Glass house embraces its natural habitat on Kiawah Island

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Christopher Rose Architects designed this stunning Blue Heron Pond Road residence on the north end of Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The architects refer to this home as “high-tech-meets-Lowcountry” – a fitting description for the contemporary property. From the moment the design process began, it was very much a balance of stretching the architectural imagination and boundaries while maintaining an easy, ‘livable’ atmosphere for homeowners and embracing the natural setting of the home. Great emphasis was given to the uninterrupted lagoon views and sense of privacy the home encompasses. In fact, there are no neighboring properties to the north, south, or west of the home.

The architects designed the back of the residence with large expanses of glass to maximize the views. Entering the home is a breathtaking experience as the visual senses work on overload to breathe in the exquisite stone and woodwork, the towering ceilings, and the impact of the wall of windows and views beyond. The exposed steel frame further enhances the Great Room’s sense of transparency, creating a light-filled home that embraces its setting. To balance this lightness, stained bamboo floor grounds the space and provides continuity, while the cypress ceilings afford a sense of warmth overhead.

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Open stair with a landing over a in ground pool with river rocks and low bubbler fountains give a hint to the pond on the other side of the home.

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Dramatic stacked stone fireplace anchors with two story glass great room.

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Exposed steel accentuates this stainless steel and wood kitchen.

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The glass and stainless steel of the open kitchen compliment the main living areas. The soaring ceiling and walls of glass continue in the first floor master suite where, as in the Great Room, motorized window shades control sunlight and privacy. An incredibly luxurious bath, private loft area, and entrance to the pool area complete this sanctuary.

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Detail view of Master Bedroom framing view to pond.

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Ice blue carpet and walls complement the contemporary master bedroom. Motorized drapes are concealed in window casing.

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Upstairs, there are three guest rooms, one with a private bath and the other two sharing a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom.

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This guest room was named the “lips” room for its limited edition wallpaper recalling Andy Warhol’s Marilyn series. The heart cone chair by Panton is very comfortable.

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View across Blue Heron Pond.

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