custom-built living

Husband and wife team Ryan and Jenny Butler of SHELTER Custom-Built Living face off about building a custom abode.

He Said:

He Said: A crawlspace is the best option for certain flood zones. It provides minimal steps into the home and creates the opportunity to seal and condition that space, which restricts the amount of humidity under a home.

He Said: Coffered ceilings offer a nearly unlimited design palette when it comes to personal taste. They can create simple, elegant, or eye-catching details in a space that is often overlooked

He Said: Even though the summer days are hot, having a nice open porch that connects homeowners with their surroundings is key. Adding bahama shutters and fans can help make the outdoor space a very comfortable place.


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She Said:

She Said: I prefer elevated homes because the classic coastal feature adds an ageless grace and beauty to a house. Not only is an elevated home practical in the hurricaneprone Lowcountry, but it also provides an additional area for organized storage and outdoor living.

She Said: Vaulted ceilings establish a spacious, airy feel in a room while also adding unique architectural interest that makes the most of natural lighting.

She Said: I agree! An open porch is such a versatile part of a home for entertaining, relaxing, and making all kinds of memories, all while enjoying the outdoors.

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