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


May Construction

Spring Island

This house (and its owners) are special to us. While its not uncommon for us to revisit a Frederick + Frederick house to renovate or add-on, we don’t typically get the opportunity for so many projects at the same house. This house was built around 2000, then we built the guitar & quilting studio and a courtyard for new owners (photos of that project are here). We won an honor award from AIASC for this phase of the project.

Then we did a bathroom renovation and modified the gable end in the front of the house.  Now we are renovating the kitchen, pantry and downstairs bedroom. Demo is complete and framing is underway!

Cane Island

Siding is mostly complete, decking and window trim are being installed. The house on Cane Island is looking great!

Brays Island

This big renovation project is nearing completion. It is a really unique project and we can’t wait to see the final product soon!


Palmetto Bluff House

On the Boards in Palmetto Bluff

Our latest project on the boards is in Palmetto Bluff, just down the road from the Kessler’s house.

There is an existing cottage on the lot. We are designing the main house, which will connect to the cottage via a glassed in walkway.


Improve your home

2021 Kitchen and Bath Trends

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the online home design platform Houzz, recently released independent reports on design trends for kitchens and bathrooms. The AIA’s research is gathered from a panel of 500 AIA architects who specialized in residential design. Houzz’s research is from their community of homeowners who have recently completed a renovation project.

Unsurprisingly, with more people staying at home due to the pandemic, there are new trends reflecting how we are adapting. Due to the desire the carve our personal space the request for an open concept floor plan by opening the kitchen up to other living spaces decreased significantly; the AIA reported an eleven percent decrease and Houzz a ten percent decrease.

As people limited their trips to the grocery store, pantries increased in size. The AIA and Houzz reported growth of 10% and 13% respectively. The AIA reported that pantries are not only bigger but they are now a work hub with an additional dishwasher, refrigerator and other small appliances. Pictured above is what our clients call their “Costco Room” in their under construction house- plenty of space for all the toilet paper.

Bluffton screen porch

Opening the kitchen to an outdoor living space continued to grow in popularity with outdoor kitchens the leading trend reported by the AIA.

According to the Houzz survey for style trends, the most popular style for kitchens is transitional, with modern and contemporary styles in a close second. Farmhouse style peaked in 2019 and continues to decline popularity.

The AIA found that the top three trends in bathroom design include larger curb-less showers, universal design for aging in place, and shower stalls without a separate tub in the bathroom. Houzz reported that only 10% of renovators include a separate bathtub.

Houzz renovators cited an old and outdated space as their primary reason for the project. Therefore 89% of the homeowners change the style of the bathroom. The desire for clean lines resulted in modern as the number one style for bathroom remodels with contemporary in a close second. Traditional and farmhouse are not as desirable.

Whole house remodels and additions grew by 27% in 2020 and kitchen and bath remodeling projects grew by 20% according to the AIA. Due to this increase, firm project backlogs are currently five to six months.

master bath

Though not cited in the research by Houzz or AIA, outdoor showers are very popular among our clients. I imagine this is a geographic trend, and that an outdoor shower is not requested often in a cold or snowy location. Here in the Lowcountry, the climate and the proximity to the beach make this trend popular and practical.


March Construction

Cane Island

The house on Cane Island is looking great. The house is dried in and work continues on exterior trim, roof installation and rough ins for HVAC and plumbing.

Brays Island Renovation

St Helena Island Dogtrot Cottage

The owners have moved in to this lovely little house. The dogtrot is outdoor living space which separates the kitchen/living areas from the bedroom.

Fripp Island

This Fripp Island House is very nearly complete, which just punch list items remaining, as well as landscaping. Until the plants are installed, the frog will have to hang on the deck. 😉

Many of the projects that we have shown recently in our under construction posts are nearing completion, but not to worry; We have exciting projects on the boards and beginning construction!


Early Spring on the boards

Fripp Island

As we finish up one beachfront house on Fripp Island, we begin another. This house will have the public areas (kitchen, great room, outdoor dining) and primary bedroom on the second floor and the guest bedrooms on the first floor. The views over the beach and ocean are spectacular from the upper floor, so we may as well flip the house in order to have the best view from the areas where the family will spend the most time.

Harbor Island

Here’s another “upside down” house. This one is on Harbor Island and has views of both the ocean and of St. Helena Sound. This is a relatively small house that makes efficient use of space. The T shaped plan allows for great views from every room, ample outdoor living areas, and refreshing cross ventilation when the weather’s good for open windows.

Brays Island Cabin

The latest drawings from our cabin on Brays Island. When Brays Island was developed, the lots were divided so that they are all one-acre circular lots, resulting in privacy and screening from neighboring houses for its residents.

Brays Island Addition

Here’s another project at Brays Island. We designed this house about 20 years ago and new owner has some modifications to make. One the main house, they are building a small addition to house their book collection. They are also building a two story guest house.


Birthday!

Today is our 32nd Birthday!

We are so grateful for the past 32 years. To our wonderful clients, great colleagues and awesome employees, we can’t thank you enough! Stopped by our butterfly dogtrot cottage this morning, and man, is it looking great?!


Virtual walk through

Virtual Walk-through

(click the link above to see the walk-through- this does not work on mobile, you need to use a desktop)

In addition to offering a full virtual reality experience in our office, we have begun creating virtual walk-throughs for our clients which can be viewed anywhere. It's not as immersive as when you wear the virtual reality goggles, but it is still pretty enjoyable. This is the Cane Island house that is currently under construction.  See the preliminary design here.


Ocean house

January Construction

Fripp Island

This Fripp Island house is almost finished. We love happy clients, and these clients are really happy! Here’s what Cindy (the homeowner) said:

My husband found Frederick and Frederick and they are a perfect fit for “build avoidant” me.  They worked tirelessly with us on the front end in the planning phase to alleviate surprises and last minute costly change orders.  They listened diligently to our wants and needs and got our hopes and dreams on paper.  The materials used in our home are the newest and most efficient as well as storm resistant.  We have the latest and greatest in our home.  Best of all, they manage the construction itself.  There is someone in our corner who understands the process, the materials, the applications and they work for us.  Michael Frederick is on-site every week to make sure the build process is happening according to our specifications, no shortcuts are taken and in general that things are being done correctly.  Michael reviews all of our builder’s invoices prior to us paying them.  Michael is on top of everything and works diligently to make sure we are happy.  Guess what?  We are happy.  Actually we are beyond happy with how things are working out for us.  We love our new home and can’t wait to move in in February.

So anyone out there who is looking for a top notch, full service architecture firm, check out Frederick and Frederick in Beaufort, SC.  Tell them Cindy & Steve sent you.

Groundbreaking at Long Cove

Steve and Julie had a glass of champagne and threw out a golden shovelful of dirt to mark the beginning of construction on their Long Cove Club house. Steve owns Coastal Signature Homes and is the builder on our big Brays Island renovation. Its fun to have a colleague as a client!

Brays Island Renovation


November Construction

Phase 3 of the Kessler Residence

The Art Studio/ Guest House is pretty much finished. We enjoy working with Esposito Construction and appreciate the quality of construction they deliver. See the rest of this project here.

Brays Island Renovation

Currently, they are working on painting, carpentry, hvac and roofing. The project is about 70% complete.

Fripp Island

The house is getting very close to completion. I just love how the morning light fills the room and makes the walnut media center look so pretty.