New Contemporary Rain Porch Home in Florence, SC

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A contemporary home we designed is coming out of the ground in Florence, SC.  It is for two doctors and we have designed an updated “rain porch” home.  This is a unique architectural style from the Pee Dee Region where the home is being built.  For the porches on these homes the columns go from the ground to the roof and the porch is pulled back from these so the edges of the porch don’t get wet during a storm.  Therefore the name “Rain Porch” home.  The home is being built by Jody Lane and ReMark Studio is the landscape architects on the job.

 

Rear of home showing large rear porches and retention pond.

 

View of front from the street. Close up of the front “rain porch”

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Happy Birthday to our client Bettie Dixon

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Happy Birthday to our client Bettie Dixon.  We hope you have a wonderful celebration.  We designed a home for Bettie and her husband Sewell ocean front at 99 Surfsong, on Kiawah Island, SC. We traveled twice to the South of … Continue reading

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Solar energy powers home on Kiawah – Happy Earth Day

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This Earth Day I would like to showcase how our firm has embraced green technology for many years not just when it became popular.  These strategies are not only cost effective but energy efficient over the life of the home.

On the large ocean front home we designed at 45 Surfsong these shots show how we incorporated active PV (photo voltaic solar panels) into the roof of this home.  Since this home is ocean front and doesn’t have large trees blocking the sunlight, we were able to create enough roof space to generate electricity for approximately 40% of the home through sunlight.  A parapet shields the edges of the panels from view from the ground.  We recessed some additional panels into the copper roof.

This system cost about the same as nice residential appliance package we have provided solar energy.   At present, solar panels are dropping in cost, as with most technology so being green doesn’t necessary raise the cost of a home.

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Contemporary Home Design for Kiawah Island, SC

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Ocean View from South East

Here is the street elevation showing the glass hyphens to break up the mass with bronze windows.

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75 Eugenia – Foundation starting

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Trenches for grade beams starting waiting for steel reinforcing.

Trenches for grade beams starting waiting for steel reinforcing.

More grade beam trenches.

More grade beam trenches.

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