2019 ArCH Design Award
2019 ArCH Design Award

Summerville, South Carolina; July 16, 2019 ––Swallowtail Architecture has been awarded two Technical Design Awards for Excellence from Architect’s Creating Homes (ArCH). The 2019 ArCH Awards recognize completed projects, as well as projects under design and under construction. We have two new projects in the works, and each had significant design challenges. Often times we focus on the end results of a project–all the pretty pictures of the finished home. For us Architects, especially with a complicated project, the steps of how we get to the completed home are just as interesting.  We are honored to have our work and persistence recognized with these two awards.

Award One: Home on the Marsh

The first project is a whole house home renovation of a marsh front home with ocean views. The existing home has the quintessential, perfect coastal location, but from the inside you couldn’t see, take in, or experience the tranquil setting. Our goal was to open the home from the inside out. We wanted to expose the views on three sides of the home and to re-orient the existing floorplan of the home for modern living needs.

Marsh Island Home site plan to maximize marsh and ocean views

Learn more about the Seabrook Marsh Island Renovation in our Portfolio.

Award Two: The Old Oak Tree

The second project is the home built around a tree. The house is designed to fit around an existing live oak on the property. Building codes for Kiawah Island require that specimen trees like this oak with its significant 41” diameter be undisturbed. Rather than being discouraged or choosing another lot, the homeowners embraced these challenges and we set out to create a plan that put the tree at the center of the home design. The roof heights, location of the home on the site, and shape of the site plan were all determined with the tree in mind. The jewel of this lot (and why it was worth trying to figure out how to build here) is the water views, so in our design plan we made sure every room possible had a maximum view of the water.

Kiawah Island home design around 41 inch live oak tree

Our frequent readers will recall that we’ve written about this project and what has at times been a lengthy approval process.  Check out the history of this project in the blog, “From Rachel’s Desk:”

Two Technical Design Awards for Swallowtail

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On The Boards: Site Considerations on Kiawah Island

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.

ArCH is an American-based international organization of licensed architects focusing on residential architecture, professional excellence, achievement, client value, and service.

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

For more details visit the ArCH announcement of the 2019 ArCHdes™ Design Awards program.

CONTACT: Rachel Burton,, 843-885-9400