When Molly and Ted Fienning bought the Robert Smalls house, there was only one inadequate bathroom and virtually no closets. Robert Smalls is an important historical figure in South Carolina, so it was critical to respect the integrity of the house while providing basic necessities in bathrooms and storage. The original house was two rooms over two; it appears that a one story wing was added when the house was moved. The double front porches were removed many years ago and replaced with a small ugly stoop.
We added a small L-shaped second floor addition to house two new bathrooms, master bedroom closet, and a small third bedroom. We enclosed an existing small porch to create a breakfast room with a new porch beyond. By restoring the double front porches, the house now looks like the typical Beaufort house that it is instead of a foreign transplant. The Fiennings’ desire for a screened porch was met with a free standing enclosure that respects the scale of the historic home and encloses a courtyard on the south of the house.
2014 AIA SC Historic Preservation Merit Award
2011 October/November issue of Home by Design
2010 AIA SC Robert Mills Residential Design Citation Award
Photography, Dickson Dunlap
Contractor, Stone Construction