Architectural Work

Dragonfly Wellness Retreat Center ; Berkeley County, SC  (design in-progress)

  • 22 Acres: Permaculture-Designed Land, Forested Walking Trails, Gardens, Ponds, Event Spaces, Japanese Bath House, Lodging, Cafe
  • Passive-Solar Designs, Rammed Earth, Heavy Timber/Glulam, Local Materials, Artisan Finishes, Collaborations with Artists & Craftmen
  • Net-Zero Solar
  • Alternative Septic System – Sand/Plant Filtration System, Drip-Irrigation
  • Captured & Recycled Rain Water
  • Alternative Building Systems & Materials Learning Center
Main Pavilion - Root Down Designs

Main Pavilion – Root Down Designs

Japanese Bathhouse - root Down Designs

Japanese Bathhouse – root Down Designs

Lodging - Root Down Designs

Lodging – Root Down Designs

Main Pavilion - Root Down Designs

Main Pavilion – Root Down Designs

Site Plan - Root Down Designs

Site Plan – Root Down Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Walters Residence ; Johns Island, SC  (construction photos coming soon)

  • 600sf + 200sf Loft Rammed Earth New Residence
  • Living Rm, Kitchen, Bedroom , 1 Bath + Loft & 2 Exterior Porches; Open Floor Plan
  • Passive-Solar Design
  • Rammed Earth Construction ; Wood Framed Roof w/ Metal
Walters Residence - Root Down Designs

Walters Residence – Root Down Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sharp Residence ; Pawleys Island, SC  (construction photos)

  • 2700sf New Residence on Ocean-Front Site
  • High-End Custom Design
  • Passive-Solar Design
  • Corrugated Metal with Local Cedar Board & Batten Exterior; Living Roof Modules; Metal Roofing, Reclaimed Heart Pine, Charred Wood
  • Handicap Accessible
exterior - Root Down Designs

exterior – Root Down Designs

reclaimed floors - Root Down Designs

reclaimed floors – Root Down Designs

living roof - root down designs

living roof – root down designs

reclaimed heart pint - root Down Designs

reclaimed heart pint – root Down Designs

heart pine stairs by Handcrafted, LLC

heart pine stairs by Handcrafted, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Barclay School Classroom ; Columbia, SC  

  • 400sf Rammed Earth Classroom
  • Adobe & Cob benches, Earthen Floors, Living Roof, Clay Paint & Plasters
  • Construction Jan – June 2015
  • To learn more or to participate in workshops/labor, click here

Bayclay Classroom – Root Down Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Alexander Residence, Dorchester County SC  

  • 1800sf Rammed Earth Residence
  •  Earthen Floors, Metal Roof
  • Construction to begin winter 2015
Root Down Designs

Alexander Residence – Root Down Designs

 

 

 

 

 

Private Residence; (Location Withheld)  

  • 1200sf Residence
  • Custom Design
  • Corrugated Metal with Local Cedar Board & Batten Exterior; Living Roof Modules; Metal Roofing

Private Residence – Root Down Designs

Private Residence – Root Down Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharp Residence; Pawleys Island, SC (currently under construction)

  • 2700sf New Residence on Ocean-Front Site
  • High-End Custom Design
  • Passive-Solar Design
  • Corrugated Metal with Local Cedar Board & Batten Exterior; Living Roof Modules; Metal Roofing,  Reclaimed Heart Pine, Charred Wood
  • Handicap Accessible

 

Sharp Residence – Root Down Designs

Sharp Residence – Root Down Designs

Sharp Residence – Root Down Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooley Residence; Mt. Pleasant, SC

  • Total Renovation of Kitchen/Living/Dining area

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Tiny House Concept; April’s Residence; Charleston, SC

  • 80 sf Storage Shed/Greenhouse
  • Passive Solar Design;  w/ Upper Loft
  • Salvaged Materials
  • Budget = $500 (materials & construction)
  • Prototype for a ‘Tiny House’ Concept
  • click here to read about this project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cordwood Residence; Rak Residence; Jasper County, SC

  • 1400sf Post & Beam Structure w/ Cordwood Infill
  • Passive Solar Design; Open Floor Plan w/ Upper Loft
  • Currently Under Permit Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Classroom, Sabana Grande, Nicaragua

  • Project Lead: Liz Johndrow of Earthen Endeavors
  • April Magill: construction & design support
  • 2 week workshop Feb. 2012; teaching Nicaraguan women Natural Building & construction All-Natural Classroom

To see more photos of this project; visit this Blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tolentino, Charleston County, SC

  • 300 sf Roundwood Timber Frame Structure with Cordwood Infill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schultz Residence, Richland County, SC

  • Timber-Framed Structure with Slip-Straw Infill
  • 1200sf Residence
  • Passive-Solar, Off-the-Grid Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice Residence, North Charleston, SC

  • analysis of an existing home to renovate into a more functional home with Passive Solar strategies and Natural finishes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meek Residence, Downtown Charleston SC

  • a backyard design for cooking, entertaining, etc.
  • use of salvaged and recycled materials
  • integration of landscaping and plants with built structures
  • an Argentine style grill, a parrilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Farm/Pallet Shed; Butcher & Bee Restaurant, Charleston, SC

  • an abandoned lot in downtown Charleston is converted into an Urban Farm
  • the structures are designed using salvaged and recycled materials
  • the hoop house is designed using local bamboo vs. metal or PVC piping
  • the storage shed is designed using recycled wooden pallets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wolfe Residence, Charleston, SC

  • Screened-In Patio Addition
  • Designed with Alternative Framing; best-use of materials/salvaged materials
  • Integrated Cob Oven, Earthen Benches, and Earthen Low Walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joye Law Firm, North Charleston, SC

  • Conventional, Commercial Renovation of Office Space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond, Virginia Residence 

  • 400 sf Addition (wood-framed construction)
  • Renovation of Existing Space
  • Full Architectural Design and Permit Documents
  • Construction Administration/Project Management
  • Construction of Project  (in collaboration with Matt McQueen of  Handcrafted LLC)
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 Anderson, SC Residence (project in progress)

  • Addition (wood-framed construction)
  • Renovation of Existing Space
  • Full Architectural Design and Permit Documents
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Williamsburg, VA Residence (project in progress)
  • New Construction of a Passive-Solar Home with Integration of Natural Building Techniques
  • Full Architectural Design and Permit Documents
Williamsburg VA Residence Architecture Plans  

 

Previous Work:

This is a very short list of Architectural Projects performed over the past 8 years while working for other Architecture Firms in Charleston.  

For a complete list of projects I’ve participated in, please contact me.

For more information on me and my credentials, visit ‘About April.’

Low-Income Housing Complex, Downtown Charleston, SC (this work was performed under LS3P Associates)
  • New Construction of 8 Units; Renovation of 4 Units (SIPS construction)
  • Co-Architect of Project
  • LEED Platinum
  • Design/Bid/Build
Custom, High-End Residential Architecture (work performed under Beau Clowney Design)
  • Architectural Design of multiple High-End Custom Residences in SC
  • Design/Build and Design/Bid/Build
  • project list and examples of work not available at this time; contact me with questions or visit Beau’s website for project examples
Architectural Design of Multiple Building Types (work performed under Rosenblum Coe Architects)
  • Medical Facilities for MUSC
  • Fire Stations
  • Educational Facilities
  • Civic Buildings
  • Residential
  • project list and examples of work not available at this time; contact me with questions or visit Rosenblum Coe’s website for project examples