Charleston Style and Design

SUM 2013

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needed effcient space for an active lifestyle and lots of visitors. The Rovners took their cue from Rob Crawford, founder and president of Renaissance South Construction, who transformed a dark home broken up by walls, awkward corners and sunken rooms into a light, open foor plan that improved its fow and created a warmer ambiance. Renaissance South project manager John Owens replaced the upstairs portion of the stone chimney with a large window to flter in natural light from all angles. A glass laundry room door was added on the other side of the home to bring light all the way through the house. The Renaissance South team created more room on the second foor, replacing unused hallway space with a larger closet and more storage. The downstairs area also received a facelift, which included the removal of a large stone chimney and multiple small interior walls in the kitchen and main living areas. "We had a small sitting room, separated from the living room by the chimney, that we never really used," Michelle explains. "Rob leveled out the foor, and, without 226 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | SUMMER 13 the chimney, our living room is double the size." Crawford's team expanded the porch and added a grill kitchen as well. "Now the whole space is connected and perfect for large groups and entertaining," he says. Additionally, Renaissance South replaced a long and narrow hallway downstairs with an attached full bath in the guest room, as well as a half bath off of the entryway. "The crazy part about our renovation was that we really didn't expand the size of our home. We simply used the space we had more effciently," Michelle says. "It's defnitely a more functional layout." "We had an ongoing issue with the placement of our television above the mantle," she laughs. "We didn't want to mount it too high, and conventional mantle designs just weren't working." With inventive product research, computer model renderings and a bit of old-fashioned ingenuity, the Renaissance South team sourced a handmade steel mantle with which the Rovner's are thrilled. "Rob always found a way to fgure it out and make it work," Michelle says. "We really pride ourselves on our ability to effectively communicate with our clients and to fnd solutions in creative and proac- tive ways," Crawford adds. But the technological, comfort, lifestyle and design changes were only part of the Rovner family's home renovation. Renaissance South brought a thirty-year-old house up to modern code compliance, including structural and hurricane resistance standards. And, more importantly, Crawford and his team eliminated all signs of the 2011 fre. "My family's experience with the fre was horrible and traumatic," Michelle says. "And rebuilding was emotional and diffcult. I remember thinking…is this house ever going to lose that smell? We loved our house the way it was, but now we love it more." 2 F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Renaissance South 411 Hibben St. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Offce: 843-388-5550 Mobile: 843-514-4852 Freelance writer Erin Holaday Ziegler is based in Charleston.

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