Hal Turner and his sister, Melissa Ervin, can't imagine their childhood—and especially Thanksgiving Day—without the 800-acre farm in central South Carolina that's been in their family for more than 200 years. Thanksgiving brought everyone together. Aunts, uncles, and cousins converged on the Turner farm every November with heaps of covered dishes, like Hal and Melissa's mother's famous pimento cheese, in tow.
The siblings eventually left for Clemson University, and then launched their careers away from the family farm (Hal started his own in Sumter, and Melissa moved to Charleston and opened an ). But Hal had a change of heart in 2006, after a divorce and his kids were grown and gone. "My dad was still working the land, and I didn't want to be the first one in five or six generations to not continue operating the farm," he says.
Despite dirt floors and the 100 years' worth of equipment stored inside, Melissa and Hal immediately saw the smokehouse's potential. They decided to work together professionally for the first time ever to convert it into a home cozy enough for Hal, but also a place the entire family could come home to during holidays.
Salvaged heart-pine wood, weathered bricks, and old pieces of farming equipment are woven throughout the home from floor to ceiling, popping up as rafters, fireplace pavers, and floor embellishments. At the end of the eight-month construction process, the siblings had a brand-new home infused with a heaping helping of family history. (Still, no one would ever guess that it used to house cured meats.)
Eugene Linwood Cooper built the smokehouse around the turn of the century. It was used for curing meats and storing farm equipment for generations until 2006, when Eugene's great-grandchildren Hal Turner and Melissa Ervin remade it into a home. They doubled its size and added modern technology (like geothermal heating and cooling) while maintaining the spirit of the farm.
In the living room, Hal used brick pavers from his grandparents' old home for his new fireplace façade, and Melissa added a with and a pair of zebra-print folding chairs.
An old trunk that once belonged to a great aunt now welcomes guests in the entry. Spinning pickers from an old cotton harvester make for perfect hat hooks.
Hal had half of a cornmeal grinder laid in the concrete floor to create a unique "seal" for the home. The other half resides in the brick walkway outside the front door.
A featuring a pipe base and flooring from an old high school is home base for holiday meal prep.
The cabinetry throughout the house is crafted from heart pine salvaged from Hal and Melissa's grandparents' Victorian farmhouse.
Farrow and Ball's "Dorest Cream" covers the shiplap walls.
A richer shade cream, "Cat's Paw" by Farrow and Ball, adds warmth to the guest room walls. The iron beds and pillows are from .
Now that Hal's living and working on the farm, the property is once again drawing friends and family—sometimes as many as 150—who gather (for holidays, weddings, engagement parties...) under a large outdoor pavilion built to mimic the architecture of the smokehouse.
An old wheel makes for a smart and sturdy chandelier.
With plenty of areas for entertaining outside, everyone can watch family football games from the comfort of this cozy outdoor couch.
A does double duty as a console and bar.