Today's Home: McCormick County, S.C., on the Savannah River

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When Vic and Karen Chrjapin started developing plans for their dream home more than a decade ago, two primary aspects of their home design were to be noted – its open space and a creative use of the Savannah River.

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Karen Chrjapin stands on the porch in the back of her house.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Karen Chrjapin stands on the porch in the back of her house.

“You get the feeling that we’re floating on the water,” Karen said.

The two-story, 3½-bedroom house is purposely built to withstand the brunt of nature’s fury, she said, citing the steel frame.

The 3,200-square-foot home is nestled among towering pines and oaks off Furys Ferry Road, along the Savannah River in McCormick County, S.C.

“My husband wanted our frame constructed of steel instead of the usual wood. We’re happy about our choices,” said the retired entrepreneur and homemaker.

Four white antebellum columns purposely accentuate the conservative front exterior. Finally, modern furnishings are blended with a mix of antique family heirlooms. Chrjapin describes the resulting look as her “eccentric expression.”

“Our two-story foyer is visually striking,’’ she said. ‘‘We designed the house to take advantage of the river’s view. It was important that all three bedrooms have a view of the river, and the laundry room, too.”

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