Sean Ahern of Ahern Anvil started this week installing the front entry stairs for a contemporary home we designed for a young Chicago couple at Kiawah on Sweet Spire. The stairs are made of Corten Steel wall over a concrete base. This type of steel doesn’t need painting as the steel rusts the rust provides the exterior protective “crust”. The main curved Corten steel wall was inpired by American sculptor Richard Serra who’s sculptures use curved steel walls to define space. Ahern Anvil has done an excellent job installing these. Complimenting these stairs, landscape architect JR Kramer of ReMark Studio are using curved steel as retaining walls on the site. Matt Byrd of Byrd Builder is doing a wonderful job as the general contractor on this home. They have handled these sophisticated elements with ease.
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The Guest House is shaping up nicely at the Kendall Residence we designed oceanfront at 22 Flyway Drive. Moffly Construction is the contractor on this project and John Tarkany is the landscape architect. These Palladian windows by Henselstone frame the … Continue reading
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
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.
One of our clients Kim-Marie Evans who we designed a home for at 317 Tom Watson Lane in Cassique on Kiawah travels for her blog. www.luxurytravelmom.com Here is a shot of her in Dubai on a current trip. Her blog gives a realistic and very helpful insight on traveling with kids. Keep sending us the digital postcards Kim-Marie, enjoy traveling vicariously with you.