interior porch view

New Porch project – completed!

We recently finished a new rear porch for a homeowner on Daniel Island.  The project was designed to include the owner’s vision of symmetrical “gazebos” on either side of an open deck.  One of the challenges of this project was incorporating this vision with a home which was not symmetrical.  The image below is of the home before we added the porch.

porch project - before the new porch was added

The end solution is a balanced facade which, while not symmetrical, is harmonious with the existing home.  We also carefully selected materials, including the timber framing style details and standing seam metal roof.  These provided subtle enhancements to the overall home without overpowering it or seeming out of place.

Below are a few photos of the nearly completed project.

rear octagonal porches porch ceiling details deck railing detail porch framing detail interior porch view

Octagonal porch – In Progress

porch framing

Octagonal porches – in progress

I stopped by a project under construction this afternoon.   We’ve designed this project to have two symmetrical octagonal structures.  The portion in the foreground will be an open porch, while the far section will be screened in.  Between the two will be open deck space.  The framing on this project was challenging, utilizing timber construction details and difficult angles.  But the team at Renaissance South Construction has done a tremendous job of executing the design.  I am always excited to see the progress on this project!

What’s on the Architect’s Desk? 13 December 2016

At the moment, I have two addition projects on my desk that are in the design phase.  Both projects are just beginning, so I have sketches in progress on my drafting board.  One thing that both projects share in common is that we are working carefully with challenging setbacks.  Setbacks are zoning restrictions which prevent construction within a certain distance of a property line (or other feature, such as a body of water).

The owners of the first project first thought of adding a 2-car detached garage behind their home several years ago.  Since that time, the zoning rules for their property were changed and the setbacks were doubled for secondary structures, such as a detached garage.  The garage would have been a tight squeeze with the previous setbacks and simply does not fit with the new setbacks.  So, we are exploring other options to provide parking and storage solutions, including smaller single car garage layouts and carport concepts.

The owners of the second project would love to have a swimming pool behind their house.  Their property abuts tidal marshland and there is a significant conservation easement along the marsh upon which no construction may intrude.  (Typically, an easement is similar to a setback and is functionally identical for our purposes; you cannot build in this area.)  The owners’ home and detached garage were built within a few feet of this easement at several points (you can imagine the marsh edge is not a straight line).  So, we are exploring several concepts.  One concept places a smaller pool between their home and garage with a new breezeway connecting the two structures which will serve to provide some privacy to the pool area.  Another concept that we are exploring involves the garage closer to the street, which will provide the space needed for a larger pool behind.

Zoning setbacks are part of nearly every project that we encounter.  It is critical to fully investigate these and other zoning regulations at the very beginning of the project to ensure that the intended scope of work is viable.

What’s on the Architect’s desk? 26 October 2016

I am spending the day at my drafting table today.  For this particular project, the client wishes to enclose a good portion of an existing wrap-around front porch.  The home has water front views from the rear porch and the front porch is rarely used.  The space acquired from the porch will be incorporated into the conditioned floor area of the main house.  Specifically, we’re looking to increase the size of the Master Bathroom.  This will allow for an entirely reconfigured Master Suite, including taking full advantage of this home’s water views.  In addition to larger room sizes for the bedroom and bathroom, the space we are reclaiming from the porch also provides enough room to add a second walk-in closet.

On the other side of the porch, we are also looking at different layout options to use some of the space for a new Guest Suite and to relocate the Laundry Room.  All in all, this reclaimed porch area will be utilized far more often as interior space.

Mirror, Mirror

We recently learned that a picture from one of our projects on Isle of Palms was featured in a Houzz story!  The article 10 Ways to Make Your Statement Mirror the Fairest of Them All highlights a bathroom in one of the remodel/additions we did of a beautiful beach cottage.

15 24th Ave

If you remember from our portfolio, this project only added 23 square feet of interior space to the home, but repurposed existing space; renovated, expanded and combined rooms; and simply cleaned up other areas with lighter colors and better lighting.

The bathroom mirrors were a great way to tie in the nautical theme and as Houzz contributor, Jessica Prince-Montague, points out, “Two can look even better. Especially in a symmetrical situation like this nautical-themed, dual-basin bathroom.”

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More projects, less posts

Wow! It sure has been a busy around here at TMD Architects. The good news is that we have been busy with new projects throughout the Lowcountry (Downtown, Ion, Isle of Palms, James Island, Mt. Pleasant, Awendaw…even out in Hollywood!), The bad news, though, is that we have had far less time to share with you everything going on!

We will do our best to get caught up on our blogs and social media in the coming weeks and months, but thought we would start by sharing a quick note about one of our most unique projects of the spring.

A few months ago, a couple contacted us to design a cabana for their beach house on Isle of Palms. As you can imagine, designing a beach cabana allows for a little more creativity. After a handful of meetings, we were able to share with the client a wide variety of ideas for their new area: from the everyday to the out of the ordinary. While we knew it wouldn’t be one that the client would choose, my favorite was the one Trevor pulled together just for fun! Here is a quick hand sketch of the design.

Cabana Hand Sketch


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