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Champions of Culture Inside the Downtown Residences of Spoleto Leaders Joel Smith and Carlos Evans




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110 • champions of culture Spoleto leaders Carlos Evans and Joel Smith have more in common than the board of the festival. They (and their families) share a Society Street property with a restored 1839 Charleston Single, converted carriage house, and fabulous courtyard. Check out what they’ve done with the space and learn more about their future goals for Spoleto.

123 • architects’ gallery of custom homes Flip though 28 pages of architect-designed homes—featuring magnificent arches, regal columns, 20-foot ceilings, and energy-efficient perks—to glean inspiration from a handful of the top architects in the area.

153 • remodel album With an amazing group of local professionals, Editor Christy Conway was able to convert a 30-year-old home into a rustic-meets-traditional abode ready for years of family enjoyment. Take a look at her before-and-after photos and read about her experience remodeling the first-floor of her James Island cottage. p. 110

161 • renovations: big & small It’s true. Renovations are an inconvenience, but the final result erases any memory of dust, noise, and frustration. See dramatic transformations to help you decide if you’re ready for the upgrade.

215 • livin’ little Did you know that a family of four could live comfortably (and happily) in 750 square feet of space? Meet the O’Reillys in our “Livin’ Little” story, which chronicles their adventures in a tiny home in Awendaw.

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More goblins, ghouls, and ghosts roam the streets of Charleston than you may have imagined. In this issue’s “Ghost Stories,” we divulge two ghastly tales of the Holy City’s past that left two women’s ghosts haunting the homes and structures of the peninsula.

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columns 32 Editor's Note 38 Meet + Greet 42 Ask the Experts 54 HomeWork 56 Your Money's Worth 58 Hidden Treasure 60 Pro on the Go 72 Crafted in Charleston 66 He Said/She Said 239 Ad Directory 240 Reader Info Center 242 Loose Ends

industry profiles 79 Building Blocks 80 Architects + Archetypes 82 Design Dilemma

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To help cultivate your eco-consciousness, check out innovative new products and services from local companies that promote energy-efficiency as well as sustainable design.

trends • 45 Whether you’re an avid reader, an adventurous biologist, or a nostalgic historian, you’ll be sure to find a piece or two in our Academic Accents section.

savvy spender • 64 When shopping for the home, there are always options—especially when it comes to price range. Check out this issue’s Savvy Spender to see kitchen appliances ranging from top-of-the-line to budget-friendly.

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Living near the salty ocean can wreak havoc to the very materials used to construct our homes. We’ve listed several tried and true products made to protect against the threats of coastal living like rust, water damage, and hurricanes.

nature/nurture • 74 In Charleston, outdoor living is an art form. Become an artist in your own right with tips and tricks from local landscaping and garden specialists.

project files • 85 Peruse the impressive results of transformative home projects courtesy of several local companies.

home + design news • 29 Find out what’s happening in Charleston’s home + design industry, and pick up a few CH+D suggestions for things to do, see, read, and listen to in the Lowcountry.

Pictured on Cover: Joel Smith and Carlos Evans photographed outside of their home in June 2013

Cover Photo by: Matt Bolt, Senior Graphic Designer


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Touring a historic downtown home and meeting two of Spoleto Festival USA’s passionate leaders was truly a special treat for the team at CH+D. While we often have the opportunity to view impressive new construction and high-end remodels, we rarely have the chance to explore any of the downtown homes (and photograph any of the architecture) for which Charleston is known. And to boot, the homeowners, Carlos, Lisa, Joel, and Kit, could not have been more welcoming. Their depth of knowledge about the history of the home, the reclaimed décor, and Spoleto made for a lively and captivating interview.

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R ite of passage N

ot after graduation, or marriage, or even purchasing my first home did I feel like a fullfledged adult—someone who had experienced a notable weight upon her shoulders. The transformation, as I see it, came amidst the dust of my remodel (and there was a lot of dust).

Like all remodels, the project required commitment, vision, and a budget, and it offered conflicting feelings of pride and doubt. The undertaking was a true rite of passage that I recommend to everyone interested in expressing their creativity through their home’s appearance while increasing the value of their real estate. While I am glad the process is complete, I did enjoy experiencing the evolution first-hand. If you’re looking to undergo a remodel and you want to read a detailed account of my home’s facelift, certainly check out the feature “Remodel Album.� Then, flip through page after page of amazing Lowcountry home makeovers in this issue’s annual remodeling guide, “Renovations: Big & Small.� I can easily say that this issue ites because it is jam-packed fore-and-after photos and over tect-designed eye candy in the

is one of my favorwith dramatic be30 pages of archi“Architects’ Gallery.�

Carlos Evans and Joel Smith. A truly unique downtownCharleston Single (or in this case‌double), the house is split into two living spaces to accommodate the close families. Take a moment to read the cover feature to learn how these best buds, mutual mentors, and champions of culture ended up sharing the historic property. Since everything comprising a home expresses who we are and what we’d like to be, the home is personal. Thanks for letting us in.

And, like icing on a home-and-design cake, we offer an in-depth look into the shared home of Spoleto leaders

Christy Conway, Editor


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Inside the Downtown Residences of Former and Current Spoleto Chairmen of the Board Joel Smith and Carlos Evans



Sawdust everywhere. Hammers pounding at eight in the morning. Fighting a battle with lead paint. Is a home remodel really worth all of that ruckus? The answer is simply, “Yes.� Updating your kitchen, beautifying your bathroom, or even transforming your backyard will not only improve your living environment and wellbeing, but also significantly increase your house’s resale value. Peruse the pages of our Remodeling Guide to discover countless ways to add a little more oomph to the place you call home.




he minute my husband, Mike, and I ďŹ rst approached the driveway of this James Island Cape Cod-style home (during what was, in retrospect, the trough of the market), we knew we had found our starter home and our future dream home. A year later, after working as Editor for Charleston Home + Design and seeing some of the most extravagant homes in the Lowcountry, we embarked on a ďŹ rst-oor renovation, including a comprehensive kitchen remodel. Hunting for the perfect granite, watching cabinetry develop in CAD, and working with some of the best local home professionals was just plain fun. And the ďŹ nal result is something we will look upon with pride for years to come. Have a peek at our take on a dream home. We hope it inspires you to create your own.



Growing out (additions) and growing down (pools) are great and rewarding projects!

Whole-room redos, including kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms, provide the clearest transformations.

Singular cosmetic changes (like knobs, countertops, or paint) freshen a room instantly.

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The O'Reillys are making the most of their space, living happily as a family of four in a 750-square-foot home.

Story by Christy Conway | Photograhy by Matt Bolt, Patrick Brickman, & Eliza Collins

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Painting the Town owned, home-painting business run by husband-and-wife team Larry and Lynn Lanouette. The couple specializes in adding rich, lush color to any room in the house. Lynn and


Larry’s top paint choice? Fine Paints of Europe, a Dutch

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Larry and Lynn Lanouette of Panache Painting Company

What aspects of the Lowcountry drew you, your family, and Panache to the area? I've had the opportunity to paint all over the world and throughout the United States, but the South has always been a favorite location of mine. I love the rich history and the architecture in this area. Charleston offers a unique quality that allows me to be artistic through my work and, at the same time, settle down in a city that my family and I enjoy. Why do you choose to paint with Fine Paints of Europe? We've been using Fine Paints of Europe products since 1995. In conjunction with our minimum 10-step application process, Fine Paints of Europe's high-performance finishes add to our customers’ satisfaction. Fine Paints of Europe formulates paint in its purest form. They use quality pigments, solvents, and binders to create luxurious, durable products that just aren’t available from


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domestic manufacturers. Whether I use the matte or high-gloss brilliant finish, the aesthetically pleasing finished project that these products create is unmatched by any other paint company. My phone almost always rings two or three days after I’ve applied these products; our clients are suprised to see such a difference. Have you completed a project recently that particularly stands out in your mind?   Actually, I have. When we were first called to bid on this one project, I knew right away that the home had a brilliant architectural structure that was hidden beneath a dull palette. Our placement of robust colors throughout the house  accentuated  the beauty of the 1950s retro-style home.  We chose to stick with the original character of the home by using hues indicative of the era (but we still mixed in modern colors in other areas). The result can only be described as phenomenal—truly a work of art.

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fireplace. Natural gas is cleaner than other fuels. With some natural gas appliances, you can take hot showers, make hot meals, and wear clean clothes even during a power outage.

Natural gas tankless water heaters heat water on demand rather than keeping hot water in reserve. Because they don’t have to constantly maintain a volume of hot water, the systems require less electricity than tank heaters and generate lower utility costs. Many times, tankless water heater units are more expensive upfront than traditional heaters, but the long-run savings offset the startup expenses.

Understanding the best way to save energy at home can be daunting for some. For this purpose, you can always call your utility provider (like SCE&G). SCE&G offers Free Home Energy Checkups, during which a representative from the company will walk through your home with you, analyzing your insulation, appliances, water heaters, HVAC system, and more to assess just how much energy you’re using and how to curb that usage to decrease your bills.

If you’re interested in a cost-efficient, reliable, and clean source of alternative energy, also consider purchasing a gas stove, dryer, or

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“Efficiency is big, and it’s becoming more widespread now. There are a lot of advancements in glass coatings. My biggest recommendation, though, is to talk to an expert about your windows so they can educate you on where to spend money and where not to. You don’t have to necessarily go for the Cadillac everywhere. For example, you might have a western facing side of the building that is blasted with afternoon sun, so it might make sense to upgrade to a low emissivity window on that side but not necessarily on the other faces of the building. You’d be wasting money in that case.”

“With remodeling, obviously you run into different challenges than you do with new construction. We have a lot of different ways of mounting shutters on windows, and that’s really what success with renovations boils down to. A lot of times, in older homes there is a challenge with the depth of the window. If it’s very narrow, sometimes we have to mount the treatment on the outside, on the casing. The window width and height are usually not a challenge. The problems always have to do with the depth. We have plenty of methods to combat those issues, though.”

“You always have to be defending your house. When you rip out the parts of the home that you’re getting ready to remodel, call a pest control company immediately. If you do this, you can avoid bugs coming in during the remodeling process. As you renovate, you’re opening up your home to everything, and that would be the prime time for a pest control company to get into hard-to-reach places and spray chemicals to prevent infestations. Putting the insecticides on the house adds a protective barrier while the remodel is in progress. And, of course, the insecticides we use not harmful to you or your pets.”

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ith the autumn comes the memory of returning to school to immerse yourself once again, after a relaxing summer, in the world of academia. Whether you’re sending a toddler to his or her first day of

preschool or settling an eighteen-year-old student into a college dorm room, we encourage you to look back on your own school days. Were you an eager bookworm ready to master Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter, a historian diligently examining Napoleon’s time on Elba, or a biologist retracing Darwin’s journey on the Beagle? Pay homage to your years of learning by bringing subtle elements of the classroom into your home.

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Custom cast-stone work is the art, specialty, and passion of London-native David Jackson. He’s brought his expertise into his casual, Mediterranean-style Johns Island home by crafting intricately detailed pieces for every room in his house. Each stone structure is not only elegant, but sturdy (many are composed of modified glass-fiber-reinforced concrete). In


David Jackson of Stone Casting with His Dog, Masha


In the wintertime, this fireplace is one of David and wife Alena’s favorite spots in their home. David notes, “It’s very cozy. We have our friends come ’round, and we put on our favorite music and spend time here.” To punctuate the warm ambiance, he hand crafted the frieze and castings with a threedimensional floral design.


One of the most relaxing spaces in the home, this den is adorned with a custom stone entryway featuring several detailed panels that flank the ornate metal gate.


Most of the Jacksons’ spring and summer days are spent in the garden, which boasts a very unique mosquitotrapping system—Gambusia fish. Nicknamed the Mosquito Fish, David keeps several of them in his stone-cast urns. The Lowcountry pests are drawn to these pots, and the fish eat the mosquitos, saving the Jacksons from pesky bug bites. In addition, the garden features columns, benches, and planters all cast by David.

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Photography by Patrick Brickman

2002, the craftsman established his business, Stone Casting, to share his talents with the residents of the Lowcountry.


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Taking a Look at the Cost of Residential Technology

M Fred Fabian of eLifespaces

On the Horizon

Soon, natural user interfaces, including touch, gesture, and voice commands, will replace how we interact with electronic devices. Already, various video gaming systems (like the Xbox Kinect) use this technology instead of handheld controllers. This same concept, along with online access, is being applied to household appliances, which will provide an intuitive way to control increasingly complicated systems.

Current Covert Upgrades

With all of these advancements, people are becoming more concerned with how to hide their gadgetry—a sort of reverse keeping-up-with-the-Joneses mindset. Fred noted a couple of inconspicuous home products (like stealth acoustics with invisible speakers and hidden surveillance systems) that are on the rise


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ore often than not, newly constructed homes will exhibit some form of intelligence from a programmable thermostat to a DVR. These conveniences, while still handy, have become commonplace. So, what’s the next inevitable innovation? Why should you spend a little more to be an early adopter? We spoke with Fred Fabian of eLifespaces to get his take on how new technology will affect time and budget efficiency.

in the technology market. “There are so many creative and hidden ways to make special treats for the customers looking for those custom installations,” Fred excitedly describes.

