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features 113 • the inside story

One of the Lowcountry’s favorite familiar faces, Live 5 News anchor Debi Chard beckons us into her Huger home on historic Longwood Plantation to give us the scoop on her life in Charleston.

125 • modern remix

Local interior designer Robin Rogers proves the old adage that good design stands the test of time by reinterpreting the interior of a home built more than three decades ago—and designed by two of Charleston’s most respected architects.

132 • outdoor living experience

At the Custom Home + Remodel Show held last August 2729 at Gaillard Auditorium, the exciting new Outdoor Living Experience was met with great success. Find out how local companies created distinctive outdoor living areas along a meandering pathway.

147 • love at first…bite

They say a great first impression is paramount, so we sought out a sampling of Charleston kitchens that captivate from the foremost glance. As a tasty treat, Holy City chefs share appetizer recipes which are sure to win guests over at first bite!



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165 • the fundamentals of a fantastic kitchen

To help you pull together the elements of a fantastic culinary space, we delve into some of the hottest kitchen products on the market.

197 • an evening under the stars

Under the starry sky at Middleton Inn, the stars of Lowcountry architecture came out to celebrate the 2010 AIA Charleston Design Awards. Peruse the winning projects and pick out your own favorite!

203 • the importance of community

The Hancock family opens their doors to us to show how local vendors helped create the stunning cedar-shingled masterpiece in Briar’s Creek they call home.

213 • home show preview

The 2011 Charleston Home + Design Show rings in a new year sure to be filled with fabulous ideas. Check out all of the excitement of the event—held January 28-30, 2011 at Gaillard Auditorium—has to offer in our multi-page preview.

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in every issue 26 • Publisher’s Letter 42 • Meet + Greet 50 • Ask the Experts 60 • Design Dilemma 62 • Home-Work 70 • Architects + Archetypes 110 • He Said/She Said 223 • Ad Directory 224 • Reader Info Center 226 • Loose Ends


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

greenhouse • 45 It’s easy being green! To help cultivate your eco-consciousness, check out innovative new products and services from local companies that promote energy-efficiency as well as sustainable design.

trends • 53 In this issue’s “Beauty & the Books” article, learn how to create a livable home library. Perk? Acclaimed Lowcountry author Pat Conroy shares what books are currently lining his shelves.

nature/nurture • 65 In Charleston, outdoor living is an art form. Become an artist in your own right with tips and tricks from local landscaping and garden specialists.

project files • 73 Pat Conroy, p. 56

While we enjoy a good do-it-yourself project from time to time, we always leave the important stuff to the pros. Need a reason to put down the hammer and call on the experts? Peruse the impressive results of transformative home projects courtesy of a dozen local companies.

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Breaking New Ground


o change is to survive.” This was the motto of my fraternity when I was in school and a philosophy that I’ve enthusiastically embraced over my 15 year career in TV and radio, and as we enter our 12th year in business at Charleston Home + Design magazine. Instead of relying on past successes, our small company is in a constant state of motion as we strive to improve everything we do here at Charleston Home + Design. And as we begin a new year, our team has made several improvements that we'll be implementing in 2011. To begin, you may have noticed our new magazine logo on the cover. Our design team decided it needed a makeover and I commend them on the new logo which they describe as classy and composed and more stylish and elegant than our old logo. Julie, Michael, and Matt also freshened the design inside Charleston Home + Design to make it more fun to pick up and read. They’ve done a fantastic job creating a reinvigorated design that is clean, contemporary, and sophisticated while still maintaining a sense of playfulness. You may have noticed by now that the pages of Charleston Home + Design magazine have expanded as well. We made the decision to increase the number of pages back in May of 2010 and to fill these pages with stories that focus more on local building and remodeling projects taking place in the Charleston area. As part of this aggressive expansion, we took things a step further. In addition to reading these stories in our Project Files department, you can also watch videos associated with these projects that were shot at the project location. To watch the video exclusives, visit or, if you have a smartphone, simply scan the “Quick Response” or QR barcodes associated with each Project Files story and watch it on your cell phone instantly. Most smartphones come preequipped with this software but, if yours doesn't, a quick internet search will reveal a multitude of web sites to install the software. These barcodes are appearing in newspapers and national magazines as well as on billboards, and we at Charleston Home + Design are pioneering the use of this technology locally.



2011 will indeed be a year of change here at Charleston Home + Design, with a renewed focus on collaboration. One of our proudest partnerships will be with the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association. For the first time ever, our staff will be volunteering our time to assist the Home Builders in planning and organizing their home show taking place April 15-17, 2011 at the North Charleston Convention Center. Along these same lines, our staff will also be expanding the time we spend volunteering with the Charleston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and their newly formed Custom Residential Architect Network (CRAN). And, in a demonstration of our collaborative spirit, we're inviting members of the Charleston Home Builders, AIA Charleston, CRAN Charleston, the American Society of Interior Designers Carolinas Chapter, and Charleston Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute to attend the “largest gathering of design and construction professionals ever to take place in Charleston” at our Kitchens, Baths + All That Jazz VIP Party Friday evening, January 28th at the Charleston Home + Design Show. We hope the event will foster a renewed sense of camaraderie amongst the thousands of these local design and construction professionals. As professionals in the design and construction community here in Charleston, we've all survived the economic storm over the past few years and that's something we all have in common.

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE Check out our full interview with Whitney at or take a photo of the QR code below using an application on your mobile phone or computer. For more information on QR codes, visit page 26.

A must-stop shop for decorative hardware and plumbing fixtures, Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath recently gave their Morrison Drive showroom a modern overhaul. The fresh new look for this Lowcountry favorite also includes new vignettes from the luxury line Waterworks. CH+D stopped into the revamped space to speak with President Sam Marano (pictured above) and Showroom Manager Whitney Butler about the dramatic transformation. To learn more, turn to page 32. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2011



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shop talk Charleston Home + Design to Collaborate with Charleston Trident Home Builders Association

Pictured back, left to right: CTHBA's Phillip Ford, Jim Ray Cobb of Anchor Line Advertising, Andy Barber of Builder's FirstSource, CTHBA's Rachel Jeffeaux, Sherry Crawford of Charleston Home + Design magazine. Front: Jennifer Criter and Jan Clouse of Carolina Lanterns and Lowcountry Lighting Center

CHARLESTON—Charleston Home + Design magazine is proud to announce their affiliation as a sponsor of the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association's Home & Outdoor Living Show taking place April 15-17 at the North Charleston Convention Center. Charleston Home + Design magazine staff joins other longtime HBA volunteers to assist in the planning, organizing, and execution of Charleston's longest running home show. “We have been a member of the Charleston HBA for over 10 years and we've always admired and participated in the Home Builders show,” says Tim Barkley, publisher of Charleston Home + Design magazine. “Our staff is very excited to be volunteering our time to better serve the Charleston HBA.” For information on the Home & Outdoor Living Show, please visit or call (843) 572-1414.

Interactive Website Tool Allows Homeowners to Visualize A New Overhead Door Company Garage Door NORTH CHARLESTON—Overhead Door Company, one of the most recognized and respected brands in the garage door industry since its inception nearly 90 years ago, has unveiled a new interactive feature on the company’s website, Dubbed “DoorView,” the innovative design option takes visualizing a new garage door on a home to the next level. First, the homeowner emails a photo of the front of their garage through DoorView. That photo is then sent to the local Overhead Door affiliate, where a member of the team creates visuals of how various garage doors will look on the homeowner’s actual house. The company has also recently added new garage door options, such as EcoBuilt Garage Doors, to its large selection of styles. For more information, call Overhead Door of Charleston at (843) 767-0028 or visit

Overhead Door Company's Mike Cardarelle

Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services Debuts Energy-Efficient Green Power Box WEST ASHLEY—In terms of wasting electricity in the home, inefficient motors are the main culprit. Unfortunately, they operate a host of everyday items such as air conditioning units, refrigerators and freezers, washers and dryers, pool and spa pumps, computers, and even vacuum cleaners. To combat this growing problem, Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services, Inc. now offers an eco-friendly product called the Green Power Box. The device optimizes the power wasted by these motors and reduces the amount of electricity needed to operate your home. This reduction of electricity translates into an energy bill decrease of up to 30 percent, and also ensures the longevity of your equipment. To help homeowners better understand this new technology, Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services will provide a free energy audit and in-home demonstration. For more information, call Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services, Inc. at (843) 442-0800. Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing's Darryl Watson







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shop talk A Shade Above the Rest Now Manufacturing Their Own Line of Shutters

Sam Wood and Michael Van Axen from A Shade Above the Rest

SUMMERVILLE—Local window treatment company A Shade Above the Rest now manufactures and offers their own line of poly-plantation shutters. Since the start of the business, which has now expanded to include three locations, A Shade Above the Rest has become known for offering blinds, shades, and shutters from popular manufacturers such as Hunter Douglas and Levolar. The shutters the company crafts are custom painted, which protects them from UV rays and gives the warm look of real wood. Very durable, the shutters are ideal for homes near the beach, as they won't warp when exposed to moisture and they are created using stainless steel parts that won't rust. A Shade Above the Rest offers a wide variety of custom installations, and boasts a turnaround time of only two weeks. For more information, call A Shade Above the Rest at (843) 875-4307 or visit

Energy-Efficient Bathroom Exhaust Fans Available at Aero Pure LLC NORTH CHARLESTON—On a business trip overseas many years ago for his company Bath Marketing Associates, Ted Johnson ran across the owner of a large bathroom exhaust fan company. It was on that trip Ted decided there had to be a way to invent a bathroom fan that was more energy efficient and that would create less noise. After several years of research and testing, Ted formed Aero Pure LLC to offer bathroom exhaust fans that are HM tested and certified and Energy Star approved—as well as exceptionally quiet. The fans are available in several fascia styles and finishes, including new options such as matte chrome or chrome and silver with stainless steel inserts. A family operated business with over thirty years’ experience in the bathroom industry, Aero Pure LLC continues to operate under the leadership of founder Ted, who is helped by his wife Lee and daughter Mykin. For more information, call Aero Pure at (843) 377-8642 or visit

Mykin, Lee, and Ted Johnson of Aero Pure LLC

Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Revamps Showroom and Adds Top Brand Waterworks

Product displays and vignettes in Bird Decorative Hardware's revamped showroom



DOWNTOWN—After nearly 15 years since their last showroom renovation, Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath recently revamped their display area to offer updated product lines in a chic, user-friendly design. The overhaul began underfoot, with light limestone flooring replacing the dark floors from before to create a brighter feel in the space. Several new vignettes were added, including several showcasing products from the Waterworks line. “We are privileged to have a line as well known as Waterworks to come work with Bird,” says showroom manager Whitney Butler of being one of only six dealers in the country chosen to partner with Waterworks as a boutique showroom. “We have these beautiful vignettes that show a great mix of products, from traditional to contemporary to transitional; they have such a broad range.” For convenience, the revamped showroom is split into zones, with plumbing fixtures towards the front of the showroom and hardware toward the back. Visit their new showroom at 1081 Morrison Drive in Charleston, call Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath at (843) 577-5440, or visit

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shop talk Clear Blue Pool Makes the Move from Summerville to North Charleston NORTH CHARLESTON—Award winning company Clear Blue Pools has moved into a spacious new showroom at 7110 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston. Members of the Better Business Bureau and the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association, the company celebrated a decade of success this year doing business in the Lowcountry. At their expansive new space, they plan to continue to offer the quality products and services they are known for, including custom pool design and renovation, decking, coping, upgrade options, equipment, and weekly pool care. In addition, they are now selling spas. For more information, call Clear Blue Pools at (843) 300-4143 or visit Mike Greer from Clear Blue Pools

HWC Custom Cabinetry Adopts Toyota Production System Philosophy NORTH CHARLESTON—The Toyota Production System cites values of increasing production efficiency by consistently and thoroughly eliminating waste while, at the same time, maintaining respect for humanity. Local cabinet company HWC has implemented this philosophy as well as the philosophy of the Theory of Constraints (as developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt), which states that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link. By adopting a combination of these philosophies, HWC endeavors to eliminate the waste in their company's constraint until it is no longer the weakest leak; they then move on to the next constraint, and repeat the process. "This is a never-ending process of improvement," states owner Jay Miller. "This methodology of thinking and running our business is at least in part the reason we are able to still be in business today and compete in this new market place that we all find ourselves, both as businesses and consumers." For more information, call HWC Custom Cabinetry at (843) 207-0750 or visit

Donna and Jay Miller from HWC Custom Cabinetry

Leon Vanderbilt Antiques Comes to King Street

Gary Leon from Leon Vanderbilt Antiques



DOWNTOWN—Antique conservation and restoration specialist Gary Leon has opened Leon Vanderbilt Antiques at 1437 King Street. At the new showroom, Gary offers a large selection of high-end American and European 18th and 19th century furniture, and he also specializes in the sales and professional restoration of fine antiques. Visitors to the King Street showroom can visit his workshop in the building as well, where Gary completes all restoration and refinishing. Services offered at Leon Vanderbilt Antiques include French polishing, preservation, and wood carving, turning, and complete structural restoration. Although Gary worked in the industry for thirty five years in New York and Connecticut, he has had a home on Seabrook Island for many years which ultimately led him to open his Lowcountry showroom. For more information, call Leon Vanderbilt Antiques at (843) 577-0520 or visit




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shop talk Local Company Offers Design Program to Help Visualize Window Treatments NORTH CHARLESTON—To assist homeowners in visualizing what a potential window treatment will look like on their actual home, Marilynn Gay of Panes & Pillows has introduced a new software program to her company's products and services. An innovative emerging technology, the "Dream Draper" program allows homeowners to download a digital photograph of a window in their home. Marilynn can then use this software to design a potential window treatment and place it on the window in the digital photograph. If the homeowners have selected a specific fabric for their new window treatment, Marilynn can even have the window treatment in the photo show that specific fabric. Other customization options include adding trim and exploring furniture design. For more information, call Panes & Pillows at (843) 693-6900 or visit Marilynn Gay from Panes and Pillows

Aqua Blue Pools Receives Prestigious Recognition CHARLESTON—Recently, Aqua Blue Pools has received recognition on multiple accounts. First, the company received a Prism Award through the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association for the 2010 Best Outdoor Living Space/Product for a project they completed in Mt. Pleasant. The company has also been making headlines for president and owner Earl Fore's appointment as the 2010 Chairman for the elite international group The Master Pools Guild. A member of the invitationonly guild since 1998, Aqua Blue Pools underwent an extensive interview process to receive approval. Established in the Lowcountry in 1991, Aqua Blue Pools specializes in the servicing and building of pools, and prides themselves on creating socializing spaces that promote family fun. For more information, call Aqua Blue Pools at (843) 767-7665 or visit Earl Fore from Aqua Blue Pools

Buck Lumber Introduces B.O.S.S. Line

Dale Fort of Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc.



JAMES ISLAND—Buck Lumber now offers the Buck Outdoor Select Series (B.O.S.S.), exclusive to their company. Touted as the craftsman's choice for primed exterior trim in the Lowcountry, B.O.S.S. consists of wood that has been graded three times, milled, and then primed with an oil based primer. The trim features a "slick" paintable finish, and competitive pricing to meet a variety of budgets. As the wood used is a local, renewable resource, the B.O.S.S. line is eco-friendly. In addition to B.O.S.S., Buck offers a wide variety of building materials including lumber, windows, exterior doors, siding, exterior trim, decking, marine treated interior doors, interior trim, hardware, locksets, stair parts, and flooring. For more information, call Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. at (843) 795-0150 or visit


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Palmetto Exterminator's Bert Snyder fills us in on the present and future perils of bed bugs


leep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite! Over the past 40 years, this familiar expression has simply become part of a nighttime routine as parents tuck their children tightly into bed. The nocturnal adage long ago lost the sense of alarm surrounding the creepy crawlers, as they were virtually eradicated in the United States in the 1950s through the use of strong pesticides such as DDT. However, with the recent surge of media coverage surrounding these elusive insects, homeowners are once again beginning to panic over the possibility of a bed bug epidemic. To allay a few of our fears, we sat down to pick the brain of Bert Snyder—graduate entomologist, owner of Palmetto Exterminators, and selfproclaimed insect enthusiast. Identification With the increase in media coverage on bed bugs, Bert and his team at Palmetto Exterminators have also seen a rise in the number of calls from homeowners who think they may have an infestation. However, most calls are still false alarms. If you do fear you have bed bugs, the first step is identification. “Anyone can come in my office with bugs to identify,” says Bert. “I will help people all day long, because I realize there aren't many graduate-level entomologists



in Charleston. If I don't know what it is, I certainly have the resources to find out.” Bert also urges that, whether it is his company or another, homeowners should take time to get a second opinion. Treatment Before hiring a company for treatment, it is important to establish what type of experience they have dealing with bed bugs. “Any company treating bed bugs should have training,” states Bert. “Ask what formal training they have had and if they know how to identify bed bugs.” Bert's company will not do a treatment—unless the homeowner absolutely insists—if they cannot find evidence of bed bugs. “Homeowners have to be careful,” Bert advises. “There are a lot of companies out there doing unscrupulous marketing to play on people's fears. If someone tells you they can do a bedbug treatment for 75 dollars, be leery. If someone tells you they can do a bedbug treatment for over 1000 dollars, be leery. Watch out for the predators out there besides the bed bugs.” Preventative Measures Bert recommends people simply take a few preventative measures to minimize their chances of falling prey to bed bugs. When

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you travel, self-inspect for spittle marks or live bugs along the roping of the mattress. If you do see bed bugs, notify hotel management and either ask for a different room or go to a different hotel. Don't hold the hotel responsible; according to Bert, you could be in the cleanest, most sanitary hotel in the world and still see bedbugs. Wherever you decide to stay, keep your luggage away from the bed and nightstands; keep it in the closet or on the luggage rack. At home, consider investing in a mattress encasement. Living with the Idea of Bed Bugs Unfortunately, it appears that bed bugs are here to stay and—like pesky mosquitoesthey are just something we’re going to have to learn to deal with. But, while we may not be able to eliminate them like we did 40 years ago, Bert stresses that the problem is far from an epidemic at this point. “Out of the eight branches we have in the Southeast, we may do five total bed bug treatments per year,” he explains, “which hopefully gives you an understanding of how rare it is.” To speak with Bert, call Palmetto Exterminators—who celebrates their 50th anniversary in business this year!—at (843) 766-9701 or, for more information, visit



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Born a month apart in the same hospital, Heather Laperouse Speizman and Julia Marshall Perry seemed destined to meet. By a twist of fate, the New Orleans natives met at a mere three years old and became fast friends—which they have remained since. In November 2008, the two decided to forge their friendship and love for all things colorful and unique by forming their own creative venture. Thus, Bottles 'n Brushes was born. Now with locations in Mt. Pleasant and Summerville, the clever concept is creating buzz in social circles all over the Lowcountry. Each month, a calendar is posted to the company’s website——that showcases a different painting for every day of the month. Individuals or groups can then pick the painting they would like to create and sign up for that painting’s day. Upon arrival, a professional painter guides participants in creating the particular painting of the day. All the necessary tools are provided, making this $35 adventure a major deal and a must for those wishing to explore their inner artist. For locations and calendars, visit

CH+D staffer Karly Cortes testing frames for her masterpiece with Liz Kremchek of 86 Market Arts

Seventeen years ago, Ben Sumrell pursued his passion for landscaping by creating Sodbusters Inc. in the Charleston area. Over the years, his company has become known for their expertise in the sales and installation of warm and cool season turf grasses; last year, they were even tapped to provide all of the turf grass for the new Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. With so much success in the sod business, it may come as a surprise to many that an entirely different skill keeps Ben just as busy in his spare time: photography. An avid wildlife enthusiast, Ben has been snapping shots of animals and other Lowcountry scenery for years and has recently received impressive recognition for his shutterbug talents. A photograph he took of a pelican flying over a marsh (pictured left) won Honorable Mention in the 2010 South Carolina Wildlife Photo Contest and will further be featured in the March-April 2011 issue of South Carolina Wildlife Magazine! For more information, call Sodbusters at (843) 928-3996 or visit


Ben Sumrell's pelican in flight photograph, which won honorable mention in a recent photo contest

CH+D Winter Playlist What we’ve been listening to lately...

No Hurry by The Zac Brown Band – Paige Andrew Bird as Dr. Stringz as seen on Jack’s Big Music Show…my 3 year old son Jack Henry loves this song! – Corie Shutterbugg by Big Boi – Matt Beg Steal or Borrow by Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs – Michael Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat – Sherry If I Die Young by The Band Perry – Karly Keep Askin’ by Citizen Cope – Julie My six and two year old daughters and my wife Jenny and I have been listening to Christmas music since early November. – Tim




NEWS Congratulations to the following local companies, who recently received Pinnacle Awards from the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association: Thomas Evans Master Builders, Aqua Blue Pools, and Priester’s Custom Contracting, LLC. Keep up the good work!


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The Charleston Boat Show

January 21-23, 2011 Charleston Area Coliseum and Convention Center, North Charleston For more information, call (864) 250-9713.

