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.
In 2006 we were approached by John Morgan of Greenwood Development Corp. about restoring an old farm house to be used as the clubhouse for the Ponds neighborhood. The site of the Ponds was a farm in Summerville, SC and included the original farm house dating back to the 1840s. The plantation property dates back to 1682, and because of the long history of the site, the developers greatly valued the surviving house. The developer wanted to restore the dilapidated farm house, which, at the start of the project, was being used as a make shift hunting lodge, and turn it into the focal point of the neighborhood. Before any restoration could be done, the farmhouse first had to be moved approximately 200 feet to its current resting place. The farm house was to contain the real estate offices as well as a meeting hall while preserving as much of the original architecture as possible as the farm house will be given back to the Ponds Conservancy for community social and cultural events.
Two articles in local publications have featured the Ponds farmhouse. The first article was published in the Post and Courier and gives an in-depth account of all the challenges and triumphs surrounding the project (read that article here). The second article, featured in The Summerville Journal Scene, highlights the Merit Award we received from the South Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (read that article here).