Symphony Tour of Homes

Kiawah Island featured on 17th Annual Symphony Tour of Homes

2015 houseFor the past 16 years, the Symphony Tour of Homes has been known for showcasing a wide variety of outstanding residences, each unique in its architectural and interior design, reflecting the varied interests and lifestyles of their owners, and this year is no exception. This year's tour features an interesting mix of properties, some remodeled and others new, from a small villa to large homes.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, guests are invited to tour these exceptional homes, enhanced by live music provided by CSOL scholarship recipients and Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians, plus light refreshments. They will also enjoy a free 5 p.m. concert on The Green at Freshfields Village featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Cultural Events Fund.

Symphony Tour of Homes event schedule:
• 9:30 a.m.: Check-in and ticket exchange opens at Freshfields Village (in front of Java Java)
• 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Homes are open to guests, who tour at their leisure
• 5 p.m.: Performance on the Village Green by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Cultural Events Fund

Proceeds from the tour will be used to support the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, as well as providing scholarships for student and professional musicians throughout the Lowcountry.

Advance tickets will be available for $40 online below, at the Kiawah Island Visitors Center, at the Charleston Visitors' Center in downtown Charleston, and at Indigo Books in Freshfields Village. Groups of six or more are invited to take advantage of an advance group rate of $35 per person. Day-of tickets are $45.

The Little Cottage that Could

2014House tour 1An amazing transformation has gone on behind the front door of a small cottage on Kiawah Island. The 1,200 sq. foot cottage built in 1979 has recently been completely renovated with state-of-the-art materials usually reserved for high-end, new construction, yet it retains its cottage "feel."

The home is one of five Kiawah Island homes on the Charleston Symphony Tour of Homes on Saturday, November 1st, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets are available at Freshfields Village the day of the tour or online at All proceeds benefit the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and music scholarships for Lowcountry students.

The owner, Grant Parker, worked with local architect, Tyler Smyth, and Colin Regan of River Creek Construction, the builder, to bring his vision of a 21st century cottage to reality. The renovation began with replacing wall sheathing made of recycled newspaper, and reinforcing the entire structure with steel strapping and hurricane clips. Because of neighborhood covenants, much of the exterior looks the same; however, an awkward entry porch was converted to a foyer, and a screened porch became a sunroom, adding almost 300 sq. ft. to the living area. European tilt-and-turn windows, rated for impact resistance, were used throughout.

2014 House Tour 22014 House Tour 3Among the state-of-the-art features are: an HVAC system with electronic air cleaners and built-in dehumidification, high-end LED light fixtures throughout, white oak plank flooring treated with a lye solution to give it a whitewashed cottage look, finishes with minimal solvents to avoid air contamination, a tiled laundry closet with no-spill curb and drain pan, inside water shutoff valve for easy access, and a phone app that allows the owner to control lighting, security, HVAC, and automated window shades from anywhere in the world.

The interior was kept spare, with muted colors and furnishings designed to complement rather than overwhelm. There is ample storage built into the kitchen and foyer. K & K Custom Cabinets did the kitchen design, again maintaining a soft palette and simple Shaker design.

The overall impression is of subtle elegance.

- Sharon Bartshe, Event Co-Chair
- Photo credits – Tyler Smith and Jim Somerset



Tickets - Tour of Homes 2014

2014 Symphony Tour of Homes $40.00



Online Ticket sales will be available until 7pm on October 31.  

To take advantage of our group ticket rate of 6 or more for $35, you must purchase all tickets at the same time. Please call Barbara Chapman to place these orders at 843.873.2627.