residential architecture

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.

 

Mt. Pleasant Residence Out of the Ground

Footings had been placed during a brief site visit on Tuesday at a new residence in Mt. Pleasant's Heron Pointe neighborhood. I made a couple of visits this week to the site of a new residence under construction in Mt. Pleasant's Heron Pointe neighborhood.  This beautiful property, one of the last unbuilt lots in the development, occupies a small peninsula with a long views across the marsh and a dock on Hobcaw Creek.  Suiter Construction is serving as contractor for the future residence designed a family with life-long roots in the community.

The block foundation of the residence is well underway, with about half of the block for the full-height foundation having been laid.

It is always exciting to see as design that we have labored over beginning to take shape in the form of new foundations.  This residence is being constructed with a ground level that is above minimum base flood elevation, allowing this level to be finish partially now and more completely as the owners determine that they need the additional space.  Thoughtful planning by the previous owner of the property a couple of decades ago, along with the addition of a couple of feet of structural fill to the lot before construction initiated, allowed this scenario.

It is good to have this one underway.

Foundation from the western end, beneath the future master suite, in Mt. Pleasant residence under construction.

Cassique Residence Advances

Cassique Residence in progress from across the lagoon. A new residence in Cassique is advancing along, with the slate roof installation underway and the mechanical and electrical rough-ins complete.  Open cell spray foam insulation has been placed in the wall and roof cavities, readying the interior for the installation of finishes soon.

The 12' ceilings of the Great Room were sized for correct proportionality.

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.

 

Kiawah Condominium Renovation Underway

Picture perfect December morning in overlooking the Kiawah Island beach One of the great pleasures of practicing architecture for me is making site visits to check on work that we've designed. When you can do this on a mild December lowcountry morning, in a building with a fantastic view of an lonesome beach, it is especially nice.  Even if it makes you want to go fishing.

Salt-pruned wax myrtles and oaks are sculpted by the wind as they blanket this stretch of the Kiawah Island dune field.

A small but gratifying project that we're working on is the complete renovation of a two bedroom condominium in the principal building at Windswept Villas on the Kiawah Island beach.  A talented builder in Jay Sifly along with a great client who understands the importance of design and quality make a renovation like this pretty nice to work on.  When we have completed, we'll have finished what we expect to be the finest and most comfortable residence in the building.  And you can't beat the view.

Our client chats with cabinetmaker Dustin of D and A Cabinetworks after the cabinetry walk through.

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.

Wadmalaw Island Commission Nears Groundbreaking

New design for Wadmalaw Island Residence. Rendering: Harrison Wallace We are developing the final details and advancing the structural design integration for a new residence. This 3,500 sf home is designed for a 4 acre site on Wadmalaw Island near Leadenwah Creek.

New design for Wadmalaw Island residence, from west in the morning. Rendering: Harrison Wallace

Basic floor plan section at first floor of main structure.

Composite with model placed within the 4 acre site. Rendering: Harrison Wallace

Dreaming about No Rain

Living spaces covered with tarp after majority of roof demotion has been completed. In recent weeks when we have asked our three year old son what, if anything, he could recall dreaming about the previous night, he has been likely to answer, "I dreamed of no rain." We've no idea in what this line of dreaming is rooted, but Sands Construction, Tyler A. Smyth Architect LLC, and the client that we are collaborating with all hope that his dreams come true, if only for the next week or so.  Finished Australian Cypress flooring, known to be temperamental when exposed to moisture, and other interior finishes and insulation would greatly benefit from some dry weather.

View from the entry foyer into the living spaces, where the roof once was.

We have been designing the renovation and addition to this Kiawah Island residence for some time now, and the work is underway.  Sands Construction, serving as contractor, first completed the interior demolition and has now removed the existing roof from the areas that will receive the additional living spaces above.  All of the structural material has been on site and waiting for fair weather, which is upon us.  We're all excited to really kick off the project.

Dreaming of no rain,

Tyler

Retrofitting existing piers found to be hollow with structural grout; piers will be added where necessary to appropriately shore up the foundation.

Sandy Barton discusses concrete work beneath a new garage stair with the concrete finishing crew.