2009 Southern Home Awards: Best Before & After Project

2009 Southern Home Awards: Best Before & After Project

Monika Gromek
Jul 7, 2009

A home in Beaufort, South Carolina won the Best Before & After Southern Home Award for 2009. It has been completely renovated by its owners, Michael and Jane Frederick, who are both architects. After they purchased the property they planned on leveling the old metal hut and building something new, but the structure meant a lot to the local community. It was built by a World War II veteran. The corrugated metal was made in Quonset Point, Rhode Island (hence the name quonset hut). The huts were manufactured so they could be easily put together by unskilled workers/soldiers. Check out what Michael and Jane did to their "hut" after the jump...

Over the years the hut was modified and transformed depending on what worked for its owners at the time. When Michael and Jane bought the home it contained three bedrooms, a small kitchen, a great room, and two baths. They kept the main structure with the vaulted ceilings. It proved to be a great architectural element that is now their dining room. The high ceilings allowed for the built-in bookshelves. They also built an addition that is a sunny porch with the views of the beautiful landscape surrounding the house.

Visit the Southern Living website for more pictures and the full story behind the renovation of the house.

(Images: Southern Living)

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