Under Construction

Our services include construction administration, which is essential for the success of our projects. We visit the job sites regularly to ensure that the house is being built as drawn, and to address any issues or questions that invariably arise during the construction process. We welcome abundant questions from the contractors and our clients during the construction phase. The more we communicate, the better the outcome. Here are some recent photos taken during these site visits.

Spring Island

The details are coming together beautifully on the Spring Island house. I am loving that Skyfall Quartzite countertop! So pretty!

Factory Creek House

The view from this house is incredible. It sits on a bluff over Factory Creek, with a west facing view over the Beaufort River and downtown Beaufort. There will be some spectacular sunset watching going on in this great room!

Long Cove Renovation

The outdoor living areas at this house are fantastic! Can't you just imagine gathering with friends around the outdoor fireplace on a chilly evening or soaking in some of the first warm weather days of the Spring?

 

St. Simons Island, Georgia

There has been lots of progress on the St. Simon's Island house since construction began in November! It's always fun to see the house take shape in the framing phase.

Stay tuned for more construction updates, completed projects and drawings from the boards of Frederick + Frederick!


On the Boards: St. Helena Island Renovation

The latest renovation on the boards is a 1950's ranch on an absolutely gorgeous lot on St Helena Island. The clients love the deep water dock & the extensive view over the Port Royal Sound, but the choppy plan of the house is not very functional. The entry is not well defined, the kitchen is tiny, the rooms are dark and choppy.

Here's the existing plan:

Here's our design solution, in plan view:

 

 

The new plan will allow the owners to enjoy their incredible view from more of the house (including the kitchen, which was not possible before). They will have more outdoor living space, with a screen porch. The main living areas will be much brighter and open to one another. The foyer moves to the middle of the house. The bathrooms and closets are reconfigured to increase functionality.

Here are the elevation drawings:

 

And a Building section

Our clients are excited to move to Beaufort, and we are excited to redesign their house! The renovation will improve the owners ability to enjoy the lowcountry lifestyle and the beautiful view from their house.


On the Boards with a Wexford Renovation

This Wexford house was on the market for two years before our clients purchased it. It has some issues including: The house is very dark inside. The kitchen is small for the size of the house. The pantry is very small. The master bedroom has the smallest closet that I have seen for a master suite. There is a bedroom past the master bedroom that invades the privacy of the master bedroom. One of the garage bays cannot be backed out of without hitting the gazebo. The front has no curb appeal.

Existing Plan

Wexford Renovation Plan

In the new Wexford renovation we updated the front of the house by removing the small front porch and the weird windows on the front of the garage. We moved the garage doors to the front to break up the huge unarticulated mass of the garage. The addition of the small roof over the garage further breaks up the large mass. We opened up the inside to one large great room with new large sliding doors on the view. The kitchen expanded toward the gazebo and we removed the blank walls of the gazebo that face the street. We added a breakfast area on the view. We converted the den into a bedroom and turned the old guest bedroom into the master closet. Not shown is the second floor with additional bedrooms.

 

Existing House


Friday Fun

We work hard around here, but every Friday afternoon we like to get a jump start on the weekend and do something enjoyable.

One day, we sketched a flower arrangement and a tiny chair using a series of drawing prompts, like blind drawing, drawing the negative space and "drawing" with wire. It was fun, and a great way to get our creative juices flowing.

 

 

We like to take advantage of our location. If the tide is high, we can launch our kayaks and paddleboard from the yard. One day, we brought our fishing poles and threw a couple lines out....we didn't catch much, but we enjoyed being on the water.

 

When its chilly outside, we like to play games. Our new favorite is Giant Jenga. Paired with appropriately dramatic music, our jenga games can get pretty intense.

What should we do for Friday Fun at Frederick + Frederick next?


Under Construction

While other parts of the country put construction projects on hold so they can dig themselves out of the snow, our projects are moving full-steam ahead!

Benjie went down to St. Simon's Island for his first site visit there this week. We are excited that this project is getting started. And we approve of dog-help on job sites!

Spring Island

The Spring Island house is coming along very nicely. Currently, Esposito Construction is installing interior trim and wood floors. They are going to begin installing cabinets and tile next week.

Port Royal Plantation

There has been good progress at the Port Royal Plantation house. I love the front elevation, its really going to look great with a bright red front door!

 

Long Cove Renovation

Our major renovation in Long Cove has drywall hung and they will begin installing trim soon.

Factory Creek House

All the drywall is hung in the Factory Creek House and the painters are beginning to prime the walls. The views from this house are stellar, the clients are going to love having all those windows!

Factory Creek House 2

This Factory Creek house should be finishing up soon.

Brays Island Renovation

We are counting the days until this renovation is complete. 

 


Crosby Addition

Revisiting the Crosby's House

It is always fun to revisit a project after many years. Usually we are called in when a new owner buys one of our houses and wants to make it their own. This fall we are revisiting the Crosby's house for the original owners. The house was built as a weekend retreat and over the years the Crosbys decided it should be their full time residence. This prompted them to call us to add a true master's suite, enlarge the mud room and add a larger laundry room.

