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!


Porches

Every evening, Michael and I enjoy sitting out on the porch, while watching the sunset and listening to the tree frogs serenade us. With fall’s cooler weather we are reaching peak porch season. There are many factors to consider to create the best experience for outdoor living.

The best location for a porch is the south façade. This protects the interior from the hot summer sun and provides a cozy spot for winter days. Likewise, do not put porches on the north, unless it is a small covered entrance for a door.  Large porches on the north side of the house tend to be dark, dank and uninviting.

Most porches need to accommodate both an eating area and a comfy sitting area. Ten feet deep is a good starting point for the porch. Fourteen to sixteen feet is more gracious. Allow for at least three feet around all sides of a dining table to give maneuvering room for chairs.

Unless you are ocean front with a constant breeze, most people want to have a screened porch. Retractable screen are extremely popular because they can be rolled up when not in use and not block the view. Fenetex offers a dual insect and hurricane screen for the ultimate protection. Ceiling fans will help beat the heat and keep the bugs at bay. The ceiling fan should be U.L. rated for Wet Locations for safety and longevity of the fan.

Here in the lowcountry, many porches are raised to be out of the flood plain. If the house does not need raising, porches that are 30” or less from the adjacent grade, deck or terrace do not need a railing. This is ideal because the view remains open.

Adding an exterior fireplace to the porch to extends porch season to a year-round activity.

Finally, outfit the porch for leisurely visiting and entertaining with lowcountry favorites such as swinging day beds, joggling boards and Pawley island hammocks.

 


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


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.