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(ABOVE) Designed by Mark P. Finlay, Architects, this home features 6,200 square feet of living space.


I’ve been traveling to the islands off South Carolina often during the last few years–through some form of the internet, that is.  From the easy comfort of our family room sofa, I endlessly explore the varied landscape and its southern colonial-style homes. I love classic gardens and interiors, and wild southern beaches and forests.

I was lucky to find this house, and the architect behind it, on Instagram earlier this month. Looking at the photographs, can’t you just imagine yourself on the porch, glass of wine (or something yummy) in hand, watching the sun set over the marsh?

According to the architect, Mark P. Finlay, the house was built in 2006, has three bedrooms and five baths, and belongs to a family in St. Louis, Missouri. It is designed in the contemporary shingle-style, commonly used on the island, and is arranged around a central corridor that runs from the entry to the rear.

The house is a treasure trove of classic details. From the paneled walls in the foyer and living room to the coffered ceiling in the dining room, and the arched and transomed doorways. All are painted white, and create such a clean, crisp look when set against the Brazilian cherry floors. It’s a perfect backdrop for the understated antique Southern furnishings and Audubon prints.

Located beside a marsh and river and within one of the oldest live oak stands on Kiawah Island, main goals, according to Finlay, were to situate the house to best capture views, and to ensure that the canopy of trees remained intact. (Live oaks are a type of oak tree that is native to the south. They grow here in Southwest Florida, too. The oldest in the U.S. are estimated to be up to 1,000-plus years old.)

From what I can tell, all goals were met and, happily, then some.

To see more designs by this architect, visit his website at Mark P. Finlay, Architects. (Windows and Doors, Tischler; Contractors, Koenig Construction.)

~Janis Lyn Johnson

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All photographs via Mark P. Finlay, Architects. Photography by Steven Brooke.

3 comments on “A Southern Colonial-Style Marsh-Front Home on Kiawah Island, South Carolina”

  1. What a lovely home! The woodwork & furnishings are beautiful. So enjoy botanical artwork..so classic. Great choice of garage doors too. Would love to spend a week there..just need a pet sitter ! Smiles!

  2. What a wonderful home♡
    İt looks very friendly isnt it? friendly and comfortable but classic.Botanical garden view magnificent ♡ it’s my favorite.
    I never get up from there 🙂 we should drink tea there isn’t it?
    Upload more houses like this please,these blog posts amazing from you.
    Stay happy~♡

    • It does looking friendly, doesn’t it? It really is a pretty place. I’ve never been to South Carolina or Kiawah Island, but I think I would love it!! Thank you for leaving your comment, Rose. Hugs ~ Janis

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