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Take a walk through the Prism Award-Winning IOP home constructed by third generation builder Thomas M. Evans III.


Best-selling author of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd welcomes us into her Lowcountry home as she and daughter Ann discuss their experiences writing and publishing their new memoir, Traveling with Pomegranates.


Local Interior Designer Jennifer Rhodes Mendelsohn transforms a Folly Beach vacation home into a stylish seaside sanctuary.

From the Ground Up, p. 80


Fieldstone Center of Charleston helps architects, builders, and homeowners enhance their homes with stone.


Explore the various top products on today’s market for creating the kitchen of your dreams. Peruse appliances, decorative hardware, cabinets, countertops, and more from local companies to find a style that suits your taste.


Check out some of Charleston’s most stunning kitchens and pick up a few culinary pointers from a sampling of the Holy City's hottest chefs.

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Husband and wife team Kara and Neal Crowell of Cinder Creek Construction adeptly juggle their roles as entrepreneurs and in-demand custom home builders with the rigors of raising twin daughters.


Join us for a special installment of the 2009 CH+D Idea House saga as we unveil features and highlights of the house you didn't see in the "Reveal" last issue. Plus, Holy City Hospitality Group's Executive Chef Jason Murphy weighs in on the Idea House kitchen after taking the space for a spin.

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Winter 2010 Departments

In Every Issue 20 • Publisher’s Letter 30 • Meet & Greet 32 • GreenHouse 40 • Home-Work 42 • Architects & Archetypes 50 • He Said/She Said 183 • Ad Directory 184 • Reader Info Center 186 • Loose Ends

HOME + DESIGN NEWS 23 Shop Talk Find out what’s happening in Charleston's home + design industry.

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Living in Zen

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Shades of Style

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A Culinary Collaboration

Talk about team work! Linda McClain of Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston works closely with a Kiawah couple to craft a custom kitchen fit for a connoisseur.

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publisher's letter


e all perform tasks in our work and personal lives that are worthy of recognition but very often go unnoticed. So when you are acknowledged, it not only comes as a surprise but with deep appreciation and gratitude. Such was the case this past September when I unexpectedly received a phone call from ASID Interior Designer Calvin Hefner informing me that our little company had received an award. A past president of the American Society of Interior Designers Carolinas Chapter, Calvin explained to me that Charleston Home + Design magazine was to receive their chapter's "Service Media Award" at the 2009 ASID Carolinas' Design Gala in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The Service Media Award is presented to members of the media who provide "exceptional support toward the advancement of the interior design profession and toward the efforts of the Carolinas Chapter," Calvin explained. All media including radio, television, newspaper, magazines, and other media outlets based within the Carolinas Chapter boundaries are eligible. At the Gala, Duval Acker, ASID, CMKBD, of Kitchens By Design in Mt. Pleasant was bestowed with one of ASID Carolinas Chapter's highest honors when she received the Dora Gray Award for her lifetime of outstanding and significant contributions to the Carolinas Chapter. The Dora Gray recipient then presented the Service Media Award to us and described to the packed house of design professionals from all over North and South Carolina why Charleston Home + Design magazine was worthy of receiving this prestigious honor. In her humbling speech, Duval described our magazine as a veritable bible of building resources in the Charleston area. Discussing our devotion to the interior design community, Duval referenced the ASID design consultations held at our home shows, the magazine's various design-

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centric articles, and the many interior designer interviews aired on our weekly radio show, "Talking About a Home." Needless to say, this was one of the proudest moments in the 11 years we've been in business. You see, we Duval Acker, ASID, CMKBD, pictured here with Publisher Tim Barkley take the word design in our name very seriously. We feel an important part of our mission is to support the design community in Charleston, encouraging every homeowner to utilize the services of an architect and interior designer when building a new home or undergoing a large remodel. Working with a professional interior designer adds value to your home by heading off potential problems during construction, and by making sure in the end you get the home of your dreams. Sadly, it is possible to make a huge investment building or remodeling your home and, in the end, be unhappy with the outcome. We'd like to thank Duval Acker for nominating us for this prestigious award, as well as Marian Chatfield, ASID, of Chatfield Design and Rebecca Compton, ASID, CKD, of Gallery 406 for writing the required supporting letters. We will continue to promote ASID Carolinas Chapter. In fact, we will invite the public to call us to reserve a timeslot for a free design consultation with an ASID interior designer at the Charleston Home + Design Show January 29-31 at Gaillard Auditorium (see page 146 for details).

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Blessed with mild temperatures year-round, Charlestonians enjoy outdoor living well into the winter months. The crispness of the cooler air creates the perfect environment for patio parties and porch gatherings. However, it's hard to enjoy your cocktail when insects interrupt or debris blown up by blustery wind lands in your libation. Retractable screens are an ideal solution, as they block unwelcome elements without detracting from your view.

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shop talk Coastal Additions, LLC Now Offers Luxury Bath Systems SUMMERVILLE—Coastal Additions, LLC is known for specializing in additions, porch infills, hurricane windows, replacement windows, awnings, and hurricane protection. Now, the Summerville company also offers Luxury Bath brand tub, shower, and wall systems. Combining the gloss of ceramic while eliminating the problems associated with grout lines, Luxury Bath systems have Microban protection built-in during manufacturing to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, stains, and odors. The Microban protection, which is only offered by Coastal Additions for these systems, lasts the lifetime of the product and makes the tub, shower, or wall easier to clean. A cost-effective solution, the systems are designed to fit over the existing tub and walls —eliminating the need for expensive demolition--and can typically be completed in one day. Coastal Additions can also convert existing tubs into walk-in showers with options such as matching grab bars and built-in seating. For more information, call (843) 608-3250 or visit Chuck Finlon of Coastal Additions, LLC

Mold Solutions Added to Airtight's Roster of Products

AirTight SprayFoam of Charleston's George Druyos

WEST ASHLEY—AirTight SprayFoam of Charleston has added Mold Solutions as an additional service offered by their company. An established part of the construction market in Charleston for a decade, the company is expanding their current capabilities of sprayfoam, traditional insulation products, and crawl space renovations to include mold preventative coating and mold remediation. The new branch of the company—Southeastern Mold Solutions —utilizes extensive building science experience when installing the unique non-toxic mold solution product. To ensure superior quality and performance, Airtight employs energy consultants that are BPI certified analysts. The company also offers a 25 year warranty on the products, which is the only warranty in the industry backed by a $5 million per occurrence insurance policy from an A rated, national insurance company. This warranty removes the liability from the builder for any mold occurrence on any structure that is coated with Mold Solutions. For more information, call (843) 225-5833 or visit Locksmith Robert Senitt and Showroom Manager Pauline Ralph

Common Construction Questions Answered on C & T Blog DOWNTOWN—Travis Bedson, general contractor and owner of C & T Enterprises, LLC, has grown used to being approached by homeowners and peers with construction queries. In response, Travis opted to begin an online blog "in an attempt to edify the general public on construction, and serve as an advice column." C & T has several areas of expertise to pull from, such as custom home building, foundation diagnosis and repair, general construction and consulting, design and development, and custom fabrication/remodeling. With over 15 years of building experience in the Lowcountry, the company benefits from a unique knowledge base of the Charleston area when writing the blog, aptly titled "Construction Express." Travis encourages all Charleston area homeowners to participate by throwing questions and potentially problematic issues his way. It is his hope that, over time, the blog will become a daily online construction industry Q & A. Currently, the blog features a tip of the day and fact of the day, in addition to question specific advice. For more information, call (843) 577-7268 or visit 24 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

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shop talk CurrentSAFE Keeps Homeowners Safe from Fire Hazards DOWNTOWN—Headquartered in the "Neck" area downtown, Transworld Incorporated has experienced tremendous growth since being established in 1987. The company, which offers electrical solutions from design to installation, accommodating service and maintenance work, preventive maintenance, and repairs, has particularly seen a surge since launching CurrentSAFE in late 2007. In order to diagnose electrical problems in the home which could lead to detrimental shock and fire hazards, this innovative branch of Transworld employs cutting-edge techology to test for potential risks. Some of the revolutionary methods the company utilizes are infrared thermographic imagery, ultrasonic sound detection, circuit analyzer, ground resistance testers, true RMS voltage and current meters, and circuit tracers. To give homeowners ultimate peace of mind, CurrentSAFE offers same day receiving of computerized reporting on services rendered. For more information, call (843) 577-3491 or visit Ric Maguire of Transworld Inc.

Satellite Imagery Now Used by Homewerx Roofing

(above) Satellite roofing imagery (right) Homewerx's Billy Martin

SUMMERVILLE—A family owned and operated company in Summerville, Homewerx strives to provide their customers with superior quality, service, and pricing on roof repairs and roof replacements. To this end, the company offers many tools to enhance homeowner satisfaction, such as an online roof viewer and interactive roof color and style selector. Staying on the forefront of emerging technology, Homewerx has recently started providing a revolutionary new tool to assist in roofing installation and repair—satellite imagery. Through this imagery, Homewerx is able to supply homeowners a comprehensive print-out featuring aerial images of their home or structure. The print-outs include all details pertinent to the repair or replacement of the roof, including pitch values in inches per foot, slope direction, square footage of the roof, different waste percentages, and total roof facets. For more information, call (843) 270-2204 or visit

PermaCoat of Charleston Launches EShield WEST ASHLEY— The newest line of high-quality, energy-efficient specialty products offered by the PermaCoat of Charleston family, EShield boasts an innovative form of insulation that offers dramatic energy savings. By reflecting 97 percent of the energy that strikes the insulation's foil, the product can lower attic temperatures by up to 40 degrees, and cut energy bill costs by a full 25 percent. The slim profile of the product makes it easy to fit between purlins and roof sheets, and costs less to ship and store than traditional forms of insulation. Other benefits of EShield insulation include bird and rodent resistant materials, superior fire safety ratings, and a streamlined appearance. In order to determine the potential energy savings involved with using the product, EShield conducts free in-home energy audits to examine inefficient areas such as crawlspaces, attic rafters and doors, and windows. For more information, call EShield at (843) 852-3016. 26 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

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right now W h e n Charleston born and bred siblings Matt and Ted Lee left for college in the northeast, they had no idea they would miss their hometown's home cooking so much. To solve their culinary conundrum, the brothers founded the Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue filled with southern staples. Soon, the small business was booming, and Matt and Ted Lee, on the cover of Matt and Ted were field- their newly released cookbook. ing calls from magazine editors and travel shows in search of the brothers' southern cuisine expertise. Their first cookbook, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, received the 2007 James Beard Cookbook of the Year award. Their recently released second effort, The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern, is following in its predecessor's fashion—already receiving rave reviews. Filled with over 100 easy, healthy southern-inspired dishes, The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern will make a mouth-watering edition to your cookbook collection. For more information, visit the Lee Brothers website at


Oak Steakhouse on Broad Street has become a Lowcountry institution since its inception in 2005. Flocks of patrons flood through the doors each night, enamored by the restaurant's warm atmosphere, exquisite food, and the inherent charm of one of the Holy City's most beloved chefs—Brett McKee. Inspired by his success at Oak, Chef Brett and colleague Steve Palmer have partnered under Indigo Road Restaurant Group to create 17 North, a "roadside kitchen" located on Highway 17 in historic Mt. Pleasant. Lauded as a true farm-to-plate experience, the restaurant infuses heavily into its menu fresh ingredients and produce from local companies. In the spring, the restaurant plans to utilize fresh vegetables from their own garden located on the grounds. Swing by and sample the fare for yourself at 3563 Highway 17 North or, for more information, call 17 North at (843) 606-2144 or visit


The outdoor seating area behind 17 North, featuring a firepit perfect for roasting marshmallows

CH+D Winter Playlist What we’ve been listening to lately... "1901 by Phoenix" –Amanda "Not Fire, Not Ice (acoustic) by Ben Harper" –Julie "Revelry by Kings of Leon" –Paige "Declaration of Dependence by Kings of Convenience" –Michael "Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus" –Sherry "Stepping into Tomorrow by Madlib" –Matt "Old Christmas music by Bing Crosby" –Corie "I just digitized a huge collection of music from my 96 Wave days. Lately I've been listening to a bootleg live recording from Wavefest '97 including Cracker, David Byrne, Joan Osborne, and the reunion that almost took place between Son Volt and Wilco." –Tim

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A revitalizing shot in the arm to the local economy, Boeing has chosen North Charleston to be the site of its new 787 Dreamliner jet assembly plant. The facility is projected to create at least 3,800 jobs and invest more than $750 million into the area within the first seven years of production!



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Lea rn more about the show hours, vendors, and specia 's exhibits on page 146! l Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) February 12-14, 2010 For more information, call (843) 723-1748.

BB&T Charleston Wine & Food Festival March 4-7, 2010 Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 727-9998.

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Chef Bob entertains guests on the set of Ucook! with Chef Bob. To create the set, Chef Bob honored the series' Charleston roots by turning to local vendors. Resources: Countertops - Fisher Recycling, Drapery Fabrication & Installation - MW Hunter Custom Interiors, Drapery Fabric - Not Just Fabrics, French Chair Refinishing - Charleston Fabric & Interior

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t's no secret Charleston is a hotspot for media productions. The Lowcountry has served as the backdrop for countless movies and is the setting of Lifetime Television's hit series Army Wives. However, the Holy City has never seen a show like Ucook! with Chef Bob. A unique television series set to air on PBS affiliate stations in the spring of 2010, Ucook! follows beloved Chef Bob Waggoner as he teaches viewers the art of five star cooking with fine wine pairing. A classically trained French chef and one of the few Americans to be knighted with the “l’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France, Chef Bob carved a name for himself locally as executive chef of the Charleston Grill downtown. His culinary talent, paired with his charming demeanor, has earned Chef Bob international recognition and appearances on The CBS Morning Show, The View, and Wheel of Fortune. Most recently, the busy chef represented the Lowcountry at Walt Disney World’s 2009 Epcot Center Food 30 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. We managed to catch Chef Bob in a rare leisure moment to grill him for the inside scoop on his series debut. How did "Ucook! with Chef Bob" come to be? Over a dinner and Belgian Beer conversation with [producer] Mike Kirk at a swanky Charleston restaurant. It has worked out well since. Your new cookbook, The Charleston Grill Cookbook, has been getting rave reviews. Do you incorporate any of the recipes or techniques from the book into the show? Yes. The book is built on years of my experience and, now that I am no longer with the Charleston Grill, my TV series Ucook! will see another recipe book on the way that is focused on my new recipes and the guests on the episodes.

