We're glad to present completed photos of the Avondale cottage that we designed in late 2011-early 2012, with construction being completed this May.
This residence replaces a 1954 concrete block house that previously occupied the site. Analysis of the structural stability of the building and restrictions relating to modern construction codes doomed the unreinforced block cottage, as Charleston is located near a significant seismic fault line. The house that we designed for the site echoes the previous structure's general scale, as we endeavored to maintain the modest cottage scale of the Avondale neighborhood. We sited the new structure closer to the street and a bit to the left in accommodation of a new lush landscape to the side and rear.
With a need to expand upon the size of the existing home, we designed a bit of expansion within the roofline of the second level along with a one story element extending to the rear. The rear of the house contains a private master suite with a large sliding glass door that pockets into the wall, opening the master bedroom to the screened porch. This vanishing partition accommodates a seamless expansion of the master suite during times of fair weather (and low pollen count!).
We specified the natural, lime-based stucco finish used for the exterior, carefully matching the color of an historic townhouse on Church Street in Charleston that we determined would be the right hue. I designed the joinery of the timber framing at the porches with somewhat non-traditional detailing to accent and distinguish the residence. The timber framing was rendered by Fountain Timberworks from naturally insect resistant cypress material. The soffits of the deep overhangs and timber brackets supporting them were also milled from cypress, which is indigenous to the Lowcountry.
For more images of the Avondale residence featuring the interiors, visit this post . For some great shots of the custom kitchen, fabricated by K&K Custom Cabinets, you can visit this post.
We learned a great deal about the application and specification of lime-based exterior plaster in the Lowcountry through our design of a significant beach house at Kiawah Island. Posts relating to this residence, which I term the Healthy House for its principal focus upon maintaining the health of its inhabitants, can be found here. Following link at the bottom to "Older Entries", posts here track the construction of this unusual residence back all the way to the driving of the piles into the Cooper Marl.
Timber framing: Fountain Timberworks
Landscape Architecture: Outdoor Spatial Design
Windows and typical exterior doors: Kolbe and Kolbe
Pocketing Exterior Door: WinDoor, provided through Buck Lumber
GC: Archer Construction
Swimming pool: Clear Blue Pools