Charleston Home + Design Show January 28-30, 2011 Gaillard Auditorium, Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 577-7652 or visit

t For more in formation on w ha you can see at this fun-filled event, flip to page 213! Southeastern Wildlife Expo

February 18-20, 2011 Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 723-1748. Business reception area design by Lorraine Vale of House Interiors

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

March 3-6, 2011 Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 727-9998.

Flowertown Festival

April 1-3, 2011 Downtown Summerville For more information, call (843) 871-9622.

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April 2, 2011 Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 856-1949.

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April 2-10, 2011 Family Circle Stadium, Daniel Island For more information, call (800) 677-2293.

Old Village Home Garden and Art Tour April 17, 2011 Mt. Pleasant For more information, call (843) 764-2323 x 386


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a brush with success Vince Smith began his career in contracting with an apprenticeship in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida­â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the bustling oceanside city where he was born and raised. An exciting time for the budding professional, Vince worked on many upscale custom homes (including Donald Trump's!) and received the training that would serve as the foundation for his work later in his career. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Vince worked in the upstate for over a decade before settling in the Charleston area. We tracked down the busy professional to pick his mind about what life is like as a painting contractor in the Lowcountry.

decided to leave general contracting was because the subcontractors were just no longer time or cost efficient. I decided to start doing the jobs they were assigned and realized that, if you buy the right tools and work in the right shop, you can turn out a quality product that will fit within the customer's budget.

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Licensing and insurance is really important. Homeowners really need to do some research and make sure the contractor they are hiring is legit...finding someone that is legal is imperative. This covers your home in case something happens during the proj-

You've been in business for almost 30 years, with much of that time spent as a general contractor. You now serve as a painting contractor through your company Vincent A. Smith Services. What tricks of the trade did you learn as a


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My time as a general contractor mainly taught me how to streamline all of my various little endeavors. One of the reasons I

Are there any special considerations homeowners should think about before hiring a painting contractor?

Waiting for You... ect that proves catastrophic. If you hire someone and they say they are insured, ask to see proof of insurance. Another big thing homeowners can do is have a point of contact and a reliable contact telephone number; make sure the person you hire is going to be there through the whole project and not just one part of it.

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Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency passed new laws to protect homeowners and building professionals from toxic lead dustâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a concern common in the older homes of Charleston. Are there any new issues facing painting contractors and their clients that aren't as well-known? Lead is still probably the biggest concern, and we're working away from oil-based paint now as well. We're working with latex-based products mostly, so you just need to make sure that the paint your contractor uses is a quality paint. Make sure when you speak with your painting contractor to find out exactly what product/ brand they are going to use and get that in writing. A decent, legal contractor will give you a description of the products and a scope of the work upfront.

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When you have a few free moments to peel yourself away from painting, what are your favorite ways to spend time in the Lowcountry? I like to babysit my granddaughter Izabelle and I totally enjoying sailing in the Lowcountryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;through the harbor, in the Intracoastal Waterway, and down and around. I have an antique wooden kayak that is so beautiful, I feel like I shouldn't even put it in the water. Izabelle loves to crawl in the kayak with me and we just go up and down the beautiful waterways. For more information, call Vincent A. Smith Services at (864) 344-3366 or email Vince at

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A spilled glass of wine, muddy paws from a pet, the aftermath of a young child’s craft time…. there are countless ways carpeting can be stained that a homeowner must be concerned with. And, although a homeowner may feel secure that the carpeting they choose will stand up to such household catastrophes, who could be confident pitting their choice against a herd of muddy pachyderms? This year, the makers of trusted flooring brand Mohawk set out to prove that their SmartStrand carpet—created with DuPont renewably sourced polymer—could not only survive, but could thrive under such extreme conditions during the 2011 SmartStrand Zoo Challenge. Amazingly, after several weeks beneath the colossal trudging feet of six African elephants at the Brooklyn zoo, the SmartStrand carpet came clean and virtually returned to its original shape! To read more about this wildly durable flooring choice, see page 48. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011



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in the swim of things Extending Outdoor Enjoyment with a Solar Pool Heater

A North Charleston featuring solar pool heating by SolarTek

Along with our hospitality and southern charm, Charleston is often lauded for our nearly year-round temperate weather. It is this weather, in large part, which daily drives us outdoors to soak up the balmy surroundings. Lounging poolside is a particularly popular Lowcountry pastime...where we relish poring over each page of the latest best-seller or watching our children splishsplash in the shallows. But, alas, once the last leaves begin to fall from the trees, most of us must resign to covering the pool until spring circles back around. However, a pool heating system powered by solar energy— an abundant renewable energy resource— can extend your swimming pool season. Not only will a solar pool heater from SolarTEK

Energy allow you to enjoy your investment in the “off” season, but—added incentive!— there may be a 25-percent tax credit available in South Carolina for purchasing and installing such a system and, depending on the type and scope of the project, you can see financial payback of your initial investment in only 1 to 2 years. Another little known fact? A solar pool heater can actually also serve to cool your pool during the hot summer months, making each dip a particularly refreshing respite from the sticky heat and humidity. For more information on solar energy or solar pool heating, call SolarTEK Energy at (843) 937-9999 or visit

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ith the growth of the green movement, homeowners today are more eco-conscious than ever. Most of us seek small ways to lessen our carbon footprint and save on energy costs; we turn the tap off while brushing our teeth, and swap out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents (CFLs). However, many people don't realize how accessible—and affordable—larger energy saving systems can be. Solar-energy systems, which use sunlight to create usable power in your home, can even be used to heat and cool your home. At local HVAC company Myatt & Bates, the SunSource Home Energy System is a residential solar energy system growing in popularity. A grid-tied system, which alternates between solar energy and—when solar energy isn't available, such as at night— electricity from your utility company's grid or network, the SunSource Home



Energy System utilizes a high efficiency HVAC unit from the Dave Lennox Signature Collection as its base. These units are solar-ready equipped so you can add solar modules on your own schedule and budget, working your way up to a full-fledged solar energy system. A communication module transmits performance information to a monitoring website, which illustrates the environmental benefits of using such a system. In addition to reducing utility costs, the SunSource Home Energy system may also qualify for federal government and state tax credits.

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out of the woods Utilizing Local Forest Resources for Responsibly Produced Lumber Products One year during a visit to South Carolina, northeastern-native Gary Norton observed that there was an abundance of under-utilized sources of local forest and forest products in the area. The notion stuck with him and so, convinced there was a market for these products, he decided to create a company rooted in the love of timber framing. The Timber Shop was soon born, and Gary set forth convincing local mills to custom cut timber packages geared towards the timber framer. While the company offers virtually any species of wood, Gary continues to promote the sustainable resources of the South with an emphasis on such species as Southern yellow pine, cypress, and dense long leaf pine. In addition to lumber,

the Timber Shop offers wood siding, paneling, flooring, moulding, millwork, and timbers. Since their products are milled locally using a 40,000 board foot dry kiln, a resaw, and a timber sizer that can plane a 16-inch by 20-inch timber to size, consumers can enjoy both a high quality product and the peace of mind that comes from knowing the product was produced responsibly. The local milling and distribution also means reduced vehicle emissions associated with shipping lumber over long distances. To learn about the different specialized lumber products available, call the Timber Shop at (843) 906-4385 or visit

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Carpets created over the last 50 years have traditionally been crafted of nylon for the material's durability and performance. However, nylon has always required topically applied treatments to avoid stains. While effective, these chemical stain treatments are temporary...wearing or washing off over time. According to Rob Leahy with Fine Rugs of Charleston, homeowners hoping for a more permanent solution to staining need look no further than the new SmartStrand carpet by Mohawk. Crafted from Triexta fiber created by DuPont, SmartStrand carpet features built-in stain protection that is actually engineered into the fiber. For the life of the carpet, no topically applied stained



protection is necessary; the triexta fiber remains clean and soft in the face of everyday wear and tear. Common stain-causers such as red wine can be Rob Leahy from Fine Rugs of Charleston cleaned simply using warm water! Rob is so impressed with the product, he replacement of the carpet if stains can’t has been raving about it on his blog. “I’ve be removed.” seen a lot in my 40 years in the floor covering industry,” he says. “However, I truly To learn more, call Fine Rugs of Charleston have never seen as revolutionary a prod- at (843) 577-3386 or visit uct as this. I feel so good about it that I am willing to have my company guarantee full

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Excerpts from our radio show TALKING ABOUT A HOME

Chris Lynn Leafguard

People want to spend less time on maintenance around the home and more time with family, so they are opting for systems like ours that eliminate clogged gutters. Also, since many people don’t like the look of gutters in general, we try to go above and beyond to improve the aesthetics. We can make modifications —such as positioning the gutter just under the fascia board where it supports the shingle —which create a more seamless look than the standard application. Requests from homeowners for such modifications have been a growing trend for us. For more information, call Leafguard at (843) 832-3353 or visit

We asked four companies:

what trends are you seeing on the rise in your field?

Randy Withers

Withers Custom Home & Commercial In the downtown area of Charleston, homeowners are still choosing shutters in keeping with historical styles. It’s really about honoring things the way they were; what was popular a few hundred years ago is being emulated today. Charleston is such a well-known and wellloved city with a distinctive past, so people like to reflect that with styles reminiscent of old Charleston such as plantation shutters. Along the beaches of Charleston, there is certainly more focus nowadays on storm protection products, which we also offer. For more information, call Withers Custom Home & Commercial at (843) 412-7263 or visit

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Allison Williams

Salt water chlorination is the biggest trend we are seeing homeowners request, due in large part to its minimal maintenance. You don’t have to add chlorine on a weekly or even monthly basis; you’re strictly adding salt to the water between 3 to 4 times per year, which automatically produces a low level of chlorine to keep the pool sanitized. The resulting water is silky and smooth, similar to what you’d experience using a water softener with your home faucets. Plus, it won’t burn your eyes or bleach out your swimsuit!

Starting at just under 17,000 dollars, elevators in residential applications are becoming more mainstream in general. We have some people that even use elevators simply for transporting their groceries to avoid having to make five or six trips up the stairs. Also, having an elevator really helps with resale; it is very difficult now to sell an elevated home without an elevator. People prefer to stay in their homes as they age rather than move and our elevators and lifts help keep them independent.

For more information, call Blue Haven Pools & Spas at (843) 552-6000 or visit

For more information, call Colson Elevator Company at (843) 557-0106 or visit

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Tommy Priester with Priester’s Custom Contracting, LLC will provide $3500 in General Contracting services and will spearhead the makeover. Melissa Hunter with MW Hunter Custom Interiors will provide $2000 in Design Services and will guide the winner in making selections for their dream bathroom. Acme Plumbing will provide plumbing contractor services valued up to $2500. Aero Pure Fans will provide a heater and fan valued up to $450.

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Designer Kitchens and Baths will provide bathroom vanity(s) valued up to $2500. Ferguson Enterprises will provide Brizo faucets and fixtures valued up to $2000. Foxworth Decorative Hardware will provide cabinet hardware, bath accessories and/or vanity mirrors valued up to $500. Granite Shop will provide granite countertops valued up to $2500. Mills Brothers Heating & Air will provide HVAC contractor services valued up to $750. Mr. Sparky will provide electrical contractor services valued up to $750.

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Mt. Pleasant Winnelson will provide plumbing fixtures (sinks, tub, and toilet) valued up to $2000. Precision Flooring will provide tile and tile installation valued up to $3500. Ricks Lighting will provide lighting fixtures valued up to $1000. 1st Class Painting & Restoration LLC will provide drywall and painting services valued up to $2500. 86 Market Arts will provide framing and/or wall hangings valued up to $500.

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Beauty & the Books: creating a livable home library

We fell in love with this home library on a recent photo shoot... to see the rest of the house, turn to page 125.

If you ask Holy City citizens their favorite way to unwind, many will tell you the same: reading. Whether it's curling up on a chaise in some sunnycorner of the house or toting a favorite dog-eared paperback down to the beach, we love losing ourselves in our favorite literature. Avid readers, we here at CH+D are enamored with the idea that more and more homeowners are choosing to carve out niches or rooms in their home dedicated to this favorite pastime. After all, with local stores providing such an abundance of choices in furniture and accessories, creating a livable home library has never been easier. Flip through the following pages to find furnishings that cleverly combine form and function, and even pick up a few pointers on book selection from beloved Lowcountry author Pat Conroy!

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Despite best efforts to protect your tomes, dust can seep in between pages and degrade the quality of the book. The barrister bookcase, which originated in Great Britain, features a glass front that is favored for its ability to minimize the amount of dust that creeps in your collection's crevices. Available at Carpenter's Antiques & Restoration (843) 884-3411

Boasting both style and wit, these 'thinking man' bookends from Terrace Oaks Antique Mall are a no-brainer! While you are there, pick up a few first edition books by South Carolina authors such as Archibald Rutledge and DuBose Heyward. Available at Terrace Oaks Antique Mall (843) 795-9689

Add a little sass—and seating!—to your space with a pair of American Mahogany Federal Tub chairs in leopard print fabric. To keep your peepers in peak condition, position a reading lamp alongside your chair. Available at Leon Vanderbilt Antiques (843) 577-0520

Who says book storage has to be traditional shelving? We adore the idea of choosing a large piece of furniture such as a hutch and using it to cut clutter as well as stash treasured tomes and reading tools. Available at Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009 This distressed blue, farmhouse-style hutch offers a stylish twist on traditional library shelving. Working doors allow you the flexibility to keep your books on display or hidden from sight . Available at MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939



Wall-to-wall built-in bookshelves are the stuff dreams are made of for any true book lover. If space permits and your collection is constantly evolving, consider a system like this that keeps your favorite titles at the tip of your fingers for years to come. Available at Hostetler Custom Cabinetry (843) 795-0946

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Five Southern Novels by Writers I LOVE: by Pat Conroy

Once you've starting piecing together your library, you'll probably want a few more books to fill it with...and who better to offer up suggestions than Pat Conroy, one of the Lowcountry's most revered writers! Before jetting off on tour for his new sure-to-be bestseller My Reading Life, Pat shared with us a few books you'll always find lining his library shelves.

To Dance with the White Dog Terry Kay

“I met Terry Kay when I served as chef for a group of men who met once a month in Atlanta. For a year, Terry would talk about his Dad’s depression over the death of his wife of fifty-seven years, Terry’s mother. Terry worried about his father’s senility because he kept telling his twelve children that a beautiful white dog came out of the woods each day to keep him company, and make him happy. Since no one else had ever seen such a dog, Terry was terrified the white dog was some delusion or strange vision. Then one of Terry’s sisters saw the dog standing up on their dad’s walker and dancing around the yard. Our men’s group went to Terry’s father’s funeral, where we heard that the white dog had disappeared. Terry turned that experience into To Dance with the White Dog, one of the most haunting, spiritual books ever written.”


Peachtree Road

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“In 1973, I met the dazzling Atlanta writer Anne Rivers Siddons at a party at the Governor’s mansion, hosted by Jimmy Carter. Annie and I grew up together as writers and


we have talked passionately about books since the night we met. At a dinner party at her house, she took me into her kitchen and told me she had started to write her Atlanta novel, Peachtree Road. The first line is, ‘The South killed Lucy Bondurant on the day she was born.’ The book is magisterial because Anne has never written a sentence without music in it. To me, it is the defining book of a Southern city to come out of the twentieth century. Our talks continue.”


Ron Rash

“My great friend Doug Marlette sent me a book of Ron Rash’s poetry, which hooked me on his work for life. He is one of those rare and lucky writers who gets better with every word he writes. Ron has mastered a prose style that is one of the purest I’ve ever read. He just returned from Ireland where he was awarded The Dublin Prize, an international award for the best collection of short stories of the year. Serena is his masterpiece: a dark, Macbeth-haunted tale of the rape of the ancient forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ron takes possession of that mountain country better than anyone since Thomas Wolfe. I’ve watched him ripen into one of the best writers of the American South, well on his way to becoming one of the best in America.”



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kick, or a thunderstorm approaching landfall. Janis is the poet of the Cracker Nation, the poor white South that has been ridiculed and vilified by writers like me. She makes her poor South sympathetic and even Shakespearian. ”

The Sunday Wife Cassandra King

“When I met the Alabama novelistCassandra King, I liked her so well I married her. Now we both write novels in the same house, in writing rooms which overlook a saltwater lagoon where Great Blue Herons hunt, ospreys dine, and


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Still haven't found that perfect piece to stash your literary collection? Contact the following local companies that can help you build your livable home library.

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The Verdi Group (843) 475-3317

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Designer Builders Inc. (843) 795-1779 Max G Crosby Construction, Co LLC (843) 766-9976 Nautilus Company, LLC (843) 647-6191 Priester's Custom Contracting LLC (843) 200-8495 Renovation Solutions (843) 697-0239

C & T Enterprises, LLC (843) 577-7268

Southeastern Custom Homes & Renovations LLC (843) 200-0261

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egrets line the banks like pillars of tule. In this house, I have taken great pleasure in watching a novelist other than me form the blueprints, first drafts, and patient architecture of a novel. For two decades, Cassandra was married to a Methodist minister, an experience she fictionalized in The Sunday Wife. The book revealed a whole new world to me because it reads like a field manual of survival in a regiment about to go into battle. The intrigues and power struggles among the clergy are both hilarious and shocking. Her descriptions of the church committees are devastating, her ear for dialogue as accurate as Jane Austen’s. I loved this book, but hey–I’m prejudiced.”

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If seeing is believing, checking out this amazing kitchen transformation will leave no doubt in your mind that a good interior designer can save even the seemingly most hopeless room in your home. Charleston-based interior designer Sandra Gaylord shares her secrets to whipping this culinary space into shape.



THE DILEMMA The homeowners originally inherited this home—a 60s ranch house—when it came with a business they purchased. They decided to make the home their primary residence so they could be close to work. THE REQUESTS Since the homeowners have a huge extended family that always gathers at their home, they wanted an open floor plan that would connect the essential living areas—the den, the dining room, and the kitchen. They wanted everyone to be connected visually (no matter which area they were in) and to be able to have seating. Special requests? The husband wanted a bar instead of an island, and they needed both a butler's pantry for storage and an office area for working. THE PLAN Remove all the walls between the old kitchen, formal dining room, den, formal living room, and entry hall. The original kitchen would become the new butler's pantry, using the existing plumbing for the new sink. A desk would be added for office space, and a tall storage cabinet would be installed beside the desk to block office paraphernalia. The original formal dining room would now become the kitchen and be connected with the new butler's pantry. THE RESULT The load bearing walls that were removed became an opportunity to incorporate the solution into the design. By adding the I-beams below the ceiling line and linking each beam to a column, it kept the floor plan open but also created 'separate' rooms. By using the slim columns, it gives the illusion of a higher ceiling. Sandra also added a window seat under the smaller window in the space, which helped delineate the kitchen from the dining room but still keep the areas connected.

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obert Giglio began building his knowledge of wood-working at 15 years old while living in upstate New York with his family. Three years later, he ventured to the Charleston area to continue refining his skills with work at both large and small interior trim and construction firms. It was through his experience at these firms that Robert developed a keen eye for seeing promise in raw materials and, subsequently, turning those materials into pieces of beauty. Eager to put his attention to detail to work, he formed Charleston Trim & Construction in 2004. Joining Robert in the venture was his wife Dawn, who utilized her own experience in the construction field to help her husband with general business tasks. Last year, the hardworking couple was blessed in welcoming two beautiful girls into their home through addition, they assert, that has prompted the pair to revel in the moments away from work—whether splashing in the surf at the beach with their daughters, participating in local running events, or building their first home in the country.

Originally covered in carpet, the Giglio's staircase was also in need of repair. After tearing out the old staircase, Robert put in new oak treads—stained to match the floor—and painted the risers to match the trim. Still not quite satisfied, he then installed wainscoting leading up to the second floor for added impact.

Dawn and Robert Giglio “When we purchased the townhome, it was still in the 1980’s,” laughs Dawn. “The fireplace was all stone with a built-in to the right and a wet bar to the left. We took out the built-in to open up the narrow kitchen hallway for a more open feeling.” The couple then took the sink out of the wet bar, repaired the drywall from previous water damage, added glass shelving, and updated the can light. The final touch? Robert covered and trimmed the stone fireplace with wood, adding his signature detailing.

“When we received the call about getting the girls, we went in search of two beds for them,” explains Dawn. “We had been told that at one home they had been in, they didn’t even have beds to sleep on—they just slept wherever they happened to nod off. So, for us, the beds just had to be great.” Not content with the quality of the store-brand beds they were seeing, Robert custom built and finished these beds a week before the girls’ arrival. They then stained Robert’s childhood dressers to match.

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maintaining your yard & garden through winter weather In the sunny South where weather never seems too severe, it can be easy to overlook seasonal maintenance that can prove critical to the life of our landscaping. Since we Southerners—particularly those of the Charleston variety—love to fuss over our yards and gardens (often competing with the neighbors for the coveted 'Yard of the Month' title), maintaining the beauty of our outdoor spaces teeters towards the top of our to-do lists. To help take the guesswork out maintaining your landscaping during the chilly winter weather, we've enlisted the expertise of three of the Lowcountry's top lawn and garden professionals.