What advice would you give to people who want to cook good, wholesome food at home but don't know where to start? Watch the TV Series Ucook! with Chef airs on PBS affiliates around the country in Spring of 2010. Kidding…The series premise is to get you out of your comfort zone of easy fast food and start cooking good fresh food. Who am I kidding? You just need to watch the show—it's the only answer! What are your favorite things to do in the Lowcountry when you’re not working? Fishing, fishing, and fishing! I joke again. I love spending time with my wife and daughter...who love to watch me fish! For more information on Ucook! with Chef Bob, call (843) 323-5162 or visit

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n 1879, Thomas Alva Edison invented the first incandescent light bulb, profoundly changing the way we illuminate our lives. In the time since, this everyday convenience has seen many evolutions and given rise to multiple alternatives. The newest addition to the roster is the LED light bulb, an energy-efficient option in lieu of other bulbs. According to Bryan Mishler, who offers the bulbs through his company Controlit, the LED light bulb outshines incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, and even compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) when it comes to energy usage and cost of operation. As documented in recent studies, an LED light bulb uses approximately one tenth of the energy of an incandescent bulb and has a life expectancy of 50,000 hours—compared to a meager 1,000 for standard incandescent. Unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs contain no hazardous or noxious fumes, and are fully RoHS compliant. The bulbs are available in warm and cool light. For more information about LED light bulbs, call Controlit at (843) 628-4290 or visit

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Most people are familiar with the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore as a receptacle for gently used belongings, which the charitable organization in turn sells to help build homes for needy Charleston families. As of late, however, it is the ReStore's Deconstruction program that is catching people's attention. Aimed at salvaging usable material from remodel and teardown projects, the program was recently named the Best Re-Use Program of 2009 by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Recycling Market Development Advisory Council. The ReStore was recognized along with four other recycling businesses statewide for the positive impact their business practices are making on South Carolina's environment, communities, and economy. Launched full time in late 2008, the Deconstruction Program has diverted a staggering 103 tons of material from the landfill—valued at approximately 130,000 dollars, which is furthering the organization's cause of affordable housing for the less fortunate. For more information on how you can contribute, call Deconstruction Program Manager Jillian Cain at (843) 559-4009 or email



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he landscape lighting designer of choice for many of the most sophisticated homes and gardens in the Charleston area, Mike Rollins of Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems capitalizes on years of experience and an artistic eye to create unique settings using light as a medium. At his James Island home, where he lives with wife GiGi, sons Baylor and Ellis, and their Labradoodle Riley, Mike utilizes lighting to enhance the ambience, functionality, and security of his space.

While working on his own home, Mike had the fortune of being able to coordinate his landscaping with the lighting, strategically planting trees and shrubs where they would look best highlighted. Security also plays a large role; lighting floods the porch and where each car is parked. “Lighting is very pleasing but also very functional,” states Mike. “It’s not just about sticking lights everywhere; their task is very purposeful, particularly in the front yard.”

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All of the home’s bedrooms overlook the backyard, so Mike feels it is important to make that space stand out. “As I see it, the front yard is for the enjoyment of everyone that comes by, and the backyard is for me,” he explains. To ensure the family doesn’t waste time worrying about turning the lights on and off, Mike incorporates timers on almost all of his lighting so they can simply enjoy the views from the inside out.

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5 Questions with... Darryl A. Cobb, AIA

Principal Architect & Owner of Cobb Architects, LLC Prior to establishing Cobb Architects in 2000, Darryl A. Cobb, AIA, worked in the field for Philip Smith Contractors for over a year—time he considers well spent, and an endeavor he believes more architects should commit to. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Darryl has been a member of several Architectural Review Boards (ARBs) and has written the design guidelines for various Lowcountry neighborhoods. His firm, Cobb Architects, has designed many homes throughout the Lowcountry area and throughout South Carolina. In 2008, Cobb Architects won a SC AIA Merit Award for the Ponds Farm House restoration and the Ponds Pavilion in Summerville. In addition to basic architectural services, the firm stays involved in every aspect of their projects ­—collaborating with clients until they move into their home. Darryl recently established High Tide Design Group, a separate company that sells house and garage plans online. In creating High Tide, Darryl hopes to provide a good alternative for homeowners who may not have the time or budget to hire an architect.


In Darryl’s words… What makes Charleston the perfect home base for your company? I grew up in Charleston and I love everything about it. I like the history and the architecture; I love the islands and some of the old houses on the islands. I love the water and the weather...when you add all this up, what a great place to live and practice what you love. I am very lucky! What are your favorite things to do in the Lowcountry when you're not working? Beers and burgers at Poe’s, boating, running, swimming, cycling, cycling, and more cycling!

Favorite example of architecture in Charleston? This is a hard one but the three buildings that come to mind are 2 Meeting street Inn, The Plantation House at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and I also like the Inn at Middelton Place. Greatest professional inspiration? Frank Lloyd Wright: I love his architecture and I love his passion for the profession. Best advice you’ve ever been given? Always do the right thing and never, ever, ever quit! To speak with Darryl, call (843) 856-7333 or visit

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Silhouette window shadings by Hunter Douglas in the dining room


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Nancy McCrae of Advanced Window Fashions helps homeowners Cynthia and Larry Frazier outfit their Summerville residence with sleek shadings.

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Silhouette window and door shadings by Hunter Douglas


t was a twist of fate that brought Cynthia and Larry Frazier into Nancy McCrae’s Mt. Pleasant showroom. In the Frazier's search for the perfect window coverings for their newly constructed dream home, the Summerville residents grew disheartened when they learned the Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades they coveted were no longer carried by Lowe’s. The couple turned to their design “guru” Milton Kolwyck, an interior designer with West Ashley furniture store Haverty’s. In response, Milton promptly pointed them in the direction of a reputable Hunter Douglas vendor—Advanced Window Fashions. "I'd heard so many good things about Advanced Window Fashions, and I've used them with a few of my own clients," says Milton. "I knew they would take care of the Fraziers." When Cynthia and Larry first visited the window coverings showroom, Nancy showed them various patterns and samples of the Silhouette. “I brought the Silhouette out as a hand sample and held it up in the window,” says Nancy, “and that’s how Cynthia fell in love with this pattern.” The couple wasn’t immediately sold on the size, however. Explains Cynthia, “I wanted the smaller style, not the four-inch. I did not like the big one! But then Nancy actually came out to our house with the samples and I changed my mind.” The house call, the homeowners assert, helped them envision the 46 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

product in a more personal way—which ultimately led to their decision to go with the larger size. A native of Charleston, born at Roper Hospital and raised on Ashton Street downtown, Larry is happy he and his wife have returned to the Lowcountry after a lengthy stint away. “The peace and quiet I left here is still here,” he says, “and that definitely brought me back.” Working with Nancy to outfit all of the home’s windows with Silhouette shadings, says the couple, was one of the most enjoyable experiences of their home-building process. Throughout the process, the Fraziers were impressed with the quality of Nancy's work. “It was surprising that we got it just as Nancy told us we were going to get it,” laughs Cynthia, “and I think we even got it a day or two before the expected delivery date. I was shocked!” With their new home finally finished, the couple finds the window treatments enhance the character and style of the house’s interior. “We’re completely satisfied with the installation, with the materials, with everything,” smiles Larry. v For more information on window coverings, contact Advanced Window Fashions at (843) 881-8858 or visit

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AT A GLANCE Builder: Obemax Custom Homes Interior Design: Milton Kolwyck, Haverty's Furniture; homeowners Project: Custom home Location: Wannamaker Avenue, Summerville Highlights: Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, Hunter Douglas Silhouette window shadings, granite countertops, two-car garage, brick facade

Silhouette window shadings by Hunter Douglas in the dining room

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Light taupe walls and Lagos Blue CaesarStone countertops complement the unique zinc and wood hood.

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long with her husband Michael, Linda Mayhall recently embarked on the journey of crafting her dream kitchen. Having allocated a large space for the kitchen and dining area, the couple wanted a room that was both functional and breathtaking, with multiple focal points throughout. "Each elevation," explains Linda McLain, owner of Signature Kitchens and Baths of Charleston, Inc., "architecturally integrates and showcases the appliances and fixtures." The stainless steel refrigerator and wine/beverage cooler form columns to visually support the barrel vault, which is the entrance to the dining room and also divides the work spaces. The counter space and cabinets by the wine cooler serve as a dry bar, utilizing a secondary sink on the kitchen island. The breakfast nook seating lends homeowners and their guests a comfortable and inviting spot to start their day. The arch lines up with the barrel vault, another show-stopping structural and ar-

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chitectural detail planned by the architect and builder. "It was exciting to work with so many talented people and most rewarding to be thrilled with the end results," states Kitchen Designer Mary M. Dodge of Signature Kitchens and Baths of Charleston, Inc. "There was flexibility and a willingness to resolve challenges, which enhanced the final results." v For more information on custom kitchens, contact Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston, Inc. at (843) 571-5720 or visit

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Green vs Traditional Husband and wife team Charlie and Susan Ledford square off on which type of pest control service is superior. Susan: Most of the calls we get for green services are from people who have respiratory problems, have recently undergone cancer treatment, are pregnant, or are just afraid of regular pesticides. Charlie: I think green is going to be more for people that don’t have a serious infestation problem. One of the drawbacks with green pest control services is that if you have a bad infestation, it can take longer to get rid of the pests—particularly with some green products. Susan: One difference in a lot of the green products is that the natural oils they use target and block a key neurotransmitter receptor site for octopamine, which is found only in invertebrates. Octopamine is a key neurotransmitter only in insects that regulates heart rate, movement, behavior and metabolism. The application of the pesticide results in a breakdown of the central nervous system. Since mammals and fish don’t have the receptors for octopamine, it doesn’t affect them. Charlie: But really, even with traditional services, the industry's gotten away from the use of harmful chemicals such as DDT, 50 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

Chlordane, and Organophosphates. A lot of the chemicals in use now are specifically targeted to a particular insect or insect family, and are microencapsulated. A lot of the emulsifiers used in the past that allow the oil-based chemicals to mix with water have been changed to a safer (although in some cases harder to mix) product. Xylene and other strong emulsifiers are pretty much gone. Susan: Another benefit of using a professional pest control service is something called "System 3," which regulates how much aerosol comes out of the nozzle at a given time so you can limit the amount used in different areas. With typical aerosol cans, you press the button and have less control over how much chemical you are applying. Charlie: I don’t recommend a green flea service. We have not seen any of these green products to be really effective against fleas. With traditional pest control and a standard infestation, we can usually knock it out in one visit. If you’ve got fleas and they’re biting you and your children, it’s time to get rid of them!

Susan: With both types of services, we still utilize integrated pest management. Most treatment done on the inside of a structure is crack and crevice—places your children and pets aren’t going to be. Outside, we treat areas where we find insect harborages such as around mulch, shrubs, firewood, moisture-prone areas, and windows and doors. Charlie: My solution is a combination of both. You use a little bit of what you think is best for the application. If people are open to a mix of green and traditional services, you can combine the two to create a really effective system. If you can use green where possible in sensitive areas, and traditional in problem spots, you’ll get a great result. Susan: The truth is, both services are safe if you entrust the work to a licensed, trained pest control company. It can be dangerous not to! If you simply have to do it yourself, you must adhere to the instructions on the label. Even if it’s green, it can be dangerous if misapplied. For more information on all available pest control services, contact Susan and Charlie by calling Ledford's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. at (843) 766-8298 or visit


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building a legacy Third generation builder Thomas M. Evans III generates building buzz and carves a name for himself in the industry with a Prism Award winning home on Isle of Palms.


n Isle of Palms, tucked cozily in Wild Dunes Resort, exists a storybook street complete with picket fences, weeping willows billowing in the salty sea breeze, and children tottering down the sidewalks with sand pails and shovels. According to Karen Serenbetz, it’s the best kept secret in Charleston. She and husband Robert own the celadon green Victorian bungalow on the corner, a home that—until recently—they very rarely had the chance to enjoy. Natives of Pennsylvania, the couple decided in 2008 to turn their Isle of Palms vacation home into a residence more suitable to full-time coastal living. Anxious for more sun and surf, Robert called local third-generation builder Tommy Evans to discuss options for a major renovation. By September 2009, the Serenbetzes were basking at the beachside bungalow more often, and Tommy was honored with a 21st annual Prism Award for his work on the project. No stranger to hard work, Tommy discovered his love for building at an early age. “My grandfather, Thomas Evans Sr., started the company in 1947,” he explains. “My father grew up immersed in the construction industry and passed the family tradition on to myself. My family has built thousands of homes and neighborhoods in Charleston, including apartments, townhomes, and single family homes.” When Tommy initially received Robert’s call, he knew he wanted to get the ball rolling right away. “I met with several architects familiar with the particular style of the home to discuss the project,” he states. “Hilton Googe seemed to clearly accomplish the Serenbetz's goals of enlarging their living space with minimal change to the home's foot-

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print and exterior.” After meeting with the customer and deciding Hilton Googe was going to be the designer, Tommy jumped straight into the job. “We threw around several designs and ideas and eventually arrived at what was to be our final design,” Tommy says. “We had Thomas M. Evans III

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Tommy replaced the once flat ceiling in the master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling featuring unique 5-inch individual beadboard, dramatically opening up the space. Owners Karen and Robert Serenbetz dreamed of opening up the walled-in stairwell. Tommy tackled the task, which required the installation of steel beams to support the weight of the newly open areas.

new structural designs to support the addition with all of the aesthetic details. Before even starting construction, we addressed structural problems like the foundation that was causing the floor to sag.” They then selected cabinet designs, trim packages, windows, doors, appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and even tile and paint colors with the homeowner and designer. “Throughout the course of the project we made several major adjustments to our original plan,” says Tommy. “We ended up aesthetically changing the window design, even adding two accent windows in the kitchen. We opened up the ceilings in the master bedroom and bath, giving the space a totally different feel. We also opened up the staircase which required the installation of steel beams to support the weight of the open areas.” Homeowners Karen and Robert feel the extra effort Tommy put into the project truly gives the home a wow factor. "Tommy and his wife Loni were great," exclaims Karen. "Anytime you had an idea, Tommy would just run with it. Everyone else said, No, No, No, you can’t do this, you can’t do that. That didn’t happen with Tommy. Every time I brought something up, he said, You know, I think I can figure out a way 54 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

to do it. And that extra effort really made a big difference in the house." For Tommy, increasing the living space so dramatically by adding on in only four small areas was the best characteristic of this project. "This renovation changed the entire feeling and flow of the home," he elaborates, "and transformed it from a small closed-in beach cottage into a modern home with a larger airy feel." In the master bedroom, a once flat ceiling became a vaulted ceiling, opening up the room and giving the appearance of more space. "This was Tommy's creation. It was just a flat ceiling and he opened it up," Karen says. The master bathroom—also the result of Tommy's vision—was once unused crawlspace which Tommy realized he might be able to take advantage of. "I was standing there with him when he looked up and said, We can do it...we can open it up," laughs Tommy's wife Loni. "And I told him, Karen would love that!" Tommy utilized the space where the master bathroom originally was to create a custom walk-in closet for the homeowners. "We do our own closets, which is different from most builders—who hire that work out," asserts

Tommy. "In this closet, and all the closets we did in this house, we used clear, superior grade poplar. We don't use any particle board. They won't sag ever! We added little extras as well like can lights, ceiling fans, and adjustable shelves." The development of a walk-in closet in their beach bungalow was a pleasant surprise for the happy ho-

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meowners. Says Karen, "It's great! I have a huge walk-in closet at our house in Philadelphia, and I just never thought I could have one at this house." With three children and four grandchildren visiting frequently, the Serenbetzes appreciate every extra inch afforded to them by Tommy's clever use of space. The homeowners also credit Olivia Thomas, a senior design consultant at GDC Home in Mt. Pleasant, with helping to choose the home's charming accessories and furnishing. Known for his meticulous craftsmanship, Tommy tried to give the Serenbetzes a truly unique home through custom trim, custom closets and cabinetry, and other details. "I enjoy giving special attention to each project, large or small, to make sure the design flows and the customer gets the best products and quality workmanship for their budget," states Tommy. "Every room in this house is significant compared to what it was. These bedrooms and closets don’t get any nicer in my opinion!" Karen and Robert feel the end result is a home that not only reflects them, but also reflects the Lowcountry—a look they adore. "What I love about Tommy is that what he does in one house, he's not necessarily going to

do in another house," says Karen. "There are so many personal touches in our home that make it unique. And I think Tommy does a great job of creating homes that reflect the region they are in...our home is no exception to that." Tommy relies on his impressive experience in the industry to ensure each remodel he does offers the homeowners dramatic benefits. “All of my years of experience have taught me the art of remodeling and how to study the structural elements that need to be considered for a successful major renovation," proffers Tommy. "Remodeling is a different animal than new construction. I prefer the challenge of transforming a home.” With the tranformation of the Serenbetzes' home complete, the Pennsylvania couple hopes to eventually sell their home in the northeast to reside at Isle of Palms year round. When the project initially drew to a close, both parties were sad to see the collaboration end. “This project not only dealt with the construction aspects, but my wife and I also became close friends with the Serenbetzes," smiles Tommy. "We both spoke with them almost daily throughout the project to ensure the finished product was exactly what they wanted. Since they were

still living in Pennsylvania, we communicated regularly with photos documenting progress, and emails as well.” However, with happy homeowners on his hands and his hectic life beckoning, Tommy knew his work at the residence was complete. Receiving a Prism award for this work on the project was simply icing on the cake for the busy builder. "I knew that this could be an award winning project," says Tommy. "I am very honored to have received this award, and even more honored that a family would put their faith in me to complete such a major project." As for the Serenbetzes, they can't seem to stay away from their once-cramped Victorian beach bungalow. "We are so pleased with this house," exclaims Karen. "It is just so comfy now! We really just hate to leave every time we have to go. With the changes Tommy made, we are really looking forward to settling down here." v For more information, call Thomas Evans Custom Building and Renovations at (843) 442-0277 or visit thomasevansconstruction. com. Tommy can also be reached via email at

The inviting, Lowcountry-style kitchen, which opens up into the dining area, features hardwood flooring, granite countertops, chic white cabinetry, chandeliers by Circa Lighting, and cabinet hardware by Foxworth Decorative Hardware.

