In Good Taste: Sea Island Builders

We know we’ve said this before, but, as much as we love old houses (We must to still be hanging in on the Beaufort renovation after more than a year…) we absolutely adore the “new old” house. All the charm and detail of a place centuries its senior, the “new old” home is efficient, easy-to-maintain and combines the convenience of the new with everything we love about the old. 
The trick is finding the perfect builder. When we spotted this Low Country gem, we had to find its creator. When we did, we realized that it isn’t just this house. All of Sea Island Builders’ work is in good taste!

We adore a home that appears to be a tiny cottage from the front but still has plenty of space. A garage is nearly a necessity in the salt air, and it’s all the better when it doubles as a spot for guests. It’s easier to say “the more, the merrier,” when you don’t have to share your bathroom!
This room is the ultimate place for lounging — especially on a rainy day. We can see this being the best spot for older kids and teens to congregate after a long day on the beach or the boat!
This aesthetic is so perfect for a beach home. It’s simple, uncluttered and easy to maintain. Wet bathing suits are welcome on the dining chairs and the sand can be swept right out the door!
Banquettes are, in our opinion, one of the best uses of small dining spaces. They take advantage of every square inch of available room, hold tons of people and can be used for lounging any old time of day. We wouldn’t ever want to leave this sunny spot!
Wow! We love adding interest to that fifth wall, and these ceilings are phenomenal! That barrel in the hall adds loads of height and the coffered ceiling in the living room complements the built-ins.
Shingles are without a doubt one of our favorite picks for a coastal home. In a bright — but not too bright — Bahamian color, this home is so welcoming. You know, even from the outside, that, inside, a good time is had by all!
We seriously can’t get over the details in this space. That paneling is just the right laid-back fabulous, and the ceilings everywhere are a true focal point.
We love dining rooms, but, when a breakfast bar is around, they seem to get used less and less! This eat-in kitchen is ideal for grabbing a quick bite without the muss and fuss of setting the table.
King Arthur had something going all those years ago when he started meeting with those knights at the round table. Round dining tables add such intimacy to a dinner party and the feeling that no one around the table is too far away to talk. The octagonal feature in the ceiling mirrors the table creating a sense of balance and the feel that the table was positively made for the room.
The earth tones of this kitchen blend with the wilderness outside the doors to create a feeling of harmonious living. The continuity between indoors and out is so soothing.
One of the best things about the beach is enjoying it with friends! Little nooks like these that double as extra eating and sitting space are crucial for adding guests while keeping everyone comfortable.
This wall of sailing flags is the perfect nautical chic touch. Those gorgeous doors set the tone of the house from first glance.
We’re speechless over this staircase! It is truly a work of art and an out-of-the-box way to get from one floor to the next without hogging so much room with a massive staircase. We bet the view from the top of this spiral case is something else!
Everything about this kitchen feels low maintenance and clean. The bar stools add the right amount of industrial personality without overwhelming the space.
We are all about outdoor living, and this screened porch couldn’t be more inviting. Don’t you just love an outdoor fireplace? It makes the room livable all year long.
The inside of a house is only as good as the outside. We love the attention to detail on this deck and have the distinct feeling that everyone who leaves this home is as impressed leaving as they were coming.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Sea Island Builders as much as we did. Thanks for visiting with us today!

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Chic Work Islands

Ruard Veltman Design via House Beautiful
A work island is a fabulous addition to any kitchen. Not only is it super useful for all that chopping, dicing and paring, an island is a great place for eating.
Mary Jo Bochner Design via House Beautiful
A wooden table makes a fantastic diy kitchen island that gives a totally custom look and can be cost efficient. A few backless bar stools add that perfect spot for eat-in breakfast.
Atlanta Homes Magazine
We’re big fans of having the range in the island. It makes that work island really, well, work! We adore swivel bar stools like these too. All that spinning can make anyone feel like a kid again!
Annie Brahler Design via House Beautiful
As we’ve said before, we decided to do honed marble in the Beaufort kitchen, so we will definitely be using it on our work island. So, sure, some might say marble isn’t a practical choice, but we say bring on the character!
Bakes and Company
For an island that doubles as an eating space, bar stools with backs are chic and comfortable. (For more of our favorite bar stools, check out this post!)
Elle Decor
A stainless kitchen island adds a hint of industrial chic and looks great paired with a modern bar stool.
Carolina Kitchens
For that custom kitchen island that really works, you can’t get much more useful than granite. It’s so nice to have a spot to stick those pans straight from the oven. The pairing with these rattan bar stools adds coastal, laid back chic.
Martha Stewart
You know we’re huge fans of gray. A gray island with a metal bar stool gives the feel of a professional cook’s kitchen.
Caden Design
Island legs give a great, open feel to the room, although a kitchen this size couldn’t help but feel huge! We spy and incredible range on that back wall!
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Working is all well and good, but relaxing in these white leather bar stools afterwards enjoying the fruits of our labor is even better! Do you like a work island or do you prefer to use countertops for kitchen prep?
Happy Monday, friends! We hope it’s a fabulous week!

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