Dick and JoAnn Kelly bought this ocean front house built in 1988 knowing there were problems of rot and moisture damage. No one expected the damage on this relatively new house to be as bad as we discovered when we opened it up. The harsh climate and original designer/builders lack of knowledge about building in this climate had caused extensive, rot, and hazardous mold conditions. Hilton Head averages 55 inches of rain per year. Direct ocean exposure to the salt and wind exaggerates the high rainfall’s effect on buildings. It is critical that walls be able to dry when they get wet, materials not create electrolysis, insulation be placed in the right locations, and humid air be kept outside when cooling. Building in a rainy hot humid climate is very different than any other climate. Good construction practice in other climates fails quickly here.
Besides repairing damage, and rebuilding with a clean, sustainable new interior and exterior, we designed the Kelly’s an exciting landscape that incorporates bands of native grasses and salt tolerant plants on the existing dune. We refinished the swimming pool, its terrace, added an exterior fireplace and a new screen porch.