One of the coolest renovation projects we’ve ever worked on was a cottage on Pumpkin Island just across Bohicket Creek from John’s Island. The owner had been contacted about purchasing an old 1800′s planter’s cottage that sat in the middle of cotton fields in Clio, SC and knew immediately he wanted to move it to Pumpkin Island. However, there was one catch. Pumpkin Island is only accessible by a 6 foot wide foot bridge, which meant the small cottage would have to be disassembled and transported piece by piece across the bridge. Each beam, stud, and rafter was carefully numbered so that the cottage could be reassembled using as much of the existing structure as possible.
Because it’s new location was in a flood zone, the cottage was raised and reinforced to withstand high winds and storms. Additionally, a wrap around porch was added to the small cottage which helps take advantage of the marsh views created when raising the house.
In 2007, Charleston Home magazine published an article on the Pumpkin Island cottage, also called “Neil’s Cottage.” The article highlights the owners’ journey through the project, as well as provides beautiful before and after photos. Click here to read the article.