Where Have We Been?

We have been busy, with little time for posting on the site.  The stars aligned for the production of CD's simultaneously on a two new residences (one on a fabulous waterfront  Johns Island property and one by the beach on Seabrook) while designing a couple of downtown renovations that required City of Charleston BAR approval, and a contemporary renovation of a Seabrook residence with incredible views.  A sail on the harbor today to take in some of the Race Week action gave me a chance to sweep out some mental clutter and think about something to post. Sandy Barton and his crews with Sands Construction have completed the addition to and  renovation of a residence on Kiawah Island.  I thought it would be fun to post a couple of images of this project that I took last week, as as one rear elevation image from before we began the design work.

Rear elevation, Kiawah Island renovation and addition overlooking the Kiawah River.

Kiawah Island residence, before renovation/addition.

This renovation was mainly focused on adding a new partial third level above existing living spaces.  The left side of the house (from garage to new master suite, and including the kitchen) was completely renovated or all new.  The right-most side of the residence was left alone, save for repainting the interior and refinishing the exterior to match the new materials. Sandy did a fabulous job taking our design and wrenching this mess of 1980's construction, which had been partially renovated a decade ago, into superior shape.

The deck features a reoriented stair to maximize useable space for gathering, plus new pie decking and custom designed newels and cable rail.


New Seabrook Island Residential Design

Front Elevation of new Seabrook Island residential design We began the new year with a very positive reception by our clients for a new design for their Seabrook Island property.  This residence has an inverted floor plan, with the living spaces and master bedroom designed at the second living level, or about 20 ft above grade.  A pool and spa was requested to be on the second level, a very unusual arrangement that will require significant engineering to carry out.  From this level, it is possible to have a view of the ocean a few hundred feet to the southeast.

East elevation of new Seabrook Island residence, with summer house and infinity edge pool/spillway to the right.

The second level also features a detached summer house that can be completely opened up, serving a pool house, gentlemen's lounge, or sports viewing pavilion, depending on the season. The pool will have an infinity edge and tall, tiled spillway on axis with the view toward the ocean.

The key site feature is a handsome double Live Oak which has a significant presence in the front half of the lot.  While limiting the use of much of the build able footprint for the property, it will provide a comfortable setting for the residence from the outset. A thorough mapping of the tree's main branches, in lateral orientation as well as height, was the first key bit of site analysis that we performed in advance of developing the design.

West Elevation of new Seabrook Island design.