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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perfecting what is lovable about Beaufort, while extending its design language. T House, as this project is called, is based on another Beaufort tradition—the T-shaped plan wrapped in porches. The plan accomplishes a number of Low Country goals, among them shading the interior and maintaining that one- room-deep access to natural ventilation. In Jane and Michael's version, deep roof overhangs extend shade and weather pro- tection even further, while the thinness of the roof profile and the crispness of related details move the house into modern terri- tory. That the architectural review board for the community didn't blink at the plans left Jane "somewhat surprised. We wanted it not to look like the rest of the neighbor- hood. And the guidelines are written so that houses blend in." Maybe the lack of pushback from the review board isn't really all that surpris- ing, given the referential and reverential attitude of the house and its architects, and of course, the handsome outcome. Anoth- er point of inspiration were those Tabby Ruins, which manifest themselves on T House's concrete block foundation and fireplace wall as a tabby-colored stucco wash and scoring. Shy and Retiring With its mild winters and access to water sports, golfing, and other outdoor activ- ities, Beaufort is a popular vacation and retirement destination. In the case of Jane and Michael's clients, they were looking for both—a vacation home they could retire to one day. But that agenda sped up when their primary house sold faster than they expected and they decided to retire sooner rather than later. Fortunately, Scott Dennis and David Tilton of TD Builders are known for being fast and good at what they do. "We really like working with them," says Jane. "They will tear it out and DESIGN LAB FIRST LEVEL SECOND LEVEL 54 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2017

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