March 2020 Under Construction

St. Simons Island

We designed this St. Simons Island house around this fabulous Live Oak. The clients wanted the house to gently fit into the neighborhood unlike some of the recent new homes that over power the street.

The swimming pool is raised to be level with the first floor. This creates privacy from the road and maximizes the great view over the marsh.

The bookmatched stone fireplace is stunning.

Fripp Island

What a great view!


2030

2030 commitment

Jane is one of a number of architects interviewed for this article in Architectural Digest. She talks about AIA's role in combating climate change, such as the AIA 2030.

"Some firms have been grappling with these larger questions for years, while others have yet to take them into consideration at all. In 2006, the nonprofit group Architecture 2030 issued the 2030 Challenge, which seeks to make all new buildings, developments, and renovations carbon-neutral by 2030. The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2030 Commitment brings together firms to work toward this challenge, evaluating each reporting signatory firm’s entire portfolio and collecting data on the progress being made. According to AIA President Jane Frederick, 252 out of 600 signatory firms reported data in 2018, and the reported projects had an overall predicted energy-use reduction equivalent to avoiding 17.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions."

In our office, we are working on getting all of our energy data reported to the design data exchange for the 2030 commitment, we will blog about those results in the near future.

If you are an architect, is your firm a signatory? Are you reporting? If not, why not? Sign up here!

Read the article in Architectural Digest here:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/climate-change-design-architecture

Jane is currently at Carbon Positive '20 Conference and Expo. I am sure she will come back with inspiration and knowledge that will help us continue to improve in our goal to reduce the carbon footprint across our portfolio.


Inauguration Festivities

Jane was welcomed by 2019 AIA President Bill Bates at her inauguration as the 96th president of The American Institute of Architects. The entire family and office traveled to Washington, DC to celebrate. Jane gave a speech that Benjie recorded here. Afterwards everyone enjoyed dancing the night away. David Lauderdale with the Island Packet wrote a great article about Jane.


roof terrace

Long Cove Club Renovation

BIG changes at this Long Cove Club house on Hilton Head Island! Slide to see the before and after transformation.

 

The front exterior was refreshed by raising the existing porch roof, replacing the existing columns with new columns, all new windows, a new front door with sidelights, cable rail on the stair rail and new landscaping.

The new stair rail, by Sean Ahern of Ahern’s Anvil is so much more elegant than the existing. And who wants the HVAC return to be the first thing you see when entering the house? Not us- relocating it definitely elevates the space.

The kitchen is much brighter and more open than before, with a huge island and beautiful cabinetry.

The old pine media center just screamed 1990’s. Here the shelving and fireplace are updated for the 21st Century. Large lift and slide doors bring lots of light in and connect the interior living to the exterior.

This is where this family is going to be spending all their time! Hilton Head Living at its finest!

New outdoor living area with roll down insect screens, new brick fireplace, new roof terrace with insane views over the marshes of Broad Creek, accessed by a new spiral stair. The pool was redone, an outdoor shower added. Replacing the existing rail with cable rail really makes a huge difference!

The team and the clients are HAPPY! Thanks to Esposito Construction and to our FAB clients! What a fun project this was!

Sometimes people think that building a new house is the only way to achieve their dream home, but we are here to tell you, that sometimes a renovation is the way to go. It can be less expensive and more sustainable to rework an existing house. This Long Cove Club renovation is proof. Check out this major renovation on Fripp Island for another example of a transformative renovation.


Palmetto Bluff: On the Boards

Remember the Kessler House in Palmetto Bluff? The master plan has always included a third building, which provides a nice balance to the house. Construction is about to begin on the final phase of this project. This building houses an art studio, bicycle storage and a bedroom. Here are the preliminary drawings…

Palmetto Bluff elevation
3d drawing
floor plan palmetto bluff

Lowcountry creek

Renovation on St. Helena

This house sits on a fabulous lot overlooking Chowan Creek on St. Helena Island, but could use some improvements. The plan is choppy and the kitchen is small. The outdoor living spaces are disjointed. Our plan opens the living, dining, kitchen areas and creates a pantry/mudroom space by adding on a master suite.

