Category: ARCHITECTURE

A Tale of Two Houses on Tybee Island

A Tale of Two Houses on Tybee Island

Felder & Associates, a Savannah architecture firm, was recently asked to work on a project that would encompass renovating an historic Tybee raised cottage that had sheltered four generations of one family. They were also commissioned to build a companion structure on the adjacent lots.

The historic Tybee Island property included a Tybee cottage built in 1935 on two beachfront lots and two empty adjacent lots. The two grandchildren of the original owners divided the property, the granddaughter receiving the historic house, and the grandson the two empty lots.

Tybee Cottage renovated by Felder & Associates

Tybee Cottage

 

The new owners selected Felder & Associatesto renovate the cottage and build a new house on the two remaining lots. Felder & Associatescreated a unique design that included incorporating green passive elements to catch breezes and shield direct sunlight. They also added solar panels to the roofs to capitalize on Tybee’s Solarize program, which offered a 30 percent federal tax credit through 2016.

“We performed sun-angle studies for every season and then made slight adjustments on porches and overhangs to make sure the sun would not shine directly into the house,” said Brian Felder, the firm’s principal. “We were also careful to place the new house so it would be in balance with the old house and the environment.” Felder & Associatesaimed to have the smallest footprint possible. Felder said, “While we were allowed to have a 50 percent impact on the dune protection zone, the new house has only a 10 to 15 percent impact.”

Felder respected the integrity of the original cottage to celebrate the traditional Tybee architecture. With one minor addition, the cottage retained its wrap-around porch, servant quarters and wood paneling. Felder even removed more recent vinyl siding to expose the original mitered cypress siding.

“The house needed to look the way it always did,” Felder said. “The flow of public space remains what it always was. The only change we made was to swap the kitchen and bedroom and then add a master suite tucked away on the land side.” The original floors and on-site built doors and windows remain along with the original board-and-batten interior walls.

Felder considered family input and a great deal of research on the cottage’s history before updating the traditional structure. To renovate it without having to bring it up to FEMA guidelines, Felder had the home designated as an historic structure.

“Tybee cottages were built with materials that are superior to what we have today,” he said. “They have amazing structural members made of cedar or cypress that have lasted 80 to 90 years. The house sits on reinforced concrete piers. Every surface in the house is wood. There are no issues with mold and mildew that come with drywall. It performs well in open air. And while it sits low to the ground and could be prone to the occasional tropical storm surge, it is not as vulnerable as the newer homes that code requires to be built up on stilts. Some of them are like sails in the wind.”

The new home was built before the original cottage renovations were underway. Constructed of concrete and steel with wood framing, it has an exterior of Hardi Plank siding painted Cape Cod gray and accented with a sandy-tan trim. The inspiration for this choice came from an architectural model of a building the owners had seen in a museum. They asked Felder to bring its nautical motion and movement into the façade of their new home.

House built by Felder & Associates

Felder incorporated the floor plan of the traditional cottage into the new home, flipping it upside-down in the three-story structure. In accordance with code, a garage and elevator entrance is on the street level. Above that are the bedrooms, and the main living area is situated on the top floor, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associatesis a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associatesreceived a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundationand the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associatesrecently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

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Felder & Associates Receives Historic Savannah Foundation Award for Levy House

Felder & Associates Receives Historic Savannah Foundation Award for Levy House
(SAVANNAH, GA) At the Savannah Golf Club, the Historic Savannah Foundation continued a month-long celebration of preservation with its annual Preservation Awards Luncheon. The nonprofit organization presented awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preservation in Savannah and Chatham County.
During the luncheon, generously sponsored by KEIM Mineral Coatings of Savannah, Inc., Historic Savannah Foundation recognized 14 projects and individuals including 4 8th Street, Tybee (Levy Beach Cottage Renovation).
 
