South Carolina was recently impacted by Hurricane Matthew. As the storm was still approaching our coastline, I was invited to join the South Carolina State Guard’s Engineering Detachment to assist in surveying and assessing the damage caused that would be caused by the storm.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have taken several days off to serve with the Guard. We have been looking at various structures from private homes to National Guard Armories and public beach access structures.
While the damage could have been far worse and we were spared the devastation seen in Haiti, there are many in our own communities whose homes and property were damaged or destroyed. I served alongside Guard members whose homes remained flooded as they selflessly continued to serve their community.
I am spending the day at my drafting table today. For this particular project, the client wishes to enclose a good portion of an existing wrap-around front porch. The home has water front views from the rear porch and the front porch is rarely used. The space acquired from the porch will be incorporated into the conditioned floor area of the main house. Specifically, we’re looking to increase the size of the Master Bathroom. This will allow for an entirely reconfigured Master Suite, including taking full advantage of this home’s water views. In addition to larger room sizes for the bedroom and bathroom, the space we are reclaiming from the porch also provides enough room to add a second walk-in closet.
On the other side of the porch, we are also looking at different layout options to use some of the space for a new Guest Suite and to relocate the Laundry Room. All in all, this reclaimed porch area will be utilized far more often as interior space.