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 a step further and started over completely.
The owners began with a classic bungalow in the Old Village but longed for 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 create the lofty, light-filled spaces they really wanted. A dramatic decision, perhaps; but clearly not an impulsive one.
Above: The new house retains a similar scale and feel to the original bungalow.
Above: Ceiling fans, an outdoor fireplace, and a hanging daybed all play a part in creating a summery vibe in the house's outdoor areas (stay tuned for the the pool and cabana in tomorrow's Steal This Look).
Above: A large living room with two seating areas face the pool area.
Above: A wide opening into the kitchen allows the kitchen area to be separate and part of the living area the same time.
Above: Wood siding creates an intimate scale in the tall ceilinged kitchen.
Above: Large sliding barn doors in the living space create flexible open living.
Above: A small room with wine storage acts as a buffer between the living spaces and private spaces.
Above: A small enclosed porch sits off the bungalow's open front porch.
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.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 13, 2013 as part of our Bring on the Spring issue.