Home Discovery: Bringing the outdoors in

Shelby Stephens and her husband, Joey Charnasky, are your classic outdoorsy Hilton Head types. So when they began building their Indigo Run home in 2010 they prioritized connecting the house with the environment.

Starting, most dramatically, with the 3,500-square-foot home’s exterior of stacked stone and heavily textured stucco, Shelby and Joey strove to incorporate elements of their favorite components of nature. “Our love of the mountains is represented in the exterior stacked stone, which we also used in the lanai’s fireplace,” Shelby said by phone from a recent hiking trip to the North Carolina mountains.


Photography by Clayton Girard


The couple also integrated tropical and nature motifs into their furniture fabrics, interior and lanai plantings and stone pavers. Their porcelain flooring, meanwhile, is reminiscent of old-world Tuscany. Throughout, the home offers plenty of wall space, high ceilings and wide-open living areas; there are gentle touches of wrought iron and subtle color palettes.

A three-car garage serves as home to the couple’s surfboards, kayaks, waverunner and paddleboards. “Joey’s the surfer,” Shelby said. “I’m more the snorkeler and hiker, and I run every morning.” For those less-than-optimal days, a bonus room above the garage has been set up as an office and exercise room.

The three-bedroom, four bath home is one of H2 Builders’ new “Custom Idea Collection” homes. (Joey works for H2 Builders, and Shelby is owner of Palmetto Properties of Hilton Head.)

When looking for a home, Shelby had wanted an open, airy home, with a concentration on the living room. “Our kitchen, dining room and lanai open on to the living room. It’s almost like living in one room,” she said. “The lanai is special, too, with a wall of glass that opens up to the outside.”

That lanai also comes with a lap pool and a large shower. “We tend to spend most of our time outdoors, so it just made sense to have a shower out there. Our neighbors must think we don’t even live inside the house, we’re out so much.”

Those neighbors, and the neighborhood itself, are part of the home’s appeal. “It’s so quiet and wooded, and we’re not far from Broad Creek where we put in our kayaks,” she said. “Plus, we have great neighbors.”



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  • Cleland Site Prep Inc.
  • Terminix
  • Coastal Surveying Inc.
  • Barritentos Brothers
  • Paul Good Plumbing
  • EAC
  • Trudeau Electric Inc.
  • Audio Video Experts
  • Ameripro Inc.
  • Adame Construction
  • Billy Wood Appliance
  • Armor Storm Protection
  • Building Specialties of Carolina
  • Ferguson Enterprises
  • Aquatic Pool World
  • Floors on Site
  • Athena Corporation
  • Tim Reed Painting Ltd.
  • Coastal Insulation LLC
  • Daniel Hernandez
  • Hagemeyer North America Inc.