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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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 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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On Finding the Right Commercial Property

Have you ever noticed that when you look at several new properties in one day, they all blur together, so you can’t remember which is the one with the big tree in the back? Or you get so excited about the ‘perfect office’ with the beautifully appointed Conference Room, you miss the never-quite-dry puddle on the side of the building? It’s sometimes hard to figure out which is the right property to buy. In my last blog, I described how …

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On Buying Commercial Property

Last week we became the owners of some new keys. And the two little buildings they belonged to. It was a long road to get there, and  we learned a lot along the way about buying a commercial property. This is our story, the first in a series of how we did it and what we learned as we went. Full disclaimer: as architects, we understand buildings, how they are built, and what are the building codes that govern their …

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