Brian Wildstein and his wife Megan Stifel didn’t plan to live at 4 Amherst St. when they bought the decaying single house on Charleston’s East Side.

But what a difference two years can make.

Particularly if they’re full of some isolated demolition, careful restoration and some clever, contemporary design.

Architect Julia Martin remembers well how the house looked as the couple began wielding their sledgehammers.

“It was a huge mess and in a part of town that wasn’t exactly the most popular,” she says.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.