Spend to Save

So, why spend the money to outfit a home with products that may potentially have a short lifespan? Efficiency. Not only do these products save time and promote safety, but Fred stressed that they will also reduce energy consumption, which may initially seem counterintuitive. “We’ve completed the development of a device that integrates The Energy Detective's real-time energy monitoring with the Philips HUE, a LED bulb that communicates wirelessly. Basically, as more energy in a

home is used, the HUE will change from blue to green to yellow to orange to red based on a homeowner’s kilowatt usage.” With knowledge of energy consumption, studies have shown that users are more likely to modify their behavior, resulting in energy savings from five percent to as much as twenty five percent. For more information, call eLifespaces at (843) 577-5644 or visit

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The story behind select antique pieces

Tiffany & Co. Silver Collection from


Terrace Oaks Antique Mall

iffany and Company, one of the oldest jewelers and purveyors of natural metals, began in New York City in 1837. Since then, the company has grown exponentially, opening satellite stores all over the globe. These silver pieces pictured, housed right here in the Lowcountry, were each created by and purchased from Tiffany’s between 1860 and 1960, spanning ten decades of Tiffany’s 176-year legacy. They offer the antique lover a historic taste of Tiffany’s age-old tradition of quality. For more information, call (843) 795-9689 or visit

Writing Desk from

Palmetto Moon Antiques


ade in Paris at the turn of the century, this ladies’ writing desk is truly stunning. Whether it was the surface upon which Edith Wharton composed her masterpieces or a place of respite for a gentlewoman writing to a lover in Prague, this desk can be an elegant accent to any modern-day home. For more information, call Palmetto Moon Antiques at (843) 856-1881 or visit

1920s Chair from

TradeWinds Exotic Home and Garden


920s China was not entirely different from the Roaring Twenties’ cultural indulgence experienced in America during the decade. The Eastern era was marked by the Chinese New Culture Movement, a shift in the nation’s philosophy (sparked by the young, upcoming generation) towards an end to the patriarchal structure of the Chinese family, a rise in women’s rights, and a more liberal view of religion. This hand-carved wooden chair is a product of this revolutionary epoch in Oriental history. For more information, call TradeWinds Exotic Home and Garden at (843) 367-5224.


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Yorkshire Welsh Dresser from

Antiques Market


his Yorkshire Welsh dresser, originally crafted in the 1800s, was an ideal statement piece for English aristocrats. The dresser was purchased by a local antiques dealer at an estate sale in England close to the town of Oxford. Today, it can be used as a kitchen storage unit or as a perfect display case for teacups and saucers. For more information, call Antiques Market at (843) 849-8850.

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Amerisips Homes are assembled with a time-tested Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS) that can be built to with-stand winds up to 200mph. Our walls are 2 to 3 . times stronger than walls found in most traditional homes.

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Risky Business

Brad Hilfrink of Creature Catchers


The homeowner woke to find a bat in her house, so she called Creature Catchers to remove the potentially dangerous guest.


Brad and I met at the residence. Upon entry, Brad spied the creature in the rafters of the living room. He prepared by gathering his gear for the removal. It seemed as if the distressed client had overnighted with a bat. Whenever that occurs, the Department of Health requires that the bat be submitted for inspection. Unfortunately, without showing any symptoms, bats can carry rabies, a potentially fatal viral infection. According to the Center for Disease Control, six percent of bats have rabies.


A few hours after the first call, Brad arrived at the CH+D office to head to lunch with the crew. After talking about the morning’s


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Far earlier than I normally start my day, Brad Hilfrink of Creature Catchers called me at home, excited to have me shadow him for the day and experience a common occurrence in his line of work: bat removal. Days like these make me happy to know someone who is willing to educate the public about safe critter interaction and wrangle wild animals, from quasi-cuddly opossums and raccoons to vicious snakes and alligators. Read along to see how our Pro on the Go’s day played out.

excitement, Brad offhandedly mentioned that he saw a family of black widows nesting just outside the front door.


With a stick in hand, Brad poked the group of spiky white sacs, home to hundreds of widow babies. Then, he skillfully removed the large, angry matriarch (who is never more than 18 inches from her nest) so that we could see the famed hourglass marking. Being a self-proclaimed arachnophobe but not believing in chemicals, Brad carefully sprayed the mother and sacs with eugenol oils made from plants. This natural treatment breaks down the spider’s exoskeleton, quickly saving the CH+D staff members from a future interaction.

2:10 pm

After lunch, we responded to homeowners who found a baby raccoon in their garage. With no evidence of a

mom, this malnourished creature was in need of some human intervention. Brad collected the cub and called Janet Kinser of Keeper of the Wild. Having worked closely with Janet for years on such relocations, he knew she would care for the ’coon from a distance with the intention of returning her charge to the appropriate habitat in the wild without domesticating it.

3:50 pm

Brad got a call from a man who suspectsed a rat infestation in his vacation home. It seems a creature catcher’s job is never done. At his suggestion, we parted ways—he to the rats and me to a long, hot shower.

For more information about Creature Catchers, call (843) 205-0551 or visit For more information about Keeper of the Wild, call (843) 636-1659 or visit

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(clockwise from left) Mike uses antique hardware to embellish his pieces. Mike Moyer of Past to Present Décor stands next to an unfinished reclaimed mirror. Sue Feher, Taylor Feher-Hall, and Amanda Milroth of Hoardin’ Helen’s pose for a picture in their store. Mike’s creations are on display for purchase at Hoardin’ Helen’s located off of Clements Ferry Road. Mike cuts an old door to transform it into something new and unique for the modern homeowner.

The CraftSmAn:

Mike Moyer of Past to Present Décor Who Constructs Custom Pieces out of Reclaimed Wood for Local Retail Store Hoardin’ Helen’s

The Craft:

Mike has an eye for finding beauty in the unexpected, like an old door with chipping paint or a rickety drawer from an antiquated desk. He transforms these pieces of (what seems like) junk into rustic-chic mirrors, artsy shelving, and refined headboards.

The Backstory:

The Process:

Mike’s work begins with locating the doors. To do this, he collaborates with local construction companies that are completing renovations on historic properties on the peninsula. Every door that Mike encounters is unique, and because he has a desire for lasting quality, only about one in fifty doors is sturdy enough to repurpose. Once he has located a door, he cuts it to the size he desires and removes the interior panels. Then, there is a long process of fine-tuning, sanding, and sealing to create and perfect the frame. After the wooden frame is finished, Mike adds a glass piece, securing it in place with a special tool known as a glazer. To embellish the mirror, he installs antique Charlestonian hardware. Finally, he takes his piece to Hoardin’ Helen’s—a boutique specializing in all-locally-made items—hoping that a shopper will fall in love with his creation.

For more information, call Hoardin’ Helen’s at (843) 442-7800 or visit their store at 1937 Clements Ferry Road next to Tailgator’s Grill. Find them on Facebook at


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Story by Megan J. Busch • Photography by Patrick Brickman

Three years ago, Mike began crafting custom home accessories, seeking to create a unique Christmas present for a close family friend. The result of his labor was a jewelry box made from a desk drawer (complete with wires and mesh to hold necklaces and earrings). As he continued to stumble upon more and more salvaged wood products—all indigenous to Charleston—he began to expand his craft. His specialty today? Mirrors fashioned from old Charleston doors.

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Savvy Spender


Save a Little: Verona 36” Dual-Fuel Range with Five Sealed Gas Burners and Two Ovens in "Burgundy"

For more information, call Plugs Appliance Center at (843) 723-4112 or visit

Splurge a Little: La Cornue Cornufé Five-Burner Cooktop with Two Electric Convection Ovens in "Providence Blue"

Save a Little: GE Profile Series French-Door Refrigerator with LED Lighting and a Space-Saving Ice Maker

For more information, call Swift Appliance at (843) 388-7283 or visit

Splurge a Little: GE Café Series FrenchDoor Refrigerator with LED Lighting, a Hands-Free Autofill Water Filtration System, and a Hot Water Dispenser

Save a Little: Bosch 300 Series Built-In Dishwasher with a Sanitize Option and a Delay-Start Timer in Stainless Steel

For more information, call Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery at (843) 747-6301 or visit

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Save a Little: Panasonic Luxury Full-Size 2.2 Cubic-Foot Genius Built-In Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology and a Trim Kit

Splurge a Little: 2.1 Cubic-Foot Thermador 1,200 Watt Microwave Oven with Premium Glass-Touch Controls, Inverter Technology, and a Trim Kit For more information, call Signature Appliance Center at (843) 571-5735 or visit

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The Ins & Outs of Moving & Storage

Photography by Matt Bolt

Mark and Mandi Pendergrass of The Pendergrass Moving Company go head-to-head about packing up and moving out. Mark and Mandi Pendergrass of The Pendergrass Moving Company


He Said:

She Said:

When preparing to move, do you think plastic or cardboard boxes are more efficient?

He Said: Cardboard is easy to label, stack, and seal with packing tape. It also comes in many sizes. Using cardboard boxes will make the transition into a new home much cheaper too because plastic boxes are more expensive than cardboard.

She Said: A plastic tote is most efficient when packing those "first need" or essential items. Important documents, toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels, coffee, and items of the like are easily accessible in a plastic tote during the transition.

What is the best way to prepare for moving day?

He Said: Sort, purge, organize, and pack prior to moving day. Label each box with a description of its contents and room in which it belongs. And finally, have a plan of where furniture will  go in your new home. By accomplishing each of these steps, the transition will be much less stressful.  

She Said: I think it’s most important to schedule your move as far in advance as you can. Communication is key during this process. The more we know about the specific items you need to move, the more we can prepare to efficiently transport your belongings.

How do you suggest homeowners should pack large, awkward, or breakable items?

He Said: Items like lampshades, for example, should be separated from the lamp and packed in boxes with packing paper. Breakables, such as pictures and artwork, should be packed in cardboard and bubble wrap or professionally packed in a custom crate.

She Said: Items that are "attached" to the home, such as electronics, washers, dryers, and fixtures, should be disconnected prior to moving day. It is a good idea to pack the coordinating cables, cords, or wires with each electronic so that it will be easy to put everything back together at the new home.

For more help with the moving process, call The Pendergrass Moving Company at (843) 971-0919 or visit


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A peek into products designed to weather the coastal elements

Story by Chase Hughes

The wear and tear of coastal living can be extreme. Roofs, especially, get the brunt of the weather’s wrath. If you’ve been a victim of Lowcountry hail and winds and have the roof leaks to prove it, perhaps it is time to replace some or all of your asphalt shingles. The asphalt shingles used by the Homewerx team have three levels of protection: reinforcement, asphalt, and granules. With each of these layers, the strength and integrity of the asphalt shingles will last for many years, saving you from a costly replacement in the future.

For more information, call Homewerx at (843) 821-6030 or visit

Coastal weather changes by the minute. High winds, salty air, and intense heat can wreak havoc on your pool. Without an automatic safety pool cover, a pool is susceptible to debris infiltration as well as immense water evaporation. Pool Cover Solutions of the Southeast has covers for any size pool. So, to protect your outdoor living investment, cover it up like you would a grill or a boat because every investment (from small to large) is worth maintaining.

For more information, call Pool Cover Solutions at (843) 766-0289 or visit

Concrete has the innate ability to protect your Charleston home from water permeation, despite continual flooding. Lowcountry Concrete Technology’s specialty is restoring old and cracked concrete, making it as resilient as it once was. With many choices of design and 23 colors from which to choose, concrete has never been more stylish. And with their 10-year warranty, concrete has never been more reliable. So, if your concrete is an eyesore and your home is vulnerable, consider an easy and inexpensive concrete facelift.

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Tips and tricks for enhancing outdoor enjoyment


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Low Profile Shrubs

Durable Design

Mimicking the natural swirl of the marsh, this herringbone-laid pathway offers a whimsical focal point in this Lowcountry yard. The path also creates planting beds with shapes inspired by nature, filled with billowing wildflowers.

Nothing can make a home more inviting than a line of well maintained shrubs. These tropical varieties remain lush year round and do not grow tall enough to overpower the beauty of the shutters and siding or hide the windows.

Exposed to sun, wind, rain, and pollen, this outdoor furniture collection was designed to withstand all the elements. These locally-made wicker pieces are part of the Relax Collection and are upholstered with Sunbrella fabric.


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Mature Setting

Complementary Hardscapes

Heaping Hanging Planters

Replete with distinctive, vibrant foliage, this backyard is ideal for an audience set on pondering the questions of life rather than families looking to enjoy expansive yard games.

Rather than being covered in concrete slabs and permanent pathways, this yard incorporates a loose stone fountain pad with a more natural, hand-laid stone footpath.

Overflowing with lush, healthy plants, these porch-rail planters give a great first impression to a visitor, mail courier, or even a jealous neighbor.

For more information about this Dunes West project, call DIG Landscape at (843) 327-4372 or visit

Photography by Patrick Brickman



Entrance Definition

On a Diagonal

Here in the Lowcountry, anything that creates height and varying levels is refreshing. Curved paver planters, such as these, bring special plants closer to eye level, making them stand out among the rest of the yard.

Archways, pergolas, and other simple courtyard structures provide a Secret Garden aesthetic and, when done right, can extend the architecture of one’s home to the outdoors.

Simple pathways can be visually appealing if one aspect is unexpected—color, shape, material, or pattern. Since these rectangular stones were placed at an angle, this path is something to admire.

For more information about this Isle of Palms project, call Coastal Landscape at (843) 559-3311 or visit


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Minimum Maintenance

Soothing Sounds

A Place to Grow

Locally grown succulents (identified by their thicker, fleshy leaves) require little if no watering in Charleston's moist climate and make a huge impact with their bright, exotic look.

