View through kitchen to adjacent sitting room at Kiawah Island cottage, with Sea Pearl granite countertops, a river recovered cypress slab bar top, full inset cabinetry, Carrara marble backsplash tile, and Sun Valley Bronze cabinetry hardware. Photo: Jim Somerset
We were glad to work with K & K Custom Cabinets and the general contractor, River Creek Construction, along with our wonderful clients, on this classic kitchen recently completed on Kiawah Island.
This kitchen was designed with fully-inset cabinets doors and drawers with a simple shaker-style panel. We sourced beautiful Sea Pearl granite slabs for the countertops, which allowed us to put a toe into the sometime problematic world of green hues in the kitchen without overwhelming the decor. Sea Pearl is a fabulous material that offers the softness and movement of marble with the ease of maintenance and livability of much harder granite.
Kitchen in recently completed Kiawah Island cottage renovation. A Miele induction cooktop and built-in oven are the best of European cooking appliances. Photo: Jim Somerset
We ran the wide plank oak flooring into the kitchen to lend cohesiveness to this cottage of modest size. LED under-cabinet lighting complements the 2 and 3 inch LED recessed lighting that provides illumination in optically pleasing color temperature with cutting-edge energy efficiency.
Cabinetry and a window seat were fitted into the entry foyer, which opens into the kitchen. A river-recovered cypress slab bar turns the corner from foyer to the dining area. Paneled doors leading to the coat and laundry closets mitigate against trim overload while maximizing functional use. Photo: Jim Somerset
The kitchen is located near the main entry and open to the dining and living spaces in the foreground. Photo: Jim Somerset
More photos and description of this renovated cottage may be found via this link.
Cassique Residence in progress from across the lagoon.
A new residence in Cassique is advancing along, with the slate roof installation underway and the mechanical and electrical rough-ins complete. Open cell spray foam insulation has been placed in the wall and roof cavities, readying the interior for the installation of finishes soon.
The 12′ ceilings of the Great Room were sized for correct proportionality.
Addition concept for 19th Century Ansonborough dependency; a parapet wall makes reference to the existing structure while accommodating green roof.
We’ve been working with repeat clients on the renovation and addition to a 19th C. masonry dependency in Charleston’s Ansonborough neighborhood. The owners have shifted their focus to another property further downtown, and so have put this property on the market. If they are successful, I hope that it brings a new owner who is as excited about the potential for this property as we are.
Built around 1838 after an earlier structure was destroyed by the Great Fire in the same year, 63 Anson Street was build as a dependency to the Susan Robinson House, located at 48 Society Street. Historic preservation easements are held by the Historic Charleston Foundation. Throughout the design process thus far, we worked closely with the HCF, who has approved the design that we created.
The proposed addition and renovation of this 19th C. Ansonborough dependency locates an eat-in kitchen and living room within the new addition in the rear.
Three years ago this week, I was presented with the opportunity to make one of the most important decisions of my life. Aside for determining to ask Michelle to go out on a first date with me on my 26th birthday, the decision to launch my own architectural practice was my biggest to date.
We have never looked back, and I want to give my profound thanks to all of the friends, clients, and colleagues who have had the trust in us to keep this show on the road up to now. I want to offer particular gratitude to our intern architect, Harrison Wallace, for his hard work and dedication to the delivering the very best service to our clients that we are capable of. We are proud of the work that we have created so far, are emboldened by the opportunity to serve the clients that we currently have, and are excited about the future before us.
Thank you to everyone who has put their trust in us over the last three years. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to practice the craft that we love.
The addition and renovation to this Kiawah Island residence continues.
Front elevation, with traditional elements integrated in a previous renovation, before current addition and renovation work was initiated.
Sometimes, the work that you produce that seems the least transformational is also the most difficult to pull off. When confronted with a renovation of a house of middling construction and that has already undergone another partial renovation, and with a budget realistically limited due to market considerations, the challenges can be substantial. We are pleased with the way that the design and construction of this renovation/addition has come out so far, however, and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The installer from K&K Custom Cabinets works to set out the new kitchen cabinetry.
The project is chiefly a substantial third floor addition, which includes a new master suite and a den over what was the vaulted living spaces. We designed the floor plate of the new addition be be 9′-3″ above the existing finished floor to keep the appropriate ceiling volume in the living room, dining room and kitchen without growing the height of the house to be too tall proportionally. Along with the addition of the new space, a stair was needed to access it, leading to some necessary renovations to the former master shower. Our clients also elected to completely renovate the kitchen, add a new stair for interior access to the garage, and replace existing 6′-6″ tall sliding doors addressing the principal views with 8′ tall units, enhancing the views substantially.
A new Ipe and stainless steel cable rail system will help to finish out the new third level porch and rebuilt principal deck.
Kiawah Residence before, having been renovated once before already to begin a transformation from an 80′s contemporary to a shingle style flavor.
Surfsong Road addition underway on Kiawah Island.
A Surfsong Road addition and renovation is underway on Kiawah Island. Many roads we have traveled to reach this point, but we are happy to see this one moving along. We are working with Jedd and Steve at Bennett Custom Homes on this project. The chief components of the project are a second floor garage addition containing two new bedrooms and a bath and a relocation of the kitchen. We are moving the kitchen from a closed-off space to the side of the home that had no access to the principal views. The new space was the former sun room, placing the kitchen in the nexus between the living room and dining spaces, with great views of the 10th green at Turtle Point. Another new bedroom suite takes the place of the former kitchen, bringing the total capacity of the residence to 6 bedrooms and 5 full and 1 half baths. A screen porch added to the rear will stretch the time during which the outdoors can be comfortably enjoyed without blocking the views from the principal spaces (LR, K, DR, and MBR).
Surfsong Road addition underway on Kiawah Island.