The Corner

Original Features Preserved:

Doors and Windows
Floors and Trim
Hutch - relocated to
Dining Room

Our most recent renovation and also one of Heather's favorites, The Corner Cottage, took longer than anticipated but the extra work was definitely worth it.  This home sits prominently on the corner with two front entrances, each with their own personality, and has a Cape Cod feel to it with the two front dormers. 

Hear more about this home's history by reading The Story then look through our beautiful pictures in The Gallery and then scroll down to our Sources and Links section to get inspired and get shopping!

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If I had to choose one word to describe this renovation it would be unexpected. From the first time I walked through the house I was surprised to find it had a second story of living space. I had no idea by just looking at it from the outside. Once I agreed to purchase it, full of contents, I didn’t expect to find so many treasures. And now, with the renovation complete, there are so many unexpected surprises and unique features around every corner. A house full of history and unexpected surprises.

For years I have admired this cute little house as I passed by on my daily walks with my dog. The sweet gentleman who lived here for years had purchased the house with his wife many years ago and stories from neighbors and friends paint a picture of a house always full of family and friends. In looking through items left behind, you could tell they loved entertaining and loved Hampton Heights.   I'm  told  the  previous   owners  before

them did too so the house certainly has a legacy so to speak. When his wife passed away and as he became older, I think the house and yard just became a little too much for him to keep up with. So, for me, it was a real honor to be able to restore this home and bring it back to life.

The renovation came with a lot of challenges and took much longer than I anticipated but isn't that always the case? It took us almost two months to clear out the contents just so that we could get started on the renovations but boy did we find a lot of treasures that we were able to share with others through an estate sale. In addition to the typical renovations, we also reworked the downstairs floor plan to get a master suite, laundry, and half bath on the first floor. In the first-story bonus room, we replaced the dated louvered windows with wood six-over-six windows to match the rest of the house and then replaced the troublesome flat roof with a gable roof which also more than doubled the size of the bedroom above. And let’s not forget about all of the changes to the outside. Once we cleared the overgrown yard so you could actually see the house, we were able to clean up the house and paint it and then landscaped the entire yard, including new sod. Now the house sits prominently on the corner and really shines.

This house was constructed in 1940 by James E. Cliatt, Jr., video president of Palmetto Lumber Sales Co. Mr. Cliatt's parents lived at 136 W. Hampton for many years.  Following the Cliatts, the house was purchased by Dr. William Hendrix, who grew up at 516 Hampton Drive. In the 1960's it was purchased by Ed and Jenny McGrath.  Mr. McGrath was an editor of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and a leader in the local arts community.  Cecil and Jeanette Snead purchased the house in 1987 and transformed the backyard into a beautiful flower garden.  Mrs. Snead, who died January 10, 2005, was active in the Hampton Heights Neighborhood Association.

Excerpt from Hampton Heights of Spartanburg: Its History, Houses, and People by Vivian B. Fisher


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