Chad D. McDonald, AIA, LEED AP
McDonald Architects is a full service design firm that focuses on custom residential architecture. We offer
remodeling, renovation and new construction architectural services with a commitment to design excellence.
For over eighteen years, Mr. McDonald has created award winning custom residential architecture in the
Carolina Lowcountry. By working with you, together, we will balance your resources, fulfill your needs and
realize your aspirations. During the design process, we will assist you in prioritizing many areas such as
sustainability, durability and resource conservation. Together we will create a beautiful home that not only
lives well but also enhances its environment.
Enclosed you will find McDonald Architect’s portfolio. We look forward to speaking with you to discuss how my
experience, creativity and dedication can be of benefit to you.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions.
Chad McDonald, AIA, LEED AP
Private residence – Front Rendering, Kiawah Island, SC, McDonald Architects, 2013
Courtyard House Study for Daniel Island – Front View, 2010
Courtyard House Study for Daniel Island – Courtyard View, 2010
Shingle style home for Kiawah Island, designed by McDonald Architects – Front perspective.
Shingle style home for Kiawah Island, designed by McDonald Architects – Rear perspective.
Private Residence, 3500sq ft, Charleston Harbor, SC, 2007, designed while with Schmitt Walker Architects, Inc.
Site Analysis –
Site analysis is the process where we identify the
opportunities presented by your site.
A custom program will be developed through a series
of conversations where we learn about you and how
you want to live.
Once we have established your needs and desires, we
will create a room-by-room outline of room sizes that
will help us determine the size of house you want.
From this outline or program, we can then establish a
preliminary budget as a first step in prioritizing your
Schematic Design –
The Schematic Design Phase is comprised of free-hand
sketches of the site plan, floor plans and elevations.
These sketches demonstrate the general concept and
character of the design; how the design fulfills your
needs and desires while realizing the opportunities
offered by your site.
Design Development –
During this phase, you will see your home take shape;
we will translate the schematic sketches into 3dimensional computer-generated drawings, which will
also be utilized later for our construction
Interior Architecture –
During this phase, we create the interior elevations
and interior views that communicate the design
concepts for the interior rooms including elements
such as fireplace(s) along with ceiling, wall, floor
and bath details.
Interior Selections –
We will accompany you and your interior designer to
make and then coordinate your selections such as
appliances, plumbing fixtures, architectural lighting,
countertops, and cabinetry.
Construction Documents –
This final phase of the Basic Services involves the
creation of the technical drawings and general
specifications that will be utilized by the general
contractor to build your home.
Pricing, Bidding and Negotiation –
We will assist you in selecting the general
contractor and throughout the negotiation or
competitive bidding process.
Construction Observation –
We will act as your representative to ensure that
your home is being built according to the
construction documents and specifications.
The services below are provided to the client upon request.
Consultant Coordination – No additional charge
The architect will assist in the coordination of any
consultant hired directly by you, such as landscape
Renderings, Presentations and Models –
The architect will provide and drawn perspectives, 3dimension
presentation as requested by owners and design