Water features in a backyard with no view of the marsh or beach can offer a taste of a waterfront experience without the cost. Once built, their gurgling sounds can transport listeners to far-away ports of call.

A simple trellis provides a place for fledgling vines to mature and develop in a controlled environment.

For more information about this Isle of Palms project, call HLG Growers at (843) 901-4862 or visit

Healthy Glow Nothing can ruin a yard more quickly than an inconsistent, dingy lawn. Regular weed treatments and turf fertilization keep grass looking fresh and inviting.


For more information about this project, call Coastal Turf at (843) 345-0366 or visit


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Photography by Patrick Brickman


Natural Deck

Gathering Nook


Like a green roof, this grassy deck is an elevated space for homeowners to sunbathe. It also absorbs rainwater, preventing flooding, and lowers urban air temperature, which is much appreciated!

A large-diameter waterside fire pit surrounded by Shaker rockers takes advantage of the expansive views by offering a large seating area in which to enjoy them.

As atypical as a roundabout, traffic circle, or rotary, this modern walkway makes visitors slow down and notice the intended styling of the entrance.

For more information about this Old Village project, call Charleston Landscape at (843) 296-7592 or visit


Sightly Storage

Warm Hearth

Urban Gardening

Tucked neatly under curved benches flanking the outdoor fireplace is a firewood storage cubby, which is much-needed on long, cold winter nights with friends.

This circular hearth and mirrored stone pad create a welcoming place for guests to prop up their feet without getting singed.

With the local dirt oftentimes being overly sandy, it is smart to build a raised garden bed so that vegetables can grow in a container filled with nutrient-rich soil.

For more information about this project, call Matthew Ward Landscapes at (843) 695-1193 or visit


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Upon graduating from Clemson University, John “Hank” Hofford began his own construction company, Bennett Hofford Construction, in 1979. Under Hank’s strong leadership, the business has transformed into a legendary construction and development force in the Lowcountry, expanding to Kiawah Island and the Caribbean.

When renovating a historic property, what do you consider to be a priority?

How do you manage a homeowner's expectations of what they want versus what it costs?

We always try to understand the history of the property and the transitions of use over time so we can work with the structure for an adaptive re-use. We prefer to identify and incorporate the original materials and design in the renovation as much as possible.

The most important thing is to be very honest and forthright from the start of the process. We never want to mislead or under deliver. Our goal is to set realistic expectations and then try to exceed them.

First of all, we have a tremendous group of experienced people who love what they do. Everyone does his or her part to support the successful planning, permitting, and execution of each project. Secondly, the members of my team have all been working together for a long time, some close to 25 years or more. And finally, we truly can deliver on time and on budget. Some homeowners don’t realize when they start just how important that is to the success of and their happiness with the construction of their home.

How do you foresee Bennett Hofford expanding in the future? We have been focusing on our core talents, which include coordinating projects from concept and budgets to final plans, permits, and ultimately construction. We are currently lined up to work on three exciting ventures: a 47-home neighborhood on Kiawah Island, a 21-lot townhome development in downtown Charleston, and an international project on St. Kitts in the Caribbean.

Portrait by Matt Bolt • Interior Photography by Patrick Brickman • Compiled by Hannah Webster

What sets you apart from other construction companies?

Hank Hofford of Bennett Hofford Construction Company with Renderings of New 21-Lot Development in Downtown Charleston

For more information, call Bennett Hofford Construction Company at (843) 737-6862 ext. 223 or visit

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ARCHITECTS + ARCHETYPES Establishing his firm, Cobb Architects, at the turn of the century, Darryl Cobb is at that stage in his career where he is seasoned enough to provide quality designs yet young enough to bring innovation and energy to his projects. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he has grown to become a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, and Charleston’s Custom Residential Architects Network.

To me, architecture is art; it is a sculpture that you occupy. I never considered doing anything else, and I feel very lucky to design custom buildings for a living. This profession amazes me. People bring me ideas, photos, magazine clippings, and websites that they have carefully selected, and we get to design buildings that are meaningful to them based on their research and vision.

What sets Cobb Architecture apart from other local firms? I was an artist long before I was an architect. I still design everything by hand, but my firm produces CAD drawings of everything before it goes out for construction. Also, I have surrounded myself with exceptional talent. The people that work with me are as passionate about architecture as I am. We have had many repeat clients, and I think that says something about me and my firm.

Do you have a project that you’re particularly excited about? We are lucky that the economy has picked up, and we have several projects that I am exceptionally excited about. In the wake of the 2008 recession, I started another company,, that sells house plans online. It is a way to get good architecture to people who aren’t in the market for full design services or don’t have the time to go through the design


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▲ Darryl Cobb of Cobb Architects process. I did a lot of research, and I believe my website is very user-friendly. Recently, we added photographs and 3D renderings of the houses and garages to accompany the drawings so people can get a taste of exactly what the end result will look like. These are not cookie-cutter plans, but interesting structures with a Lowcountry flair.

For more information, call Cobb Architects at (843) 856-7333 or visit Photograph by Holger Obenaus

What about architecture appeals to you?

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Photography by Matt Bolt


▲ Sherri Nester of Vintage Design

DESIGN DILEMMA With over thirty years of experience in residential design and construction, Sherri Nester of Vintage Design brings her expertise to a Lowcountry remodel project to transform the passé waterfront ranch into a stunning cottage.

The Dilemma:

The homeowners of this vintage ranch saw several problems with their abode, all of which are commonly uttered by inhabitants of decades-old houses. There was not enough storage space, and the interior was dated. In addition to these qualms, the home lacked a master suite.

The Solution:

The owners loved their property, and the idea of parting with the familiar environment was disheartening. So, they decided to undertake a remodeling project. After voicing their ideas to Sherri, the team came up with a plan and began construction. They kept the original shell of the house but expanded the footprint, adding more closets and living space. They transformed one bedroom into a dining room and built a new master-suite wing, nearly doubling the square footage of the original structure. The finished home is stunning; it features an open floor plan and dramatically enhanced views of the surrounding water.

For more information, call Vintage Design at (843) 889-3200 or visit


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PROJECT FILES Story by Megan J. Busch • Photography Matt Bolt

Highlights from local projects by some of Charleston’s best home professionals

collaboration for perfection With the help of nearly twenty local home professionals, builder Bob Lee of Robert Morgan Fine Homes transformed this Tuscan-style Daniel Island mansion into a traditional, Southern abode.

A twisting staircase leads meandering guests toward a ceiling featuring intricate, custom-milled trusses placed in a grid-like pattern.

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(clockwise) The resort-style pool-and-spa combination created by Aqua Blue Pools overlooks the coastal marsh surrounding Daniel Island. The backyard was designed by landscape architecture firm LandPlan Associates. 376 Ralston Creek boasts over 8,000 square feet of luxurious living space. The rounded master ensuite is punctuated by a freestanding tub, a classic symbol of relaxation. The exterior lighting, featuring traditional lanterns, was provided by Rick’s Lighting and Interiors.


riginally purchased by SanFranciscan news anchor Lora McLaughlin Peterson and her husband, Scott, the 376 Ralston Creek Street home exuded a Tuscan elegance that simply was not the couple’s style. So, they reached out to Bob and Catherine Lee, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Robert Morgan Fine Homes, to give her house a heavy dose of Southern charm. For a home such as this one, it takes an entire team to complete a remodeling project. The hands that worked on the overhaul of this house were specifically chosen by Bob, who has been in the home-building industry for 38 years and knows exactly how to choose reliable subcontractors. He notes, “Every builder has to go through a certain number of subcontractors before he gets the right


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group, and we can confidently say that we have that group now. It’s very important for a builder to have good subcontractors because they’re his backbone. If he doesn't, then the project won’t turn out like it was envisioned by the homeowners.” With his group ready to go, Bob and the team set out to make drastic updates to the structure. For the home’s vast technology, Chuck Mitchell of Connect-Tec used his expertise to install wiring for the latest and greatest systems. He explains, “There’s a lightingcontrol system that is very comprehensive. Basically, every switch in the house is controlled by touch panels, which can also be operated remotely via a smart phone. Then, I synced all the different systems— music, television, movies, security—together to make the technology run cohesively.” Upgrades like these make high-end, advanced equipment simple to use.

The plumbing fixtures were also a huge aspect of the Ralston Creek home’s renovation. Of the new interior look, Jessica Markley of Moluf ’s describes, “There’s a lot of polished nickel and bronze in the house, and as far as brands go, most plumbing fixtures are Kohler, Toto, or Rohl. In the master bathroom, we took all of the tile, fixtures, and everything out of the room and went down to the studs to start over.” Of all the items they removed from the master bathroom, the most notable was a 17,000-dollar free-standing hand-carved stone tub. It had a very Tuscan feel to it, so Lora decided to donate the old tub and replace it with a traditional, free-standing white tub—the centerpiece that punctuates the rounded bathroom. The bathroom and most other rooms of the home feature immaculate mahogany

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(from left) Chuck Mitchell of ConnectTec, Dianne Wyndham of Rick’s Lighting, Catherine and Bob Lee of Robert Morgan Fine Homes, Jessica Markley of Moluf’s, and Steele Trotter of Circa Lighting (Paul Straight of Aqua Blue Pools Not Pictured)

can lights, under-cabinet lighting, LED bulbs in the bathrooms over the showers and tubs, and entry lanterns. The interior was not the only area of the Ralston Creek home that received a new look; Aqua Blue Pools installed an elevated backyard pool to give the homeowners a great place to relax. The pool features a block-wall foundation, a spa with hydrotherapy jets, and a travertine deck.

(above) The lighting in the kitchen was purchased from Circa Lighting, a Southern company with an eye for unique, modern, and chic fixtures. Custom cabinetry built by Carolina Kitchens and designed by Alexandra Lhurs Interior Design adds to the kitchen’s elegance. The countertops in "Bianco Avion" were supplied and installed by MVP Granite and Flooring.

hardwood floors. Bob notes, “The floors are probably the most dominating thing about this house. They were in terrible shape when we first started the remodeling project, but now they’re some of the prettiest floors I have ever seen.” To shed light on all the beautiful


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interior transformations, Bob called on the help of Circa Lighting and Rick’s Lighting. Circa Lighting provided the numerous sconces around the home as well as a delicate chandelier that illuminates the sink area in the kitchen. For the less ornate lighting, Rick’s Lighting took charge, installing

Halfway through the project, Lora and Scott decided to keep their family in San Francisco and forgo their move to Charleston. However, Lora couldn’t bear to see the renovation abandoned. For the remainder of the project, she relied on Catherine to make final selections and keep the process moving. The finished house, full of quality work by the team of home professionals tasked with the remodel, stands as a testament of both beauty and refinement. v


Company: Robert Morgan Fine Homes Project Type: Remodel Location: Daniel Island

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coastal fusion Hailing from Southern California, homeowner Meredith Lardie saw a unique opportunity to incorporate her sleek style into her 217-year-old downtown Victorian cottage.


ith a keen eye for contemporary design, Meredith Lardie wanted to build the interior of her new Rutledge Avenue home around the color red. (She chose red dining room chairs and a red kitchen countertop to name a few examples.) This pop of color was her bold selection, so all the other pieces were chosen for their ability to support the central hue or, at least, not detract from it. Keeping the design in mind, Meredith approached Nancy McCrae of


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(above) Downtown homeowner Meredith Lardie recently remodeled her kitchen to feature a dramatic backsplash and hood flanked by modest white Silhouette shades provided by Advanced Window Fashions. (right) The transitional style chandeliers were provided by Circa Lighting and the expansive dining room table and buffet were custom built in California to Meredith’s exact specifications.

Advanced Window Fashions for the window dressing portion of her to-berenovated home. Meredith describes, “When Nancy toured the home, out of our 35 windows, there were literally no window coverings. The panes were in varying conditions. Luckily, one-hundred percent of them worked, so all of the windows are original to the house. Nancy brought all of the samples. We went through every room asking, ‘What do we want the sunlight to be?’ and ‘What do we want the feel of this room to be?’”

What they decided was to keep each shade discreet. Choosing neutral tones and simple patterns, the two outfitted the entire residence with just three styles: Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades, Silhouette Window Shadings, and Vignette Modern Roman Shades. “We wanted the home to be light, bright, and calm,” explains Meredith. “And if we infused too many styles and materials, we would have lost the elegance that we were looking for. Windows, to

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Nancy McCrae of Advanced Window Fashions with Homeowner Meredith Lardie

me, should be rich and luxe but understated. The energy should be directed toward the artwork, a piece of furniture, or a color.” The shades were not just chosen for their subtle aesthetics, however. They are practical as well. In downtown Charleston, with so many passersby, homeowners need to be wary of privacy. The shades that Nancy recommended and that Meredith ultimately chose fulfilled this requirement with their ability to open and let light in just at the top of the window versus the bottom. “The majority of the home has Silhouettes,” says Nancy, “which give elegance but also light control and privacy.” Even with such a distinct vision, Nancy was able to easily meet and exceed Meredith’s expectations. “She takes extensive pride in what she does,” states Meredith. The result is evidence of that. v For more information, call Advanced Window Fashions at (843) 881-8858 or visit


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(top) The master bathroom and bedroom (not shown) required a heavier roman shade to block the sun. (bottom) The breakfast nook off the kitchen is protected from onlookers with elegant shades that let light in and keep peepers out.

