This month the design and story behind “The Gallery House” on Sullivan’s Island was featured in a Design Exploder Video by Your Modern Cottage. The video highlights how the Swallowtail design plan turned restrictions into opportunities, including creating an upside-down reverse floorplan. The main living area is on the top floor, bedrooms are on the main (2nd floor), and the garage and storage are at street level. We were able to accomplish this because the home was in a flood plan and needed an elevated design, and by using an upside-down, reverse floorplan, we were able to create three levels of living and to capture the best, most expansive views from the 3rd floor in the spaces used most often.

Dining room with long range view to marsh and waterway

Interior View of The Gallery House on Sullivan’s Island Designed by Swallowtail Architecture

The home design also took into account the homeowners extensive art collection with the desire to display many paintings and sculptures while also allowing the views of the Intercoastal to be an ever changing ‘landscape’ portrait. The video from Your Modern Cottage recognizes our treating of art and view as equal. This delicate balance makes this home special.
Personal art collection on display

This could only be achieved in the hands of a clever and subtle designer. Rachel Burton of Swallowtail Architecture shows us that with just a little modern thinking, and some awesome design, you can transform your home into your sanctuary – a place designed specifically for you, a place to unwind and connect with the things that you love.

Your Modern Cottage


View the full, original article here: Your Modern Cottage: Design Exploder – A Delicate Balance of Art & View