Crosby Addition

Revisiting the Crosby's House

It is always fun to revisit a project after many years. Usually we are called in when a new owner buys one of our houses and wants to make it their own. This fall we are revisiting the Crosby's house for the original owners. The house was built as a weekend retreat and over the years the Crosbys decided it should be their full time residence. This prompted them to call us to add a true master's suite, enlarge the mud room and add a larger laundry room.

The Crosby's bought the vacant lot next door so the new master suite expands to the east. The existing master bedroom becomes a new den; while the existing master bath and closet becomes a bath for the pool and the laundry. The former laundry becomes a pantry and a mud room is added onto the western side between the house and garage.

Crosby Addition

Here is a link to the original house.


Broad Margins by Frank Lloyd Wright

Broad Margin by Frank Lloyd Wright

Several years ago, we had the delightful pleasure of visiting, Broad Margin, the only other project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in South Carolina. We were entertained by the original contractor and viewed the complete set of working drawings for the house and furniture, all six pages of them!

The 1727 square foot, three bedroom, two and one half bath, Broad Margin was designed by Wright in 1951 for sisters, the Misses Gabrielle and Charlcey Austin. Wright named the house Broad Margin after the passage, “I love a broad margin to my life.” from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.   In 1978, the house was listed on the National Registered of Historic Places.

Usonian House

Broad Margin is an Usonian House, a term coined by Wright to describe his small affordable houses that were typically single story, built on a concrete slab of native materials with large overhangs. He was particularly sensitive to building the house to fit into the landscape.

Siting

The siting of the Broad Margin is quintessential Wright. The downtown Greenville site is heavily wooded and bordered by two creeks; you feel like you are miles from civilization. The approach to the house is from above and your first view is of the large low sloped roof. The modest entrance is through the carport into a narrow hall that functions as a spine to the building. All the rooms open out to the view and a series of decks that step down the hillside.

The house is constructed of stone, poured in place concrete, Lowcountry cypress and glass. The great room has a magnificent sunken stone fireplace as the focal point. The kitchen is the only room without a view but it has an eighteen foot ceiling culminating in a skylight. The floor is Wright’s signature red poured in place concrete with radiant heating.

The current owner has lovingly restored the house and had the dining room table rebuilt to Wright’s specifications, a previous owner sold the dining room furniture. Most of the other original furniture designed by Wright is still in place.

 


Phillip Johnson Berm House

A Trip to Cincinnati

Phillip Johnson's Geier House

Our office attended the AIA Custom Residential Architect's Network Symposium in Cincinnati. One of the highlights of the home tour was Phillip Johnson's Geier House, which is also called the Berm House. The house was built in 1965 in the town Indian Hills just a few miles northeast of Cincinnati. The flat site was modified to create a small lake and the house was built into berms. All the rooms have large glass walls opening onto the lake.

 

Peterloon Foundation

This big snail (one of four) is on the wall between the dependency building and the main house at the Peterloon Foundation. The country estate was designed in 1928 by the architecture firm of Delano & Aldrich.

Rauh House

This 1938 International Style house was designed by John Becker. It is located Woodlawn, Ohio. The house had changed hands several time and had fallen into disrepair. It was slated to be demolished until Emily Pulitzer, who grew up in the home, stepped in and paid for the restoration. She donated the house to the Cincinnati Preservation Society, who put restrictions on the property and sold it to the current owner.

Hawkins House

The Hawkins house was designed for a client who uses a wheel chair which inspired the interior and exterior ramps. This Indian Hills, Ohio house was designed by architect David Niland


Under Construction- October Update

The weather has cooled down a bit and activity on these Beaufort County homes is in full swing. We are excited about the progress on these projects under construction in October, it is always a thrill to see our  designs come to life! It will not be long until we have happy, happy owners living in their dream homes!

Factory Creek House #2

This house is looking great with the siding and roofing completed. The electrical rough in is in progress.

Bray's Island Renovation & Addition

This project consists of a major renovation of an existing house, as well as a guest house addition.

They are prepping the main house for interior and exterior paint, as well as finishing up interior trim.

Brays Island guest house addition is in the framing phase.

Factory Creek House #1

The details are coming together beautifully in this house. We love the way the interior stair was executed.

This New Ravenna mosaic tile in the master bath is gorgeous!

Spring Island House

Siding and Roofing installation are in progress at our Spring Island project. Spray foam insulation is complete and the drywall should be hung soon. 

Port Royal Plantation House

This house is looking great with the drywall up! The contractor is beginning to run interior trim and install interior doors.


On the Boards in September

This month our projects on the boards include two renovation projects and the house in Seattle that we have been working on for a while.

Addition and Renovation on Lady's Island

This project on the boards is a small house just down the street from our office. It is on the marshes of the inter-coastal waterway with great trees and a fantastic view. The existing house has a garage and storage on the ground floor which is in the flood plain. We are renovating the first floor and adding a second floor which will house the master bedroom suite and office.

