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.

 


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 of the St. Helena renovation project.

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.


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.


On the Boards - Dining Hall

Our clients love to host large dinner parties at their historic lowcountry plantation. A tent erected on the lawn worked well until this winter when it was just too cold! The cold winter inspired them to build a dining hall that will seat thirty. The cozy interior is all antique heart pine. We will break ground soon to be ready for next winter’s cold weather.


On the Boards - Beach Front

We just presented this beach front house to the clients and they love it! This is the ocean side with multiple terraces and porches. The top deck will have endless views - probably almost to England!


On the Boards

We have a new project on the boards. This property has some great live oak trees. We positioned the house to focus on the trees and on a long view down the pond. 


On the Boards

Factory Creek House

Here's a new house on the boards that overlooks Factory Creek. The owners wanted  traditional lowcountry style, but we went with a more contemporary feel in the rear with a lot of glass to take advantage of the incredible view. 

Hilton Head House

These clients originally hired us to help with a window replacement. Unfortunately, Hurricane Matthew cause significant damage to their existing house and they have decided to tear it down. Here's the design for their new house.


On The Boards

We are all excited about this new project on the boards! The lot is on a bluff with an incredible view.

With the installation of solar panels, the sustainable design and the use of energy efficient materials, we are hoping this house can be net-zero!

The kitchen

The glass staircase is really cool!

Here's the view from the foyer, we are loving the mid-century modern feel!


Sketches, 3-D Models and the Real Thing

Helping our clients understand the design of their house is essential for a successful project. Our first presentations to our clients are watercolor sketches to show the preliminary design. These sketches convey the design, yet are still easy to revise.  As we progress in the project we begin building the project in the computer.  With sophisticated software, called Building Information Modeling (BIM), we virtually build the project long before construction begins. This also allows advanced coordination and integration of all the systems and scheduling components. Many clients have difficulty visualizing the house. Because of this, the use of digital modeling is very useful.  Here are some project under construction showing the initial sketch, the computer model and the same view of the real house.

 


On the Boards at Spring Island

We have a great new project on the boards at Spring Island. The property has a long view over Pole Creek.