Our residential design portfolio encompasses a vast array of project types in a variety of locations, but our objective remains the same: to understand and ultimately translate your vision into a finished product that exceeds even your own dreams. Swallowtail’s portfolio of projects include the design of custom new homes, historic restorations, whole house renovations, additions, and commercial projects in the best parts of the Lowcountry including Sullivan’s Island, Summerville and Mount Pleasant, Kiawah Island, Daniel Island, and Seabrook Island, and in Isle of Palms in the Historic Charleston area.

Yeamans Hall Club Cottage Restoration2023-12-08T15:06:19+00:00
Deep-Water Coastal Family Home Mount Pleasant2023-12-08T15:00:53+00:00
The Gallery House on Sullivan’s Island2024-03-22T01:17:51+00:00
Kiawah Island River View Vacation Retreat2023-12-18T19:25:14+00:00
Beacon House on Sullivan’s Island2024-03-22T01:22:08+00:00
Seabrook Marsh Island Home Renovation to Showcase Views2024-03-22T01:26:16+00:00
Family Retreat on Sullivan’s Island2023-11-14T00:57:32+00:00
Cassique Golf European-Inspired Coastal on Kiawah2023-11-13T20:17:06+00:00
Summerville Historic Home Conversion2023-11-14T01:04:16+00:00
American Twist on Classic Meets Coastal on Sullivan’s Island2024-03-21T21:44:00+00:00
Isle of Palms Whole House Renovation2023-11-13T20:40:01+00:00
Outdoor Entertaining on Sullivan’s Island2024-03-21T22:53:36+00:00
Isle of Palms Contemporary Renovation2023-11-14T01:24:19+00:00
Fort Moultrie’s 1890s Ordinance Shop2023-11-14T01:28:45+00:00
Seabrook Golf Course Retirement Home2024-03-21T21:46:01+00:00
Sullvan’s Island Serene Update to Coastal Home2023-11-14T01:33:59+00:00
Contemporary Beach Home on Sullivan’s Island2024-03-22T00:31:33+00:00
Montreaux Bar & Patio in Summerville2023-11-13T20:53:50+00:00
Quaint Cottage Guest House in Summerville2023-11-13T21:02:47+00:00
Marsh Front Home on the Intracoastal Waterway of Sullivan’s Island2024-03-22T00:42:46+00:00
Kiawah Island Vacation Home Renovation2023-11-13T22:18:55+00:00
Isle of Palms Water Treatment Plant2023-11-13T22:22:50+00:00
Daniel Island Retirement Home on the Marsh2023-11-13T22:27:15+00:00
Lowcountry House Renovation Makeover on Daniel Island2023-11-13T22:30:59+00:00

As a local architecture firm, with offices in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, Swallowtail Architecture has been instrumental in shaping our community and defining the architecture of the Lowcountry.  We specialize in custom residential design, and we ensure that each home is built to take advantage of the surrounding environment. As experienced home architects we are able to take the style and the elements of each space and synthesize them into a coherent whole–creating beautiful, integrated homes that fit the site and your lifestyle.  We are passionate about helping people and designing custom living spaces that let them enjoy the serenity and the the beauty of our local landscape. Whether you wish to build your dream home on a Lowcountry marsh, renovate your current residence in Summerville, or modify a historic residence in Charleston, we can help.

From custom home design to commercial buildings and urban renewal projects, we focus on creating coherent, beautiful designs that exceed expectations and add value to the surrounding area.   Contact us today to discuss your project.

What Our Clients and Vendors are Saying

“Ms. Burton met with us, listened to our ideas, and was able to include all of them in the plans for our renovation and addition.”

Joanne Caccamise, client

“Some things I know are true; Rachel Burton, Swallowtail Architecture, really listens to her clients.”

Karen Coste, Client

“Thanks you for all you have done to design and create my dream home. Your part in my journey has been so important and a key to the success.”

Beverly Bohan, Client

“Rachel Burton was great…her calm demeanor and quiet confidence made working with her a true joy —I would use her again.”

John Batchelder, Client

“Rachel…has been a delight to work with!”

Billie Ruby, Client

“I appreciate Rachel’s level of professionalism and warmth with her clients.”

Jennings Smith, Alair Homes

“We are very happy with the drawings and client service that Sea Island Builders has received from Swallowtail Architecture. We enjoy working with Rachel, and Rachel’s design work is top notch.”

Jason Fowler, Sea Island Builders

“Working with Rachel Burton at Swallowtail is one of the best partnering experiences that I have had.”

Heidi Walker, Heidi Walker Interior Design

“We have worked with Swallowtail several times in the past, and were extremely happy with the creativity and quality of their designs. Our clients loved the designs, and we were impressed with the detail and innovative ideas.”

Scott Shellhaas, Graceworks Construction