A Nod to Charleston in this Sunflower Beach Resort House

A Nod to Charleston in this Port Aransas Beach House

Hints of South Carolina warm this Port Aransas beach house at Sunflower Beach Resort.

photo of a Port Aransas Beach House

Photography by Molly Culver

Port Aransas is well known as a prime vacation hub in the Coastal Bend. Its clean beaches, glistening ocean backdrop and beautiful homes make for the perfect family retreat. 

In the seaside community of Sunflower Beach stands a grand structure with the ocean at its back door. Designed by Meredith Owen and built by UWC Custom Builders, this remarkable abode has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms reaching a total of 4,576 square feet. The home’s design and build were intended to suggest a nod to the architectural styles seen in Charleston, South Carolina while maintaining its South Texas coastline integrity. 

The large living room on the second floor — an ideal space to lounge — exudes a relaxed atmosphere by combining natural textures with neutral-toned upholstery and a black marble fireplace façade. The room’s expansive white walls are accentuated by a dark gray fireplace feature, nimbly suspended iron chandeliers and black framed windows that climb to the 22-foot ceiling giving a nearly panoramic ocean view. 

The kitchen is a pure expression of the seaside ease the homeowners desired. Blue-gray cabinets enhance the coastal influence while the stained oak open shelving and pantry with gold-toned mesh add warmth, striking an ideal balance. Eye-catching quartzite adorns the backsplash and counters, drawing attention to the French range, hood and decor. The stained oversized island paired with natural raffia stools add functionality and complete the space. Establishing cohesion with the remainder of the kitchen, the open butler’s pantry adds architectural significance with its stained oak archway, providing extra storage and an opportunity to showcase the owner’s unique orange glassware.

Of the home’s seven bathrooms, one of the beautiful guest bathrooms features a cool grey quartzite floating vanity with a wall-mounted matte black faucet offset by a whimsical marine life wallpaper emulating inky black ocean depths. 

Perhaps most striking of all is the primary bath. Its stunning indigo Shibori stripe mosaic tile wet-wall exudes the essence of the ocean and fortifies the room. The white walls, neutral-toned arched shower and freestanding pedestal bathtub beneath an ornate coral chandelier establish a warm sense of sanctuary and demonstrate an exceptional sense of design.

Contrasting the moody and deep tones of the common areas, the owners chose lighter and more traditional beach house hues for the guest bedrooms. Coral pink wall color and palm leaf wallpaper provide an ideal background for the queen-sized beds, and aid in telling the home’s full design story. The large double-bunk bedroom features custom built-in bunk beds and wardrobes highlighted in deep cerulean blue, accenting the white paneled wall. A surfboard focal point rounds out the space and ties in the lighter shades of the decor. In all of the bedrooms, natural textures, softer-toned linen and accent textiles deliver the influence of coastal comfort.

The patio skirting the base of the home is surrounded by a horizontal slat wall, offering privacy for the cocktail pool that sits inside. Sounds of water falling from the spouts accented off the pastel encaustic cement tile, tropical landscaping, sunshine and ocean breeze combine to create a sensory haven in this chic outdoor oasis.