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s we move from fall into winter, a time when plants are going dormant and entering a rest period, there is still one last hoorah of perennial color and ornamental grasses in their full golden glory. This is the perfect time to begin making plans for any big changes you may want to make to your residential landscape; now is the time to consult a professional landscape architect regarding any renovations you would like to do to the overall design of your landscape. Hardscape elements such as walkways, patios, overhead structures, or water features can be installed now so they are ready to enjoy once spring arrives and this is also the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs or to relocate mature shrubs and trees. Planting now allows them the opportunity to acclimate to their new location before the growing season resumes in the spring. Long term management of your landscape is important to protect your investment. Just as you provide routine maintenance of your home, you should also do the same for your landscape. The landscape is a living and ever changing organism, so management needs change as the landscape matures. Once the leaves have fallen, it’s a great time to carefully evaluate the form of trees and shrubs to determine if there is any selective trimming of branches that needs to be done. Pruning should always be done by hand and very carefully to ensure the form and health of the plant material CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011


NATURE/NURTURE is maintained. Irrigation systems can be tested and repaired at this time and it may be possible to eliminate any unnecessary zones if the plant material is well established. This will help to conserve water use and reduce wasteful overwatering. Applying a thin layer of mulch to plant beds will give a fresh appearance and help to prevent cold season weeds from taking over. However, it is very important to remove any old layer of mulch before applying another layer to ensure the roots of trees and shrubs are not smothered. The ideal mulch

Weather-Proofing Wisdom #2 THE PROS Patty Craven and Nick Popovich THE COMPANY landscape design/ build firm Designing Innovative Gardens (affectionately known as DIG)


ere at DIG, we relish the cooler weather of the fall and winter months. This is a time of enjoying what you may have created in your garden or be inspired to make some thoughtful changes. We both have strong feelings about what makes a garden successful, one that reflects the Lowcountry and that certain Charleston class. Our designs and subsequent installations seem to always encompass a few ‘must-haves’—don’t forget the basics, and the results are bound to be pleasing! So here are a few things that DIG can’t seem to leave out of the best Charleston gardens—things which often ensure the survival of these gardens during the cooler winter months. 1) Paths or connections. The ability to get around your garden is undervalued and needs to be planned from the start. Use interesting materials and make the journey fun! 2) Architecture. Integrate either an extension of the home’s features or bring in compatible pieces. Pergolas, a stone patio, or a bit of statuary gives the sense of permanence.



Tips and tricks for enhancing outdoor enjoyment layer mimics the natural leaf litter found in the forest. Too often you find mounds of mulch piled onto the trunks of trees and shrubs, which is very unhealthy for the plants because it keeps moisture against the bark providing opportunities for decay and insect infestation. Less is more when it comes to mulching.

lush season of spring and summer provide a feast for the eyes with green plants and vibrant colors, do not discount the beauty of the fall and winter season in your garden. The many colorful berries, interesting bark, and seed pods can be enjoyed with the cooler temperatures, while at the same time providing food for wildlife.”

Lastly, enjoy the blooming flowers by planting asters, goldenrod, and swamp sunflower to name a few, either in beds or pots in your outdoor spaces. While the

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NATURE/NURTURE 3) Maintain, and keep your eyes open. Get on a fertilizer/insecticide program (we love those offered by Possum’s and John Deere) and look for potential problems and opportunities. 4) Native plants. Want to keep maintenance in check? Go native! 5) History. We’re blessed with the classic gardens of Downtown and the plantations; take photos and note what you see and like. 6) Texture. It’s not just color that enlivens a garden. Juxtaposed plant forms and leaf structure/color can do so much for everyone’s garden. 7) Planning. Plan before you dig or buy. The big box stores don’t have all the answers. Locally-grown plant materials are available within a short drive; visit local nurseries—they in themselves can be quite inspirational. Make every dollar count. 8) Water features, trellises, and planters. Do something different—a strategically placed planter of a large scale and bright color; the sound of water is hard to beat. 9) Know where to start. Know when to stop; sometimes ‘less is more’ in the garden. Our first step in a landscape renovation is the editing process. Learn what’s valuable,

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THE PRO Ben Sumrell THE COMPANY Sodbusters, Inc.


inter is upon us and there are a few things you can do to “winterize” your lawn. These tips apply to all warm season varieties of grass found in the Lowcountry, including Centipede, St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia. First, you should get a final application of an insecticide such as Sevin. This will act as a preventative measure for any outbreaks of insects during the occasional warmer winter days. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent winter weeds such as ‘poa annua’ or ‘annual bluegrass’ from germinating and becoming a problem in the spring when the weather really starts to warm up. Also, an application of 5-0-15 fer-



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what can and should be pruned, and what can be used as the foundation for your new landscape. 10) Embrace the seasons. We’re lucky to see the seasons change in our gardens. One can mark these times by utilizing as much evergreen material as possible splashed

tilizer with slow release nitrogen will give the root system a boost to help your grass get through the cooler weather and thrive in the subsequent seasons. It is also important to make sure all exposed pipes associated with your irrigation system are covered and winterized, including the backflow preventer that sits exposed beside your house. When mowing your lawn during these months, mow at a higher cutting height to eliminate stress from the cold. And finally, wait until after Easter when the grass has started to “green up” before applying any fertilizer in the spring. Wait until the last chance of frost has passed before applying nitrogen so the grass won't be damaged by unexpected bouts of cold or frost.”

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5 Questions with... Charles Muldrow, AIA, LEED AP, and Sam Herin, AIA Principal Architects of Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects, Inc.

Both heralding from the 1984 Master's Degree in Architecture program at Clemson University, Charles Muldrow and Sam Herin worked together upon graduation as project architects at local firm LS3P & Associates. In 1990, the duo—along with former partner Sidney Stubbs—founded Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects (SMHa). Originally based out of Sidney's garage, the firm soon moved into a renovated post office in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, where it remained for nearly a decade before settling in 1999 into its current location at 400 Hibben Street in Mt. Pleasant. Charles resides in Hobcaw Point in Mt. Pleasant, and is involved in the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, the Building Enclosure Council of Charleston, and the Clemson Advancement Foundation. Sam, a past president of AIA Charleston and AIA South Carolina, also lives in Mt. Pleasant and is actively involved in the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant and is on the council at All Saints Lutheran Church. BLUEPRINT

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Charles: It's a great place to live and a great place for business, which will allow it to recover from recession sooner and stronger.

Charles: The Old Exchange Building downtown.

(left to right) Sam Herin and Charles Muldrow

Sam: The emphasis and importance the community has placed on design quality. What are your favorite things to do in the Lowcountry when you're not working? Charles: I enjoy racquetball, working on our house, and boating. Sam: Besides eating in good restaurants, I like to spend my free time fishing in marsh creeks and walking downtown (although I don't do enough of either!).



Sam: As a former member and architect of its post-Hugo restoration, I favor St. John's Lutheran Church. Greatest professional inspiration? Charles: The work of Sidney Stubbs, FAIA, inspires me. John Reuter, AIA, was my mentor. Sam: Like Charles, I also find inspiration in the work of our former partner Sidney Stubbs, FAIA. In addition, I am inspired by Harlan McClure, FAIA—the former dean at our alma mater, Clemson University.

Best advice that you have been given? Charles: Negotiate the best contract you can but, after it's signed, still provide the best service you can. Also, from my mom: Always give your best effort. Sam: When designing, explore all the options, at all scales. Then make a decision to live with it. If you make a bad decision, commit to making it right or be able to live with it. To speak with Charles or Sam, call (843) 8817642 or visit

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Constructed by Alan Wheeler, the Nelson family's new outdoor space features the design work of interior designer April Lipps of AKL Professional Interiors and furnishings from Morris Sokol.

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After meeting at a local trade show, Alan Wheeler teams up with homeowners Karen and Lindsay Nelson to custom design and construct their ideal outdoor living space


hen homeowners Karen and Lindsay Nelson bought their home 12 years ago, they immediately began dreaming up plans to remodel the residence. However, the hectic pace of everyday life kept the couple from embarking on their remodel until they decided this was the year they were going to make it happen. After more than a decade, their remodeling wish list had grown considerably, and the Nelsons knew they would need the help of a general contractor to pull everything together. No sooner than they had made the decision, Karen and Lindsay

met —and were immediately impressed with—Alan Wheeler from Coastal Design Builders, LLC. The serendipitous meeting occurred at the Home and Outdoor Living Show at the North Charleston Convention Center in Spring 2010, and began with Alan showing the eager couple his portfolio. “His portfolio looked very good,” says Karen, “but what impressed us most was that he actually listened to what we had to say. He understood that when he was finished with our home, we were the CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011



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(Above) An outdoor bar and kitchen area provides an ideal spot for entertaining friends and family. (Below) The family dog steals a quick snooze in the inviting new outdoor room.

ones that would be living in it.” The Nelsons were further impressed when Alan didn’t shy away from the couple’s “three page, double-spaced, typed list” of wants and needs. For Alan, the project was a welcome challenge. After several discussions with the homeowners, Alan—along with Karen and Lindsay—came up with a plan for the remodeling. The outdoor room was the homeowners’ top priority, and they wanted a space that felt cohesive with their existing home. “I wanted to make the space seem like it had always been there,” explains Alan, “so I came up with a custom design that would complement the existing structure. To help pull the look of the room together, I called on local interior designer April Lipps of AKL Professional Interiors, who does wonderful work.” While building the outdoor room, Karen and Lindsay felt overwhelmed at times by



the immense number of choices they were faced with, but found comfort in Alan’s expertise. “We had no idea there were so many colors of grout,” laughs Karen. “Alan knew what we were trying to accomplish and helped us narrow down our selections to tie it all together.” The couple frequently sent queries and questions to Alan’s email, Now complete, the outdoor room has become a welcome oasis for the busy Charleston couple. They begin and end each day in the space Alan (and interior designer April Lipps) helped them create. “It was such a joy to work on this project,” says Alan. “Karen and Lindsay were always so easy to work with, and Karen even baked cookies and other goodies for me throughout the process to help keep up my energy! I think the project was so successful because, from start to finish, it was an true collaborative discussion between myself and the homeowners.” As for the Nelsons, they

intend to work with him again in the near future when they add a swimming pool and remodel their home’s interior. v For more information or to consult with Alan on your own project, call Coastal Design Builders, LLC at (843) 300-9383 or visit To contact April about interior design services, call (843) 764-3006 or visit


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(left) Sleek, contemporary styling gives the Boatwright kitchen a streamlined look. (right) The homes industrial chic style is enhanced by exposed beams and ducts.

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To ensure the Folly Beach home he designed would be energy-efficient, local artist David Boatwright tracked down green building and design expert David Hill to assist with installation of SIPs


man of many talents, David Boatwright enjoys creative challenges. Though making a living primarily as an artist, Boatwright has had lifelong interest in architectural design. He gained experience designing and building homes for he and his family, which led to doing design work on several residences around the Lowcountry. After a busy period of work on other people's projects, he wanted to do a new project for his family that took advantage of some of the emerging technology. Upon deciding to build a second home on Folly Beach, Boatwright sought out an expert in the installation of structural insulated panels (SIPs) to help complete construction for his new home.



Busy with a project on Mary Street, architect and builder David Hill of The Verdi Company was backing up a trailer filled with SIPs when he heard a stranger’s voice calling to him. “I’ve got all these people yelling different instructions at me and all of a sudden,” laughs Hill, “one of them was yelling, ‘Are you the SIPs guy?’ So I said, ‘Yes, I am…but can you give me a minute?’” Once he had safely finished backing up the trailer, Hill joined Boatwright, who explained he needed help with a house he was building out on Folly Beach. Explains Boatwright, “I designed this home from the get-go and, as part of that design, wanted it to be an energy-efficient structure that would also withstand a hur-

ricane. I did my research and realized that SIPs were really the way to go.” Boatwright had the steel structure of his home in place when he realized there weren’t many people in the area that were familiar with using SIPs. Upon bumping into Hill, Boatwright was relieved to learn that not only was his company highly experienced with SIPS, but they had several work crews to assist with construction. Hill, confident he could help, followed Boatwright out to Folly Beach later that afternoon. A full service design/build firm specializing in green design and construction, the Verdi Company rarely works on projects where a mature design is already in place. According to Hill, however, he found it re-


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warding to help Boatwright bring his own design to life. “On the construction side, it was clear we could help by putting the SIPs up,” says Hill. “But I think it helped on the design side that we were sensitive to what his goals were in terms of what he ultimately envisioned, and were able to keep those goals in mind even in the front-end of construction.” In addition to energyefficiency, Boatwright’s goals for the home ­—and a large part of his bringing Hill onto the project—included building a stormresistant home, which SIPs would enable them to do. “SIPs, or structural insulated panels,” states Hill, “are composite panels consisting of an engineered wood skin, a high density foam core, and then another engineered wood skin, all bonded together almost like an ice cream sandwich.” This unique construction, claims Hill, gives the product incredible strength and sounddeadening benefits. Hill and Boatwright also enjoyed the flexibility SIPs afforded in regards to window placement. Although window placement was preordained in Boatwright's design drawings, the use of SIPs allowed them adjust the placement of the windows while the walls were being installed. “On one hand, I knew what the structural properties of SIPs were and what rules we needed to follow,” says Hill, “but I also knew we had a lot of freedom because we had the steel frame.” With the addition of windows, Boatwright saved money without sacrificing style by installing storefront, commercial-grade window systems. As the project drew near to completion, both Davids felt satisfied that the finished result was an accurate reflection of Boatwright’s original design. “From a structural point of view,” exclaims Boatwright, “I imagine I have one of the stouter houses here at the beach. Even if a Category 4 storm hits, my house will still be here.” With recent changes to the structural code of coastal homes, Hill believes the natural progression in construction is towards homes that are both storm resistant and energy-efficient like Boatwright’s. “With



The bold lines and distinctive contemporary characteristics of the home's exterior (inset) are echoed throughout the home.

green building, we find there are a lot of other factors that contribute to the cost of construction over and above whether it is green or not,” says Hill. “If you enter into the process considering green at the front end, like Mr. Boatwright did, you realize that we’re able to do a lot of unique things within a traditional budget.” v

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Exotic exterior lanterns, shown here in an outdoor room, were a favorite of Ferguson Associate Erin and served to set the tone for the interior fixtures.

a nod to mod Erin MacIlwaine, design associate at Ferguson Enterprises, makes light work of helping homeowners Dave and Amy Florez select cutting-edge fixtures for their European-inspired Mt. Pleasant home


riving through the quaint streets of the Hibben neighborhood in Mt. Pleasant’s Belle Hall development, most of the homes are expectedly similar in style…Charleston single or Lowcountry plantation in orientation, with wide porches and second floor balconies. Towards the end of one street, however, a single house stands decidedly different from the rest. Surprisingly, the distinctively European-style façade of the home does not look jarring in its row of Southern style structures; classic architecture and a stately design ensure it only enhances the appeal of the charming street upon which it sits. Inspired by their travels to Europe together, homeowners Dave and Amy Florez wanted a home that



would pay homage to the juxtaposition of Old World architecture and ultra modern fixtures they’d seen in their sojourns—and they wanted that home to be exceptional enough to stand out against the typical Charleston home landscape. The couple jumped into work immediately with interior designer Emily Walton of Askins Walton Design Group in order to develop a unique design plan for the home’s décor—a large part of which would revolve around local company Ferguson Enterprises. “Image Homes, the builder of Dave and Amy’s home, called me in to assist with the selection of cabinetry, lighting, plumbing, and interior furnishings,” explains

Emily. “Dave and Amy came to me with a complete vision of what they wanted and I just basically helped them to implement that, beginning with the exterior lanterns supplied by Ferguson.” Working with Emily to finalize selections of the unique fixtures was Ferguson design associate Erin MacIlwaine, who was inspired by the project from the beginning. “I love these exterior lanterns,” she enthuses. “They are so different and fit perfectly for the house; they were one of the first lighting selections we made and I got really excited because it got us in the groove for the fixtures for the rest of the house.” Striking such success with the exterior lighting, Emily called upon Erin for help with various interior selections.


Immediately inside the home, the glowing results of Emily and Erin’s collaboration are evident immediately. “In this main living area, we supplied the ceiling fan, the can lighting and all of the sconces,” explains Erin. With ceilings around 27 feet high, Erin took the scale of the entire space into consideration when tackling the initial task of choosing a ceiling fan. “We wanted to make sure we had a big enough fan to support the area—anything smaller wouldn’t have looked right in such a vacuous area—so in addition to selecting a large fan, we put it on a longer downrod,” she says, continuing, “It’s a newer fan that has come out, and we liked that it has a modern feel that goes with the interior furnishings and décor throughout the house.” Erin also used low voltage can ceiling lights in the space to ensure adequate lighting from the tall ceilings. When choosing lighting to highlight the large piece of artwork over the living room mantle, Erin sought to guarantee the piece— one of the homeowners’ favorite elements of the area—would be ideally illuminated. To help do so, Erin called the artist in New York to discuss the best placement for lighting fixtures. Although many would consider this going above and beyond for the customer, Erin shakes off the notion, citing it as part of her job. “At Ferguson, we take a lot of pride in our customer service and making sure that anything we sell comes out to be the best product available,” she states, “so if there is an extra step we can take to make sure that happens, we will always take it.” After speaking with the artist and conferring with interior designer Emily, Erin opted for special recessed cans to showcase the prized piece of art. Erin was also tasked with supplying multiple selections in the home’s kitchen, once homeowners Dave and Amy found a point of inspiration in a slab of granite for the countertop. “When Amy and Emily saw the granite at the supplier,” explains Dave, “they fell in love with it. They looked at other pieces but kept coming back to this one, so the slab of granite became the jumping-off point for

all of the other selections in the kitchen.” To complement the chic gray granite, Erin started the kitchen selection process with a stainless steel farm sink.

(Above) Cutting-edge light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and appliances from Ferguson contribute to the state-of-the-art design of the Flores family kitchen. (Below) In the main living area, an over-sized ceiling fan and contemporary light fixtures suit the space.

“I think this sink was a great combination of styles for this house because the farm sink is kind of a traditional Charleston look,” she says of the choice, “while the stainless steel made it more modern and cutting edge, which fits very well in this space.” A single hold faucet—which pulls out for convenience—offers clean lines and minimal distraction to the granite. The pendant lights over the massive kitchen island further the sophisticated industrial look, which Erin loves. “I adore these pendants,” she exclaims. “They are brand new, so Dave and Amy are probably some of the first homeowners to get them!” For appliances, Erin supplied a Wolf dual-fuel range with six burners and griddle, a 42-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator with dispenser, and a Wolf microwave drawer. A butler’s pantry off the kitchen is equipped with a wine cooler, ideal for use during the dinner parties and social gatherings the couple enjoys hosting. Although Erin helped with selections throughout the entire home, one area she CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011



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(Left) An MTI solid-surface soaking tub acts as the focal point in the spa-inspired master bath. (Right) One of the larger light fixtures provided by Ferguson, an elegant chandelier adds drama to the dining room.

found particularly rewarding to help with was the master suite. New parents, Dave and Amy wanted the area to feel luxurious and relaxing. Elaborates interior designer Emily, “They wanted to feel as if they were in a posh hotel, and we decided that a mix of industrial—which is seen throughout the house—with glamorous elements would be a beautiful juxtaposition.” From Ferguson, Emily and Erin agreed upon a unique three blade fan which, according to Erin, actually pushes more air than your typical fan. They also relied on special lighting, as they did in the living area, to highlight the room’s artwork. Erin considers the master bathroom as perhaps the favorite space she worked on, as she was helping the homeowners achieve a design vision of special significance to the couple. “When Amy and I were on our honeymoon in Mexico,” says Dave, “we stayed at a hotel that had very spa-like bathrooms in the honeymoon suite, so we were looking to recreate that experience with elements like the rock wall, open shower, a soaking tub, and asymmetric his and hers sinks.” To accomplish the homeowner’s vision, Erin determined the best place to start would be the freestanding tub. “They didn’t



necessarily like the look of the traditional claw foot tub,” she says, “so we found this MTI solid surface tub, which has a really big interior space and combines modernity with the classic appeal of a traditional freestanding tub.” Erin then moved to recreate the asymmetrical sinks the couple wanted, settling on classic white sinks in different sizes. She paired the sinks with RSVP Collection wall-mount faucets by Brizo to free up counter space and create a crisp, cool look. For a spa feeling in the shower, Erin supplied his-and-hers rainfall shower heads. Finally, to brighten the space, Erin helped the homeowners find lighting fixtures to complete their spa-style bathroom. “Dave and Amy actually found the crystal lighting fixtures in a catalog and fell in love with them, and I think they turned out great,” smiles Erin. With a home now outfitted with contemporary light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and appliances from Ferguson Enterprises, Dave and Amy are ecstatic to entertain friends and family in their European-inspired abode. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” states Dave. “Amy and I are so pleased. We worked with top-notch people like Erin from start to finish, and are

truly enjoying the end result.” v To consult with Ferguson on your own project, call the showroom at (843) 747-6301 or, for more information, visit Editor’s Note: If you’re anything like us, you fell in love with the Florez’ home. If you want to learn more about the design process, call builder Carl Owens with Images Homes at (843) 568-0217 or call interior designer Emily Walton with Askins Walton Design Group at (843) 532-7888.

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metal, and cast in precious metals. When presented with the challenge to re-design the reception area, I was able to pull from my background for inspiration.”

