OUR RECENT CUSTOM HOMEBUILDER WORK
This 3,400 square foot project sits on almost 12 acres in the Hollywood area, just south of Charleston. After spending over a year in design development, the owners chose Generation Homes to bring this project to life. Displaying a modern farmhouse theme, the interior meets the exterior through a large front entry porch. A cascading staircase welcomes you to over 600 square feet of deck space plus dual screened porches on the back of the home. Additional outdoor space is on the second level with a large covered deck over the primary screened porch allowing views across the property. The main floor houses the owner’s private space with bedroom, large dual walk-in closets and bathroom featuring a stem shower. A mini-master on the main level on the opposite end of the home is directly off of the laundry area adjacent to the Kitchen. The laundry room boasts a kennel area for the owner’s dogs plus a large shower for both the owners and the puppies use.
The Kitchen has soaring ceilings with large skylights and an island that hosts a wine area. Just off of the Kitchen is a Scullery for even more utilitarian uses. Between the owner’s area and the Kitchen sits the large Living and Dining areas with large doors and windows once again leading to the outdoors. The second level of the home features a playroom area at the top of the stairs plus two bedrooms, a shared bathroom plus an office that leads to the upper deck.
The garage is attached through a 18’ long breezeway and has room for two large cars plus a shop area. Overhead is a large open room the owners hope to use for storage or exercise equipment. Clad with all Hardie materials the exterior is straight and clean and will have a blue metal roof. The brick front and steps lead to the inviting front porch with beaded ceilings and a vault that leads you to the front door.
This little home re-started it all. In 2014, after contemplating a career change, Andy Barber left his corporate career to once again build homes full time. This house was a collaboration with a good friend in the real estate business who had a very small lot on James Island. The in-house design succeeded in wedging this 1,500 square foot home onto a tiny lot while making the home feel spacious and inviting. The first floor is entirely open from the foyer to the back screened porch with the kitchen tucked off to one side. The partially open staircase helps the living and dining space feel large and plenty of windows created a bright and cheerful atmosphere. A small, one-car garage, which is all the lot would allow, provides additional storage . Upstairs, you find a large owner’s suite with two closets and a luxurious bath with a huge walk in shower. Down the hall is a laundry center, two additional bedrooms with large closets, and a bathroom with dual vanities and linen storage. Sold just days after starting construction, this plan will surface again as we find lots to suit its ability for a small footprint.
James Island is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina rich is history and natural beauty. James Island is positioned between Downtown Charleston and Folly Beach, so it offers the best of both worlds. Most homes on James Island are a 5 to 10 minute drive from the beach.
THE OLD VILLAGE OF MT PLEASANT
We built this custom designed home in The Old Village District. This true coastal neighborhood, made up of welcoming, tree lined streets, is the heart of Mt. Pleasant. It is and up and coming area that is home to young professionals, families and retirees. Filled with historic homes, parks, shops, a library and gathering places, The Old Village reflects old Charleston charm and a friendly atmosphere.
CLEVELAND STREET RENOVATION, CHARLESTON
This home, built circa 1920’s, was in sad shape when we partnered with a local investor to bring it back to life. After years of neglect and being unoccupied we sought to breathe life back into the once proud, family home. That process started with removing over 7 tons of interior plaster wall coverings to allow us to bring the entire project up to current code for all of the mechanical systems and insulation. Once stripped down, we rebuilt the home, staying true to the original layout. Adding the master bath over the old laundry room allowed for a much-needed boost in space on the second floor. While we failed to restore the fireplaces to working order, we did preserve the brick work in the dining room, owner’s suite and kitchen to tie the old to the new. A completely rebuilt kitchen and added walk-in pantry start the utility spaces that lead to a back-entry hall, half bath and laundry center before opening to the back yard.
