The Ultimate Indoor/Outdoor House? by

Issue 67 · Bring on the Spring · April 8, 2013

The Ultimate Indoor/Outdoor House?

Issue 67 · Bring on the Spring · April 8, 2013

What do you do when you love your house and where you live, but your needs have changed? Most people would renovate to accommodate, but in the case of this family in Charleston, South Carolina, they went one step further and started over completely.

The couple in question started with a classic bungalow in the Old Village but wanted a more open (read: indoor/outdoor) environment for their young family. After exploring renovation options with architect Heather A. Wilson, they decided to start over and created the lofty light-filled spaces they really wanted. A dramatic decision, perhaps; but clearly not an impulsive one.

Interiors by Jen Langston. Photos via Heather A. Wilson, Architect.

Heather A. Wilson's new build of classic bungalow in Old Village, Charleston, South Carolina, Remodelista

Above: While the original classic bungalow was rebuilt, the architect maintained a similar scale and feel.

Pool and Cabana in Old Village, Charleston, South Carolina by Heather A. Wilson, Architect, Remodelista

Above: Ceiling fans, and outdoor fireplace and a hanging daybed all play a part in creating a holiday vibe in the home's outdoor areas (see the pool and cabana in Holiday at Home, Charleston Edition on Gardenista).

Heather A. Wilson's new build of classic bungalow in Charleston, South Carolina, sliding wood barn doors, interior white wood siding, Remodelista

Above: A large living room with two seating areas has been created to face the pool area outside.

Heather A. Wilson's new build of classic bungalow in Charleston, South Carolina, sliding wood barn doors, interior white wood siding, Remodelista

Above: A wide opening into the kitchen allows the kitchen area to be separate and part of the living area the same time.

Heather A. Wilson's new build of classic bungalow in Charleston, South Carolina, gray kitchen units, Remodelista

Above: Wood siding creates an intimate scale in the tall ceilinged kitchen.

Heather A. Wilson's new build of classic bungalow in Charleston, South Carolina, sliding wood barn doors, interior white wood siding, Remodelista

Above: Large sliding barn doors in the living space create flexible open living.

Heather A. Wilson's new build of classic bungalow in Charleston, South Carolina, interior white wood siding, Remodelista

Above: A small room with wine storage acts as a buffer between the living spaces and private spaces.

Heather A. Wilson's new build of classic bungalow in Charleston, South Carolina, Remodelista

Above: A small enclosed porch sits off the open front porch of the house.

Heather A. Wilson's new build of classic bungalow in Old Village, Charleston, South Carolina, Remodelista

Above: Visions of hanging out on the front porch loom large.

What do you think? I am considering putting wood paneling on the ceilings of the family room of my house in Connecticut to introduce scale and texture into its high ceilinged 1980s interior and looked through 5,000 images (yes, I'm that obsessive) of Wood Paneling in our Gallery of rooms and spaces for ideas. Should I do it or not? Let me know what you think in the comments below.



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