Resources: Tile: Melcer Tile, Lighting: Charleston Lighting, Macro photography: R Lee Morris of Mt. Pleasant, Custom receptionist desk: Low Country Mill & Casework, Guest chairs: Sandler Seating, Guest bench: Wulbern Koval

breaking the mold Local interior designer Lorraine Vale utilizes her background in metalworking to sculpt a stunning commercial space


hen the owners of a tool and die manufacturing plant in Goose Creek recently entered retirement stage, a local company stepped in and purchased the business with aspirations of breathing new life into it. The building and its interior, although architecturally beautifully designed, needed a metamorphosis in order to take its place in the 21st century and compete in global commerce. The new owner knew he needn't look far to find the



perfect person for the job, starting with the reception area: designer Lorraine Vale of House Interiors, whom the owner and his wife had engaged for the design of their home’s interior. Primarily a residential designer, Lorraine felt drawn to the unique commercial project. “I spent my first career in jewelry design,” she explains. “Majoring in sculpture and light metals at the Rhode Island School of Design, I learned to fabricate bowls and vessels out of copper sheet

Choosing to honor the steel fabrication at the company's core, Lorraine sought to interject the space with spun, fabricated, and extruded metals. Although relatively small in square footage, the reception area of the building seems spacious, largely due to two expansive glass walls and soaring height. Realizing this, Lorraine decided she would make broad, bold statements in the space and keep the furnishings to a minimum...a decision that aligned well with the vision of the company's owner. “At our first meeting, in the existing reception area,” says Lorraine, “the client shared with me what he expected from the redesign. Basically, he wanted potential customers, who would be executives from companies around the world, to step into this space and their first impression would be that of a welcome area that is ‘world class and cutting edge,’ reflecting the direction of the new company.” Her wheels began turning and she immediately knew the potential the space held and what it could become. To achieve that dramatic first impression the client was looking for, Lorraine conceived the 10’ x 4’ laminated photographs that would fill the enormous wall, then began to infuse the room with a combination of aluminum and stainless steel elements.

“For starters, we had aluminum rods installed to create a 4’ x 4’ grid between the floor tiles, befitting to the scale of the space. Lorraine developed this idea on a routine visit to Melcer Tile. “As soon as I told Phyllis Kaplowitz at Melcer Tile my concept for the space, she said, ‘You have to see this brand new tile that came in!’ It was perfect.” Lorraine goes on to describe the space, stating, “The custom light fixture and most of the furniture has some brushed metal accent. In addition, the aluminum ‘standoff’ is an element that is repeated through out the space—lifting the quartz counter top off the custom desk, and the photos a few inches away from the wall. In presenting the design concept boards to the client, he was able to see the all the elements - tile, aluminum rods, furniture, fabrics, ex cetera. However, it was such a departure from what was currently there it was difficult to imagine it all coming together; “He needed to trust me," remembers Lorraine. In the space, the client gave Lorraine full creative ability to do what she thought needed to be done. Originally, the receptionist desk was cut off from the reception area; the desk was in the next room with a cutout in the wall and a granite ledge, standard to this kind of area. The client wanted to move the receptionist out front to greet visitors, using the under-utilized space. To meet the client's needs, Lorraine designed a glossy white desk with a stainless steel grid mimicking the pattern in the floor; the desk was then manufactured locally at Low Country Mill and Casework in Ladson, SC. For impact, Lorraine chose a combination of a few - but bold - design elements. Three massive photography panels, which was the designer's concept, fill one large wall. The close-up images are actual metal parts manufactured at the plant, with each piece featured being no larger than 5-inch by 5-inches. The images were shot by Lee Morris of R Lee Morris Photography in Mount Pleasant, using digital macrophotography. To maximize the art's impact, the enterprising designer sent digital copies to a company in Seattle, who produced black and white images on transparent film, en-

larged to 10-foot by 4-foot panels and set behind Plexiglas. Track lighting in an oblong shape from Charleston Lighting and Interiors complements the chic, industrial appeal of the mounted macrophotography. Lorraine kept colors to a minimum, working in charcoal, grey, black and white; contemporary, Italian visitors' chairs upholstered in bold orange wool provide the only jolt of color.

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Upon completion of the reception area, Lorraine was anxious to hear the client's impression of her creative take on the space. “‘Magnificent’ was his word,” she says. "He is reserved, so I knew he was more than pleased with his new reception area. Lesson your designer. If you hire an expert, trust them to carry out your vision using their knowledge and creativity. In mutual respect, you’ll discover confidence. A professional will listen to you and processes everything you have told him or her, and the result will be a space that reflects just what you wanted.” It was this trust which played a pivotal role in the Lorraine's seamless transition from residential to commercial work, giving her the freedom to work in the broad strokes it required to create the bold statement she envisioned. v For more information, contact House Interiors at (843) 216-2002 or visit

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Builder Rick Jackson stands at the site where he will soon start construction on four houses commissioned by four friends, all in the same neighborhood

leap of faith Impressed with his integrity and Christian values, four families (all friends!) each chose builder Rick Jackson to construct their custom homes in Charleston's Battery Gaillard neighborhood


here's nothing unusual for a builder to work with a homeowner interested in building a custom home, and many builders are capable of building multiple homes at the same time. But when one builder is hired by four separate homeowners to build four custom homes all on the same street, in the same neighborhood, all at the same that's exceptional, and it's exactly what Rick Jackson, owner of MR Jackson Construction and Carolina Machine Finishing, is doing. Rick recently broke ground on all four custom homes at the same time, in the same subdivision, in the same neighborhood, and on the same street, all with four separate homeowners. “It's a unique story,” muses Rick. “The four families are the best of friends, and all four homeowners involved are doctors. We were contacted several months ago by one of the group—Dr. Philip McGaha—and, at that time, began exploring the possibility of building a modest custom home for him.” What Rick didn't realize was



that Philip and his group of friends had been dreaming for years of building together for a community purpose. Explains Dr. Jay Traynham, one of the group of friends, “We are all Christians and actively involved in Christian ministry abroad as well as locally for students at MUSC, and were looking for a builder to help us utilize space to better serve our ministry…while also taking the economy and budgetary needs into consideration.” The group had interviewed around 10 potential builders and was about to go with one of them when mutual friend, Attorney Curtis Bostic, offered up a glowing review of Rick and suggested they consider him for the job. “The first time I met Philip, we quickly realized we had a lot of similar of which was our participation in international Christian missions. Being very involved in the medical missions group ‘Remember,’ an organization of volunteers and doctors dedicated to providing aid to those persecuted for their faith, I immediately felt a kinship with Philip

and his friends. That kinship only strengthened when I discovered the families home-schooled their children, as I do. At the onset, understanding the rigors of home schooling as well as the personal reward involved with mission work became the primary things that knitted us together and would prove a common thread between me and the families.” After meeting individually with each of the four families, Rick was chosen to build the four custom homes that would sit on the same street in the Battery Gaillard subdivision off Ashley River Road in West Ashley. To ensure he met the expectations of the homeowners, Rick helped them tailor each home to meet their personal needs. “They are generous people,” exclaims Rick. “They are building homes where they can help other folks to accomplish their goals in life, so we wanted to meet those needs with a specific number of bedrooms and bathrooms, guest quarters, and other things that may be a little unique compared to the average home.” Rick also utilized his other company, Carolina Machine Finishing, to provide each home with fiber cement exterior siding by prefinishing, pre-priming, and pre-staining each of the homes’ exterior building materials. For the group, a deciding factor in choosing Rick was the quality of both work and character he exhibited. “He was the first person that my wife and I talked to that didn't have apprehension about the project,” states Jay. “He was just at peace with everything from the beginning. As planning for the homes progressed, the quality of Rick's character became more evident than ever. His approach to building is the way I feel every project ought to be: with great integrity, clear communication, and the highest quality products at or below budget.” As for Rick, he feels honored the families all chose him. “I am blessed they expressed the kind of trust to allow me to build their homes. It's one thing to build a house; it's another to build a home. I think because we share the same values—we derive our values from the Bible, God’s Holy Word—those things created a trust that often isn’t present between builder and homeowner. Because there is an absolute, I build based on that absolute; that’s where we get our motto for building. We build on the foundation of character...that's what linked us together from the beginning.” v

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(Left) To ensure the flooring installation didn't detract from the focal fire place designed by the homeowner, Carpet Baggers cut the bottom bricks to slide the wood planks underneath and eliminate any exposed gaps. (Right) Porcelain tile in the master bathroom offers durability and beauty.

more than just floors Attesting his company offers more than just carpet, Dean Kelly of CarpetBaggers outfits a Ravenel home with a wide variety of countertop, flooring, and tile material


hen you think of local company Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings, chances are carpet comes to mind first. However, as evidenced by this newly built custom home in the Poplar Grove subdivision of Ravenel, the company offers much more than just carpet. “Some homeowners come in with an idea of the look they want in mind,” explains Dean Kelly, co-owner and founder of Carpet Baggers, “but we have several design consultants to assist because the majority of people aren't sure where to start. Once people realize the wide variety of products



we carry outside of flooring, they really appreciate the expertise of our team of seven experienced reps.” In the Poplar Grove home, Dean worked with homeowners Dr. Will and Christi Youngblood to develop a comprehensive plan that would cover a variety of applications throughout the newly-built house—beginning in the main living areas with 3 quarter inch thick solid, hand-scraped white oak flooring.

their floors. If you go with a rustic or handscraped floor, it really allows you to live on that floor without worrying about the little nicks and scratches since they won't stand out against the existing distressing.” The flooring further features an aluminum oxide finish ultravioletly applied and dried at the factory in a controlled environment, ensuring it won't have to be refinished for many years.

“These days, everyone wants hardwood floors because there is very little maintenance; they hold up to any family,” Dean states. “However, they still want to live on

As Will and Christi had chosen their countertops and cabinetry for their kitchen from Signature Kitchens and Baths of Charleston prior to Dean's arrival on the project,


Carpet Baggers was tasked with finding a backsplash tile that was neutral and would blend with the other materials. To satisfy those specifications, Dean settled on tumbled travertine set on a diagonal angle with a listello border. “This isn't floor covering,” he asserts, “but it's definitely a big part of what we do! People want to customize their kitchens with a backsplash and we love to do that for them. We've added over 3,000 square feet of space in our showroom over the last few years to accommodate tile, porcelain, and natural stone.” In the master bathroom, Carpet Baggers provided and installed Serengheti Slate tile by Mannington on the floors. A porcelain tile, the Serengheti Slate offers the organic appeal of natural stone without the maintenance hassle of having to seal it. It is also more resistant to wear and tear than ceramic tile, and available in a wide variety of sizes—with bullnosing to complement any size. For the shower, Dean and Will decided on a more unique material. “After finding the flooring, we opted to go with a river rock on the shower base,” says Dean. “When you introduce water into a shower with river rock flooring, it feels great on your feet—like you are actually standing in a riverbed!” For added style and convenience, Carpet Baggers installed a recessed niche to hold soap or other toiletries.

(Above) A study in understated elegance, the kitchen backsplash created by Carpet Baggers features tumbled travertine subway-style tile. (Below) Exquisite cabinets from Signature Kitchens and Baths creates a beautiful juxtaposition with the distressed floors.

Since the homeowner was on a budget, Dean strove to find products that would provide an impact in each space. Like many new homes, Will and Christi's was built with a “man cave,” and Will wanted flooring in his that would make a statement. “For this room,” explains Dean, “we chose a 5-inch wide man-made antique heart pine. It has mineral streaks throughout, which gives it a lot of character and the rustic appeal Will was searching for.” The durable flooring is ideally-suited to the rugged room, and nicely offsets the homeowner's authentic zebra skin rug. Perhaps the most distinctive application Carpet Baggers worked on in the home was outfitting flooring underneath the massive CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011



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fireplace in the main living space. When a flooring company comes into a home that has a large fireplace, some of the installation options available leave exposed gaps where dust and other debris can gather. To avoid this predicament, Carpet Baggers took a more custom approach. “We came in with an undercut saw and physically cut the brick at the very bottom, which allowed us to slide the wood under the fireplace and give us the flexibility of movement,” states Dean, “but, at the same time, not introducing any kind of moulding on the outside of

“These days, everyone wants hardwood floors because there is very little maintenance; they hold up to any family,” Dean states. “However, they still want to live on their floors.” the fireplace. We won't take a shortcut that might cause problems down the road; we want to provide a job the customer can enjoy forever.”

Mineral streaks throughout the man cave's man-made antique heart pine floors offer a much more unique and exotic appearance than traditional heart pine.

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Having now had time to settle into their new home, Will and Christi find each space they worked on with Carpet Baggers to be a reflection of the company's professionalism, hard work, and versatility. “I built the house myself, so it was a new experience,” Will muses. “Carpet Baggers was very easy to work with and highly professional. Any time we hit a hitch, it was easy to iron it out with Dean.” Above all, it was the company's attention to detail—on everything from the flooring to the shower niche—that won the respect of these contented homeowners. v

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The master closet is shown in Cognac finish with brushed chrome hardware. The island is the focal point in the closet—both visually as well as functionally. Each side of the closet includes baskets, shoe shelves, hanging space, and general shelving.

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Hoping to minimize clutter in their new Seabrook home, Brenda and Herb White reach out to California Closets to ensure they have an abundance of easy to organize storage space


hen homeowners Herb and Brenda White began construction on their Seabrook Island home, one notion kept recurring to the couple: they needed designated space for storage and organization. “We didn't want to fall prey to clutter, as we have in the past,” explains Brenda, “so we wanted plenty of storage space. We wanted the openness of shelving, but knew we needed lots of it for convenience and ease of access.” To minimize clutter and maximize storage, the Whites contacted Steve Rogers with California Closets. Steve's first step towards meeting the White's ultimate goal was asessing the space. “They brought me on to help with several different areas in the house—the kitchen pantry, the master closet, and a few smaller closets,” elaborates Steve. “Once I knew what I would be working with, I looked at how the Whites would use the rooms and what kind of storage items would be going into them.” Based on the preferences and needs Brenda and Herb voiced, Steve and his team at California Closets developed a custom design for



each space that would incorporate various storage components such as bins and baskets. A place of primary importance for Brenda was the pantry located just off of the kitchen. A couple who loves to cook for and entertain family and friends, the Whites knew their pantry would virtually always be full. Through their discussions, Steve decided a wide mix of storage solutions would help Brenda and Herb best keep the pantry organized. “We created taller space along the bottom of the room to allow for large items such as coolers and beverage cases,” says Steve. “We also incorporated baskets and pull-out bins, which Brenda favors for keeping empty grocery bags under control. We installed a wine rack, under which are 'can' drawers. These are great because you can fill them with cans and then pull them out for easy access to everything.” For Brenda, her two favorite features in the pantry came from suggestions by Steve. First, upon immediate entry into the pantry,


Steve created a shelf to the left to serve as a place to deposit grocery bags while unpacking them. “I was discussing with Steve how to better manage all my groceries when I come back from shopping,” says Brenda, “and he said, 'Why don't we just build you a shelf that you can drop your bags on right when you walk in?' Then, if I get distracted or called away, the groceries will be there until I can finish unpacking them.” On the right side of the pantry, Steve created a small mop and broom area that is hidden from sight by the pantry door when it is open. In the master closet, Steve started the space planning by finding out where each homeowner preferred to keep their belongings. Fortunately, Brenda and Herb each quickly chose opposite sides of the space, making their areas easy to delineate. This left a large alcove in the back of the room, which they decided would serve as a seasonal storage area. Brenda feels the space ideally accommodates all of their needs, and even offers storage options they didn't realize they would rely on so much. “Herb teases me because I am a gadgety person,” laughs Brenda, “so I love all of the cool features in here, especially the wall of cubbies! I also really like the shoe shelves; you just don't realize how many shoes you have when you have them stashed all over, so having a central location for them has been really helpful. And, of course, I love all of the shelves...this is really every woman's dream closet.” In addition to being a major convenience, an organizational system from California Closets can also be an asset should the homeowner ever decide to sell. “We have noticed that in comparable homes up for sale, those with a California Closets system sell much faster than those without,” Steve explains. Also, should the current homeowner decide to move and find that potential buyers want a different design, California Closets will reconfigure the system to provide a more general design. The first step to creating any California Closet space—whether it is custom suited to meet a homeowner's needs now or during resale—is sizing up the space to determine what it will be used for most frequently. Steve has found helping homeowners visualize what their space could be is as simple as having them email a few images of their existing space. From there, Steve and his team can create custom visualizations that detail potential storage options. “What I take the most pride in with our company and our designers is that we spend a lot of time with the customers to make sure they are actually getting a customized design that will serve their major needs,” says Steve. v To consult with Steve on your own project, call (843) 762-7980 or, for more information, visit

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Designed by architect Mitch Laplante, the Cottages at Cypress Point—one of which is pictured here—feature windows and doors from the Kolbe Gallery of Charleston.

great panes Local company the Kolbe Gallery is tapped to provide windows and doors for all of the homes in the new Cottages at Cypress Point Development on Kiawah Island


iawah Island has long been heralded as one of the best places to live in the Charleston area. Boasting world famous golf courses, beaches, and resorts, the Island offers a wealth of leisure activities year-round—making it ideal for both burgeoning families and retirees. So when esteemed architect Mitch Laplante began working with Kiawah Partners to develop a new collection of 23 single-family homes just off of the River Course, local window and door company the Kolbe Gallery was honored to be tapped as part of the project. The Cottages at Cypress Point, as the homes are called, are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings of Kiawah Island. Ranging in size from 2100 square feet to 2500 square feet, the homes come with many of the perks of the Island, including



access to private golf courses, a private beach club, and a bevy of paved walking trails. “These cottages were designed to be attractive, structurally sound, and conducive to enjoying all of the beauty Kiawah Island has to offer,” explains Terry Sutton of the Kolbe Gallery. “Mitch Laplante has chosen to use our products on nearly every project he’s designed for the past 15 years and, as always, we were flattered and excited to be a part of this new endeavor.” Working with Mitch as well as builders Kevin Flynn and Robby Robinson of Epic Development, the Kolbe Gallery supplied all of the exterior windows and doors for the entire project. “These projects came at a good time for us,” states Terry. “They are a good product mix. The windows chosen were hurricane impact-rated aluminum clad casement and double hung windows with solid

PROJECT FILES mahogany door units, which we provide through Brannen Millworks.” According to Terry, the process of providing the windows was simplified by the architect’s strategic thinking. “He has 23 lots and several floor plans, so there were different models (i.e. a, b, c). We simply found out what he needed for each model so that when they called us and said, ‘Okay, the next order is going to be a model a, a model e, and a model g,’ we could simply refer to what was needed for those models and put the order together.” Having worked with Mitch extensively over the years, Kolbe Gallery appreciates the architect’s forward thinking and ease of operation. First approached about the project in April of 2009, Terry predicts it will be April of 2012 before all of the homes are complete —nine are currently completed, and three are slated to start construction shortly. “We are almost halfway there, and this project has been wonderful so far,” says Terry. “We always consider it a privilege to work with Mitch, and Kevin and Robby have just been a pleasure to work with as well.” Ultimately, the project couldn’t have come at a better time for the community or for the local companies involved—including Kolbe Gallery, who looks forward to their continued work on the innovative new development. v To consult with the Kolbe Gallery on your own project, call (843) 881-0038 or, for more information, visit

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(left) Massive slabs of Manassis granite were used to create the countertops and full height backsplashes. (right) The overhauled master bathroom features new granite vanity tops, a custom shower, and jacuzzi tub surround.

a friendly venture Homeowners Ralph and Kay Phillips look to mutual friend Jeff Singletary of Lowcountry Tile Contractors to create stunning spaces filled with natural stone in their Summerville home


hen Ralph and Kay Phillips of Summerville decided to renovate the kitchen and master bathroom of their home, they called upon mutual friend Jeff Singletary of Lowcountry Tile Contractors to get the job done. A purveyor of tile and natural stone in the Charleston area for over a decade, Jeff was excited to take part in the extensive renovation Ralph and Kay were planning. “When we first started this project together, Ralph came to me and said he wanted granite countertops,” explains Jeff. “I thought maybe he wanted granite for his kitchen island. Once on the job, however, I realized we had a little bit more than an island to work with.” Anxious to get the project underway, Jeff sat down with the ambitious homeowners to come up with a plan for each space. In the kitchen, Ralph jokes that Jeff was right in his initial assumption about the space. “I was in fact looking to buy an island countertop, until Jeff and my wife sat down and looked at pictures of



some of his other work,” he laughs. After their initial meeting with Jeff, Kay decided she would like the island countertop they originally planned in addition to granite countertops and backsplashes along the perimeter of the space. “This is what Kay wanted in the kitchen,” says Ralph. “She explained what she wanted and Jeff did a great job of putting it together and making all the colors match and fit.” The granite Jeff and Kay settled on is a single color stone called Manassis; they opted to use this stone throughout the kitchen for the continuity. To add a focal point, they installed a honey onyx backsplash behind the cooktop. Because the space was large and they had decided to use granite for the countertops and perimeter backsplashes, Jeff did face a few special considerations. “Anytime you have a kitchen of this size and magnitude, the size of the individual pieces of granite is large and the number of slabs is extensive,” he states. “We have over 5 slabs of material in this kitchen, mainly because the backsplashes

PROJECT FILES are full height—which is pretty unique for this area.” Jeff also had to deal with a large number of cut-outs in the backsplashes, as the full height meant they would cover outlets. “The reality is you have to have outlets,” Jeff explains, “but people want that clean, seamless look. I often place outlets in the backsplash itself—like I have done in this kitchen—so they simply appear as part of it. It takes a little more effort to do it, but it really makes a difference.” Ralph and Kay were so pleased with the results, they wasted little time inviting friends and family over for special dinner parties in the revamped space. Upon completion of the kitchen, Jeff immediately began work on the new master bathroom. A total renovation as well, the room was transformed by Jeff and his team with large installations such as a custom shower, whirlpool tub surround, and granite countertops. Jeff also added impact through ceramic mirror surrounds, an easy way to dress up frameless vanity mirrors.