Owner: Joan and Gary Levy
Architect: Brian K. Felder AIA, Felder & Associates
Contractor: Tony Reardon, Tony Reardon Construction Co.
“Our organization is honored to present these businesses, individuals, and properties with preservation awards to commend their advancement of preservation in our community,” Historic Savannah Foundation President and CEO Daniel Carey said. “These award-winners truly represent Historic Savannah Foundation’s mission of saving buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future.”
Preservation Award nominations are judged on the following general criteria:
  • Quality and degree of difficulty of the nominee’s project
  • The degree to which the nominee’s project or effort is unusual or pioneering, or serves as an example that influences good preservation practices
  • Demonstrable or measurable impact of nominee’s project on the community
Felder & Associates Receives Award

Pictured: Carrie Harvill (Office Manager at Felder & Associates), Gretchen Callejas (Architect at Felder & Associates), Joan Levy (Owner)

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES

Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
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Cynthia Wright
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Workshop and Luncheon Explained the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project

Workshop and Luncheon Explained the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project
Presentation held by The Dewitt Tilton Group

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group hosted luncheon workshop at the Savannah Golf Club, presenting “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.”

Kim Thomas, director of operations for the Dewitt Tilton Group discussed the permitting process and zoning regulations, and Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, spoke on selecting the perfect location for a project and what unexpected road bumps you might encounter when you find it.

“Unforeseen site work to prepare the land for building is easily the most troublesome issue among our clients,” said Tilton, “It’s important to look at a lot holistically, rather than focusing on its price per acre. Purchasing land without considering the quality of the dirt already on it, for example, can be an enormous oversight.”

Tilton also talked about how crucial it is to be aware of details such as how flood zones will affect building codes, the presence of zoning laws and local regulations and whether the lot has existing access to utilities, all of which can significantly delay construction projects if they catch buyers off-guard.

“We wanted to share some of the lessons our years of experience have taught us about commercial construction,” said Tilton, “For example, it’s easy for people to fall into the trap of believing they have found a great deal purchasing land, only to incur huge setbacks when faced with site work and permitting. Buying land for commercial construction is a big investment, so we want to provide prospective buyers with the resources they need to make informed decisions that will benefit them in the long run.”

For more information on the luncheon or on commercial construction, call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

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Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075
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Public Invited to Workshop and Luncheon Explaining the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project

Public Invited to Workshop and Luncheon Explaining the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project
Presentation to be held on May 3 by The Dewitt Tilton Group

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group will host a luncheon workshop on May 3 at the Savannah Golf Club for a presentation on “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.”

The event is intended for realtors, business owners, individuals in commercial construction and anyone with an interest in the field. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/

Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, will kick off the workshop with a talk on selecting the perfect location for your project and what unexpected road bumps you might encounter when you find it.

Kim Thomas, director of operations for the Dewitt Tilton Group will then discuss the permitting process and zoning regulations.

“A lot of considerations go into commercial construction projects, and many people don’t know what exactly they’re looking for when it comes to property selection, permit applications and everything that follows,” said Tilton, “We started this workshop to share the knowledge we have gained with our combined 50 years in business.”

Space is limited. For more information on the luncheon or on commercial construction, call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

DTG Commercial Construction Workshop Invitation

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075
www.ceciliarussomarketing.com

Felder & Associates Adapts Historic Home for Savannah African Art Museum

Felder & Associates Adapts Historic Home for Savannah African Art Museum

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah African Art Museum is moving to a larger and more accessible space.

Currently housed at 111 E. 34th St., the museum’s collection of more than 1,000 pieces of mostly central and western African artwork will relocate to a 6,000-square-foot historic home at 201 E. 37th St. in late summer.

Savannah architecture and design firm Felder & Associates is adapting the building, which was built in 1922 as a luxury home for a local family, for its new role. The structure was most recently used for an antiques mall.

