Island Surroundings Inspire Southern Architecture Gallery

The exterior of the 2019 Southern Living Showhouse on Amelia Island featuring Marvin windows and doors.

Perched on an ideal spot along Florida’s intracoastal waterway, the 2019 Southern Living Showhouse on Amelia Island has all the classic touches of a Southern Lowcountry home with island influences: high ceilings, expansive porches, and plenty of wide hallways to welcome gentle breezes. The layout encourages indoor/outdoor living and lets natural light fill the home throughout the day.

This light-filled home was exactly what architects Jim Strickland and Clay Rokicki of Historical Concepts had planned. The architects prioritized doors and windows as they developed the home. Because of the array of sizes and styles available, Marvin products were their first choice. They needed wide doorways that allowed for an easy flow between the interiors and the oversized porches—like the enormous Marvin Signature Ultimate Bi-Fold Door in the living room that opens up to make the back porch feel like an extension of the room.

“From the initial conception, we really wanted to blow out that back wall for a spectacular look and make the porch feel like part of the living space,” Rokicki explains. “And since Marvin doors can go up to that 10-foot height unit—you can dream big, and it is very achievable.”

The team also sought to maximize the natural light throughout the house, especially in harder-to-reach spaces like the main stairwell.

Large windows really shine in the main dining room where the 9’ Ultimate Double Hung G2 windows from Marvin’s Signature Collection offer unparalleled views of the water and easily open so the homeowners can enjoy all the beauty of oak trees and Spanish moss.

“In Victorian and Lowcountry architecture, you see a lot of these large double hung windows,” he adds. “The balance between having a traditional design and maximizing the view adds a special feeling.”

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Southern Living


Architect: Historical Concepts

Builder: Riverside Homes

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Photos by Laurey W. Glenn