Past glamor meets coastal life on Outland Island
Photography by MELISSA NOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE B. MOODY GROUP
When Jay and Arlene were able They first bought their Oatland home in 2013, and it was filled with dark tiles and bronze and metallic accents. “remind me Game of thronesArlene says.
However, they saw potential and quickly embarked on a massive renovation. Today, there’s no hint of Westeros as the intoxicating blend of star jasmine, marsh and magnolia invites guests to a place the Goulds dubbed “Twelve Palms.”
The pair describe their vision as “Mid-century Hollywood meets coastal Savannah”. This ambiance begins at the palm tree-studded walkway that gives the house its name. (There are actually 16 palm trees, but the nickname is a reference to the Twelve Oaks farm from Gone with the Wind.) there is a large oak tree decorated with the ordered Spanish moss in the middle of the road; Remarkably, the area around the oak takes the shape of a heart. Taking advantage of nature’s design, Arlene has planted azalea bushes along the perimeter. Now, every March, a hot pink heart-shaped azalea blooms.
This theme of making use of the home’s surroundings has also been implemented. “I had a vision of something very neat and clean, but with a lot of warmth, and we took advantage of the views,” says Arlene. “They are the artwork of the house.”
Goulds traded the original sharp corners of the house with an open concept plan that used furniture to separate its “rooms.” Arlene explains, “The flow of the house is almost like a creek, and when it calms down to its end, there is a beautiful view of the creek, swamps and oak trees in the backyard.”
They demolished a wall, separating this front room from the once screened porch, surrounded the former porch with large panes of glass, and named the area the river room for the creek that extends beneath it.
“Maybe we should have called it the Creek Room,” Jay says.
“We should have called it Fred’s Room,” Arlene adds, in honor of Fred Bonner, the Savannah roofer who built the house in 2006 and died before he had a chance to live in it.
The home’s façade is modest, unnerving its 7,145-foot grandeur and allowing the landscape to take the spotlight (most notably star jasmine Arlene that has trained to grow in ovals around the windows). The home appeared where the sprawling Hollywood splendor – and the stunning pool – is revealed.
“I had a vision of something very elegant and clean, but with a lot of warmth, and we took advantage of the views. They are the artworks of the house.” – Arlene Gould, owner of the house
“Even though Arlene grew up here and spends every summer in Tybee, she doesn’t know how to swim, so it can only be five feet deep,” says Jay. Next, Jay added a large shelf to accommodate a lounge chair in the water. The 20-meter swimming lane is a welcome feature for the more active species.
Above the pool there are two large balconies that extend the length of the house. The second floor balcony has a large bar and can accommodate up to 100 people. “The balustrade and the wall behind the crossbar are the original brass that Fred installed,” Arlene says. “We think he would be proud of
The way it all turned out.”
General built: 2006 with major renovations in 2018-2019
year of purchase: 2014
square footage: 7,100
Number of bedrooms and bathrooms: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
Architects/planners: green architecture
Contractor / Builder:
Edwin Clark TDC Custom Homes
Floor tiles: tile state park
Paint / wallpaper: Armstrong Painting, Sherwin Williams Paints
Windows/Doors: Architectural Homesooth
bathroom design: DXV by American Standard, Ferguson bathroom, kitchen and lighting
landscape design: Tad Thomas Gardens in Atlanta, Low Country Landscape
Hardscape Design: General around the pond
electrician: Keith Thompson,
Audio/Visual: Crestron . system
carpenter: Savannah Mill, Guerry Lumber, Homesouth Architectural
Plumber: Adam Moody
Landscaping: Low Country Landscape
HVAC: Mark Randall, Randall Mechanic
furniture: Mitchell Gold, Atlanta
Hardware: Living appliances and furnishings
Supplements: McCarthy, the hardware company
art: Tiffany Taylor and Milton Bradley
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