"The vernacular is what you do when you can't afford to get it wrong." That is a wonderful quote by architect Brian MacKay-Lyons. Long before the term sustainability was cool, people were building sustainably because it was just the way things were done.
This article is about a sustainable house that is one of the defining features of Charleston: The Charleston Single House. From this article you will learn 5 lessons taught to us by this simple building type. Read More
Charleston South Carolina is a beautiful place. Every day I discover something new and gain a greater appreciation for the Holy City. When I started BuildingsAreCool.com I also started photographing Charleston and posting to my Instagram feed under the hashtag DailyDoseOfCharleston. This blog is volume 2 of some of my favorite Daily Doses Of Charleston. Read More
Andrés Duany returned to Charleston last week. He was in town to present the DPZ report: Revised B.A.R. Process for New Construction and Large Projects
I was able to sit down with Andrés on Friday morning for a chat over breakfast. I wanted to hear some additional information on the report and insight on his thoughts for the future of Charleston.
Enjoy! Read More
Are you considering developing in Charleston and have heard rumors about the dreaded BAR? Or maybe you're an architect about to begin a significant project in the City and have questions about the BAR process. This is the first blog in a series in which I will 'attempt' to explain some of the basic processes of the BAR. In this post, I list the major steps required to receive Final BAR approval and ultimately the Final Certificate of Occupancy. Read More
Last week I posted the 12 Storefronts of King Street. That post featured Lower King , which is the area South of Calhoun Street . Once upon a time this would have been the only part of King Street worth visiting.
As Bob Dylan sang: The times, they are a changing.
Upper King is now the jam. Read More
Have you been hearing the term 'Boutique Hotel' being thrown around a lot lately? It seems that everything is being called boutique these days. This article explains what a Boutique Hotel means with brief descriptions and photo examples. Read More
Are you looking for a weekend getaway? I would recommend a trip to Fernandina Beach, Florida. Read More
Charlestonians are about to go Bohemian! This summer the doors will open to the Grand Bohemian Charleston and I've got a sneak peak! Read More
Charleston has two brand new parks to be proud of: the small Theodora Park at the corner of George and Anson Street, and the large Gadsdenboro Park between Washington and Concord. I recently took a tour of Gadsdenboro park and here are the highlights. Read More
The much anticipated Sergeant Jasper project finally made its first public appearance at the B.A.R. tonight. Some predicted a massive revolt...... Read More