One for the Ages

A timber vacation home in South Carolina's Low Country is a structural wonder with Southern flair.

Timberpeg photo by Rich Frutchey

Getting sick on a family vacation in South Carolina was no fun for George and Jane Lincoln's sons. But their brief illness turned into a stroke of luck for this family escaping New England's chilly spring. During their visit to the local pediatrician's office, George just happened to ask the doctor what stretch of sand he preferred, hoping to find a nearby beach. "He said, 'If I tell you, you have to promise not to tell anyone,'" George remembers. That's how the Lincolns discovered the barrier island that they've returned to every spring for more than two decades. They had always dreamed of building a house on the island. Three years ago, the couple made it happen. Here's what into their 3,588-square-foot Southern plantation-style home:
  • A timber frame package from Timberpeg built by local Fisher Walter, owner of Walter Construction Co.
  • To stand up to coastal South Carolina elements: a 24-gauge copper roof and hurricane-resistant windows; a porch made of ironwood, a strong South American hardwood that's a mahogany look-alike; reproduction bricks for the foundation; and traditional-looking Bahama shuttters made from Fiberglass.
  • To keep up with the historic look inside: Wide-plank heart-pine flooring have an aged appeal; brightly colored walls with a historic-looking rag finish; and a handmade staircase designed to resemble one found in old photos.
Read the full story of the Lincolns' building project in the August/September 2005 issue of Timber Home Living.