A charming sketch of our new home by architect Michael Franck.
During a lazy Sunday afternoon golf cart ride Richard and I were circling around one of our favorite homes in Palmetto Bluff. We frequently drove around this delightful cottage admiring it and pointing out all of the architectural features that made it so special. As luck would have it, on this particular day the homeowners, Michael Franck and Will Miller were also outside and after introducing ourselves we were delighted to discover that they were responsible for the stunning design of not only the house but also the lovely gardens. They graciously offered to take us on a tour of their breathtaking home, 5 Bells, and we were smitten!
Michael is a renowned architect at Franck & Lohsen, best known for combining classical approaches with modern sensibilities. They have won a plethora of prestigious awards and their work has been captured forever in beautiful books — including “The Classical American Home” by Phillip James Dodd (available at our store). Their beautiful homes have also graced the pages of national magazines such as Veranda, House Beautiful and Milieu.
This chance encounter with two gracious men has led not only to the design of our dream home but even better a wonderful new friendship!
A beautiful vista from inside 5 Bells. Notice the hand-painted floors, done by Michael and Will, and the keystone detail above the charming arched entry door.
A 3-D rendering of the front of our home. Some of my favorite features include the sloping wing walls that fall from the sides of the garages to create a courtyard effect at the front entry. I also love that this element is repeated on each side of the house providing a private “North” garden for the master suite and “South” garden for the guest suites. I can’t wait to have fun designing these gardens!
This view from the lake side entry of our home gives an additional view of the house and the grounds. From every angle Michael’s vision is beautiful!
It’s all in the details! I love this feature of our design with windows being set deeply recessed into the rustication and the edge of the window sill sloping gently away.
Inspiration found here! The soft gray of the roof, stony white facade and gorgeous green of the shutters and doors of this beautiful home are perfect! I’m seeing a similar palette coming soon to Bluffton! Image courtesy of Veranda magazine.