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.

Portfolio Update – Grand Pavilion Blvd

slide2We are excited to share with you a new project in our portfolio! The remodel of a home on Grand Pavilion Blvd. was completed in 2015 and we recently received the pictures from the photographer.

As you will see on our portfolio page, this project started as a simple renovation to enclose an existing screen porch. As I worked with the owners and they saw the potential of their home, we decided to expand the scope of the project. We ended up also renovating the outdated kitchen and bathrooms in addition to enclosing the porch.

After working with the clients, we saw an opportunity for increasing energy efficiency by upgrading the exterior windows. We also replaced the aging cedar siding with cement board siding, which dramatically increased the curb appeal of the home.

TMD Architects is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with these clients on this project and appreciate the chance to be a part of the process.


Before and After: 24th Avenue, Isle of Palms

Just yesterday we realized that it has been awhile since we have participated in #transformationtuesday! But, we are back and excited to share with you the transformation of our project on 24th Avenue.

We were able to transform this existing house into a beautiful beach cottage with one very small addition-adding just 23 square feet of interior space to the home. Working with the client, we repurposed existing spaces; renovated, expanded and combined rooms; and simply cleaned up other areas with lighter colors and better lighting. We also addressed exterior needs, such as increasing the curb appeal of the house with an inviting new entry stair and covered stoop and also greatly expanding the deck overlooking the backyard.

We think you will love it as much as we, and more importantly, our clients do! But, take a look at the Before and After: 24th Avenue, Isle of Palms video to see for yourself. You can see find additional details at the 24th Avenue, Isle of Palms Portfolio section of our website.

Before and After: 24th Avenue, Isle of Palms Video

Before and After: 24th Avenue, Isle of Palms Video

So, what do you think?


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.

Before and After: Johnson Road

You will quickly understand why we selected our Johnson Road project for this week’s #transformationtuesday post.

This existing home in the Crescent neighborhood of West Ashley had room sizes typical of 1950’s houses. Our focus was to create larger rooms while utilizing as much of the existing home as possible. Additions to the side and rear of the home provided some of this space, while other rooms were expanded within the existing home or saw their use change (i.e. the living room became the dining room). Increased ceiling height in many of the new spaces is a noted improvement along with opening up the existing front entry to be a two story space.

Take a look at the Johnson Road transformation through this short (1:56) Before and After: Johnson Road video and be sure to check out the pictures at the Johnson Road Portfolio section of our website.

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Johnson Road: Before and After 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.

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.

King’s Highway

We just started a new home renovation and addition project near Awendaw, South Carolina. The overall project is exciting (think horses and a log cabin), but I recently learned that it is literally on the edge of history.

The property is in delightful gated community which is settled along the banks of a creek. And, running through the front edge of the property is the historic King’s Highway.

King's Highway

The King’s Highway is a route over 1,300 miles (2,092.1 km) in length in the eastern United States that connected the original 13 colonies; it runs all the way from Charleston to Boston, MA. It was named after Charles II of England, who in 1650 directed his colonial governors to build it.

Today, a big part of the King’s Highway, the stretch from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Charleston, South Carolina, is Highway 17.

We love the uniqueness of this property and love even more that each project we work on and every client we work with is just as unique and wonderful

– mtd

Our First Project

As we celebrate our anniversary and reminisce over the past four years, it is difficult to not look back to our very first project as TMD Architects. It was almost serendipitous that we got connected with our Lakeview clients as they were beginning to look for an architect to help with a renovation of their home in The Groves neighborhood of Mt Pleasant.

After just the first meeting, I realized that this was going to be a complex renovation. One challenge we faced was to add onto the home and increase the ceiling heights, while maintaining the existing main roofline. We overcame the ceiling height issues with a variety of design elements, including the dormers and the stair tower. It was our goal throughout the project to solve the clients’ needs and to also preserve as much of the existing home as possible. I’ll never forget the excitement during one of our design meetings when it was determined that by the room rearrangement we were proposing, the house would include what was declared to be “a dream kitchen” – spacious, full of light, and with a large island.

Lakeview Kitchen

It doesn’t take an architect to know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is the area where people come together for family dinners or congregate during parties. To this day, the Lakeview kitchen is a favorite “show piece” for TMD Architects. And, it means even more to us knowing that it was exactly what the client wanted.