A Westside Story Row House Reno

This is the story of a traditional Charleston row house that meets a modern builder and the two fall in love to create a house that merges the two styles…and here’s the kicker- there is no second act, they live happily ever after.

If you tuned into PBS’s This Old House Charleston, or flipped through Charleston Home + Design’s Spring 2018 issue (Find us on pages 41, 145 & 200!), you are going to love our newest completed project. Located in the up & coming Westside neighborhood, in the heart of the peninsula and walking distance to trendy new upper King Street restaurants such as Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop, Little Jack’s Tavern, and Melfi’s, this Charleston single got a much-needed make-over. Built in 1910, this house is considered a category 4 structure by the city and it maintains the historic integrity of the neighborhood. Part of the renovation process was restoring the original architectural features of this old house while also modernizing the livability of the home.

Our team ran into wood rot, termite damage, uneven floors, fire damage and everything else you would expect from a hundred-year-old house. They demolished all of the damage away and added crucial structural supports back to the house. Our team built out a two-story addition in the back for the living room and master suite. This was where the design challenge came into play: How to modernize the interior while still honoring the historic architecture of the exterior?

We decided to highlight certain historic features of the house like exposing the brick fireplaces, rebuilding the second-floor piazza, custom turning the porch newel posts to match the existing posts, adding exterior hurricane shutters and installing 5-panel doors through-out the interior. We then added modern touches through-out the interior like in the kitchen with the dark base cabinets and gold accents and in the master suite with the black and white tile design and the freestanding tub to complement the modern living floor plan. We added a large laundry room upstairs as well as a large master suite piazza that overlooks the private back yard and the one-hundred-year-old magnolia tree.

Take a look at these amazing before and after pictures of the incredible transformation of this historic Westside Charleston Row House. We enjoyed working on this project over the last few months and are excited to see homes all around Charleston being restored like this one.

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10 Ways To #fallinlove With Your Home This Fall

(10) Sell Your House & Build Your Dream Home With Delpino Custom Homes10 of 10 Ways Fall 2018

Specializing in luxury custom builds, we work one-on-one with homeowners to create & deliver their dream home. Our in-house design team makes sure your visions come to life while still staying in budget. From concept to completion, our team works together to achieve your dream!

We work side-by-side with  architects to make sure layouts make sense for individual lifestyles and family needs. Every detail counts.

Need help finding a lot to build on? Follow our “Lot of the Weekvideos on social media to find premiere locations in the Charleston area.  Whether it be a lot on the marsh, a golf course or in a great neighborhood, we can help you find your dream lot.

Contact us to get started brainstorming for your perfect home. Visit our portfolio on our website & Houzz.



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9 of 10 Ways to #fallinlove With Your Home This Fall

(9) Freshen Up Your Outdoor Living

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‘Tis the season for oyster roasts,  bonfires and holiday parties.  Spruce up your outdoor living area to maximize your entertaining space. Porches are not only great for enjoying the cool, crisp, fresh fall air, they are also great for holiday party overflow.   Throw some comfy porch furniture into the mix and  you will find yourself enjoying the outdoors with your whole family . Our pro-tip is to invest in some space heaters for those cold winter nights.

Porches or not the only feature that count as outdoor living. Take a look at your yard and see if you can define that space as it’s own “room.” Sometimes yards can have multiple “rooms” designated by patios, gardens, green space and tree groves. Outdoor living plays a crucial part in lowcountry living. Start to think about and plan how you are going to turn your yard into that extra living and entertaining space that you need. Will you have a patio? A flower and hedge  garden? A vegetable and herb garden? A pool and pool house? The possibilities are endless!

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(8) Let There Be Light Fixtures

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Overhead lighting is so much more than just ceiling cans. Choose statement pendants and chandeliers to be the design focus of your space. Chandeliers and pendants come in hundreds of shapes and sizes. Let us help you put together a complete look by working with our custom lighting vendors and design team.

Swing arm lights are huge right now. They are extremely versatile and find themselves situated in all rooms of the house. They work great to highlight custom built books shelves and they are perfect for bedside reading lamps. We love them in bathrooms as vanity lights as well in kitchens!

Check out our portfolio online for more examples of statement lights.

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(7) Dress Up Your Walls Using Paint & Wallpaper

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Dress up your walls with pops of color and fun wallpaper. New paint and wallpaper can refresh any room inside the house and outside the house. Go bold with a vibrant pink door or cool blue cabinets. We love how Sherwin Williams’ Pink Jaipur paint pairs with The Blush Label’s Little Palms wallpaper for this little girls bathroom suite to the right.

Colored cabinets are on  trend and will be showing up in more bold colors. We love the pop of Indigo Batik blue paint in the wetbar to the right and kitchen island below.

Finding the perfect neutral paint color can be challenging. There are endless hues of grey that can change colors in different settings or when paired with different colors. Our tried and true favorites that pair well with any color in any setting are Sherwin Williams’ Light French Grey, Repose Grey and Passive. We also love Farrow & Ball’s blue hued Parma Grey for that traditional Charleston porch ceiling color.

