Cane Island House

Our latest project on the boards is a new house on Cane Island, right down the road from our office. The clients requested a light filled spaces and clean lines. They like lowcountry style, but want a more contemporary take on the tradition. The inspiration photos they shared with us featured symmetrical elevations. Because the lot is fairly tight, we couldn't achieve perfect symmetry. We chose to bring this element in with "local symmetry" instead.

These are the drawings for the Cane Island House. The site plan is where we start, then we create floor plans and elevations, along with a large pile of balled-up tracing paper in the recycling bin.


master bathroom

Master Bath renovation

Before & After

Here is a master bath renovation that we completed a couple of years ago in the Shrimp Pond house. The Shrimp Pond house is at Spring Island, South Carolina. We designed the house in the 90's, then new owners hired us for the Shrimp Pond Studio addition and for a remodel of the master bath.

See the side-by-side comparisons in this master bath renovation:

Shower:

The addition of the round window in the shower and the new tile make it so much brighter and prettier.

Vanity:

master bath floating vanity

The floating vanity gives the space a contemporary feel. It's a cleaner aesthetic, and easier to clean too!

Tub:

free standing tub

The tub area is updated by swapping the drop in tub for a free standing tub, new tile and loosing that dated brick accent wall.


Bathroom Trends 2019

Accessibility

The American Institute of Architects’ most recent home design research focused on bathroom trends. The findings report that 62% of new and remodeled projects have larger showers that are designed for easy accessibility. This includes a shower seat, a curbless entrance and grab bars. As a result, manufacturers are responding to the increase in the demand for grab bars with great looking options. Standalone showers without a separate bathtub continue to increase in popularity. Homeowners are only installing bathtubs as a personal choice and not in response to future resale.

 

Luxury curbless shower with mosaic tile
Here is a large curbless shower in a recent project with a seamless transition from bathroom to shower.

Technology in the bathroom??

When shopping for plumbing fixtures it appears that smart toilets are the wave of the future. But the research shows that the demand is not there. Only 13% of respondents reported an increase in requests for these easy cleaning, one-piece toilets with heated seats, Bluetooth technology and foot-warmers. I am certain that the high price tag is reason enough for the low demand. The list price of Kohler’s top of the line smart toilet is eight thousand dollars (Kohler Numi)!

Design Styles

The web based company Houzz.com also conducts consumer research and reports that contemporary design is the most popular style for bathrooms followed by transitional design. Over 60 % of homeowners match the finishes of the faucets, hardware, bath accessories and light fixtures. Brushed or satin nickel are the most popular, followed by polished chrome. Oil-rubbed bronze is losing popularity and might soon join avocado appliances in the graveyard of dated finishes. Since 2016 the specification of oil-rubbed bronze finishes has dropped by 40%.

In master bathrooms, double under-mount sinks continue reign supreme. Houzz reports that vessel sinks popularity grew 50% since 2016. This is not consistent with our clients who find vessel sinks difficult to use and clean around.

Master bathroom with undermount sinks and custom walnut cabinetry
Undermount sinks for bathrooms and kitchens remain very popular for a sleek look and easy cleaning.

Tile Trends

Tile shapes and patterns are making strong appearances with hexagons, large-format shapes, mosaics (like the gorgeous mosaic in the photo of the first shower), herringbones, and chevron patterns. Full accent walls of decorative tiles that spill down on the shower floor are replacing horizontal strips of deco tiles.

Decorative tiled wall makes a luxurious statement in this master bath
The curved, tiled wall makes a statement and separates the walk-in shower from the tub

Finally, LED back-lit mirrors are all the rage in contemporary bathrooms.  They provide the perfect light for applying makeup or shaving. The mirrors are anti-fog and easily cleaned.

Bathrooms can be a great place to make a design statement, and while I've titled this post bathroom trends, these design elements have staying power.

You may enjoy our previous post on the hottest trends in kitchen design too!


A new table for our studio!

It was time to upgrade the table in our studio. The table that sat in the center of our space was outdated, very wobbly and had a broken glass top. So naturally, we designed and built a table that is perfect for us!

Michael designed the table, with input from the team. It is simple and clean, made from steel tube legs and with a steel plate top. We decided on standing height, since we never sat at our old table.

Now for the fun part! Tom took the lead on welding the table, which may not have been the fun part for him in 90 degree weather.

We all took turns with the grinder. Benjie shot some pretty impressive videos full of flying sparks!

After the base was welded and the table had rusted to our liking, we brought the pieces into the studio to assemble. The table is too big to fit through the door, so it will remain in the office for the foreseeable future.

It took us about a month of  our "Friday Fun" time to complete the table (we always knock off from work at 4:00 on Fridays to have a little fun together). We are very happy with the result!


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!


Under Construction


We have quite a few projects under construction at the moment. Here are some recent photos of the progress.

Long Cove Club Residence

 The project in Long Cove Club is a little over halfway completed. The neighbors all comment on how nicely the house fits between the trees.
The project in Long Cove Club is a little over halfway completed. The neighbors all comment on how nicely the house fits between the trees.

A great view of Broad Creek from the living room.

 There will be a floating stair in this dramatic stairhall
There will be a floating stair in this dramatic stairhall

Lady's Island Residence

 The framing on the house on Lady's Island is coming along nicely! 
The framing on the house on Lady's Island is coming along nicely! 

 Another great view
Another great view

Palmetto Bluff Residence

 The big sliding doors open the house up to the view.
The big sliding doors open the house up to the view.
  Nice view to wake up to!
 Nice view to wake up to!
 Great View from the office. I might not get any work done!
Great View from the office. I might not get any work done!


Berkeley Hall Residence

 We had a visitor at the construction site!
We had a visitor at the construction site!


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! 


Drone Video

How cool is this? Here's drone footage of a new house under construction!  Benjie captured the beauty of the site, from way, way up in the sky on a beautiful, sunny day.  We will continue to post videos as the construction progresses.


Under Construction

We have several projects in beginning stages of construction. 

Here is the first in a series of videos that will will be publishing to show the construction process of a home on Dataw Island. We are excited to get some overhead shots of the site with Benjie's new drone! 


Framing has begun at our project in Berkeley Hall. December is a beautiful time for construction in South Carolina!


Our project in Love Cove Club is coming along nicely. Currently, the contractors are working on the roofing and masonry. 


We look forward to seeing these projects completed, stay tuned for more updates!