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

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New Downtown Apartments in Savannah Hosts Grand Opening Celebration Benefiting Coastal Pet Rescue

New Downtown Apartments in Savannah Hosts Grand Opening Celebration Benefiting Coastal Pet Rescue

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park + Broad, a new high-end boutique apartment community in the up-and-coming east side of downtown Savannah has selected Kole Management Company(KMC), a Savannah-based real estate management and investment firm, to manage the facility.

A benefit for Coastal Pet Rescue was held during the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. Guests and residents were encouraged to bring pet food donations, and Park + Broadoffered to waive the pet fees for any resident who adopted an animal from Coastal Pet Rescuethis month. The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce participated.

Park + Broad Grand Opening Benefitting Coastal Pet Rescue with Kole Management

Park + Broad Grand Opening Benefitting Coastal Pet Rescue

Kole Management Company and Coastal Pet Rescue

Kole Management Company Cuts the Ribbon at Park + Broad Grand Opening

The 70-unit property at 1020 E. Broad St. offers one- and two-bedroom apartments with 15 floor plans, all of which maximize natural light. Pet-friendly and located within walking distance of Beasley and Forsyth parks, the units feature 12-foot ceilings, quartz countertops, stainless steel Frigidaire Gallery appliances and in-unit washer/dryers.

The community includes free gated off-street parking, a 24-hour fitness center, a saltwater pool area that includes a cabana with a fire pit and gas grills, a package locker system, available storage lockers and a bicycle storage and repair room.

Park + Broad truly has it all,” said KMC President Jeff Kole. “State-of-the-art amenities and conveniences, off-street parking and location in a redeveloping part of downtown Savannah that’s close to area services, restaurants and entertainment.”

Park + Broad is currently in lease-up and can be viewed at www.parkandbroadapts.com, or tours can be arranged at 912-657-0300. Raleigh-based Chaucer Creek Capital is the primary investor in the property, which was developed by DPJ Residential and built by Choate Construction.

In addition to managing Park + Broad, KMCowns and operates 13 apartment communities in Savannah, Charlotte, Atlanta, Augusta and Macon with a total of about 2,500 units.

ABOUT COASTAL PET RESCUE
Coastal Pet Rescue is a 501©(3) non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in Savannah and surrounding areas. Founded in February 2003, Coastal Pet Rescuechanges the lives of homeless pets in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham Counties through its foster home program and small capacity shelter, Camp Pawsawhile Retreat. For more information on Coastal Pet Rescue, visit coastalpetrescue.org.

ABOUT KOLE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Kole Management Co. owns and operates eight apartment communities in the Savannah area, one each in Atlanta, Augusta and Charlotte and three in Macon with more than 2,500 total units. Residents of Kole Management apartment communities enjoy many benefits, including the ability to pay rent and request work orders online. The company employs more than 80 maintenance, management and leasing personnel, all of whom are local and able to assist residents with their immediate needs. Kole Management is a family-owned company with a 25-year tradition of owning and operating well-maintained apartment communities. For more information on Kole Management, visit Kolemc.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Peacock Automotive Expands in Columbia with Acquisition of Hyundai and Genesis Dealerships

Peacock Automotive Expands in Columbia with Acquisition of Hyundai and Genesis Dealerships

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) Peacock Automotive, headquartered in the Hilton Head Island area of South Carolina, has announced it is expanding in Columbia with the purchase of Jim Hudson Hyundai and Genesis at 310 Greystone Blvd.

“Our company also owns Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, located off I-26 on Jamil Road, so we’re excited to expand our presence here,” said Warner Peacock, Chairman and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to gain new clients in the Midlands and offer them the exceptional service that all of our customers enjoy.”

John Guth, Peacock Automotive

John Guth, Peacock Automotive

John Guth will be the Midlands Platform Director, overseeing all of Peacock Automotive’s Columbia dealerships. Kris Childs will be General Manager of the Hyundaiand Genesisdealerships.

Kris Childs, General Manager of Peacock Hyundai Columbia

Kris Childs, General Manager of Peacock Hyundai Columbia

“We plan on continuing our company’s philanthropic efforts already in place in Columbia with our support of local organizations such as the Free Medical Clinic, the National Kidney Foundation, the Historic Columbia Foundation, and other effective, important causes,” said Peacock. “Giving back to our local communities is part of our company’s culture and this acquisition gives us more opportunity to do so.”

The acquisition of the Columbia properties will increase Peacock Automotive’s inventory by 350 new and pre-owned vehicles and add 30 jobs to the group, which employs more than 700 people in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. With this acquisition, Peacock Automotivehas added more than six acres and a little over 33,000 square feet of facilities to its footprint of 24 automotive dealerships in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, thereby giving the company a total of 538,054 square feet of facilities and 122 acres of land.

For more information about the new dealerships, visit www.peacockhyundaicolumbia.comor http://www.peacockgenesiscolumbia.com. For Peacock Automotiveinformation, visit www.peacockautomotive.comor call (843) 208-1258.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Alfa Romeo, Peacock Maserati, Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Jaguar Hilton Head, Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Peacock Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Peacock Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbiaand Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Kole to Manage New Downtown Apartments in Savannah

Kole to Manage New Downtown Apartments in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park + Broad, a new high-end boutique apartment community in the up-and-coming east side of downtown Savannah has selected Kole Management Company (KMC), a Savannah-based real estate management and investment firm, to manage the facility.

Park + Broad

Park + Broad

The 70-unit property at 1020 E. Broad St. offers one- and two-bedroom apartments with 15 floor plans, all of which maximize natural light. Located within walking distance of Beasley and Forsyth parks, the units feature 12-foot ceilings, quartz countertops, stainless steel Frigidaire Gallery appliances and in-unit washer/dryers.

The community includes gated off-street parking, a 24-hour fitness center, a saltwater pool area that includes a cabana with a fire pit and gas grills, a package locker system, available storage lockers and a bicycle storage and repair room.

Park + Broad truly has it all,” said KMC President Jeff Kole. “State-of-the-art amenities and conveniences, off-street parking and location in a redeveloping part of downtown Savannah that’s close to area services, restaurants and entertainment.”

Park + Broad is currently in lease-up and can be viewed at www.parkandbroadapts.com, or tours can be arranged at 912-657-0300. Raleigh-based Chaucer Creek Capital is the primary investor in the property, which was developed by DPJ Residential and built by Choate Construction.

A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting are scheduled for Thursday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce will participate.

In addition to managing Park + Broad, KMC owns and operates 13 apartment communities in Savannah, Charlotte, Atlanta, Augusta and Macon with a total of about 2,500 units.

ABOUT KOLE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Kole Management Co. owns and operates eight apartment communities in the Savannah area, one each in Atlanta, Augusta and Charlotte and three in Macon with more than 2,500 total units. Residents of Kole Management apartment communities enjoy many benefits, including the ability to pay rent and request work orders online. The company employs more than 80 maintenance, management and leasing personnel, all of whom are local and able to assist residents with their immediate needs. Kole Management is a family-owned company with a 25-year tradition of owning and operating well-maintained apartment communities. For more information on Kole Management, visit Kolemc.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

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

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

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