Pyramid Construction

The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C., is a high-end community known for its beautiful lake and mountain views and featuring amenities such as lake access, golf course, marina, pool pavilion, tennis complex, and gated security. Homes typically have a rustic feel, a style Pyramid Construction complemented with a lakeside cottage style that became a part of the Village Point neighborhood within the community.

Since this was a new style for the area, Pyramid took a chance and opted for a refreshed product. “We blended the cottage feel to make a lakeside design, and included all the amenities homeowners look for in a lakeside home: high-end appliances, nice fixtures, retractable screens, and more,” says Barry Griffith, one of the owners of Pyramid Construction.

The topography of the area created quite the challenge because of its tight and sloped lots. To compensate for site elevation, all homes are three levels and include walk-out basements and garages on the main level.

One of the overarching goals of the project was to build homes that meet a specific price point and also have maintenance-free features that consumers expect, Griffith adds. Choosing Nichiha for the siding was key in making this happen.

Homes in the Sunset area oftentimes feature natural siding; however, Pyramid chose Nichiha’s Savannah Smooth and NichiPanels fiber cement for all 14 new homes. This decision to use these products served two purposes: They provide the look and feel of the natural product with the advantage of low maintenance and they fit the lakeside style that was desired. “We like the thick wood look with the accentuated shadow lines,” Griffith adds.

In addition, the thicker Nichiha boards were selected so they could be mitered at 45 degrees on the corners to add to the high-end design, eliminating the vertical corner boards on the outside of the homes.

The result of the Village Point homes is an eye-catching, refreshed high-end design aesthetic that still complements neighboring houses. A streamlined process and team communication also made this project a success. “Our team approach includes the architect, owners, suppliers, and subcontractors,” Griffith says. “The Nichiha rep was a big asset in the process of determining which products would accomplish our goals.”


Pyramid Construction, Inc.


Piedmont, S.C.


Nichiha Savannah Smooth and NichiPanels


Fourteen homes were designed and built in an area called Village Point inside the exclusive Reserve community. They offer an improved lakeside design for the area at an attractive price point.


Nichiha Savannah Smooth and NichiPanels were used to enhance the lakeside design chosen for the homes providing a low-maintenance solution while still achieving a high-end design look.


The team wanted to build new homes in The Reserve at the Lake Keowee community that offered high-end design and low-maintenance at a price point that welcomed more potential buyers.

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