Living the Lowcountry Life

Indigo Run home infused attention to detail, craftsmanship and design into the year-long project

Jim and Nell Kelly love living the Lowcountry lifestyle in their new Lowcountry-style home at the exclusive Golf Club at Indigo Run community on Hilton Head.

It’s hard not to, especially because H2 Builders in Bluffton infused its attention to detail, craftsmanship and design into the year-long project. The Kellys moved into the home — their main residence — in May 2014.

The amenities are countless in the Kellys’ elegant four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home: a wide-open layout with unblemished multi-room sightlines; a soothing soft coastal color palette; a high-end 122-square-foot whitewashed kitchen; a spacious and comfortable great room complete with a custom-built fireplace and a 13-foot-high coffered ceiling; a soaking bath and walk-in shower in a double-vanity master suite bathroom; and a backyard view of nature’s splendor and the first-hole of the father-son Nicklaus-designed golf course from their covered porch or oversized windows indoors.

“It offers everything we need from the standpoint of everyday living and entertaining,” said Jim, a retired marketing and sales executive at USG Corp. and a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His wife of nine years hails from Owensboro, Kentucky, and together they have seven children and 16 grandchildren.

“Everything flows very nicely from the landscaping into the interior design of the home,” said Rush Lowther, H2’s senior vice president of sales. “It’s a relaxed, Lowcountry lifestyle with a nice open fresh feel to the home.”

Lowcountry Life3The home sits on a half-acre lot with centipede grass areas on both sides of the driveway and foundation plants in the front, side and rear. Palm trees and crepe myrtles frame the more than 200 square feet of outdoor living space. An asphalt shingle roof with metal accents over the front porch and garage doors and windows “provides some different textures to the front elevation,” Lowther said. Traditional stucco anchors the exterior siding and two dormers punctuate Lowcountry architecture.

“When you come through the foyer (of the 4,274-square-foot residence), you have a nice raised transom over the front door and, in keeping with that traditional look, we have traditional crown molding, raised panel moldings on the dining room columns and our signature H2 arches throughout the house, along with raised panel wainscoting in the dining room,” Lowther said. His company has built more than 300 custom homes in the greater Hilton Head area since 1996.

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“The one central column defines the foyer and also defines the dining area as well, along with the tray ceiling that provides separation from the dining and great room so that it doesn’t all flow together,” he said.

“We love the design of the ceilings, the trim, the moldings, columns, custom fireplace, arched doorways, those kind of things,” Jim said. So did the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association — it named H2 a finalist in its 2014 LightHouse Awards for best bath, best exterior, best kitchen and best overall in its category.

Lowcountry Life6Distinctive Granite & Marble on the island bathed the tops of two islands, the countertop and backsplash in the kitchen with Bianco Avion marble.

“Bianco Avion is almost pure white with a little movement,” said Andrea Antunes McGilton, Distinctive Granite and Marble’s sales and design manager. “It’s very subtle with some creamy elements in the background.”

“The stone selection was a high-end classic choice,” said McGilton. “The white marble is not common white marble. It’s not the Carrara or Calcutta Gold that you see in magazines and in many homes with beautiful white kitchens. This stone is gorgeous, unique, one-of-a-kind white marble. But it’s also very traditional in the sense that it will never go out of style.”

Custom cabinetry in the kitchen by H2 Cabinet Gallery visually complements the striking stone.

The same lush marble was used to great effect on the double vanity and backsplash in the master bathroom, as well as in the guest baths.

The powder room delights guests with the presence of Ice White granite, which showcases the white background with some grays and blues, on the vanity and backsplash.

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The custom-built fireplace in the great room features Virginia Mist granite, which looks like soapstone, on the surround and hearth.

“It is black stone but not just black Absolute; it has more of a rustic feel to it, McGilton said.

Distinctive Granite & Marble not only supplied travertine tile for the master and guest baths showers and floors, it also did the installation.

“It meant a lot to us that H2 entrusted us with the tile installation,” McGilton said. “My father (John Antunes, who founded the company in 1981) was personally gratified.”

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A special designer’s touch provides direct access from the master suite to the office and from the foyer to the master bathroom, without having to pass through any main living area or a hallway.

If the Kellys’ home looks like a postcard image extolling the virtues and style of Lowcountry living, it might be because Jim Kelly and Todd Hawk, owner of H2 Builders, have a long history together. They were business partners for seven years in the 2000s, and H2 built Jim’s first home on the island. Their professional backgrounds helped merge design and homebuilding visions.

“This is a nice, classic traditional H2 home,” Lowther said. “This is a classic look that will stand the test of time.”

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Builder: H2 Builders

Architect: Shore Line Design, Inc.

Granite: Distinctive Granite & Marble

Cabinets: H2 Cabinet Gallery

Appliances: Billy Wood Appliances

Lighting Fixtures: Hagemeyer

Plumbing Fixtures: Cregger Company