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Ann Kidd Taylor and Sue Monk Kidd in the living room of Sue's home. On the walls hang antique Chinese door panels and an African Kuba cloth woven from palm fibers and once worn as a ceremonial skirt in tribal dances. Interior Design by Julie Fox Braddock of Fox Interiors, LLC.

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Ann Kidd Taylor The door swings open and Sue Monk Kidd beckons me into her home. Her daughter Ann follows suit, greeting me in the foyer with a shy smile. As I look at the women - dark hair, blue eyes, fair skin - I can't help but see each in the other, visions of what has been and what is yet to come. We make our way into the living room and I settle into a plush white loveseat. Sue and Ann sit adjacent to me, nestled closely on the oversized alabaster sofa. The women nudge each other affectionately, eliciting a sharp longing in me for my own mother. It is the same pang that welled up in my chest frequently when I read their new co-authored memoir, Traveling with Pomegranates. A chronicle of the women's travels abroad together, the book follows Sue and Ann's journey as they seek to rediscover themselves and reconnect with each other. A poignant examination of the relationship between mothers and daughters, Traveling speaks straight to the heart of familial emotion, feminine thresholds, and spiritual awakening. Warm and genuine, the mother-daughter duo gamely let me pick their brains for secrets of life they learned along the way.


I wanted to write a book about my travels. After that, I came home and started writing about my travels, which eventually became this book. But when we were traveling, we had no idea!

Ann: When we were taking these trips, we had no idea or intention even of writing about them. I guess I was searching for what I wanted to do, and it was on these trips that I realized I wanted to be a writer. I think I was not only coming to realize that, but coming to accept that as well ­—and trying to muster the courage and confidence to accept it. It wasn’t until 2000 that I said out loud at that myrtle tree that

Sue: It was her idea, and she surprised me in later years after she had been working on the book as her apprenticeship, as she called it. She surprised me by asking if I would like to co-author it with her. She said, Why don’t you write this book with me? And I was thrilled because, secretly, I really wanted to be able to write about my experiences of crossing over this threshold into older womanhood, and about our relationship from my perspective. But it was

n 1998, you embarked on a journey to Greece and Turkey to celebrate Sue's fiftieth birthday and Ann's college graduation. Did you ever imagine at the time the chronicles of your travels would be published a decade later?

her project, so I never imagined I would get to participate. Then she just spontaneously asked me one day, so I leapt at the chance. Then I said, Ann, are you sure? Are you really, really sure? She jokes that she was sure until I asked her that, but I made her think about here we are. You both habitually write in your journals. Did you refer to them much when writing Traveling with Pomegranates? Sue: Absolutely! We referred to our journals religiously. In fact, we both recorded prodigious amounts of thoughts and experiences when we were traveling together, and without those journals I

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don’t know that we could have replicated all the details that we did. We relied on a lot of things. We relied on our memories, which seem to accommodate you when you really start to delve into experiences from the past. And we relied on our journals, on photographs we took, on antic videos, on books and postcards we brought back. We just had an array of materials for us to recreate the experience. Ann: We had all of those things and, when it came to our memories, if I couldn’t remember something I could call my mom or she could call me. You know, Am I remembering that detail correctly? So having two memory banks was a big help. The concept of an "awakening" is a recurrent theme in Sue's writing, and you both certainly grappled with powerful moments of self60 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

awareness during your travels. What was it like to experience these epiphanies together? Sue: Well, I do think that awakening is a recurrent theme for me. It seems like life is about waking up and then waking up again, and having some response to that which propels you on a new journey, a new awareness, a new consciousness. But it has been mostly an individual experience. When Ann and I were together, these epiphanies were happening in tandem, and I think that might actually intensify one another’s own experiences. I watched Ann going through her process of going underground and dealing with things deep inside of herself, and how that would give her kind of a rebirth—and that would compel me and enhance me. It was very symbiotic; we fed off of one another and those experiences.

Ann: I think traveling and experiencing those moments of awakening—and having my mom there to have a conversation about it as it was happening­—not only helped me understand those moments, but it made me feel very safe and comfortable and supported. And I think it is really important to have that support when you’re undergoing something very transitional, which can feel very scary. So, to have my mom there, I think it helped ground me. Sue: Sometimes, you have someone with you that can ask just the right question or make just the right response at a moment. I remember at one point turning around and asking Ann this question that just popped into my head: What was the hardest thing about being my daughter? If she had not been there, I don’t know that I would have been able to explore that question quite the way

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I did. Maybe it would have returned to me later in my journey and I could have written about it. But it was seizing that moment where it surfaced and just saying it to her; it precipitated a whole new understanding for me that this was really about me asking, What was the hardest thing about being my mother’s daughter? I really wanted to answer that question myself, and that moment opened up a dialogue about my relationship with my mother. Sue, in Traveling, we get a unique perspective into the evolution of your nationally acclaimed, best selling novel The Secret Life of Bees. What was it like to experience the overwhelming response to the novel, which came to life on the silver screen with big ticket stars such as Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, and Jennifer Hudson? Sue: You know, I was never sure this was actually ever going to be made into a movie. This went on for seven years from the time they began the process until the

heart of the story as well—and that I didn’t expect. Ann, in Traveling with Pomegranates, you were a really big proponent of your mom and this book. You were kind of her personal book critic, reading chapter by chapter. Was it surreal for you to see it achieve that level of success? Ann: This is what I knew: When she was giving me chapters to read, I just wanted to read more. Like, when is the next chapter coming? I really loved the story and everything she was giving me from the get go. My mom would say, I don’t know if this will see the light of day, but I’m doing it. And I would say, I know I’m biased, but this is really good! So I think there was a little part of me that felt like it was so surreal this novel that she'd been writing was going to be a movie. In that way it was surreal because all those characters by that point had just started to feel like extended members of the family. And the other part of me, I guess the same

opposite, to feel so sad and depressed, and to be grappling with those things. When we did go back in 2000, it was so different. I was really beginning to accept some things about myself and be okay with it, and it felt kind of like a celebration. It felt like this culmination—not only this reunion that was happening with us, but almost of being reunited with this self that had felt very lost to me. Sue: There are three parts to the book: loss, search, and return. We call that last part return. I think during that first trip to Greece together there was a great deal of loss in both of our lives that was happening that needed to be acknowledged, which was really catalytic of a lot of the transformation we were about to be catapulted into. In France, we were searching, searching, searching, you know? When we went back to Greece, there was a great deal of returning to ourselves and to one another—reunions, as Ann said—and I think that was a large theme.

"I think creative courage is maybe one of the harder kinds of courage to harness in ourselves. It's something about putting your voice in the world in a very authentic and honest way, something about letting people listen in on a conversation you're having with your own soul..." Sue time it actually came out. When it became clear that it really was going to happen, I think I was nervous about what would become of this adaptation. Was it going to be a good one? Was it going to be true to the book? When I was sent the first draft of the script, I couldn’t even read it for probably a week! I told myself it was because I was very busy but, in truth, it was because I was very nervous about what I would see. When I finally picked it up and read it, I was completely relieved because I realized this was a very good rendering of the book. [Screenplay writer and director] Gina Prince-Bythewood distilled this down beautifully. I thought she captured not only the truth of the story, but the emotional 62 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

part of me that was saying this is really, really good, wasn’t surprised at all. Sue: She’s a very good reader. She read every chapter—she was my only reader, I let no one else see it—and she gave me great feedback. So, you know, I trusted her. How was returning to Greece in 2000 different from your inaugural trip together? Ann: It was vastly different. To be able to go back to that place that really had changed me the first time, where I kind of met myself and had this realization of what I wanted to do with my life. And then to go with my mom in '98 and feel the exact

Ann: It wasn’t like we reached this perfect place of Oh, I’ve figured everything out! It was kind of just accepting. I think I just found, Okay, just love yourself. Just love yourself. With all the imperfections and stresses, just love yourself. That was huge for me. Ann, you struggled throughout the memoir to accept your inner writer before embracing it (with a little help from Athena and Joan of Arc). Can we expect more writing from you in the near future? Ann: Yeah, I want to begin writing fiction. I’ve written some fiction before, but for myself. So I am very excited about diving into that and exploring someone not me...

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imaginary characters and places, and someone else’s world. I feel very inspired about kind of tackling that, and I’ve got things down on paper and I’ve been doing that for awhile. I’m excited about opening that box and seeing just what’s in there. Sue, you went through a similar struggle from fiction to non-fiction. It took a bit for you to make that leap. Is it exciting for you to see Ann come to that same place? Sue: Whenever you get to some new place in your life where something has run its course—where something is ending and something new wants to start—it’s always a little bit frightening. Because it’s unknown. I think creative courage is maybe one of the harder kinds of courage to harness in ourselves. I don’t know why that is. You look back later and you think, Well what was the big deal? But at the moment, it feels like you’re taking a leap. It’s something about putting your voice in the world in a very authentic and honest way, something about letting people listen in on a conversation you’re having with your own soul—whether it’s fiction or non-fiction or whatever. So I think you have to grapple with that, and take a deep breath, and do it anyway. So that’s what I’ve always done. I tell Ann things like, Oh, you should err on the side of audacity! [laughing] Later I said, You know why I say that, don’t you? Because that’s what I need to hear! I’ve always needed to hear that.

Ann: I can’t imagine living anywhere else but here. I find a lot of inspiration— I mean, I suppose a lot of people that live here say this, probably because it’s true—in the natural beauty of the Lowcountry. It just never ceases to amaze and inspire me just how alive everything really feels here. I mean you’re seeing it, but I really feel it. You’re just so inspired to live here. It’s the natural beauty of the place itself, let alone Charleston and the charm. I think being here has shaped me. We’ll see how it has shaped me as a writer when I start writing my fiction. I imagine that world being nestled in the Lowcountry as well. Sue: Oh, it’s just such a large question I just don’t know if I can do it justice. Place profoundly impacts me as a writer, and there is something about the Lowcountry

that evokes my creative life. I didn’t start writing The Secret Life of Bees until I came to Charleston. I think that’s what I was waiting for…to find my place. And for me, it’s the marsh. It's something about the rhythm of the tidal creek and the way it ebbs and flows, and the enduring way that happens. It does something inside of me every time. It makes me more contemplative, more introspective, more reflective. I think it starts the conversation in the writer with oneself. So it’s about all those things. In Traveling, even when you two were abroad, I really felt a strong voice and connection to the Lowcountry. Are you from here originally? Sue: No, I was born and grew up in Georgia so I lived there until I went to college, but we’ve lived in South Carolina for 33

Ann: I was so surprised. I didn’t know that! Sue: She thought that came naturally. No, I think I’ve always struggled to be audacious with my inner life and my creative life, and it matters deeply to me to take those risks that I need to fulfill all that. But I wish it came easier. I love watching her step up to write this fiction in this way. Ann: [laughing] I’ve not even begun yet…. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll err on the side of audacity, I guess! Although the breathtaking vistas of Greece, Turkey, and France invigorated you, you also found inspiration in the Lowcountry. How has the Charleston area shaped your lives since moving here? 64 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

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years. I know because Ann was a baby when we moved here! We’ve been here in the Lowcountry for 11 years. Something happened in my creative life when I came here which is mysterious to me. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have had that creative life without it, but I do think there is some connection to a certain moment of readiness and that interaction with a place. My writing really began to flourish when I came here. And I’ll say, at every book tour we’ve ever done, invariably when I say I am from Charleston the first thing out of people's mouths is, Oh I love Charleston! So I think Charleston is beloved everywhere and people recognize that there is something special about it. I think Charleston has a sense of herself; she is very unique, and she knows what she’s about and she’s not homogenous like a lot of cities. She has her own style and charm and history and essence. Part of it is about the marsh, but it’s a place that kind of breeds artistic community. Charleston is muse-like. Each of you collected mementos of your 66 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

journey. Did you incorporate any of these into your home decor? Ann: [pointing behind our heads] Well, there’s your vase! Sue: That is the vase that I brought back that I wrote about. This was the one where we went shopping in Athens, and we were building the house (our first). There was this Cycladic statue and there was this vase, and I looked at Ann and said, Which should I get? And Ann says, I like both. So I say, Good! I’ll take them both! And there’s the hand-woven rug hanging at the bottom of the stairs – that was something we brought back from Greece. I don’t know, there are things all around! Black Madonnas from France…what else did we bring back from France? Ann: Well, we collected post cards, little icons, my ring. When we went to Crete, we each bought the little icon replica and also the poster image of that Madonna in the myrtle tree. I know a lot of the things

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that I have are just little things that I picked up that I have around my desk. But I think we found some things that really had some meaning to us, and we either put them out in our home or wear them around our necks. Along those same lines, do you think you inherited your mom’s eclectic taste, Ann? How

that process recently with her house. I’m a lot like my mom in that if I feel some connection to something, I think that makes for a very warm household. I think my house feels very organic and natureinspired. I have a horse on my mantel, and there’s a lot of wood, but then I have—it’s a little weird—a big Eva Carter print over my mantel, so it’s colorful and that’s a little

with objects that I feel strongly about— they pull up feelings for me or they inspire me or I feel some symbolic resonance or connection to them. I wanted this to be a writer’s house…to reflect who I was. It’s a place where I feel it’s a real sanctuary, out on the porches and next to the marsh. That’s important to me, to have this feel like a sanctuary but also to evoke my

