What do you get when you pair a 19th century house in Charleston, South Carolina, with a pair of young designers and their talented friends? A low-key, modern living space that pays homage to the historical area while drawing on the skills of local craftsman, particularly in the kitchen. A local Charleston woodworker built all the kitchen cabinetry and open shelving out of birch plywood with poplar faces, while the overhead lighting fixtures were constructed by a friend of the couple. The community spirit had the feel of a "modern-day barn-raising," as Dwell magazine wrote in their profile of the home. But this love of old materials and old ways of doing things was exactly what the couple had in mind all along;
It was our love of the old materials that dictated a lot of the renovation decisions... We didn't want to overshadow or alter those elements in any unnatural way. We wanted the space to feel warm but spare, with a mixture of old and new.
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(Images: Daniel Shea for Dwell)