Category Archives: Projects

We’ve been working for a while with the Middleton Group on a great project in what was once the Dwell Smart building at 804 Meeting St.  Bounded by  Meeting on one side and Morrison Drive on the other it is adjacent to the well known  Tattooed Moose Restaurant.  Faced with many  unusual constraints, we were forced to come up with a few innovative solutions to the tight spaces. A drive of permeable concrete pavers snakes through the space connecting Meeting Street to Morrison Drive.  Custom designed Corten steel bollard lighting follows the drive on the North side, protecting the building and guiding traffic.

Goat. Sheep. Cow., the well loved eatery located on Church St., has their new location here  and we designed a great outdoor courtyard for them.  Using a Corten steel and wood fence the space is buffered from the drive.


















Due to the tight conditions, plantings are minimal and include native Palms, Scouring Rush in planters and native grasses, perennials and shrub palms along the boundary fence.  Other unique elements include a lower fence next to Tattooed Moose, permeable paving for the drive and parking, custom bike racks and custom steel bollards that double as lights.











Inside the building in one of the second floor offices, we collaborated with Michael Whitfield of Green Roof Outfitters to create a green wall feature on the interior.




The result is another great addition to the neighborhood, adding more life, interest and great food to the already bustling upper peninsula area.


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It’s not often that you find a fast food restaurant that incorporates nature into its site planning.  More often than not, these vehicle oriented destinations are covered with asphalt with little consideration to existing site features and potential for patron enjoyment in the outdoors.  We set out to change that scenario in the design of this Bojanges on highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant.

Significant consideration was given for all parts of the project design to create a plan that goes beyond the status quo for fast food restaurants.  This project accommodates the need for a drive-thru, patron parking, outdoor dining, stormwater detention and wildlife habitat in a way that is thoughtful and elegant.  It also provides an innovative precedence for using bio-swales as part of the required buffers in lieu of separating these two requirements.  Further, the use of native plants for the entire site creates a beautiful setting, significant wildlife habitat, and a low maintenance landscape.



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South Windermere PlanThe owners of this low slung ranch home located in the South Windermere neighborhood of West Ashley have lived here many years.  They recently decided to make some changes to the landscape and wanted a more functional back yard to enjoy and entertain; as well as a welcoming and easily accessible entry experience.

Construction is underway, with a new stained concrete drive, and  beautiful cast stone patio with a strong linear pattern.  The new patio provides a gentle and generous entry way to the front door that never existed before.  The planting is a modern take on a Charleston garden with parterre like hedges of native viburnum filled with sweetgrass and a groundcover of stokes aster flanking the path.  A row of Sweetbay Magnolias provide a focal point against the side property line.

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In the rear yard, beautiful, mature camellias kept their honorary place while a new custom ipe deck, simple stone paving and a grove of Sweetbay Magnolias create an inviting space to enjoy and entertain.  The addition of two simple raised beds will provide space for the owner to grow flowers and vegetables.

South Windermere Construction

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REMARK recently completed a remodel project in the established Riverland Terrace Neighborhood on James Island.  This traditional, brick home recently received a modern remodel to the kitchen and living area as well as an addition of a rear screened porch and carport.  The residents have a young family and wanted an update to the landscape in the front of their home as well as a more modern backyard with spaces for the children and adults.  The result is a more traditional renovation of the existing landscape in the front yard and a clean lined, modern space in the backyard.  A beautiful limestone patio was laid to extend the entertaining space from the screened porch into the lawn area.  A new wood fence was constructed for privacy with a play structure in one corner that picks up the same details creating a fun space for the kids.  A new fountain is a visual focal point from the living area inside the home as well as outside.

The project was featured in Charleston Home + Design’s Fall 2011 Magazine as part of their Remodel feature.


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Oak Terrace Preserve

Our office is located in the detached studio behind our home in the Oak Terrace Preserve neighborhood of North Charleston.  Shorly after moving in, our home was featured on a YouTube video about the sustainable aspects of the development.  Remark was involved with the redesign of the bioswale planting and details, and several of the pocket parks.

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