Early Spring on the boards

Fripp Island

As we finish up one beachfront house on Fripp Island, we begin another. This house will have the public areas (kitchen, great room, outdoor dining) and primary bedroom on the second floor and the guest bedrooms on the first floor. The views over the beach and ocean are spectacular from the upper floor, so we may as well flip the house in order to have the best view from the areas where the family will spend the most time.

Harbor Island

Here’s another “upside down” house. This one is on Harbor Island and has views of both the ocean and of St. Helena Sound. This is a relatively small house that makes efficient use of space. The T shaped plan allows for great views from every room, ample outdoor living areas, and refreshing cross ventilation when the weather’s good for open windows.

Brays Island Cabin

The latest drawings from our cabin on Brays Island. When Brays Island was developed, the lots were divided so that they are all one-acre circular lots, resulting in privacy and screening from neighboring houses for its residents.

Brays Island Addition

Here’s another project at Brays Island. We designed this house about 20 years ago and new owner has some modifications to make. One the main house, they are building a small addition to house their book collection. They are also building a two story guest house.


Long Cove Southeast

Long Cove, Hilton Head House on the Boards

Our latest design on the boards is a new house in Long Cove Club, on Hilton Head Island. With ample outdoor living space, a pool and a spa, this house will be perfect for enjoying the lowcountry lifestyle.

Long Cove House
Site Analysis Hilton Head
First Floor
Second floor plan

Brays Island Cabin

The latest design on the boards is this cabin on Brays Island. Its perfect for weekend getaways to the lowocuntry!

lowcountry cabin

Colleton River preliminary design

We presented the preliminary design to a client building in Colleton River Club, in Bluffton, SC. They have a gorgeous view of the Colleton River, as well as many beautiful Live Oak trees.

The goal of the design is to preserve all the Live Oaks and maximize the view. Here are the drawings:


OTB- September

We’ve presented preliminary designs to a few clients recently. The first two are new houses, and the third is a renovation.

This house is in Summerville, South Carolina. The client requested a modest sized house that is exceptionally strong. We are designing it to withstand 200 mph winds. The windows are protected by sliding shutters made of corten steel.

Next is this cottage, on Harbor Island. This is an upside down house- the main living areas are on the top floor and the  bedrooms are on the first floor. This enables the owner to enjoy the best views from the areas where they will be spending the most time. The lot has the beach on one side and the marsh one the other, so the views from this top floor are going to be incredible.

This small house is on a beautiful piece of property on Wadmalaw Island, in Charleston County. Our proposed design increases the area on the first floor by moving the exterior walls to the edge of an existing wrap-around deck. A dormer is added to increase space and light available in the loft. A swimming pool is added, along with a carport and a plan for a future guest house. A perfectly relaxing retreat!

New Layer Proposed First Floor Plan Proposed Second Floor Plan New Layer Existing First Floor Existing Second Floor

On the Boards in August 2020

We’ve got some great projects on the boards. Here are three projects in preliminary design. We have a couple bigger projects in the works too, but they are not quite ready to show you. The gate above is a detail for a project that is under construction.

The Camellia

First, here’s our popular Camellia plan book house, with some revisions for a young family. Our “Close to Custom” plans are always modified to better fit the lot and the clients. This version of the Camellia is raised up out of the flood plain, which gives the owner space to park beneath the first floor.

Cat Island Landscape and Hardscape Additions

This is a house we did a big renovation on probably 20 years ago. The new owners are adding a pool, exercise room and cabana so that they can take full advantage of the views from Cat Island.

cabana section

St. Helena deck improvements

This house on St. Helena Island has an awesome view over the Harbor River. The clients came to us with the request to add to the outdoor space. We designed a butterfly roof to cover the outdoor dining area.


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.