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


February Construction Update

It’s February in the Lowcountry, which means it can be 37 degrees or 73 degrees, like today! We are loving watching our projects being built. First up is the Cane Island house, which is going to be amazing! This week, they are working on the interior stairs and they just finished sanding the wood floors. Here’s a couple photos:

The Brays Island renovation is 99% done, and wow, looks great!  Next time we will share professional photography of this stunning house, as well as the before pictures.

We have two of our Camellia plan houses being built in Beaufort right now! Its fun to see them side-by side

The first is in Islands of Beaufort:

The other Camellia is in the Grays Hill area of Northern Beaufort County, on the Marshes of McCalley Creek

These three projects are just getting started. A new house on Brays Island, the great porch on St. Helena Island and a renovation project in Rose Hill.


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.