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transitional-style tile For his company’s very first project, builder Jeff Pritchard of Trellis Residential merged contemporary tile from Melcer Tile with traditional design to create a transitional-style Mt. Pleasant home.


fter collaborating with Darryl Cobb of Cobb Architects to create a detailed design, Jeff Pritchard of Trellis Residential began work on his company’s inaugural project. The homeowners desired a blend of traditional style and contemporary flair. Jeff explains, “We wanted the house to be more transitional and bridge the gap between modern Charleston and old-school Charleston. So we added coastal shiplap, white floors, simple trims, and mahogany doors.” Many of the modern aspects of the home, however, can be found in the tile selections (which were purchased at Melcer Tile). Quartzite, an up-and-coming natural-stone alternative to marble and granite, was the choice for several of the home’s bathrooms.


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The material is a very hard, metamorphic rock that is first mined as sandstone. Then, it is heated and pressurized to create quartzite. This process causes the stone to be extremely durable. It’s available in all tile cuts and sizes, making it ideal for bathroom applications—from floors to shower walls and tub surrounds. A perfect combination of contemporary and traditional can be found in the master bathroom, which boasts a relaxing spa-like atmosphere. The ledger-stone wall behind the modern free-standing tub offers a natural feel with neutral hues. The flooring provides a subtle nod to mod through its tile size—twelve inches by twenty-four inches. The large pieces require less grout, making the surface seem sleek and more cohesive.

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Jill Mahoney of Melcer Tile with Jeff Pritchard of Trellis Residential

In addition to the master bathroom, Jeff called on Melcer Tile to outfit three other bathrooms, one half bathroom, and the laundry room. In the downstairs bathroom, contemporary masculinity was the goal. Jeff explains, “We actually chose the cabinetry first. We wanted a really dark, espresso finish to offset the white floors in the home, so Jill [Mahoney of Melcer Tile] came up with a really great rectangular tile to use on the wall that’s very chocolaty. It has some texture to it, making it almost look like wood. It really goes well with the espresso cabinets, and it helped us achieve the look we were going for.” The other bathrooms of the house feature tiles in glass, porcelain, and marble, all of which were chosen and installed to reflect the home’s mix of modern and contemporary. Jeff, happy with the completion of his first project and grateful for Jill’s tile expertise, handed the keys over to the homeowners, who were eager to move in to their transitional-style home. v For more information, call Melcer Tile at (843) 744-5345 or visit


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(top) The Mt. Pleasant home that features this transitional-style tile was designed by local architect Darryl Cobb. (middle) The fireplace surround features natural stone and shiplap. (left) To gain the much-desired hardwood floor aesthetic while adding durability in a potentially damp room, the homeowners chose a porcelain tile with a wood-grain design.


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unbreakable bond On his own home’s construction, local builder Blake Comer chose only the most reliable subcontractors, including Port City Glass and Mirror.



hile it may seem obvious that the ticket to running a successful company is follow-through, Blake Comer of Comer Construction explains that that quality can be rare, at least in home improvement professionals. So, when choosing subcontractors for his new home in Mt. Pleasant, he knew off the bat who he wanted to work with on his project. Port City Glass was one of those subcontractors.

the job. I wanted to feel comfortable with them and trust that they weren’t going to cut corners. I’ve used other glass companies in my 10 years as a contractor in Charleston, of course, but Port City Glass has always won me over not only for their competitive pricing, but also because of the relationships that they build. They simply do what they say they are going to do.”

“Because this is my personal home,” says Blake, “I didn’t want to have to babysit people when they were on

What Port City did for Blake was cut and install a multitude of bathroom mirrors (and light switches), a few glass

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(top) The Comers’ master bath is complete with his-and-her mirrors and a grand frameless shower provided by Port City Glass. (above, from left) Blake Comer of Comer Construction and Freddie Giavelli of Port City Glass

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PROJECT FILES (top) Port City Glass and Mirror is known for their three-eighths-inch frameless shower enclosures adorned minimally with contemporary hardware. (middle) Not only does Port City measure, cut, and install glass, but also they work with mirrors (and light switches) like these shown. (below) Additionally, any surface such as shelving, tabletops, and windows can be custom cut by Port City.

dining room display shelves, and three frameless shower enclosures. Port City Glass Residential Sales Manager Freddy Giavelli explains, “When you don’t use heavy glass for a shower enclosure, you’re forced to have a framework to support it. The type of glass that we use on our frameless enclosures is twice as thick as the framed glass. The overall look is very simple, durable, as well as easy-to-clean. The framless doors are great for a house like this one that is traditional with modern accents.” Freddie would know; he’s worked in the glass industry for 27 years. In that time, he has learned the art of communicating with clients, even ones that are also builders. Of his experience, Blake says, “Freddie is very knowledgeable; he’ll sit with the homeowner, as he did with my wife and me. He won’t necessarily sell the high-end stuff just to sell it, but he’ll sell you what he hears you saying you want. He’ll take the extra step on that personal level, and that is why I chose Port City for my own home.” v For more information about Port City Glass and Mirror, call (843) 577-6500 or visit For more information about Comer Construction, call (864) 787-4555.


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home for the holidays After deciding that they wanted to transform their screened-in porch into a sitting room and redesign their kitchen, two James Island homeowners had just one request­—to be done with their remodel by Christmastime.


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ate last fall, homeowners Tara and Matthew Beldner looked at their traditional screened-in porch that jutted out of their circa1990, marsh-front home and determined to make some adjustments to bring the area up to speed with their lifestyle and modern taste. The couple wanted more room for their three growing boys to play and an updated kitchen, but they didn’t want to compromise their stunning vistas. Most importantly, they had a deadline: Christmas.

After scouring the pages of shelter publications, doing internet research, and placing some phone calls, the Beldners developed a vision of the finished project and found Priester’s Custom Contracting, run by Lowcountry local Tommy Priester. Tara explains, “You have to do research. I think if you have more information upfront, you will have a better picture of the decisions you have to make throughout the process. Most of all, we had to follow our gut. When

(above and below) The Beldners, with the help of Priester’s Custom Contracting, renovated their kitchen and screened-in porch built in the 1990s, creating more living space for their family of growing sons. before

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(top left) Tara and Matthew completely updated their kitchen with new appliances, countertops, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures. (bottom left) The new sitting area provides a place for the family to relax and enjoy marsh-front views.

we met Tommy, we knew he would be the right guy for us.” While Tommy was indeed the right man for the job, he was keenly aware of the homeowners’ Yuletide deadline and had to be upfront and honest with Tara and Matthew about his reservations. “Tara’s initial request was to be in before Christmas,” Tommy recalls. “I told her I didn’t think that was going to happen. There are so many things that occur during the building process that when you come into a project, and you haven’t opened up the walls, and you don’t know what has to be moved and what has to be altered, you don’t know exactly how long it will take. I don’t want to make a deadline that I can’t keep with a hundred-percent surety.” For Tommy, it is important to always slightly overestimate the time a project will take and to be honest about what goals are within his power to accomplish. In his experience (which exceeds 20 years), this sort of planning avoids the disappointment associated with empty promises on the jobsite. Despite his concerns, Tommy was aptly able to fulfill the Beldners’ requests, completing the project by early December. Tommy says with a slight smile, “We waited until the last minute before I told Tara, ‘You know what? I think we’re going to be completely done.’” Elated with their finished project, the Beldners were able to celebrate this past holiday season in their new sitting room, enjoying eggnog, gingerbread cookies, and the wintertime views of the James Island marshland. v For more information, call Priester’s Custom Contracting at (843) 200-8495 or visit


Company: Priester's Custom Contracting Project Type: Remodel Location: James Island


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bove everything else, homeowners fear mold. It devalues a home, destroys the integrity of a structure, and is a stain on the history of a property. Unfortunately, on our humid coast, the presence of mold is more common than one might think. Luckily, Charleston residents who are building new homes are not doomed to battle the spores like those who live in preexisting homes. There’s a preventative solution: Forticel. “Forticel is a spray-applied treatment that protects against any mold or microbial growth that could take place on wood surfaces,” says Dean Paulk of Energy One America, the only company in this area that has

proprietary rights to this product. “It comes with a 25-year, iron-clad warranty that states that if there is any moisture intrusion into the house once the application is complete, whether it is from a burst pipe, leaky appliance, or God forbid, a flood, there will not be any mold growth on anything that we have treated.” While this seems too good to be true, it’s not. Longstanding building company Koenig Construction stands by the product, having it applied to every Kiawah Island home they’ve built in the past eight years. “There are best practices that we follow that include flashing, sealants, and spray foam, but in the end there are

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things that are out of a builder’s control,” explains Scott Koenig of Koenig Construction. “We are not able to provide an assurance that water will not get where it is not supposed to go. So, that is why Forticel becomes an attractive product for us to offer our clients.” In essence, Scott is providing peace of mind to his homeowners that is akin to an insurance policy. Scott uses closed-cell spray foam from Energy One America on all of his projects as a first stand because it provides a 100-percent moisture barrier. Then, he uses Forticel to ensure victory. In reference to his fail-safe products, Dean describes succinctly, “When building a home, moisture equals a loss of time and money. Anything you can do to prevent that is a win.” So, it seems, in the fight against moisture intrusion, Energy One (and Koenig Construction) has mold beat two to one. v For more information, call Energy One America at (855) 362-6349 or visit


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Champions of CULTURE Inside the Downtown Residences of Spoleto Leaders Joel Smith and Carlos Evans

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rothers in banking, Joel Smith and Carlos Evans grew up together occupationally in a tumultuous time, through countless bank mergers and, most recently, the Subprime Mortgage Crisis. Bonded by their love of family and philanthropy, they (and their families) maintain a

friendship that is considered a rare commodity by today’s standards. As a way of remaining close and giving back to the state that has nurtured their successes, they serve on the board of Spoleto Festival USA, each having—at different, challenging times—assumed the role of Chairman of the Board. Joel blazed the trail when Spoleto was on the edge of extinction. Carlos is currently handling the delicate balance between financial stability and creative unconventionality. And when one is at the helm, the other is a steadfast proponent. This, among other reasons, is why the two families purchased a circa-1839 pieds-à-terre just a block from the Spoleto headquarters. In this downtown home, during the height of Spoleto season, I sat down with the two to discuss everything from co-homeownership to the cultural rebirth of the Lowcountry.

When you first met, did you know that it would be the beginning of a long family friendship? Carlos: It is as clear as yesterday. I first met Joel Smith when he interviewed me for a job I was trying to get after college. I was fortunate enough to be hired by Bankers Trust of South Carolina, which was the bank that Joel worked for at the time. That was the summer of 1973. Subsequently, I worked for Joel for many, many years. I’m proud to say that he was my mentor, and he has taught me many things about banking, life, and leadership. Joel: While he did work for me a long time, I feel like we were almost a team because we went from one set of circumstances to another, which is another way of saying that as the banking industry consolidated, somehow we held it together. Along the way, we did become very good friends and did see each other a lot outside of the bank.

So, you’ve known one another for 40 years. What was the impetus to purchase a property together now in Charleston, a city in which neither of you live full-time? Joel: In 1995, I got involved in Spoleto. I was recruited when the festival was having problems, in large part because I was a banker and was not in Charleston. We needed to raise a lot of money. One thing led to another, and I got on the board. At some point, as we were trying to expand the board and get more geographic and professional diversity, I asked Carlos to come on. That was a lot of fun because we got to see each other more. It was then that Carlos started bugging me, saying, “Joel, we’ve got to get something down here.” He was really the originator of buying a permanent place here. Carlos: I may have originated the idea, but it was a joint-couple venture. Kit, Joel, Lisa, and I actually made the

decision when we were all on vacation together at The Santa Fe Opera. We had the brochure on the property. We started drinking and talking a lot and just sort of fed on each other’s enthusiasm. We talked ourselves into it. This property is quite unique in that the house has two apartments that are clearly divided. Was that setup what you both were originally looking for? Joel: We looked at houses where we would have been co-occupants. We looked at houses with mother-in-law suites. We looked at a couple of things where you’d have to go through one [house] to get to the other. While they were well-located and well-appointed, there was nothing that met what I think we both wanted. Kit: I thought it was getting to be a hobby, looking for houses. They looked for two years, and I thought, it’s never going to happen.

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(above) Originally the carriage house, Carlos and Lisa’s home is smaller than the main house, but it has size where it matters: in the Moroccanmeets-traditional style kitchen and in the long entertaining space. (top right) Lisa’s interior decorators, Ruthie Edwards and Lisa Anderson, had the ceilings painted pale blue because it makes the whole room have a richer, more luxurious feel. (bottom right) The original kitchen in the carriage house had this fireplace as a culinary centerpiece. In the remodel, the former owners transformed the space into a spa-like guest bathroom.

