Hurricane Hugo hit the South Carolina coast on September 21, 1989. The storm slammed into Isle of Palms northeast of Charleston before progressing northwest into the inland counties of the Carolinas. The home shown below was in Berkeley County. The owners covered the roof with a tarp, but the damage was never repaired and it was condemned in the Fall of 2005 by local building officials.
|The Hurricane House - Before|
|The Hurricane House - After|
The tree that had done the most damage was still in the yard when I bought The Hurricane House in 2006. The oak had been cut into segments with a chain saw, but had never been hauled away. This exemplified what I started with. It wasn't as if the property had been frozen in time for 16 years, but it was obvious that everything had changed with Hugo before Mother Nature and time tag-teamed the brick ranch to a deteriorated condition that many believed was beyond repair.
The building official who had condemned the property told me emphatically that it could not be saved. I had contemplated taking the house down and replacing it with a new home, but when I heard this negative prediction one thought instantly sprang to life in my mind; Now it's on. His arrogant pessimism really stirred me up and I was determined to save The Hurricane House and prove that guy wrong. Although the property had a long list of issues, I knew there were options to deal with them other than complete demolition. The town rep. had not been on the roof and hadn't crawled under the home to examine the structural integrity of the framing. Perhaps he'd never renovated a condemned home before. I had and I was confident I could resurrect this Pig's Ear.
When I bought The Hurricane House, it was the worst property in the neighborhood. When I finished it in 2008, it was certainly worthy of being called a Silk Purse.
|Living Room looking into Kitchen - During|
|Living Room looking into Kitchen - After|