Turbeville Tower

This radio tower and integrated brick shed seen yesterday near Turbeville made me wonder which came first. I had a big driving day on Sunday, heading from Charleston to Myrtle Beach, and then circling back to Sumter for a friend's engagement party.  I was in Myrtle Beach for a couple of hours tending to some business, and admit that that satisfied me for another year or so.  Aside from that part of my day, it was a pretty relaxing drive, especially along the lonesome stretch between Conway and Sumter.  It was a reminder of how empty and lonesome the Pee Dee region can be.

Driving close to Turbeville, I noticed this old steel radio tower beside a farmhouse that was inscribing a brick shed at its base.  Built so tightly together, the minor overhangs were enveloping the four principal supports as well as the cross bracing. Maybe this is a old Ham radio setup? I thought it was an interesting form and integration between these two elements.

Turbeville tower as seen along the roadside between Conway and Sumter yesterday.


Water Missions International Walk for Water

Michelle, Samuel and I are participating in the Water Missions International Walk for Water this weekend. We've joined the team of my good friend and excellent cabinetmaker Robert Paige who, with his wife Liz, put together the Heart of the Lion team to honor the life of their son, Marley.

Water Missions International is a wonderful organization launched by the Greene family with a long history of success in bringing potable water to people around the world in locations where it is in critical supply.

Any donation would be greatly appreciated if you are inclined to help.  Donations can be made by following this link.

Many thanks.


Thank you

IMG_6492 Three years ago this week, I was presented with the opportunity to make one of the most important decisions of my life.  Aside for determining to ask Michelle to go out on a first date with me on my 26th birthday, the decision to launch my own architectural practice was my biggest to date.

We have never looked back, and I want to give my profound thanks to all of the friends, clients, and colleagues who have had the trust in us to keep this show on the road up to now.  I want to offer particular gratitude to our intern architect, Harrison Wallace, for his hard work and dedication to the delivering the very best service to our clients that we are capable of.  We are proud of the work that we have created so far, are emboldened by the opportunity to serve the clients that we currently have, and are excited about the future before us.

Thank you to everyone who has put their trust in us over the last three years. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to practice the craft that we love.

Framing Complete, Windows Installed at New Cassique Residence

One of two waterfront elevations of new Cassique residence under construction. Regular site visits on Kiawah last week took me to the new Cassique residence under construction by Kingswood Homes. The framing has been completed and the new Henselstone windows and doors have been installed.  The first load of slate roofing material is due to be delivered this week.  Kingswood is handling construction on this residence very well so far. It is nice to see the structure come together.

Master bedroom with Henselstone windows newly installed.

The developing courtyard elevation; views of a spa, infinity edge pool, and lagoon will be available from the principal living spaces being the loggia.

Second floor bedroom; every principal space in the residence has available natural light from at least two sides, which among other things helps to minimize the effects of glare.

The Great Room has 12 ft ceilings and opens up into the kitchen, at the opposite end.


Virginia Countryside Restoration

Interesting story in the NY Time Home and Garden section this week.  Something about this couple from Texas lovingly (and painstakingly) restoring a barren and overgrown Virginia landscape seems appropriate for the holiday season. There is something special about Virginia that inspires this sort of devotion to the land.

I certainly enjoyed my experience in designing a residence for a property near Charlottesville.  This residence was especially memorable due to the friendships that I made during periodic site visits during construction.

Chappaquiddick in the Afternoon

Chappaquiddick summer property, 19 September 2013 We were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Martha's Vineyard summer house belonging to some recent clients, with whom I'd worked on Sullivan's Island, SC. We had a utterly relaxing time staying in the boathouse on the beach.  So relaxing that Michelle even enjoyed a couple of afternoon naps.

One afternoon when Michelle and Samuel were asleep I took a couple of beers out to the beach, grabbed a beach chair, and sat on the dock to make a sketch. I was sitting in this perfect weather with my back to Edgartown Harbor and its lighthouse. I left it with our hosts as a thank you gift, but was able to borrow it briefly to document it.

It is a beautiful property that has been in the hands of our clients since the 1860's. They have a couple of tax bills framed on the wall in the amount of $2.00.  The construction of the main house and boathouse, one of the first substantial summer residences built on Chappaquiddick, dates to 1920.  Photos in scrap books document the construction of the house, a pre-fabricated residence originating in Kansas and brought over on a barge from the mainland. It may have been a Sears house, but they are not quite sure.  It made sense for the house to come from Kansas as this was the home state of Senator Charles Curtis, the first Senate floor leader and our client's great grandfather.

Senator Curtis's photo is on the wall in the living room of the main house, along with his friends Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and others.  Also on the wall: a photo of Susan B. Anthony, our client's great aunt. No kidding.

We were thrilled to have the chance to spend a week on Chappaquiddick, and I'm glad to have this sketch to capture what it felt like to be there.

Rotterdam Sunset

Rotterdam sunset, November 2012 The surest way to annoy the photographer friend in your life is to suggest capturing a sunset with the camera lens.  This is what I found last Fall at the end of an afternoon touring around Rotterdam with Michelle and my good friend Erik Boker, a photographer.  It was rainy most of the day, with the blustery and unsettled skies clearing near the end.  As the sun was setting, it cast the city in an astounding (or "amazing": Word of the Year for all you Bachelorette fans) quality of light.  Boker could not hide his disapproval as I pulled out the camera. And I could not conceal my sense of triumph!

This red building was cast in a brilliant glow by the Rotterdam sunset; friend and photographer Erik Boker remained unimpressed.