The front porch is a fantastic place relax and enjoy the view out over Cleveland Street, just 1 block from Charleston’s famous Hampton Park. Coming in through the front door, you are immediately taken with the restored staircase. Every piece of this staircase was meticulously sanded and restored to its original beauty after being covered up for years with paneling. All of the hardwood floors throughout the home are original. They were painstakingly repaired and refinished and stand out as a beautiful feature of the home. The exterior was preserved in part, keeping the original siding, metal roof and soffits in front. The balance of the siding, roofing and exterior details were matched and replaced.
As we finished this home, Andy was at the house doing a few odds and ends one evening. He noticed a car out front with a lady and a child inside looking at the house. He approached them only to find out the lady was the granddaughter of the original, and only owner. She spent her summers in Charleston with her grandparents at this home. Andy invited her inside to see what we had done. She was amazed at the restored home and told stories to her daughter about her childhood in the home. This experience really bring the project into focus.
SHEPPARD STREET RENOVATION
After our success on the Cleveland Street renovation, we teamed up again with our local investor and took on this home on Sheppard Street which is just off Meeting Street in Historic Charleston. Bought at auction, the home had last been used as a 4-unit apartment building. It was in such disrepair ,the city had condemned the structure. Up for a challenge, we worked with the city to get the order of condemnation lifted, designed a new layout, and had the home engineered for its transformation. Having been significantly demolished on the interior by a previous owner, the home left us with little to start. But we were up for the challenge.
The result was a four bed, three bath home that stands out today. With double front porches, we salvaged the front doors and surrounding sidelights and transoms. The exterior siding and roof were repaired and salvaged as were the hardwood floors that dated back to the late 1800’s. The additional of all new mechanical systems, insulation and interior finishes brought the home up to date and to code. The cornerstone of this home is the large kitchen. With lots of cabinetry and a large central island, this is where friends will once again gather for years to come. The owner’s suite has a sitting area and lots of space to create a private sanctuary. It is completed by a large private bath and walk in closet. While salvaging some of the past and utilizing the large spaces for a new layout, this home stands out as one of the first homes on its street to be renovated and it set the bar pretty high.
STONO FERRY RESIDENCE, HOLLYWOOD
This home was built to be the owners’ final residence. After a long life of travel, sailing and building homes in California and the Caribbean Islands, the owners chose Charleston as their final home port. The challenge was to build their final destination as they managed a move from California to a family home in the Midwest and then on to Charleston. This left them with little time to spend in Charleston during the construction process.
Their goal was a convenient, maintenance friendly and comfortable residence. The result was this 2,722 square foot home, featuring Hardie exterior finishes with Azek Decking, Andersen impact-rated windows and a 50-year roof. The Andersen impact windows offer energy efficiency as well as storm protection from hurricanes. The home’s interior boasts three bedrooms and bathrooms, all framed in 10- and 13-foot ceilings with 8-foot doors to accommodate the owners who are both over 6 feet tall. The main space of the home features a large living and reading room with a bookcase that houses nearly 1,000 books, as the owners are both avid readers. Set with a gas fireplace and simple decorations, this is the ultimate spot to relax and read for an hour or all day. The balance of the main space features a large family gathering area which houses the kitchen, living space and dinette. Beyond the living space is a large screened porch overlooking a tee box on the Stono Links golf course, providing the owners with countless hours of entertainment. Large open front and back porches also enhance the outdoor livability of the residence.
The owner’s suite has soaring, vaulted ceilings with a large skylight over the bed to replicate their days of sailing and looking up at the stars during the evenings. Flanking the bedroom, you will find his and hers walk in closets and a spacious tile bath with a horseshoe vanity, soaking tub and large walk in shower. The utility spaces include a two-car garage and a large laundry room with a desk for daily household business, a sewing area and washer and gas dryer. Outside the laundry room, you will also find a large walk-in pantry with custom shelving to meet the owner’s storage needs.
Functionality, performance and ease of ownership were all accomplished with this design. Through the construction methods used, this home has become the residence the owners had envisioned for their final port.
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