"It felt like this culmination --not only this reunion that was happening with us, but almost of being reunited with this self that had felt very lost to me." Ann would you define your design style at your house? Ann: [laughing] Child-inspired? But I do try, I think, and my mom was a big help to me when it came to setting up my house —finding pieces, picking out paint, things like that—because she had gone through 68 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

contemporary. So I think I like mixing some contemporary with kind of a natural feel… with Legos interspersed! Sue: But you do have a lot of Lowcountry; that’s what I love—the old world feel with splashes of contemporary. Upstairs in my study is where I really surround myself

creative life and reflect my life. Walking upstairs to my study every day to write, I read the quotations that I had stenciled on the walls—I mean, I pause and read them—and they do still every day inspire me in some way. Julie Fox Braddock, my interior designer, got how important it was to make this place my own. She spent time

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figuring out what I was about,  then came up with great designs and ideas that I loved. She was such an imaginative force and the perfect collaborator. How do you strike the balance between being mothers and wives with being writers and career women? Have you found your inner Mary-Hestia? Sue: Well, as I said earlier, you never feel like you’ve completely found it. And yet, at this age that I am, and this phase of my life, I feel like I can almost say I feel like I have come to a place where I am balancing. I mean, if I haven’t gotten it figured out a little bit by now, I’m in trouble! I feel like

I am learning how to really balance things in my life, between my contemplative life, my writer life, and my family life. That has been a struggle for me over the years. I have always felt a lot of tension and pull over these things. There’s a painting upstairs in my study area that I actually write about in Traveling with Pomegranates. It’s Mary, she’s got a baby Jesus in one arm and a book in the other. For me that picture is about the mother. It’s about Mary and her pull between book or baby, child or career; it reflects the tension I think a lot of women feel, and there it is in this grand, sacred context. At least I see it in there, and I definitely always felt these kind of pulls. I feel like at this place in my

life, I’m beginning to figure a lot of that out. And I feel very content—just deeply content now. Ann: Maybe when I’m 50 I’ll feel some sense of balance, but I think it’s an ongoing conversation that I know I have to have with myself. And I think most of the time with really small children, it always feels lopsided and you just do the best you can to try to balance that out. I think trying to balance that out is a great goal, and I don’t know that ever comes out perfectly. I feel with my son Ben turning six like it’s getting a little easier. You know, I’m sleeping more…when you have a baby or small child, you’re not sleeping as much and

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everything in your creative life you just put on the backburner—and I was happy to put it on the backburner for him. I think I’m just content to watch it go up and down and just shoot for the balance, and just be okay if it comes out lopsided. Because otherwise, I don’t know, maybe it would just be too hard trying to get it perfect. I think it’s tough. Sue: I think it is. You know, in women after 50 there’s this—I don’t think it’s just on paper, I think it really does exist—new sense of freedom. I mean it may dawn gradually throughout your 50s as you become an older woman. It's not just about the fact that your children have left home and you have more time perhaps, but it’s as if there’s some new freedom to become who you are and not defined by roles of being this or that. That was part of what I explored in Traveling with Pomegranates—this odyssey the female soul wants to make around this time. At 50, 55, or even older, there is some moment I think when you begin to evolve into this new person and there is a great deal of freedom in it. So you deserve that after all the struggles! [Ann & Sue laugh together at this thought] As readers, we are privy to many of your annunciations, realizations, and— ultimately—your "coronation." What resounding truths did you take away from your travels together that have stayed with you the most? Ann: You know the story of the Virgin and the myrtle at the convent? The nuns initially told my mom that story of going and asking the Virgin for the thing at the bottom of your heart. Asking…that has always stayed with me. For the longest time, I didn’t even think I deserved to ask such a question. Who am I to ask such a question? But now I think, Everybody deserves to ask that question! And, again, I think that might be one of those things that is an ongoing conversation. To believe that you deserve to ask that question and then to ask yourself, Am I doing the thing that’s at the bottom of my heart or am I doing something else? I think that is a good true north question for yourself. Sue: I think the three years that Ann and I were traveling together were like a hot house of discovering new things about ourselves and also changing. So I don’t even 70 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

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know where to start to say what has really stayed with us, but I know those changes and experiences deeply altered us and that we are living those changes today. It had to do with realizing that these passions or desires that we have not lived out yet, we need to take those out and determine what our legacy is and what we’re going to leave in the world. Are we going to pursue this passion or not, and are we going to do it authentically? I also learned that it was profoundly important to me at that age to ask the question, What does my work serve in

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t is a question as prolific in our coastal community as the seashells that line our shores; how do you marry style and comfort in a beach house? Local Interior Designer Jennifer Rhodes Mendelsohn found herself face to face with this classic Charleston conundrum when asked to provide her design services for a Folly Beach residence. Gifted to the homeowner by her late mother, the original house was torn down and rebuilt on the existing lot to create a seaside sanctuary that honors both past and present. Working closely with the homeowners, Jennifer integrated antiques, pops of color and pattern, and nautical motifs for a look that is beach house chic.

Jennifer benefited by beginning her collaboration with the homeowners early in the process. “I had a lot of input,” she explains, “as I started working with the homeowners during construction.” They all agreed from the start that the house should be beautiful, but also functional. “Being grandparents, the homeowners wanted a comfy home with durable furnishings,” says Jennifer, “but they also wanted it to look pulled together.” The homeowners feel Jennifer aptly captured the balance of lived-in and luxe they were looking for in their vacation home. Add the homeowners, “Jennifer just understood what we wanted...a beautiful beach house that we could enjoy our grandchildren and dogs in.”

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As guests enter the home at the main living area, they are greeted by a casual yet bold space. Sunbrella fabric covers the sectional sofa, a green tone-on-tone wool rug covers the floor, and a large shell mirror hangs above a console table, reflecting the light from ocean front windows back into the room. “The homeowner knew she wanted to incorporate robin's egg blue and Martha Stewart green as part of the home’s color palette,” states Jennifer. “The scheme for the living room was created around the fabric print we picked for the two club chairs.” The client’s great artwork, bright pillows, and unique accessories complete the look.

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The home’s first floor master bedroom offers access to the screened porch. The room serves as the wife’s personal space, so Jennifer used muted colors and delicate accents for a decidedly feminine feel. The accompanying master bath features a softhued marble countertop and cabinets with a nautical rope motif. Jennifer collaborated with local company Melcer Tile to choose the tile, and then worked with the homeowners to find fixtures to suit their tastes. In the kitchen, Jennifer also assisted the homeowers with the colors and finishes of the space to achieve their desired look. They wanted to avoid down lighting and instead opted for three custom-made iron chandeliers. Next to the kitchen’s massive island —which bears evidence of

Filled with nautical accents, the [second floor master] reflects his love of fishing… a trophy marlin hangs on the wall and pictures of fishing excursions dot his desk. grandchildren in the form of a Transformers sticker affixed to its side—a small dinette area provides an overflow seating area. A large dining room across from the kitchen provides a more formal area to entertain dinner guests. “The homeowners found the antique table and chairs in this room,” says Jennifer, “and I softened everything up with the hooked rug, draperies, and other accessories.”

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The room right off the kitchen is considered the family room; it's where everyone “just hangs out together,” explains Jennifer. As such, they wanted all of the furnishings and accessories to be particularly durable. Jennifer chose a light green leather for all the seating in the room which could withstand the use of the grandchildren—as well as the couple’s two golden retrievers. “We really wanted different places in the house (continued on page 78)

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where people could do different activities,” explain the homeowners. “Jennifer worked out perfectly how we could establish these areas.” At the top of the stairs, a small sitting area serves as a space for reading, reflecting, or simply stealing a moment to oneself. The home’s first guest bedroom is situated to the left of the sitting area. To complement the novel "fishbowl" bedding fabric, Jennifer chose a bright peachy-coral shade for the walls. In the connecting bathroom, she echoed the coastal theme with a mosaic tile mirror and sheer window treatments adorned with fish-shaped shells. “To build the color scheme for each room, we started with a fabric the client loved," says Jennifer. “There was never a set theme for any of the

bedrooms; they evolved from our fabric selections.” On the opposite end of the second floor, another guest bedroom features shades of blue and lime green. The color scheme

second floor master offers the homeowner husband his own special respite. Filled with nautical accents, the space reflects his love of fishing… a trophy marlin hangs on the wall and pictures of fishing excursions dot his desk. His bedroom has a small balcony with sweeping ocean views of the washout, a popular local surfing spot.

“Being grandparents, the homeowners wanted a comfy home with durable furnishings,” says Jennifer, “but they also wanted it to look pulled together.”

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for this room was inspired by a turquoise glass tile accent used in the connecting bathroom. This color appears in the bedding fabric, the area rug, and the artwork of the bedroom. “We also painted the bath ceiling a light turquoise to give the space a punch of color,” adds Jennifer. A more masculine mirror image of the first floor master, the

Ultimately, Jennifer relied on her natural design intuition as well as help from the homeowners to create the perfect dichotomy of past and present, seaside-inspired and stylish. "It was a blast because the homeowners were fun and had their own ideas,” Jennifer says with a big smile. “It was definitely a fabulous collaboration!" v To collaborate with Jennifer on your own project, call J. Rhodes Interior Design at (843) 795-9411 or visit

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that I have been in the stone business for 54 years,” states Brad. “They usually then comment that I don’t look that old. I then explain that I have been in the business all of my life because I grew up in it.” Brad’s father Paul became the first stone-purveying member of the Poynter family in 1949, when he founded Stones Sales & Service based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Paul balanced being a father to two-year old son Brad with manufacturing and selling natural stone to make a living. Following the family’s move

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and Covington, Georgia, as well as nine quarries. “We know our business from the ground up; we know how to quarry the stone and handle it,” explains showroom manager Susan Heyer. “Many people in this industry don't have that background.” In opening the Johns Island showroom, the family-run business hoped to provide a design center where builders, landscapers, contractors, and homeowners could look at and feel the products. The staff encourages people to come, look around, and explore everything. To this end, the showroom features multiple displays and examples of the various types of applications available. “We tried to make every bit of the showroom functional,” states Susan. The space utilizes the floor for paver samples, the exterior walls for stone sample panels, and the large lot behind the showroom’s attached warehouse for a stone yard.

The tactile nature of the showroom helps people envision the product in their own home and prevent the costly error of choosing a product that—once delivered and installed—they discover doesn’t suit their tastes. With virtually every consumer trying to stretch their dollar these days, Fieldstone Center strives to find ways to help customers save. “We have, as a company, ways of value engineering jobs,” say Susan. “A customer may come in wanting something that is outside of their price range or doesn't suit their specific application. We can supply something better suited for their application at a price point they can live with. We have ways to make their dreams come true.” The company also encourages those with smaller, more economical projects to stop in to shop. “It is just as satisfying for us to help the homeowners with weekend projects as it is to work with the big budget

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projects,” asserts Susan. “Weekend warriors are just as welcome!” Many of the projects Fieldstone Center of Charleston works on – in both weekend and big budget price points - deal with issues and trends particular to the Lowcountry. A reflection of the city’s age and history, the company is often called upon regarding restoration work in the area. “We are blessed to have a product called Historic Mix by Mason Work, a mixture used to retuck-point old brick buildings,” explains Susan. “The PSI to material ratio makes it special because the mortar mix gives away with expansion and contraction instead of the old bricks.” Fieldstone has also seen a recent surge in thin veneer natural stone. Popularly used on elevated homes, thin veneer reduces the weight of the application, making it an appealing option. “Because it’s


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wants. “We ask, What is your dream? What is your vision? Whether it is a path or a walkway, everyone has a vision for their project,” says Susan. Once the vision is determined, the company ascertains the square footage of materials needed, the material is selected, and—subsequently—delivered. As Fieldstone does not offer installation, they put homeowners with projects in touch with installers and masons. In addition to standard stone products, the company also offers affordable masonry products, basalt block fountains, and Belgard pavers. “There is so much variety with the types and combinations of materials!” exclaims Susan. “We can take a picture, a piece of stone, or whatever inspires you and expand on the idea to make it uniquely yours.” v Fieldstone Center of Charleston is located at 3066 Maybank Highway on Johns Island. For more information, call (843) 557-1225 or visit



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Just like any truly tasty recipe, a classic kitchen takes time to perfect. We’ve compiled 13 of Charleston’s most delectable culinary spaces to help you cook up ideas for your own project. As an added treat, we asked some of the Holy City’s hottest chefs to share with you what they love to cook in their own kitchens. Read on for all the juicy details!

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to perfection

Builder: Thomas M. Evans Master Builders

(843) 442-0277 ·

Highlights: custom cabinetry, granite countertops, mosaic tile backsplash by Ron Paris, stainless steel appliances, island with integrated glass-front display cabinets

Resource Guide Cabinets: Dave's Custom Cabinets Countertops: Lowcountry Stone Solutions Lighting: Charleston Lighting & Interiors Flooring: Benton Hardwood Floors Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Wall Covering: Ron Paris (backsplash) Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center 116 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

"Chicken Liver Terrine is one of my absolute favorite things to eat! I know the recipe seems hard, but it’s really easy. You’ll be glad you made it once you taste it. I like to serve it with toasted brioche and peach jam…enjoy!” Sean Brock, Executive Chef of McCrady's Restaurant

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to perfection

Builder: Westra Builders

(843) 284-8514 •

Interior Designer: Kim Brandt, Creative Designs Highlights: Schlabach Amish Cabinetry in Coastal White with brushed glaze, Labradorite granite countertops, oil-rubbed bronze lighting fixtures by Comfort, English walnut hardwood floors by Caribbean Pine, Schaub Artifex decorative hardware in natural Britannium finish, cast iron farm sink by Whitehaus Collection, stainless steel Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances

To see Chef McMahon's recipe for Fried Oysters, visit

Resource Guide Cabinets: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Countertops: Eugene's Marble & Granite Lighting: Circa Lighting Flooring: The Charleston Bay Company; Maddray Hardwood Flooring (install/sand/finish) Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Appliances: Ferguson Enterprises

"I love my Fried Oysters dish because it is a perfect representation of what we offer at Hank's—a traditional item enhanced with a modern contemporary take through the addition of acidity, sweetness, and richness." Frank McMahon, Executive Chef of Hank's Seafood Restaurant Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010 • 117


to perfection

Builder: Priester's Custom Contracting

(843) 200-8495 ·

Architect: Ron Gossen, Ron Gossen Architecture, Inc. Highlights: cabinetry in Pueblo with Coffee glaze by Executive Kitchens, Creama Bordeaux granite countertops, Tiffany-style stained glass lighting fixtures, quarter sawn oak hardwood flooring

Resource Guide Cabinets: Mevers Kitchens & Baths Stove Hood, Sink Hood, & Laundry Center: Continental Custom Cabinets Countertops: Emerson & Hyatt, Inc. (installer/fabricator); A & S Marble & Granite Imports (wholesaler) Lighting: Quoizel (available at Charleston Lighting & Interiors) Flooring: RW Cauble & Co Appliances: Appliance Towne Glasswork: Charlestowne Stained Glass; Blue Heron Glass Other Services: Abel's Company; Beresford Construction Co., LLC

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"Although it is more of a warm weather dish, a Simple Ceviche is an easy at home recipe that takes full advantage of the beautiful fresh fish and shrimp that we have available here in Charleston." David Pell, Executive Chef of Coast Bar and Grill

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Builder: Artistic Design & Construction

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Highlights: Shaker-style custom cabinetry in cherry, Blue Eyes granite countertops, oyster bar featuring concrete countertops with custom glass pieces by Blue Heron Glass, Maxim pot rack, MonoRail lighting system by Tech Lighting, stainless steel pot filler by Santec, stainless steel faucets by Price Pfister, Sherwin-Williams wall paint in Kumquat (SW 6648), professional range by Thermador, dishwasher by Bosch, refrigerator by GE, wall oven by Frigidaire

Resource Guide Cabinets: Prestige Cabinets & Wood Works Countertops: Classic Marble & Granite, Inc. (installer/fabricator); A&S Marble & Granite Imports (wholesaler) Lighting: Rick's Lighting Flooring: Bay Pointe Hardwood Floors; Horizon Wood Products Decorative Hardware: Lowe's Sink & Faucet: Design on Tap Wall Covering: Sherwin-Williams (paint) Appliances: Signature Appliance Center 120 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

"The traditional French flavor profiles in Shrimp & Scallop á La Nicoise are in great harmony. You could make this dish with several variations and still end with great results." Aaron Lemieux, Executive Chef of 39 Rue de Jean

To see Chef Lemieux's recipe for Shrimp & Scallop á La Nicoise, visit

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Builder: Coastal Construction & Development, Inc.

