The Reserve at Lake Keowee boasts some of the most beautifully designed, architecturally dynamic homes in the country. Of these beautiful Reserve residences, many have been showcased in magazines and won numerous awards. Most recently – two were recognized by Residential Design & Build Magazine and awarded “2010 Design Excellence Awards” for their unique character and outstanding architecture.
This was the second straight year Sexton Griffith Custom Builders has received an Excellence Award, a real testament to to strength of The Reserve Builder Showcase program. Both award-winning homes were designed by Neal Prince Architects of Greenville, SC.
Builder: Sexton-Griffith Custom Builders
After Chris and Dick Bishop chose their stunning lakefront homesite, they knew that—with the help of their architects at Neal Prince— they would carefully design their home to take full advantage of the property’s 300 degree view of Lake Keowee and the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. Taking cues from the site, Sexton Griffith’s team of experts placed the Bishop’s home prominently on the broad peninsula so that it embraces family and friends as they approach, but also spans the waterfront with framed views of the lake from every room. With a casual, open presence the home provides unobstructed movement between the indoor rooms and the outdoors spaces, but the crown jewel of this magnificent home is what the Bishop’s call the “observatory”— a level of windows with open views across the lake to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
The Burns Residence – South Falls Road
Builder: Potter General, Inc.
Stephanie and Gary Burns had a vision of greatness as they chose their homesite in The Reserve, a sloping promontory overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Keowee. In order to maximize the panoramic views, the architects at Neal Prince designed a series of rooms strung across a long bending axis in the natural landform, resulting in a curvilinear plan that affords spectacular viewpoints from the majority of rooms. Trey Lee, founder of Potter General, Inc. and Reserve Showcase Builder, relied heavily on his years of experience in building on the terrain around Lake Keowee as his team constructed the radial, vaulted great room featuring floor to ceiling windows provides a strong connection to its exterior surroundings of stone retaining walls that carve landscaped terraces into the terrain, allowing for decks, porches and a swimming pool that encourages life lived outdoors.
Want more details? The article from Residential Design & Build Magazine is available for you to download here, plus more photos and information on the architect and builders.