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When the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association hosts an event, it’s always a good one. The 30th annual Parade of Homes in late March showcased 25 exceptional residences on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton and the extended local area. The builders crafted unique houses, and the public toured the homes inside and out for ideas and inspiration.

H2 Builders in Bluffton custom-built one of those masterpieces on Hampton Lake Drive. The 3,341-square-foot “Lowcountry plank-style home with metal accents” sits on a 0.36-acre lakeside site, said Rush Lowther, H2’s senior vice president of sales.

lakefile2“The interior is coastal chic, with a Lowcountry modern touch as opposed to your rustic farm house,” he said, noting that J. Banks Design Group helped shape the soothing interior design. Off-white and subtle light gray highlight the color scheme throughout.

H2 built the four-bedroom, four-bathroom, two-story home for Jeff and Cindy Weldon of Leesburg, Virginia, who plan to retire to the Lowcountry later this year. The couple, who have two grown children, bought the phase one lot in 2015, and construction was completed in December 2016, based on a design by architect Tom Hiatt of Bluffton. A lease-back arrangement allowed the 21-year-old award-winning construction company to showcase the model during this year’s home tour and now by private appointment only.

“We really enjoyed and liked what we saw at Hampton Lake,” said Jeff Weldon, who with his wife had spent several years traveling to various communities in the Carolinas searching for a future retirement haven. “Our first instincts were being on a lake. My wife, being a native New Englander, always had a family lake home growing up. She wanted to be able to lay a kayak in the backyard.”

There’s room for more than one kayak in the home’s backyard. There are 165 acres of fresh water a mere pebble’s throw from the home’s spacious screened porch, perfect for Cindy Weldon to do all the kayaking or fishing she wants on a warm Lowcountry day.

Besides the ideal waterfront location, “H2 was able to do everything I wanted that I had seen in pictures,” she said. “They put it all together.”

“They were looking for a nice Lowcountry-style home, big room concept, a lot of storage and a master bedroom downstairs,” Lowther said. The Weldons got all that and more, cherishing the 450-square-feet of storage space above the garage. The architectural design allows an easy indoor connection from the spacious flex space/media room on the second main level directly into the storage space.

“It’s connected from the interior of the home so you don’t have go up steps or pull down steps,” he said. “It’s a walk over from the media room to the storage area.”

The wide-open floor plan offers unobstructed sightlines from the kitchen to the informal dining room to the great room to the porch and outside to the lake.

“We have two transition points, from the foyer to the great room and then to the kitchen,” Lowther said. “Most of those areas are panelized.”

A large island with granite top, quartz countertop perimeters and a beveled edge subway tile backsplash anchor the generously sized kitchen, which features a lofty 10-foot ceiling.

H2’s craftsmen fashioned a custom-built fireplace, horizontal shiplap paneling above the fireplace surround, built-in bookshelves and a coffered ceiling in the comfortable great room.

Elsewhere, engineered hand-scraped birch flooring stretches from room to room downstairs and meet the stained oak stair steps with painted risers.

Other artisan touches include:

  • An 8-foot-wide sliding French door separating the great room and porch.
  • Horizontal butt-board paneling on the foyer walls.
  • A tongue-and-groove-pine ceiling on the rear porch.
  • Wainscoting in the dining room.
  • Oyster shell tabby finishings with brick edging on the front and rear porches.
  • A stained mahogany front door.
  • A walk-through shower and a high transom to allow a flood of natural light into the master bathroom suite.
  • Five narrowly spaced windows in the upstairs media room open to a gorgeous view of the lake.

Fall can’t come soon enough for the Weldons, who are looking forward to enjoying their new Lowcountry residence and all of the lifestyle amenities at Hampton Lake, as well as the art galleries and small restaurants in Old Town Bluffton.

“It has everything we’re looking for in retirement,” Jeff Weldon said.


Builder: H2 Builders
Architect: Tom Hiatt
Structure wiring: Audio Video Experts
Stucco: Low Country Stucco & Stone
Roofing: AmeriPro
Cabinets: H2 Design Gallery
Plumbing fixtures: Cregger Company
Landscaping: The Landworks Group, LLC
Granite: Distinctive Granite & Marble
Wood flooring: Floor Fashions                  
Closet shelving: Low Country Shelving & Glass
Appliances: Billy Woods
Lighting fixtures: Vallen