From the mid-south to the southeastern seaboard, southern homes graciously beckon you to come and sit a spell.  Sprawling porches and verandas, rocking chairs and porch swings, draw you in to their embrace like a big old hug from grandma.  The airy coastal of homes of Charleston, South Carolina have inspired me to tackle a 1910 home remodel for my What's Cooking with Happy studio. Many of you probably wonder how a person goes from Exploring and What’s Cooking with Happy to remodeling a century year-old house.

All my life I’ve been around construction, building, remodeling, gardening and decorating.  My dad has owned his own heavy construction business since I was born.  He was always on a backhoe, bulldozer, track hoe, or in a dump truck.  He also built and still builds spec houses, too. My mom was an interior designer, drawing floor plans and working on old home remodels.  Then, later for years, owned an art gallery in a historic main street building, where she spent years updating a turn of the century historic building.

So, basically I’ve been around the inside and outside of building and remodeling my entire life.  Taking on my own 100 year-old house seemed par for the course. 

The 1910 home I purchased is a 1736 square feet rectangular home built on a 50’ x 140’ lot.  It's quite a bit different from the Inn pictured above.  With a little TLC and a whole lot of work, the house will take on a whole new personality.  The house has large rooms, the living room being 27’ long.  There aren’t any halls in it and the 1736 square feet doesn’t include a garage, so there’s a fair amount of living space.

There’s a severely ailing detached 16’ x 20’ garage in the backyard, which seems to be the norm for this old neighborhood.  It also appears as if it and others in the neighborhood used the garages for extra living spaces, as there is a toilet, sink and looks like an old stove vent in mine.  

The main character of the house is its 9’ ceilings, and lots and lots of large windows.  It’s a light and airy house, and unlike most of the houses on the street doesn’t have a porch, an issue that I’m looking forward to remedying.  There’s also a large attic space, which I’m just itching to do something with.  

The house itself doesn’t have the interior or exterior character that most turn of the century homes have, mainly due to periodic remodel updates through the years.  There are lathe and plaster walls underneath the sheetrock, and although the sheetrock shows no sign of cracks due to settling in recent years, the house itself isn’t level, dipping in the middle under the load bearing wall.

My goal is to turn this 100 year-old house into a coastal inspired and character filled dream home. 

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