We hadn’t originally planned on building a house. We knew what we wanted and we searched for it all around Charleston, but we just couldn’t find it. We were being picky because we wanted this to be our forever home. Our kids are grown so we didn’t need a big house, but we did want to have room for them when they are home and for guests, because when you live in Charleston you have lots of guests.
We looked at so many houses and most of them needed lots of updating and work…work that we just didn’t want to do. Then one Saturday we found a house under construction in Freeman’s Point on James Island. It was open and we walked through it. It was the nicest house we had seen and we both loved it! The sign out front said “Available” so we called the builder. He called right back and said that the house just went under contract the day before. We were so disappointed. He called back a few days later and said that he knew of someone that owned a lot in the neighborhood, was needing to sell it, and was going to put it on the market the next week.
We went back to check it out and meet the builder, Craig Himes of SeaQuest Development. The lot was so incredibly beautiful! it was on a cul-de-sac, full of huge live oak trees and on the water and marsh. We’ve had a boat for about a year and have completely fallen in love with the water all around Charleston so the thought of having a boat dock in our backyard was something we dreamed about. The only thing that could be an issue was that the city of Charleston really protects the live oak trees and it might be a difficult lot to build on because of all the trees.
We had lots of meetings with Craig. He showed us some homes he had built or was remodeling and we were so impressed. We also really liked him and thought he’d be great to work with. He introduced us to the most amazing architect, Phil Clarke of Clarke Design Group. We ended up putting an offer on the lot and then we all worked together to come up with the most incredible house design…one that would fit within all our beautiful trees!