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this photo: Rus­tic meets sleek in the fam­ily room as re­claimed pine beams and book­shelves pair with a lime-washed stucco fire­place and clean-line fur­ni­ture. “We’re not afraid to mix time pe­ri­ods and styles,” says home­owner Michael Brewer. “It makes our home feel more au­then­tic.” op­po­site: The most trea­sured piece in the Brew­ers’ en­try is daugh­ter Mary Wade’s Pi­cas­soin­spired self-por­trait.

A clever mix of ma­te­ri­als gives a newly built coastal home both in­stant age and up-to-the-minute style.

Michael and Ali­son Brewer know and love South­ern-style houses and Low Coun­try liv­ing. As the de­sign team be­hind Gray Wade De­sign, they’ve ren­o­vated and built dozens of houses in and around Charleston, South Carolina. But af­ter liv­ing in a hand­ful of homes down­town, the Charleston na­tives jumped at the chance to move across the bridge to the his­toric vil­lage of Mount Pleas­ant. “It is such an idyl­lic lit­tle neigh­bor­hood,” Ali­son says. “We were drawn to its coastal ver­nac­u­lar, and we loved the idea of fi­nally hav­ing some green space.”

Be­cause the ex­ist­ing home on the prop­erty was an outof-place 1950s ranch house, the cou­ple had it re­lo­cated and started their pro­ject from the ground up. It was a dream chance to de­sign ev­ery de­tail, but as lovers of old homes, they didn’t want their house to look brand-new. Mis­sion ac­com­plished—thanks to el­e­ments that au­then­ti­cally re­flect tra­di­tional coastal ar­chi­tec­ture and a de­sign that makes the house look as if it grew grad­u­ally over the years.

The floor plan fea­tures a ram­bling lay­out com­posed of three in­di­vid­ual “pods” that ap­pear to have been added to the home at dif­fer­ent times. Each has a unique sid­ing ma­te­rial—lap, flat, and cedar shake—and even the win­dow and shut­ter styles dif­fer. White paint that “has the just right tint of gray and green,” Michael says, and a musthave cedar-shake roof unify the var­i­ous parts with mod­ern fresh­ness. De­tails such as ex­posed rafters and board-and­bat­ten shut­ters add au­then­tic coastal charm.

The home’s ma­te­rial mix doesn’t stop at the front door. Floors vary from white­washed oak to untinted con­crete. Walls and ceil­ings, all painted white for airi­ness and unity, change from wood clap­board to dry­wall.

Get­ting the home’s sense of age just right in­volved lay­er­ing on plenty of patina. Some sur­faces add in­stant age, like the fam­ily room’s pine beams sal­vaged from a South Carolina barn. Oth­ers, such as the bronze kitchen hard­ware, are works in progress. “We love to use liv­ing fin­ishes so that with ev­ery touch, pieces keep get­ting bet­ter with age,” Ali­son says.

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