Preservation Society of CHS :: Carolopolis Award

ARCHITECT: The Middleton Group, Laura Middleton and Rhett Morgan
CONTRACTOR: Matt O’Hara, Solid Renovations

Built in 1922, the two-and-one-half-story house at 153 Moultrie Street is a variant of a typical, early twentieth century Hampton Park Terrace house type referred to as “Lateral-gable.” Recalling Prairie style architecture with its wide overhanging eaves, and large square porch supports, it was built by F.J.H. Haesloop who is credited with constructing more than a dozen houses in the 1910s and 1920s.

The scope of work included the removal of a non-historic rear addition and metal fire stair, restoration of original openings, reopening of a glass porch enclosure, and repairs of exterior masonry and cast stone detail.

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Charleston Magazine :: Gut Instincts

WRITER: Molly Ramsey


With help from a contractor, a busy sales professional turns a run-down midcentury house in Wagener Terrace into the open, airy home of her dreams

…“My home is my sanctuary,” says Rachel, who—over the course of six months and with help from her friend and contractor, Matt O’Hara of Solid Renovations—transformed a run-down 1950s brick cottage into the open, airy space she envisioned, complete with a meditation nook (that doubles as a bedroom for her 10-year-old Irish setter, Sammy) and a ground floor that can host dinner parties and yoga sessions with ease. Though the renovations wrapped in five months, the entire process took years of house hunting—and lots of trusting her gut—to achieve….

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Charleston Magazine :: Sunny Side Up

WRITER: Bridget Venatta


In Wagener Terrace, a family transforms a ho-hum stucco box into a cheery mid-century-modern stunner  

For the better part of the last decade, Christopher and Cat Morgan occupied a cozy brick cottage in Wagener Terrace. The neighborhood is populated with similar bungalows, so it’s no surprise that a nearby stucco-and-simulated stone number drew their attention—though not for the reasons you’d think. Today, the circa-1953 house certainly stands out from the crowd: with its geometric silhouette and sunny-yellow front door, it projects a vibe that’s a little bit mid-century Miami, a little bit California modern. For a moment, passersby can almost…

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