“Our mission is to adapt a historic house from a retail environment into something of a neutral background for a vast collection of mostly three-dimensional sculptures, some of which have never been shown because of lack of space,” said Brian Felder, founder and principal of Felder & Associates. “Because of its size, this building is perfect for the African Art Museum as the large rooms are ideal for displaying his collection.”

The African art, representative of about 22 countries and 130 cultures and ethnic groups in central and west Africa, is collected by Don Kole, a local businessman and philanthropist, who has amassed the collection in extensive travels over the past 30 years. The artwork showcases a range of ceremonial and spiritual objects from the 19th and 20th centuries made from ceramics, metal, and wood.

“I’ve always been a collector and used to collect art of central and south America,” Kole said. “One day I went into a shop and saw this African art that was magnificent and sophisticated. I have been collecting it ever since.”.

For years, Kole stored the artwork at his property management office. Then, in 2014, he exhibited a portion of his metal works collection at Armstrong State University and saw a need to extend the educational opportunity to groups from Savannah’s public and private schools, especially to students who may know little of their ancestral homeland.

When a former photography studio across the street from his office became available a couple of years ago, he opened the nonprofit Savannah African Art Museum but soon realized he needed more space for the artwork, much of which was still in storage, as well as off-street parking.

At the same time, Felder’s team was working with the seller of the former antiques mall to find an opportunity to repurpose the space when Kole called to ask about the property.

“Brian Felder and his company have been wonderful,” Kole said. “Right from the start they understood what I wanted. The plans are phenomenal, and they’re a pleasure to work with.”

Felder & Associates has teamed with Bloomquist Construction and Chatham Engineering on the project, which is underway.

When the museum opens in its new, larger space in late summer, admission will continue to be free. The Savannah African Art Museum is a 501©3 nonprofit organization with the mission of providing an engaging experience and to start conversations about the power, diversity and spirituality of African art. It’s open at 111 E. 34th St. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information or to book a school tour, call (912) 421-8168 or visit online at https://www.facebook.com/SavannahAfricanArtMuseum/

Felder and Associates Start Work on African Art Museum in Savannah

(LEFT) Don Kole, art collector and founder of the Savannah African Art Museum and (RIGHT) Brian Felder, founder and principal of Felder & Associates, stand in front of the 6,000-square-foot historic home being adapted to showcase the artwork.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

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Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Chris Tilton of Dewitt Tilton Group Attains Unlimited Contractor’s License in South Carolina

Chris Tilton of Dewitt Tilton Group Attains Unlimited Contractor’s License in South Carolina

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-based Dewitt Tilton Group has announced that company president and co-founder Chris Tilton has attained the South Carolina Unlimited Building Contractor’s license.

Although Tilton was previously licensed by National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies to work in Georgia and South Carolina, the unlimited license allows his company to take on a greater scope of commercial projects in the Palmetto State, as well as other types of building construction. It also allows Tilton access to take a business law exam in 26 different states for licensing.

Chris Tilton

Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

“This certification means a great deal to me because my love for construction was born in South Carolina,” Tilton said. “The Lowcountry is an important place in my past, and it is a big part of my future.”

“When I was a child, we lived on Dove Street in the North Forest Beach area of Hilton Head Island, which was still a small, rural place,” Tilton said. “My dad was a South Carolina Lowcountry homebuilder and one of only three builders on the island back in the 1960s. From a very young age, I was often at the side of my father’s trim carpenter, learning the business as a hands-on helper.”

When Tilton moved to Savannah, he and his future business partner, Andrew Dewitt, became high school friends. They would later found the company that bears their names after seeing the need for a Savannah firm that would focus on new commercial construction and could manage every aspect of a project from pre-construction through completion.

Tilton is a licensed general contractor in Georgia and South Carolina and is a Georgia registered real estate appraiser. Andrew Dewitt carries certifications as a real estate appraiser in Georgia and South Carolina and is a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors. Together, they have more than 50 years of experience in the local construction industry.

MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have more than 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities that guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

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Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
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