Molds Are Made to be Broken
John Moleski brings contemporary to Lowcountry classics in this pioneering Palmetto Bluff house.
Lowcountry builder John Moleski of JM Designer Properties skipped the traditional and opted for the latest trends in creating his show home that sits front and center in Palmetto Bluff.
John Moleski's eyes glimmer as he points out the features that make his JM Designer Properties show home in Palmetto Bluff stand out from the other million-dollar properties in the upscale Bluffton development. It’s obvious he geeks out with regard to style trends as he gushes about the modern touches his new home brings to a community that tilts more toward the traditional.
“I think the house is still very relatable, but it’s just more on-trend than a lot of the houses in here tend to be,” Moleski says. “I don’t want to build what someone built yesterday. What’s the excitement in that? That’s like buying an 8-track or a record player. I want to be the next thing.”
Moleski certainly has made a splash with his first foray into Palmetto Bluff, the sprawling development where the Lowcountry’s natural resources take center stage. He selected a lot that puts his creation on full display—rather than a secluded spot behind multiple gates, Moleski’s show home sits near the four-way stop through which almost all traffic in the resort flows.
The uniqueness doesn’t end there, though. The home is loaded with contemporary touches that aren’t yet common in the community.
“Most of the homes that are in Palmetto Bluff are pretty traditional, so I wanted to break the mold a little bit,” Moleski says. “I want to differentiate myself from all of the other builders, and I think one way to do that is by incorporating what is really current these days.”
Instead of the typical pine or oak floors, Moleski opted for black walnut throughout the main level, a touch that carries through to the windowsills. In lieu of the reclaimed wood fireplaces common in Palmetto Bluff homes, Moleski created a stunning marble slab that creates a focal point for the room and accentuates the towering 23 foot ceiling, and he skipped the standard wood beams to draw the eye upward, instead featuring a trim design on the ceiling in the same “Knight’s Armor” paint color as the thick casings around the feature window.
That massive window overlooks Mount Pelia activity in Palmetto Bluff featuring restaurants and office spaces, as well as ample green space leading to the May River.