A house with 2 front doors

Typically, a house has a main door somewhere on the front facade (or elevation, as architects call them).  In most cases, this elevation faces the nearby road.  There are exceptions to this, however.  One exception of particular note is when a home has a significant natural feature on or adjacent to the property.  drayton hallFor instance, the historic plantation home Drayton Hall was constructed with two front elevations.  One faced the Ashley River and the other faced the main road.  Many believe that the river-facing elevation was considered to be the primary front of the home as the river was the more preferred mode of transportation in the 1750’s.

Drayton Hall

Few people today utilize water features as essential means of transport.  However, homes adjacent to bodies of water can present design opportunities to create a home with two fronts: a street front and a water front.  In the Charleston area, we often work with properties which face both a road and water.  If you are a water front property owner, we would love to help you design your home (no matter which side you consider to be the primary elevation!)