Residential architects who specialize in the hot, humid, southern climate

On the Boards: Interior Finishes

Potential clients often ask us the scope of our work, and what is included in our fee. We start with a site analysis and programming, move to the schematic design (see this blog post), then design development, construction documents, onto bidding and negotiating, and finally construction administration. If your neighborhood has a review board, we prepare the necessary documents, submit, and present to them. We also include the electrical plans, structural engineering and HVAC / Mechanical Design in our fee. We draw up all the interior elevations, cabinet design, layout & details, as well as select all the finishes to include in our specifications. 

We spend a lot of time here picking out finishes. Here are some examples of a few choices of selections for a project. We usually start with more to get an idea of what you like, while keeping your budget in mind the entire time. If you don't like any, we will pick more until you are happy with every light fixture, door handle, piece of tile, sink, toilet, faucet, etc.  It is good to go to the showrooms too, especially for plumbing fixtures and appliances so you can put your hands on the product, see the finish, and feel the quality. We frequently join our clients on shopping trips to Livingood'sBird Decorative Hardware, and Ferguson in Bluffton. Creative InteriorsTileologyKPM Flooring and Distinctive Marble & Granite are great local places to find tile and stone.

Pendants over Kitchen Island

From left, Hinkley Loft, Ironware International Astrid, Circa Sloane Single Pendant, Circa Boston Functional Single Pendant


Foyer Fixtures

Clockwise from top, Lowcountry Originals LCO-044 Square with Seeded Glass, Circa Desmond Cage Lantern, Ironware International Cambria, & Ironware International Cassiopeia 

Kitchen Faucets

Clockwise from top left: Rohl Bridge Faucet, Moen Waterhill, Grohe Bridgeford (all in oil-rubbed bronze finish) 


I often hear Jane say, "If you turn your house upside down, we designed or selected everything that does not fall out." To get a sense of our clients' style, we like to look at your Houzz ideabooks, Pinterest boards, magazine cutouts, or your current home. If you are bringing furniture, collections, and/or artwork with you to your new home, an exact list of the pieces with dimensions is essential, so we can make sure you have a place to put all your stuff!  

Here are two sketches of elevations of a kitchen. Below that is a screenshot of the 3D model of the kitchen. We make sure that everything is called out in the specifications and drawings, so there are no surprises later.