Columbia Homes magazine - Spring 2021

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Outdoor Kitchen POOLS MAKE A SPLASH IN THE MIDLANDS

Home Sweet Home Renovations

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An Official Publication of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina

COLUMBIA HOMES PUBLISHER Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina 625 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 256-6238 biaofcentralsc.com PRESIDENT Thom Chumney VICE PRESIDENT Stan O’Brien ASSOCIATES VICE PRESIDENT Jennifer Cannon SECRETARY/TREASURER Mike Cancilla IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Jennifer Harding

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he Building Industry Association of Central SC (BIA) has provided support to our community for over 60 years. As an organization we assist Builders, Developers and the Community to provide housing opportunities in the Midlands. This Community is our HOME! We believe in giving back. Our Charitable Foundation actively searches for opportunities to invest in our communities: providing picnic shelters for our soldiers and their families at Ft. Jackson, providing books for elementary school students, funding for local food pantries, emergency funding for the American Red Cross, and scholarships for college students, just to name a few. Home has never been as important as it is now. The Building Industry recognizes this importance and continues to build and sell homes, albeit in a different way than before. We are leading the charge in innovative methods of building including social distancing measures for the safety of the industry professionals, the community and you, the customer. Go home shopping now and you’ll notice differences such as private home tours, online virtual tours, sanitizing stations and other safety-conscious measures throughout the entire process. We are in this together! Our goal with this publication is to provide an opportunity for you to begin your New Home buying experience in a positive manner. And when you make the decision to buy or build a new home, or renovate your present home, please remember the members of the Building Industry Association of Central SC. We care for our Community. Respectfully,

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Home Sweet Home Renovations Outdoor Kitchens Are Part of the New Home Paradise Homes for All Ages and Abilities Pool Construction Makes a Splash in the Midlands Columbia’s Top Ten Custom Builders Custom Building Award Winners Certified High Performance (CHiP) Home Program Columbia’s Top Ten Remodelers Columbia Remodelers Awards BIA Construction Team Recognized with Community Service Award 38 Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show Booth Awards ADVERTISER INDEX B & L Distributing..................................................................9 Blythe Building Company.............................................. 43 Capital Kitchen & Bath..................................................... 15 Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show.................. 39 CHW Cabinetry................................................................... 13 Cool Care Heating & Air.................................................. 19 Dominion Energy.................................................................17 Gallup & LaFitte.................................................................... 7

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Kitchen remodeled by Capital Kitchen and Bath

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Home Renovations Remodeling Requires Research

eing at home on a normal day can make one dislike certain elements of their home, but it can be easy to ignore when there’s a whole world out there demanding one’s attention. But now? Being home more than ever, those little annoyances and unappealing paint colors can really make taking action seem necessary. People who have stopped to think about their home and how they live in it are keeping local remodeling professionals extremely busy during the time of corona.

“The longer people are home the more they want their projects done now, and they are realizing function is extremely important, whether it’s for aging in place or everyday life,” says Kristen 6

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Meetze of Capital Kitchen and Bath. Meetze points to the rise in demand for a universal living space as something clients are looking into more. That means aging-in-place amenities such as


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no-threshold showers to allow people to step or even wheel right into their bathtub or shower. Larger doorways, lower electrical outlets, and other smart home devices are also part of universal homes people can live into as their mobility changes through aging. On the other end of the spectrum, Meetze notes that spa-like bathroom luxuries like steam showers and app-controlled heated floors are big now. Before taking grand plans to a contractor, go back and do more research. Jim Evatt of Palmetto Construction and Renovations is big on directing potential clients to do their homework before selecting a contractor. “They may want to reach out to the local building industry association to get references, and they may want to seek out online references, plus I encourage prospective clients to talk to current clients we are working for,” he says. One roadblock to the ideal home remodel experience these days is getting all of the materials in a timely manner. “HVAC units, electrical components, all kinds of things have been delayed,” says Timothy Kehoe of Kehoe Constructors. “We write a COVID caveat into our contracts to help us deal with unknown COVID delays and cost increases.” COVID itself is causing time delays beyond materials deliveries too. Kehoe says his company has been busy despite it, and has done several projects in unoccupied homes, or commercial projects where part of the building was blocked off for his crew for the utmost safety. “We all wear masks, wash our hands a lot, and they are all ready to go get tested at any time,” says Kehoe. After careful research on contractors references, safety protocols, and a commitment to flexibility on the timeline — go back and do more research to stay ahead of the game. Evatt says the process of renovating a home should be enjoyable. “A lot of people have heard horror stories about remodeling and they don’t all go that way, they don’t have to,” says Evatt. “Make wise choices about who you have come to work in your home, those who will be instrumental in making sure the project is successful.” u 8

