Swallowtail earns Design Board approval on Kiawah Island

Summerville, South Carolina; Oct. 12, 2017 –– 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.

Kiawah Island has a four-step process because it places such a high emphasis on maintaining its natural resources and topography. The first step is a site analysis meeting to ensure agreement on the conceptual plan, which includes proper water drainage and preserving trees. Because this particular site has a grand oak tree in the buildable area it necessitated teamwork on the parts of the design review board, the owners, architect, landscape architect and builder to find a solution that also preserved and protected the natural resources.

“It has been a very, very challenging design process,” said Swallowtail principal and chief architect Rachel Burton. “If you have a property facing the water, you want to be as close to it as you can get. Yet in this case, the standard solution could not be achieved. We had to find a way to make it feel like the house is on the water and ensure amazing views of the landscape, waterscape, and marsh.” The owners, Burton said, “absolutely love the creative solution that emerged.”

Swallowtail specializes in custom home architecture on barrier islands like Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and the Lowcountry around Charleston, South Carolina. More at


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