(843) 200-1853 ·

Highlights: Tuscan country-style plumbing fixtures by Rohl, appliances by Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Asko, Bertch cabinetry featuring a Linen/Chocolate glaze, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors in clear semi-gloss finish, Legacy Series tile backsplash by American Olean in Sable, SherwinWilliams Portabella wall paint featuring a satin eggshell finish, Giallo Ornamental granite countertops, cherry butcher block island

To see Chef Hagins' recipe for Braised Beef Short Ribs, visit

Resource Guide Kitchen Styled By: Amy McKinney of Margaret Donaldson Interiors Cabinets: Shem Creek Cabinet Shop Countertops: AGM Imports (wholesaler) Lighting: Rick's Lighting Flooring: Horizon Forest Products Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Sink & Faucet: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Wall Covering: Sherwin-Williams (paint); American Olean (tile backsplash) Appliances: Ferguson Enterprises 122 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

"Although Braised Beef Short Ribs take some preparation and a long cook time, the end result brings back memories of my youth and growing up in Savannah, Georgia. And it is a very diverse recipe which works well with lamb shanks, veal osso bucco, and oxtail (which is my favorite)." Jonathan Hagins, Executive Chef of BLU Folly Beach

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Builder: The Steven W. Kuemmerle Development Corp.

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Highlights: custom cabinetry, Sea Grass natural stone countertops, Protocol lighting by Currey & Company, 4-inch red oak hardwood flooring with Bona Drifast ebony stain, oil rubbed bronze decorative hardware, Hawthorne apron sink by Kohler in Cashmere, Woodmere single handle kitchen faucet with pull out spray in oil rubbed bronze by Show House by Moen, Sherwin-Williams wall paint in Macadamia, GE Monogram stainless steel appliances, Sub-Zero stainless steel refrigerator

Resource Guide Cabinets: The Charleston Group Countertops: Granite Center (fabricator/installer); AGM Imports (wholesaler) Lighting: Butler Lighting Flooring: East Coast Hardwood Floors Decorative Hardware: Atlas Hardware Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Wall Covering: Sherwin-Williams Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center

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Builder: Cinder Creek Construction, Inc.

(843) 737-2201 ·

Highlights: Decora cabinets in Lexington maple with Antique Bronze glazed finish, granite countertops in Namib Gold, Australian cypress hardwood flooring, decorative hardware by Top Knobs in Patine Rouge finish, Kohler brushed nickel plumbing fixtures, KitchenAid stainless steel appliances

Resource Guide Cabinets: Decora Countertops: JS Elite Flooring Company Inc. Flooring: Creative Touch Interiors Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Appliances: KitchenAid

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"I love Pot Roast for the simplicity of the dish and how the smell lofts throughout the house all day while cooking. It reminds me of days as a child playing outside; the smell of my mother's home cooking would linger into the neighborhood, welcoming me in from a chilly evening to enjoy a warm meal." Brett McKee, Owner and Executive Chef of Oak Steakhouse To see Chef McKee's recipe for Pot Roast, visit

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Builder: Max G. Crosby Construction Co., Inc.

(843) 766-9976 ·

Highlights: raised panel door cabinetry with medium brown glaze by Fabrique Plus, Inc., New Venetian Gold granite countertops with ogee edge, Belcaro Walnut three light mini-chandelier by Minka-Lavery, rustic American cherry hardwood flooring with natural finish, Manistique Collection decorative hardware in distressed oil-rubbed bronze by Schaub and Company, farmhouse sink in hammered copper by Linkasink, Bridge faucet in oil rubbed bronze by ShowHouse by Moen, Wolf stainless steel 48-inch dual fuel range, Sub-Zero 48-inch side by side refrigerator with dispenser

Resource Guide Cabinets: Authentic Kitchen and Bath Concepts Countertops: Martol Marble & Granite (fabricator); AGM Imports (wholesaler) Lighting: Lowcountry Lighting Center Flooring: Bay Pointe Hardwood Floors/Horizon Wood Products Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Wall Covering: Melcer Tile (backsplash) Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center

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"Oyster Stew in Scallop Cream with Yukon Gold Potatoes, Leeks, and Apple Smoked Bacon is a winter staple based on my father's somewhat more basic oyster pie. Gone are the saltines crumbled on top; scalded milk is replaced with a more luxurious scallop cream, and leeks and applesmoked bacon add extra layers of flavor. But the spirit is the same." Frank Lee, Executive Chef of Slightly North of Broad and Partner Maverick Southern Kitchens

To see Chef Lee's recipe for Oyster Stew, visit


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Builder: Canton Construction Company

(843) 795-6388 ·

Highlights: custom built cabinetry by Marshall Jessen Cabinets in a Honey glaze finish, granite countertops, South American hardwood flooring in Kerosene with a satin clear finish, stainless steel plumbing fixtures, custom backsplash featuring decorative tiles hand-painted by artist, Sherwin-Williams wall paint, two stainless steel refrigerators by Sub-Zero, stainless steel cooktop and wine cooler by Thermador, stainless steel dishwasher by Asko, icemaker by KitchenAid

Resource Guide Cabinets: Marshall Jessen Cabinets Countertops: Real Value, Inc. Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises; Bennett Galleries (island light) Decorative Hardware: Bennett Galleries Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Wall Covering: Bennett Galleries (backsplash, decorative tile); Sherwin-Williams (paint)

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"I love Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach and Apples because of its Southern heritage and its ease. When local sweet potatoes are available, as they are now, this dish is incredible, and North Carolina apples add a great touch." Robert Carter, Chef/Partner of Planters Inn and Peninsula Grill

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Builder: SintraSignature Homes, LLC

(843) 856-5052 ·

Highlights: framed, beaded inset cabinetry in custom Cream paint color, Calcutta Gold marble countertops in honed finish with ogee edging, Brazilian teak hardwood flooring in satin finish, oil rubbed bronze decorative hardware, cast iron farm sink and polished nickel faucets by Rohl, Benjamin Moore wall paint in Carrington Beige, Pratt Lambert Paint in Milk, stainless steel six burner cooktop, double oven microwave, and warming drawer by Wolf, stainless steel refrigerator by Sub-Zero, stainless steel dishwasher by Fisher & Paykel

Resource Guide Countertops: Tile & Stone Design Studios Lighting: Charleston Lighting & Interiors Flooring: Elegant Hardwood Floors Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Sink & Faucet: Design on Tap Wall Covering: Benjamin Moore Paint; Pratt Lambert Paint Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center 132 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

"Mmm, Buttermilk Fried Chicken reminds me of coming home from college for the weekend; you could smell Mama cooking it even before you got into the kitchen!" Don Drake, Executive Chef of Magnolias

To see Chef Drake's recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken, visit

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Kitchen Designer: Sandra Gaylord, Gaylord Design LLC

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Highlights: beaded inset cabinetry in Artic Antique distressed finish, Cambria countertops in Cranbrook, Montgomery outdoor lanterns by Troy Lighting, antique heart pine hardwood flooring, Top Knobs decorative hardware in bronze, farmhouse double bowl white sink by Whitehaus, Benjamin Moore wall paint in Barrista from the Affinity Colors Collection, Thermador 36-inch stainless steel range, JennAir 36-inch stainless steel refrigerator, Thermador stainless steel dishwasher, JennAir stainless steel convection microwave, custom faux finished range hood by Gale Ray Faux Finishes

Resource Guide Cabinets: Gaylord Design LLC Countertops: Palmetto Surfacing Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises Flooring: Southern Hardwood (supplier); Stolf Construction (installer) Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Wall Covering: Benjamin Moore (paint) Appliances: Signature Appliance Center Other Services: Gale Ray Faux Finishes (custom range hood finish) 134 â&#x20AC;˘ Charleston Home + Design â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2010

"In my opinion, cauliflower is one of the most understated fall vegetables. Pan Roasted Cauliflower with Mustard Butter is soulful, packs a ton of flavor, and easily exceeds the expectations of the consumer." Mike Lata, Chef/Partner of FIG Restaurant

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Builder: Custom Designs

(843) 532-3903 •

Highlights: cherry cabinetry with Mocha stain, Super White quartz countertops, 4-inch can lighting, pendant lighting, 5-inch wide long-plank maple hardwood flooring, brushed nickel decorative hardware, pull-down faucet by Brienza Spring, stainless steel appliances by Wolf, custom built cherry mantels, glass tile backsplash, Benjamin Moore wall paint in Navajo White from the Aura Collection

Resource Guide Cabinets: Jamie McDonald of Custom Designs Countertops: Tile & Stone Design Studios Lighting: LEC Wallcovering: Custom Designs (backsplash); Benjamin Moore (paint) For complete details on this kitchen, call (843) 532-3903.

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"Braised Pork Shank over Roasted Vegetable Mashed Potatoes with Local Turnips is the type of dish that speaks boldly with a quiet and unassuming approach. Braised dishes are a classic enjoyable comfort food during the colder months." Jeremiah Bacon, Executive Chef of Carolina's Restaurant

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Builder: Dolphin Architects & Builders

(843) 768-2404 •

Highlights: Brookhaven I frameless full overlay Edgemont perimeter cabinetry in Antique White maple with Charcoal glaze, Hass Cabinetry framed full overlay Wexford raised panel island cabinetry in maple with an heirloom rubbed finish paint, White Spring granite countertops, Imperial Bronze lighting by Hudson Valley, 7-inch Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, oil rubbed bronze decorative hardware by Top Knobs, Pro Flow stainless steel sink, Kohler stainless steel faucet, stainless steel hammered island sink by Gemini, stainless steel appliances by Jenn Air/Wolf

Resource Guide Kitchen Design: Signature Kitchens of Charleston Cabinets: Signature Kitchens of Charleston Countertops: Atlantic Tile and Stone Lighting: Charleston Lighting & Interiors Flooring: Palmetto Hardwood Floors Decorative Hardware: Signature Kitchens of Charleston Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Appliances: Signature Appliance Center 138 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

"Butternut Squash Risotto is one of those comfort foods that most people are afraid to cook, but it just takes a little patience and some stirring." John Ondo, Executive Chef of Lana Restaurant & Bar

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Kara and Neal Crowell of Cinder Creek Construction adeptly juggle their roles as entrepreneurs and in-demand custom home builders with the rigors of raising twin daughters.


fter nearly ten years of marriage, Kara and Neal Crowell found themselves at a pivotal point in their lives. Over the years, the two enjoyed the leisure of youth with spontaneous trips, a vacation to Venice, and the freedom to log overtime at the office when necessary. The pair then set their sights on their next big adventure: parenthood. “We were thinking,” says Kara, “we’ll just start with 140 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

one and see how it goes.” Neal had been in the construction industry for over 20 years, and was currently working for a national company that required him to travel 4-5 days per week. However, with nearly a decade of marriage under their belt, the couple felt confident they could juggle a child with Neal’s hectic schedule. Kara and Neal soon discovered – to their surprise – they would be blessed with twin daughters.

Realizing raising twins would prove a tough task for even the most seasoned spouses, the duo decided they needed to find a way to keep Neal closer to home. And so, a few months shy of the birth of their daughters, a new venture was born as well. Kara and Neal capitalized on Neal’s extensive experience in the construction industry to form Cinder Creek Construction, a custom

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“There is nothing wrong with one party or the other saying, This just doesn’t work.” In order to accommodate the needs of a wide spectrum of Charleston residents, Cinder Creek Construction completes custom homes of all sizes. They also offer smaller, more economical projects under their second construction company, Seapalm Homes. The tireless couple has also recently opened an upscale wine and liquor boutique at 730-N Coleman Boulevard. Proclaims Kara, “My goal is to set it up, as part of our business plan, where we are able to give back to the community. For

every large home we build I want to help provide a home for a family that can't afford one.” Looking forward, Kara and Neal hope to continue experiencing and enjoying the growth of all of their babies…Cinder Creek Construction, Seapalm Homes, Sweetgrass Spirits & Wine, and—of course—twin girls Katherine and Christina. To contact Kara and Neal, call (843) 737-2201 or log on to You can also contact the couple via email at

Having been tapped to construct several custom homes throughout the Lowcountry, the couple even feels comfortable building homes for clients in their own neighborhood. States Neal, "If you're a production builder, it's different. You don't really get invested in each home and get to know who is going to live there. I'm in every house, every room, every day working with the homeowner on their home. Because the process is so intensive, I know the quality of the people that buy from me." The couple is selective, opting not to take contracts “just because they are there.” Instead, they strive to find a deep compatibility level with each prospective client. "We try to get to know the homeowner before the contract is even signed,” adds Kara, continuing, “You spend too much time with someone when you are building a custom home not to ‘click’ personally.” Having spent many years in real estate, Kara was privy to countless tales of regret and remorse from homeowners who had bad experiences due to personality clashes with their general contractors. Kara and Neal seek to avoid such struggles by encouraging honesty upfront. “It’s such a big decision,” says Neal.

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n our last issue of Charleston Home + Design magazine, we revealed our very first completed Idea House to the public. Since then, we've been bombarded with reader requests demanding more information about many of the Idea House products. And so, in this and the next few issues, we're going to delve into some of the details of the many idea-worthy products that you may want to try in your own home. In this issue, we put the Idea House kitchen to the test by inviting a professional chef to create a meal that he might prepare at home for his own family. Read about his experience in the Idea House kitchen and how the lighting, cabinetry, countertops, sinks and faucets, appliances,


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n The Food Network's highly rated show "Alex's Day Off," (airing Sunday mornings at 9:30am ET), Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a professional chef and working mom, takes her viewers on a culinary journey away from her restaurant and into her own kitchen at home. This cooking show with a twist has Alex sharing her gastronomic cooking secrets not in her role as a professional chef, but as a passionate home cook. Borrowing from this concept, we invited Executive Chef Jason Murphy of Holy City Hospitality's 39 Rue de Jean, Coast Bar & 152 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

Grill, Good Food Catering, and Virginia's on King to take the Idea House kitchen for a test drive. We asked Chef Murphy to rate the space by preparing a typical meal he might cook at home for his own family on any given busy weeknight.

with griddle, oversized 30-inch dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, the two convection ovens, the convection microwave), the sinks, faucets, lighting, tile backsplash, decorative hardware, countertops, flooring, cabinetry, and pantry.