Joel: Then, when it did, I think she couldn’t speak. What about this house in particular stood out to you? Carlos: It’s two houses. Joel and Kit have their own entrance; we have ours. When we saw it, we knew that both couples should buy both houses and submit mutually exclusive contracts. Joel: We have separate deeded interests in our own units but a common interest in the garden and the parking [area]. The arrangement makes the use of the home even greater than it would be. We like to say that we have a two-bedroom condominium that sleeps eight. Carlos: Since we’re such good friends, the wonderful thing about it is that if


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Joel and Kit are having four or five couples over, then they can use our part of the house. But the main thing that fired us up about buying the house was that it would cause us to see Kit and Joel more. Lisa: It’s fun to have friends as neighbors. I sleep well knowing they're close by. Also, you need to know who’s in here with you because you share the garden. Speaking of entertaining, do you often host parties or family here in your home? Carlos: We just had a big party for Spoleto and opened both houses. We had 140 people spread over the two houses and the garden. I think it worked really well. Kit: The day Joel and Carlos bought it

in November [2006], they started making plans to be in by Thanksgiving and have the whole family here. Joel: We have three married children and six grandchildren. At one time we had a very small place out on Kiawah, and we just never went there. The children got older, went away to school, and rarely vacationed there. We thought we were getting Charleston in the deal, but you find out it takes a little bit more effort to get downtown and back from Kiawah. In this home, we’re only 15 minutes from Sullivan’s Island, so they get the beach and Charleston. I mean, by scale, Charleston has got be one of the greatest cities in the world—the museums, the battery, the restaurants, the arts. Everything is so accessible. There’s always something going on, so you can come down here and just get absorbed in it.

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(above) Much of the artwork in the Evans’ home is West Fraser original landscapes found in a gallery on Church Street. (right clockwise) The original arches of the carriage house can be seen most clearly in the guest bedroom, which overlooks the couples’ favorite part of the property, the garden. The foyer of the first-floor home features historic brick flooring and a French-door entrance to the powder room. The second floor of the Evans’ carriage house contains the master bathroom and bedroom offering privacy in a home frequently filled with visitors.

You both obviously have a love of Charleston and the arts. Did this passion contribute to your collaboration with the Spoleto organization? Joel: I think the process of selecting who needed to come lead Spoleto was less about the arts and more about how to survive. I will freely admit that I wasn’t a full art appreciator, particularly of the performing arts. Though, I’ve always loved the visual arts. I just felt that if Spoleto failed, it would not be a good thing for the state. That was the motivation for me. But, once you get involved in Spoleto, it’s like an addiction. Carlos: I probably know less about the arts than Joel, to be honest. But, one of the things that Joel taught me very early on was the importance of community involvement. As I began to approach the latter stages of my career, I decided to focus philanthropically on South Caro-


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lina. It was about that same time that Joel came to me and asked me if I’d be willing to consider getting involved with Spoleto. I said yes largely because of the knowledge that Spoleto is important to South Carolina. It’s not just a Charleston thing. I’m a South Carolinian. My wife, Lisa, is a South Carolinian. I live in Charlotte, but make no mistake about it, South Carolina is home to me.

things that are worth putting time and money into to preserve and grow. Charleston and, consequently, South Carolina have grown on a parallel track with Spoleto. I’m not saying that Spoleto is the reason, but it sure has had a lot to do with it. Kit: It’s a symbiotic relationship.

Why do you believe that Spoleto is so important to the state of South Carolina?

So, Joel, you led the board during a time when Spoleto was truly suffering financially. Carlos, what have been your challenges since becoming Chairman of the Board?

Joel: South Carolina is a small state. We’ve got some good things going for us and some not-so-good things going for us. It would be irresponsible to let go of the things that not only put us in a positive light, but also lift up the spirits of the people that live here. Those are the

Carlos: My challenge is to try to take the festival to another level. While in the black, Spoleto struggles to balance the budget every year. I’d like to put the festival on an even stronger financial footing so that the staff can have flexibility to be creative and experiment

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(above) The chandelier above the expandable 12-person dining room table was reclaimed from the theater across King Street from the Charleston Place. So much of what the Smiths decorated their home with reflects historic Charleston and their exotic travels (like the standing iron candleholder from Mexico shown on the right). (right) Once a porch, this unusually long galley kitchen has ample storage and pre-existing windows looking into the dining room for enhanced conversation and food transportation.

more [with programming]. I would like to increase our endowment and our financial underpinning, and part of that is raising money, which we’re doing. But the other part is increasing revenue through ticket sales. Would you say that the closing of the Gaillard has hurt Spoleto in any way? Carlos: There was an incredible amount of uncertainty associated with losing the Gaillard. It’s the facility where we can sell the most number of tickets. It’s the facility that most people are familiar with. It’s where the box office was located. We did a three-year forecast going into the closing of the Gaillard. I am pleased to report that it has not been as bad as we thought it would be. We feel really good about how we’ve navigated that challenge, and we have big plans for the first year that it comes back.


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Joel: We don’t want to let the cat out of the bag. You could say that once Gaillard is completed in the worldclass form it will take, the performing arts part of the festival is going to be like nothing anyone around here has ever seen. It will probably be as good as any other theater in the United States. For a city the size of Charleston, there is no other place in the world that has the diversity of venues that we will have when Gaillard is back, so we’ll be able to do pretty much what we want to do.

people were familiar with. Then, we could accurately gauge how many tickets we were going to sell each year. But, part of the vision for the festival dicates that Spoleto be cutting edge, bringing in unknown artists. When showing things that have never been shown before is part of the mission, there is an element of risk.

It seems like Spoleto’s end goal is to produce a higher-quality festival, which can only be attained through increased revenue. As leaders, how do you navigate those somewhat conflicting ideologies?

Joel: One of the risks that we take is new productions. There are two different types: performances that premiere here or performances that are familiar in name, history, and literature but have a new spin. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was in that category this year; I haven’t talked to anyone who’s been to it that has said, “That’s my daddy’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.” That is what makes us different.

Carlos: If all we were trying to do was sell tickets, we’d bring in proven acts, proven performances, and things that

You both have had the opportunity to succeed in very different ways while leading the festival.

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(left page, clockwise) Exuding a Central American character, this simple bedroom is perfect for any of their six grandchildren. The Smiths have an assortment of framed Spoleto posters dating back to 1989. Overlooking the Charleston skyline, this balcony features ornamental iron balustrades and checkerboard flooring. This oil painting in the kitchen is a prime example of the Smiths’ eclectic taste. The guest bathroom, faux finished in a cherry red, holds one of Kit's favorite pieces, a reclaimed plaster mirror. This Spoleto poster, in particular, is Kit’s favorite. Each of the second floor stairwell pendants was rescued from a Buenos Aires hotel that was later demolished. Purchased in San Miguel, this grand oil painting is the centerpiece of the living room. (left page, center) The traditional sitting space stands in stark contrast to the rest of the worldly home, perhaps as a nod to the Smiths’ South Carolina roots. (above left) View of Home from Society Street (top right) Joel and Carolos’ Famed Pergola (bottom right) Historical Society Photo of Circa-1839 Home

Joel: When you’re managing in a crisis, in many ways it is easier because you don’t have any choices. You’ve got to do one thing or the other, or you’re out of business. When you’re managing as Carlos is now doing, with a successful operation, and you want to make it better, there’s a whole lot more risk that comes with that. Carlos: Joel is being modest. He was part of the group that really saved Spoleto, that worked through a very difficult period of time. It was infinitely more difficult than the task that I had been handed. In the beginning of this interview, Carlos, you referred to Joel as being your mentor, though you treat each other as

equals, friends, and partners in business, philanthropy, and homeownership. What’s the secret to maintaining that kind of mutual respect? Carlos: Make no mistake about it. Joel is the mentor, and I am the mentee. When I was a baby banker in Columbia, Joel and Kit were a few years older, already married, already starting a family. For people who were starting out, like Lisa and I were, having people like Joel and Kit as role models was a wonderfully positive thing. Beyond professional role models, they were people that one would want to exemplify in terms of how to live life in relationship to family and community. Joel: Carlos is a very special person, and I tell people this all the time. He has

one of the quickest minds of anyone I’ve ever been around. One of things that I was thankful for later in my career was that I was ahead of him, because if I had to compete with him, I’m not sure where I’d be. [laughs] Kit: I think the real secret, the thing that you both share the most, is that neither one of you wants to be the first to leave a party. And both of you compete to see who’s going to be the last. And no matter how late it is, neither of you will turn down a nightcap in the garden. Joel: It’s true. The pergola in the back invites you to chat and get real philosophical. As Kit says, that is where we bond and figure out all the solutions to the world’s problems. ✤

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Innovation, Collaboration & Stewardship

Landscape Architecture Designing beautifully innovative, high performance landscapes that engage people with the ecology of the place. T 843.746.9573


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The Verdi Group (843) 475-3314 Location: Kiawah River Estates Project Type: New Construction Architect: David Hill Builder: The Verdi Group Photos: Patrick Brickman & Matt Bolt By the Numbers:

5 12 13 22 25 30 90 2620 3000

Dozens of Golf Balls Found in Yard since Move-in Cost of May 2013 Energy Bill in Dollars Thousands of Dollars Saved with Governmental Green-Building Credits Number of Solar Panels Percentage of Savings on Property Tax with Fire Sprinkler System Number of Years David has Studied Green Building Percentage of Home’s Energy Provided by Solar Panels Square Footage Annual Energy Savings in Dollars

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Christopher Rose Architects, P.A. (843) 559-7670 Location: Kiawah Island Project Type: New Construction Architect: Christopher Rose, AIA, ASID Builder: Bennett Hofford Construction Company Photos: Phil Sheppard By the Numbers:

4 5 5 18 25 31 47 150

Stories Including the Garage


Full Bathrooms Steps in Main Staircase

Windows with a View Exterior Columns

Exterior Arches Hours Spent Painting the Foyer Ceiling

10000 128

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Total Square Footage

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Ink Architecture + Interiors (843) 882-7810 Location: Mt. Pleasant Project Type: Remodel Architect: Anita King, AIA, LEED AP Builder: Hager Construction Photos: Matt Bolt By the Numbers:

12 15 20 22 26 34 200 1998 6239

Electrical Outlets in the Kitchen Gallons of Water Held by Farm Sink Number of Years Anita has Studied Architecture LED Bulbs Used for Under-Counter Lighting Cubic Feet of Space in the Refrigerator Knobs and Pulls

Square Footage of Addition


Year Original Kitchen Was Built Swatch Number of Paint Color “Upward” by Sherwin-Williams

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Cobb Architects, LLC (843) 856-7333 Location: Daniel Island Project Type: New Construction Architect: Darryl A. Cobb Builder: Structures Building Company Photos: Holger Obenaus

By the Numbers:

2 5 5 6 6 48 1454 4220 22500 Garage Bays


Full Bathrooms

Width of Interior Shiplap in Inches Number of Years Darryl Studied for His Architecture Degree Windows in the Home Square Footage of Wrap-Around Porch Total Square Feet


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Gallons of Water in the Pool

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Spivey Architects (843) 795-9370 Location: James Island Project Type: New Construction Architect: Michael Spivey Builder: Cook Bonner Construction Company

By the Numbers:

4 4 24 31 32 35 367 600 5800


Full Bathrooms

Height of Living Room’s Peaked Ceiling in Feet

Spindles on Living Room Balcony

Windows with a Water View Number of Years Michael has Studied Architecture Length of Dock in Feet

Stones Used to Create Sun Room Fireplace


Square Footage of the Whole Home

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The Middleton Group (843) 302-0632 Location: Johns Island Project Type: New Construction Architect: Laura Middleton, AIA, LEED AP Builder: Ilderton Contractors Photos: Blake Middleton By the Numbers:

1 2 4 4 6 15 25 290 3500 Half Bath

Fireplaces in the Home


Full Bathrooms

Width of Archway between Dining Room and Kitchen in Feet Windows with a Water View Can Lights Installed Throughout Square Footage of Master Bedroom


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TMD Architects (843) 754-1400 Location: West Ashley Project Type: Remodel Architect: Trevor McNeil Draper, AIA Builder: Larry Lynch Photos: Matt Bolt By the Numbers:

2 3 4 15 21 22 42 143 2071

Half Bathrooms

Full Bathrooms


Number of Years Trevor has Studied Architecture

Height of Entryway Ceiling in Feet Number of Light Bulbs in Kitchen Height of Dining Room Wainscoting in Inches Feet of Shelf Space in the Office


Square Footage of Addition

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SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST CARPET! Just Arrived : Commercially rated LVT by Karndean Designflooring (shown here) Call us to find out more!


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843-571-0013 3196 Marginal Rd. Charleston, SC

(1st Row, from Left) Jamey Nelson of Palmetto Surfacing, Anthony Cleversey of Cathedral Tile, CH+D Editor Christy Conway with Mike Conway, Joel Hinkel of Granite Shop, Jon Rosa of Rhino Shield (2nd Row) Jay and Donna Miller of HWC Custom Cabinetry, Monica Posey of Rick's Lighting, Megan Weatherly of Palmetto Tile, Randon Reigsecker of Crosscut Services (3rd Row) Ken Nitz and Matt Meadows of HWC, Dean Kelly and Jim Mahaffey of Carpet Baggers, Eric Hobson of Crosscut


he minute my husband, Mike, and I first approached the driveway of this James Island Cape Cod-style home (during what was, in retrospect, the trough of the market), we knew we had found our starter home and our future dream home. A year later, after working as Editor for Charleston Home + Design and seeing some of the most extravagant homes in the Lowcountry, we embarked on a first-floor renovation, including a comprehensive kitchen remodel. Hunting for the perfect granite, watching cabinetry develop in CAD, and working with some of the best local home professionals was just plain fun. And the final result is something we will look upon with pride for years to come. Have a peek at our take on a dream home. We hope it inspires you to create your own.

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This 30-year-old home needed, above all else, more overhead lighting窶馬ot exciting, but necessary.

