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Completed Kitchen in Kiawah Island Cottage

View through kitchen to adjacent sitting room at Kiawah Island cottage. We were glad to work with K & K Custom Cabinets and the general contractor, River Creek Construction, along with our wonderful clients, on this classic kitchen recently completed on Kiawah Island.

This kitchen was designed with fully-inset cabinets doors and drawers with a simple shaker-style panel. We sourced beautiful Sea Pearl granite slabs for the countertops, which allowed us to put a toe into the sometime problematic world of green hues in the kitchen without overwhelming the decor.  Sea Pearl is a fabulous material that offers the softness and movement of marble with the ease of maintenance and livability of much harder granite.

Kitchen in recently completed Kiawah Island cottage renovation.

We ran the wide plank oak flooring into the kitchen to lend cohesiveness to this cottage of modest size.  LED under-cabinet lighting complements the 2 and 3 inch LED recessed lighting that provides illumination in optically pleasing color temperature with cutting-edge energy efficiency.

Cabinetry and a window seat were fitted into the entry foyer, which opens into the kitchen. A river-recovered cypress slab bar turns the corner from foyer to the dining area.

The kitchen is located near the main entry and open to the dining and living spaces in the foreground. Photo: Jim Somerset

More photos and description of this renovated cottage may be found via this link.

Surfsong Renovation Underway

Surfsong Road addition underway on Kiawah Island. A Surfsong Road addition and renovation is underway on Kiawah Island. Many roads we have traveled to reach this point, but we are happy to see this one moving along.  We are working with Jedd and Steve at Bennett Custom Homes on this project.  The chief components of the project are a second floor garage addition containing two new bedrooms and a bath and a relocation of the kitchen.  We are moving the kitchen from a closed-off space to the side of the home that had no access to the principal views. The new space was the former sun room, placing the kitchen in the nexus between the living room and dining spaces, with great views of the 10th green at Turtle Point.  Another new bedroom suite takes the place of the former kitchen, bringing the total capacity of the residence to 6 bedrooms and 5 full and 1 half baths.  A screen porch added to the rear will stretch the time during which the outdoors can be comfortably enjoyed without blocking the views from the principal spaces (LR, K, DR, and MBR).

Surfsong Road addition underway on Kiawah Island.


Completed Cottage Renovation

View into former screened porch integrated into beach cottage on Kiawah. Henselstone Windows and Doors. Soffy automated shade systems. We were glad to receive the finished photos of a newly completed project on Kiawah Island earlier this week.  Photographer Jim Somerset came by the studio to discuss his work on this renovated Ocean Woods cottage.  My before photos are less impressive.

Porch of Kiawah Island cottage, before.

Colin Regan and his crew at River Creek Construction did a fabulous job with this renovation.  We are excited to be working with Colin on another cottage renovation about to go under construction.  Working with another residence on the same street, we are redesigning it in a completely different way, with a feel that will be significantly more contemporary.  It will be interesting to use these similar buildings to test the variety of design outcomes possible.

View through living spaces and into kitchen in renovated Kiawah cottage. Photo: Jim Somerset

Similar LR view, before.

Kiawah Island cottage. Photo: Jim Somerset

South elevation, before

Living Room, which lost its fireplace in accommodating a new shed dormer to bring natural light into the space. Photo: Jim Somerset

Living Room, before

LEED for Homes design in progress

We're working with a progressive couple from Washington DC on the renovation of their Kiawah Island cottage, and are excited about the way that things are developing.  We are using the Home Energy Group as the LEED consultant on the project, for which we are targeting LEED Gold Certification.  As a LEED AP myself, it is nice to exercise this discipline from time to time. We had a LEED project review meeting on Friday, which went very well.  It is nice to know that with a few smart selections, our typical design methodology and specifications get us right to the LEED Gold threshold, at least on a project of this size.  We're excited to to see how it progresses over the next months of design and subsequent 6 months of construction.

Kiawah Island Cottage Completed

Completed Ocean Woods Cottage, scross the street from the beach on Eugenia Avenue Entry elevation, before renovation

We're glad to have completed construction on this Kiawah Island Cottage.  While a couple of audio visual punch list items remain and the landscaping is yet to be installed, we're glad to be pushing this across the goal line. This was a complete renovation of a 1979 cottage that needed tremendous help.  While we wished to work over the entire structure, we were compelled to make the design harmonious with the Ocean Woods Cottage Community. The exterior envelope was renovated with new siding applied over new water resistant systems.  High quality Henselstone impact-resistant windows and doors replaced the existing single-pane aluminum units.  A couple of covered porches were transformed into conditioned spaces and a shed dormer addition expanded the volume and floor area in the living room to provide superior furnishing opportunities.

Renovated kitchen in Ocean Woods cottage on Kiawah Island

View toward kitchen and main entry door, before renovation.

The interior of this cottage was completely transformed with the renovation. We haven't yet photographed the interior professionally but will post photos after we do. This quick photo of the kitchen gives a bit of a flavor. We're especially pleased with how the river-recovered cypress slab bar turned out.  Robert Paige and his team at K&K Cabinets did fabulous work in fabricating all of the cabinetry while John Griffiths Hardwood Flooring developed and applied the smoky, casual finish for the wide plank white oak hardwoods.

