It’s a dream house in a dream location in Daniel Island’s Captains Island enclave, hard against a bend in Ralston Creek and a stone’s throw from the Wando River. The structure, like all those in the new Captains Island waterfront settlement, harkens in its architecture to the Lowcountry’s past while providing state-of-the-art luxuries inside. Built by Renaissance South, the throwback look from the curb gives way to the brand-new feel of Rocky Mountain hardware, Wolf and Sub-Zero gourmet kitchen appliances, a terraced pool, elevator and so much more.
Conforming with strict Captains Island development guidelines, the 5 BR, 5 BA, 4774-square-foot house on Ralston Creek was designed by Beau Clowney Architects to model the old world feel of Sullivan’s Island or Mount Pleasant’s Old Village. The box-and-offshoots design aims to reflect the feel of a century-old home added onto over the decades. The result is a dominant “main massing,” or architectural form, and a host of connecting units that step back from the street. Together they create 28 distinct outside corners and include a rear office, porch-flanked breakfast room, sewing and reading room, laundry area, and ADU – accessory dwelling unit – with kitchenette for visiting family or friends.
The additional living areas are surrounded by glass and lift and slide doors to allow in sunset views and the natural saltwater marsh and deep-water creek vistas. Almost every room in the house has a maritime view, either of the creek or the river. A private covered dock links the homeowners to the natural habitat in their backyard and boating opportunities on the creek, the Wando, and beyond. Direct access to Lowcountry waterways affords homeowners and their guests access to the best of island life – a private oasis with a connection to our spectacular coastal city and out to the seven seas.
Between the house and the creek, sits a heated and chilled pool for year-round enjoyment and entertaining. It lives on an elevated patio stunningly tiled in travertine for outdoor relaxation and conversation. Underneath, accessed through the house or the lanais, is spacious enclosed parking for seven vehicles.
Inside, wide-plank European white oak flooring offers a hint more character than standard flooring. The curb-less shower in a fully tiled bathroom eliminates the need to step over impediments while entering. The rooms flow seamlessly from one to another so that the house feels simultaneously like one and many.
The stunning all-white kitchen features paneled gourmet appliances and a spacious island with seating. The dining room boasts two ornate crystal chandeliers. An elevator facilitates movement about the sprawling structure today and may come in handy as the homeowners age. Throughout the house, stylish pendant fixtures, wall/ceiling paneling, and handcrafted ironwork add pizzazz to nearly every room.
“The aluminum ceiling, lighting, mirror cabinets, and Charleston green paint in the bar area was a wow factor,” said the homeowner. “I was nervous about that but it all comes together.”
The home is designed to meld styles, tones, and lifestyles. With an open concept main structure and meandering hallways to a series of interconnected rooms, it offers a feeling that is at once both communal and private. Common rooms are open and welcoming for guests and homeowners to enjoy together but everyone can retreat into their corner of the house for alone time.
The couple building the house wanted an adult haven that would still appeal to their visiting children and young grandchildren. The pool, dock, and special bunk room give the home a family feel that should keep the young’uns excited for as long as they stay.
For this building project, the builder worked with the homeowners every step of the way, from the time the couple purchased the lot. Uniquely committed to smashing the stereotypes about home builders and renovators, their goal is to communicate constantly, manage expectations and get all the surprises upfront in the building process, to the extent possible.
“If there are cost overruns, our clients never know about it,” said Rob Crawford, founder, and CEO. “We always try to set realistic expectations and the owner always knows what is coming.”
This very issue arose on the Ralston Creek house, where teenagers broke into the project and damaged an expensive lift and slide unit. The value of the loss was insufficient to trigger insurance coverage, so Renaissance South just ordered a new unit. The homeowners were aware of the incident but never suffered any monetary consequences.
Now into their 13th year, Renaissance South considers themselves a boutique builder of custom residential homes and transformative renovations. But it seems its true value-add is its focus on communication, whether with clients, subcontractors, or permitting authorities. The company limits itself to just three or four custom builds annually, so clients get personalized attention. Every client has Rob Crawford’s cell number.
“My M.O. is to have the best, sweetest, most knowledgeable people in the company, and that translates to the homeowners and the feedback we get,” Crawford said.
Like many neighborhoods of the Lowcountry, the Daniel Island and Captain’s Island aesthetic is rigorously managed by its architectural review board. Crawford notes that there are several builders on the island who have a keen understanding of these design principles, the underlying geography of the area, and the players involved. This can shave time off the front end and add efficiencies during the construction process that benefit a prospective homeowner.
Aside from a beautiful end product, Renaissance South has also become known for how easy they are to work alongside. “We can’t sacrifice our reputation,” Crawford said. “Our business is 90% from word-of-mouth referrals so the only way to keep going is to provide excellent service when we build and afterward.”
Visit Renaissance South Construction at www.renaissancesouth.com or visit in person at 220 Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.