As he put the Idea House kitchen through its paces, we asked him to keep in mind what he thought of the space in general—the prep areas, the navigability and efficiency of the kitchen (work triangle, etc.), and of course, his performance assessment of the Idea House kitchen products specifically...the Dacor kitchen equipment (6-burner range

Later in the story, he'll share his opinions on all these items to give you inspiration for your own kitchen. As an added treat, we also share his recipes for Butternut Squash Soup and Rosemary and Orange Roasted Porkloin served over Roasted Root Vegetables.



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s Chef Murphy commenced cooking, he explained why he chose this particular meal to cook: "My wife loves butternut squash soup, so this is something very typical that we might cook at home on a busy weeknight—a nice comfort food we like to have." Chef Murphy began by seasoning the whole pork loin with salt and pepper. Next he heated some extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan in preparation to sear the pork loin. "You want to get the pan almost smoking hot and then sear each side about 90 seconds," said Chef Murphy, "until you get that nice golden brown color, just long enough to seal in the juices." As he seared all six sides of the loin, holding up the loin with tongs to sear the butt ends as well, the sizzling sound got Charleston Home + Design's photo and video crew's taste buds going. In the meantime, he pre-heated the convection oven to 350 degrees. Chef Murphy came prepared with the vegetables for the meal already sliced. "It took me about 20 minutes to prep the vegetables," he pointed out. "This is a good meal you can prep ahead of time and finish it when you get home. You can even sear the loin, cool it, and heat to temperature when you get home so all you have to do is finish it in the oven to save time." In the same pan he seared the loin, he

added pre-cut carrots, celery, and onions, referring to the combination of vegetables as a mirepoix. "Mirepoix is a French term that refers to the basics for any sauce, any soup—carrots, celery, and onions," Chef Murphy informed us. As the vegetables began to color in the pan, he demonstrated his culinary prowess by flipping them in the pan by hand with a flick of the wrist—a skill he no doubt picked up as a Johnson & Wales student here in Charleston. "That's where I met my wife Anne, who coincidentally lived about 10 minutes away from me in Ohio, where we're both from," Murphy said. The Murphy romance blossomed soon after, and they've now been married for six years, with two daughters Kaitlin and Madalyn, five and two. In a separate bowl, he combined red potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, salt and pepper, and coated them with olive oil before placing them raw on a roasting pan, creating a bed of vegetables that the pork loin would eventually rest on when it was finished cooking. Next, he placed the roasting pan with the raw vegetables on the bottom rack of the same oven as the pork loin, while the loin remained on the top rack. "I want to get the vegetables to sear a bit in the oven to get that caramelization that adds flavor," said Chef Murphy. "And the pork loin is already seared off so it

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can sit in the oven and bake with the convection. At the end, I'll turn the oven to broil just to hit the top of the pork loin one more time." After removing the vegetables from the sautee pan, he added orange juice for the pork glaze and brought to a simmer to reduce. "The natural sugars in the orange juice help thicken the sauce until they become a glaze," explained Chef Murphy. In the meantime, he added leeks and onions to the sauce pan for the soup and began to sweat them down. "When you sweat down vegetables, you're cooking them just enough to make them translucent," stated Chef Murphy. "For the soup, you don't want the natural color of the butternut squash to compete with any darker ingredients." Next, Chef Murphy added a generous portion of 39 Rue de Jean's house white wine to the mirepoix. "I always tell people that when you're adding wine to a sauce," he said, "always use your favorite wine— whether it's chardonnay or pinot grigio if you like a little sweeter wine—because you're always going to have a little left over, so you might as well enjoy drinking some while you're cooking." With the leeks and onions in the stock pan sauteed, Chef Murphy added in the butternut squash. To the butternut squash,

he added a little chicken stock that 39 Rue de Jean makes from scratch, but Murphy said most store bought brands would suffice. Then he added whole milk into the butternut squash and brought it to a boil to reduce. Heavy cream was added next, and he cooked the butternut squash until it was soft. Chef Murphy strained the mirepoix vegetables, adding fresh rosemary along with salt and pepper until it reduced further. As the pork loin and the vegetables finished roasting, he added nutmeg and cinammon to the stock pot and ladled the butternut squash, whole milk, and cream combination into a blender to puree the vegetables into a smoother, "soup-like" consistency. As Chef Murphy served the soup from the blender into a soup bowl, he removed the pork loin from the oven and let it rest to absorb its natural juices for a few minutes before cutting it. He then removed the vegetables from the oven. "You can see it's just a nice variety of vegetables, a lot of nice colors that adds to the dish," Murphy said. He then transferred the vegetables from the roasting pan to a platter and began to cut the pork tenderloin. "You always want

Chef Murphy slices the roasted pork tenderloin (foreground) before placing it atop the roasted vegetables (background).

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to cut the tenderloin against the grain, and I like to cut it at an angle to create more yield...and it looks nicer," Murphy pointed out. He added the reduced sauce to the plated vegetables, topping the vegetables with the pork tenderloin, and poured the rest of the sauce over the entire dish. This true family meal will feed a family of four with plenty leftover for lunch the next day. Watch a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot, including additional commentary, by visiting

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Butternut Squash Soup



2T Olive oil 8C Butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, and chopped 4C Milk 8C Heavy cream 3C Cleaned julienne leeks, white parts only 1C Yellow onion julienne 1t Nutmeg 1t Cinnamon Salt and Pepper to taste

d Heat oil over medium heat in a large sauce pot. Add leeks and onions and sweat until translucent. Add squash and milk and bring to a boil, add heavy cream. Note: cream should just cover the squash. Add more if needed. Turn heat down to low and simmer until squash is cooked through. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Puree in batches in a blender. Soup can be strained through a chinois for a smoother consistency. Garnish with a dash of nutmeg and fresh chopped parsley.

Roast Pork Loin over Roasted Root Vegetables finished with an Orange and Rosemary Glaze Center cut pork loin, about 3lbs 6T Olive oil 8C Chopped and peeled carrots 8C Chopped yellow onion 8C Chopped celery 4C Quartered red potatoes 4C Chopped and peeled parsnips 2T Butter 2C Chardonnay 4C Chicken stock 4C Orange juice 1T Fresh chopped rosemary Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat 2T of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Generously season all sides of the pork loin with salt and pepper. Sear all sides of the pork loin until golden brown. While searing, place 4C of carrots, 4C of celery, 4C of onion, red potatoes, and parsnips in a large mixing bowl. Add remaining olive oil and toss with salt and pepper. Place the vegetables on a roasting pan and place in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until fork tender. Once pork is seared, set sauté pan aside and place the pork on a roasting rack and pan. Place in oven for about 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees. While the pork and vegetables are roasting, place remaining carrots, celery, and onions into sauté pan. Cook while stirring until they start to brown, deglaze with the chardonnay, and reduce until almost dry. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil, strain the liquid into a medium sauce pot, and discard the vegetables. Reduce the chicken stock by three fourths. Add the orange juice and reduce by half, whisk in butter, season to taste, and set aside. Once pork and vegetables are finished, let pork rest for ten minutes. Place vegetables on large platter slice pork and place on top. Bring the glaze back to a quick boil and pour over the pork.

A sprinkle of nutmeg tops the rich butternut squash soup, and a bevy of roasted root vegetables serves as the bed for the pork tenderloin.

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door fronts. That adds a pleasing decorative touch. All lighting in the Idea House kitchen was purchased from Charleston Lighting & Interiors. (843) 766-3055 What do you think of the Plain & Fancy brand cabinetry? I really like all the storage space you have with these cabinets. It’s nice to have the deep cabinets, too. It drives me crazy at my house because I have some nice larger

plates, which make it difficult to close the cabinet doors all the way. They always stick out and it just doesn’t look very inviting, so it’s nice to have these deep cabinets. And again, there is ample room for plenty of plates, platters, whatever. All the rollout shelves are also very convenient. I immediately noticed the soft close doors and drawers. You can tell these are very high-end cabinets. All Plain & Fancy brand cabinetry was purchased from Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. (843) 763-7717

What do you think about the Hinkley brand lighting? Its always good when you are cooking with hot and sharp things to have plenty of light overhead so you can see what you are doing. I also like the hanging lamps, which are not your typical task lights. I see they match the wall mounted lamps you have on the back porch; it's interesting that you used exterior lamps for an interior application. They kind of "dress-down" the kitchen, which is nice... very elegant but laid back. And I like the lighting in the top cabinets with the glass

Lamps meant for the outdoors are utilized as task lighting.

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Shaker style doors front the Plain & Fancy brand cabinetry on display here in the Idea House kitchen. Simple and affordable oil rubbed bronze cup pulls and knobs lend a classic appearance to the Idea House cabinetry. Light blue glass tiles on the backsplash were purchased from Melcer Tile.

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Above, the naturally distressed hand-scraped American cherry flooring from Charleston One Source unite the space between the kitchen and the great room. The dark painted island is a contrast to the white wall cabinets and the dark specks in the white roman granite unite the colors (top left). The 48-inch built-in refrigerator/freezer (top right) and oversized dishwasher (bottom right) are part of a complete Dacor brand luxury kitchen appliance package purchased from Wholesale Appliance's design center in Mt. Pleasant. A smaller Kohler faucet from Molufs (bottom left) on the island prep area mimics a slightly larger version of the same faucet on the stainless steel farmhouse sink (not pictured).

What do you think of the oil rubbed knobs and pulls?

What do you think of the White Roman granite countertops?

What do you think of the Elkay brand sinks and Kohler brand faucets?

They're very simple, very understated. In this kitchen, there are so many outstanding elements that it sort of makes sense for the decorative hardware to take a back seat. You can tell it's good quality hardware, and I'm amazed they're that affordable. All decorative hardware was purchased from Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath. (843) 577-5440

With this amount of countertop space, you could have a large party here and be able to spread out all your serving dishes and still have plenty of room to cook and prep. It’s kind of a nice central place in the kitchen to hang out and to chit chat with your guests while you drink wine or whatever you like to do. It's a caterer's dream to have this much countertop space. The granite looks great and, since granite won't burn, it’s nice not to have to worry about heating pads and things like that. And I couldn't see any seams like you do in some kitchens; the granite company is obviously very talented to hide the seams the way they did. White Roman granite slabs were purchased from AGM Imports. (843) 747-0088 White Roman granite was fabricated and installed by Lowcountry Stone Solutions. (843) 853-5190

I managed to fill up the sink with all the pots and pans I used, but you didn't see them because the sink is so deep. It’s nice to have one big sink rather than sections with two sides; there's a lot more room for dishes if you make a mess like I did. Also, the rounded corners make it easier to clean afterwards. The small prep sink is very nice for a home cook. I like the pullout handle on the faucets too. They're very easy to operate; I like the ratio between the bigger faucet with the farmhouse sink and the smaller faucet that matches the bigger one with the smaller prep sink. They all flow together. The little button on the countertop to operate the garbage disposal is almost unnoticeable and the garbage disposal is very quiet. All plumbing fixtures were purchased from Moluf's. (843) 723-4881

What do you think of the glass tile backsplash? I like how they're like mini subway tiles, which are very popular on kitchen backsplashes. They're very functional, very easy to wipe down. Love the color. They're not over the top; they go with the simplicity of the overall kitchen design. Glass tile was purchased from Melcer Tile. (843) 744-5354. Glass tile was installed by Davis Tile. (843) 835-8895 160 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

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What do you think of the Vroom Quick Clean System?

If you wanted to cater a large meal, this kitchen has the perfect appliance setup; with two convection wall ovens, you could certainly do it with that amount of cooking capacity. The convection oven worked great, and it's very convenient for home cooks who don’t have a lot of time. The refrigerator and freezer are both very spacious. Having that much room is a good thing, because with a lot of smaller fridges, things get pushed to the back and forgotten. That’s definitely the biggest dishwasher I've seen in a home—very convenient to have a dishwasher that big! The six burners on the range is great. I used five out of six of them and they all seem to burn and distribute heat very evenly, so it is nice to have that many burners. And we didn't use it here, but the griddle pan in the center is great for many things, like a big breakfast.

The Vroom underneath is very, very handy. That’s my goal for my house in the future because I am a little messy. Vroom quick clean central vacuum system purchased from Carolina Custom Security & Sound. (843) 881-4802. For more information, see page 168.

What do you think of the naturally distressed hand-scraped American cherry flooring with French bleed? I really like this flooring. The hand-scraping and the French bleed really makes it look like older wood floors you see in historic homes. I also like how the wood flooring is consistant throughout the house. I had a couple of spills and the wood floors cleaned up very quickly and easily. American cherry flooring was purchased from Charleston One Source. (843) 278-1751 Wood floor installation by Bay Pointe Hardwood Floors. (843) 364-7152

What do you think of the pantry? There is plenty of room, plenty of shelves. I like the fact that if you do have little ones at home, you can put breakables or items you don't want children to get in to up high. It's very spacious, which is convenient, and it's also very nicely organized. v Pantry purchased and installed by Quality Mirror & Glass. (843) 851-9717 Pantry organization by Jennifer Truesdale, STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services. (843) 696-6960


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s part of a brand new product launch from Sony, The Audio Warehouse was chosen to install one of the very first Sony HomeShare HD multiroom entertainment systems in America inside the Charleston Home + Design magazine Idea House. Sony's new wholehouse entertainment system is being heralded as an affordable alternative to other higher priced systems, delivering a huge bang for the buck. One of the most prominent components of Sony's HomeShare

HD system is the multiple LCD keypads located in specific rooms throughout the Idea House. The keypads themselves are attractive, and do not detract from the overall look of the Idea House. In fact, besides being a key element of the system, they serve as a subtle reminder that the Idea House is indeed technically advanced. But the keypads are more function than form, however, as they are the hub of the system, allowing the user to access various forms of entertainment throughout the Idea House with a touch of a keypad button. Russ Pritchard from Audio Warehouse

NOTABLE BELLS AND WHISTLES OF THE SONY HD HOMESHARE SYSTEM: • Multi-room high-definition video distribution lets you watch an HD movie anywhere or everywhere in the home with just a touch of one of the wall-mounted keypads. For example, you can finish an on-demand movie in bed that you started downstairs. • From any keypad, you can browse your iPod to listen to music anywhere in the house. Touch the party mode button and you can listen to your iPod in every room. • Satellite radio or AM/FM can be accessed by the keypads in one room or multi-rooms. • An intercom microphone and speaker is built into every keypad, allowing everyone to talk to each other without climbing multiple flights of stairs (the Idea House is four stories high counting the rooftop deck and the outdoor living spaces on the ground floor). The intercom also has a room monitoring feature, which lets you listen in on a sleeping baby (or if you're a nosy parent, eavesdrop on your teenager's conversation). • The system is muted to hear the "ding-dong" of the door bell and a security camera located at the front door sends a video image when the door bell rings, which instantly appears on every keypad. This enables you to see who is at the door, even while taking a bath. A second camera is located outside overlooking the swimming pool.

