Hot pink and other bright colors, kitchen desks, Whirlpool bathtubs, over-the-range microwaves, tiled counters, matching furniture and arched faucets all had their day in many Lowcountry kitchens and bathrooms.

Now it’s white/gray color schemes in the kitchen, transitional style design, wood flooring, outdoor kitchens, coffee stations and wet bars, storage pullouts, floating vanities in the master bathroom and freestanding tubs.

Tuscan style of Colleton River home takes owners back to the Mediterranean

Sitting in his spacious Tuscan-style home in Colleton River Plantation may be the closest that Angelo Guagliano and his wife Valerie get to embracing his homeland—without actually being there.

Sure, they visit Italy often, but they wanted to replicate the Mediterranean ambiance in their sprawling 6,500-square-foot home in the Lowcountry with distinctive architecture and customized interior design.

Long Cove Club golf course home brought back up to par

The beautiful golf course home at Long Cove Club was built in the popular architectural style of the day, but whose glory days from the 1990s had long past faded.

It is perched at a great location amidst nature’s splendor and alongside legendary golf course designer Pete Dye’s 7,000-yard masterpiece. It had everything Dave and Kristy Folkwein from Cleveland, Ohio, wanted when they bought their getaway vacation home two years ago — except for its outdated interior design and floor plan.

BUILDER TURNS DREAM HOME INTO A REALITY

The detailed craftsmanship is evident in every room in this house. Soak in the view outside, the sightlines from inside out, the casual and updated coastal style with some modern edgy elements, and the openness from room to room.

Gull Point home blends traditional style with modern functionality

Tucked away beneath towering pine trees and marshes that straddle both sides of the private road and residences, Gull Point in Sea Pines rests comfortably undisturbed. Only a biting breeze on a cool late winter’s day breaks the calm in this upscale residential community.

OKATIE HOME MAKES MOST OF NATURAL SURROUNDINGS

From her screened porch, outdoor patio, manicured backyard, upstairs balcony, kitchen and most rooms at her Mediterranean-style home, Ann Bitner can see the marsh and Okatie River bend here and there.

The view is what she wanted. The view is what she got, thanks to H2 Builders in Bluffton.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of Monthly’s yearlong 30th anniversary celebration, we are highlighting 30 years of different industries in each issue. This month, we feature the homebuilding industry and how it helped shape Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry.

A LOOK BACK AT WHAT TURNED THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND/ BLUFFTON BUILDING INDUSTRY INTO ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING MARKETS IN THE SOUTHEAST

PORT ROYAL PLANTATION HOME BUILT TO BE JUST AS MAGNIFICIENT AS ITS LOCATION

Port Royal Sound has lost none of its natural lure and deep watery magnetism since it first attracted seafarers into its wide mouth in the early 1500s. Rick and Louise Tranquilli know the seascape magic of that ever-changing tide and alluring salt air breeze quite well. They live oceanfront beside it in Port Royal Plantation.

“Sometimes we walk in and just stand there and go, ‘Do we really live here?’”

If the property, architecture, furnishings and gentle southern vibe of Gerry and Nancy Grossman’s residence could be concocted into a magic potion and squeezed into a bottle, “Lowcountry Comfort” might—and should — be on the label.

It would be a soothing lifestyle elixir day in and day out.

Newly constructed and renovated homes in the Lowcountry are warm and welcoming, with at least a dash or two of striking focal points.

Luxury homes in our area are that, of course, and much, much more. Custom everything, from the finest craftsmanship in trims and finishes, imported hand-painted tiles, century-old reclaimed wood and brick from long-ago forgotten Southern mills and warehouses, oversized floor-to ceiling windows, marble in the master bathroom, splendid indoor and outdoor fountains, custom-carved banisters, dormers peeking out through a copper roof, and a natural stone fireplace glowing in the outdoor living space.