During his presentation at a recent Southern Living Custom Builder conference, Southern Living Magazine Editor Lindsay Bierman presented the Ten Commandments of Southern Style, covering everything from trends in home sizes to interior finishes.


While some news organizations are reporting that America’s love affair with the oversized McMansion has been reignited along with the economy, Bierman’s first commandment is ‘Thou Shalt Build Smaller.’ Everyone knows about downsizing and right-sizing, but at Georgia Coast Design & Construction, we call it ‘Smart Sizing.’  The 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home on St. Simons Island is Smart Sized at approximately 2,400 square feet, with a design that ‘Reinforces a Sense of Place’ (Commandment V).


Designed by Harrison Design Associates, the 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home on St. Simons Island was built on a one-acre, gorgeous lakefront lot in the Stillwater community on the north end of the island. European influences and high craftsmanship came together in this three-bedroom European Cottage to create a sense of timeless quality, stability, and tranquility. Behind the scenes, energy- and water-efficient technologies combine with low maintenance materials to create a home that is economical to maintain for years to come. 


Bierman’s Seventh Commandment of Southern Style is ‘Thou Shalt Support Local Artisans.’ The 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home features the work of six local interior designers and numerous area artisans showcasing the latest building products, from brick and roofing materials to rustic beam work, decorative tile and stonework, and imaginative landscaping.


Landscaping leads to outdoor living and Bierman’s Eighth and Ninth Commandments , ‘Thou Shalt Bring The Outdoors In’ and ‘Thou Shalt Bring The Indoors Out’. The connection between this home’s indoor and outdoor spaces plays an important role in creating a home that embraces lakefront living and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

The 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home Is Presented By:

Interior Designers

Lisa Torbett Interiors

Elizabeth M. Smith Interiors

Dee Simmons Interiors

Sutton Interiors Ltd.

Johnson Vann Interiors

Vendor Partners

Ace Garden Center

Cherokee Brick

Ferguson Plumbing Supply

GAF Roofing

Complete Coverage Irrigation by Gregg Daniels

Concrete Cure

Golden Isle Ornamental Iron

H.T. Termite & Pest Control

  Island Floors

Daryl Mizelle (Flooring installation)

Jeff Homans Landscape Architect

J L Electric

Kleer PVC Decking

Lewis Land Clearing

Marvin Windows

Medina's Concrete


Overhead Door

Pane In The Glass

Pena Brothers Painting

Sapp Plumbing

Quality Heating and Air

Underlayment Specialties Plus

Unique Building Supply

Vaden Chevrolet Brunswick

Village Inn and Pub

Webster Tile



Media Partners

Non-Profit Partners