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Naples-based firm MHK Architecture & Planning played with glass, light and bold art to create the illusion of space and add plenty of style to this playful South Carolina family home.

“Tudor Eclectic” may not be a formally recognized architectural style but it’s the description that Mitch Lehde, studio director at MHK Architecture & Planning, and his team hit on to help sell their design to the architectural board in the Augusta Road community of Greenville, South Carolina (a city of about 70,000 people in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains). It’s one of the city’s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods, the sort of place where homes rarely come on the market, and real estate transactions are often the result of a note left in a mailbox or private, so-called pocket listings. Several years ago, when a prominent local family decided to sell their homestead, creating a 22-lot development in the area, just a stone’s throw from downtown, it created both headlines and a rare opportunity to build new in an old neighborhood, albeit with restrictions.

MHK, the well-known architecture firm founded 12 years ago by Naples architect Matthew Kragh, was tapped by a couple, who had recently moved back to the area after living in various cities around the country, to create what they hoped would be a clean-lined, contemporary home for their family. 

Mitch Lehde, studio director at MHK Architecture & Planning, describes the architecture of this home as “intentionally understated, because we wanted to put the focus on the living space inside.” The exterior is painted white brick, with the black limestone entry as a focal point.

While headquartered in Naples, MHK has offices throughout Florida, as well as Aspen, Colorado, and, conveniently, Greenville. When this couple approached Lehde, the firm had already designed two homes in the neighborhood, which is so close to the zoo that residents can hear lions roar at night. Their Augusta Road roster now has six homes in styles ranging from rustic mountain cottage to Romanesque Revival, French country to French manor, a French Tudor and this one, bearing the aforementioned Tudor Eclectic moniker.

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