“We have all different types of borders,” says Jeff. “While they are relatively costly by the piece, you can see there are not many pieces involved. So it’s not a very expensive detail ultimately, but one that adds a lot of style to the space.” To complete the new master bath and complement the beautiful stone throughout the space, Kay hired a local artist to paint an expansive mural on the walls. For Jeff, the project was both challenging and rewarding. He credits the success of the endeavor in large part to Ralph and Kay for planning ahead. “I think this project is just an excellent example of thinking out your project and doing a little research ahead of time,” he states. “Most people don’t do the legwork ahead of time and they just don’t get results like this.” Ralph and Kay were equally pleased with the finished results of the project, particularly since Jeff and his team completed the job right on time. “People say it is a real compliment if you can work on a job with a friend and still

remain friends,” smiles Ralph, “and Jeff is certainly still friends with my wife and me. I think that says a lot about his character and his company.” v To consult with Jeff on your own project, call (843) 763-2161 or, for more information, visit

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Once a small galley-style space, Dave and Marie Kelly's new kitchen is stylish, spacious, and designed for convenience.

turn-key transformation After deciding to update their Mt. Pleasant home, Dave and Marie Kelly turned to West Ashley company Designer Kitchens & Baths to serve as a one-stop shop for their renovation needs


ften times, updating older kitchens and baths in a home requires more than just replacing cabinets and countertops; it requires structural changes. When Mt. Pleasant couple Dave and Marie Kelly decided to update their Hobcaw Point home, it was important to them to try to find a company that could encompass all of their needs. “We knew we wanted a one stop shop,” explains Dave. “We wanted a dramatic difference, so we were aware there would be structural changes. From the onset, there was a lot that needed to be done to get it to where we wanted it to be.” They set out to find a company ideally suited to meet their needs, and



settled quickly on Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc., whom they met at the Charleston Home + Design Show. Utilizing their residential contractor's license as well as in-house architect Morelle Jones, the company helped the homeowners with a turn-key transformation of the outdated spaces in their abode. Having a staff architect and residential contractor's license enables Designer Kitchens & Baths to help homeowners with their entire project: the design, construction, and installation of all fixtures and finishes. In the Hobcaw home of Dave and Marie, the process began with a complete remod-

el of the kitchen. “When we first came into this home,” says Rhoda Jones, owner of Designer Kitchens & Baths, “our job was to come up with a plan that would expand and open up the existing small, galleystyle kitchen and integrate it with the den area.” In the small dinette area, where the windows wrapped all the way around and down to the floor, the company took out the old windows and put in new windows high enough to move the sink and dishwasher into the space. “The first thing I thought when I saw the dinette area,” Rhoda explains, “was, That would be a great place to move the sink into! So we did, which made that area become part of the kitchen as a

whole rather than a separate area.” To ensure adequate support to the removed wall, the company installed a header compliant with stringent Mt. Pleasant codes.


Once the wall was removed, Rhoda and her team found white pine flooring underneath, as well as flooring that needed to be repaired from where a peninsula was removed. In order to create a seamless appearance amongst the different colors of the floor finishes, Designer Kitchens & Baths called in Tri-County Flooring. States Rhoda, “They refinished the downstairs floors because they were different colors and added to the home at different times. They do a fantastic job of fingerjointing the new wood in and making it appear seamless; you can't even tell where the new began and the old ended.” Once the structural changes were complete, Designer Kitchens & Baths moved onto the various components that go into remodeling a kitchen. Often the largest aspect of such a job, cabinetry is a trademark of the company. From the four different levels of cabinetry they offer, the homeowners chose Decor brand cabinetry for the kitchen—a high-end, semi-custom cabinet. They opted for a light color finish and Espresso glaze on the solid wood cabinets, which seemed to complement the stainless steel appliances from Wholesale Appliance Center. “For resale value,” offers Rhoda, “it's always good to keep things neutral. We advise the owner to not go so specific that you will be the only person who is going to like the look. You need to create a kitchen where anyone that walks in says Wow! and would want to make that space their own.” To offset the neutral hued cabinetry, Designer Kitchens created an island from the same cabinet line, but instead chose a dark chocolate cherry stain. The enterprising company also coordinated decorative hardware from their in-house selection, a custom-designed tile backsplash from Melcer Tile, and granite countertops from Palmetto Surfacing to complete the culinary space. Homeowners Dave and Marie also turned

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to Designer Kitchens & Baths to help redesign their master bathroom. “Again, we wanted to maximize the space,” says Rhoda. “We wanted to get that nice master bath suite without expanding the walls.” To accomplish this, the company ended up taking down a wall between the water closet area and the sink area. Exclaims Rhoda, “That really opened up the room! We then took travertine tile from Melcer Tile all the way up to the ceiling to create the illusion of a more expansive space.” They also updated the shower with a new According to Rhoda Jones from Designer Kitchens & Baths, a neutral kitchen is a smart investment as it may semi-frameless glass surround help during resale; this kitchen features Decora cabinetry, granite countertops, and wall paint in muted hues. from Glass Act, rain shower head, and hand held nozzle. Dark chocolate vanities received a facelift help pull together a turn-key project, thus with a durable, American-made quartz minimizing the amount of subcontractors product by Cambria from Palmetto Surfac- the homeowner has to deal with. For homing. For plumbing, Rhoda relied on Moluf's eowners like Dave and Marie who placed downtown for the Moen fixtures her com- priority on finding a company to encompass their needs, having everything propany favors. vided or coordinated by Designer Kitchens The entire project, from ordering and plan- & Baths was a dream come true. “We had ning to completion, took about 8 weeks— such a great experience working with Rhoan impressive feat considering the scope of da and Morelle,” smiles Marie. “They were the job. “The homeowners were on a tight like family within a couple of weeks! From schedule,” says Rhoda, “and we wanted to the beginning, we felt comfortable in the respect the fact that they were trying to get knowledge that they understood our vision out of their rental house and into their new for our home.” v home as soon as possible. Our company really tried to accommodate their schedule For more information, contact Designer into the process.” As a result, homeowners Kitchens & Baths, Inc. at (843) 763-7717 or New additions to the master bath include a semiDave and Marie were happily able to move visit frameless glass surround, American-made quartz in according to plan. countertops, and Moen plumbing fixtures.

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t’s no secret that many of the homes in Charleston serve as second homes to citizens who split their time between the Lowcountry and another locale. It comes as no big surprise, then, that many of these homes fall victim to the casualties of being unoccupied for stretches of time. Pipes may burst…pests may move in…any number of unfortunate scenarios may unfold in the event of an absent homeowner. Enter Bill Payzant, who created the Nautilus Company to help homeowners—both part- and full- time residents—monitor and maintain the health of their homes. “When a homeowner hires us, we first come in and do an evaluation of the home,” explains Bill. “We check all of the different systems. We check for any potential problems or issues that need maintenance. Once we complete a sufficient inspection, we issue a findings report.” A comprehensive statement, the findings report starts with a cover page which describes what is in the report and what NauBill Payzant of the Nautilus Company inspects a tankless hot water heater tilus proposes to do for the homeowner based on previous as part of a routine home evaluation discussions as well as the evaluation results. Next, a table shows the company’s preventative maintenance schedule; the easy-to-read bullet point table details what needs to be done level of standard, and—basically- return the value to the owners monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually to properly main- through a home that is comfortable and healthy, performs well, and is a good environment for them to live in. tain the house. The final section of the findings report is a systems-based account. “We’ve gone through the house and evaluated it,” states Bill, “and now we’re letting the homeowners know of any deficiencies. We’ve looked at the HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roof, and other things we found along the way, and now we are telling them what—if any— items we feel need to be taken care of immediately.” After reading the findings report, the homeowner knows what Nautilus recommends should be done to maintain the house, to keep it up to a high



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(above) Bill thoroughly inspects all major systems during evaluation, including HVAC, for efficiency and potential problems to include in the findings report. (right) Bill uncovers loose weather stripping on the front door and explains how the problem affects energy efficiency and increases energy costs.

of mind, Nautilus continues the maintenance program of part-time residents on a monthly basis so they can keep a much closer eye on the house. For the ultimate in convenience, Nautilus also offers a concierge service. Taken advantage of most frequently by part-time residents, the concierge service enables homeowners to enjoy their home as if it were a posh hotel. Based on the homeowner’s wishes, Nautilus will enter the home before the homeowners arrive to prep it for their enjoyment. Bill and his team can adjust the thermostat to the ideal temperature, make sure the pool is ready for use, stock the refrigerator with the homeowner’s favorite food, and even offer maid service. They will also make reservations for dinner or leisure activities such as sport-fishing upon request. When the homeowner leaves, Nautilus comes back in to make sure everything is cleaned up and taken care of so the homeowner can enjoy his/her time right up to the last minute. With so much time spent working in people’s homes—often when they are not



there—Bill and his team understand that consistency is critical to building trust. “I have worked really hard to create a system based business,” explains Bill, “so as a result, whenever our inspection team or service team goes into a house, the homeowner knows exactly what to expect.” Upon each visit, the team entering the home is required to complete a checklist of items/actions before they can exit the home. They then turn that report in, which is sent to the homeowner at the end of the month or quarter. Homeowners can also rest assured knowing all employees undergo thorough background checks, and the company is bonded. “We realize how important value is,” states Bill. “We have to show a good value to our customers, and we do so in two main ways. One is the tangible: the actual maintenance and upkeep of the house to ensure, when it comes time to sell, the house is in the best condition it can be. The other part is the intangible, which is really hard to put your finger on, but it’s the peace of mind we give people.” It is that peace of mind, says Bill, which drives the company to excel at

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(left) When homeowner Erika Hayes had her heart set on antique stone tile for her foyer that didn't fit her budget, Leah Miller of Palmetto Tile Distributors stepped in to help Erika recreate the look with more affordable materials. (right) In the master bathroom, Erika and Leah's collaboration led to the selection of Ming Green and Celeste Blue marble throughout the space.

once upon a tile Interior designer Erika Hayes calls on Leah Miller of Palmetto Tile Distributors to bring her own home’s enchanting design dreams to fruition


fter moving to the Charleston area from the northeast, interior designer Erika Hayes of Stone Ridge Interiors looked forward to beginning her first big project in the Lowcountry…creating the interior of her dreams in her Kiawah Island home. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, she wanted to start the project off on the right foot by finding a local company that could supply and install the virtually miles of tile she would need throughout the 5 bedroom house. In researching the right fit, Erika came across Palmetto Tile Distributors and, impressed with their portfolio and products, opted to meet with design associate Leah Miller. The two clicked immediately, and Erika realized that­—with Leah’s help—she was ready to tackle the first phase of her divine design. To make certain they would have the luxury of time on their side, Erika and Leah began collaborating early in the construction pro-



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(above and bottom left) The seaside hues of the recycled glass tile on the walls in Erika's son's bathroom led the homeowners to dub the space "the aquarium room." (below right) To echo the planks in the adjacent "duck room," Erika and Leah chose stone planks for the guest house entryway.

With the entryway under their belt, Erika and Leah moved on to outfitting several of the home’s bathrooms. For her son’s bathroom, Erika knew from the start she wanted a glass mosaic room. “I was working with Leah on a different space and my eye jumped to this particular tile on the tile board,” explains Erika. “It comes in a variety of colors, which all worked well with my inspiration of looking at the beautiful live oak tree outside the window. So, it had to be a natural look and—being a boy’s bathroom—it had to be masculine as well.” The tile Erika became enamored with was a recycled glass tile in an iridescent finish. In keeping with the organic appeal, they chose limestone tile with fossils for the floors. For the crown moulding and baseboards, Erika and Leah again chose to think outside of the box. “We actually used travertine for the base and mouldings, as opposed to wood,” she explains. Erika elaborates on the unique idea, saying, “Stone products are available and fun to use as architectural elements if you can figure out a way. Some people might think they are exorbitantly expensive, but they really aren’t if you are using them in a targeted way. I just can’t imagine having used wood trim in this bathroom!” In the master bathroom, Erika again felt inspired by her scenic surroundings; she cites beautiful green oak leaves and clear blue skies as the dictating factors for color in the space. Aiming to achieve a calming aura, Erika turned to Leah and the Palmetto Tile team for products with a soothing vibe. “Going into the Palmetto showroom, they had such a great selection of Ming




(left) Travertine tile in a variety of textures and cuts creates depth and interest in the guest house bathroom, while glass tile adds a splash of color. (right) Leah chose materials specifically engineered to withstand high temperatures for the "duck room" fireplace surround.

green and Celeste blue tile, which are two of my favorite marble products to use,” she enthuses. Once Erika had settled on the marble selections, Leah proposed using Ming green on the floor with a mosaic. They opted for three colors in the shower tile, and used a “chair rail” along the top and bottom (they simply flipped it upside down to fit the bottom!). After working together on many more spaces for the home, including the kitchen and a room affectionately dubbed the “Duck Room,” Leah and Erika concluded their collaboration with the guest house. “Entering the guest house, I wanted to have some sort of differentiation…an entryway,” says Erika. “Leah and I also wanted to pick up on the planks from the duck room, which you exit through to enter the guest house. So we just picked a stone option that looks like wood planks, but is less-costly and sets off the space from the surrounding wood floor.” Moving onto the guest house bathroom, Erika and Leah built their color palette off of a 19th century French chest Erika turned into a vanity. “We felt travertine, a favorite stone product in the Lowcountry, picked up on some of the colors of the chest,” says Leah. “Then we incorporated pretty

mosaics and textured tile on the walls that brings out character, and the glass tile really ties in the colors of the chest and wallpaper.” According to Erika, the glass tile in the bathroom was a splurge—but one that was worth it, as it makes the room “pop.” She considers travertine a clever option to pair with glass tile—as they did—because it can be quite cost-effective. “To get around the travertine feeling underwhelming in comparison to the glass tile, we mixed up the cuts and the way we installed it,” Erika explains. “Palmetto Tile has such a wide range of products; outside of a budget, your creativity is the only limit.” After their extensive stint working together, Erika and Leah both walked away from the project feeling satisfied with the end results. “Erika is so creative, so we got to do a lot of cool things that are out of the ordinary,” says Leah, “Since she is such a great designer, we came up with some great solutions when we put our minds together.” Erika counts the many different applications they discovered as solutions to design dilemmas as one of the many reasons the project was so successful. “Having lived here a year, we are very pleased with it,” she remarks. “With tile, I try to tell people

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that there’s a sense of permanence about it when you are building a house; it’s not the area to cut back on if possible. You can always go back and repaint a room or switch out a light fixture, but your tile is part of the bones of your home.” v To consult with Palmetto Tile Distributors on your own project, call (843) 266-8700 or, for more information, visit To speak with Erika, call Stone Ridge Interiors at (843) 768-4049.




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n 2003, July 15 was proclaimed Debi Chard Day in the City of Charleston due to the Live 5 anchor's “dedicated service to the welfare of her fellow citizens.” One half of the longest running news teams in Charleston, Debi has been a familiar face in Lowcountry homes for over three decades. Breaking the news that affects Holy City citizens, she has crossed the threshold from stranger to friend—a voice we trust to keep us informed. But, although she often feels like an extension of the family, most of us wonder what the petite media powerhouse is like when the cameras aren't rolling. In a charming reversal of roles, Debi welcomes us into her Huger house on historic Longwood Plantation to share the inside scoop on the people who have impacted her, the stories that have stuck with her, and the city she loves to call home.

You graduated from the University of Iowa with a double major in Journalism and Speech & Dramatic Arts. When growing up, did you dream of pursuing a career in broadcast journalism? Not really…I think mostly in high school I excelled in writing and English. I grew up in a very small town and a lot of my friends went on after college into fields like marketing or journalism, so it seems like my high school did very well in those disciplines. Although I think that if I took a test today to determine what career skills I’d be best suited at, it would probably be something in the science field, which would surprise a lot of people.

at a radio station in Columbia in news and probably made every mistake there was to make! It was just me and one other guy, and we simply jumped in and learned— which was probably the best way to do it. Radio at the time was much more immediate than television was, as television was “film at 11pm,” so I learned skills in radio that would benefit me down the road in live television.

Did your first job in broadcasting live up to your expectations?

Over the past 30 years, you have become a bit of a Lowcountry icon. You are often referred to as “the face of Channel Five,” and famous Southern novelist Pat Conroy even referenced you in his latest bestseller South of Broad. You have clearly won over the hearts of the Holy City! When did you get your first big break in the Charleston market?

I worked at a radio station in college for course credits and I covered county council meetings, which was interesting. I didn’t necessarily have expectations because there weren’t really women in television, and television news was just developing. When I moved to South Carolina, I got a job

I thank John Rivers, who owned the television station at the time, for hiring me. I was hired as the radio news director for WCSC radio so, after moving from radio in Columbia to radio in Charleston, I very quickly started working on Saturdays in television news. I would work in radio dur-



ing the week and in television on Saturday, and I did both for a long time before moving full time into television. I worked six days a week for quite awhile! As anchor and managing editor seen weeknights on WCSC-TV Live 5 News, you are paired with Bill Sharpe—the two of you are actually the longest running news team in Charleston. How has working with Bill impacted your career? Bill is great; we’re like brother and sister! We bounce things off each other all the time. We talk about ethics; we talk about writing stories; we talk about issues. I respect him tremendously. We have a great working relationship, and I think it’s really rare that we have a shop where so many people have been there for so long. Bill Walsh has been there for 15 years, Harve Jacobs has been there for a very long time, and a lot of people we work with behind the scenes have been there a long time. I also do three newscasts with Raphael James, whom I think the world of. When I write a special assignment, I always want Raph to

[“On Longwood Plantation] I can truly unwind and relax. My cell phone doesn’t even work out here!”




