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 [...]
Recently obtained from the Atlanta Archives, this richly detailed copy of the map of Fort Moultrie shows considerable detail and information about the Fort. PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rachel Burton, [...]
Architects typically charge for their services in one of five ways: Hourly Cost per square foot Percentage of construction cost Fixed fee Combination For residential work, smaller projects and renovations the most common method is [...]
Swallowtail Architecture won Best of Houzz for Service 2017. The Service Award is based on client review and client feedback. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. [...]
ENR Southeast, one of 10 regional publications from Engineering News-Record, announced the winners of their 16th annual 'Best Projects' in the Southeast. Swallowtail Architecture was honored to be recognized for their commercial architectural design work [...]
Compiling a realistic budget figure for building in the Lowcountry takes a bit of work but if done correctly, sets you up for a successful project. It is essential that you determine your budget at [...]
There is nothing more beautiful than a cordwood wall. Add the benefits of being green, its low material cost, its simple construction method, and it becomes an even more attractive building option. The warmth of [...]
Charleston Living Magazine details Rachel Burton and Swallowtail's whole-house renovation of the Contemporary Beach Home project. Focusing on Swallowtails attention to detail and unique approach to understanding the clients need to create a family home [...]
Renovations help homeowners turn new leaf for different stages in life. Our homeowner's were featured in a story written by Sybil Fix for the Post and Courier about renovations and why people renovate their homes. [...]
Swallowtail’s architect, Rachel Burton AIA and her client Ann Mitchell, were recently featured with two other local architects in an article in The Post and Courier about Architecture for Aging. Reporter, Sybil Fix, investigated the [...]
Swallowtail Architecture won Best of Houzz for Service 2015. The Service Award is based on client review and client feedback. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design [...]