New Construction Design

The projects illustrated here reflect custom homes designed specifically for a client’s needs, terrain, location, views, and site. The styles will vary with the preferences of the individual clients planning to build. Refer to The Process for more information on the phases of the design work. Depending on your neighborhood, design review may be required. I am happy to assist you with that process. Typically, after the design is completed, the project is submitted for bids from two to three general contractors. Bidding contractors are selected from a pre-approved list of builders who have done similar projects before and whose performance and references have been verified.

Lincoln Residence

Located in historic Elmwood Park, Columbia, SC, this new house had to conform to the design regulations for the neighborhood. Occupying a prime corner lot demanded compatibility with other large homes on the opposite corners. It features wrap-around porches, dramatic stairway, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, formal dining room, large den & kitchen, screened porch, courtyard and a detached garage.

Table Rock Residence

Inspired by Susan Susanka's The Not So Big House, the clients desired a compact and efficient mountain retreat that would later become their retirement home. The home features a tiled entry with view-port to the kitchen, a great room with stone fireplace, window seats, and reading niches, a screened dining porch, a sun deck, a master suite, and two guest bedrooms and bath; all nested into a private wooded setting.

Wilmington Residence

Placed on a beautiful marsh-front site in Wilmington, NC this custom home responded to the clients’ request to have a traditional presentation to the street and a contemporary interior and rear perspective. The site constraints of lot shape, setbacks, and coastal requirements shaped an unusual footprint with inches to spare. The home has expansive waterfront views from all spaces on the ground floor and a spectacular wrap-around master bedroom. A two-story stair tower leads to the “man space” over the garage. Special consideration was given to dog-zoning and future handicap accessibility with provision of space for wheelchair lift and interior elevator. Interior finishes feature travertine marble and Brazilian cherry floors, coffered ceilings, granite countertops, and dramatic windows.
Nested alongside a tidal creek and facing an expanse of marsh, this coastal home feels secluded with its views to water and sky. Wrap-around two-story porches, grilling deck, and curved terrace steps all connect the house to its natural setting with many opportunities for gracious outdoor living and entertainment.