Traditional cabinetry combined with contemporary tile allowed the bold granite to take center stage without overpowering the space. 154

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We had our oak hardwood floors refinished with a water-based lacquer to combat future ambering.

By replacing the carpet on the stairs, we were able to highlight the bottom three treads with rich hardwood.

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A craigslist find became, after reupholstery, our favorite furniture piece in the house.

Every surface of th is room was altered; th e popcorn ceilings wer e scraped, carpet repl aced, and walls repainted.


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Stressless® living – it’s all about comfort There are many reasons why Stressless® is the most comfortable line of furniture in existence. We could tell you how each recliner, sofa and home theater piece is innovatively designed, in Norway, from the inside out for unmatched comfort. Or that our recliners come in multiple sizes to fit all body types. We could also mention Stressless® is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. But none of these things adequately conveys what the Stressless® line is capable of. There is only one way to understand the feeling of total and utter luxury. You have to sit in one. Then you will know what Stressless® living truly is: the perfect fusion of support, beauty and function. Because when it comes to comfort, we are uncompromising.

*See your sales associate for complete details.

Stressless® is proudly endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.

843.884.2256 | 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC

We clean homes with kid-safe, pet-friendly organic products that leave a sparkle and fresh scent moms love. Talk about a breath of fresh air. Visit our boutique at 210 Coleman Boulevard., Suite J, Mount Pleasant, SC.

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In order to inset the refrigerator and cabinetry in the kitchen, we shrunk the powder room, giving us the opportunity to add a discrete cat outhouse.

Years of neglect left this home with rotten sills and cracked paint; we chose a ceramic coating instead of paint so we would not have to refinish the exterior for as long as we owned the home.


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“Frosty White” Cabinetry with a “Coffee” Glaze, Wood Countertop, and Shelves: HWC Custom Cabinetry (843) 207-0750 • Lee’s Finger Lakes Carpet in “Soft Pine” and Three Oak Stair Treads with White Risers: Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings (843) 571-0013 • Popcorn Scraping and Painting in Sherwin- Williams’s “Blonde,” “Relentless Olive,” and “Stream”: 1st Class Painting and Restoration (843) 261-0212 • Hardwood Floor Refinishing with Bona Traffic Water-Based Finish: Elegant Hardwood Floors (843) 723-8172 • 25-Year Ceramic Coating System in “White” and “Suez”: Rhino Shield (843) 884-1992 • Brazilian “Carnival” Granite: Vitoria International (843) 760-2470 • Kitchen Granite Fabrication & Installation: Granite Shop (843) 771-1235 • “Praa Sands” Quartz Bathroom Countertop by Cambria: Palmetto Surfacing (843) 569-1131 • Electrical Wiring & Plumbing ESB Services (843) 817-6124 Architectural Bronze Railroad Shade with Goose-Neck Stem: Rick’s Lighting (843) 763-2282 • Debris Series Fireclay Tile in Ogee Shape and “Tusk” Color: Palmetto Tile (843) 266-8700 • Tile Installation Cathedral Tile (843) 833-1002 Shaws Original Single Bowl Fireclay Apron Sink by Rohl and Venetian Bronze Victorian Pull-Out Spray Faucet by Delta: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery (843) 747-6301 • Kitchen Aid Appliance Trio, Compact Whirlpool Microwave, and XO Hood Insert: Swift Appliance (843) 388-7283 • Antique Tin-Tile Artwork: Palmetto Moon Antiques (843) 856-1881 • Reupholstered Wingback Chair: MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939 • Candlesticks and Decorative Ladder: Coralberry Cottage (843) 884-2225 • Marshland Artwork: Ginny Versteegen (843) 209-2435 • CH+D • Fall 2013


shown here: recently completed historical bathroom & kitchen renovation

Repairs, Remodels, Renovations, and Additions ¡ Residential & Commercial 843.566.0250 4736 Colie Morse Lane North Charleston, SC


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Sawdust everywhere. Hammers pounding at eight in the morning. Fighting a battle with lead paint. Is a home remodel really worth all of that ruckus? The answer is simply, “Yes.” Updating your kitchen, beautifying your bathroom, or even transforming your backyard will not only improve your living environment and well-being, but also significantly increase your house’s resale value. Peruse the pages of our remodeling guide to discover countless ways to add a little more oomph to the place you call home.




Growing out (additions) and growing down (pools) are great and rewarding projects!

Whole-room redos, including kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms, provide the clearest transformations.

Singular cosmetic changes (like knobs, countertops, or paint) freshen a room instantly.

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RS Custom Homes

(843) 886-5187 |

Zac Naramore of RS

Custom Homes: “This Sullivan’s Island beach home was originally built around 1900 and has undergone a number of renovations and additions. The current residents wanted to upgrade the exterior without losing the beach-cottage charm.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Sullivan’s Island BUILDER: RS Custom Homes Architect: Herlong and


Photography by Patrick Brickman



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Complete cabinetry and countertop solutions


ince 1991, Jilco Kitchen and

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Cook Bonner Construction

(843) 795-9301 |

Rick Bonner of Cook Bonner: “Honoring the grand historical nature of the Victorian home, we were able to create a very functional, open floor plan with contemporary features inside and a fabulous outdoor living area [not pictured].”

Renovation Recap:

PROJEcT Location: Downtown BUILDER: Cook Bonner Construction Interior Designer:

Photograph by Brie Williams

Deborah Daine

Sea Island Builders


(843) 883-7430 |

Jason Fowler of Sea Island

Builders: “To convert this attic into usable space, we had to raise the roof, incorporate a shed dormer into the frame, and reframe the floor system to accommodate a staircase. In the end, though, one could not tell that this attic upfit was never an original part of the home.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Sullivan’s Island Builder: Sea Island Builders Residential Designer:

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Photograph by Jim Somerset

Beau Clowney Design


Could your backyard use a makeover?


Full Landscape Service · Consultation · Maintenance · DIY Services · Landscape Design “We provide area residents with innovative tools that promote successful gardening and landscaping in the lowcountry from the foundation up, through product, service, education, and implementation.”

Call for a free on-site consultation.

Christian Teague (Owner): (843)-901-4862 E-Mail: Website:

Johns Island, SC


Trade Winds Exotic Decor



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Classic Remodeling & Construction

(843) 763-3297 |

Autumn Callahan of Classic

Remodeling: “The new floor plan and upgrades throughout proved that a 1940s bungalow can be updated to meet the needs of today’s functionality and efficiency requirements. We designed a screened-in porch and completely remodeled the interior.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Downtown BUILDER: Classic Remodeling

& Construction


Photography by Matt Bolt



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Charlotte:Smith’s Heating & Air Conditioning Company;B10628;3.56x10.12-4c

Meet the company who knows comfort inside and out. But especially inside. Fall is coming, so put your system in top shape before the cooler weather gets here. Take advantage of our latest special:



REBATES* AVAILABLE on a new Lennox® Home Comfort System.


Up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits**


$169 PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT • 23-point Precision Tune-up • Fall & Spring Service

Smith’s Heating & Air Conditioning Company, Inc. Since 1979 4759 Franchise Street, Charleston, SC 29418 (843) 552-3772

LOCALLY RECYCLED glass countertops for your business!


Completely custom. Completely Charleston. Completely YOURS!

Lic # SC M2070 *Rebate offer expires 11/29/2013 and is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox® products. **See dealer for details and visit for more information on the credit guidelines. © 2013 Lennox Industries, Inc.

(843) 554-6099

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Advanced Kitchen Designs

(843) 225-9344 |

Thomas Lauderdale of AKD: “Designing kitchens in downtown Charleston is always a fun challenge. This kitchen design shows how we can take a wide-open space and turn it into something beautiful and functional.” Renovation Recap:

Project Location: Downtown FULL KITCHEN REMODEL:

Photograph by Patrick Brickman

Advanced Kitchen Designs

Strock Enterprises Design and Remodel


(843) 566-0250 |

Trey Strock of Strock Enterprises: “The homeowners had a dated interior that was chopped up into many small rooms. They wanted an open space that was light and airy, so we recentered the house by putting the emphasis on the entryway and tearing down walls to open the area.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Mt. Pleasant Builder: Strock Enterprises

Before 168

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Design and Remodel

Helping to Save You Money and the Environment One Panel at a Time. At Edgewater Energy Services, we believe in using the power of the sun to its fullest potential and meeting the customer where they are with their particular energy needs.


30% tax credit available from the federal government and 25% from the state! Give us a call for more details.


Electricity Solar Pool Heaters Solar Hot Water Solar Tube Lighting Solar HVAC Attic Conservation Home Energy Conservation

(843) 937-9999

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Thomas Evans Custom Building and Renovations

(843) 442-0277 |

Renovation Recap: Location: Mt. Pleasant | Builder and Custom Cabinetry: Thomas Evans Custom Building and Renovations | Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center


Photography by Matt Bolt



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A Closer Look

Antique Barnwoods Antique Heart Pine Wide Plank Flooring Hand-scraping Available

Charleston One Source 843-278-1751 Custom Hand Scraped American Cherry with French Bleed

826 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

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Carson Homes

(843) 971-3667 |

Ann Indelicato of Carson

Homes: “This project was truly a complete backyard makeover. We made an ordinary yard feel like a resort.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Daniel Island BUILDER: Carson Homes

Photograph by Matt Bolt


Alaglas Pools of Charleston

(843) 847-1349 |

Mandi Baldwin of Alaglas: “This client wanted to create a coastal feel, so we chose a salt-finish concrete patio. We brought the look together by adding a custom-built water feature and sea glass tile to the water line.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Mt. Pleasant POOL BUILDER: Alaglas Pools



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Photograph by Patrick Brickman

of Charleston

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Aqua Blue Pools

(843) 767-7665 |

Craig Crompton of Aqua Blue: “Before the installation of the pool, there was a small balcony with steps leading into the backyard that did not take advantage of the homeowners' view. With the addition of the infinity pool and spa, they now have a spectacular place to cool off and peer at their beautiful creek.”

Renovation Recap:

Photograph by Matt Bolt

Project Location: Daniel Island Pool Builder: Aqua Blue Pools

G D C Home

Before (843) 571-5142 |

Sarah Knight of GDC Home: “Proper lighting, rugs, and accessories contributed to the calmer and more sophisticated feel of the room.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Mt. Pleasant Interior Designer: Sarah Knight of GDC Home |Custom Bench: Quality Upholstery | Custom Draperies and Bedding:

Before 174

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Photograph by Matt Bolt

Catherine Atkinson

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H W C Custom Cabinetry

(843) 207-0750 |


Jay Miller of HWC: “The previous space was cut up by walls, which is a poor design for a growing family, especially one that likes to entertain. The owners can now easily prepare meals in their professional kitchen while interacting with friends, family, and guests. A lot of the real function of the space is in the details behind the doors and drawer fronts."

Renovation Recap: Location: Little Oak Island | Cabinetry: HWC Custom Cabinetry | Builder: MR Jackson Construction | Interior Design: 

Photography by Matt Bolt

Virginia Street Design | Appliances: Signature Appliances | CountertopS: Vitoria International | Sink and Faucet: Design on Tap


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Phillip W. Smith General Contractor

Amanda Bair of Phillip W. Smith General Contractor: “An updated kitchen provides the homeowners with a custom layout designed to match their personal usage patterns and needs.”

(843) 881-9828 |


Photography by Matt Bolt

Renovation Recap: Location: Daniel Island | BUILDER: Phillip W. Smith General Contractor | Architect: Tyler A. Smyth


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Design Ins ta llati on Renovation Sa l es New Construction Architecture CABINETS BY

843-763-7717 1106 St. Andrew’s Blvd. Charleston, SC

From the group that pioneered invisible speakers, explore their expansion into outdoor living.


Design & Installation Technology Contractors 1799 Meeting Street Charleston, SC Delivering the Lowcountry’s Finest Electronic Systems and Audio Components CH+D • Fall 2013


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Kitchens: “The dysfunctional kitchen of this 1870s home required us to work around odd angles and a less-than-eightfoot ceiling, all while maintaining its historical integrity. No matter how impossible you believe your space is, with time, ingenuity, and the correct design partners, any kitchen can surge into the 21st century with beautiful results.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Sullivan's Island BUILDER: Wando Construction DESIGNER: Stewart Culler Kitchen Remodel:

Carolina Kitchens


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Photography by Patrick Brickman

Stewart Culler of Carolina

(843) 856-8255 |

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Carolina Kitchens of Charleston

"We Measure Success By The Yard" Mention this ad for $25 off your first lawn application




Muhler sells and services only top quality hurricane protection, new and replacement windows, doors, sunrooms, porch conversions, and solar.

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Priester’s Custom Contracting

(843) 200-8495 |

Shelley Priester of Priester's: “This kitchen was designed to reflect the changing needs of the now-emptynester homeowners. The kitchen transformed into a perfect space for entertaining friends and family.