The Crosby's bought the vacant lot next door so the new master suite expands to the east. The existing master bedroom becomes a new den; while the existing master bath and closet becomes a bath for the pool and the laundry. The former laundry becomes a pantry and a mud room is added onto the western side between the house and garage.

Crosby Addition

Here is a link to the original house.


Broad Margins by Frank Lloyd Wright

Broad Margin by Frank Lloyd Wright

Several years ago, we had the delightful pleasure of visiting, Broad Margin, the only other project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in South Carolina. We were entertained by the original contractor and viewed the complete set of working drawings for the house and furniture, all six pages of them!

The 1727 square foot, three bedroom, two and one half bath, Broad Margin was designed by Wright in 1951 for sisters, the Misses Gabrielle and Charlcey Austin. Wright named the house Broad Margin after the passage, “I love a broad margin to my life.” from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.   In 1978, the house was listed on the National Registered of Historic Places.

Usonian House

Broad Margin is an Usonian House, a term coined by Wright to describe his small affordable houses that were typically single story, built on a concrete slab of native materials with large overhangs. He was particularly sensitive to building the house to fit into the landscape.

Siting

The siting of the Broad Margin is quintessential Wright. The downtown Greenville site is heavily wooded and bordered by two creeks; you feel like you are miles from civilization. The approach to the house is from above and your first view is of the large low sloped roof. The modest entrance is through the carport into a narrow hall that functions as a spine to the building. All the rooms open out to the view and a series of decks that step down the hillside.

The house is constructed of stone, poured in place concrete, Lowcountry cypress and glass. The great room has a magnificent sunken stone fireplace as the focal point. The kitchen is the only room without a view but it has an eighteen foot ceiling culminating in a skylight. The floor is Wright’s signature red poured in place concrete with radiant heating.

The current owner has lovingly restored the house and had the dining room table rebuilt to Wright’s specifications, a previous owner sold the dining room furniture. Most of the other original furniture designed by Wright is still in place.

 


Phillip Johnson Berm House

A Trip to Cincinnati

Phillip Johnson's Geier House

Our office attended the AIA Custom Residential Architect's Network Symposium in Cincinnati. One of the highlights of the home tour was Phillip Johnson's Geier House, which is also called the Berm House. The house was built in 1965 in the town Indian Hills just a few miles northeast of Cincinnati. The flat site was modified to create a small lake and the house was built into berms. All the rooms have large glass walls opening onto the lake.

 

Peterloon Foundation

This big snail (one of four) is on the wall between the dependency building and the main house at the Peterloon Foundation. The country estate was designed in 1928 by the architecture firm of Delano & Aldrich.

Rauh House

This 1938 International Style house was designed by John Becker. It is located Woodlawn, Ohio. The house had changed hands several time and had fallen into disrepair. It was slated to be demolished until Emily Pulitzer, who grew up in the home, stepped in and paid for the restoration. She donated the house to the Cincinnati Preservation Society, who put restrictions on the property and sold it to the current owner.

Hawkins House

The Hawkins house was designed for a client who uses a wheel chair which inspired the interior and exterior ramps. This Indian Hills, Ohio house was designed by architect David Niland


Under Construction- October Update

The weather has cooled down a bit and activity on these Beaufort County homes is in full swing. We are excited about the progress on these projects under construction in October, it is always a thrill to see our  designs come to life! It will not be long until we have happy, happy owners living in their dream homes!

Factory Creek House #2

This house is looking great with the siding and roofing completed. The electrical rough in is in progress.

Bray's Island Renovation & Addition

This project consists of a major renovation of an existing house, as well as a guest house addition.

They are prepping the main house for interior and exterior paint, as well as finishing up interior trim.

Brays Island guest house addition is in the framing phase.

Factory Creek House #1

The details are coming together beautifully in this house. We love the way the interior stair was executed.

This New Ravenna mosaic tile in the master bath is gorgeous!

Spring Island House

Siding and Roofing installation are in progress at our Spring Island project. Spray foam insulation is complete and the drywall should be hung soon. 

Port Royal Plantation House

This house is looking great with the drywall up! The contractor is beginning to run interior trim and install interior doors.


On the Boards in September

This month our projects on the boards include two renovation projects and the house in Seattle that we have been working on for a while.

Addition and Renovation on Lady's Island

This project on the boards is a small house just down the street from our office. It is on the marshes of the inter-coastal waterway with great trees and a fantastic view. The existing house has a garage and storage on the ground floor which is in the flood plain. We are renovating the first floor and adding a second floor which will house the master bedroom suite and office.

Renovation on St. Helena's Island

The previous owner of this house watched too much HGTV - it is a DIY nightmare. My five year old granddaughter probably could do a better job than this one. Some projects were started and never finished and others looked like whatever material happened to by lying around was used. As you can see it is on a beautiful view. The interior is extremely dark and does not open up to the view.

A new house in Seattle

We have been working on this project for a few months - this is the latest iteration of it. We think it just keeps getting better and better!