Completed by Brian Felder as design principal while a partner at Potincy, Deering, Felder, PC.
Built by Dr. Valentine Walker in 1903, it is constructed throughout of heart pine. A rear porch was added to the house sometime by its original owner, as were three dormers on the rear of the house. These additions were removed to restore the main portion of the house to the original configuration. We then added a large common space for modern living, which provides a larger kitchen, dining space and family room. The smaller rooms of the original house would not have allowed these functions.
During the renovation process, the house had to be lifted and literally rebuilt from grade to the window sills. All original windows were reconstructed. We added a perimeter foundation under the sill beams to provide more stability.
The exterior has an unusual construction: Pine studs, exterior diagonal sheathing; covered with pine shingles. Inside, between the exposed studs, was horizontal paneling. We carefully pulled the walls apart, added a layer of insulation and returned the interior pine paneling to its original location.
From the client Thomas Heyward: “This house has the only functional basement of all the other homes in Bluffton. I have always heard that it was the first house to have indoor plumbing. There were still very many out-door privies around town when I was a young boy. This house also had carbide gas lighting before electricity was available. My parents, Gaillard and Lucille Heyward, bought the place in 1943. Upon my mother’s death in 1992, I inherited it from them.”