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

October Construction Updates

The weather is cooling off and activity on our job sites is in full swing!

The Magnolia

First, I want to show one of our Close to Custom houses that has been recently completed in Mississippi. The owners are so happy with their dogtrot! You can see more info about the Magnolia here.

 

Camellia

Another Close to Custom design, the Camellia, is in the beginning stages in Islands of Beaufort. The foundation is a sealed crawl space for the house and a slab for the garage.

Lucy Creek

Our friends on Lucy Creek are renovating to improve their outdoor living space. It is going to be a fabulous spot to enjoy the view!

Cane Island

Interior trim is going in, and wow, it looks fantastic! That stair hall!

Spring Island Reno

The goal for the kitchen was to lighten and modernize, I think we’ve achieved it at the Shrimp Pond Studio house. Loving the cabinets by Sanders Woodworks!


On the Boards- September 2021

This month we are showing several smaller projects that we’ve been working on over the last few months.

Berkeley Hall

These clients are adding a great outdoor living space and pool to their Bluffton, SC house.

Okatie, SC

A new design for a fish camp on the Chechessee River in Okatie, SC

Cat Island

Beautiful outdoor spaces that are perfect for entertaining on Cat Island, SC

Lady’s Island, SC

A new garage/carriage house for a young family on Lady’s Island.


On the Boards in July

Brays Island

Here’s a house on Brays Island that we designed years ago. The new owners are adding on to the main house and also building a new guest house.

Brays Island Addition

Palmetto Bluff House

This house is on a beautiful, wooded lot in Palmetto Bluff. The guest house is already built, we designed the main house and garage to complement the existing building and to take advantage of the marsh views over the May River.

Fripp Island

A fun renovation project on Fripp Island, perfect for family vacations, all year long!

Lady’s Island

This project is an outdoor living improvement. We have gotten lots of calls lately about improving outdoor living spaces. Adding pools, decks, porches, fireplaces/ firepits, outdoor seating, kitchen and dining is super popular right now!


St. Marks Church

Though we are a residential architecture firm, we occasionally take on projects that are not houses. The historic Union Church in Port Royal is one of these special projects. The building known as Union Church is home to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, of which Jane and Michael are members.

The church was built in 1877-78. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant both architecturally, as a good example of the vernacular forms of the era; and as an emblem of the social history of the Reconstruction era and the Port Royal Experiment. The nomination form for the National Register of Historic Places provides a lot more information about the building’s significant history.

Our approach to this renovation was to maintain the historic character of the church. There is a small addition which houses a sacristy and bathroom, and the original building was opened up. A covered ramp and new landscaping were added outside.

Here are a few photos of the building before the renovation:

Project Team:

Photos: Richard Leo Johnson. Atlantic Archives

Contractor: Beaufort Construction of SC

Landscape: The Lindsay Company

Structural Engineering: 29e6