roof terrace

Long Cove Club Renovation

BIG changes at this Long Cove Club house on Hilton Head Island! Slide to see the before and after transformation.

 

The front exterior was refreshed by raising the existing porch roof, replacing the existing columns with new columns, all new windows, a new front door with sidelights, cable rail on the stair rail and new landscaping.

Stair before Before and After Hilton Head Island

The new stair rail, by Sean Ahern of Ahern’s Anvil is so much more elegant than the existing. And who wants the HVAC return to be the first thing you see when entering the house? Not us- relocating it definitely elevates the space.

Kitchen before Improve your home

The kitchen is much brighter and more open than before, with a huge island and beautiful cabinetry.

before fireplace long cove club

The old pine media center just screamed 1990’s. Here the shelving and fireplace are updated for the 21st Century. Large lift and slide doors bring lots of light in and connect the interior living to the exterior.

rear before rear after

This is where this family is going to be spending all their time! Hilton Head Living at its finest!

New outdoor living area with roll down insect screens, new brick fireplace, new roof terrace with insane views over the marshes of Broad Creek, accessed by a new spiral stair. The pool was redone, an outdoor shower added. Replacing the existing rail with cable rail really makes a huge difference!

The team and the clients are HAPPY! Thanks to Esposito Construction and to our FAB clients! What a fun project this was!

Sometimes people think that building a new house is the only way to achieve their dream home, but we are here to tell you, that sometimes a renovation is the way to go. It can be less expensive and more sustainable to rework an existing house. This Long Cove Club renovation is proof. Check out this major renovation on Fripp Island for another example of a transformative renovation.


Under Construction in Beaufort SC

Our services include construction administration, which is essential for the success of our projects. We visit the job sites regularly to ensure that the house is being built as drawn, and to address any issues or questions that invariably arise during the construction process. We welcome abundant questions from the contractors and our clients during the construction phase. The more we communicate, the better the outcome. Here are some recent photos taken during these site visits in our projects under construction in and around Beaufort, SC.

Spring Island

The details are coming together beautifully on the Spring Island house. I am loving that Skyfall Quartzite countertop! So pretty! See more of this house: Sketch to site- Spring Island 

and here Under Construction- October Update

 

Factory Creek House

The view from this house is incredible. It sits on a bluff over Factory Creek, with a west facing view over the Beaufort River and downtown Beaufort, SC. There will be some spectacular sunset watching going on in this great room!

Long Cove Renovation

The outdoor living areas at this house are fantastic! Can't you just imagine gathering with friends around the outdoor fireplace on a chilly evening or soaking in some of the first warm weather days of the Spring?

 

St. Simons Island, Georgia

There has been lots of progress on the St. Simon's Island house since construction began in November! It's always fun to see the house take shape in the framing phase.

Stay tuned for more construction updates, completed projects and drawings from the boards of Frederick + Frederick!


Save the trees

Trends and Timeless Design

I recently was at the High Point furniture market and starting chatting with a woman at the shuttle stop. She told me that she is a trend spotter. I asked her what the new trends are. She was very coy and said that she could not tell me. But she said that gray is passé and subway tiles are horribly out of fashion. She expounded by saying that anything that you see a lot of - is already old news.

Maybe being a trend setter is not desirable. A friend of mine is friends with a New York-based trend setter. He describes her as looking completely strange and out of place, because she is wearing a look before anyone else. Think about the first people who wore ripped jeans as a style and we all thought they needed to throw out that pair of worn out jeans.

Hopefully, this isn’t spreading “old news” but I did spot some trends at the High Point market. First was the color blue. It was everywhere and in every shade. Sherwin Williams has announced their 2018 color of the year as “Oceanside,” which they describe as a collision of rich blue with jewel toned green.  The other popular color was a pale pink. Organic shapes and patterns were on everything. Texture was popular on furniture and fabrics. Bright brass hardware is back and furniture pulls are big and flashy.

One of the most innovative products I saw was Crypton fabric. This performance fabric is indestructible, yet looks and feels great. I saw a demonstration where the sales rep poured red wine on a piece of white Crypton fabric and it wiped right off. Residential textile brands that offer Crypton frabics are Thibaut, Kravet and Robert Allen Duralee Group.

I agree with Caroline Herrera who said, “I don’t like trends. They tend to make everyone look the same.” The opposite of trendy is timeless. My discussion with my shuttle companion turned to timeless design. She said that when a house is integrated with the landscape it becomes timeless because it belongs to it’s place. I agreed especially since site specific designs are what we do.

This project in Long Cove on Hilton Head Island was built on the last waterfront lot. It was full of beautiful live oaks and most people thought it was unbuildable because of the trees. We nestled the house among the trees and all the neighbors were amazed that we didn’t remove a single tree from the lot. You can see more photos here.


Under Construction and Recently Completed Projects

Long Cove Club House

Construction on our project in Long Cove Club finished up recently. The house looks great and our clients are very happy! We will have professional photos taken, but in the meantime, here are a few we snapped.

 The cedar shingle exterior blends nicely with the landscape
The cedar shingle exterior blends nicely with the landscape
 What a lovely deck, the perfect place to enjoy the view and a cup of coffee!
What a lovely deck, the perfect place to enjoy the view and a cup of coffee!
 We love this shot of the water feature at the front entry.
We love this shot of the water feature at the front entry.

Palmetto Bluff House

Construction is coming along nicely on the main house, and the owners have decided to build a carriage house too, so we are working on that design.

 Here's a sketch with the carriage house shown.
Here's a sketch with the carriage house shown.

Sea Pines Renovation

 We enclosed a deck to create a screen porch. The adjacent zen garden is beautiful, not to mention very low maintenance!
We enclosed a deck to create a screen porch. The adjacent zen garden is beautiful, not to mention very low maintenance!
 The kitchen remodel yielded a more functional and stylish space
The kitchen remodel yielded a more functional and stylish space

Berkeley Hall House

 The Berkeley Hall House is about 3/4 to completion, and is looking great! 
The Berkeley Hall House is about 3/4 to completion, and is looking great! 
 The Great Room
The Great Room