One of the great benefits of custom building a new home is that you get the opportunity to hand select each and every component of the house. Though the thought and process may be both overwhelming and time consuming it is comforting to know that the end result will be built and designed the way you wanted your home to look and feel and there is no greater satisfaction. Much of this decision process should be consulted with your architect, builder and designer to ensure that what you have in mind doesn’t conflict with the design or clash with the architecture of the home.
For one of our clients in South Carolina they were going thru this process when selecting their balustrade and columns for their Charleston style house. How do we know this is a Charleston style house? Well there are a couple of noticeable characteristics that are given away from the design. This style is Southern style architecture at its best and is most associated with Charleston, SC.
- The biggest giveaway is the door on the side entry with the entrance system. Though the entrance system is not main the characteristic of a Charleston style house the “front door” on what would normally be the side of the porch is.
- Typically the Charleston single style house is one room wide with the narrow side of the house facing the street. From this picture you can see the wide side of the house faces the yard with the front door facing the street.
- Another great feature are the colonial style columns and balustrades that run the depth (technically the width) of the porch on both the first, second, and third floor.
Our client selected the WorthingtonStone Polymer Stone balustrade system and 12” x 9’ Plain round Tuscan columns in the WHITE Texture color. This was due to the almost zero maintenance for of not having to paint the product as this product has pigments in it to give it color. The client also ordered an extended plinth on the columns in order for the bottom rail to run into a squared edge vs. having to go into the rounded Torus of the base. This rail meets the 36” rail code and 4” ball rule requirement as defined by BOCA codes.