Big City Architect in a Little Lumber Town: A Lesson in Listening

When I was living and working in British Columbia, Canada, I was the only full time practicing architect in almost a 400-mile radius. Our office had a broad range of projects – for a broad range of people. One of them was a guy who owned a hotel in a small town called Quesnel. This hotel was as plain and utilitarian as a hotel built in the 1950s could be. Quesnel, in the far north of British Columbia, started as …

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Two projects map to one beautiful truth … and an award

We’ve all heard that a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Two of our recent projects proved the truth of that and showed how a lot of knowledge can go a long way toward saving the day. It can even lead to awards, as in the case of our Sullivan’s Island project on an unusually-shaped lot … This first set of clients envisioned a pool beside their new home, overlooking the marshes. The lot was an unusual …

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Swallowtail Architecture gains approval on Kiawah Island Residence

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rachel Burton, rachel@swallowtailarchitecture.com, 843-885-9400 DESCRIPTION: Kiawah Island proposed new residence moves to the next step   TITLE: Swallowtail Architecture gains approval on Kiawah Island Residence Summerville, South Carolina; Oct. 12, 2017 – Swallowtail Architects is pleased to announce preliminary design approval for a Rhett’s Bluff Residence new construction project on Kiawah Island. The final submittal process is the next step, with construction planned for November and an estimated completion date of late autumn 2018. …

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‘When Dreams Meet Reality’: Why You Hire a Professional

Story #1: The Dream My client, Ruth*, spent years imagining her dream home. She came to me already knowing how the rooms would flow one into the other. From the kitchen would be a view out onto the water. There would be a small, private porch. The dining and living rooms would relate in a certain way to one another. But Ruth bought a site that was the wrong shape for the particular house she had imagined all those years. As …

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On The Boards: Site Considerations on Kiawah Island

We just started work on the site considerations for the design of a new home on Kiawah Island.  Our clients intend to retire and live on Kiawah full time, so they want to make sure the design considers not just their current lifestyle but can continue to support them as they get older. After much deliberation, our clients bought a lot on Rhett’s Bluff that over looks the marsh and the Kiawah River beyond.  The view is spectacular! This site …

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