Tilt-Turn windows installed in shed dormer addition and newly enclosed sun porch, beyond.
1977 was a year of triumphant highs and soul-sucking lows. Seattle Slew prevailed over the field on his way to the Triple Crown. Star Wars, a space-based soap opera set in the past (which somehow seemed like a good idea) was released. The Clash released their first record, and punk titans Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, Sex Pistols, and The Ramones had their greatest significance. We had Smokey and Bandit and Saturday Night Fever: obvious and unquestionable triumphs of the media on both counts.
ABBA, Streisand, the Eagles, and Wings represented the other side of the spectrum. France recorded its last execution by the guillotine (can you believe that this practice endured into the late 70′s?). The world lost Elvis and gained my eventual bride on the very same day. Which explains a lot, if you’ve ever met Michelle.
Former screened porch, with window sashes installed in creation of new Sun Room living space.
And though interest rates were still a couple of years from hitting their peak in the high teens, the world of construction was still dominated by nervous nellies and the occasionally talented. There was surely a huge amount of risk involved with speculative construction investment on little known Kiawah Island in 1977. This was the climate that begat the Ocean Woods Cottages on Kiawah Island, fortuitous in their location near the beach, while suffering from the circumstances of their creation. Ocean Woods were on the front lines of the development of Kiawah Island, perhaps a decade after the first modern homes were constructed but built as development was accelerating. Several dozen cottages of roughly 1,100 sf were built within a couple of years on the eastern end of Eugenia Avenue. Rarely missed was the opportunity to save a couple of hundred dollars in the construction of a cottage.
Homosote sheathing (in center) was originally installed away from building corners; this was replaced in the current renovation. The rafter clips are newly installed in a voluntary effort to enhance to strength of the construction of this Kiawah Island cottage.
In the current total renovation and addition that we have undertaken, the original shortcomings in the construction of one Ocean Woods cottage that can be ameliorated are. This cottage was completely gutted, eliminating the original windows, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems. Most of the 8′ ceilings were eliminated in favor of vaulted spaces. Original kitchen, baths, and finishes: out.
Close up detail of Homasote wall sheathing, showing evidence of previous water intrusion
While the house was stripped and structure exposed, the framing of the building was evaluated and reinforced to give it additional resistance to weather events. Rafter clips, coil strapping and other hold-downs were installed to better tie to structure to the foundation. We discovered that non-structural Homasote was used for wall sheathing in certain areas, presumably as a cost savings effort. Essentially made from recycled newspaper, Homasote has negligible structural value and was replaced with APA rated structural plywood in this renovation, along with all of the remaining clapboard siding.
The windows and doors were replaced with robust German-made Gayko products supplied by Henselstone Window and Door Systems. Views out and natural light quality were improved with these advanced tilt-and-turn windows. Both bathrooms on the side of the house where windows could not be added (per regime regulations) received a small skylight for a dose of natural light.
A sun room facing Eugenia and the beach beyond replaces the existing screened porch.
The new windows were installed this week, and now insulation as well and interior and exterior finishing can proceed. Off we go in the transformation of this 1977 cottage that has persevered and is being given new life in 2013.
Newly designed entry porch