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(6) Rethink Your Kitchen Layout

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Because the kitchen is the nucleus of the home and family life, it is no surprise that this design element creates and makes a home. Kitchen design is the leading market in the design and construction industry.  When planning your kitchen, we offer advice on cabinet layout and design in order to create that perfect cooking triangle between the fridge, range and sink. This triangle is essential to the functionality of the space.

Cabinets and countertops are key components to every kitchen. You can never have enough of either. The bigger the countertop, the bigger the workspace. Most often, the kitchen counter doubles as a cooking and living workspace.

Appliances are a major factor in kitchen functionality. Choose appliances that will best fit your lifestyle and your family. Higher end appliances are not only esthetically pleasing but also have multi-function properties that lend the chef, or home chef, a major helping hand. Double wall ovens work great when preparing for a large holiday dinner. Large refrigerators and beverage centers are great additions when it comes to entertaining where meal prep and libations are essential.

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(5) Turn Your Bathroom Into An Oasis

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Bathrooms can be transformed into an oasis inside your home. They are a place for you to unwind and relax. We can help you create and design your own oasis. Choose fixtures and finishes that are not only esthetically pleasing but also have superb functionality. Think about water temperature & droplet velocity. We can help you find that perfect balance that fits everyone’s personal preference.

We are seeing more and more floating vanities in recent designs. We love how much air space they have underneath which makes the room appear larger than it is. Floating vanities are great for any bathroom and can be customized to fit any style.

Free standing soaking tubs define bathroom luxury. This style of tub comes in multiple shapes and sizes which is great for pairing it with traditional or modern design styles. There are many options for tub fillers as well; deck mounted, free-standing or wall mounted. Check out the cool, modern, wall-mounted, matte black tub filler in the far right photo. You can’t go wrong with this style tub and who doesn’t love soaking in a bubble bath at the end of the day?

Faucets are another example of how form and functionality come together in a bathroom. Wall-mount faucets add height and purpose and can be installed in drywall, tile, shiplap, marble and custom-made vanities.

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(4) Add Depth & Dimension To Your Home With Texture

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Create depth and dimension to your home by adding unique finishes such as reclaimed barnwood. Try it on an accent wall or on vaulted ceilings to really make a design statement. Covering structural elements with a design like this helps integrate them into the design of the space.

Shiplap, board & batten, wainscoting and beadboard are only a few of many design elements that you can incorporate  on your walls to add dimension. Adding wainscoting is a great way to make an office or dining room more formal.

Brick, tile and stone are great for accent walls and add texture in unusual ways. There is something about exposed brick that makes you appreciate the history of your home.

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(3) Trick-or-Treat, Trick Out Your Tile

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Tile can make or break a space, but going bold, bright & graphic can revitalize your space. Choosing a bold tile pattern in classic white, black or grey creates a neutral look while still giving you that “wow factor.” Play with shape, pattern and material such as mosaic tile or printed concrete-style tile.

Choose your tile layout with a specific point of view in mind. Floor to ceiling tile creates a dramatic design. Pairing it with a contrasting grout color defines each individual tile.

Don’t be afraid of pattern or color. Choose a statement wall or area for bold tile while keeping the rest of the bathroom neutral. Tile can get expensive but there are many creative ways to stay in budget. Using a fun patterned mosaic in your shower pan & niche is a budget friendly way to create eye-catching design.

Subway tile is one of the most popular and economical choices for bathrooms and backplashes. Because it comes in so many different sizes and styles, it is great for creating striking visuals. Try a 4×16 subway in a herringbone pattern with a light grout to create beautiful wall texture.

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(2) Storage, Storage, Storage! (Need We Say More?!)

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Create more storage with custom mudroom and laundry room cubbies and lockers. These are great for children’s school necessities, pet essentials and accessories as well as extreme weather clothing such as boots, coats and umbrellas. This is also an excellent place for beach toys, garden tools, cleaning supplies and extra party reserves.

Make the most out of every nook and cranny your house has to offer. A walk-in pantry is perfect for all of those extra canned goods, mixers and cookie cutters saved especially for making those coveted holiday treats.

Office & living room custom built-in’s are excellent places to display book collections, family pictures and objects d’art. The bonus is that they hide computer and TV wires and boxes.

Converting your attic into a bonus room allows for the eaves to become an easy access storage closet. This is a great place for holiday decorations.


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(1) Lighten up your space with natural light by adding window walls.

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Breakfast nooks surrounded by windows start your day with a huge dose of vitamin D! They are also a great way to check the weather before you head out for the day.

Full glass doors right off your kitchen provide an excellent vantage point of your patio herb garden.

Vaulted ceilings are a great way to showcase a clerestory window wall. This architectural feature adds design drama and provides 30% more light than regular windows.

Whether it be march views or garden views, window walls provide endless entertainment for birdwatchers and sunset chasers all season long.

Windows in the living room that overlook the yard and have access to the porch are great for doubling your entertaining space.