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udio Warehouse has been in business in Charleston for almost 25 years, and Sony acknowledges them as one of the top audio/video installers in America. In fact, Audio Warehouse became familiar with Sony's HomeShare HD system very early on, with Sony inviting them to provide feedback on the system while it was still in the research and development phase. "We have been fortunate to be recognized by Sony as a leader in the systems integrations business and, while Sony HomeShare was still in development, they selected Audio Warehouse to participate in an advisory role along with other select dealers from around the nation," says Audio Warehouse's Russ Pritchard. "When I learned of the Idea House project, I contacted Sony and we both recognized this was a perfect opportunity to launch HomeShare since the release time was in line with the schedule for the Idea House." Russ adds, "We think Sony has hit a home run with HomeShare, which offers an amazing amount of commonly requested features at a great price." The Sony HomeShare HD system seemed to be custom-made for the Idea House. We wanted to listen to music throughout the house and Audio Warehouse installed all-weather speakers on the rooftop deck, the screen porch off the master bedroom, the screen porch off the great room, and in the outdoor living areas on the ground floor and around the swimming pool. They also placed in-wall and in-ceiling speakers inside the Map Room and the playroom on the third floor, the master bedroom and master bath on the second floor, the front

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room, kitchen, and great room on the first floor and, finally, speakers in the workout room on the ground floor. In each of these areas is one of the LCD keypads, which allows a user to listen to or watch any of the aforementioned entertainment options with a button's touch. We wanted an intercom system, and the Sony HomeShare system delivered that too. And finally, we wanted a true home theater surround sound system with Blu-ray DVD in the great room; again, the Sony HomeShare system fit like a glove. Most systems that deliver this much punch require a separate equipment closet for a rack of components and cost tens of thousands more than the compact, affordable Sony HomeShare HD system. In fact, the components themselves are small enough to be housed inside just one of the base cabinets surrounding the fireplace in the great room.

Warehouse provided. Audio Warehouse works with a veritable "who's who" list of Charleston's best architects and custom builders, and owner Russ Pritchard clearly has a deep appreciation for his customers, which he instills in every member of his staff. Russ was very hands-on during the entire process, and he and his staff always provided us the highest level of customer service. And because this high-tech stuff can be so intimidating to the end-users, he and his staff are clearly experts at the art of hand-holding, seeming to go out of their way to ensure the systems were working properly. One of the many valuable gestures that caught our attention was when an Audio Warehouse technician insisted on giving us his cell phone with instructions to call anytime we had a question, day or night. And when we did call, the technician not only answered his phone (knowing it was a customer) but was cheerful and listened carefully to solve the problem quickly. v

While we took the whole-house plunge, the Sony HomeShare HD system is designed to be affordable enough to be within almost everyone's reach. Homeowners can start with a single room and expand into up to 16 different rooms when budget allows and needs grow. Since no two homes—or the people who inhabit them—are alike, HomeShare is flexible enough to be customized, depending on the homeowners wants and needs. On a final note, we would be remiss not to mention the outstanding service Audio

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BEHIND THE SCENES THE 'OUT OF SIGHT ' IDEA HOUSE PRODUCTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED In the last issue of Charleston Home + Design magazine, we took our readers on an extensive photographic tour of our completed Idea House. From the gorgeous naturally distressed American cherry hardwood floors to the White Roman granite countertops, we showed you everything— everything but some of the less obvious products...some of which were hidden from view.

FortiCel Mold Prevention System

Installed by US Home Protect, a service partner of US Pest & Environmental Services


hen Idea House Builder Shawn Masten with Charles Towne Builders told us about US Home Protect's FortiCel Mold Prevention system, we were intrigued. He told us they spray an environmentally friendly product on the structural framing of a home during construction which would prevent the growth of hazardous mold and mildew inside a home. We were concerned about whether the surface treatment would have any off-gassing, and he said US Home Protect's FortiCel Mold Prevention System has zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) so it qualifies as a green building product. "It's always possible for a home, whether it's new or not, to have water intrusion or even a plumbing leak take

place inside your home and, if you don't detect it early, mold can grow inside the walls—if the walls aren't protected," Shawn says. That was enough to convince us that it would be a good idea to use US Home Protect's FortiCel Mold Prevention System on the Idea House. We chose the wholehouse surface treatment, but there are several lower priced packages available that treat specific areas of the home such as bathrooms, where the risk of water leaks is higher. "It's like having insurance to prevent mold from ever growing, in the off chance you have

a water leak," Shawn says. The 25-year warranty covers mold remediation costs long into the future and the warranty is fully transferable, which adds value and helps with resale. Builders love it because it transfers liability away from them onto the mold preventing product itself. For more information, call (843) 225-5147.

Many custom builders such as Idea House builder Shawn Masten of Charles Towne Builders insist on using the FortiCel Mold Prevention system because it stops mold from growing even in the event of a water leak or water intrusion. US Home Protect’s FortiCel Mold Prevention system qualifies as a green building product. 166 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation Installed by AirTight SprayFoam of Charleston


n a recent frosty evening this past fall, the temperature outside read 41 degrees, while inside the Idea House, the temperature was a comfortable 71 degrees. This wouldn't be that remarkable except for the fact that the heating and air conditioning system was turned off. In effect, the closed cell spray foam insulation was working so well that the Idea House retained enough heat from the day to keep it warm all through the night, thereby eliminating the need to run the HVAC equipment. We had AirTight SprayFoam of Charleston insulate the entire Idea House with their closed cell spray foam insulation, which included all the exterior walls, roof sheathing in the attic, and also underneath the Idea House. In essence, the entire Idea House was encapsulated in spray foam, creating an airtight "envelope." While it costs more upfront to do this, we were told the spray foam insulation would pay for itself through lower heating and cooling bills within the first few years. If your budget does not allow you to insulate your entire house, George Druyos with AirTight SprayFoam of Charleston says a lower cost option is to insulate the roof sheathing in the attic, with the second priority space being underneath the house in the crawl space. The spray foam insulation works equally well during the summer months. On typical hot, steamy day last summer, a Lowndes Pointe neighbor walked by complaining that the power had gone out in the neighborhood, and that it was too hot to stay inside her home. We were surprised to hear this because the conditioned air inside the Idea House was still crisp and cool, despite the fact that the AC had not operated in three to four hours. In fact, the indoor temperature was so comfortable inside

the Idea House, we hadn't even realized the power had gone out at all. Once again, every minute the HVAC equipment is not running, money is savedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all the while without sacrificing comfort. For this, we credit AirTight SprayFoam of Charleston and their closed cell spray foam insulation. For more information, call (843) 225-5833.

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Vacuflo Central Vacuum System Installed by Carolina Custom Security & Sound


nside the walls of the Idea House are a series of PVC tubes connected to various outlets in the baseboards strategically located throughout the house. At the other end of the tubing is a Vacuflo power unit, which powers the system and is also the collection point for dirt and dust that is vacuumed up. The dirt canister is large enough to only require emptying about once a year. "One of the disadvantages of portable vacuum cleaners is that they rely on bags or filters, and dust can leak from the vacuums inside your home," says Tim Crisp with Carolina Custom Security & Sound. "As dirt accumulates, performance decreases with portable vacuums." This is not the case with the Vacuflo system as 100 percent of the dirt and debris is removed from the living spaces and collected in the canister located in the garage. "This improves indoor air quality significantly," Tim says. In fact, University of California Davis School of Medicine found that allergy sufferers’ symptoms can be improved up to 61 percent when using a central vacuum system. "Improved indoor air quality also means a cleaner smelling home," says Tim. We give the Vacuflo system high marks for ease of operation as well. It's quiet to operate and the hose and attachments are

lightweight and easy to use. Carolina Custom Security did a great job of placing the hose inlets in almost every room, and the hose itself is long enough to reach more than one room at a time. Vacuflo also has an upgrade called a PVC tubing is run inside the walls of the Idea House where dirt and "Hide-A-Hose," which debris is removed from the living spaces and collected in a Vacuflo canister located in the garage. A “Vroom Quick Clean System” was makes the central also installed underneath the sink in the kitchen for quick cleanups. vac system even more convenient. We don't mind carrying the 30-foot hose from hose reaches up to 24-feet to clean almost room to room so we didn't opt for this any daily mess off counters, floors, drawers, feature. However, if your budget allows, and around appliances. Afterwards, it the Hide-A-Hose retracts directly into the retracts into its own small housing and wall, concealing the hose until it's needed automatically shuts off. again. We did choose Vroom Quick Clean System, which allows for quick cleanups And for those considering remodeling, Tim without taking the hose out of the closet. A says existing homes can easily be retrofitted Vroom can be installed in any base cabinet with a central vacuum system. For more (kitchen or bathroom vanity). Ours is information, call (843) 881-4802. located underneath the kitchen sink, where lots of quick cleanups are needed. You just open the cabinet door, pull out the wand, and the Vroom automatically turns on. The

Home Security / Fire / Carbon Monoxide System Installed by Carolina Custom Security & Sound


security system was a must for the Idea House, but little did we know that the system Carolina Custom Security and Sound provided would do so much more. For starters, the Honeywell security system protects the Idea House from break-ins by providing magnetic contacts on all the doors and windows on the ground floor and first floor of the Idea House. When the alarm is set, no one can break in without setting off an unbearably loud alarm while simultaneously contacting the Charleston Police Department. Motion detectors round out the security system. Furthermore, the system utilizes a cellular GSM module that communicates with 168 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

Carolina Custom's Central Monitoring Station. More sophisticated burglars will cut a phone line in order to disable an alarm system. With the Idea House, the system is still connected to the monitoring station. Finally, the system also monitors any potential fire threat with hardwired smoke and heat detectors designed to set off that loud alarm at the first threat of fire, heat, or smoke. The system also monitors any potential carbon monoxide threats such as a gas leaks. We've found the system easy to use and definitely a necessity rather than a luxury. For more information, call (843) 881-4802.

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Pre-Finished Siding

Painted by Carolina Machine Finishing


o keep the paint on the fiber-cement siding of the Idea House looking better and lasting longer, we had the siding "pre-finished" at Carolina Machine Finishing's North Charleston painting facility. They first took each piece of siding and placed it by hand on a set of rollers. They then ran it through a paint coating machine which flooded all six sides of the board, encapsulating the building material with a uniform coat of paint. The siding then continued through a set of pressure sensitive brushes that forced the paint deep into the pores of the siding, removing any excess paint to ensure a smooth, uniform finish. At Shawn Masten's of Charles Towne Builders suggestion, we chose siding with a wood grain texture, (rather than a smooth) "which helps the paint adhere to the board better and longer," he tells us. We elected to have what Carolina Machine Finishing calls a "2 and 1," which refers to a coat of primer and the first coat of paint applied at their factory (that's the "2") and have Arnold Painting, the Idea House painting contractor, paint a final coat in the field after the siding was installed on the Idea House (that's the "1").

Building materials such as exterior wood decking shown here can be either stained or painted using a process which encapsulates all six sides of the board, resulting in a far superior finish than painting in the field.

the moisture will migrate through the board, creating so much pressure on the paint that it begins to peel and flake," Rick says. Pre-finishing saved us money in the long run, and we saved money upfront by only hiring Arnold Painting to paint the top coat of the siding in the field, rather than all three coats.

other building materials as well, including trim, decking, flooring, railing, and fencing materials. In fact, we had them paint all the beadboard for the interior ceiling of the Idea House, which was especially beneficial considering all the narrow nooks and crannies between each one inch by four inch piece of beadboard. For more information, call (843) 760-0029.

Carolina Machine Finishing's Rick Jackson tells us, "You get a far superior paint finish by painting a coat of primer and the first Carolina Machine Finishing can encapsulate coat of paint in our climate controlled setting, rather than risk the potential for building materials to be exposed to outdoor elements in the field." Rick says the paint will too often fail prematurely if the siding is not primed and painted before being hung. "After the siding is hung, the sun warms the siding, which lies up against the cooled interior of a home. This causes moisture to collect on the surface behind the siding. That moisture Carolina Machine Finishingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rick Jackson at their North Charleston plant where a piece of fiber begins to evaporate and is drawn cement siding is hand fed through a coating machine, flood-coating the building material and towards the heat of the sun; if the forcing paint deep into the sidings pores. back of the siding is uncoated,

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Lennox Heating & Air System

Installed by Smith's Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc.


ames Garren with Smith's Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc. told us that running a heating and air conditioning system accounts for about 50 percent of the energy used in a typical home, leading us to search for the most efficient HVAC system we could afford. The energy efficiency of a system is based on its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). "SEER ratings range from a score of 13 to 23, with 13 being the minimum efficiency allowed by the federal government," says James. Smith's installed a Lennox Signature Series high efficiency HVAC system, which falls comfortably within the high efficiency spectrum with a SEER rating of 18.75. "One of the prime advantages of an 18 SEER system is the presence of a twostage compressor, which functions on the lower of the two stages 80 percent of the time," explains James. "This feature will significantly reduce energy costs, as well as operational costs, and the system will operate at a more discreet volume."

setting. Another benefit, which does not relate to the unit's overall efficiency, is the air purification system, which removes odors and filters dust and mold particles; this can prevent unwanted allergens from being released inside a home. We also opted for gas heat, which James says "generally produces temperatures about 20 degrees warmer than a heat pump." The touch-screen key pad is simple to use and reads the outdoor temperature as well. For more information, call (843) 552-3772. (above) James Garren with Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heating & Air spearheaded the installation of the high efficiency HVAC system at the Idea House. The compressors operate at a discreet volume and touch screen thermostats are simple to use. (below) A hybrid system of gutters was utilized to save money at the Idea House with historically correct half round gutters in the front of the house and less expensive K-style gutters in the less noticeable parts of the home.

Other elements that contribute to the system's efficiency are a high efficiency coil and variable speed fan. The Lennox Humiditrol whole-home dehumidification system makes the Idea House feel more comfortable at a higher temperature


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ocated high above the ground level of the Idea House hangs a hybrid system of gutters installed by Gutter Masters. On the front of the house are pricier half-round gutters, which were the traditional gutter style on homes built before 1950 and remain a popular choice on historic renovation projects, traditional renovations, and very high-end homes. Our budget, however, didn't allow for halfrounds on the entire Idea House. Wetzel Griffith, the owner of Gutter Masters,

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suggested installing the half-round gutters wherever gutters could be seen from the street and then, to save money, install the less expensive K-Style gutters on the back and sides of the Idea House, which are out of public view. The result is a complete gutter system that is aesthetically pleasing and historically correct, and which does the intended job of moving rainwater efficiently away from the Idea House into the neighboring retention pond. For more information, call (843) 720-4174.


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Mosquito Misting System

Provided and Installed by Palmetto Mosquito Control


here is a considerable amount of outdoor living space on the ground floor of the Idea House, and we worried about being able to enjoy it with the adjacent retention pond and salt marshes being prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. After almost a full summer season behind us, we can report that the mosquito misting system installed by Palmetto Mosquito Control truly does work. In fact, it works so well we almost forgot it was there. And that's the way their systems are designed, according to Palmetto Mosquito Control's Derek McLaughlin. "We try to keep the tubing and misting nozzles concealed from view by placing them in the landscape beds and behind bushes and trees, where mosquitoes tend to congregate," says Derek. He programmed a digital timer to spray a fine, exactly measured mist of repellant twice a day—in the early morning and at dusk—when mosquitoes are most active. Palmetto Mosquito Control services the system quarterly by topping off the holding tank with the repellant and inspecting the tubing and nozzles to ensure everything is working properly. They also do surface spray treatments of the yard at the same time. We called Derek once this past fall when the mosquitoes seemed to be more active than usual and he came out that same day to check the system and spray some additional surface treatments. He also tossed a few time-release pellets into the neighboring retention pond that kill mosquito larvae before they can develop into bloodsucking adults. Before he left, he instructed us to call anytime we noticed mosquitoes lurking, telling us that Palmetto Mosquito Control makes house calls at no additional charge anytime one of their customers has a complaint. "Don't hesitate to call us because we want you to enjoy your backyard," he told us. For more information, call (843) 766-9701.

