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Kiawah River Selects Local Homebuilders to Bring Sea Islands Community to Life

Kiawah River, a new sea islands community under development just outside of Charleston, S.C., is pleased to announce its Builders Guild, an elite team of homebuilders tasked with bringing the master-designed sea islands community to life. To establish a high standard of quality for the Builders Guild, Kiawah River carefully selected a team of local homebuilders renowned for quality, coastal craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service.

The Builders Guild comprises a notable roster of Lowcountry-based homebuilders, including: Level Building Projects, Structures Building Company/SBC HomesSaussy BurbankKittrell IIJacksonBuilt Custom HomesDolphin Architects & BuildersArtisan Custom Homes, New Leaf Builders and Shelter Custom-Built Living.

To achieve their vision of simple sophistication and sustainability while embracing the architectural traditions of coastal South Carolina, the leaders at Kiawah River have paired these Lowcountry craftsmen with nationally acclaimed architects, interior designers and landscape architects from further afield who have designed a clean, refreshing take on coastal homes and amenity buildings.

“Our builders are experts in quality craftsmanship,” said Carter Redd, managing director at Kiawah River. “Each company in our Builders Guild shares our commitment to architectural integrity, sustainability and personalization."

 To maximize outdoor living, only half of the property’s 2,000 acres will be developed. With homes and homesites planned along 20 miles of waterfront, marsh and green space and parks, residents will have access to several launch points to fish and explore the pristine Kiawah River and inland waterways. Kiawah River also features an array of resort-style amenities and services, including a roadside farm stand, a chapel and community hall, a swim and fitness club and an outdoor learning center.

From custom home designs to turnkey floorplans, Kiawah River offers a diverse set of homes and homesites, including: 

  • Custom/Semi-Custom Homesites

Property owners can choose from a deep portfolio of semi-custom signature home plans created by Kiawah River’s Architect Guild in conjunction with the Builders Guild and the community’s Architectural Review Board. With a variety of waterfront, marshfront and wooded custom homesite options, Kiawah River’s residents can design a home to fit any lifestyle.

  • Butterfly Cottages

Ranging from 1,700 to 2,200 square feet, the Butterfly Garden Cottages are attracting interest from second-home and pre-retirement buyers. The cottages are designed by Julia Starr Sanford of Starr Sanford Design, whose architectural vision steered Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach in the Florida Panhandle.

Designed by David Fisher and Jim Thomas of Thomas & Denzinger Architects in Charleston, these 2,600-square-foot townhomes are located on Jack Island, offer both water and park views and are within walking distance to signature amenities.

  • Cole Creek Villas

At 2,800 square feet, the Cole Creek Villas offer remarkable rooftop views of the Kiawah River and Jack Island Park. Designed by Thomas & Denzinger Architects, the villas strike a balance between coastal and contemporary design and feature large windows to capture natural light and incredible views of the river, marsh and nearby park.

To learn more about life at Kiawah River, visit or call 843.277.3023.

Kiawah River offers the rare opportunity to live in a vibrant, new waterfront community near historic Charleston that embraces the Lowcountry sea islands life. Encompassing 2,000 acres on Johns Island, this community is centered on outdoor pursuits with 20 miles of shoreline and 2,000 acres of picturesque land, including a 100-acre working farm. The community will combine residential, retail and hospitality offerings with custom and semi-custom homes featuring high-caliber sea islands architecture. Residents and visitors can enjoy the quiet country life while still being close to a bustling and active historic city like Charleston. Master plan and amenities are designed by a world-renowned team specializing in New Urbanism and sustainable designs. Kiawah River is being developed by The Beach Company, a local leader in residential development and commercial real estate brokerage. For information on The Beach Company, visit