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September Stirrings- Houses To Hurricanes

School is back in session leaving everyone in a whirlwind of coordinating carpool, scheduling after-school sports activities, ordering school supplies and navigating new curriculums. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Delpino Custom Homes is also in a windstorm of ordering materials, scheduling subcontractors and navigating new projects. We have three major projects forecasted to finish in the next two months and we are gearing up to prepare for their landfall.

Our first house to hit is our newest Park Circle Coastal Cottage located on Justice Street. This light blue new construction cottage is nestled underneath several huge, fern decorated, live oaks. This home’s master suite is a custom design that features a balcony that sits in the canopy of these oaks creating a private sanctuary from your busy schedule. The interior accented grey, white and gold kitchen opens up into the great room and has spectacular views, through the double glass front doors, of the front porch and the live oaks. As this deadline rapidly approaches, there is a flurry of final lighting and plumbing fixtures arriving by mail truck and barge every day! We can’t wait for our new homeowner to see the finished project at the end of this month!


Our second house to hit is our Scott Street luxury addition & renovation on Daniel Island. This project is strengthening by the day as the forecast shows cabinets, countertops and tile getting installed throughout September. A gust of light fixtures has blown into our office this week and we can’t wait to add them to this custom design palette. This scope of this project is our custom Daniel Island upfit that includes a major renovation of the first-floor kitchen, living, dining, office, laundry and master suite as well as an addition of a large screened-in back porch. The kitchen’s navy colored island, gold fixtures and schoolhouse pendants, from Rejuvenation, are major design elements of this project. We hope our clients are blown away by the progress and transformation upon their arrival back in the states in a few weeks. We can’t wait to show them!


Finally, our third house has been brewing for several months and the cone of uncertainty is on track to touchdown mid to late October. This is our “Row House Reno” on Sumter street, located in the Westside neighborhood downtown on the peninsula. Movement on this project has started to get heavy with cabinets & tile getting installed next week. Our design center is preparing for the electrician’s arrival and the painters have stirred excitement in the neighborhood as the exterior transforming colors have been added. Be on the lookout for more sneak peaks of the final design on our social media: Instagram, Facebook & Twitter!


On top of our current projects, we have a surge of exciting marketing campaigns floating around the Twittersphere. We hope you have been following our “Lot of the Week” live feeds in search of the perfect lot to build your custom dream home. These short informational videos have a large focus on the pristine & private Captain’s Island but be on the lookout for exclusive information regarding lots in other parts of Charleston that are not on the market yet. We are also excited for our fall editorial feature in Charleston Home + Design’s next issue (Page 158. Look out for our new ad as well!). We know you will love the before & after of this high-end project! Photographer Eliot Tuckerman will be releasing photos from our marsh front project in the next few weeks- did you see our sneak peak of the photoshoot featuring the playful boarder collie Pearl? Last but not least, we have some VERY exciting new projects that are about to hit the radar so stay tuned for more information on these!


With the bustle of projects finishing, school starting, and new projects on the horizon, a hurricane is the last thing we all need to worry about. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of hurricane season and Hurricane Florence looks to be heading toward our coast. We have compiled a list of hurricane preparations that you can do to prepare your self and your home for this season’s storms. Stay safe!

Hurricane Prep:

-Check into flood insurance.

-Develop an emergency communication plan with your friends and family. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity and water. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or the fire department, and which radio station to listen to for emergency information.

-Create an emergency supplies list. This should include food, medicine, 1st aid kits, flashlights, batteries, multi-functional tools, tape, writing supplies, local maps, clothes, bedding and bathroom items etc.

– Store a three-day supply, or more, of water for your family. One gallon per person per day is recommended for drinking, cooking and washing. Remember to include water for pets.

-Clear dead limbs off trees and clear loose debris around your property. Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.

– Examine the roof from the attic. If many of the nails have missed the rafters, you may need to re-nail the sheathing. Are end gables securely fastened to the rest of the roof? Is the roof fastened to the walls with hurricane straps?

– Are double entry doors secured at the top and bottom? The exterior walls, doors and windows are the protective shell of your home. If the shell is broken during a storm, high winds can enter the home and put pressure on the roof and walls, causing serious damage. For each double door, at least one of the doors should be secured at both the top of the door frame and the floor with sturdy sliding bolts. Most bolts that come with double http://www.charlestoncounty.org doors, however, are not strong enough to withstand high winds. Your local hardware store can help you select the proper bolts. Some door manufacturers provide reinforcing bolt kits made specifically for their doors.

– Has the garage door been properly secured?

– Are windows protected by storm shutters? Installing storm shutters is one of the most effective ways to protect your home. Purchase or make shutters for all exposed windows, French doors, sliding glass doors and skylights. There are many types of manufactured storm shutters available made of wood, aluminum or steel. You can also make storm shutters with 5/8-inch-thick, exterior-grade plywood.

– Is the main electric panel board located above potential flood waters? The main electric panel board (electric fuses or circuit breakers) should be at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation for your home. Are electric outlets and switches located above potential flood waters? Are the washer, dryer, furnace and water heater above potential flood waters?

–  Make sure the gas tank in your car is full.

– Anchor or stow small boats.

– Visit www.charlestoncounty.org 2018 hurricane guide for more detailed information and evacuation routes.