Renovation Recap:

Location: Hanahan Residential Designer:

Jodi Crosby of Crosby Creations


Southeast Kitchens Fran Ploetz of Southeast

Kitchens: “We transformed the kitchen and great room to create an openness that the family didn’t even think possible.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: James Island Entire Remodel:

Southeast Kitchens Interior Designer: Beki Crowell



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(843) 795-8809 |

“1st class people doing a 1st class job”

Painting · Refinishing Remodeling · Carpentry Roofing · Drywall Tile · Flooring

“cock your hat - angles are attitudes” - Frank Sinatra

Shown Here: Custom Homes Fully Painted by 1st Class Painting & Restoration, LLC


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Structures Building Company

(843) 856-6901 |

Renovation Recap:

Location: Isle of Palms Builder: Structures

Building Company Architect: Herlong and Associates

Photograph by Holger Obenaus


Universal Marble and Granite

(866) 919-7779 |

Tara Noone, Homeowner: “The layout of this kitchen was arranged to incorporate the expansive marsh views into the preparation, dining, and cleanup areas.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Mt. Pleasant Countertops: Universal Marble and



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Photograph by Matt Bolt

Granite and Vitoria International Range: Viking | Cabinets: Signature Kitchens | Tile: Melcer Tile | Range Hood: Southern Stone Crafters

Serving the Lowcountry for 16 Years · Full-Service Property Management · Homeowner Association Management · Online Portal for Owner, Tenants, and Regimes · Investment Property Analysis · Leasing Services Offered · Now managing over 900 units and $200 million in assets

Optimized Management for Your Real Estate Investment 843.723.1988 CH+D • Fall 2013


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Dynamic Design-Build

(843) 345-5044 |

Frank Lewis of DDB: “Taking poorly designed spaces and tailoring them to the needs of my clients is why I love my job. After removing the partition wall, we designed and built a large island stained in “Victorian Red,” new cabinets in “Cultured Pearl,” and countertops in “Jupiter.” Now there is plenty of light and enough space for the entire family.”


Photography by Matt Bolt

Renovation Recap: Location: Dunes West | Builder: Dynamic Design-Build | Corian Countertops: Dynamic Countertops


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DistinctiveCustom Home Designs Charleston · Charlotte · Linville · Vienna

843-628-3084 |

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Designer Kitchens and Baths

(843) 763-7717 |

Before Rhoda Jones of Designer Kitchens & Baths: “The owners wanted an open and modern look with lots of storage. Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room enabled us to more than double the size of their kitchen. Modern, white Plain & Fancy cabinets, quartz countertops, and a glass backsplash created their new dream kitchen.” West Ashley | FULL KITCHEN REMODEL: Designer Kitchens & Baths | Quartz Countertops: Palmetto Surfacing | Glass Backsplash: Palmetto Tile |Pendant Lighting: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery


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Photography by Patrick Brickman

Renovation Recap: Location:

The Proven Home Coating System

Looks like rich, fresh paint with a 25 year transferable warranty.



Paint does not stop moisture, cracking, rot, and the damaging rays of the sun. Add protection and beauty to your home with Rhino Shield –


Call for a free estimate or more information

843-884-1992 Jon Rosa General Manager


Retaining wall and lighting project in Mt. Pleasant

design · pavers · patios outdoor living areas fireplaces · water features irrigation · lighting retaining walls


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WilliamSmith Fireplaces

(843) 766-0347 |

Steve Smith of WilliamSmith

Fireplaces: “With plenty of storage, a sink with a live well, a trash center, a grill, an under-mount refrigerator, and additional cooking equipment, the homeowners can now entertain directly from their backyard.”

Renovation Recap:

Alfresco Appliances:

Photograph by Matt Bolt

WilliamSmith Fireplaces

Just Additions & Remodeling


(843) 928-3971 |

Renovation Recap:

Location: West Ashley Sinks, Faucets, and Lighting:

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery | Appliances: Signature Appliances | Cabinets: Charleston Cabinets | Construction, Flooring, and Backsplash INSTALLATION: Just Additions



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Photograph by Matt Bolt

and Remodeling

Licensed, Bonded, & Insured

Painting & Contracting, Inc.

Cell- 200.3735

Custom Painting Historical Restoration James Leigh - Owner New Construction Repainting & Staining Popcorn Ceiling Removal Check us out on Drywall Repair & Wood Repair · CH+D • Fall 2013


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Moluf’s (843) 723-4881 |

Jessica Markley of Moluf's: “When remodeling her downtown house, the homeowner wanted the historic structure to have a hotel-like atmosphere so that every time she would come to Charleston, she would feel like she was on a real vacation.”

Renovation Recap: Location: Downtown | Builder:

BMD Construction | Interior Design: Southeastern Galleries Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s



Photography by Patrick Brickman

Alaglas Pools of Charleston


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Express Your Unique Lowcountry Style! Creative Design for Kitchen, Bath, Closets and More Cabinetry, Countertops, & Installation New Construction & Remodel


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Anne Minshew, Homeowner: “Despite many years of use by our sons and their friends through their childhood and years at The Citadel, the shower enclosure, toilet, and tile floors were still in pristine condition, so we retained those features but removed the vanity, sink, and fixtures.”

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Jennifer Backman of Granite Shop: “The bathroom's layout stayed the same, however, the new, deep soaking tub, marble tile floors, custom vanities, plumbing fixtures, and lighting updated the space. The shower walls and tub surround, being made of marble slabs, reduced the amount of grout lines that need to be cleaned.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Summerville Tub and Shower Surround:

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Designer: “Various shaped cuts of statuary marble and a low-contrast palette maintain the classic, traditional style for the house while lending a clean, modern appeal for the owner.”

Renovation Recap:

Photography by Matt Bolt

Location: South Windermere Interior Designer: Annise Blackwell Tile: Palmetto Tile Distributors

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Bruce Canton of Canton

Construction: “The bathroom features marble floors, vanity tops, and a shower bench.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Kiawah Island Builder: Canton

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Interiors: “Sleek, savvy appointments make this small bathroom seem twice as large and twice as functional.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: James Island Interior Designer: Zimmerman Interiors

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Renovation Recap: Location: Mt. Pleasant

Builder: The Renovators | Glass Shower Enclosure: Port City Glass and Mirror | Granite: Creative Countertops Tile: Melcer Tile | Sconces: Restoration Hardware Paint: Sherwin-Williams

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Before “Because the bathroom [above] was mainly for the use of three growing boys, we opted for a masculine, wood-like porcelain-tile floor that will never require any refinishing and can take much more abuse than a real wood floor, especially in a damp area like a bathroom.”

Renovation Recap:

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Blue Copper Interiors

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Trudy Mercy Brown of BlueCopper Interiors: “This space was created out of a little-used storage room. Now it is a bright, elegant dressing area with room for makeup artists and hairdressers to do their handiwork. A hanging space for that special dress is provided along with a powder room.” Renovation Recap:

Location: Mt. Pleasant | Builder: M & L Design | Interior Design:

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Buckhannon Brothers Tile Donna Webb, Homeowner: “The renovation created a spa-like atmosphere that is the ultimate retreat at the end of the day. Before, it was functional but vanilla with too much space devoted to the wrong things. I love the combination of the materials (natural stone and concrete).”

Renovation Recap:

Project Location: Isle of Palms 3D Tile: Buckhannon Brothers Tile Interior Designer: Donna Webb Builder: Ryan Caldwell Concrete Tub: Dex Industries

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Melissa Hunter of MW

Custom Interiors: “The homeowner wanted to have a color scheme that would be calming and serene, so we opted to keep the walls light and bring in spa-blue and celadon-green colors with the fabrics. Because the family includes three children, the fabrics on the furniture pieces needed to be both durable and attractive.”

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Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings

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John McFadden Homeowner: “Thirtyfive years ago, I lived in a small town in Indiana. My father’s boss bought a 100-acre farm with a farmhouse. He told everyone at the office, ‘We’re going to tear that farmhouse down, so if there is anything you want, go out there and get it.’ So, I went in and saved the hardwood floor. I moved from Angola to South Bend to Grand Rapids, and then brought it all down here. Dean of Carpet Baggers said, ‘We’re going to finally make this work for you.’”

Renovation Recap:

Location: James Island Flooring Installation:

Photograph by Christy Conway

Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings Hardwood Salvage: John McFadden

Tailored Closets Alane Whitaker of Tailored

Closets: “We designed this space with the homeowners’ needs in mind and transformed the typical wire closet system into a functional dressing room.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Summerville Closet System: Tailored Closets Closet Size: 8’ x 10’



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Clark Mills of Carpenter's: “We refinished the kitchen to give a quality, top-notch ‘new kitchen’ look without breaking the homeowners’ budget. The update created less mess, took less time [6 days], and required less money than traditional kitchen remodels.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Mt. Pleasant Cabinetry Refinishing:

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Fred Stone of Elegant Hardwood Floors: “The flooring in this space is a wide-plank antique heart pine, original to the early 19th century building. Even though the floors were in awful condition (some areas were painted or had holes and gouges), we were able to save them.”

Renovation Recap:

Location: Downtown Charleston Builder: Crawford Contracting Hardwood Flooring: Elegant Hardwood Floors

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Josh Atkinson of Atkinson Pools “The homeowner is a renowned artist, so it was critical that we selected the best materials possible for her particular needs and preferences. During the renovation process, we removed the broken and cracked concrete decking and replaced it with travertine coping and decking. We also changed the interior color of the pool, adding an exposed aggregate quartz finish.”

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If you’re looking for a weekend project or a small update, check out the following ideas. Get Organized: Nothing can take a

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Resurface: While it may take more than just a weekend, replacing an old laminate countertop with natural stone is sure to add value to your property. If there’s not a budget (or the time) for such a project, consider adding a tile backsplash behind your stove.

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Out with the Old, In with the New: As attached as you may be to your cream-colored fridge with the faux-wood handle, it may be time to upgrade your appliances. Try stainless steel; it’s timeless.

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Not only can a fresh set of windows and doors transform the look of an interior (with a multitude of wood and paint frame options), but also new windows and doors can lower the energy bill by reducing drafts and reflecting UV rays.

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The O'Reillys are making the most of their space, living happily as a family of four in a 750-square-foot home. Story by Megan J. Busch • Photography by Patrick Brickman CH+D • Fall 2013


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he O'Reillys love the country, so when they had the opportunity to move to Awendaw, the decision didn’t take long to make. They quickly sold their 4,500-square-foot home in the city and traded it for something a bit smaller—750 square feet of family bliss. With the ultimate goal to build a forever home on their property, Paula and Phil O'Reilly decided that they would construct a smaller house to live in for


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a few months while their main home was being built. However, a few months turned into nearly two years, and the lessons that the O’Reillys have learned from downsizing have significantly altered not only their mindset, but also their plans for future living.

the space as best as we could. We tried to maximize the storage in the two closets that we have and the bathroom that the four of us share.” To do this, they installed simple closet-organizing systems and pocket doors that don’t monopolize an area the way hinged doors do.

When planning their tiny home, Paula and Phil took specific steps to make sure they would be comfortable. Paula describes, “Originally, we were aware that we needed to design the space and use

In building the home, budget-consciousness was of utmost importance, yet the family made sure not to cut corners where it mattered. For example, they chose to apply Rhino Shield—an

outdoor home-coating system boasting a 25-year warranty—to the exterior of the home. Although the product is a more expensive alternative to paint, the long-term value was worth the extra upfront cost to them.

Each budget decision was made with value in mind. Paula notes, “We were willing to make the investment on a few items, like hardwood floors and granite countertops, to make it a little more upscale. We wanted our

guests to feel like they were in a nice place, and we wanted to live in a place that’s durable and functional. We still do the same amount of activities and produce the same amount of wear and tear as we would in a large home, but

(above left) The O’Reilly’s 750 square-foot home is the perfect example of efficiency. Everything has a dual purpose (like the coffee table and TV stand which double as toy boxes and book shelves). (above middle) In the kitchen, Paula knew there was one appliance that she just didn’t need—a microwave! All of their meals are fresh or reheated via the range. (above right) Only the second story of the O’Reilly home is living space; underneath you’ll find a two-car garage. (below left) Phil and Paula O’Reilly with Daughter Olivia and Paula’s mother, Sarah Lamb (All of whom call this Awendaw structure “home.”) (below middle) Olivia’s room is the loft; she calls it her “princess tower bed.” The master bedroom is simple and cozy and includes a walk-in closet with organizational shelves. (below right) Jon Rosa of Rhino Shield and Bowen Chapman of Buck Lumber and Building Supply

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everything is concentrated here. So the durability of the products we chose was just as important as sticking to our budget.” The windows were both a practical and budget-friendly purchase. The O'Reillys (with the help of Buck Lumber and Building Supply) picked windows that allow sunlight in while blocking UV Rays (and, thus, the heat) from entering the house. This keeps the small structure from quickly becoming a microwave oven. These upgrades significantly increased not just the value of the home, but also the comfort and convenience enjoyed while living there. Although one day soon this family’s tiny abode will become Phil’s office, the couple is incredibly grateful for the experience. After living in the home a few months, they realized that they wanted to com-


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pletely rethink the design of their larger home. Paula explains, “We started having serious conversations about our needs. We would ask, ‘What do we need to be happy? What do we need to be comfortable in our space?’” After answering these questions, considering their day-to-day lifestyle, and thinking about how many bathrooms they really want to clean on a regular basis, the couple decided to drastically downsize their original plan for the larger house. Of their whole experience living in a tiny home, Phil reflects, “Adjusting to the downsize was actually easier than we imagined. And although I’m eager to move into our main home, the one where we will hopefully spend the rest of our lives, I have no complaints at all about this little house or our experience here.”

(top left and right) One of the upgrades that the O’Reillys chose for their small home was granite countertops. Paula wanted the home to feel nice, so the family splurged a little on certain features. (above) Almost all of the doors in the home are pocket or sliding doors; they were chosen to save space.

