It's always a pleasure to see traditional architectural vernacular influenced by sustainable design. One such case is the rustic Bird Patch Guest Cottage in Spring Island, South Carolina. This handsome cottage designed by BRZ Architecture is the first in the Lowcountry tradition of architecture to be LEED Platinum certified.
Spring Island is a community located in 3,000 acres of maritime forest along the coast of South Carolina. This new community is home to luxury estates and a gated community surrounding an Arnold Palmer golf course. This beautiful community is located about halfway in between Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina, and it is only a short distance from Hilton Head. Though contemporary luxury gated communities are not known to be designed in a sustainable fashion, Spring Island has taken an approach to preserve nature and design for a minimal impact on the land.
BRZ Architecture is one of the multiple architectural firms to be used at Spring Island and their Bird Patch Guest Cottage home is a great example of the Lowcountry design standards this gated community has enacted. It is sophisticated in its interiors and detailing and does not lean towards the tendency for sustainability to mean putting solar panels on the roof. Reclaimed wood throughout the interiors, water usage management, energy usage management, construction waste reduction, and recycled or green materials helped to push the home into LEED Platinum consideration. Landscape designers also designed to the home to collect large amounts of roof runoff for irrigation of the native plants.
BRZ Architecture provided a great deal of construction quality review to ensure that Bird Patch Guest Cottage became a great example of a sustainably designed luxury home for Spring Island. Sustainable design can look like any aesthetic of architecture with today’s advances in technology. Next time you are looking for a well-designed home in a certain architectural style, make sure you don’t forget to add sustainability to the list of design requirements.