Lowcountry Local Products

Lowcountry style, but with a unique twist, is an idea we have gotten pretty familiar with here at Frederick + Frederick. We believe that houses should be integrated into their place, they should belong. One way to achieve this goal is to use building materials that are native or made here in the Lowcountry. The house often features tabby (a concrete aggregate made with oyster shell), handmade brick, and native wood species. There are a number of products being made here in the Lowcountry evoke the vibe.

Palmetto Bluff kitchen

Lowcountry Originals is based in Bluffton, SC. Their handmade light fixtures reflect the natural materials and patterns of the area.

Savannah Surfaces has developed a paver product that we have been using a lot and it looks great! It is a porcelain paver that is patterned to mimic the look of tabby. Tabby is so quintessential “Lowcountry” but its not great underfoot. The porcelain “Old World Tabby” brings the desired look to a material that is better suited for pavers and pool decks.

This custom iron stair railing was designed by Michael Frederick. It’s meant to be evocative of the colors and shapes of the marsh grass that surrounds our islands.

Ahern’s Anvil fabricated this hammered iron stair rail (above) for a custom touch at a Hilton Head Island project.

Palmetto Bluff living

Charleston Architectural Glass creates gorgeous custom glass- we have used their antiqued mirrors in interior transoms where privacy is desired. The effect is a subtle reflection of the room and the light without being too highly reflective.

Vetrostone is a countertop material that is manufactured in Yemassee, SC. They use recycled glass and shell mixed in quartz to create a uniquely coastal material.


Great Outdoor Spaces

October in the Lowcountry is pretty magical. The aggressive summertime heat has given way to pleasant temperatures. Fall in South Carolina is one of our favorite times to enjoy the natural beauty of our area.

The approach of focusing on a connection nature in our built environments is called biophilic design. Studies show that incorporating biophilic design improves human health (physically and mentally), lowers stress, and increases productivity. A connection to natural rhythms is an integral part of our work. Our process begins with a detailed site analysis to consider the natural movement of the place; the direction of prevailing breezes, the sun angles throughout the year, the dynamic views. We design to incorporate these elements into the project. We bring outside in, but we also design for living outside. Patio, screen porch, outdoor kitchen & dining, firepit, outdoor shower- a few of our favorite places!


End of Summer Construction Update

Anyone in the Lowcountry knows that August means rain, rain, rain! Especially this year! So while the rain has slowed construction down some, there is still a lot of progress on some FAB houses!

 

Here’s the Bray’s Island cabin- we are loving seeing this one take shape!

The Camellia in Islands of Beaufort! It’s a treat working on this house- the clients and the whole team are making the process a lot of FUN!

We call this one a “Great Porch”, instead of a Great Room inside the house. With our climate, why not bring your main living space outside?? GREAT idea!

I saved the best for last- our office VR room! Before, this room was only nice when we were wearing the VR goggles and transported into one of our designs, now we can enjoy reality too! Our material samples have a very nice home in our custom, cypress cabinetry. Thanks to Powell Brothers Construction and to Charles Stevens for our beautiful venetian plaster walls.


Contemporary St Helena Island House

We are pretty excited about the preliminary design of our latest house. Think lots of glass- looking onto spectacular creek view, gracious living spaces, both inside and out, the roofs are flat and either loaded up with solar panels or vegetation. It is fun to design for these clients who requested an “ultra-modern” house. The house is raised up to get it out of the flood plain, which also capitalizes on prevailing breezes.

Designing is a process – we present the initial design to our clients which begins the conversation. The above sketches were the first designs after feedback from our clients we revised the design as shown below.


OTB Frogmore

Our latest project on the boards is for a young, active family moving to Frogmore, SC. The piazza, screen porch and courtyard double the living space. The kids all have a fun loft space above their bedrooms; perfect as a reading/study nook or a hide-and-seek spot.


On the Boards- Camp St Mary

Our clients purchased an acre and a half on the Okatie River, the property is on a high bluff- a gorgeous view. There is an existing house on the property, a single story, brick house built in the 1970’s. Initially, we designed a renovation of the existing house. After analysis of the amount of work required, and the fact that they were structural concerns due to a very large live oak tree that was really close to the house, we’ve decided that a new house is the best course of action. Here are the preliminary design sketches.


On the Boards

The latest new house on the boards is on deep water on the Coosaw River. The clients wanted a “Mediterranean Ranch.” Here’s what we’ve come up with

 


February Construction Update

It’s February in the Lowcountry, which means it can be 37 degrees or 73 degrees, like today! We are loving watching our projects being built. First up is the Cane Island house, which is going to be amazing! This week, they are working on the interior stairs and they just finished sanding the wood floors. Here’s a couple photos:

The Brays Island renovation is 99% done, and wow, looks great!  Next time we will share professional photography of this stunning house, as well as the before pictures.

We have two of our Camellia plan houses being built in Beaufort right now! Its fun to see them side-by side

The first is in Islands of Beaufort:

The other Camellia is in the Grays Hill area of Northern Beaufort County, on the Marshes of McCalley Creek

These three projects are just getting started. A new house on Brays Island, the great porch on St. Helena Island and a renovation project in Rose Hill.


On the Boards November

Fripp Island, SC

Coffin Point, St. Helena

This house is a dogtrot, with two bedrooms in the main house and another over the garage (one of the elevations shows an optional one-story garage, but the clients preferred the two-story option)

Colleton River

This house was put on hold last spring and is now back on the boards. It has undergone some revisions to meet the owner’s requirements.


Late Fall construction update

Brays Island- Hutto Cabin

Construction has begun on the cabin on Brays Island, look back to this post to see the preliminary design of this house.

Elevation detail and a section through the Great Room of the house:

The Camellia, in Islands of Beaufort

This is our Camellia plan (see more here), that has been customized for clients in Islands of Beaufort.

 

Here are some recent interior elevations of the kitchen and pantry.

Cane Island

Trim and tile installation continue at Cane Island

Spring Island

The contractors are almost finished on this Spring Island renovation. We also helped with the interiors on this house. We added some new pieces while keeping many of the existing.  There is a whole new furniture plan that focuses on how the clients used the space.

Renovated Kitchen

Renovated Kitchen