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!

Volunteering with the State Guard

SC State Guard EngineeringSouth Carolina was recently impacted by Hurricane Matthew.  As the storm was still approaching our coastline, I was invited to join the South Carolina State Guard’s Engineering Detachment to assist in surveying and assessing the damage caused that would be caused by the storm.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have taken several days off to serve with the Guard.  We have been looking at various structures from private homes to National Guard Armories and public beach access structures.

While the damage could have been far worse and we were spared the devastation seen in Haiti, there are many in our own communities whose homes and property were damaged or destroyed.  I served alongside Guard members whose homes remained flooded as they selflessly continued to serve their community.

 

 

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

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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.

Proud 2014 Walk for Water Sponsors

TMD Architects is proud to once again sponsor Water Missions International’s Walk for Water!

Every day millions of people have to walk miles and miles just for water. Most of the time, the water can find is not only dirty, but also contaminated. We are excited to walk beside Water Missions International in changing lives, one community at a time, through sustainable safe water solutions!

Each dollar raised through the Walk is going to make a huge impact through a safe water community development project! We hope that you will consider making a donation to support this worth cause and would love, too, for you to join our team.

The Walk is about 3.5 miles – the average distance that women and children, all over the world, walk for water on a daily basis – and typically last 1-1.5 hours. It isn’t a race, you can walk at your own pace! The day is family-friendly, stroller-friendly, even dog-friendly…..so feel free to bring the family!

Here are a few more details:

Walk for Water
Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:00 am
Cannon Park (corner of Rutledge and Calhoun), Charleston, SC

You can register for our team or make a donation through our team page: http://bit.ly/TMDarchitectsWFW

This has become one of our favorite days and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Trevor and Megan

TMD Christmas letter

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Christmas is one of our families’ favorite times of year and writing our family Christmas letter ranks right up there as a very favorite of the Season. So, this year, we wanted to share our updates with you, our TMD Architects family, as well.
I have to confess, though, that this Christmas season I had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit – which made it nearly impossible to compose our letter. Then, one Sunday, I took an extra minute to read the Advent description in our church’s bulletin. It was a perfect reminder for me to look beyond all of the simple joys that I love about the season (such as Christmas lights, hot chocolate, carols, etc.) and that there will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying, for pushing. For now, I should stay, sit, linger, ponder, wait, behold, and wonder…something is on the horizon: JOY, HOPE, PEACE, and LOVE is on the way! It was the perfect motivation I needed to start writing.
2013 has no doubt been a wonderful, adventurous, and sweet year for TMD Architects and our family. Looking back over the year, I think it will be remembered as the year:

  • we made a last minute trip to Miami to watch Notre Dame play in the BCS National Championship game
  • TMD Architects was highlighted in the Summer 2013 Charleston Home + Design Magazine’s Architect Gallery of Custom Homes (more on this later, I promise!)
  • we painted our home, built a joggling board, and fixed our porch roof (with the help of our friend Mark, who drove all the way from Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • TMD Architects started a project on historic King’s Highway – a log cabin!
  • TMD Architects sponsored Water Missions International’s Walk for Water
  • we flew to Detroit for 2 days to celebrate Trevor’s sister’s birthday with his family and watched a Detroit Tigers win (my first game at Tiger Stadium)
  • TMD Architects started a new project on the Intracoastal Waterway
  • we took Megan’s brother and sister-in-law to their first football game at Notre Dame stadium (and somehow ended up losing a ticket before the game, but we all got in OK, don’t worry)
  • we were prayed for and loved by friends and family beyond anything we could have imagined.

We continued to be humbled by all the people God brings into our lives – our family, our friends, and our clients. Many of you have walked beside us, made us stronger, shared laughter, created a memory, made us smile, and helped make us who we are today. And for that, we are grateful!
We wish you and your families the merriest of Christmas-es! And a New Year filled with JOY, HOPE, PEACE, and LOVE.

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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

Official Launch!

Welcome to the shiny new TMD Architects blog!  We’ve been working on this project since the beginning of the year and we are so excited to announce the public launch TODAY! You can learn more about the blog here or simply peruse the posts at your leisure. 

Of course, we hope you will continue to follow us here as we highlight different aspects of our projects and other updates. 

And, as we like to say in the South, we hope “Ya’ll Come Back!”

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Being Social

In addition to our TMD Architects blog, we wanted to make sure you are aware of all the ways that we are “being social,” these days. Our online home will always be TMDarchitects.com, but you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you are interested in seeing additional photos of our projects be sure to follow us on Houzz, too.

And, if you don’t find what you are looking for with these, we certainly hope that you will send us an email or give us a call.

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Walk for Water

Friday, March 22 was World Water Day and this past weekend was Water Missions International’s (WMI) 7th annual Walk for Water in downtown Charleston. WMI is a local nonprofit Christian engineering ministry which provides long-lasting safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. For the past four years we have personally volunteered with this wonderful organization and TMD Architects has had the distinct privilege of being a corporate sponsor of their annual Walk for Water for the past two years.

TMD Sponsors Walk for Water

TMD Sponsors Walk for Water

We have been drawn to WMI because as a Christian engineering ministry they are representative of our core values and passion. Their mission is simple, transform lives through sustainable safe water solutions.

Every day, close to 1 billion people wake up to another day without safe drinking water. This crisis steals the lives of 5,500 people each day – more than war, natural disasters, AIDS or hunger. This crisis rarely makes the headlines. It is today’s silent killer.

There are lots of things we can do each day in our homes to help conserve water (which, as a side benefit will also save you money).  Visit the H2Ouse to learn of ways to reduce water usage in every room of your home.

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