A Style That Speaks of Relaxation and Warmth

Tidewater homes have a style that speaks of relaxation and warmth. Outdoor living areas and numerous windows are the highlight of these homes, as warm afternoon air and cool night breezes draw guests outside, while large expanses of glass provide unrivaled views from the interior. This style of home is often constructed with stucco or clapboard siding and is always built on raised piers due to its prevalence in Southern wetland climates. A deep, full-width front porch allows you to enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the elements, and provides a welcome relief from hot Southern summers. Without central heating and air, the large porch was historically a necessity and could serve today as an eco-friendly choice to reduce energy costs.

Exterior details of Tidewater homes are minimal, but materials are often drawn from nature. Clapboard siding is often used as exterior cladding, while stonework may be used for structural elements such as the pier foundation. Porch columns are usually thinner and square, as are the balustrade spindles. The form is symmetrical, with center steps leading to the porch and doorway beyond. The roof is either pyramidal, hipped or side-gable and is often standing-seam metal to provide a traditional, rustic look.

The interior of a Tidewater home is usually one to one-and –a –half stories, sometimes with flex space in the attic for a guest retreat or bonus room. If this is used as a smaller vacation home it could simply be one large room with a fireplace and small adjacent kitchen. Tuck a bedroom or two in the back, and add a rear shed porch to relax on hot summer nights. Another option would be to separate the kitchen and living area and place the bedrooms at the side of the house to allow a view of the rear yard. Whatever your use, a tidewater floor plan will surely be the relaxing retreat you’ve dreamt of.

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