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Designing and building a custom home on Sullivan’s Island is a once-in-a-lifetime, dream come true. With a beautiful coastal landscape in combination with the Ocean and the Intracoastal waterway, this is a premier home building site in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Swallowtail Architecture knows how to work within the strict building codes and standards of Sullivan’s and the Design Review Board (DRB) . We understand the intricacies and costs of building in a coastal environment and put these skills to work for our clients.

These resources have been provided to help you with planning, designing, and building your dream home on Sullivan’s Island. Nothing can replace talking directly with an architect.  Every client, every lot, every home is different and unique.  Seek the advice of a professional at the beginning of your project.  Are you just getting started and need more information about finding, hiring, and working with an architect? Are ready to start? Contact Swallowtail Architecture about your project.

Free Resources and Guidebooks from the Architect

Free Guide: “The Truth About Why it Costs More To Build And Renovate On Sullivan’s Island”
The Truth About Why it Costs More To Build And Renovate On Sullivan’s Island

It’s true, the “island effect” exists.  Building on an island in a coastal environment does cost more.  Learn why the building costs are higher on the island.  Learn how to ensure you get the best value for your money.  Discover the answers to these questions, and more in this guide from Swallowtail Architecture.

Free Guide: “6 Essential Tips for a Successful DRB Submission on Sullivan’s Islan”
6 Essential Tips for a Successful DRB Submission on Sullivan’s Island

How do you navigate the zoning ordinances and the design review process and get your perfect Sullivan’s home and live the island dream?  Your Sullivan’s Island project will more than likely require review and approval by the Design Review Board (DRB). This guide will help you with the 6 essential tips for a successful DRB submission and the lengthy submission process.


Portfolio of Homes

A Selection of Sullivan’s Island Homes from Our Portfolio

Fort Moultrie’s 1890s Ordinance Shop 2018-08-16T15:50:13+00:00

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From Rachel’s Desk

News and Information about Architecture on Sullivan’s Island

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Swallowtail Wins Four Awards for International Design Excellence

June 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Architects Creating Homes’ awards Swallowtail Architecture four residential design awards for ArCH’s 2017 Design Excellence in Residential Design. The winners of this international competition were announced June 1. Burton’s winning designs include a coastal island renovation, two marshfront homes and a fourth award, in Dunes West, for “The Blue Kitchen.”

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

May 12th, 2017|0 Comments

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.

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Rachel Burton Profiled in Charleston Home & Design

April 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Charleston Home & Design features Rachel Burton in the Spring 2017 issue. Burton details one of her projects to complete a major home renovation on [...]

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Swallowtail Architecture Wins Conceptual Approval for Renovation of Historic Fort Moultrie Building

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Recently obtained from the Atlanta Archives, this richly detailed copy of the map of Fort Moultrie shows considerable detail and information about the Fort. [...]

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