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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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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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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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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What Are The Other Costs You Need To Add To Get A Realistic Construction Cost for Your Lowcountry Home?

Are you thinking about building a new LowCountry home? What are the other costs you need to add to get a realistic construction cost for your Lowcountry home? The construction prices are increasing steadily here in the Charleston area, so setting a realistic budget figure by including all of the costs at the start of the project takes a little bit of work but sets you up for a successful project. When you set out to make a budget for …

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A New Day For Heritage Square

You may have noticed the trucks and the workmen at Heritage Square over the past few months. Yes it is true. After years of sitting almost completely abandoned, new owners are preparing to start renovations this spring. The Design Problem To most people, the obvious solution would be to demolish everything and start over. There is obvious damage and decay on the front of the building, and the back looks even worse. But the back starts looking pretty good once …

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