Swallowtail Architecture wins BZA Approval for Fort Moultire’s Ordinance Shop to become a Special Exception Residential Building

Sullivan’s Island, SC; May 12, 2017 – Swallowtail Architecture of Summerville has BZA approval to classify a Fort Moultrie building dating back to the 1800s as a ‘Special Exception’. The Sullivan Island project, one of Swallowtail’s three current Lowcountry historic renovations, originally served as an Ordinance Shop within the fort. In January, the project received Conceptual Design Approval and in March unanimous Preliminary Approval from Sullivan’s Island Design Review Board to strip away later additions, uncover the original building and …

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The Restoration of Fort Moultrie’s 1890’s Ordinance Shop

Tucked away on Sullivan’s Island’s Thompson Street is a small gem waiting to be uncovered and restored. Hidden under a layer of vinyl siding and almost dwarfed by a rear addition, is a small brick building with a simple gable roof that back in the 1890’s used to be an Ordinance Shop for Fort Moultrie. Like many of the Fort’s buildings it was sold after the Fort was decommissioned and converted to residential use. Looking at it now, it is hard …

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Architecture for Aging

Our homeowner, Ann, was featured in an article in the Post and Courier article titled “Architecture for Aging’. The article was about how home design features help older adults to maintain full mobility and a high degree of safely in their homes. For access to the full story in the Post and Courier archives, see: goo.gl/pgRDmD

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Getting a Space Lift

Our homeowner’s Rudd and Pat, were featured in a story written by Sybil Fix for the Post and Courier about renovations and why people renovate their homes. You can find the full article here in the Post and Courier archives: goo.gl/8eQRxY

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A Cottage Renovation for the Next Phase of Life

This is a story about an old Summerville home, how it came to have a cottage and how the renovation of that cottage allowed the third generation of a family to live in the big house and the second generation of the family to begin the next phase of their life in the cottage. Rudd and Pat  have lived for many years in a distinguished white house in Summerville’s nicest old part. Tall, with vast porches and staircases on a …

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Historic Summerville Home Renovation

Every town has a few of these;  beautiful historic homes that does not work well for modern family living. Can you keep all of the beautiful historic parts, and sensitively renovate the home to add modern bathrooms, kitchens and Master bedroom suites? One of these Summerville homes was beautiful Victorian home William Richardson built in 1886. The home became part of Summerville history not just for its beautiful architecture as Richardson later became the mayor of Summerville, and the street …

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A New Sullivan’s Island Home with a $1,000,000 View

Have you noticed how the view gets better the higher you go? We recently completed a new marsh front home on Sullivan’s Island where we bucked convention and put the main living spaces on the top floor to maximize the magnificent view of the Intracoastal Waterway. But we did not stop there. The entire second floor has a vaulted ceiling with a continuous light cove. The vaulted white painted wood ceilings amplify the feelings of space and the big view …

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Riverview Villas, Kiawah Island

The Riverview Villas on Kiawah Island consist of four two-story buildings, each containing six units with spectacular views toward the river or marsh. The villas are at the heart of the development, situated within a magnificently landscaped green space and sited to form an internal courtyard featuring a meandering path punctuated by nodes. Parking is discreetly located at the ground level of each villa. Each floor contains one two-bedroom unit and two three-bedroom units that have been designed to maximize …

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Coastal Home with Dining Room Addition

This 40 year old Sullivan’s Island home gets a new laid-back, casual look with a place where the owners and their family can relax after a long day. We enclosed an existing porch to create a new dining room and added a large storefront window overlooking the pool. The interior renovations revitalized out of the outdated Kitchen and Living Rooms.

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Sophisticated Modern Renovation

A 30 year old suburban home gets an elegant new look. This modern, highly customized interior was specifically designed to showcase the owners’ collections of art and furniture.

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