(left) The table and chairs, chandelier, and antique wall mirror (not pictured) all came from the home on the Battery in downtown Charleston in which Rabbit grew up. (right) A gift from Rabbit to Debi, the painting over the dining room mantle depicts the Pompion Hill Chapel, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

read it over before it is edited. We truly are all a family, and I don’t think you can fake that kind of chemistry on air. Your reporting has taken you all over the world to foreign locales such as Egypt, China, and Costa Rica. With so many exhilarating assignments, is there any one that stands out as most memorable? We traveled to Croatia during the war in Bosnia to do a story about refugees, so we went to the refugee camp and covered how difficult it was for the people living there. At the time, we would try to be as economical as possible and start shooting as soon as we landed. So immediately after we shot



the refugee camp, we went to the children’s hospital in Croatia to shoot another story. When we walked into the children’s hospital, a young doctor who spoke very good English said he wanted to show us a film they had put together and I thought, Oh, this is the last thing I want to see. But since we had to charge our batteries anyway, we went in and sat down in a little auditorium in this hospital and they rolled a video on the injuries of these children that came to them from the war in Bosnia…primarily little boys between 10 and 12 who would pick up off the ground items that looked liked like little helicopters, except when they picked them up they were actually explosive devices that took their hands off. By the time we had watched about 30

to 45 minutes of the video—it still makes me emotional now—I was going, Oh my gosh. And it wasn’t over…we then went to see the kids. By the time we were through, I just had tears rolling down my cheeks. I was walking around and kept saying, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” to the photographer and the producer who were with me, and they said, “You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t have that reaction.” For me, one of the most memorable Debi Chard moments came during another instance when you seemed—much like at the children’s hospital—to give into your emotions momentarily. It was during your coverage of the looting going on after Hurricane Katrina; can

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you remember what it felt like to confront the looters? I was so upset! I had been hearing on the news about how people were afraid of these looters, and the people were upset because they felt like the media was treating it like it was a lark. It was pretty clear when the looters knew what they were doing was wrong when they saw us, because they would jump in their cars and then cover their license plates. And gas was hard to come by, so clearly they had gas from outside the area and had come in with the intention to loot...I just had to confront them about how they could take advantage of people in their most vulnerable state. Which brings up a good point…although you clearly have moments when you



can’t help but let your emotions surface, you always manage to remain completely objective covering the news. Bearing witness to so many sad things, how do you maintain the sense of stoicism that is mandated by journalistic standards? You have to tell yourself and remind yourself that there has to be something so horrific in the minds of the people who do these bad things; that’s really the only way to make sense of it. But I see a lot of good in news too. You can’t always focus on the one bad thing that may happen once every three months. Every night we usually do cover something bad, but that’s what news is—covering the unusual in the community. We really try hard to put the good things going on in the community in the spotlight

as well—like through our community news section on the website where people can look and find out what’s going on in their own neighborhood. But it’s also our responsibility to talk about what you can do to fix the things that are wrong. With so much early success, what prompted your decision to stay in Charleston in an industry where talent is constantly moving to bigger markets? Oh, a couple of things. First of all, there was a point in time when I did have offers to go and tough decisions to make, but I wanted to have a family and was trying to start one at the time. A few years later, my sister was working for the big networks and the correspondents were telling her that they


wanted to retire and move to Charleston one day, so I realized I was very fortunate to be here in the Charleston area. Traditionally, if you have a job in this industry, you work for a few years and then move and work for a few years and then move. Basically, at the time when I was supposed to be doing that, I liked where I was and didn’t want to move away—my friends and my family were more important to me. Also, we had a station owner at the time that was giving us tools that very few others in the industry had. We were a small market media company, but were one of the first six or so in the country that had a satellite truck. We were staying on the cutting edge of the industry, so I had the best of both worlds: a beautiful city, a wonderful community, family & friends, and the tools to work with. So it was a no-brainer! I felt happy—

and still do—working for a company that is focusing on the right things. Were you ever presented with an opportunity to be a news journalist in a bigger market that proved hard to turn down? There were offers that were more difficult to turn down than others, so my husband said, “Okay, I’ll move once.” However, looking at the industry, I knew I was in a job that would require me to move again and again. And I don’t blame him for not wanting to bounce around; we were trying to start a family and build a life. We needed somewhere to plant roots. So I set my priorities on what I wanted out of life in the long run…that’s a good thing, right? Luckily for the Lowcountry, you decid-

ed to plant roots in Huger on Longwood Plantation. There is such an abundance of wildlife here—hens, geese, dogs, horses; what is it like spending your down time in an environment so drastically different from your work environment? It’s really nice because I can truly unwind and relax. My cell phone doesn’t even work out here! Sometimes I feel disconnected, but at other times I think that might be a good thing. Longwood is simply beautiful, and I really enjoy spending time here. My husband, Rabbit Lockwood, loves the trees and the birds and the horses. He has really put a lot into this property, with conservation efforts and other things that he’s done. I have enjoyed taking in some “rescues;” we love the fox squirrels and have a rescue fox squirrel on the property named Osa. We CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011



Large windows frame the kitchen, offering Debi nearly panoramic views of the scenery beyond.

also have “Trouble,” our rescue peacock that roams the property. Having so much land out here has also enabled us to get marsh tacky ponies, a passion of Rabbit’s since he switched over from polo after a bad accident. Yes, after that experience, his wife was emphatic that he give up polo! Your interests are diverse...clearly a passion for wildlife is amongst them. Also, in addition to staying on the forefront of news, you have acted as a producer and dabbled in writing. What are some of your other favorite hobbies? I like to play with the interior décor in the house and change things around…I did the window treatments in many of the rooms, and I like to move them around as I see fit. I also spent three years getting a certificate in meteorology from Mississippi State, because I find weather to be the most interesting thing; it’s the number one thing people want to know about. I’ve always been interested in it and wanted to know the mechanics of it, so I thought it would be



worth it to pursue a degree in it. Devoting time to the charity Debi’s Kids is also very important to me. Can you tell us about Debi's Kids? Debi’s Kids is in its 18th year now, but it all started when I was working a split shift. I would wake up in the morning and take my kids to school and then go to work, pick them up, go to Wal-Mart, get them fed and ready for bed, and then go back to work to do the 11 o’clock news. One day in October, the Wal-Mart manager stopped me and said, “We had this charity program in a Wal-Mart I managed in Tennessee; would you be willing to do it?” And I said, “Well yes, I’m willing, I just have to check with the station to see if they think we can pull it together.” To make a long story short, we did and it just kind of took off. The WalMart manager named it Debi’s Kids. So it’s not a replacement for Toys for Tots or Angel Tree or anything; we all work together for a greater cause. The Salvation Army is our partner that qualifies and helps put the

program together. They have a database that families can qualify through and prove their need, so everything is documented along the way. We also pair with a community Christmas service so we can look and see which families have applied for Toys for Tots so there is no overlap. We are trying to serve the whole community, so we want to make sure as many people are reached as possible. We always say, “If you don’t give to us, that’s fine- just give to somebody!” Your husband, Rabbit Lockwood, recently retired as a Charleston harbor pilot. Has being married to someone who spent their life (and made their living) working on the water influenced the look of your home in any way? Oh yes! In addition to being a harbor pilot, Rabbit grew up on the Battery in downtown Charleston, so he always had a maritime connection in his life. In our living room downstairs, we have paintings of several boats that were significant in his family’s history. Rabbit’s great grandfather Thomas

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For over three centuries, an unusual round hill in the Lowcountry of South Carolina has carried the name “Pompion Hill.” The spectacular view it provides of the sparkling waters of the East Branch of the Cooper River captured the hearts of a wealthy French Huguenot named Pierre de St. Julien de Malacare and his family in the 1600s. Almost a century later, Pompion Hill Plantation—as it was known at the time—was the scene of a Revolutionary War skirmish; just one mile from this site, the Patriots surprised and scattered the British Guard at Quinby Bridge, part of the infamous “Raid of the Dog Days.” Known today as Longwood Plantation, the land remains much the same as when Pierre fell in love with the pristine property. Surrounded by verdant pastures and abundant wildlife, Pompion Hill overlooks its impressive neighbor Pompion Hill Chapel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 300-plus acre historic plantation, with glistening ponds, moss-laden live oaks is not only a home to endangered wildlife, but also a working polo estate with a regulation polo field.

J. Lockwood was a blockade runner and a harbor pilot so, from time to time, was on board the ship that hangs over our mantle—the Francis Elizabeth. Rabbit found a picture of the ship off St. Simon’s Island and had a wonderful giclee copy made that he took it to artist John Doyle to paint. Since the Francis Elizabeth served as the model for The Spirit of South Carolina, Rabbit then gave the painting to The Spirit of South Carolina, where it now hangs. Of course, we had the copy made for our mantle! Other nautically-inspired items decorate the living room as well…a coffee table made from a ship’s hatch, lamps crafted from fire hoses on a tug boat. We even have the little desk Rabbit used growing up that his father brought home from a tugboat. Rabbit amazes me because we are so different. Because of his engineering background, he feels that everything has to work; that is important to him. He doesn’t care if it looks good, it just has to work. I’m

(left) The sunroom is ideal for observing wildlife and enjoying the neighboring scenery. (right) Nautical decor, such as a model ship and a coffee table crafted from a ship's hatch, reflects Rabbit's maritime upbringing.




(above) Debi charms a peacock—one of the many varieties of fowl found on the plantation—with a piece of bread.

the opposite…I don’t care if it works, but it has to look good! So I guess we complement one another. Raised in downtown Charleston and a graduate of the Citadel, Rabbit comes from a family entrenched in Charleston history. Is it true the same greatgrandfather you mentioned a moment ago—Thomas J. Lockwood—is rumored to be the inspiration for Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind? There was an article written that referenced the passage in Gone with the Wind in which Rhett Butler is described as “the most daring of all blockade runners.” The article then goes on to describe Thomas J. Lockwood's exploits at sea, which implied the connection. And I suppose I can see Rhett Butler’s personality in the stories

we’ve heard about Thomas J. Lockwood. A famous story about him is that he went to Havana and the ladies of Havana made a Confederate flag for his ship. However, they weren’t supposed to fly them in port because the ports were supposed to be neutral. Thomas’ next stop was Nassau, though, and he sure enough put up the Confederate flag. Bahamian authorities complained because he was coming into a neutral port flying a Confederate flag and shouldn’t be allowed to do so, so they told him he needed to take it down. Being the character he was, he climbed up the mast himself, nailed the flag to the mast, and then greased the mast all the way down and welcomed anyone who wanted to take it down to go right ahead. Of course, there’s no way of getting it down at that stage! So, my point is not that he was a Confederate that makes him like Rhett Butler, but that

he had a notorious personality. I think that is where the Rhett Butler rumor comes from. What do you love most about your home and what would you change in your home if you had the opportunity? Well, my friends and family used to joke that before I moved in this place looked like a fish camp. It was definitely a bachelor pad! We have pretty much redone the whole house, although I like to think we didn’t change it so much that it is unrecognizable. I love that this is basically a farmhouse. We are used to dogs running around and grandkids running around. I like that it’s comfortable and livable, and you don’t have to worry about getting things dirty or messing them up. It’s just a great place to really live. v CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011


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f you look closely at those things which never seem to go out of style—the archetypes that only get better with age— the hallmark of each is good design. But can the design of a home stand the test of time? Local interior designer Robin Rogers and husband Bill found the answer to this classic question to be a resounding yes when they fell in love with a home built over three decades ago at Middleton Inn. For the couple, the decision to purchase the home was a hasty one—albeit one decision made in haste they have never regretted. “I was at work one day when my husband Bill called and said, ‘Honey, you might want to get over here. I think I’m about to buy a house,”’ Robin laughs. “So I drove out to Middleton right away. We literally ran all around the house and decided, without even

seeing the interior, we were buying it and that was that!” Robin and Bill were also overwhelmed by the scenic beauty of the surrounding plantation, which people travel from all over the country to see for themselves as part of regular tours of the historic plantation and grounds. “We loved the idea that we would have complete access to everything at Middleton,” enthuses Robin. “Since buying the house, we have had the opportunity to take the grandchildren to Middleton Place. They call it Grandpa’s Farm; they don’t really realize at this point it doesn’t belong to us. The house was simply so unique and in such a unique location—it’s like our own little world!—we just couldn’t walk away.” Designed by Chris Schmitt of Schmitt Walker Architects and Myles Glick of Glick/Boehm and Associates, Inc., the home that CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011


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Robin and Bill completely renovated the home's kitchen, although they were impressed the existing kitchen was so state-of-the-art for its time (see stainless steel appliances in before picture).

captured Robin and Bill’s imagination is part of a select group of personal residences located behind the inn. At 5,500 square feet and the only residence in the development sitting on two lots and backing up to the rice fields, the home was a rare find for the enterprising couple. However, owning the home didn’t come as seamlessly as their decision to do so: the owners of the plantation had the right to offer the home to family members before signing a contract with the Rogers. After two anxiety-riddled months, Robin received word that the home would indeed become theirs. Using the existing good design of the home as a springboard, Robin made reinterpreting the home’s interior her first order of business. As their previous home on Yonges Island

We found the wine chandelier at High Point Market and we filled it right up! We have a lot of special occasions! We tried a bunch of different wines to be able to find bottles that we liked. had sold before they could begin work on the house at Middleton, Robin and Bill found themselves in the midst of a construction zone for a messy month or two as their renovations began. During that time, they tackled the kitchen, the fireplaces, and the bathrooms before settling in more. After taking a break, they opted to convert the home’s attached garage into a fourth bedroom since there was already a large detached double garage on the property. “I was really busy with work at the time we were renovating,” says Robin, “so I would just leave in the morning and

hope and pray that somehow things would be finished by the time I got back!” Even with the extensive renovations, the furniture from the couple’s previous home fortunately fit into the new surroundings. To round out the design, Robin resourcefully managed to incorporate pieces of furniture here and there that were originally purchased for clients but hadn’t worked out. During renovations, Robin and Bill were pleasantly surprised at just how state-ofthe-art the home was for its age. “It was CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011





(top left) The screened pool area on the back of the house is frequently filled with Robin and Bill's grandchildren. (top right) Once an attached garage, the home's fourth bedroom provides invaluable extra space when family visits. (bottom left) Robin converted an old art studio into a spare bedroom. (bottom right) Shelves in the living room are lined with some of the couple's most treasured tomes.

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hard to believe this house was over thirty years old,” exclaims Robin, “because there were so many details that seemed cutting edge. For example, all of the cupboards in the kitchen area had pull-out shelving—a major convenience that you typically don’t see in older houses.” Another aspect of the design Robin relishes is the addition of high ceilings, which was a major contributing factor to purchasing the home. Having lived in the home for five years now, Robin and Bill feel that had the home not had such a good plan to start with, the changes they made would have been far more extensive. “We’ve taken our time renovating, I would say,” Robin muses, “but we’ve tried not to change too much because it’s just a great house—it was so livable from the start.” And, with five children and four grandchildren (five if you count the one on the way!), livability is a characteristic the couple can appreciate. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to live in such a grand house, but a casual grand house,” says Robin. “The kids and grandkids love to visit, and we love that it was built for both comfort and style. At first we thought, Will our furniture work in here? But I wouldn’t have it any other way…just because the exterior is modern doesn’t mean the interior has to be modern. I think our furnishings warm up the space and contribute to the inviting nature of the design.” Although Robin and Bill love the space the house affords the family to spread out in, the couple realizes they might be better suited moving to a smaller home in the future. “I went back to design school when I had two young children and graduated when I was almost 30; then I started my career,” she states. “I always wanted to be busy working, which is why I kind of poured myself into this house for awhile— and will probably pour myself into our next home like a project as well—but I enjoy working for other people so much more!” In preparation for downsizing, Robin and Bill have already purchased acreage in the



(above) Family photos—both old and new—fill a lighted shelf installation above the sofa in the fourth bedroom. (below) The Roger's spend most of their leisure time relaxing in the den, which is filled with artifacts the couple has collected over the years.

mountains they are gearing up to build on. But, for now, they are enjoying every minute in the modern Middleton house they call home—something they are positive

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Coconut speakers provided by Island Integrations (843) 388-9752



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All Design and Landscaping Material provided by D.I.G. (843) 327-4372

Water feature (created with architectural elements from China, large and small trough, and temple window) provided by Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225

Belgard Pavers (Mega Bergerac Large Square shown in Ardennes Gray) provided by Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225

All pavers and water feature installed by New Leaf Landscape Construction (843) 452-3652

Furniture provided by The Teak Hut (843) 856-2095

Outdoor lighting provided by Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems (843) 853-3221

Outdoor planter speakers provided by Island Integrations (843) 399-9752


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FireRock 36-inch outdoor fireplace (veneered with Thin Weathered Fieldstone, Hearth and Mantel are Sequatchie Sandstone, shown with the large 25-inch x 18.5-inch Tuscan Grill) provided by Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225

Pikeville Stepping Stone paving material (in both 18-inch x 18-inch and 24-inch x24-inch) provided by Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225

Pavers installed by Southern Stonescapes (843) 532-7856

32-inch SunBrite LCD High Definition TV provided by Island Integrations (843) 388-9752

Furniture provided by The Teak Hut (843) 856-2095

Outdoor lighting provided by Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems (843)853-3221

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Viking Grill with double access doors, Uline outdoor rated refrigerator, Stone Profiles kitchen island, patio heaters, Designs By Gary firepit with a waterfall, custom designed fire pit, Primo Grill and Smoker with stainless steel table, Beefeater 4 burner stainless steel grill, Stone table and firepit, architectural stone finished column, Etro Design fireplace burner, and Carolina Fryer all provided by William Smith Fireplaces (843) 767-8105

Slate Gray Vintage Cobble Pavers provided by Cemex (843) 991-3688

Outdoor lighting provided by Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems (843) 853-3221

All pavers installed by Accu-Brick Paving Systems (843) 821-0121

Outdoor audio speakers provided by Island Integrations (843) 388-9752

3 ton American Standard Package Unit provided by Mills Brothers Heating & Air (843) 764-1919





All hardscapes installed by Quality Hardscapes (843) 706-2202

Concrete Pavers provided by Lowcountry Paver (843) 784-7104

8-ft x 8-ft wrought aluminum pergola provided by Porch Masters (843) 706-2202

Furniture provided by The Teak Hut (843) 856-2095

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All Sod provided by Sodbusters (843) 856-0202

Basalt Block Fountains (3 shown) surrounded with Mexican Beach Pebbles (shown in Black) provided by Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225

Fountain installed by New Leaf Landscape Construction (843) 452-3652


Recycled glass mulch provided by Fisher Recycling (843) 554-6099 Outdoor lighting provided by Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems (843) 853-3221



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Want to add the wow factor to the heart of your home? Seek inspiration in our sampling of Lowcountry kitchens that create an unforgettable first impression. Plus, some of Charleston hottest chefs share their secrets (and recipes!) for creating mouth-watering appetizers that will win guests overâ&#x20AC;Śat first bite! CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2011




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Location: Downtown Charleston Kitchen Designer: Anita King, Ink Architecture, LLC Photographer: © Matt Bolt/ Charleston Home + Design magazine RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Benzenberg Cabinets Countertops: The Stone Depot Lighting: Charleston Lighting and Interiors Flooring: Original Oak Hardwoods(Refinished) Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware Sink & Faucet: Design on Tap Wall Covering: Tile backsplash by The Stone Depot



“Pork Belly is a very sensual dish. The crispy exte-

rior provides a great contrast to the fattiness, while apple butter adds to the richness and also adds a bit of acidity from the apples. The impression it makes is that it's okay to be a bit indulgent. It makes a person relax and focus on the enjoyment of eating.” - Chef Owen Gaube, Granville's Cafe For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit www.



Bennett Hofford Construction Co., Inc. (843) 722-8169

Location: Kiawah Island Kitchen Designer: Ann Chittum, Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston Photographer: © I. Wilson Baker/ Wilson Baker Photography RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Brookhaven Cabinetry Countertops: Granite, 3cm, Butterfly Beige Lighting: Hand selected by developer Flooring: Australian Cypress Decorative Hardware: Hand selected by developer Sink & Faucet: Hand selected by developer Wall Covering: Tile backsplash by Emily Denton Woollcott of Slate Interiors, LLC Appliances: Sub-Zero, G.E., Asko

“With good company and a good glass of wine, you cannot go wrong with Crab Mac 'n''s a total palate pleaser!” - Chef John Ferguson, Mad River Bar & Grill For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit





CNT Enterprises LLC (843) 577-7268

Location: Downtown Charleston Kitchen Designer: Travis Bedson, CNT Enterprises LLC and John Marshall, Culinary Institute of America graduate and founder of Al Di La Italian restaurant Photographer: © Michael Costa/ Charleston Home + Design magazine

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: IKEA Countertops: Concrete and Granite by CNT Enterprises LLC Lighting: CNT Enterprises LLC Flooring: Lightweight concrete by CNT Enterprises LLC Decorative Hardware: IKEA Sink & Faucet: Molufs Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center



“The simple flavors of lump crab bruschetta

blend together in an extraordinary way, turning everyday ingredients into a show-stopper.” - Executive Chef Drew Hedlund, Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit

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Thomas M. Evans Master Builders (843) 442-0277

Location: Mt. Pleasant Photographer: © Tom Steenhuysen/ Tom Steenhuysen Photography

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Custom built by Thomas Evans Custom Building Countertops: Lowcountry Stone Solutions Lighting: Lowcountry Lighting Center Flooring: Flavio Sa Floor Coverings Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware Sink & Faucet: Moluf's



“Our Fiery Ron's Smoked Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce are smoked low and slow over red oak. The wings are fall off the bone tender and are characterized by the slight crispness of caramelized sugar and the spice of ancho chile powder. They melt in your mouth with the flavors of the smoke and the balance of the rub. They are unlike any chicken wing you have ever had and they leave you craving more!” - Executive Chef and Owner Aaron Siegel, Home Team BBQ For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit

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Priester’s Custom Contracting, LLC (843) 200-8495

Location: Hanahan Photographer: © Michael Costa/ Charleston Home + Design magazine

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Continental Custom Cabinets Countertops: The Granite Center Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises Flooring: Flooring Services, Inc. Decorative Hardware: Builders Hardware of SC Sink & Faucet: Design On Tap Wall Covering: Wall paint byWorld Painting; tile backsplash by Flooring Services, Inc. Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center



“Our foie gras amuse is a foie gras torchon with

toasted cashews, fresh fig, and pomegranate molasses. It is the perfect 'palate opener' because all the contrasting flavors -the richness of foie gras, acidity from pomegranate, sweetness from figs, and salty/crunchiness from cashews—really get your palate ready for the feast to come.” -Chef Jason Ulak, Caviar & Bananas For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit



Artistic Design & Construction (843) 573-2444

Location: West Ashley Kitchen Designer: Alicia Kinard, Artistic Design & Construction Photographer: © Michael Costa/ Charleston Home + Design magazine

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Prestige Cabinets Countertops: Classic Marble & Granite Lighting: Rick’s Lighting Flooring: Bay Pointe Hardwood Flooring Sink & Faucet: Moluf’s Wall Covering: Tile backsplash from Lowe's Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center

“This appetizer dish—garlic seared scallops—has

a variety of ingredients, but the end preparation is very easy to accomplish. The final product is tastefully sinful! Scallops prepared properly are the jewel of the sea, and this dish has great colors for plating that will definitely pop and wow your guests.” -Chef John Zucker, Cru Cafe and Catering For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit





Southeastern Custom Homes (843) 200-0261

Location: Daniel Island Kitchen Designer: Bryan Reiss, CMKBD, Distinctive Design Photographer: © Michael Costa/ Charleston Home + Design magazine

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Distinctive Design Countertops: Caesarstone Sink & Faucet: Duravit and Jado Wall Covering: Benjamin Moore Appliances: Miele



“In the Lowcountry, oysters are how

every great dinner party begins. Our Buffalo Oysters recipe is a fun twist on the classic and always makes a great first impression to your guests.” - Chef William Fincher, Closed For Business For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit

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tizer we serve is the Edgars Nachos. We make all of our ingredients fresh in house, and when you get the nachos you get to try a little bit of everything.” -Chef Jimmy Coste, Poe's Tavern For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit

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Max G. Crosby Construction Co. Inc. (843) 766-9976

Location: Daniel Island Kitchen Designer: Authentic Kitchens and Baths Concepts Photographer: © Michael Costa/ Charleston Home + Design magazine

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Authentic Kitchens and Baths Concepts Countertops: Martol Marble Lighting: Charleston Lighting and Interiors Flooring: Bay Pointe Hardwood Flooring Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Wall Covering: Tile backsplash by Melcer Tile



“Woodgrilled Jumbo Stuffed Portabella Mush-

rooms are both quick and so simple your kids can do it. My relatives and customers alike love it when they see the grill covered with these guys. At the Surf Bar we have a woodfired grill and when our first-timers come in, I think this appetizer lets them leave with a lasting first impression of what we're all about....awesome woodgrilled local ingredients, the islandy atmosphere, and an overall feeling of being 'forever welcome' to stop back in.” - Chef Eric (E-Town) Miller, Surf Bar at Folly Beach For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit



Spencer Development (843) 377-6544

Location: Mt. Pleasant Kitchen Designer: Roy D. Full Interior Designs Photographer: © Matt Bolt/ Charleston Home + Design magazine

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Kempsville Cabinets Countertops: Lowcountry Specialties Lighting: Chandelier by Tucker Payne Antiques Flooring: Savannah Exotic Hardwoods Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises Wall Covering: Range backsplash by Palmetto Carpet & Floorcoverings; perimeter backsplash by Lowcountry Specialties Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center

“A first impression should be a memo-

rable one, and being a little unique helps with that. Conch fritters with coconut lime sauce is a favorite at our restaurant; it takes a classic Southern recipe (fritter batter) and gives it an alluring twist that will appeal to anyone's taste buds.” - Jessica Cobb, Executive Chef at David's on Queen Street For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit





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“Shrimp and Okra Stew with Carolina Gold Rice and Sea Island Benne is not only delicious, but each ingredient tells an incredible story as rice is very important to Charleston and reminds us of our past. This is a dish that can strike up really cool conversations about the foodstuffs and history of our wonderful city. - Sean Brock, Husk's For full recipe and restaurant contact info, visit

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the fundamentals of

A Fantastic KITCHEN our annual product guide Simple logic dictates that a great space must be comprised of great components. But, just like perfecting a complex recipe, discovering the winning formula for a fantastic kitchen takes more than a pinch of effort; it takes time and research. Let’s face it though, you’d rather be whipping up a culinary creation than poring through pages of internet search ads to find fitting resources. To help you get things heated up, we did the legwork by visiting the top local companies to find the best new products on the market. No thanks necessary…just invite us over for the first fabulous dinner you throw in your fantastic new kitchen.



