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!


Under Construction

Factory Creek Bluff House

Construction has been underway at the Factory Creek house for a few months. The slabs are complete and construction of the piers has begun.

 Native grasses have been planted on the bluff, so by the time the owners move in, they will have had time to mature.
Native grasses have been planted on the bluff, so by the time the owners move in, they will have had time to mature.

Palmetto Bluff House

The Palmetto Bluff and Berkeley Hall houses are both nearing completion. 

 The kitchen is coming together! I love these copper pyramid pendants from Lowcountry Originals.
The kitchen is coming together! I love these copper pyramid pendants from Lowcountry Originals.
 Front door, with Old Savannah Grey brick foyer
Front door, with Old Savannah Grey brick foyer
 The walnut and iron stair rail looks great!
The walnut and iron stair rail looks great!

Berkeley Hall House

 Stained cedar shingles, coral stone tiles and the wide walnut door unit create a dramatic entrance for the Berkeley Hall House. 
Stained cedar shingles, coral stone tiles and the wide walnut door unit create a dramatic entrance for the Berkeley Hall House. 
 The owners will be able to take full advantage of our beautiful lowcountry climate with a house that flows seamlessly from indoors to out. 
The owners will be able to take full advantage of our beautiful lowcountry climate with a house that flows seamlessly from indoors to out. 
 Gorgeous tile in the master bath!
Gorgeous tile in the master bath!
 This sketch shows how the master bath will look with the tub and light fixture installed. 
This sketch shows how the master bath will look with the tub and light fixture installed. 

On The Boards

 This is a sweet compound on a high bluff on Battery Creek.
This is a sweet compound on a high bluff on Battery Creek.
 Here is the water side, with plenty of windows to enjoy the view.
Here is the water side, with plenty of windows to enjoy the view.
 Here is an interior perspective of the great room.
Here is an interior perspective of the great room.

Designing for an easier life

Did you know that good design can be better than a marriage counselor? How can that be? The common perception is that you might need a marriage counselor after a home building project. Architects are trained problem solvers and are committed to being collaborative partners with their clients to make the clients’ lives better.

When planning your project discuss irritants in your life with your architect. Do the children’s messy rooms drive you nuts? Do dinner guests in your cooking space make you want to run from the kitchen screaming? Does your spouse’s pile of clothes on the dresser make you crazy?  Solutions to these and other problems can be found through good design.

In the majority of our projects couples request separate sinks or vanities in the master bathroom to make life easier.  When different tolerations of neatness, cleanliness, or privacy are involved we often design separate closets and/or bathrooms in the master suite.

We had clients where the husband was a very early riser. The wife slept late and was a light sleeper. This was not a good combination; he regularly woke her during his early morning routine. We designed the master suite so the husband could enter the bathroom and exit through the closet into the hall.  With the installation of sound insulation around the bathroom, the problem was solved.

In a renovation project, moving one door in a kitchen solved the problem of guests hanging out in the cooking triangle.

Another client had an interesting dilemma. She loved her artist daughter-in-law but hated her art work. Her request was to design her house so there was not a wall in the public rooms where you could hang a painting! We created an open floor plan with curved walls and lots of glass. Fortunately, the house was on a great view so the huge window wall made sense.

When an elderly mother with dementia was moving in with her daughter’s family, we redesigned the now grown children’s bedrooms into a small apartment for her. We configured the bathroom and cabinetry like her previous home of 50 years. We also used the same color palette to increase the familiarity of the space.

When you move into an existing house you make the space work for your lifestyle. The unused dining room might become a home office or play room. In a custom designed home or renovation, the house is designed for your lifestyle. Think about how you want to live in your house and move through the day.  Communicate your desires with your architect; who is committed to solving your problems and enhancing the spaces where you live.


Drone footage

Check out the progress at the Bremermann Residence on Dataw! We are loving the drone footage. Seeing the construction site from above and the long views of our gorgeous environment is a treat!