Existing First Floor Plan

New First Floor Plan

Existing Second Floor Plan

New Second Floor Plan

Site Plan


Pond at Auldbrass

Auldbrass

Auldbrass pool

We had the pleasure of attending the Beaufort County Open Land Trust’s biannual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Auldbrass Plantation, in Yemassee, South Carolina. It was a real treat to see this property. It has been so lovingly cared for, both in restoration of the original construction and in fruition of many of Wright’s plans that were never realized by the original owner.

The property is Frank Lloyd Wright’s only “plantation,” which in this case means that it is a sprawling compound with multiple outbuildings, barns and pastures. All the buildings are unassuming from the exterior, designed to fit into the landscape of large live oaks and a cypress pond. In fact, the buildings are famously devoid of right angles, the exterior walls angled to mimic the monstrous oaks that surround them.

There are a number of other design elements that reflect the locale. The Auldbrass symbol which is cut out of the clerestories throughout the house is said to be representative of the Yemassee Indians in a boat. The copper downspouts are sculptural homages to the spanish moss that drips from the oaks all around. The plan of the main house is regionally appropriate, designed to lessen the heat gain in the hot, humid climate.

Wright’s signature Cherokee red is prevalent, from the gravel (which we were told is painted to match now!) to the custom cars that Wright commissioned.

See an older post about our visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Broad Margin” house in Greenville, South Carolina by following this link.


December Construction Update

December Construction Progress

Fripp Island

The beach front house on Fripp Island is going up! Second floor walls and ceiling are being framed and the sheathing is being installed. Remember when this house was on the boards (click link to see the preliminary design)? We made some changes from that original design, which is very typical of how we work; always morphing the design to fit the clients needs, wants, and budget.

 

St. Simons Island

The house on St. Simons Island is getting pretty close to completion and is looking fantastic! Benjie visits the site once a month, since it is farther from our office than most of our projects that we visit weekly. The fireplace photo is from last month, there has been more progress, but the photo from last month was better. How gorgeous is that bookmatched quartzite stone??

 

St. Helena Island Renovation

A major renovation is under way on St. Helena's Island, see this project on the boards here.

Got to love a good dog on the job site!

 

 


Jane inaugurated as the 2020 President of The American Institute of Architects

WASHINGTON – Dec. 16, 2019 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) inaugurated Jane Frederick, FAIA, as its 96th president on Friday, Dec. 13.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to join the distinguished line of presidents who have led the American Institute of Architects,” said Frederick. “As I step into this role, I’m asking what will happen for us in this next year. At this moment in the world’s history, the answer couldn’t be more clear, that 2020 must be the year architects assert our leadership and have a meaningful impact in climate action.”

Frederick has held a myriad of leadership positions at the AIA, including serving as the AIA 2019 first vice president; South Atlantic Regional representative on the Strategic Council; at-large director on the National Board; and president of AIA South Carolina. Additionally, she has served on the AIA Small Firm Round Table Executive Committee and NAAB Accreditation teams. She has also chaired numerous local planning boards and is a Liberty Fellow.

Her award-winning firm Frederick + Frederick Architects—where she is a principal—in Beaufort, South Carolina, specializes in custom residences and has earned 18 state and local design awards. It was honored with AIA South Carolina’s 2017 Firm Award as well as Southern Living Magazine’s Best Renovation of 2009.

Frederick earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University. She is licensed in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and also holds LEED AP certification.

AIA elects its presidents (who are volunteer leaders within AIA’s membership of 95,000) on an annual basis. Frederick will serve as the Institute’s president until Dec. 4, 2020. Complete details of AIA’s leadership are available online.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


3D drawing lowcountry cottage

On the Boards- Lowcountry Cottage

There is something very satisfying about a compact and efficient cottage, especially here in the lowcountry where most of us would rather be outside most of the time. This little house will serve as a guest cottage with rental potential after the owners build a bigger place on their land. It's really got everything you need though, and with all those solar panels on a house that is just over 800 square feet, you can bet it'll be net-zero!

The clients on this project are interested in using hempcrete, which is a lightweight, cementitious insulating material made from the stalks of hemp plants and lime. We are still learning about hempcrete, but it seems like a wonder-product. The raw materials are renewable, it sequesters carbon, it insulates well. We are very intrigued, and will report back about the practicality of using it.