Before and After: Lakeview

We thought it would be fun to put our own spin on the popular #transformationtuesday trend and share with you some of the the architectural transformations we have the privilege of being a part of every day!

If you remember from a previous post, TMD Architect’s first project was located in The Groves neighborhood of Mount Pleasant. It was a complex renovation and addition project with a majority of the home being transformed.

Here is a short Before and After: Lakeview video (1:18) highlighting some of our favorite spaces of the home! (you can also view pictures in the Lakeview Portfolio section of our website)


Before and After: Lakeview Video


At TMD Architects, we have a passion for both architecture and people. We hope that you will consider us for your architecture project in the Charleston, South Carolina area.

How to build a Joggling Board

We have had some great response to last week’s “Custom Living: Joggling Board” post including a handful of requests for plans/how to. So, here is a quick run down for the basic instructions on how to build a joggling board:

First, your shopping list for the lumberyard:

  • (2) 8′ 4×4 posts
  • 14′ of 1″ to 1-1/4″ dowel (in increments of 24″)
  • 2×12 for the seat – this can be almost any length you wish.  Ours is 12′ long.
  • Fasteners to attach the 4×4’s together on the supports

Basic Joggling Board Instruction

Step 1 – Cut the 4×4’s into (8) 24″ lengths.

Step 2 – Cut the dowel into (6) 24″ lengths and (4) 8″ lengths.

Step 3 – Using the Joggling Board Support Drawing below for dimensions, drill three holes on (4) of the 24″ length 4×4’s. It is easiest to drill the holes in the vertical 4×4 posts with a drill press and a good drill bit.  I would recommend drilling a hole this is slightly larger than the diameter of the dowels, if you plan to paint the pieces before final assembly.


Joggling Board Support  Drawing 

Step 4 – Use the remaining (4) 24″ 4×4’s to create the rocking bottom of the two supports. Leave a small area in the center that is flat, so that the joggling board will stay in place when not being used – roughly 3 1/2″ should be plenty wide enough.  We used a band saw to cut the arcs into the rocker pieces.  The arcs need to be more or less the same, so be sure to use a template to transfer the arc shape between pieces.

Step 5 – Center the vertical 4×4’s on the rockers and attach them either with pocket holes and screws from the top side of the support or with a couple a longer screws directly through the bottom of the rocker (countersunk).

Step 6 – Take 2 of your 4 rocking 4×4 posts and connect using (3) 24″ dowels through the three holes previously drilled. We set the 24″ dowels so that they extend 1-1/2″ beyond each 4×4 support.

Your two supports will look like this:  


Step 7 – Drill 4 holes (two on each end) into the 2×12 seat for the 8″ dowels. (diagram shown below)


2 holes at one end of 2×12 seat

 Step 8 – Insert the board between the upper two dowels of each support before inserting the outer dowels in the seat.  We used a jigsaw to round off the corners of the bench.


Custom Living: Joggling Board

A few tips:

  • Be sure to let your wood dry out as much as possible before starting.
  • Using a rubber mallet may be helpful in getting the dowels in position.
  • As you can see from the picture above, you should individualize your joggling board by modifying decorative portions.
  • Please be sure to always operate your tools in a safe manner and wear all appropriate eye and ear protection when operating power tools.


At TMD Architects, we have a passion for both architecture and people. We hope that you will consider us for your architecture project in the Charleston, South Carolina area.

Custom Living: Joggling Board

One of my favorite “custom living” projects from this past fall was building our joggling board for our front porch!

our joggling board & porch decorated for Christmas

our joggling board & porch decorated for Christmas

For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, a joggling board is a long, pliable board that is supported on each end by wooden stands that rock back and forth. The board is springy so a person sitting on it can easily bounce up and down and rock back and forth. In her book “The Vanishing Coast,” Elizabeth Leland has a delightful description and account of the joggling board’s history.

“It’s pretty simple, really. A joggling board is a piece of Charleston history that measures up to 22 feet long and 13 inches wide, a supple piece of pine usually supported between wooden rollers two feet off the ground. It looks like a giant tongue depressor and acts like a trampoline,” Leland writes.

It is thought that the original plans for a joggling board were sent from the Scottish relatives of Mary Esther Kinloch Huger after learning that her rheumatism kept her from being able to do much more than ride in her carriage for exercise. Her relative sent her a model of a joggling board recommending that sitting and gently bouncing might help her rheumatism.

And, now, as Ms.Leland’s mother would say, “a joggling board is to a piazza [porch] what mint is to a julep.”


10 things you need to know about wood stud wall construction

Most houses constructed with wood studs utilize 2×4 or 2×6 studs.  Each size has advantages and disadvantages.  I have detailed some of the basics below:


  • actual dimensions: 1.5″x3.5″
  • sufficient strength for homes in most regions
  • allows for R-13 to R-15 insulation, if using traditional batt insulation
  • most regions will require additional rigid insulation in addition to batt insulation between the studs
  • less expensive than 2×6 construction


  • actual dimensions: 1.5″x5.5″
  • stronger than 2×4 construction and may be required in certain regions
  • allows for R-19 to R-21 insulation, if using traditional batt insulation
  • some colder regions will require additional rigid insulation in addition to batt insulation between the studs
  • more expensive than 2×4 construction

Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of the wall type with your architect.