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Finding and Hiring Your Builder

Many people struggle with understanding how and when to hire a builder for their new home. This process can seem like a complex and frightening roadblock for those who haven’t been through it before. I prepared this guide to help you understand and simplify the process.

Hiring the best builder for your residential project is an extremely important decision. That choice will result in a higher quality of craftsmanship, a timely completion, and within or even under budget. It will also minimize emotional stress and unforeseen extra costs.

For an luxury high-end custom home, it would be beneficial to research a number of reputable builders specializing in that kind of size, complexity, and quality work. It’s also very smart to bring in a contractor early on in the design process to ensure you won’t be building more than you can afford or need. Your architect can advise you during this process.

To download my free top tips for finding and hiring your builder for your customer home, simply fill out the form to the right. You’re welcome, and good luck with your project!

Know What You Can Build Before You Buy

Here’s a question for you.

Say you’re in the market to purchase a property that you plan to build a new home on. Or, maybe it’s a vacation home. Now, ordinarily, you’d be looking at a few properties, and trying to make a decision based on their individual locations, features, problems, opportunities, value, etc.

That’s all well and good. But, what if you could see into the future of one or more scenarios that you’re considering?

What if I told you that you could get critical insights about how the property would inform the planning and design of your new home, and how your new home would enhance the experience of the property BEFORE you buy?

How valuable would that be in making the best decision on a very important purchase?

I’m guessing you might be saying to yourself, “How is that possible?”

Well, it is! And, here’s how you can.

One of the services I offer my clients is what I call my Discover and Focus consultation.

Site analysis for a Discover and Focus consultation.

With it, you’ll get just what it implies, you’ll discover the opportunities and limitations of the property, as well as gain a clearer focus on the how your needs and wishes could enhance the site.

Purchasing a property for a new home or a vacation house is a big commitment. This low-cost consultation can help you avoid making the wrong decision.

It will also give you valuable information in making many right decisions after you’ve decided on a property.

One of three site planning options for a Discover and Focus consultation.

If you’re looking to buy a property and build, you owe it to yourself and your family to know WHAT you can build BEFORE you buy.

Call (843–276–2074) or email me to schedule a free meeting at my office to talk about your building plans and what how my Discover and Focus Consultation can help you.



Building your home can and should be an exciting experience. However, too often I’ve heard stories of unexpected surprises; misunderstandings between the owner, architect, and builder; costly budget overruns that could have been avoided; and scheduling delays that should have been anticipated. Well, I decided to do something about that.

I’ve prepared these free guides to help people who are planning to build better prepare themselves so they can avoid these problems. Whether your just considering building, or if you’re already looking for your architect, these guides will help you make the best decisions for a successful project. You’re welcome, and good luck with you project!




Welcome, and thanks for visiting.

I specialize in bespoke design of primary residences, vacation homes and other residential development projects in South Carolina and Florida.

My work undertakes a range of projects types – new construction, renovations, additions, interiors and speculative endeavors. Design solutions are pursued through a careful understanding of context, deliberate consideration of priorities and opportunities, and by refining design ideas down to their elemental expression.

I began my solo practice in 2013 after having worked with firms in New York and Miami following the completion of my graduate studies at Columbia University.

I grew up in rural South Carolina where the earliest architectural memories that most interested me were old barns and sheds, saw mills, cotton gins, grain silos, and hunting camps. The beauty and integrity of simple, informal structures and materials continues to influence my approach to design.


I offer a complete scope of design services for residential and commercial projects, beginning with Pre-Design + Planning through to a built project. Customized services are offered to meet your specific design, budget and scheduling needs.

Design Solutions are developed through an iterative process with the use of current technologies including Building Information Modeling (BIM), various digital visualizations tools, as well as traditional analogue means (drawings, sketches and physical models).

I engage my clients in a manner that involves them throughout the design process, offering guidance that results in successful projects and satisfied owners.

In addition to complete project delivery, I also offer the following services:

Building Information ModelingExisting Conditions SurveyingGraphic DesignInterior DesignRenderings and Digital ModelsProgrammingSite Analysis and Zoning StudiesSpace Planning

Never worked with an architect before? Read about the process most projects typically follow here.


My professional background includes local, regional and international experience on a range of project types including commercial, hospitality, master planning, religious and residential design with award-winning firms and top-notch people in Florida, New York, and South Carolina.

Selection of Previous Work

Notable collaborations include my role as the project architect with the New York firm LOT-EK on their Open School pavilion for the Anyang Public Art Project (APAP) in Anyang, Korea and assisting architect Andrew MacNair on the design of his Egg Chapel that was completed outside Seoul in 2012.

I also worked with MacNair and Steven Holl on 32BNY, providing technical and editorial input for the magazine’s online launch. Since then, I’ve has collaborated with firms PlusUrbia, Revuelta and rGlobe in Miami on a range of project types and scales that include a ski resort in China, an 18-unit mixed-use condo, and the adaptive reuse of warehouses in Miami.

Other past and current collaborators include:

Steven Holl
Andrew MacNair
Revuelta Architecture International
Ray Williams

Tommy received Master degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from Columbia University, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design from Clemson University. He is licensed in Florida, New York and South Carolina.


Teaching is an energizing and complimentary component to the practice of architecture. As a professor, I strive to encourage a critical curiosity about what architecture can be.

Currently, I am a part-time faculty member at Miami University’s School of Architecture, where I’ve led graduate and undergraduate design studios and advised on thesis projects since 2013.

A pluralistic approach to design has led to diverse interests: notions of the informal, the found object and its repurpose, in systems and patterns, in construction and assemblies, as well as the intersection of historical precedents with evolving design tools and methodologies.

Past studios have included a residential tower for digital nomads in Miami, a boutique hotel in Charleston, a studio that explored the use of mass timber technology for a 30-story tower, and a mixed-use project in Paris.

More recently I’ve taught architecture history at The American College of The Building Arts in Charleston, where future generations of artisans are trained in the traditional building arts to “foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage through a liberal arts and sciences education.”

Sample of Students’ Work

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For academic inquiries, please contact me here.


Please use the contact form to tell me about yourself and your project. I’ll get back to you about scheduling a conversation – either by phone or in person – during which I’ll give you my initial thoughts and answer questions.

Following our initial conversation you may either request a proposal for a complete scope of design services or request a DISCOVER and FOCUS consultation in which I’ll help you define the project’s parameters and opportunities. Afterward, you may then decide to commission me to design the project.

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