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


Contemporary St Helena Island House

We are pretty excited about the preliminary design of our latest house. Think lots of glass- looking onto spectacular creek view, gracious living spaces, both inside and out, the roofs are flat and either loaded up with solar panels or vegetation. It is fun to design for these clients who requested an “ultra-modern” house. The house is raised up to get it out of the flood plain, which also capitalizes on prevailing breezes.

Designing is a process – we present the initial design to our clients which begins the conversation. The above sketches were the first designs after feedback from our clients we revised the design as shown below.


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.


On the Boards in July

Brays Island

Here’s a house on Brays Island that we designed years ago. The new owners are adding on to the main house and also building a new guest house.

Brays Island Addition

Palmetto Bluff House

This house is on a beautiful, wooded lot in Palmetto Bluff. The guest house is already built, we designed the main house and garage to complement the existing building and to take advantage of the marsh views over the May River.

Fripp Island

A fun renovation project on Fripp Island, perfect for family vacations, all year long!

Lady’s Island

This project is an outdoor living improvement. We have gotten lots of calls lately about improving outdoor living spaces. Adding pools, decks, porches, fireplaces/ firepits, outdoor seating, kitchen and dining is super popular right now!


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, 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.


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.