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Beacon of History in South Carolina

Inspired by a local lighthouse destroyed by a hurricane in the 1800s, architect Steve Herlong created an eco-savvy home for his family on Sullivan’s Island. Enjoy!

Bright Idea:  Having port-hopped through Europe on a sailboat, Steve and Susan Herlong have a love of lighthouses. When the couple bought property on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, they researched local light stations. “We were charmed by images of the first wooden lighthouse on the island; sadly, it was lost to a hurricane in the 1800s,” Steve says. “We incorporated its design into our house.”

Bright Idea - Lighthouse Styled Home
See Worthy:  There are no view-obsuring railing so that you have floor-to-ceiling vistas of the Lowcountry marshes lining the Intracoastal Waterway.  Metal cables run horizontally between the posts for safety and a sleek nautical detail without blocking the seascape. The Herlongs called on a friend who rigs sailboats for the job. Highlight of the house: saying goodnight to the sun from three stories up. The octagonal porch becomes the perfect perch for taking in the sunset at happy hour.

See Worthy
Exterior Oasis:  An outdoor living room enclosed by the house’s structural supports, which the Herlongs covered in marsh-mud-color stucco and crushed oyster shells. Everyone loves: the shady spot under the house, complete with outdoor fireplace for cool nights when the sound of the surf is too enticing to stay inside.

Exterior Oasis
Ship Shape:  A cypress, V-groove, barrel-vaulted ceiling inspired by the shape of a boat hull provides the most unique nautical room you've ever seen.

Ship Shape
Inside Out: Walls clad with cedar-shake shingles and a rough-hewn cedar ceiling painted a nautical blue-and-white scheme, all to create the look of a seaside porch inside.  Is there anything more charming?

Inside Out
Kitchen Calm:  A light- and breeze-filled space, thanks to a pair of large, high-impact-resistant casement windows. Reclaimed wood countertops and a tumbled travertine tile backsplash add natural warmth to the space.

Kitchen Calm

All photos are copyright Deborah Whitlaw Llewllyn©


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  1. Beautiful house. I would to live their...thanks!



  2. Gorgeous house! The perfect way to show true beach style.

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