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How This Family Transformed a Crumbling Smokehouse Into Their Dream Home

Hal Turner and his sister, Melissa Ervin, can’t envision their youth—and particularly Thanksgiving Day—without the 800-section of land cultivate in focal South Carolina that has been in their family for over 200 years. Thanksgiving united everybody. Close relatives, uncles, and cousins focalized on the Turner cultivate each November with piles of secured dishes, as Hal and Melissa’s mom’s popular pimento cheddar, close behind.

The kin inevitably left for Clemson University, and afterward propelled their professions from the family cultivate (Hal began his own particular contracting business in Sumter, and Melissa moved to Charleston and opened an inside plan firm). However, Hal had a difference in heart in 2006, after a separation and his children were developed and gone. “My father was all the while working the land, and I would not like to be the first in five or six ages to not keep working the ranch,” he says.


Notwithstanding soil floors and the 100 years of gear put away inside, Melissa and Hal quickly observed the smokehouse’s potential. They chose to cooperate professionally surprisingly to change over it into a home sufficiently comfortable for Hal, yet in addition a place the whole family could return home to amid occasions.

Rescued heart-pine wood, weathered blocks, and old bits of cultivating gear are woven all through the home from floor to roof, flying up as rafters, chimney pavers, and floor embellishments. Toward the finish of the eight-month development process, the kin had a fresh out of the box new home injected with a stacking aiding of family history. (In any case, nobody could ever figure that it used to house cured meats.)

Eugene Linwood Cooper constructed the smokehouse when the new century rolled over. It was utilized for curing meats and putting away homestead hardware for ages until 2006, when Eugene’s incredible grandkids Hal Turner and Melissa Ervin changed it into a home. They multiplied its size and included present day innovation (like geothermal warming and cooling) while at the same time keeping up the soul of the ranch.

Living Room

In the lounge, Hal utilized block pavers from his grandparents’ old home for his new chimney façade, and Melissa included a mohair-and-cowhide couch with metal-and-wood side tables and a couple of zebra-print collapsing seats.


An old trunk that once had a place with an incredible close relative presently invites visitors in the passage. Turning pickers from an old cotton collector make for idealize cap hooks.





















A kitchen island including a pipe base and ground surface from an old secondary school is home base for occasion feast prep.The cabinetry all through the house is made from heart pine rescued from Hal and Melissa’s grandparents’ Victorian farmhouse.

Master Bedroom

Farrow and Ball’s “Dorest Cream” covers the shiplap dividers.
























Guest Room

A wealthier shade cream, “Feline’s Paw” by Farrow and Ball, adds warmth to the visitor room dividers. The iron informal lodging are from Pottery Barn.

Pavilion and Fire Pit

Now that Hal’s living and taking a shot at the homestead, the property is by and by drawing loved ones—here and there upwards of 150—who assemble (for occasions, weddings, commitment parties…) under a substantial outside structure worked to copy the design of the smokehouse.


An old wheel makes for a shrewd and tough ceiling fixture. With a lot of regions for engaging outside, everybody can observe family football games from the solace of this comfortable open air sofa. A specially recovered wood table does twofold obligation as a support and bar.