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No. 1 Custom cabinetry in White featuring integrated refrigerator doors. Available at Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts (843) 852-9407

No. 2 Amish custom cabinetry by Schlabach Wood Design featuring cove raised panel door with beaded inset frame in knotty alder with aged honey dye, hazel stain, rich brown glaze, dry-brushing, and distressing Available at Carolina Kitchens of Charleston (843) 856-8255


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No. 4

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Designer Cabinetry by Dura Supreme, available in a variety of finishes and styles Available at Coastal Cabinet Company (843) 572-1990

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Decora Chantile cabinetry with Coffee glaze Available at Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. (843) 763-7717

No. 6 Hood range pull-outs to keep favorite spices at arm’s reach (a) and extra large drawers to provide up to 20-percent more useful space than traditional cabinet drawers (b) Available at HWC Custom Cabinetry (843) 207-0750



No. 7 Shaker-style cabinet doors and drawers featuring stain on perimeter cabinets and paint with rub-through on kitchen island Available at Jilco Kitchen & Bath (843) 849-6465


No. 8 Modern-style kitchen cabinetry from Poggenpohl Cabinetry Line Available at Kitchens By Design, Inc. (843) 849-6890

7 Local favorite Kitchens By Design, Inc. was recently approached by German company Poggenpohl Cabinetry to become the exclusive dealer of the company’s cabinetry line in the entire Charleston area! Known worldwide for their sleek style, the ultra modern cabinet line is set to make its debut in the Lowcountry.



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No. 9 Executive Cabinetry featuring base and wall cabinets with slab doors; white enamel paint on wall cabinets and an Amaretto maple stain on base cabinets Available at Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio (843) 388-9633

No. 10 Integrity kitchen cabinets featuring Newcastle Doors style in White with rubbed edges Available at Magda Wholesale Kitchens & Baths, LLC (843) 822-8930


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Environmentally friendly EcoChoice cabinetry featuring green construction and finishes Available at Southeast Kitchens (843) 795-8809

No. 12 Inset shaker-style cabinetry with lacquer painted finish in contrasting perimeter and island (not pictured) colors Available at Sullivan Custom Cabinets, Inc. (843) 554-5880


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No. 13


Piano Finish Laminate by Bruce in Natural featuring easy click-in installation Available at Carolina Flooring (843) 225-0700

No. 14

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Heart of pine hardwood flooring Available at Elegant Hardwood Floors (843) 723-8172

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Brushstone Collection tile by Shaw featuring up to 40-percent post-industrial recycled content Available at Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings (843) 571-0013

No. 16 Custom hand scraped, Appalachian-mountain grown American cherry hardwood floors with French bleed Available at Charleston One Source (843) 278-1751


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No. 17 Mohawk’s ceramic tile featuring Reveal Imaging technology Available at Floor It Now (843) 573-0001

No. 18 Terreno collection flooring by American Olean in Driftwood, shown in a random staggered pattern Available at Melcer Tile (843) 744-5345

No. 19 Walnut hardwood floors featuring custom hand distressing with an antique stain and satin finish Available at Precision Flooring Group (843) 762-9380

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No. 20 Bartlett oak planks hardwood flooring from the Perspective collection by Quickstep Available at Palmetto Carpet and Floor Coverings (843) 881-6868

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Crossville flooring in Walnut 12"x12", Seagrass 12"x12", and 1"x1" Mosaic Available at Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 266-8700

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No. 23 Decorative backsplash by Walker Zanger Available at Buckhannon Brothers, Inc. Tile Showroom (843) 881-8911

No. 24 Countertops made from 100percent recycled glass from Charleston area restaurants and businesses Available at Fisher Recycling (843) 554-6099

No. 25 3-cm Logas Azul honed limestone countertops with a laminated edge Available at Atlantic Stone, LLC (843) 737-5004

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Granite shown in Labradorite Extra Blue Available at AGM Imports Granite & Marble (843) 747-0088



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No. 27 American Olean Legacy Glass backsplash Available at Melcer Tile (843) 744-5345

No. 28 Crossville glass backsplash in Glass Block blend, shown in Blue Haze/ Ocean Air/North Sea Available at Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 266-8700

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Polished granite slab for countertop in hot new color “Stone Wood” Available at Vitoria International (843) 760-2470

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Granite countertop, shown in White Springs Available at The Granite Shop (843) 771-1235

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No. 31 Culinaire undermount, dual-level kitchen sink by American Standard Available at Design On Tap (843) 329-0661

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Silgranit 11 sink by Blanco made with 80-percent natural granite and eco-friendly compost system Available at Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Company (843) 856-0084

No. 33 Sink with PermaClean drain system by Lenova featuring seamless design to minimize unsightly stains and buildup Available at Moluf’s (843) 723-4881

BONUS TIP It is widely known and accepted that drinking filtered water as opposed to bottled water is better for the environment; less plastic used in households means less plastic in local landfills. Most people also realize that—once you invest in a water filtration system—filtered water is less expensive to drink than pricey bottled water. The state-of-the-art Culligan Aqua-Cleer Drinking Water System delivers a steady supply of clean drinking water, and offers 13 different filters to address your specific water issues such as lead or chlorine. For more information, call Culligan at (843) 767-3333 or visit



No. 34 Zuma brushed nickel kitchen sink handcrafted from recycled copper and featuring contemporary slanted styling Available at Noland (843) 744-8213

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No. 35 “Eve” lighted kitchen faucet by KWC Available at Design On Tap (843) 329-0661

No. 36 Shaw’s Original faucets by Rohl Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301

No. 37 Rocky Mountain Hardware deck mount kitchen faucet featuring straight spout in silicon bronze with light patina Available at Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath (843) 577-5440

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BONUS TIP Whenever you undertake a major upgrade to your home such as a new kitchen or bath, don't forget to update your insurance so that the insurance company is aware the house is more valuable. In the event of a loss, you want to be sure your home is covered! For more information, call Kevin Shealy with Allstate at (843) 573-4777 or visit

You can never be too safe when it comes to the welfare of your friends and family! Don't underestimate the adverse health effects that can be caused by exposure to toxic cleaning chemicals. MaidPure cleans your home with only non-toxic natural products that are effective and kill 99.9-percent bacteria. To learn more, call Maid Pure at (843) 284-8272 or visit



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The Townson Gantry Faucet by Waterstone featuring articulated spout and built-in diverter for pre-rinse sprayer Available at Moluf’s (843) 723-4881

Essence collection mixer faucet by Grohe featuring progressive design and Grohe SilkMove technology Available at Noland (843) 744-8213

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90 Degree modern-style faucet by Moen Available at Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Company (843) 856-0084



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Question: What is the cost to remodel a kitchen?

Answer: Several elements: replace cabinets as is? Move walls/change space? All new appliances? New lighting? Tile backsplash? Range: $125.00/SF to $225.00/SF.

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Sub-Zero built-in under counter wine cooler storage units Available at Wholesale Appliance Center (843) 884-2010

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Steam and convection wall oven by Thermador, the luxury-appliance industry's first pre-programmed appliance to combine three cooking options—steam, true convection, and a combination of the two Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301

No. 43 Sub-Zero refrigerator with integrated drawers and door Available at Wholesale Appliance Center (843) 884-2010

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No. 44 48-inch Viking Professional Custom Series Sealed Burner Dual Fuel Range in racing red finish, including features such as SureSpark Ignition System and Gourmet-Glo Infrared Broiler Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301 Photo courtesy of Thermador

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If you’ve ever been curious what it would be like to have a kitchen outfitted completely in cutting-edge Sub-Zero/ Wolf appliances, swing by the Wholesale Appliance Design Center in Mt. Pleasant. There, you can walk through and get hands-on with popular appliances from the top brand in a 3,000 square foot “living kitchen.” Photo courtesy of Viking Range Corp.



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Question: Is granite affordable?


Answer: Yes, relatively speaking. Man made stone tops are running $50.00/SF to $85.00/SF. Granite starts at $40.00/SF. I would choose natural stone (granite) over man made for beauty from the divine.

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No. 45 Appliances from Thermador's Freedom Fully Flush Collection Available at Signature Appliance Center (843) 571-5735

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No. 46 Bertazzoni Professional Series 30-inch gas range, ideal for fitting into existing kitchen cabinetry Available at Signature Appliance Center (843) 571-5735

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Insignia wrought iron chandelier by Curray & Company (available to the trade only) featuring bronze verdigris metal shades Available at Kitchens By Design, Inc. (843) 849-6890

No. 48 Modern globe pendant Available at Circa Lighting (843) 937-5990


No. 49 Calliope kitchen island light Available at Circa Lighting (843) 937-5990

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Lucia Collection 3-light shade pendant by Murray Feiss in burnished silver Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301


No. 51 Deluxe island chandelier by Quoizel in polished chrome Available at Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055


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Question: Can Alan design a kitchen?

Answer: Yes!! I cook and have designed over 100 kitchens. I can handle all aspects including cabinets, countertops, lighting, appliances, tile, flooring, electrical, etc.

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No. 52 Grand chandelier by Murray Feiss lighting company Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301

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Eggplant kitchen lamp Available at Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150

ary One or two clever placed culin is themed accessories—such as th the cheeky Eggplant la mp—amp up fun factor in any kitchen.



No. 54 Contemporary island light fixture Available at Rick’s Lighting (843) 763-2282


BONUS TIP Lighting can truly set the mood in a home, so it makes sense to ensure the fixtures you purchase for your kitchen are installed properly. Despite how handy you may be feeling, resist the urge to tackle the task yourself; incorrectly installed lighting can be a safety hazard and can also lead to decreased energy efficiency. Mister Sparky specializes in residential lighting installation, so you can feel confident calling them to meet your lighting needs. For more information, call Mister Sparky at (843) 225-5998 or visit


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Kitchen & bath! They are the primary spaces used daily. They affect a home purchase price/resale more than other elements. They are more than function – beauty, art, comfort, retreat…

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DECORATIVE HARDWARE No. 55 Perla Collection decorative cabinet hardware in Natural Brittanium by Schaub Available at Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC (843) 881-0827


No. 56 Paris Collection cabinet door hardware featuring historical style of 17th and 18th century France combined with 21st century innovation Available at Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath (843) 577-5440

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Melon cup pulls, knobs, and handles Available at Builders Hardware of South Carolina, Inc. (843) 552-5515

No. 58 Ribbon & Reed Brass Collection decorative hardware by Emtek Available at East Cooper Decorative Hardware (843) 881-5065



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No. 59 Sherwin-Williams wall paint application in Cashmere, complemented by cabinets refinished with a lacquer and glazing for added depth Available at 1st Class Painting & Restoration, LLC (843) 324-6006



No. 60 Waterbury Trail wallpaper with coordinating fabric by Thibaut Available at B. Picky (843) 881-3771

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Budget-friendly fabric (less than 20 dollars per yard!), available in different colors Available at Not Just Fabrics (843) 852-0837



No. 62 Colorwheel interior paint in Shalimar, Dog Paw, and Lumberjack Available at Lord & Evans Paints for locations


Dog Paw

With a honeycomb-inspired print and citrus hues, this fabric is perfect for creating a plucky dining nook.

Paint in varying cocoa hues are super hot for the kitchen right now. We favor the dark chocolate shades for the extra drama they bring to a space!


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No. 63 Wine bar from California Closetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Classic product line featuring Milano Grey Lago finish Available at California Closets (843) 762-7980

No. 64 Hand-crafted wrought iron wine pantry gate Available at Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks (803) 515-0124


No. 65 Custom pantry system featuring multiple storage options, including pan and platter shelving, drawers, pull-out baskets, spice and wine storage, bins, and L-shelves Available at Tailored Closets (843) 696-0791


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Lutron lighting control Available at Audio Warehouse (843) 571-0535

Jessica Travis of Audio Warehouse shares a recent experience transforming a local kitchen through the use of Lutron lighting control.

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“I was approached by the wife of a client while our company was doing other installations in their home. She showed me her recently renovated kitchen saying, ‘I enjoy cooking and love to entertain, but with the large windows, I can’t do anything in here as the sun creates so much heat and glare I can barely see or stand to cook.’ I first assessed her kitchen and the problem-causing windows and then researched what Lutron window treatment solution would work for this case. I came back with a fabric that is designed to reflect as much solar radiation out and away from the window as possible, which reduces the heat and in combination reduces glare. We agreed the most modern and simple solution - a roller shade - was the best application for the room. When the shades are up, they are covered with a very modern fascia; as they roll down (at the touch of a button), they are inconceivably quiet and still provide a view.”

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Chelsea by Mendota direct vent fireplace unit for use at counter height, eye-level, or as traditional fireplace Available at M & M Oil and Propane, Inc. (The Fire Place) (843) 402-7790

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If guests tend to gather in one zone of your kitchensuch as a dining nook or bar areaconsider an area rug to ensure softness underfoot. The punc hy persimmon hue and bold styling of this rug will certa inly add spice to your space!


Abstract animal print rug, available in several sizes. Available at Rug DĂŠcor (843) 766-7783

No. 69 Perky celadon-hued tea kettle Available at Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009

No. 70 Contemporary-style kitchen bar stools by Amisco Company in (left to right) Jackson, Lauren, and Opus Available at The Barstool Shop (843) 881-7073



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Award Category 1:


This year, the AIA Design Award panel asked students at the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston to weigh in on their favorite submitted project. After tough deliberation, the resulting Students’ Choice Award went to… Liollio Architecture for the Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing

Award Category 2:

An AIA Charleston Merit Award went to… Meadors Construction for 97 Broad Street

An AIA Charleston Special Citation Award for Exterior Strategy went to… Novus Architects for the Hope Lodge Charleston for the American Cancer Society CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011

Liollio Architecture also received an AIA Charleston Honor Award for this project, making it the sole design entry which walked away with multiple awards.

An AIA Charleston Merit Award went to… Glenn Keyes Architects for the steeple addition at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist



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An AIA Charleston Merit Award went to… NBBJIN Association with LS3P Associates, LTD for the Medical University of South Carolina Ashley River Tower

An AIA Charleston Honor Award went to… Cummings and McCrady, Inc. Architects for restorations and repairs to the Church of the Holy Cross

Award Category 3:

UNBUILT An AIA Charleston Merit Award went to… Chris Bonner, AIA for “the Single Core Home” An AIA Charleston Honor Award went to… Chris Altman, AIA for the “Ultimate Garage” competition entry 200



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efore retiring in 2003, Woody Hancock experienced a successful career as a custom home builder in Maryland for nearly three decades. He and his wife Cheryl enjoyed life in the Severna Park area during that time, but were looking for a sunny locale to spend summer vacations when Woody met a developer who introduced him to Kiawah Island, South Carolina. “Woody and I came to Kiawah for the first time in the spring of 1983,” says Cheryl, “and I remember walking in the water in late April and marveling at how warm it was and how expansive the stretches of beach were. From that point on, we spent every summer in Kiawah, and our daughters just adored it!” Having fallen in love with the Lowcountry, the busy couple invested in several properties in the area before settling on building a home in Kiawah on Terrapin Island. Unbeknownst to them at the time, building their Terrapin house would become the catalyst for building their dream home in the Briar's Creek community on John's Island. Shortly after deciding to make the move to Terrapin Island, the Hancocks met with esteemed local contractor Steve Koenig— co-developer and sole builder of the Terrapin Island area. During more than 15 months of construction, the couple came to respect Steve and was intrigued when he told them about a vision he had




(left) Knotty pine wood planks from Liberty Cedar and a cuppola designed by architect Sam Furr contribute to the dramatic effect of a guest bedroom's vaulted ceiling. (right) Designed and installed by Aqua Blue Pools, an infinity edge pool—complete with adjacent spa, spillway, and baby pool—overlooks the marsh.

for a future development on Johns Island; soon thereafter, Steve joined in partnership with Ed Myrick, the owner of the property consisting of 900 acres on Johns Island, to develop a private golf course community. The Hancocks became investors based on their belief in the vision and the ultimate success of the project. In June of 2007, several years into their life on Kiawah, Woody took Cheryl by surprise when he proposed a project of great proportion, saying, “What if we build on the lot we own in Briar’s Creek instead of selling it?” Facing a difficult decision, Cheryl turned to prayer for guidance before discussing the idea with her children. “I think what convinced me, knowing how long and difficult the process would be, was the idea that my grandchildren would be able to form so many memories on the



water that surrounds the home,” Cheryl explains. “Our children had been brought up on the Severn River in Maryland, and they crabbed and fished off of our pier all the time. I could see them bringing their kids to Briar’s Creek to do the same thing, and they have.” With Cheryl and Woody now on the same page, construction began on their home—including a guest house—that would sit on the Briar’s Creek lot they had originally invested in years prior. To collaborate on the design of their new house, the couple called on local architect Sam Furr of Samuel Furr Architects. Sam welcomed a project of such large scope, as his firm typically only does three to four large, high-end projects per year to ensure each project is devoted maximum attention. “We spent a lot of time designing Cheryl and Woody’s Briar’s Creek home,”

he says, “and in some cases redesigned. As always, we did thorough sets of drawings to make sure the home would be built the way we envisioned it.” Sam, much like the Hancocks, was immediately impressed with the natural beauty of the lot, and so set out to incorporate those surroundings into his design. “Anywhere you are on that site, there is something beautiful to look at,” says Sam, “and the best way to make a house look nestled into a site is to bring the site to the house. So, the first thing Woody did was bring in fill dirt so the house would sit on a rise that looked natural to the lot. We then carefully aligned views, and decided which view would work with all the tree canopies. I do a thorough site analysis that shows the major branch analysis of all the tree canopies; that way we know where we need to prune, where you can’t see through, etc.” Sam then created computer

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modeling for the house to help Cheryl and Woody envision the finished result. Throughout the project, Sam and the Hancocks bounced ideas off of each other, resulting in a few welcome revisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although we stayed pretty close to the original plan, there was a little bit of evolution as the process moved along, and we just rolled with the changes,â&#x20AC;? explains Sam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a good team effort, which is what it always takes to make any house a success.â&#x20AC;? Having years of experience in the construction field, Woody and Cheryl could offer insight unique to most homeowners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career and my background in art, we both really enjoy being hands-on with a project, and we enjoy working on those projects together,â&#x20AC;? says Cheryl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to be very future vision-minded to imagine how a home is going to look when it is done,




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and God has really given Woody that gift.â&#x20AC;? The coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future vision-minded mentality enabled them to keep their minds open to Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestions, one of which was converting extra attic into usable living space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told Cheryl and Woody there was a lot of room in the attic to play with,â&#x20AC;? states Sam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once they realized just how much, they decided to roll with it and create bonus rooms at my suggestion. We really got underneath the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complex roof and squeezed out every bit of space we could.â&#x20AC;? Cheryl and Woody gave Sam the freedom to incorporate other ideas as wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a barrel ceiling in a guest room and transom windows throughout the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which they now couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine the home without. Sam began working with the Hancocks in late summer 2007, and completed the drawings for the project in late summer of


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2008. As construction progressed once the plans were in place, Sam phased himself out as the Hancocks took over with the finishing touches. “The more the project progressed, the less they needed me because they were hands-on with the final selections,” says Sam. “I would get them started, and then they would wrap it up.” For the task of finishing touches, the couple relied

on their past experience building for highend custom clients. As Sam’s work on the project drew to a close, he couldn’t help but be impressed by the Hancocks’ motivation for building the Briar’s Creek house. “The neat thing about this house is that part of the reason they created it so big and really wanted to make it so wonderful is because they weren’t really doing it for themselves,”

smiles Sam. “They want to use it for friends, family, and community outreach. It’s a very selfless thing to do.” Although the Hancocks realized from the start they didn’t need such a large house, they enjoyed the idea of having the space for their children and grandchildren. They also saw an opportunity for Christian CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011



outreach so, deciding the house was big enough, built the guesthouse to serve that purpose. “Two of our daughters are in fulltime ministry, and another daughter works for a Christian fundraising company for elementary schools,” says Cheryl. “That being said, they all have staff and the two in full-time ministry have college students they mentor. We thought it would be nice for them to have a place they could visit and bring their friends.” Actively involved in their church, Cheryl and Woody often come across deserving people who simply can't afford to visit areas like Briar’s Creek. “We just want to offer our home to these people in some way,” says Cheryl, “either by themselves or for their ministry. I think God will just put on our hearts who to offer it to, and that’s our prayer…for Him to make it clear to us who needs it most. The natu-

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so excited,” exclaims Cheryl. “As much as they enjoyed Kiawah and Terrapin, they all feel that this house just invites walking through the door and exhaling. This piece of property—and all of the natural beauty and wildlife of Briar’s Creek—just begs you to take off your shoes, sit down, and feel soothed.”


