Magazine Article Inspires Design

Before we put pencil to paper to design a new home, we always ask the client to share any visual references – photographs, magazine articles or online “boards/idea books” – so that we can gain insight into what excites and inspires them.  When working with a young family on Spring Island, South Carolina, we were presented with this image of a old horse barn that the client was inexplicably drawn to.  The family had no desire to live in a barn, but this single page torn from a magazine and tagged with a post-it note sparked the imagination of the Historical Concepts design team, led by principal Terry Pylant, and this fun, funky and entirely one-of-a-kind family retreat was born.

The project recently caught the eye of the editors at, who created this “Houzz Tour” highlighting the unique aspects of this traditional, yet modern design.  Flip through the tour below or click the image to see the entire article at

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