, as well as tray ceilings adding to the sense of spaciousness. And stepping into the private bath feels like walking into a private spa, thanks to tall ceilings, and a generously sized free-standing tub, his and hers vanities boasting in-wall faucets and shiplap backsplash, and the centerpiece: a cavernous walk-in shower with beautiful custom tile work.

That same dedication to spaciousness carries into the home’s other bedrooms, each of which enjoys a private bath. Even the upstairs bonus room feels like a space unto itself, thanks to windows on every wall opening the room to the great outdoors.

More than just another Lowcountry home, this Driftwood model proves that “Lowcountry” can mean so much more. It can mean tin roof accents and brick-and-tabby entryways. But it can also mean dazzling open spaces, a focus on capturing the best views on your lot, and a dedication to craftsmanship that brings new luxury to the Lowcountry.

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