An Unforgettable Retreat on St. Simons Island

The exterior of the home is a study in symmetry.

To oversee the project, LeeAnn and Walter turned to architect Tim Adams, who had just completed a house nearby, and designer Douglas Herrin, who the couple had worked with for more than 10 years on their primary residence in Atlanta. “It was a perfect collaboration from the onset,” says LeeAnn. “Douglas knew our family so well and understood our lifestyle, and Tim had the architectural vision we needed.”

In the generous family kitchen, bifold doors recede, erasing the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Two large islands set the perfect stage for easy everyday living and coastal entertaining. One island accommodates barstools and chairs for casual dining, while the other is equipped with a series of refrigerator drawers for easy access to refreshments during parties

The result is a home that defers to nature, something that seems to inherently come with a setting such as this. Approachable and familiar, it offers a fresh take on a Lowcountry raised cottage with wide steps, a deep front porch, sturdy columns, and a trio of dormer windows. The home’s precise proportions, welcoming scale, and hand-crafted materials establish a sense of permanence. Reclaimed Old Chicago brick pairs with rough mortar in a creamy white hue based on the color of the local sand. Wood siding on the wings and a mix of cedar shingles and copper on the roof instill the patina of a historic structure that could have evolved over the ages.

Photography by Jean Allsopp
Photography by Jean Allsopp
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