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The Holy City, distinguished by its historic homes, towering church steeples, and antebellum charm, has long been associated with genteel Southern living. But there’s more to Charleston than meets the eye; haunting ghosts and spirits linger as testaments of Charleston’s storied past.


the Sword Gates House Roams the Spirit of Madame Talvande


by Hannah Webster

everal blocks from the commercial section of Charleston’s historic district is the famous Sword Gates House located at 32 Legare Street, where it has widely been reported that the late headmistress Madame Talvande still roams the halls. In 1819, French colonial refugees, Andrew and Ann Talvande, purchased the property. Ann Talvande opened Madame Talvande’s French School for Young Ladies. Affluent families sent their daughters to Madame Talvande’s exclusive academy for a proper education in intellect and decorum. Madame Talvande kept a close eye on all of her girls, oftentimes hosting social gatherings in the grand ballroom with only the most appropriate suitors in attendance.

Photography by Matt Bolt

It wasn’t until Maria Whaley, the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, became a student of Madame Talvande that the headmistress’ reputation was questioned. Maria scaled the

high walls surrounding the school and ran a few blocks to St. Michael’s Church where she wed her childhood sweetheart, George Morris. Maria returned to the school, and the next morning, George arrived and announced to Madame Talvande that he was there to pick up Mrs. Morris. The bewildered headmistress lined the girls up and asked, “Is there a Mrs. Morris present among us?” Maria stepped forward and said, “Yes. I am.” Quickly, the public began to question her ability to keep the girls in line. Believing her reputation to be tarnished forever, Madame Talvande closed the school in 1849. Since Ann’s passing, legend states that Madame Talvande still roams the halls of 32 Legare. Her spirit has been seen creeping throughout the home, peering into bedrooms and keeping a watchful eye on the property.

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Charleston Hosts the Ghost of the First Female Serial Killer


by Chase Hughes

y all accounts, Lavinia Fisher was a beautiful, charming young woman who, in the early 1800s, operated a boarding house called the Six Mile Wayfarer House with her husband. For more than two years, Lavinia would invite guests at the inn to join her for tea and social conversation. It was there that the true Lavinia would reveal herself by sedating her unsuspecting guests with a potent tea that would make the drinkers pass out for up to four hours—enough time to achieve her planned murder. To carry out her act, she would simply wait until the unconscious victims fell out of bed and through a trap door, making them land some 30 feet below. The fall would kill the guests instantly. From there, Lavinia and her husband John would bury the dead men in the basement.

Once the police learned of their scam, the Fishers were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for their heinous robberies and murders. On the morning of February 18, 1820, John and Lavinia were taken from their Magazine Street jail cells to be hanged. John went quietly, praying with the minister, claiming his innocence, and begging for mercy. Lavinia, on the other hand, did not go as quietly. Instead, she asked if she could wear her wedding dress so that her beauty could save her. Right before the noose was tightened she yelled to the crowd, “If you have a message you want to send to hell, give it to me; I’ll carry it.” Before the hangman could pull the lever to release the trap door, Lavinia jumped off the scaffold herself. On more than one occasion, people visiting the old jail downtown claim to have seen the ghost of a beautiful woman with an evil stare wearing a bright white wedding dress stained with blood. And even more people swear they have seen her walking the streets outside and near the Unitarian Cemetery on Archdale Street where Lavinia was buried in an unmarked grave.

The Old City Jail, where the ghost of Lavinia Fisher is reported to roam, is located on Magazine Street in downtown Charleston.


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{ 2013 Organizing Makeover Revealed } Photography by Matt Bolt

ANIEL ISLAND—At April’s Charleston Home + Design Show on Daniel Island, homeowners Michelle and John Lackey won the second annual Organizing Makeover, which included a new murphy wall bed from HWC Custom Cabinetry, a custom closet system from Advanced Window Fashions, and 20 hours of organizing services from Jennifer Truesdale of STR8N UP. The $5,500 prize was perfect for the Lackeys since they just purchased a new home. Full of moving boxes and unplanned space, the house was in great need of some organization. Welcome home, Lackey family!

Thank you to the following companies for their participation in the giveaway: Advanced Window Fashions (843) 881-8858 • HWC Custom Cabinetry (843) 207-0750 • STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services (843) 696-6960 • Before


(top right) Michelle Lackey’s new home did not have much closet hanging space or shoe storage. With the help of Advanced Window Fashions, who provided the closet organizing system, she was prepared to move in her wardrobe. (bottom right) HWC Custom Cabinetry is the company behind the new Lowcountry murphy wall bed craze. The bed is shown here closed and open.

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(above left) Sketch of Halsey Park Community from over Alberta Long Lake (above right) Townhome Foyer Rendering (below) Six-Unit Row House Elevation

Bennett Hofford to Break Ground This Fall on a Chic Downtown Development


OWNTOWN—Halsey Park, a 21-unit development in downtown Charleston, is Bennett Hofford Construction Company’s latest undertaking. Known for their exquisite work on Kiawah Island, Bennett Hofford is excited to branch out to the peninsula with what will be the feather in their construction cap.


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Architect Glenn Keyes in partnership with Julie O’Connor of American Vernacular has designed (to start) a six-unit row house overlooking Alberta Long Lake. As some of the last undeveloped land downtown, Bennett Hofford is sensitive about maintaining a historic aesthetic and creating an open green space for the neighbor-

hood. The project is funded by APEX Capital Partners and will break ground this fall. Future construction dates will be announced for the other townhomes and single-family homes. For more information, call Bennett Hofford at (843) 737-6862 ext. 223 or visit

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery Launches Interior Design Facebook App


ORTH CHARELSTON—Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery’s new Facebook app helps users identify their personal interior-design style by prompting them to answer six visual-style questions, on topics ranging from their dream vacation to the type of flowers they would most like to receive in an arrangement. Based on the specific preferences, the app determines which design style the user most closely identifies with— modern, transitional, or traditional— and suggests specific products that match that particular style. Users can then share their results on their Facebook wall and look up the address of the closest Ferguson showroom. For more information, call Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery at (843) 747-6301 or visit To get the app, visit CH+D • Fall 2013



Monkey Bars Transforms Local Garage for Contest Winner


T. PLEASANT—During one of CH+D's online contests, homeowner Rob Davis submitted such a messy garage photo that it was deemed, by followers of Charleston Home + Design’s Facebook page, to be the most in need of help from Monkey Bars, a Lowcountry company selling garage storage systems. Thus, Rob won the $2,000 Garage

Organizing Makeover. Now, the Davis family has a place for everything—a quartet of golf bags, a trio of bikes, a pair of skateboards, one very large blow-up pool toy, and everything else. For more information, call Monkey Bars at (843) 296-1698 or visit


Rob Davis had a typical garage before Monkey Bars revitalized the space. Now, every yard tool, sporting good, and paint can has its place.

The Renovators Branches Out and Forms Outdoor Concepts of Charleston


T. PLEASANT—An established local construction company, The Renovators saw an opportunity to fill a home improvement void. So many local companies sell pavers, grills, furniture, or pools, but no single company sells all of those pieces. So, to disprove the saying you can’t be everything to everyone, they have formed Outdoor Concepts with the goal of providing quality outdoor living products as well as offering installation of all of their products. They will be the go-to professionals for projects like paver patio and fire pit installation and multi-tier deck building, to name a few. For more information, call Outdoor Concepts of Charleston at (843) 345-3214 or visit Look for their new showroom at 463 Long Point Road, opening later this year.


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Custom Carolina Hanging Beds Debuts Lowcountry Store on Johns Island


OHNS ISLAND—Opening their warehouse and showroom doors in June of this year, Custom Carolina Hanging Beds is new to the area and so are its owners, Cindi and Carson Rembert of Beaufort. With over 15 years of carpentry and construction experience, though, they are starting their business with a bang. Every hanging bed is custom-made for the customer. They do not have a warehouse full of pre-made hanging beds and

Energy One America Adds Roof Coatings to Product Line


ANIEL ISLAND—Energy One America, known for moisture resistant products like Forticel and spray foam, have added one more product to their arsenal: roof coatings. Not just decorative, these coatings stay in line with Energy One’s goal of bringing energy-saving products to everyone from North Carolina to Georgia. They reduce surface temperatures by up to 40 percent, which, in turn, also reduce energy costs to the homeowner. EnergyWise, a division of Energy One America, will offer these multicolored, highly durable polyurea coatings for anyone interested in reflecting the powerful sun rays and transforming an unused flat roof into a beautiful entertaining space. For more information, call Energy One America at (843) 388-6260 or visit


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oversized swings, so customers know that their choices of wood, fabric, design, and finish create a one-of-akind hanging bed. While visiting their showroom (at 233 Hoggard Ln.) to develop your creation, be sure to check out their unique oyster mirrors and artwork, as well. For more information, call Custom Carolina Hanging Beds at (843) 476-1984 or visit

(above) Furniture Rentals’s Showroom Featuring Items for Sale and Rent

Gallery Program Furniture Rentals Introduces Furniture Customizing Program


T. PLEASANT—Local company Furniture Rentals is now featuring an interactive program offered by Lea Furniture Company (a division of La-Z-Boy) called My Room a bedroom for everyone! by Lea. This program allows customers to customize bunk beds, loft beds, and youth furniture. In addition, Furniture Rentals is now offering sales from in-stock furniture and in-store, digital catalogues from companies such as Lane, Broyhill, Bassett, American Drew, Hammery, Craftsmaster, and Liberty Furniture. For more information, call Furniture Rentals at (800) 374-8018 or visit

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Next to New Expands Showroom


T. PLEASANT— Next to New, a home-furnishings consignment shop at Brickyard Plantation, has expanded every year of the three years they have been open. The most recent expansion increased the store’s footprint to 5,000 square feet. Now, each corner of the shop is filled with wonderful vignettes of consigned furniture, rugs, lamps, pillows, mirrors, artwork, and accessories. In order to manage the growing space, owners Cindy Clark and Cathi

Moorehead have made improvements to the business like purchasing specialized consignment software. Cindy says of the software, “Customers enjoy being able to check the progress of their sales with our online system.” For every improvement that Cindy and Cathi make to their business, the more likely it is that the store will soon overtake the whole complex. For more information, call Next to New at (843) 606-2715 or visit

(above) Next to New’s showroom now includes the commercial space at the end of the Brickyard Plantation’s shopping center.

Elegant Hardwood Floors Introduces New Line of Historic Lumber Products


ORTH CHARLESTON—This fall, Elegant Hardwood Floors will be adding historic lumber products including hand-planed trim, counters, island tops, raised and recessed paneling, doors, cabinetry, and original-face flooring to their repertoire. The original-face flooring is especially exciting to owner Fred Stone, as it is never remilled or recut. The planks remain in the form (with patina, wear, and nail holes) in which they were found on the historic properties. This means the flooring retains its original look. Elegant Hardwood Floors has the exclusive ability to purchase these materials from a national network of brokers who source the products. For more information, call Elegant Hardwood Floors at (843) 723-8172 or visit Elegant Hardwood Floors’s new lumber has many uses, like exterior gates and wide-plank flooring.


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know: the structure is going to Russia! And, the engineers included a lot of Energy Star Pella windows and sliding glass doors, most likely because Pella’s fiberglass doors and aluminum-clad windows are known for their longevity and energy efficiency. This, we imagine, is great for the extreme temperatures found in Northern Asia. Want to know more? So do we! Follow us on Facebook to see what we find out. For more information, call Pella at (843) 377-2500 or visit

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HARLESTON—If you can believe it, recycled shipping containers have become the latest and greatest green building product. National container retrofitter SG Blocks, in partnership locally with Palmetto Craftsmen, creates container buildings for everyone from Starbucks to Lacoste. Most recently, the pair is building ( just a stone’s throw from the CH+D offices) a multi-level, six-container building for a mystery recipient. It’s quite a hushhush project. Here’s what we

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The Pit Kit’s a Hit Wanting to incorporate her West Coast camping roots into her Lowcountry lifestyle, Editor Christy Conway decided to replace an odd, circular flower bed in her backyard with a new, welcoming fire pit. With the help of her father, Rick, and her husband, Mike, the trio easily updated the neglected space. Check out the simple steps the family took to see if you’d like your yard to undergo a similar transformation— just in time for s’mores-building temperatures.

Step 1: Mark the Ground Lay down the kit-provided paper template. Using marking paint, spray along the edges of the template. The outline will reveal the area that needs to be excavated. Step 2: Dig and Level the Base Using a shovel, dig out the grass or dirt two inches down in the area between the two painted lines. Use one of the pavers to compact and level the base. Step 3: Install the First Course Place the pavers in the excavated area. Be sure that each paver’s inside corners touch evenly and create a nice circle. Now, use a level to check your work. If it’s not level, removed the pavers, smooth the ground again, and reinstall the first course. Step 4: Apply the Caulk After brushing the excess dirt off the top side of each laid paver, squeeze two lines of adhesive on each stone no more than a half inch in from the edge. Try not to let the adhesive sit too long before placing the next row of pavers. Step 5: Finish the Courses and Add Cap Pavers Brush and glue the next layer of pavers, repeating the process for every subsequent layer. Be sure to shift each of the following courses so that each paver sits in the middle of the two pavers underneath. Finally, apply the cap pavers, which are designed to give the fire pit a complete and finished look. Unlike the previous courses, the cap pavers should be flush with one another.

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