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Seamon Whiteside + Associates’ High Res Studio designs spaces for the 2010 Southern Living Showcase Home

The High Res Studio of Seamon Whiteside + Associates (SW + A) used their  landscape architectural and site design talents to create a visually striking yet low-maintenance outdoor space for the 2010 Southern Living Showcase Home. A LEED for Homes project, the design and construction team worked together to create luxurious indoor and outdoor space utilizing ‘green’ building practices.  In total 15 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits were intertwined to produce a green initiative throughout the formal and naturalistic garden designs.

Using good LEED design principals, SW + A incorporated a number of green building systems into the home’s outdoor plan. By choosing native plants that take little maintenance such as Red Oak Maples and ‘Little Gem’ Magnolia trees, adding  a rain barrel and a compost, and integrating outdoor living space with the addition of an exterior living room and kitchen, High-Res Studio was able to create a unique, totally liveable space and add credits towards LEED certification.

To learn more about all 15 LEED credits used in the Showcase Home check out the Southern Living Showcase Home’s builder, Dillard-Jones’ blog.

The house is available for viewing on  weekends now through December 19th.  Hours include: Friday from 1-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.

Photography provided by Vass Markets, Inc.

A Real Biker's Dream

If you happen to be one of the 57 million Americans who ride a bike on a regular basis, you were probably just as excited as I was when Google announced the addition of biking directions to the already popular Google Maps.

If you bike anything like me, this additional application will help with a regular daily ride to the grocery store, church or riding with my son’s bike trailer. Then new application includes integrated bike lanes, bike friendly roads, trails and greenways. Google also built in its own power-exertion calculator, avoiding any and all “unreasonable degrees of exertion.”

Care to take a ride from our office in Greenville, SC to eat lunch in Travelers Rest, SC?  Google maps will place you on a 30 minute ride along a Vardry Street bike lane (designed by SW+A), to a gracious 14′ travel lane on Augusta, to a bike lane on River Street (designed by SW+A) and finally to the Swamp Rabbit Trail (designed by SW+A).

Anyone up for a ride to San Francisco?  It’s only 10 days, 19 hours of straight biking! Not only is bike riding good for the environment, it’s also good for your health and well-being. Google Map your way to a more environmentally-friendly and healthy lifestyle today.


Post by Richard Sanders of SW+A

Great Green Roof: Year Two

Our SW+A Green Roof modules will be two years old this summer.  They are not looking too great at the moment because of three possibilities: the sedums have declined over time, the soil has lost its nutrients or they have experienced too much rainfall this winter.  We are positive our modules will bounce back this summer and we plan to give our test samples some extra attention in the next few months.

Green Roofs are almost nonexistent in our area and it will be interesting to see the first large commercial installation. Find more information about Great Green Roof here.