221 Ashley Avenue
221 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

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The Chapel Lofts is a traditional urban infill development, which allows the ability to utilize a vacant, under utilized parcel within an existing urban area that has already been largely developed.

This project incorporates the adaptive re-use of a former wedding chapel into a 4-Bedroom 4.5-Bath loft apartment unit. To the rear of this structure we constructed an additional 2-unit apartment structure on the parcel. The 2-Unit apartment structure in the rear includes two 1,400 square foot; 4-Bedroom; 4-Bath apartment units. The project began June 1st of 2012 and was completed in early October of 2012.

During the Chapel renovation we added three dormers to the south and north elevations to increase natural light and ceiling height on the second floor. A second floor of living space was added and extends about half way down the structure. This “loft style” floor plate overlooks the large, open, vaulted ceiling, kitchen living area below.

The new rear structure on the property includes upper and ground level 4-bedroom apartment units. This building is constructed of all brick veneer at the first level with HardiePlank fiber cement siding above that. The upper apartment enjoys an iron balcony, while the lower apartment includes an outdoor patio and green space.

One of the most architecturally pleasing aspects of this development is the floating staircase in the chapel. This was built with restoration heart pine stringers, 3.5″ thick heart pine treads and rail caps. The handrails are made of galvanized metal creating a unique contrast of historical and contemporary elements. This truly turned out to be a centerpiece of the chapel.



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