Beacon of History

Inspired by a local lighthouse destroyed by a hurricane in the 1800s, architect Steve Herlong created an eco-savvy home for his family on Sullivan’s Island

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Exterior Oasis
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Exterior Oasis

What you see: an outdoor living room enclosed by the house’s structural supports, which the Herlongs covered in marsh-mud-color stucco and crushed oyster shells

What you don’t see: the reinforced masonry piers underneath their decorative casing and other structural steel elements used throughout the house’s construction in an effort to spare it from the same fate as the historic lighthouse that inspired its design Everyone loves: the shady spot under the house, complete with outdoor fireplace for cool nights when the sound of the surf is too enticing to stay inside.

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