This home was featured in the 2003 South Carolina Home & Garden, read the article here: http://villagerestoration.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/village-scan006.pdf
Depicted as “The Seabrook Inn” in the film adaptation of Nicolas Spark’s “Notebook” and lovingly referred to as Aunt Bessie’s house, this home has been loved, lived in and cherished since 1846. A history of the home and the story behind the present owner’s inheritance is quite remarkable. It is described in a feature story in the August 2003 edition of the South Carolina Homes & Gardens magazine.
Having survived several natural disasters, it was in a state of disrepair and near collapse when we were asked to join the team to restore this home. The challenge was to make it livable in today’s standards without destroying any of the historic integrity. Along with architect, local historian and the owners, we created a timeless masterpiece.
The home had to be lifted from its crumbling foundation and supported in order to build a new foundation. The chimneys and porches had to be reconstructed. The old kitchen house was incorporated into the new addition and converted into the owner’s office. Even with the new foundation, long term settlement caused floors to settle at different heights, creating quite a challenge to tie the new into the old.
Aluminum siding, linoleum flooring, layers of chipped paint were stripped away, revealing the original beauty in the woodwork and flooring beneath. The tedious hours of labor on every square inch of decay, neglect, and attempts to mask it all breathed new life into this wonderful home.