16 March 2010

Wowness (From Bali With Love)

Check out this old World War II hut turned beautiful modern home. This home was featured in Southern Living's 2009 Southern Home Awards Best Before and Afters. 
The renovated home is actually an old Quonset hut located in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina (where I lived for a few years and still visit yearly).
So, what is a quonset hut, you ask?

"While watching any war movie or riding by your local armory, you’ve probably seen one of these corrugated metal structures. Named for the place they were originally manufactured during WWII―Quonset Point, Rhode Island―the huts could easily be shipped anywhere and put together by unskilled labor."

"Although owners and architects Michael and Jane Frederick originally considered leveling the old barracks, they chose adaptive reuse after learning what the building meant to the surrounding community."
"The original 25- x 48-foot structure was erected by a local WWII veteran who had grown accustomed to makeshift living during the war. For the next 40 years, the hut saw numerous inhabitants come and go. When the Fredericks bought the property, the enclosure (as pictured here) contained three bedrooms, a tiny kitchen, a pecky cypress great room, and two baths."

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