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January 30, 2009

Gin Creek rescues, restores houses

HARTSFIELD — For a starting cost of only $6, Gin Creek in Hartsfield was able to dramatically increase its available guest space.

Richie DeMott, co-owner of Gin Creek with his brother Doug, said he became inspired to do something after hearing about the “Katrina Cottages” rebuilding effort in New Orleans. He saw an opportunity with houses being sold or torn down in Northwest Moultrie and bought six from developer Troy O’Hearn for $1 each.

DeMott said each house was brought to Gin Creek and renovated to have a bedroom, living room and kitchen. Each one also had a porch put on the front and back, was “re-skinned” on its exterior and had a new roof put on. One of the six houses was beyond repair and was torn down, but the other five cottages were completed and opened in July.

“Every one of the cottages is original, not a replica,” DeMott said. “It is the house. Our goal was to save them.”

The goal of getting the houses placed on Gin Creek was to have them placed without disturbing the landscape, DeMott said, and the crew was almost successful. Only two trees were cut down to place the cottages near the lake.

DeMott said the interiors of each cottage was done by Marie Harrison Brown of Harrison Design, and each one is decorated differently. Visitors to Gin Creek’s Web site, www.gincreek.com, can see photos of the cottages and view the renovation progress by checking the Web site’s blog archive.

Four of the renovated cottages came from houses that were previously located on Second Street Northwest, DeMott said, and the other came from Fourth Street Northwest. Visiting children named each cottage for something at Gin Creek. Each contains a photo of itself when it was in northwest Moultrie to show the work done on it.

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