Stono River

Site for Johns Island River House

View toward the Stono River on Johns Island We'll soon be under permit for the construction of a new residence designed for our clients on their beautiful Johns Island property. I visited the site again yesterday to take a final look at the building footprint staked-out on the property.

New home site on the Stono River.

The new river house that we designed will be sited on the 9 acre parcel to take advantage of the strengths of the property--numerous grand live oaks and large pines, short and long river views, mature understory flora, among others--while framing views to conceal the presence of the few neighboring residences nearby. We are re-routing the entry drive to skirt the edge a beautiful glade of native ferns clustered near the road.

This glade of native ferns near the road will greet those arriving at the property year round along the re-routed entry drive to the residence.

Stakes marking the corners of the proposed residence give us an opportunity to make adjustments to the final positioning.

We are happy to be working with RM Buck Builders, who will be constructing the residence.  A quality, family-run business, we were pleased to join them off of Kiawah to apply their quality control systems to the construction of this residence.  We're also thrilled to have the support of Rebekah Carter and her Red Element Design Studio in assisting our clients with the selections for the interior. Rebekah is doing a fabulous and professional job, as usual.

A post with some conceptual designs for the new residence can be found via this link.

This tree and two other marsh-side oaks were key in determining the design and orientation of the residence.

Johns Island River House

Rear Elevation of new residence designed for a five acre riverfront site on the Stono. We wrapped up a busy 2013 with the completion of the conceptual design for a new residence designed for a beautiful site on Johns Island fronting the Stono River.  After spending considerable time on the site several weeks before analyzing the best views, we returned again to map the footprints and inclinations of the many grand live trees on the site.

The program, in brief, was for a residence of 3,000 sf +/- of conditioned space over one level, with an office, library and studio over a garage. The outdoor spaces were as important as the indoor for a couple that actively engages with the outdoors and loves to entertain guests, including frequent visitors from Italy. We were able to produce a design of 2,800 sf of conditioned space that can be expanded into the second level if our clients or subsequent owners so choose.  The emphasis was on simplicity of form and construction, taking cues from vernacular Lowcountry residences and agrarian structures.  Outdoor spaces include a fenced courtyard garden in the front, covered and screened porches in the rear, and an arbor deck with a trellis above and fireplace to the side.  We carefully sited the house around the trees and were able to do so with the elimination of only one tree of significance (a 20" pine).

Conceptual floor plan for riverfront residence on Johns Island.

I met with our clients to present the design a couple of days before Christmas, and was pleased that they suggested celebrating over a good bottle of prosecco. It was a nice way to lead in to Christmas and to wrap up 2013.