For most, bringing a beach house back to its original state qualifies as hard work. For others, it’s a way of life. Preservationist and designer Jane Coslick has spent two decades rescuing dozens of overlooked homes, and in the process has made it possible for an island to hold onto an identity and a way of life it otherwise might have lost.
So when Erica and Tad Wilson stumbled upon a dilapidated 1904 cottage with a slight lean to the right and a view over the sound to Little Tybee Island, their first phone call was to Jane. After a quick walk-through, Jane gave the young couple two words of advice: Buy it. “If I can’t see it when I walk in the door, I don’t do it,” she says. “With this house, I saw it finished before construction ever began.”