This porch was enclosed into a sun room in the renovation

Cottage screened porch, before renovation.

It was a pleasure working with Colin Regan of River Creek Construction on this renovation.  He has a skilled and flexible team of craftsmen at his disposal and really helped to maximize the potential of this project. We also can't say enough about our clients, who were a pleasure to work with from inception to completion.

Deck with new Ipe bench living on end and living room dormer to left, which replaced a tired fireplace build-out.

Deck and fireplace build-out before renovation

New entry porch and door.


Cassique Framing Underway

Cassique Cottage Framing Underway. We're glad that the framing of the newly designed Cassique Cottage is underway.  Designing an aesthetically pleasing and functional expansion of the original 3,500sf residence, previously lost to fire, to 5,200sf over the same footprint has been a worthwhile challenge.  We're excited to see it come to fruition.

Cassique residence framing underway at Kiawah Island

Sullivan's Island: Before and After Photos

Waterfront elevation, post renovation Rear elevation of Sullivan's Island residence, before

We were happy to receive the call a couple of years ago from Peggy Norris, a top interior designer and furniture designer in Charleston.  Some clients of her boyfriend, the veteran realtor Olin Chamberlain, had just purchased a residence on a great Sullivan's Island lot that needed help, and lots of it.  Subjected to a couple of previous renovations and additions, the residence was flat and lacking in distinction, particularly along the waterfront elevation.  A gas fireplace vented into the adjacent screened porch, just a couple of beneath a wide plywood ceiling. The windows leaked badly during rainstorms. These were just the highlights.

The house was given a thorough renovation, particularly focused on the exterior.  New siding, trim, sheathing, Marvin windows and doors, porch decking and ceilings, columns and rails, and brick wrapping the existing concrete piles.  Inside, we added substantial wood paneling, refitted baths, updated the kitchen, new mantle, and designed other cosmetic improvements. We're very happy with the results of this renovation and excited to have the chance to spend some time with the clients at their summer home on Martha's Vineyard next month.

These are some of the first finished photos that I have posted, but there are others available by clicking on the "Sullivan's Island" category to the right.

We're especially pleased with the way that the master bedroom in this Sullivan's Island residence came together with the renovation.  I designed a bed custom designed to float off of any wall within this particular space, images available here.

Entry Elevation of Sullivan's Island residence, before renovation

Entry Elevation, post renovation

Rear porch, kitchen, and deck area, before.

Rear porch, kitchen, and deck area, post renovation

Sullivan's Island entry porch, before

New entry porch at Sullivan's Island residence

Screened porch, before expansion to allow for new outdoor dining space

Renovated Sullivan's Island screened porch

Sitting area, before

Renovated sitting room adjacent to kitchen, fitted with simple paneling beneath a plate rail; windows facing a neighboring residence were eliminated.

Second master bath, before

Second master bath, after

Second Master bath tub and shower, before; vaulting the ceiling in this space was key.

Second Master bath shower, after

Corner in Den, before

Same corner in Den, the location of the only heated space added to the residence during the renovation; capturing a small area of adjacent porch enabled more flexible seating here.

Cantilevered Ipe Bench at Kiawah Cottage

Ipe bench instead of railing along perimeter of deck When presented with the challenge of maximizing the utility of a relatively small deck space, we elected to pursue alternatives to a guardrail at a new renovation of a cottage on Kiawah Island. As any well used deck also requires seating, we designed a built in bench design to serve as perimeter protection for the deck.

South elevation of new renovation of Kiawah Island cottage

The position of the windows in a new shed dormer that addresses the deck and ocean breezes beyond made it unpalatable to build in a bench within the perimeter of the deck, as it would have come too close to obstructing the windows.  In response, we designed a bench that would cantilever over the edge of the deck, adding some precious useable seating to the deck while freeing up the view lines out from the cottage.  Nice job by River Creek Construction in fabricating this bench design.

The backrest support timbers continue down to form the chief attachment to the deck structure.

Backrest slats continue across the sides to serve as points of attachment to the structure.

With some landscaping adjustments, we will be close to completing the exterior of this Kiawah Island cottage.

Kiawah Cottage Continues

Living Room of Kiawah Island cottage Colin Regan and his team at River Creek Construction continue to do an excellent job with the carrying out the design for this Kiawah Island cottage renovation.  I have been so impressed with the wide ranging skill and capabilities of the carpenters that Colin employs.  From general framing to the fabrication of a custom designed bathtub with the footprint of a bird's egg, the craftsmanship has been of consistently high quality.

The painters have been prepping for a week or so, the cabinetry has been installed, and counter tops go in at the end of the week. It is good to see the finishes coming together.

Corner detail in Kiawah Island cottage.

Before, this place hailed from Lonesomeville.

Custom designed bath, fabricated, fiberglassed and tiled on site. Like an egg-shaped hatbox.

New entry foyer in progress, outfitted with bench and cabinetry by K&K Custom Cabinets

New Sun Room at Kiawah cottage