Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the Carriage House contains 2,000 square feet of livable space distributed over two floors, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The first floor living room features two gas fireplaces, originally used for cooking and laundering.
A brand-new kitchen serves as the hearth of the home, with cabinetry tucked under the stairs and a grand island serving as the centerpiece. A cozy window seat situated within cypress and caned cabinets compliments the dining room along the south-facing facade.
The second floor features an anteroom for use as an office or library with an adjoining bathroom. A south-facing bedroom with windows on three sides includes a cypress clad closet, while the large master suite is complete with two closets, laundry, and a master bathroom. A balcony overlooks the brick courtyard below, with green hedges for added privacy. At the heart of the Carriage House is connection with time and place.
This meticulous restoration would not have been possible without the passionate dedication of Jim and Chris Sloggatt, the father and son team who purchased and personally renovated the project. Also noteworthy is the craftsmanship of artisan woodworker Clay Richardson, who scribed wood around old bricks, built elegant caned panels, and clad all vertical surfaces with boards of cypress.
Highlights of the 2,000 square foot Carriage House, historically known as the “Bee Store” are:
• Indigenous cypress planks, caned doors, and hand-turned cabinet pulls that compliment original brick and plaster walls, as well as reclaimed antique heart pine flooring that blends old and new.
• Efficient use of space in a modern kitchen, featuring a LaCanche range, a free-standing island, and cabinetry under the stairwell.
• Three bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a study, living room, dining room, and two original fireplaces.
Workstead is a design studio based in Brooklyn and Hudson, New York. Founded in 2009 by Stefanie Brechbuehler, Ryan Mahoney and Robert Highsmith, the studio designs one-of-a-kind buildings, interiors, and products that balance beauty and necessity. The award-winning studio is sought after for their meticulous attention to detail, and their disciplined process that considers both client and context.
Internationally recognized for their work in interior design, lighting and furniture, the studio brings their design sensibility to hotels, restaurants, and residences. With longevity as its foundation, the studio is responsible for the atmosphere of such iconic getaways as The Dewberry Charleston, Rivertown Lodge, and The Wythe Hotel.
Workstead’s projects have been recognized through numerous awards and their portfolio of lighting is made exclusively in the US and assembled in Brooklyn, NY.