LFA ARCHITECTURE A C H A T W I T H L A U R A F. A L T M A N
What were the homeowner’s requests for this home and how did you fulfill those requests? The homeowner wanted to expand the living spaces at the first and second floors in a way that benefited from and enhanced the courtyard, while maintaining privacy. At the first floor, we added to and reoriented the kitchen, relocated the mechanical closet, and utilized a wall of windows to create a bright indoor-outdoor space for cooking and entertaining. The existing garden walls and the babble of the new fountain provide a feeling of seclusion in the midst of a busy neighborhood. Which special design ideas did you bring to this project? The homeowner envisioned a bay window at the master bedroom, to create an indoor-outdoor desk workspace. Through many design iterations and discussions, we devised a bay of French Dutch doors. These doors match the French doors from the bedroom to the porch, with a pair at the south side of the bay and singles on the two short sides. What is your favorite design feature of this home? I was excited about how all the finishes came together in a cohesive manner. Exposed brick, dark gray slate, and river reclaimed cypress were repeated throughout the house, in different ways. This combination of materials gives a timeless warmth to the house. How does the home interact with its natural surroundings? The courtyard is small, but its presence is powerful. By using Kolbe Vistaluxe doors the line between inside and outside blurs.
Photography by Patrick Brickman
Location: Downtown Charleston Square Footage: 2,154 Rooms: 2 Bedrooms, 3 Baths Project Type: Historic Restoration & Addition
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For More Information: LFA Architecture (843) 901-8485 lfa-architecture.com
Are there any contractors or vendors that you’d like to mention? The contractor Richard Johnson Contracting ensured we had the right team of craftsmen, including Malcolm Dane, Ed Johnson, Jeff Singletary of Lowcountry Tile, landscape architect Amanda Graham Barton, Jane W. Baker, Burrow Hill, interior designer Trudie Krawcheck, and Southeastern Galleries.
Charleston Home + Design Magazine: Summer 2019