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Historic Summerville Home Renovation

We reclaimed space from a lower level back hall to increase the size of the kitchen and create a better flow of spaces.

We reclaimed space from a lower level back hall to increase the size of the kitchen and create a better flow of spaces.

Every town has a few of these;  beautiful historic homes that does not work well for modern family living. Can you keep all of the beautiful historic parts, and sensitively renovate the home to add modern bathrooms, kitchens and Master bedroom suites?

One of these Summerville homes was beautiful Victorian home William Richardson built in 1886. The home became part of Summerville history not just for its beautiful architecture as Richardson later became the mayor of Summerville, and the street on which he built his home is now named in his honor. Currently, the home is better known as the Doar House, named after Richardson’s daughter “Miss Daisy” Doar who married WIlliam H. Doar.

When Audrey and Andy Murphy bought this magnificent Summerville historic home, they loved the wrap around porch and the principal first floor rooms with the original heart pine floors, transom windows over the interior doors, original fireplaces and trim. But the laundry, bathrooms and kitchen, while updated and functional, were tiny uncomfortable rooms that did not suit a modern lifestyle. They asked for help to to figure out how to renovate these outdated rooms.

Our goal was to leave the magnificent principal rooms intact and rework all of the ‘back of house’ spaces to increase the functionality and make them fully comfortable for a modern family lifestyle. The renovation included enlarging the kitchen by poaching space from a lower level back hall, designing a new modern Master Bedroom suite and renovating 2 of the bathrooms.

The homeowners, scouring salvage yards and antique stores found  two doors which the refinished themselves.  My personal favorite is the Principal’s door, located at the back of the kitchen. I love it!

Aliar Homes-Charleston was selected as the builder for the renovation of this historic Summerville home.