Renovation on St. Helena's Island

The previous owner of this house watched too much HGTV - it is a DIY nightmare. My five year old granddaughter probably could do a better job than this one. Some projects were started and never finished and others looked like whatever material happened to by lying around was used. As you can see it is on a beautiful view. The interior is extremely dark and does not open up to the view.

A new house in Seattle

We have been working on this project for a few months - this is the latest iteration of it. We think it just keeps getting better and better!


Suited to a T

The new national magazine, Residential Design, chose to publish our T-House in their second-ever issue! We couldn't be more pleased with the article, which so accurately captures the essence of our town and our firm. This project was great fun and our enjoyment of the design and process is reflected in the final product.

Editor Claire Conroy wrote, “Although much new building in the area evokes the “Lowcountry” look without a thoughtful understanding of its practical aspects and pleasing proportions, several local firms are mining these antecedents in fresh, appealing ways. Frederick + Frederick is one of the best examples. Jane and Michael have a deep knowledge of the climate, sensibilities, and sensitivities of the place they call home and headquarters for the firm. They understand the traditions of the Lowcountry, and the subtle ways to honor and elevate them at the same time.”

The issue focuses on small houses. Conroy commented “A small house is like a poem. Each design choice must fit the rhythm perfectly. It’s often as much about editing out what’s not essential as it is about choosing what to include.”

Check out the article from Residential Design here


AIA South Carolina 2017 Firm Award

The AIA South Carolina Board of Directors awarded Frederick + Frederick Architects with the 2017 Firm Award at their annual awards banquet on April 21, 2017. The Firm Award is the highest honor that the American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter can bestow upon a South Carolina architectural firm. The award is given in recognition of design excellence and contribution to the profession of architecture that has made a lasting influence on the practice of architecture in South Carolina.

Kate Schwennsen, Director + Professor, Clemson School of Architecture, wrote in her nomination letter, “Frederick + Frederick is unquestionably a Small Firm with Big Impact, and a firm that many other firms look to for exemplary practice. The design excellence of their body of work has been widely recognized … But perhaps what is most uniquely important about Frederick + Frederick, the raison d’etre of their success, and the thing from which other firms could learn the most, is their innovative and supportive firm culture. They are a family-owned business that sincerely treats their employees like family. Jane and Michael moved to Beaufort to enjoy the lifestyle there … [and] so they do.”

Principal Jane Frederick said that they are humbled and thrilled to be recognized by their peers. “We would not be where we are today without all the fantastic clients who have made our work possible.” The Firm Award was first conferred in 1993 and Frederick + Frederick Architects is the tenth firm to receive the recognition in the awards 24-year history. Frederick + Frederick is honored and delighted to be the 2017 AIA South Carolina Firm Award Recipient.

Frederick + Frederick Architects specialize in custom homes for hot, humid climates. The Beaufort, South Carolina, firm was established in 1989 by the husband and wife team of Jane and Michael Frederick.


Under Construction August Update

Factory Creek Houses

The Factory Creek 1 house has cabinets being installed. We are looking forward to this house being finished soon.

Factory Creek house ii

Fripp Island Remodel

We started this project with raising the house about 3 feet to bring it above the flood plain. The post about raising the house is here

Spring Island

Hilton Head


A new table for our studio!

It was time to upgrade the table in our studio. The table that sat in the center of our space was outdated, very wobbly and had a broken glass top. So naturally, we designed and built a table that is perfect for us!

Michael designed the table, with input from the team. It is simple and clean, made from steel tube legs and with a steel plate top. We decided on standing height, since we never sat at our old table.

Now for the fun part! Tom took the lead on welding the table, which may not have been the fun part for him in 90 degree weather.

We all took turns with the grinder. Benjie shot some pretty impressive videos full of flying sparks!

After the base was welded and the table had rusted to our liking, we brought the pieces into the studio to assemble. The table is too big to fit through the door, so it will remain in the office for the foreseeable future.

It took us about a month of  our "Friday Fun" time to complete the table (we always knock off from work at 4:00 on Fridays to have a little fun together). We are very happy with the result!


New York Boat Tour

 

New York is always fun to visit and this year we took an architectural boat tour around Manhattan. AIA New York has teamed up with the Classic Harbor Line to offer daily boat tours leaving from Chelsea Piers. The tours are led by a local architects who’s knowledge of the areas architecture is invaluable.

The almost three hour tour first takes you to a up close view of the Statue of Liberty. Then the boat goes up the East River, through the Harlem River and down the Hudson River where you get to view the New Jersey Palisades.

Another highlight of the tour is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Park on the tip of Roosevelt Island. The park was one of the last projects designed by the renowned architect Louis I. Kahn in 1972. It was finally built in 2010-2012.

Go here to book your tour.