September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
The McMahon house rests on a deep, gently sloping site bordering the marsh and Chechessee Creek in low country South Carolina. The building area on this land suffered from a pine beetle infestation, so while the surroundings were nicely forested, the developable opening was completely barren. The property to the north and south were already built on.
The concept for McMahon was to spread the house across the site in an “H” shape to expand the frontage and allow for views up and down the river. The entry and view side courtyard areas defined by the house become private gardens. Tree scale, landscaping, and outdoor living space revitalize the formerly barren site. Dormer windows along the close side boundaries allow welcome light while remaining private from adjoining neighbors. Careful layering of the garden entry and river side terrace garden maintain a seamless connection to the land and original undamaged habitat.