In order to restore the glory of an old Charleston, South Carolina house while updating it for a modern family, careful hands were needed. The house (referred to as "Carriage House") was built in the 1850s, at a time when Charleston had one of the busiest ports in the country. As the city changed, the house changed with it, enduring its fair share of renovations for over a century. By the time Brooklyn-based Workstead Studio got to the house, which is located in the picturesque Charleston Village neighborhood, the kitchen had adobe-themed elements, thick faux-plaster walls could be found throughout, and the ductwork was in dire need of an upgrade.
Because of Charleston's history, architectural preservation projects are common. Workstead collaborated with Charleston-based contracting team Gateway Park Enterprises to successfully preserve the original grandeur of the 2,000-square-foot home's interior. In order to fit multiple bedrooms (and still have efficient circulation), the team devised a first floor layout with public rooms (the kitchen, dining room, and living room), and created private rooms upstairs. The result is a 150-year-old home that breathes, has natural light, and fits into its historic and modern surroundings.
The historic home's façade is both reserved and stately.
The living room holds a vintage sectional sofa with mohair fabric, leather Sling Chairs by Workstead, a vintage midcentury coffee table, and antique concrete planters. The custom walls are made from cypress wood, and the doors from glass panels and cypress knobs painted in Mahogany by Farrow & Ball.
The dining room is full of custom millwork. A tranquil feeling permeates the room with help from doors made with cypress wood and traditional caning.
An old door was replaced with new windows, adding more natural light and a cozy nook. A Signal Globe ceiling light by Workstead hangs over an antique dining table surrounded with antique Gothic-style chairs.
The staircase was restored to its original glory, but with a pantry and refrigerator added underneath. Their custom cypress door pulls are especially chic.
Previously, the unbecoming adobe-style kitchen was in a different part of the home. The new kitchen was completely redone in another location, with a Lacanche stove and a custom kitchen island with a white marble countertop.
In the master bedroom, the design team worked to restore the brick to its original state. The bed by Room & Board is draped in a leather hide from Moore & Giles and a balcony overlooks the house's patio.
Cypress wood walls give an additional bedroom a cabin feel along with another leather hide from Moore & Giles. A vintage trundle bed, antique floor lamp, and vintage framed picture are an acknowledgement to the home's past.