Construction Update November 2022

Islands of Beaufort Dogtrot

Take a close look at the return air grill. It was custom designed by Benjie and made by Michael Sanders of Sanders Woodworking. The design is based on the footprint of the house.

Brays Island Cabin

The Brays Island Cabin is nearing completion. We are loving the tile selected by Lydia Lewis of Kelly Caron Design.

Long Cove Club house

This Long Cove Club house in Hilton Head Island is in the middle of framing. The raised first floor creates great views of the pond and golf course. There is a half story for the second floor.


A kiln in Okinawa that angles up the hill that it is build on

Biophilic Design in Japan

Biophilia translate to “love of life” and signifies humans’ innate biological and emotional need to connect to nature. Biophilic elements have been shown to reduce stress, improve cognitive performance and support positive emotions and moods. In contemporary architecture it is considered a fairly new concept.

Michael and Jane recently visited Okinawa, Japan and found ancient and contemporary examples of biophilic design. The atrium shown above is the Hotel Moon Beach which was completed in 1975, in 2002 it was awarded the Japan Institute of Architects’ 25 year award.

The Architect Yukifusa Kokuba said of his project “The Moon Beach concept is an architectural realization of the shade of the banyan tree I once saw. The semi-outdoor space softens the strong Okinawan sunlight and creates an airy space.”

Fukushuen Garden located in the Kume neighborhood of Naha which was once the center of Chinese culture during the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879). The Chinese Garden uses natural materials throughout. The sculpture on the left are eroded natural stones from the edge of the sea and carefully located in the garden.

The paving is made of individual stones in a concentric pattern.

The new folk dwelling in Nakijin won the JIA Sustainable Architecture Award in 2019. The architect was ISSHO Architects.

This small contemporary house is based on the traditional Okinawa typhoon-proof houses. The structure and natural ventilation are well thought out.

A kiln in Okinawa that angles up the hill that it is build on

The Yomitan HIll Kiln was completed in 1980 and won the JIA 25 Year Award in 2011. The architect was Asao Sugama.

The architectural expression of the Yomitan Hill Kiln can be said to be determined by the waste materials. The kiln is made of prewar roof tiles and used telegraph poles which are then combined with field stones.

The form of the building harmonizes with the landscape as it climbs up the hill.


Great Outdoor Spaces

October in the Lowcountry is pretty magical. The aggressive summertime heat has given way to pleasant temperatures. Fall in South Carolina is one of our favorite times to enjoy the natural beauty of our area.

The approach of focusing on a connection nature in our built environments is called biophilic design. Studies show that incorporating biophilic design improves human health (physically and mentally), lowers stress, and increases productivity. A connection to natural rhythms is an integral part of our work. Our process begins with a detailed site analysis to consider the natural movement of the place; the direction of prevailing breezes, the sun angles throughout the year, the dynamic views. We design to incorporate these elements into the project. We bring outside in, but we also design for living outside. Patio, screen porch, outdoor kitchen & dining, firepit, outdoor shower- a few of our favorite places!


Glascow Island Regenerative Design

The Glascow Island Regenerative Design is located off of Edisto Island on the South Carolina coast between Beaufort and Charleston. The client wants to make the project an example of regenerative design which reduces negative impacts on the environment but also produces positive impacts. We are super exciting to be pursuing the Living Building Challenge.

Living Buildings are:

  • Regenerative building that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature and community
  • Self-sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site
  • Create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them


St. Simon's House Featured in Savannah Magazine

The Thomas Black House on St. Simon's Island was featured in Savannah Magazine. Read about it here. See more about the project here.


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

 


Swimming Pools

Swimming pools add a special touch to one’s outdoor living spaces. Here are a few that we have completed over the past years.

This pool was part of a whole house remodel in Long Cove on Hilton Head Island. 

Another Long Cove pool with a zero edge overlooking the marsh. This raised pool deck allows for seamless indoor/outdoor living.

This St. Simon’s Island pool was raised not only for a great flow between the inside and the pool deck but to also create needed privacy on the corner lot. The water from the spa spills into the pool creating a bit of drama.

The dogtrot opens directly to the pool and out to the river.

This deep blue pool is the focal point of the house with the great room, primary suite and screened porch wrapping the pool deck