(top left) Architectural elements including coffered ceilings and transom windows provide visual interest in the living room. (top right) In the second floor living area, a towering stone fireplace serves as a focal point while also drawing the eye upward to the striking ceiling. (bottom left) Modern conveniences, such as professional grade appliances and a recessed television nook, make the Hancock kitchen ideal for both cooking and entertaining. (bottom right) The brainchild of architect Sam Furr, the unique barrel ceiling in this guest bedroom lends the space an elegant air. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2011



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he Hancocks became investors in Briar’s Creek when they met Steve Koenig, but what led Steve Koenig to dream up the scenic development? Apparently, Steve can’t refuse a good challenge. “A number of years ago, a friend of mine—who also happened to be a client—challenged me to find a piece of property to build a private golf retreat on. His opinion was that, although he loved it, the Kiawah Island club was more real estate driven and a bit bigger than he wanted. So I took up the challenge!” Steve found the future site of Briar’s Creek and, realizing its potential, struck up a partnership with Ed Myrick, who owned the property. Upon finding 20 investors, they began construction on the course in November of 2000. One year later, Briar’s Creek opened its doors. Minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Charleston, Briar’s Creek sits on over 900 acres filled with an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife. The private golf course, built by legendary golf course architect Rees Jones, boasts zero tee times and was selected by Golf Digest as the Best New Private Club the year it opened. “Even though we have over 900 acres, we only have 113 home sites—most of them off of the golf course—so the homes




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(above) A state-of-the-art, 13,000 square foot clubhouse sits at the heart of the Briar's Creek development. (right) Steve Koenig of Koenig Construction, Inc. is the codeveloper of Briar's Creek.

don’t impact the experience of a private golf retreat.” Steve’s vision for the community was to have large lots averaging in size from two to four acres, all heavily wooded and with homes showcasing period-style, turn of the century architecture. Contributing to the eclectic but cohesive set of architecture in the development are well-known local names such as Sam Furr (the architect on the Hancock home), Christopher Rose, Jimmy Thomas, Marc Camens, and Wayne Windham, as well as nationally renowned architect Mark Finlay out of Connecticut. At the heart of Briar’s Creek—overlooking the Kiawah River—sits the state-of-the-art 13,000 square foot clubhouse. Designed by Mark Finlay to pay homage to the incredible surrounding views, the clubhouse was created to serve as a comfortable gathering place for the people of the Briar’s Creek community. “My job was to make it look like a home away from home, and not too stuffy,” explains interior designer Peggy Norris, whom Steve hired for the project, “All of the furnishings evolved around that idea.” In the close-knit community, families often gather at the clubhouse for dinner, a glass of wine, or simply good conversation. Holiday


parties are also held at the spacious venue, evidenced by scrolling picture frames filled with images of residents posing with Santa or toasting each other with glasses of champagne. “Neighbors are important here,” says Steve, “I’m excited we are building something unique here…a place about community, where people love to integrate and engage with their neighbors.” Residents of Briar’s Creek also tout the natural beauty of the area as a motivating factor for moving there. On any given day, one may see a plethora of wildlife: deer, birds, alligators, turtles, bobcats. A prime scouting area for wildlife is the large lake on the property. “We dug the lake, which will be 75 acres when it is done, to provide material for the golf course,” explains Steve, “and the lake is just teeming with large mouth bass, bream, and tilapia. In front of the lake on the northeastern end of the property, we’ve dedicated a very large bird sanctuary with wetlands and rookeries. We have two neighboring eagle nests in the area as well, so I’ve seen as many as seven eagles feeding on the lake.” In addition, Briar’s Creek was the first Audubon Signature Certified Golf Course in the state, and only one of 39 in the country—a feat that requires extensive consultation with Audubon representatives to ensure the course meets rigid standards of environmental friendliness. Although Steve and his wife were the sole residents of the development in the beginning, Briar’s Creek is beginning to build major momentum. Of the 113 home sites, 84 lots have been developed and 75 of those lots having already been sold. At some point, it is Steve’s dream for the development that property at Briar’s Creek is simply sold by word of mouth because people realize it the kind of place they want to live. “Most people who find Briar’s Creek love it,” smiles Steve, “It’s not for everybody, but those that are here are just the right people to be here. If I had to best describe the life and people at Briar’s Creek, I guess I would just have to say that this community is full of love.” v

To create a cozy yet elegant atmosphere in the Briar's Creek Clubhouse, interior designer Peggy Norris infused Lowcounty-style furnishings with authentic artifacts and antiques from Europe. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2011


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FREE DESIGN CONSULTATIONS OFFERED BY ASID INTERIOR DESIGNERS For the 8th year in a row, local interior designers from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Carolinas Chapter will be volunteering their time to provide free professional design advice to homeowners. If you're curious where we got this fantastic idea, for the past ten years ASID interior designers at the annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in New York City have also been providing free design consultations to thousands of grateful homeowners. Consultation times are available Friday 1pm-4pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, and Sunday noon-4pm. Consultations are limited, so please call Charleston Home + Design magazine at (843) 5777652 to schedule your personal 20-30 minute design consultation. Although reserving a timeslot is preferred, you may sign up at the show if any timeslots remain.

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Creative Cotton Company................................117

Myatt & Bates Heating & Air Corp.................. 101

86 Market Arts.................................................33

Creature Catchers............................................221

Nautilus Company Home Management.......... 143

A Shade Above the Rest..................................219

Cru Catering.....................................................37

NextGen Technologies, Inc.............................. 146

A.C.E. of South Carolina...................................51

Culligan............................................................ 112


Ace Preferred Inspections, Inc.........................91

CurrentSafe, Electrical Fire Protection............. 217

Not Just Fabrics................................................43

Accu-Brick Paving Systems..............................17

Custom Designs............................................... 16

Overhead Door Company................................107

Accucom Integrations Group, Inc....................157

Danco Modern Furniture.................................. 151

Palmetto Wood Floors.....................................145

Acme Plumbing, LLC........................................163

Design Builders, Inc......................................... 64

Palmetto Carpet & Floor Coverings.................164

Advanced Window Fashions............................159

Design on Tap.................................................. 2

Palmetto Exterminators...................................163

Aero Pure.........................................................101

Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc....................... 171

Palmetto Mosquito Control.............................137

AGM Imports....................................................20

D.I.G. Landscape.............................................. 15

Palmetto Tile Distributors................................3

AirTight of Charleston......................................191

East Cooper Decorative Hardware.................. 163

Panes & Pillows...............................................59

AKL Professional Interiors................................97

East Cooper Lock & Safe................................. 199

PermaCoat of Charleston.................................103

All About Garage Doors...................................201

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Allstate/Kevin Shealy.......................................79

Elegant Hardwood Floors................................ 135

Port City Glass & Mirror, Inc............................151

Anderson Insurance.........................................83

ESS Environmental Solutions and Service...... 173

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Andrew M.G. Smith Landscape Architect........141

Express Sunrooms........................................... 131

Premier Design, LLC.........................................33

Aqua Blue Pools...............................................181

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc................................ 5

Priester's Custom Contracting, LLC.................4

Artistic Design & Construction........................47

Fieldstone Center of Charleston Inc.....................23,105

Quality Hardscapes Inc....................................28

Atlantic Stone...................................................63

Fine Rugs of Charleston........................................27

Relax the Back.................................................195

Audio Warehouse............................................. 79

Fisher Recycling............................................... 44,91

Remark Landscape Architecture......................212

Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts............ 133

Floor It Now...................................................... 39

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Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC................ 111

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Gaylord Design LLC.......................................... 51

Rhino Shield.....................................................63

Best Buy Blinds, Inc.........................................139

Granite Shop.................................................... 67

Rick's Lighting & Supplies, Inc........................191

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Homewerx........................................................ 105

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Hostetler Custom Cabinetry............................ 199

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity.....................124

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Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston......10

Blitch Plumbing................................................121

Hughes Equipment & Rentals......................... 219

Smith-Killian Fine Art.......................................35

Blue Haven Pools & Spas................................107

HWC Custom Cabinetry................................... 137

Solar Reflection Inc..........................................145

Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc..........24,59,101

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SolarTEK Energy of Charleston........................71

Buckhannon Brothers, Inc. Tile Showroom..... 43

Island House.................................................... 11

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Builder Buyer Service Group...........................63

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C&T Enterprises, LLC........................................141

Kitchens By Design, Inc................................... 159

Southeast Kitchens..........................................139

California Closets.............................................71

Kolbe Gallery, The............................................ 19,75

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Terrace Oaks Antique Mall...............................193

Charleston Lighting and Interiors....................175

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Verdi Company, The.........................................215

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Melcer Tile ...................................................... 7,111

Vincent A. Smith Services................................171

Clear Blue Pools, Inc........................................153

Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio............ 61

Vitoria International.........................................12

Coastal Cabinet Company...............................181

Mills Brothers Heating & Air............................ 222

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Coastal Cottages of SC....................................191

Mister Sparky................................................... 185

William Smith Fireplaces.................................99

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Windward Shutters, LLC..................................124

Colson Electric & Elevators, Inc.......................212

Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Company.................. 199

Withers Industries............................................83

Controlit, Inc.....................................................137

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Home Theater Accucom Integrations Group, Inc. 769-4822 Audio Tech Systems (ATS) 277-0059 Audio Warehouse 571-0535 Carolina Custom Security & Sound 881-4802 Controlit, Inc 628-4290 Island Integrations 388-9752 NextGen Technologies, Inc. 871-8531 Hurricane Shutters / Protection A.C.E. of South Carolina 800-528-4117 Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters 822-5519 Solar Reflection Inc. 769-6087 Solarworks Group, Inc. 884-5123 Windward Shutters, LLC 881-6262 HVAC (Heating and Air) Mills Brothers Heating & Air 764-1919 Myatt & Bates Heating & Air Corp 769-4771 Indoor Air Quality Mills Brothers Heating and Air 764-1919 Insulation Airtight of Charleston 225-5833 US Home Protect 388-6260 Insurance Allstate 573-4777 Anderson Insurance 763-7525 Interior Decorating AKL Professional Interiors 764-3006 Creative Cotton Company 737-0935 Gaylord Design LLC 327-4635 House Interiors 216-2002 ink architecture, LLC 882-7810 Island Daze 532-1041 MW Hunter Custom Interiors 556-4939 Panes & Pillows 693-6900 Stone Ridge Interiors 768-4049 Interior/Exterior Trim Charleston Trim & Construction 270-3371 Landscape Architect Remark 746-9573 Landscape Design D.I.G. Landscapes 327-4372 Landsmith 766-5263 Manale Landscaping 207-9192 Remark 746-9573 Landscape Materials Fisher Recycling 554-6099 Landscaping D.I.G. Landscapes 327-4372 Landsmith 766-5263 Light Fixtures Charleston Lamp Company 763-9150 Charleston Lighting and Interiors 766-3055 Circa Lighting 937-5990 Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 Lowcountry Lighting Center 881-4170 Noland Company 744-8213 Rick's Lighting 763-2282 William Smith Fireplaces & Home Accents 766-0347 Liquid Vinyl Siding PermaCoat of Charleston 763-4562 Locksmith East Cooper Lock & Safe 881-5065 Lumber Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. 744-6281 Mantles AGM Imports 747-0088 Hostetler Custom Cabinetry 795-0946 Marble AGM Imports 747-0088 Millwork Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Liberty Cedar 744-0450 Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. 744-6281 Withers Custom Home & Commercial 412-7263 Mirrors Charleston Lighting and Interiors 766-3055 Port City Glass and Mirror 577-6500 Moisture Control Concept Technologies, Inc 881-1032 ESS: Environmental Solutions + Service 881-0027 US Home Protect 388-6260

Mold Prevention Airtight of Charleston 225-5833 Concept Technologies, Inc 881-1032 ESS: Environmental Solutions + Service 881-0027 US Home Protect 388-6260 Outdoor Furniture The Teak Hut 856-2095 Outdoor Kitchens Design On Tap 329-0661 Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 M & M Oil & Propane (The Fireplace) 402-7790 Southeast Kitchens 795-8809 SPS Custom Stone 577-5005 Paint Coastal Coating LLC 302-2166 Lord & Evans 722-1056 PermaCoat of Charleston 763-4562 Painter 1st Class Painting & Restoration 437-6161 Carolina Machine Finishing 760-0029 Vincent Smith Services 864-344-3366 Patio Furniture Teak Hut, The 856-2095 Pest Control Creature Catchers 205-0551 Ledford's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. 766-8298 Palmetto Mosquito Control 766-9701 Picture Framing 86 Market Arts 853-3333 Plumbing Acme Plumbing 324-5800 Blitch Plumbing 795-9674 Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services Inc 442-0800 Plumbing Fixtures Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath 577-5440 Design On Tap 329-0661 Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 Moluf's 723-4881 Mt Pleasant Winnelson 856-0084 Noland Company 744-8213 Professional Designer / Kitchens Gaylord Design LLC 327-4635 Kitchens by Design 849-6890 Premier Design, LLC 364-7651 Propane M & M Oil & Propane (The Fireplace) 402-7790 William Smith Fireplaces & Home Accents 766-0347 Remodeling 1st Class Painting & Restoration 437-6161 Acme Plumbing 324-5800 Artistic Design & Construction 573-2444 Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts 852-9407 Cinder Creek Construction 737-2201 CNT Enterprises 577-7268 Coastal Design Builders, LLC 300-9383 Custom Designs 532-3903 Designer Kitchens and Baths, Inc 763-7717 Nautilus Company, LLC 647-6224 Priester's Custom Contracting LLC 200-8495 Renovation Solutions 697-0239 Renovators, The 200-3150 Sea Island Habitat for Humanity 559-4009 Southeast Kitchens 795-8809 Southeastern Custom Homes & Renovations LLC 200-0261 Spencer Development Co 377-6544 Sunview General Contracting Inc 532-9157 Thomas Evans Custom Building and Renovations 442-0277 TNT Construction 693-1339 Roofing Eagle Metals Mfg, Inc 821-9980 Homewerx 270-2050 Rugs Fine Rugs of Charleston 577-3386 Rug DĂŠcor 766-7783 Screens Porch Masters LLC 706-2202 Security & Safety Systems Accucom Integrations Group, Inc. 769-4822 Carolina Custom Security & Sound 881-4802 Shower Doors Port City Glass and Mirror 577-6500

Shutters A Shade Above the Rest 875-4307 Advanced Window Fashions 881-8858 Best Buy Blinds 884-3454 Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters 822-5519 Windward Shutters, LLC 881-6262 Withers Custom Home & Commercial 412-7263 Siding Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Carolina Machine Finishing 760-0029 Solar Hot Water Heaters Solartek 937-9999 Solar Solutions Solartek Energy of Charleston 937-9999 Spas & Hot Tubs Blue Haven Pools 552-6000 Clear Blue Pools Inc. 300-4143 Stone Products AGM Imports 747-0088 Atlantic Stone 737-5004 Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom 881-8911 Fieldstone Center of Charleston Inc. 557-1225 Granite Shop 771-1235 Lowcountry Paver 784-7104 Quality Hardscapes Inc 706-2202 Southern Stonescapes Unlimited 532-7856 Vitoria International 760-2470 Structured Wiring Accucom Integrations 769-4822 Audio Tech Systems (ATS) 277-0059 Audio Warehouse 571-0535 Carolina Custom Security & Sound 881-4802 Controlit, Inc 628-4290 Island Integrations 388-9752 NextGen Technologies, Inc. 871-8531 Sunrooms Express Sunrooms 534-3233 Porch Masters LLC 706-2202 Renovators, The 200-3150 Swimming Pools Aqua Blue Pools 767-7665 Blue Haven Pools 552-6000 Clear Blue Pools Inc. 300-4143 Lepore's Custom Pools, Inc. 817-4028 Termite Contract Ledford's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. 766-8298 Palmetto Exterminators 766-9701 Tile Atlantic Stone 737-5004 Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom 881-8911 Floor It Now 573-0001 Lowcountry Tile Contractors 763-2161 Melcer Tile Company Inc. 744-5345 Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. 266-8700 Water Purification Culligan 767-3333 Whole House Audio Accucom Integrations 769-4822 Audio Tech Systems (ATS) 277-0059 Carolina Custom Security & Sound 881-4802 Controlit, Inc 628-4290 Island Integrations 388-9752 NextGen Technologies, Inc. 871-8531 Window Treatments A Shade Above the Rest 875-4307 A.C.E. of South Carolina 800-528-4117 Advanced Window Fashions 881-8858 Audio Warehouse 571-0535 Best Buy Blinds 884-3454 Creative Cotton Company 737-0935 MW Hunter Custom Interiors 556-4939 Panes & Pillows 693-6900 Solar Reflection Inc. 769-6087 Solarworks Group, Inc. 884-5123 Withers Custom Home & Commercial 412-7263 Windows Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Kolbe Gallery, The 881-0038 Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. 744-6281 Sunview General Contracting Inc 532-9157 Wrought Iron Low Country Iron & Woodworks 803-515-0124 CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2011



“We're trying to decide whether to put in hardwood floors or carpeting next year. We really like FLOR brand carpet tiles; you can configure them to meet the needs of whatever room you are in, and can remove squares if they need to be replaced. Plus, they're recyclable. That's our big question we're facing!”

“The only project left for me is

to have the trim painted on my house but, other than that, I love my house! We just installed a pool and a huge hardscape project all around the yard, and put in a magnificent paver deck and retaining walls. With the home market being what it is, I figured we would be staying here for awhile so we better make it something we love living in! I have three little boys and they really wanted a pool, which I had never put in because sometimes you don't get your initial investment on a pool during resale. Since we're staying here, we decided to go for it and are so happy we did.”

- Rayna LePore, LePore's Custom Pools

What change or improvement would you like to see in your home in 2011?

- Tom Curry, owner of Lowcountry Paver

“Since it's now becoming more affordable, we plan on looking at integrating home automation for energy conservation in our home over the next year. One of the new products Hunter Douglas has scheduled to release this Spring is tiny remote modules with sun sensors that you place in your window that will sense the level of sunlight and lower (or raise) your motorized shade automatically. This allows you to harvest sunlight in the winter for heating and help lower AC costs in the summer, while enjoying the natural light, all automatically. There are other products we are looking at to control a sequence of events. For example,when you want to watch a movie, the DVD tray closes, which triggers the lights to lower to a preset level and also lowers the window treatments for a theater effect.” – Larry & Nancy McCrae, owners of Advanced Window Fashions

up on my ta solar film is V t u p to more ant e my house “I really w k a m n a c I that ent of a windows so und 50-perc ro a e c in s , and/or eco-friendly loss of heat y b d te s a w s.” ty is without film s home's utili w o d in w rough heat gain th of ley, owner - Hal Crow c. In s Group, Solarwork




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