Wrenzie and Tommy Rice

February 2010
Written By: 
Stephanie Jo Chapa

Beyond the Frame: Myrtle Beach business leaders Wrenzie and Tommy Rice realize the dream of an open oceanfront floor plan.

For twenty-five years, Myrtle Beach natives Tommy and Wrenzie Rice have been growing their businesses and
raising three sons—with perhaps a slightly better view than most. The Rices created their unique vantage after Tommy was “drawn to the homes on the Boulevard” and decided to maximize their residence’s prime location with reconstruction of its main floor. Home designer Frasier Wall elevated the main level to frame the dunes, while local contractor Ted Hacker maximized the porch and pool deck.

“Every morning as I walk across the living room to the kitchen for coffee, I am truly in awe,” Tommy says of the view.

The family spends most of their time in what has truly become the heart of the home, drinking wine, entertaining, and enjoying the dunes, and it is here that the Rices hosted eldest son H.T.’s wedding rehearsal dinner, to the tune of 150 guests.

Sunlight spills through the glass doors and into the tiled porch beyond. Light streams through plantation shutters, keeping lively Wrenzie’s favorite orchids and African violets. A funky animal-print pillow and a Charleston sweetgrass basket give character. And one nearly misses the black-and-white duck montage, but can hardly neglect to inquire. Turns out that noted silhouette artist Carew Rice—Tommy’s grandfather—and the metal work of his creative brother, Clay Rice, are there to greet you right alongside Wrenzie and Tommy.