Working with Swallowtail

Swallowtail Architecture is a full service architectural firm serving the South Carolina Barrier Islands of Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, Daniel Island and the Lowcountry area around Charleston, South Carolina including Summerville, Mount Pleasant, and West Ashley. Led by architect Rachel Burton, we specialize in a wide range of residential, commercial, and public sector projects.

Custom new home designs in the Lowcoutry

It is important to us that we provide our clients with the highest-quality floor plans and materials to make their dream home or office building a reality. As local architects with offices in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, we are able to draw on our own experiences within the local community to help you remodel an existing structure or build a new one that will be embraced by the community. We consider all the unique elements of the Lowcountry, from the environment to the residents, to create architectural designs that have both form and function.

For commercial spaces, we strive to develop personalized solutions that meet your goals of being identifiable to your customers, as well as enhancing the future efficiency and productivity of your company.  Architecture can be an effective marketing tool when it reflects the essence of your brand. We pride ourselves in being able to meet the specific zoning and FEMA requirements of jurisdictions while providing a building that is functional, low-maintenance, and attractive to your clients.

Custom, New Built Homes

As custom residential architects, we understand that you need a space that is perfectly suited to your lifestyle and that sometimes you just can’t find that dream home in the real estate listings. As one of South Carolina’s premier custom home design specialists, we capture your ideas in beautiful and practical designs. We design homes that suit your location, family, and lifestyle. We make dreams a reality like being on a beach facing the ocean, or overlooking one of the fabulous Lowcountry marshes, or being in the heart of a historic district with a coffee shop within walking distance.

Historic Restorations and Renovations

Historic homes are full of charm and character and detail. For the homeowner who loves their historic home and wants to renovate and restore it, Swallowtail has the expertise and skill to redesign and re-envision your home. Our designs showcase the details you love while modernizing the home to fit today’s lifestyle. Working closely with historic design review boards, we have a successful track record of creating designs that seamlessly blend the old with the new.

Whole House Major Renovations

If you have already found a home or a neighborhood that you love, it can be hard to imagine moving to a new place–even after you experience any number of life changes: a new baby, an aging parent, a home-based business, or an “empty nest.” With kitchen renovations, the transformation of living spaces into libraries and craftrooms, bathroom remodels, and new porches, we can transform your current home on the inside and out to suit your specific needs and design goals.


Many of the inquiries we receive are from homeowners interested in home additions that will change their home to accommodate their family’s changing needs including a new master suite, second or third floor additions, and loft and barn conversions. This type of project, however, is the least understood by homeowners. They can often become dismayed and overwhelmed and give up when they discover the many issues that can affect or limit their ideas. Swallowtail can help you navigate the complex process. We love helping people fall in love with their homes all over again.

Commercial Properties

If you are in need of a complete tenant up-fit quickly so your business can open, or if you need a new commercial building in the Charelston area, we can help. Swallowtail is experienced in solving commercial design problems, getting design approvals, and finding solutions that meet your budget and schedule constraints without compromising functional, spatial, and aesthetic demands. We know time is important and that the building must meet your business goals of being recognizable and identifiable by your customers.

Public Sector Projects

While a community begins and flourishes with its citizens, we realize how important the right structures and buildings can be to the foundation and continued growth of any community. Whether you are building a museum or a water plant, adding an addition to a church, repairing a college residence, up-fitting for a new daycare, or engaging in urban renewal; we can help shape a community’s identity and improve the way its citizens live.

Learn More About Swallowtail Architecture

Looking for an Architect in Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and in the Lowcountry area around Charleston, South Carolina? Swallowtail provides residential design services including custom, new homes, historic restorations, whole house renovations, additions, as well as commercial design services for coastal, lowcountry, island, traditional, and modern-beach homes, as well as commercial properties in the Charleston area.