8 Charleston Swimming Pools to Beat the Heat in Southern Style

At the Real Estate Studio, we count ourselves fortunate to experience so many wonderful homes in the Charleston area. This time of year, there are certain elements in homes that often enjoy more attention from prospective buyers: the outdoors. The South Carolina Lowcountry is a summer dream, often enhanced with screened porches, shade trees, rooftop decks, and oh yes, the … Read more

A Living Roof in Harleston Village

New construction is a rare sight on the historic Charleston peninsula. When the opportunity arises to build on scarce vacant land, there is also the opportunity to incorporate sustainable practices and modern technology to minimize our built environment’s impact on the natural one. In the coastal city of Charleston, perhaps the most important element of the built environment is the … Read more

The Charleston Single House

Charleston has seen many architectural eras come and go since the original walled city was founded in 1680. Between various natural disasters and devastating fires, the forms, designs, and positioning of homes in the port city have evolved in response to these as well as social, financial, and cultural forces. One form emerged and persisted, however, that is not only unique to the Charleston … Read more

Historic Property Lectures

Do you own a historic property? Historic Charleston Foundation is hosting a stewardship lecture series this fall aimed at helping owners of historic homes address the unique challenges of historic ownership. The Foundation’s newest fall lecture series will examine the anatomy and craftsmanship of various features of the historic house. This series will explore the best preservation treatments for shutters, … Read more

Designing the Upper Peninsula

Charleston’s intentions for The Upper Peninsula Initiative are to direct population growth towards the city center in an effort to mitigate sprawl. Of the eight strategies implemented in the EcoDistricts framework, Urban Form & Pattern has the most apparent and enduring influence. The arrangement of building densities, their heights and architectural styles, as well as the natural environment and transportation infrastructures are all paramount … Read more

A New Life for The Cigar Factory

The iconic structure on East Bay and Columbus Streets in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula has for decades been affectionately known as The Cigar Factory, and has been the subject of much speculation in recent years over its redevelopment. Following a few tumultuous years and changing hands a number of times, The Cigar Factory finally has an actionable blueprint and perhaps more … Read more

2013 Charleston Eco-Home of the Year

Sustainable and eco-friendly homes are increasing in popularity across the world, and Charleston is certainly no exception. We have seen many properties come onto the market in 2013 with green features, ranging from the great prevalence of tankless water heaters to installations of solar arrays and geothermal systems. While it may normally be difficult to decide which of these impressive … Read more

The Beaux-Arts Architecture of King Street

Photo by Jonathan Boncek

The Beaux Arts style is a product of French neoclassical architecture that made its way into American design in the late 19th century. Characterized by masonry walls, façades of quoins, pilasters, or columns, and wall surfaces decorated with garlands, flowers, or shields, the term “Beaux Arts” derives from the École des Beaux-Arts in France. Many American architects studied in the late 19th … Read more

Promoting Green Building as a Matter of Health

The Northern California Chapter of the USGBC is joining forces with several major companies and institutions to launch the Building Health Challenge, a two-year program with a mission to elevate green building as a public health benefit and accelerate the development of transparency standards in building materials. Among the 27 partners are Adobe, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and salesforce.com, marking … Read more