Build Different

Sustainable Architecture ~ Natural Building

Build Different

Sustainable Architecture ~ Natural Building

See What the Post & Courier Had to Say!

David Quick, Post & Courier journalist, writes about April and Root Down Designs, Natural Building, Cob Oven Workshops, and more! "Architect Teaching Locals About Building With Earthen Materials by Holding Cob Oven Workshops." May 2015

The Last Straw Journal Features April & Her Work!

The Last Straw Journal features April & Root Down Designs on the FRONT PAGE of their Spring 2015 issue! The image features April on her cob bench at her South Carolina home. Read the article by clicking the image above.

What is Natural Building?

Natural Building involves a range of building systems and materials that place major emphasis on sustainability, and materials with a low embodied energy. When built properly, these techniques can last hundreds, if not thousands of years. (click the icon to read more)

Custom Design

Root Down Designs specializes in custom design, whether you are looking to build your future custom home, are wanting to do a simple and affordable addition or renovation, are wanting to build with an Alternative Building Method, or are just wanting to explore your potential options, we can help. With a vast experience in many different project types, we can help to design and capture your vision, from modern/contemporary to rustic or traditional. We can explore 'creative re-use' of materials, Passive Solar design, and other smart & sustainable design solutions.

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"Blends Without Conforming"

“I sought an architect with a “green” orientation to build a house on a tight oceanfront lot in Pawleys Island, SC and found April online. As an artist, I wished my home to be an artful yet practical living space to accommodate visiting friends and family. Because many generations of my family have vacationed at Pawleys, I wanted a 21st century home that subtly alluded to the rich history of the island. April quickly and competently translated my wishes into the design for a beautiful passive solar home I am looking forward to moving into Spring 2015.”

Esther Sharp

“As a small, “green” school for special needs students, the idea of building a classroom using natural building techniques really appealed to us and our students. We talked with several experienced natural builders, but we received little encouragement. Nothing of this type had ever been permitted in our state before. I contacted April and immediately I knew I had found the right person to help us make our dream come true. Because no natural building had been permitted in our area, she worked tirelessly to ensure every possible question about this building was anticipated, researched, and testing available before our plans were submitted for permitting. I was pleased to discover that the builders and contractors were most impressed with April’s design as well as her preparation of the permitting documents. I realized then that while I had appreciated her skills as they pertained to our project, I had no idea how impressive her skills were to seasoned professionals. We were SO lucky to have found April! She has gone so far above and beyond all expectations.”

Edith Bailey

“April brings an incredible amount of energy and passion into an area of design and construction that is absent in Charleston….Natural Building. Charleston is lucky to have April pioneering natural building methods right here in the low country. Thank you April!”

Steven Ramos, Architect