We are starting to use 3D drawings as a design tool so we can really see what the home will look like, and so can the Owners! Our home owners wanted a beautiful classic low [...]
Twenty-two years ago, I designed my first custom home, a retirement home for a master gardener. The site was a beautiful 3 acre lot set in the rolling hills of southern Ontario. Seven years ago, [...]
Demolition is underway at the Fort Moultrie 1890’s Ordinance House project. Removal of the interior walls and finishes always reveals hidden gems. In this Sullivan's Island project to convert the former Ordinance Shop into a residential property, we see remnants of a past era and previous renovations.
When I was living and working in British Columbia, Canada, I was the only full time practicing architect in almost a 400-mile radius. To put that in context, that's the equivalent of all of South [...]
We are proud to share that Swallowtail Architecture of Summerville, SC has been awarded the 2017 Readers' Choice Award by the Summerville Journal Scene. We believe this award is a recognition of the personal connection [...]
ARE THEY QUALIFIED AND REGISTERED? Unlike building designers, architects cannot practice without a specific level of University education -usually 5 or 6 years followed by 2 years of post-graduate, on the job training. Architects [...]
The Charleston Home Builders Association recently awarded Alair Homes-Charleston the PRISM Award for their work on The Doar House Renovation. They were awarded in one of the Best Remodeled Home categories. Architect Rachel Burton of Swallowtail Architecture designed the renovation of this 1886 home in Summerville, SC.
The Home Builders Association of South Carolina recently awarded Alair Homes Charleston the Pinacle Awards for their work on The Doar House Renovation. Architect Rachel Burton of Swallowtail Architecture designed the renovation of this 1886 [...]
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.
Site and lot considerations nearly derailed my clients long dreamed of home. How working with a professional architect can remedy issues so that you can build you a one-of-a-kind home in the Barrier Islands.
Part 2 of Designing a Custom New Home on Kiawah Island. Understanding the design goals of our clients who wanted a home that supported their lifestyle and maximized the views of the marsh.
How did you spend your vacation? Did you find, like me, that having a getaway refreshes, rejuvenates, and gets you ready for the 50+ weeks to come? This summer, my husband Carl and I journeyed [...]
Site Considerations for a new custom home on Kiawah Island required us to design around a beautiful 41'' diameter live oak tree. We detail the process of initiating the design in the post. 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.
Traveling from New York to Charleston on the night train I learned that any new adventure needs a little information to make things run smoothly. I took this to heart and wanted to share what you need to know when first engaging an architect.
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, Mount Pleasant; May 23, 2017 – Exciting things are happening at Swallowtail Architecture and we are pleased to announce that we have opened a second office! The new space is located at 1470 [...]
Swallowtail Architecture wins BZA Approval for Fort Moultire’s Ordinance Shop to become a Special Exception Residential Building
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.
Profile about Rachel Burton of Swallowtail Architecture in Architect News. Water supports life wherever it flows and, for architect Rachel Burton, that flow has taken her around the world and to South Carolina.
Charleston Home & Design features Rachel Burton in the Spring 2017 issue. Burton details one of her projects to complete a major home renovation on Sullivan's Island. Swallowtail was engaged to transform the home into [...]
On the coast, its hard to find a good solution for a porch floor when you consider ease of installation, appearance, cost, and ongoing maintenance. What should you select? Wood? Brick? Composite wood? For a [...]