quality design at your service

As a trusted Lowcountry architectural leader specializing in residential designs (New construction, renovations and additions), Coastal Creek Design collaborates with clients and our in-house structural design firm to create an efficient and enjoyable process from start to finish. Our team utilizes years of experience and a strong local network to accurately advise on all project phases and bring your dream property to life.

our design services

architectural design

Our design team guides you through the development and design phases of your renovations project, including at-home site visits, design sessions and more. 

Site Visit: We will visit the house to measure it so that we can draw the existing house from scratch including floor plans. We will also photograph the house. 

As-Built Plans: We will take all the information we gathered from the site visit to draw your house in our software program, CAD. We will generate a full set of as-built plans that include the floorplans, elevations, site plan, section of the house, foundation layout with pier locations and framing of the floor system. 

Design Sessions: We will schedule several design sessions throughout the process with you to work on the after-plans, your dream renovation, addition or new home. We will do as many reviews as necessary to adjust the floorplans as needed. 

Architectural Plans: The architectural plans will include the before/after site plan, before/after floorplans, elevations and electrical plans. 

3D Drawings: We produce high quality three-dimensional renderings and still shots for your project, for an additional fee. There are several examples of those types of products on this website.


structural design

Our in-house structural team drafts the structural plans for your new construction or renovation project. Coastal Creek Design’s in-house structural design team assists clients in creating projects with “strong bones,” whether our design team has developed the plans for your new construction or renovation or they are provided to us by an outside architect. Structural plans developed by our team will include the following information:

  • Foundation & framing
  • Connections and anchorage
  • Beams, columns, and slabs
  • Floor, ceiling, and wall components
  • Structural calculations

construction pricing

Our experienced team helps you navigate the construction bidding and contracting processes to maintain affordability while still receiving high-quality work.

Since moving to Charleston in 2000, Brian Wells has been built a strong reputation in the house building and development industry. Over his career, he has developed and maintained very realistic, firsthand knowledge of the current labor/material factors, and the latest construction prices and incorporates that crucial information into the design process to keep each project’s scope/design in check.

connections to our professional network

Our team has a long history of Lowcountry design excellence with an expansive network of local builders to back it up. 

Through our strong connections and rich history with these local builders, we are able to assist clients in choosing the right contractor, surveyor, landscape designer, etc. for each project and can provide contacts fit for every size/location/scope, etc. We can also assist in evaluating contractor bids/pricing, and help you make informed decisions throughout the hiring process. 

If you have a builder selected, that is great as well. We will get them involved in the design process at the right times and be sure to get their input and feedback on pricing/scope/buildability, etc.

our design process

Our team prides itself in providing clients with a comprehensive, quality-driven design and structural process. We support clients through the various drawing and construction stages of the project, helping them to overcome any hurdles and reach the finish line of a successfully completed project. Through the combined efforts of our in-house design and structural teams, we ensure projects stay on schedule, within budget and exceed expectations.

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frequently asked questions

We can confidently say that there are no local residential design firms that can compile a full set of quality permit plans (architectural and structural) faster than Coastal Creek Design. This timely turnaround is thanks to our in-house architectural and structural teams and project selectiveness.

We are typically able to present full permit plan sets within 56 days of acceptance of the proposal/notice to proceed/signed contract. This is roughly five weeks for architecturals and three weeks for structurals.

The proposed timeline assumes a quick response to all our architectural design reviews and active participation throughout. This also assumes that your neighborhood architectural review board (ARB) does not delay our process. Timelines will be extended if the architectural work/approval goes long or you cannot immediately provide us with a survey.

Once our permit plans are completed, your builder will apply for the permit in your local municipality. This takes around 8-12 weeks for permit review/issuance of permit. Your builder will likely work on pricing/bids during this timeframe.

The Structural Team is led by Brian Wells, PE. For many years, we have been the most sought-after structural engineers in the Lowcountry because of the practicality/speed of our designs and the resulting construction cost savings. 

Our structural design results in minimal unforeseen conditions and super detailed/practical plans, saving you money and creating more competitive labor and materials prices. Our team’s structural experience and design knowledge ensure that the architectural ideas are balanced with the reality of the limitations of the spans, budget, etc.   

Our team adheres to a 21-day or less commitment to our structural plans, meaning we begin the structural plans as soon final floorplans and elevations are approved. We then work in tandem with the architectural team to get your project a full permit set of plans.

You are in great hands with a talented architectural designer like Joel Adrian and architect Linda Balzac guiding and overseeing design. 

Our robust, experienced in-house architectural design team comprises of five members, each utilizing their unique experience and skills to produce expert designs quickly. Within a few days of signing your contract, we begin working on your project, scheduling the site visit/measure, drafting a site plan, and more. We are timely and responsive when scheduling design meetings, responding quickly to emails/comments, etc. We have a very disciplined, structured system of monitoring design progress and sending out the latest/next draft for you to review as soon as it is ready for client review.

Property surveys are done to determine land boundaries, such as the plot of land a home sits on, and any sub-surface improvements, like a septic tank or well. Surveys also identify other types of restrictions and conditions that apply to the description of a property, including easements or encroachments.

A survey is required if you are building a new home or plan to make an addition to your house. It must be completed within the last five years prior to your project.

We can provide you with the names of several trusted surveyors and an email template to request a survey. A survey with topographical data will cost around $2,000.

A geotechnical report determines the characteristics of the soil and if it is suitable for your building plans. The report will show the type of soil present on site and if it can support the proposed structure. The report will also provide a description of the site conditions and geological data, as well as provide appropriate recommendations for site preparation, drainage control and any conditions that might affect the project.

We recommend geotechnical reports for all sites, but some homeowners choose not to have one completed. In this instance, we revert to our foundation design’s assumed soil-bearing capacity of 2,000 PSF.

We can provide you with the names of several trusted geotechnical engineers we recommend. A geotechnical report will typically cost around $2,800.

Architectural & Engineering drawings include the following:

  • Site plan, floorplans, elevations, and minimum of one section drawing
  • Electrical plans
  • Foundation plan, floor framing plans, roof and ceiling framing details
  • Seismic analysis (resulting in the proper connections)
  • Wind load analysis resulting in the proper connections
  • Load path design and analysis (resulting in the framing plans)
  • All sheets are produced on 24×36 at 1/4” scale
  • High-quality 3D drawings are available, that will be a bid option with the fee proposal. (3D drawings are not always needed or wanted.)
  • Governing codes
  • Design criteria
  • Geotechnical information (by other)
  • Construction material specs
  • Live loads, dead loads and wind loads
  • Seismic information
  • Soil bearing capacity assumption
  • Drainage plans
  • Landscape plans
  • Civil/Site plans
  • Retaining walls
  • Pool design (unless specifically included in the proposal)
  • Geotechnical investigation and/or report
  • Survey
  • Manual J
  • REScheck
  • Any other design document not mentioned in the fee proposal and/or list of plan sheets above.

We acknowledge we are not the cheapest architecture firm, but we are also not the most expensive. We feel we offer a fair and reasonable fee for the level of service we provide and the quality of the plans we are able to produce. 

The design fee is a small part of the overall project cost. We are confident that whatever fee you pay us, you will make up during construction bidding because of the thoroughness of our design.  Our detailed plans will also allow for more competition among builders. Builders know we have spent the time to figure out the existing conditions and develop an effective solution to the design and construction. 

Our fee for new construction plans typically runs $10-$12/heated sq. ft., depending on the complexity of the design and how much effort will be spent getting through the neighborhood or community architectural review board (ARB).   

Renovations and additions are priced on a case-by-case basis, depending on the scope/complexity of the project.

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