Love Letter to…Clutter Savannah

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Clutter, Clutter, CLUTTER!!!!

How do I love thee, let me count the ways:

1) Because you know my personality so well,

2) Because you know how to dress (my house!),

3) Because you always know how to bring out the best in me, errr, my home(!),

4) Because you make me push my (design) limits,

5) Because you make me try something new,

6) Because you remind me of what I love — rehashing and rearranging my favorite things in a new way!

Lynn, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU(!!!) for helping so much at my new old house in Thunderbolt (and Ardsley!!). I honestly would never have tried the furniture arrangement if it weren’t for you! 

Here’s a glimpse of some of Lynn’s BRILLIANT work at my Thunderbolt digs.

If you don’t know Lynn, her daughter Brooke, and Johnny, their crew is insanely talented. Not only does their retail outfit offer personalized design services (including staging, and fluffing what you already have), the store offers beautiful lighting options, furniture, original art, photography, and a plethora of gorgeous consignment pieces that all have their own style and patina (read: no mass-produced junk from China). It really is one of my favorite places to go in town (and now that Maison de Macaroons has moved downtown, I no longer need to stay away!).

This is my first love letter to Clutter. I hope you all won’t gag or roll your eyes when I say that THERE WILL BE MORE!

Here we go on IOH (I hope!)

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Tomorrow is the day!

Busy at Isle of Hope - our variance hearing is tomorrow

Busy at Isle of Hope – our variance hearing is tomorrow


I closed on my  lot after some difficulty on water and sewer requirements/ approval with the help of Joel Gerber’s excellent research team at Brannen, Searcy, & Smith LLP. Something to do with being able to connect to water and sewer  (call me crazy but thought this would be important).

After much debate with friends, fellow Realtors, and family members over tiny house plans I was interested in, Jeff Whitlow at Whitlow Construction, finally set me straight. Jeff convinced me that building a little larger (and opening up my pockets a bit more) was the better plan for long term, even if its a little (179 square feet)  than I had wanted. 

Since I have a background in city planning, you might expect that I’d be a huge proponent of the tiny house movement.  I am! Getting rid of your material burdens, or “stuff”, has allowed me more flexibility in my day-to-day life, work choices, and somehow this all equals out to mean more FUN for me. And that’s why it matters the most to me!  

I’ve gone from 1550 sf bungalow in Atlanta, to a 1300 sf cottage in Ardsley Park, to a my new old house in Thunderbolt,.  I really don’t use the spare bedroom at all anymore (except for Eve, the foster kitty that is missing one toe!) so I really think I’m ready to go smaller. BUT ALAS! The voice of reason sounding in the back of my head….something about everyone else who wants to live in Isle of Hope may not want 843 square feet!

When I go to RESELL, I want a plan that will speak to many potential clients.   I hate to say this, but I decided that an 843 square foot house plan by Southern Living was probably just TOO SMALL for the majority of people looking. Even though I was, (AM, still IN LOVE with the home), I realized the plan would probably not sell as well as the Allison Ramsey plan called the Beaufort River Cottage.

The Beaufort River Cottage is a two bedroom, two bath home has a deep front porch to welcome you home, an airy open-living concept for the living-dining-kitchen, and a built–in storage shed off the back of the home. Its absolutely PERFECT for anyone from a first time homebuyer to a vacation homeowner! Really a flexible plan to suit many lifestyles ALL WITHIN .7 MILE OF THE BLUFF! So…I decided to go for it. Here’s a picture of the cottage that another builder did:

Here's the house! Isle of Hope, here we (hopefully) come!

Here’s the house! Isle of Hope, here we (hopefully) come!

So tomorrow is the big day! We have a variance hearing on the cottage before we can get our building permit. I’m new to all this so I thought blogging about it would help me clarify the details and maybe allow me to share something with y’all as well!

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The cottage has hardi-plank siding and I’ll will do a horizontal strip to protect the crawl space (no girly lattice for me!). I especially like the built-in storage that is to the right of the stairway. No need to fuss with building a shed!

Here’s the scruff: Setback requirements for unincorporated Chatham County say that we have to build 55′ back off the road. Since the little dirt road that is Government Road (don’t get me started on the name!), is only 15′ wide, we are asking for a setback variance so we will not be pushed even further back towards the rear lot line of the lot.

I will keep the blog posted with our progress! In the meantime, fingers crossed!