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Kathryn st

There's nothing quite as enjoyable as turning an old brick ranch into a gorgeous, modern home. Many of these old Mount Pleasant homes have great bones, they just need updating. The means and methods that went into this project created a very energy efficient and dry home that maximizes the little square footage we had to work with.

Photography by Bailey Baker, Charleston Home & Design

We tore off all the old vinyl siding, which happened to actually have dry rotted T-111 underneath, and took it down to the studs. Much of the exterior walls were not even actually insulated! After sheathing and installing Benjamin Obdyke HydroGap SA vapor barrier (our standard product when it comes to vapor barriers), we installed fiber cement board and batten siding and trim. The result was a bulletproof exterior that would ensure the home would stay dry and very tight for many decades to come. Then we added on a porch addition to the rear inside corner, on the South end where we would get a nice breeze in the summer, and stay out of the cold front winds in the winter.

The mud room was expanded into the garage, and nearly doubled in size. Beautiful Boothbay Gray custom shaker cabinets line one wall, with a giant custom built-in with wire mesh panels on the other wall. Beveled white subway tile with a tile chair rail fill in the voids between cabinetry. The laundry and washer built-in is stout, built with 3/4" maple plywood. Giant 24"x24" floor tiles with a custom shoe mold and 1x6 S4S baseboard tied the floor in with the walls.

Many of these old ranch homes are chopped up on the interior, and this home had a hallway running down the center that ate up much of the interior space. We converted this hall area into master bath space, increasing the size of the master bath from 40SF to 100SF! A curbless, or zero-entry, shower and freestanding tub were added, and some fun Benjamin Franklin wallpaper. The half bath off of the laundry was a simple renovation, with a reglazed tub and herringbone tile.

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