October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
Perhaps the most iconic house designed by Charles and Henry Greene is the 1908 Gamble House in Pasadena, California. The detail intense, low slung timbered home with deep roof eaves was in the signature style popularized by Greene & Greene during the early years of the 20th century. When Thomas & Denzinger was commissioned to design a new home in Briars Creek on Johns Island, the client expressed an interest in a style of architecture reminiscent of the Greene Brothers work.
The property is heavily wooded site that fronts a lake to the south. A winding drive leads through a grove of grand trees and terminates at a cleared opening on a rise overlooking the lake. The “U” shaped plan is organized around an interior courtyard. One single story wing paralles the lake and holds the living area and master bedroom suite. A two story second wing on the opposite side of the interior courtyard has guest suites, an office and media room. An open center stair rises within a tower and ends at a small “away” room that commands a view of the garden, the site and the lake beyond. A two story screen porch accessed from the living area and kitchen provides ample area for outdoor dining and entertainment. A companion screen porch off the master suite bookends a stone terrace, the beginning point of a terraced transition down to the lake.
The interior courtyard is patterned after Japanese Zen gardens. Lush greenery embraces a cascading stream water feature that runs the length of the garden and spills into a Koy pond. During clement weather the rooms adjacent to the courtyard can be opened up to the sound of the water tumbling through the rocks of the stream channel.
The exterior of the house is repleat with exposed heavy timber, cedar shingles, casement windows and a copper roof. The deep roof eaves provide abundant shade and protection from the weather. Timber trellis sun “screens” were introduced along the south facing windows overlooking the lake. The three bedroom home, completed in 2008, was built by Steve Koenig Construction.
October 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
Thomas & Denzinger, Architects, was one of the 2012 recipients for the City of Charleston Award for Design Excellence in the Catagory: “Buildings within the Historic District”. The addition to and renovation of a single family residence at the corner of Clifford and Archdale Streets in downtown Charleston is the first of a kind for us here in town. The original structure dating from around 1827 underwent significant improvements prior to acquisition by the current owner. We were commissioned to design a new kitchen, elevator, second flight of stairs to the upper floor and a new master bedroom suite overlooking a historic church to the south. A portion of the 1979 renovation was demolished to make way for the expanded living program. The vertical exterior construction is primarily AAC block with a stucco veneer. The AAC decision followed the realization that every square inch of available space was valuable on a tight building site with multiple restrictions. The simple gable roof and flat facade reflect a pattern of similarly proportioned buildings to the east of the site. A deliberate “hyphen” was added to visually and materially separate the older wood clapboard structure from the new addition. A cylindrical enclosure for the added interior circular stair backstops both the new addition and the existing house on the north side of the footprint.
October 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
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The completion of our recent work on Palmetto Bluff draws near as finishing touches are applied. The four bedroom residence, with detatched guest cottage, fronts on to a lake with views to the golf course beyond. The plan is organized around a central courtyard, defined by the covered carport, the guest cottage and the main house. MJR Builders of Bluffton, South Carolina, is the Contractor of Record. Wertimer & Associates of Charleston, South Carolina, are the Landscape Architects. Occupancy is pre-Thanksgiving, 2012. The Owners plan a large party to inaugurate the home into it’s role as a family-centric retreat from their busy lives in the northeast.