New Home in The Reserve Is Built with Loving Care
Dan and Kelly Wright purchased their beautiful lot in The Reserve on the Saluda in 2015, and started construction on their 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath home earlier this year. This 5,500 sq. ft. home is designed to take advantage of the splendid natural setting, including the magnificent river view.
“From the beginning, our goal has been to disturb nature as little as possible. We have been very careful to make sure that our house will fit the natural fall of the land,” says Kelly. “We studied how to best place our house on the property and not excavate a lot of dirt in the process. We want to minimize the impact that our home will have on this gorgeous environment, and this has led us to configure a new slope and add a retaining wall and outside fireplace.”
“We are sourcing everything in our home as locally as we can. For example, when we had to cut down several pine trees to prepare the home site, we had the trees milled – and now all the hardwood flooring throughout our home will be made from these pines. We hope to have enough left over so that we can also use this wood for all the trim in our house.”
Kelly continues: “Another way we want to minimize our home’s impact on the environment is by working as much as possible with vendors and suppliers right here in West Columbia and surroundings. Dan and I share the general contractor role, and we feel very strongly about supporting small local businesses. We have found some outstanding craftsmen who appreciate our vision for this home, like Grain Fine Cabinetry, the woodworking firm with a display center and shop in West Columbia that is supplying all cabinetry for our kitchen and bathrooms.”
In addition, the steel I-beams for the home are manufactured by Cayce Steel in Cayce; the milled pine logs will be sawed at Backman Lumber before Lindler Manufacturing will turn them into trim and finished hardwood flooring. Stier Supply in Irmo provides the excellent quality lumber for the home. All appliances will come from S & G Builder Appliances, a well-known family-owned company in Columbia.
A nice bonus from working with local manufacturers and ‘home-grown’ companies is the opportunity for the Wrights to build meaningful connections within the community.
This will be the third home that the successful couple has built since they were married in 1989. “By now, we have learned to build how we live,” explains Kelly. “We know what works for us and for our family, and we know what we want with regard to storage, flow and special features.”
The home, designed by architect Mike Garrell of Garrell Associates, Inc., includes a stunning kitchen with a walk-in butler’s pantry and convenient desk space, while a large laundry room and mudroom also add to the family’s easy, outdoor lifestyle.
Location Is Key
“We like the lush, mountain feel of The Reserve on the Saluda, the peaceful and secluded environment and the ability to walk right down to the Saluda River. What really convinced us to build here, though, was the exclusive community’s convenient location just minutes from Dan’s environmental testing laboratory in West Columbia where we both work, and near the heart of downtown Columbia with its arts, restaurants and sporting events.
“This will be our ‘mountain home on the river’,” explains Kelly. “When finished, the home will have exposed beams, large windows to bring the outside in, heavy wood trim, and brick, stone and cedar for the exterior. The home has a full back exposure and a walk-out basement, and there will be large decks on the back of the house.”
“This is one of the most beautiful, secluded spots left on the Saluda River, and our family is happy to call The Reserve on the Saluda home,” says Kelly.
To learn more about living on the banks of the majestic Saluda River, or about the few lots that are still available in this gated community located close to downtown Columbia, please visit The Reserve on the Saluda or call Saluda Development, LLC at 803.256.1050.