Palmetto Mosquito Control’s Derek McLaughlin demonstrates the easy to use remote control which activates the system on demand.

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Tower Brackets and Rail Cap

Provided by Liberty Cedar Exterior Wood Products


t the top of the tower portion of the Idea House are painted wood brackets which structurally support the parapet wall of the rooftop deck. For these we turned to wood product expert Joe Davies with Liberty Cedar, who fabricated the brackets out of clear Western red cedar. "Using clear Western red cedar made the mortise and tenon millwork process much more stable. Also, cedar takes paint or stain much better than pressure treated Southern yellow pine, which tends to crack and warp over time," Joe tells us. "Being that high up off the ground, you don't want a lot of maintenance issues with those brackets. The use of clear Western red cedar made the millwork process more secure and ensured that the paint job will last longer than with a treated product." Liberty Cedar also milled the porch rail cap on the front porch using an exotic hardwood called red meranti, which originates from Malaysia. "We wanted to stain the rail cap to complement the stained cypress beadboard on the front porch ceiling, and the red meranti is very decay resistant. It is also easy to stain because it's more of an open grain wood and decidedly less expensive than using another exotic wood like Ipe," said Joe. "You get almost no penetration when you stain Ipe. The stain just sits on the surface and wears off easily." For more information, call (843) 744-0450.

Joe Davies of Liberty Cedar was tasked to supply specialty wood millwork for the Idea House. Pictured here are painted tower brackets made from Clear Western red cedar along with rail cap for the front porch staircase milled from exotic hardwood red meranti.

Flood Vents

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he Idea House is located in a floodplain, meaning there is a higher likelihood of a flood event taking place, and as such, flood vents are required by building codes and FEMA regulations. Some homes have air vents made from wood, which can detract from the appearance of a home over time and are permanently open to the elements. In contrast, the Smart Vent

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insulated hydrostatic flood vents stay closed until a flood occurs, keeping dirt, dust, insects and rodents from intruding the Idea House. Smart Vent's stainless steel flood vents not only look attractive and perform well, they—along with their entire family of products—have all been certified to meet FEMA regulations and building codes. For more information, call (877) 441-8368.

Smart Vents stainless steel insulated hydrostatic flood vents stay closed until a flood occurs.

Three-Stop Elevator Installed at Idea House Provided and installed by ESC Elevator, Inc. Because the Idea House is located in a flood zone, it is elevated off the ground about 12 feet. We were advised that for resale purposes we should install an elevator, with the conventional wisdom being that people generally don't like to climb stairs. Always mindful of the future, we opted for an elevator from ESC Elevator, Inc. While the elevator isn't used much beyond carrying groceries and other items from the garage to the floors above, it may allow someone unable to climb stairs in the future to stay in the Idea House rather than moving. The reality is our population is aging, and most folks would prefer to stay in their homes as opposed to moving to a retirement home

or assisted living facility. The elevator gives future occupants of the Idea House that freedom. Besides the practical function of the elevator, when you step inside the car itself, you can't help but be impressed with the finishes. "We wanted the car to blend seamlessly with the look of the rest of the house," says ESC Elevator's Charlie Cantore. "The interior of the Idea House elevator has a gorgeous cherry veneer to match the American cherry wood floors, and the hardware is stainless steel, although many other finishes are available. For more information, call (843) 577-3339.

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Mike Rollins of Moonlighting, pictured here with his son Ellis, installed an amazing landscape lighting system at the Idea House designed to illuminate all 16 palm trees as well as other plantings. The low voltage light fixtures are energy efficient and are on an easy to use timer programmed to automatically turn them on at dusk and off at midnight (or any time a homeowner desires).

Landscape Lighting

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nother product not meant to be seen in daylight hours is the landscape lighting installed by Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems. Their system illuminates all the palm trees surrounding the Idea House, as well as some of the other plantings and trees on the property. This creates a play of shadows with soft 178 â&#x20AC;˘ Charleston Home + Design â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2010

washes of light that bring greater depth and drama while enhancing the safety and security of the Idea House. Moonlighting owner Michael Rollins describes his design philosophy this way: "In a home setting, outdoor lighting should not overpower but rather enhance. Proper lighting extends a garden, moving it from daylight into night,"

Michael says. "The right lighting can make an average garden beautiful and a beautiful garden extraordinary." Michael says every home has its own special qualities, personality, needs, and style. "Our designs are customized to each client, each setting, and each location," asserts Michael. For more information, call (843) 853-3221.

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Whole House Water Conditioning and Filtration System Provided by Culligan


he tap water at the Idea House and the tap water most homeowners drink in the Lowcountry originates from either the Edisto River, about 35 miles south of Charleston, or the Bushy Park Reservoir in Goose Creek. Once it arrives at the Hanahan Water Treatment Plant, it is disinfected and treated to keep it clean as it travels through the 1600 miles of pipes that deliver tap water to all our homes. While we didn't experience any overt problems with the Idea House tap water, we did invite Ricky Sanders with Culligan to test the water, which they do for any homeowner at no charge. Ricky tested for hardness, chlorine levels, and total dissolved solids (such as salt) in the tap water. He carries a briefcase containing all the necessary tools to test the water and gives the results instantly. He informed us the tap water at the Idea House was about average—meaning there are areas of the Lowcountry with water worse than ours— but also that the Idea House tap water could be improved. "A Culligan whole house water conditioning and filtration system will add years to the lifespan of a washing machine and water heaters by eliminating the potential for clogging and corrosion

caused by contaminants and chemicals in the tap water," Ricky says. "The faucets and other plumbing fixtures in the Idea House won't have to be replaced as quickly either." In addition to making the working water for the Idea House better, Ricky told us that the whole house water conditioning and filtration system would give the tap water

we drink a fresher, cleaner taste and would make for shinier hair, smoother skin, crystal clear dishes, and softer laundry. And since we all use so much water on a daily basis— in coffee, iced tea, ice cubes, and of course, drinking water—it made sense to purchase the Culligan system. For more information, call (843) 767-3333.

Culligan man Ricky Sanders pictured on the left demonstrates the equipment he uses to test homeowners water at Charleston Home + Design magazine's corporate offices. While the tap water in the Idea House tested “average,” meaning there are areas of the Lowcountry with more problems, the test did indicate the tap water could be improved using a Culligan whole house water conditioning and filtrations system, pictured on the right.

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unning throughout the Idea House behind the walls are a series of organized high quality multi-media cables and connections that distribute electronic services throughout the home. Structured wiring is easy to install during framing and is highly recommended, even if having a high tech home is not important to you. By having structured wiring, you are preparing for future unknowns, as more and more devices and appliances require internet/network connectivity ranging from DVD players to refrigerators. Once this network of wires is in place, it is easy to upgrade or add next generation applications 180 • Charleston Home + Design • Winter 2010

and technologies without costly rewiring. This may come as a surprise, but if we hadn't installed structured wiring, the newly built Idea House would have been considered technologically obsolete by the time the house was ready to move in. Audio Warehouse says they retrofit older homes with structured wiring all the time and have a warning for homeowners who depend on wireless rather than wired systems: You can't always count on the dependability of wireless due to structural limitations or interface from other wireless technologies. For more information, call (843) 571-0535. v

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Indoor Air Quality Mills Brothers Heating and Air 764-1919 Insulation Airtight of Charleston 225-5833 Charleston One Source 278-1751 Summit Green Solutions 294-0160 Interior Decorating AKL Professional Interiors 764-3006 Creative Touch Interiors 284-0069 House Interiors 216-2002 Island Daze Designs 532-1041 Jennifer Rhodes Interior Design, Inc. 795-9411 MW Hunter 556-4939 Red Element Design Studio 768-0951 Interior/Exterior Trim Charleston Trim & Construction 270-3371 Landscape Design D.I.G. Landscapes 327-4372 ECL Design 224-8092 Landsmith 766-5263 Landscape Lighting Moonlighting 853-3221 Landscape Materials Fisher Recycling 554-6099 Landscaping D.I.G. Landscapes 327-4372 ECL Design 224-8092 Landsmith 766-5263 Sodbusters Inc. 856-0202 Lawn and Garden Sodbusters Inc. 856-0202 Light Fixtures Charleston Lamp Company 763-9150 Charleston Lighting and Interiors 766-3055 Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 Noland Company 744-8213 Rick's Lighting 763-2282 Sig Supply 577-0801 William Smith Fireplaces 767-8105 Liquid Vinyl Siding PermaCoat of Charleston 763-4562 Lumber Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Heart Pine Floor & Cypress Store, The 912-583-2236 Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. 744-6281 Mantles AGM Imports 747-0088 Charlestone Design LLC 216-3831 Diversified Woods, Inc 514-6370 Hostetler Custom Cabinetry 795-0946 Marble AGM Imports 747-0088 Quality Marble, Inc. 851-9717 Marine Contractors Dockmasters Construction 559-7010 Masonry Isokern/ Earthcore Industries 576-9594 Millwork Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Cape Fear Riverwood Products 910-371-0388 Carolina Window and Millwork 803-779-4040 Charlestowne Caseworks 795-6210 Diversified Woods, Inc 514-6370 Liberty Cedar 744-0450 Muhler Company, The 572-9727 Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. 744-6281 Withers Industries 376-0013 Mirrors Charleston Lighting and Interiors 766-3055 Port City Glass and Mirror 577-6500 Quality Marble Inc. 851-9717 Moisture Control ESS: Environmental Solutions + Service 881-0027 Mold Prevention Airtight of Charleston 225-5833 ESS: Environmental Solutions + Service 881-0027 US Home Protect 225-5147 Movers or moving Units Mobile Storage 571-2377 Outdoor Furniture The Teak Hut 856-2095 Outdoor Kitchens Carolina Kitchens of Charleston, Inc. 856-8255 Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 M & M Oil & Propane (The Fireplace) 402-7790 Southeast Kitchens 795-8809 Paint Charleston Paint Company 577-6581 Coastal Coating LLC 302-2166 PermaCoat of Charleston 763-4562 Painter Carolina Machine Finishing 760-0029

Certa Pro Painters 514-4529 Thomas M. Evans Construction & Dev. 442-0277 Verde LLC 532-1970 Painter – Faux Gale Ray Faux Finishes 769-0856 Janie Atkinson 532-3882 Verde LLC 532-1970 Palm Trees Arborscape Tree Preservation 571-0233 Patio Furniture M & M Oil & Propane (The Fireplace) 402-7790 Teak Hut, The 856-2095 Pest Control Ledford's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. 766-8298 Palmetto Exterminators 766-9701 Palmetto Mosquito Control 766-9701 US Home Protect 225-5147 Plumbing Blitch Plumbing 795-9674 Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services Inc 442-0800 Plumbing Fixtures Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath 577-5440 Connolly's Bath and Tile Works, LLC 737-5002 Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 Moluf's 723-4881 Noland Company 744-8213 Sig Supply 577-0801 Professional Designer / Kitchens Kitchens by Design 849-6890 Propane M & M Oil & Propane (The Fireplace) 402-7790 William Smith Fireplaces 767-8105 Remodeling Artistic Design & Construction 573-2444 C & T Enterprises LLC 343-9068 Canton Construction Company 795-6388 Coastal Additions 568-0401 Coastal Construction & Development 849-9005 Connolly's Bath and Tile Works, LLC 737-5002 Custom Designs 532-3903 Designer Kitchens and Baths, Inc 763-7717 Norton Homes, LLC 884-5105 Priester's Custom Contracting LLC 200-8495 Renovation Solutions 697-0239 Sea Island Habitat for Humanity 559-4009 Southeast Kitchens 795-8809 Sunview General Contracting Inc 875-7171 Thomas M. Evans Construction & Dev. 442-0277 Westra Builders 284-8514 Retaining Walls Dockmasters Construction 559-7010 Roofing Homewerx 270-2050 Southcoast Exteriors, Inc. 881-0020 Summit Green Solutions 294-0160 Rugs Rug Décor 766-7783 Screens Modern Screen Solutions 278-4963 Security Systems Carolina Custom Security & Sound 881-4802 Shower Doors Port City Glass and Mirror 577-6500 Quality Marble, Inc. 851-9717 Shutters Advanced Window Fashions 881-8858 Windward Shutters, LLC 881-6262 Siding Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Carolina Machine Finishing 760-0029 Muhler Company, The 572-9727 Southcoast Exteriors, Inc. 881-0020 Sod Sodbusters Inc. 856-0202 Solar Solutions Solartek Energy of Charleston 937-9999 Summit Green Solutions 294-0160 Spas & Hot Tubs Atkinson Pools & Spas 881-3068 Blue Haven Pools 552-6000 Clear Blue Pools Inc. 851-1067 Lepore's Custom Pools, Inc. 817-4028 San Juan Pools & Spas 406-7946 Staining (houses, windows, doors, etc.) Certa Pro Painters 514-4529 Stone Products Affordable Granite LLC 871-2317 AGM Imports 747-0088 Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom 881-8911 Charlestone Design LLC 216-3831 Fieldstone Center of Charleston Inc. 557-1225 Lowcountry Paver 784-7104

Palmetto Surfacing Inc. Quality Marble, Inc. Southern Stonescapes Unlimited Storage Units Mobile Storage Structural Insulated Panels Global Building Solutions/Crown Home Builders Structured Wiring Audio Tech Systems (ATS) Audio Warehouse Carolina Custom Security & Sound Controlit, Inc Island Integrations Sunrooms Coastal Additions Swimming Pools Atkinson Pools & Spas Blue Haven Pools & Spas Clear Blue Pools Inc. Lepore's Custom Pools, Inc. San Juan Pools & Spas Termite Contract Ledford's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. Tile Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom Charleston Stone Interiors Connolly's Bath and Tile Works, LLC Creative Touch Interiors Davis Tile, Inc. Floor It Now Lowcountry Tile Contractors Melcer Tile Company Inc. Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. Quality Marble, Inc. Tile Installation Davis Tile, Inc. Trees and Shrubs Arborscape Tree Preservation Water Purification Culligan Whole House Audio Audio Tech Systems (ATS) Audio Warehouse Carolina Custom Security & Sound Controlit, Inc Window Treatments Advanced Window Fashions Best Buy Blinds Creative Touch Interiors Murray Window Coverings MW Hunter Custom Interiors Solar Reflection Inc. Solarworks Group, Inc. Withers Industries Windows Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. Carolina Window and Millwork Coastal Additions Kolbe Gallery, The Muhler Company, The Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. Sunview General Contracting Inc Window Authority Wrought Iron Low Country Iron & Woodworks

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How do you keep cozy during Charleston's chilly winter months? "A crackling fire, curled up on my sofa with my dog Tann Mann at my feet and my Chutney Cat nestled near my head, a good book, and a simmering pot of fragrant stew on the stove. These all warm my heart and my soul when Charleston's days and nights get cold." - Holly Herrick, award-winning local freelance writer who is receiving rave reviews for her new Lowcountry inspired cookbook "The Charleston Chef's Table"

"In the win ter months, I like to be snug in the studio w orking with bright, warm colors . This is typically m y most produ ctive time of the year becaus e I'm not tempted to go outsid e and work in the garden or s it on the dock."

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