‘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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PRESS RELEASE: Design awards for 3 Sullivan’s Island homes to Swallowtail Architecture

Summerville, South Carolina; June 16, 2017 –– Three Sullivan’s Island homeowners will receive certificates following awards by Architects Creating Homes’ to Swallowtail Architecture for residential design in ArCH’s 2017 international competition. “With prices going up on Sullivan’s Island, here are three examples that show how being brave and taking the risk to do high-quality design and construction can pay off,” says Swallowtail owner and chief architect Rachel Burton. “A home with international recognition of its design has affirmation of its …

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Isle of Palm’s Waste Water Treatment Plant

How Do You Fit a Waste Water Treatment Plant into a Residential Neighborhood? The Isle of Palms, a barrier island of the coast of South Carolina near Charleston, is known for its beaches, marinas, restaurants and great vacation rental homes.  It is not known for its industrial plants, which is why Swallowtail was asked to help when a local engineering firm was engaged to design a new waste water treatment plant. The site, on the marsh side of the island …

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Montreaux Bar & Patio

Enjoying the Weather with an Outdoor Patio! Nothing is nicer than sitting outside, enjoying a cold beverage at the end of the day. And in South Carolina, our mild winters means our patios can be used almost all year round! The Montreaux Bar, located in downtown Summerville, had lots of charm, a regular clientele, but not enough space. What about converting the underused delivery-oriented back yard into an outdoor patio?  With a big new outdoor bar, complete with lots of …

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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 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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