Home Discovery: Reclaimed Space

This casual, French-inspired residence, crafted largely from reclaimed materials, lends a European air to Colleton River.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KAUFMAN

76 Oak Tree in Colleton River PlantationSituated under its own forest canopy, the rustic residence at 76 Oak Tree in Colleton River Plantation blends French country-inspired design with the majestic natural surroundings of the Lowcountry. Constructed for Barbara and Patrick Sommers by architectural firm Court/Atkins and built by Pat and Ron Strimpfel of Bluffton based Reclamation by Design, the lakeside property was conceived using a meticulous design theme that aimed to preserve as much of the surroundings as possible. That meant using reclaimed materials and maintaining the property’s five live oak trees; in the end, only a small amount of strategic pruning was required to accommodate the 8,000-squarefoot living space.

The house is built in part from reclaimed wormy heart pine. The outdoor living space and sidewalks are made from a creative blend of brick, bluestone and crushed stone. The beam trusses and siding were rescued from Ruby Mill, N.C., and a feature lintel that sits above the billiard room’s custom-built mahogany door was reclaimed from a 100-year-old building on Bay Street in Savannah.

Outside, the home boasts a bocce ball court, swimming pool and spa, as well as a potting shed and formal gardens for Barbara, a gardening enthusiast. The elegant interior furnishings are by Beverley Hall, and they’re complemented by unique iron work by Bluffton artisan Rhonda Fantozzi. There’s also a dry sink from Barbara’s grandmother’s house, restored as a lavatory with a custom handcrafted copper bowl made by Ron Strimpfel.

But for all its reclaimed aspects, the home also includes plenty of modern features, including a geothermal system, sustainable IPE decking at the spa and a Control4 Smart Home Automation System. The combination makes for a quiet retreat that feels like a part of nature from its foundations up.

Alison Crawshaw

This casual, French-inspired residence, crafted largely from reclaimed materials, lends a European air to Colleton River.


The interior furnishings are complemented by unique iron work by Bluffton
artisan Rhonda Fantozzi and a dry sink from Barbara’s grandmother’s house.

 

The interior furnishings are complemented by unique iron work by Bluffton artisan Rhonda Fantozzi and a dry sink from Barbara’s grandmother’s house.