Residential Design

Vol. 2, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Suited to a T Originally settled in the 1700s, Beaufort, S.C., is not a city renowned for modern design. In fact, its citizens have made con- siderable efforts over the years to preserve the Low Country region's architectural heritage. A good deal of that heritage responded to the unique characteristics of this tidal, marshy, hot, and humid region. Houses were often raised above the flood- waters, and made use of ample covered porches to shade from the sun, tall ceilings to usher warm air away from occupants, and one-room deep spaces to ventilate nat- urally and keep molds and mildew at bay. These are sound passive cooling techniques that make a lot of sense to this day. Another important component of the area's history is its bountiful collection of tabby structures, buildings and walls created from a very old technique of blend- ing sand, lime, water, and oyster shells into a sturdy aggregate. Dataw Island, the resort community where this house by Frederick + Frederick Architects is located, boasts the Sams Tabby Ruins, a significant concentration of buildings made from the material. The ruins are among more than 70 local properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Elevating Low Country Although much new building in the area evokes the "Low Country" look without a thoughtful understanding of its practical aspects and pleasing proportions, several local firms are mining these antecedents in fresh, appealing ways. Frederick + Frederick, lead by wife-and-husband team Jane and Michael Frederick, is one of the best examples. The firm has practiced in the area for nearly 30 years, tweaking and Top: The main entry is covered against inclement weather, but its polycarbonate roof brightens interiors. A breezeway links the garage to the informal entry at right. Above: Open kitchen, living, and dining was a client request. VOL. 2, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM 53

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