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Outdoor Kitchens Are Part of the New Home Paradise PLAN FOR YOUR PERFECT OUTDOOR COOKING SPACE

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ith home being the ideal place to be for most of 2020 and into 2021, people are looking to get beyond the walls of their home and are going into their yards more than ever. Outdoor kitchens have become havens for people who want to cook somewhere different, live more of their lives under the blue sky, and invest in their homes as their own personal slice of paradise. Before plugging a fridge in under the pergola, there are some things to consider before tackling an outdoor kitchen project. 10 Columbia Homes Magazine | Spring 2021 | biacolumbia.com

The scope of what is considered an outdoor kitchen can vary, but industry experts agree that a cooking source and counter space can be enough to constitute an outdoor kitchen. Others say that an outdoor kitchen is just a small piece of an overall outdoor living plan. “Most people go for something simple, rarely do we see sinks and kegerators and the full-blown deal, most just want a nice area that looks built-in and cohesive,” says Bonnie Hale, co-owner of Tranquil Escapes. As far as trends in outdoor kitchens, the demand for them across all income levels is evident. “It’s gotten to the point where we’re not just working on super high-end projects, everyone is conscious of having a nice outdoor space in their yard,” says Hal Bowers of Bowers Landscaping and Irrigation. “Entry-level subdivisions have homes with screened-in porches, patios, and sitting walls as part of the design.”


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Other outdoor kitchen trends include giving the space a staycation vibe. “People are wanting more of the turn-key resort feel, an experience in the backyard they could have if they went on a vacation,” says Bowers, who speculates people are investing money they would have spent on trips on their homes now. Focusing on the outdoor dining space is huge too this year. “Since a lot of people can’t go out to eat, they want to go into their own yards without having to go too far,” says Wendell Furtick of Saluda Hills Landscaping. He’s seen people wanting more than just two or three bar stools outdoors, which is more typical of past designs. For anyone considering an outdoor kitchen as the springboard for a whole backyard redo, or as an addition to their pre-existing outdoor space, thinking about placement is key. “You usually want to put it near the closest access door to your kitchen, not clear out in a large yard towards the end because you’re bringing food in and out,” says Hale.

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Homes for All Ages and Abilities

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our home should be a place of comfort and safety for you and your family. It should also be welcoming to friends, neighbors and extended family for get-togethers and holidays. Unfortunately, most homes are not designed or built with an all-inclusive perspective, and this means that many people are left out or trapped inside of homes. But there is a way to design and build that is inclusive of people of all ages and abilities. Homes can be constructed so that everyone can easily get in and out of them, move around freely and enjoy being in the home with a minimum of effort. This style of construction goes by many names — Universal Design and accessible homes are just a few — and it’s not a new concept or difficult to implement.

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And with the huge segment of our population known as Baby Boomers all over 55 years old, this type of construction has been gaining in popularity with buyers, builders and product suppliers alike. Thanks to better education of design, acceptance of need and product innovations, what once looked cold and clinical is now normal and hard to notice. By implementing the right options and techniques a home built for everyone looks like any other home, and it works a lot better. Five years ago, the Remodelers Council of the Building Industry Association of Central SC (BIA) saw a need to help builders and remodelers implement

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accessible design into their homes, and developed the Universal Living Certification program. A checklist guides the builder/remodeler through basic, mandatory accessibility functions of a home to make it “visitable” by all — ease of entry from the outside and an accessible bathroom on the entry floor. From there, the program offers options to make the home livable for all on one floor or throughout the entire home. By following the checklist and having the home checked by a third-party verifier, the home receives a certification of Bronze, Silver or Gold based on what is included in the home. The program is growing every year as builders and consumers learn about the program. We are pleased to announce that three homes reached the Gold Level of certification in 2020 and we’re looking forward to more in the coming years… perhaps your next home! Learn more about the program by visiting CertifiedUniversalLiving.com or call (803) 256-6238. u


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Pool Construction Makes a Splash in the Midlands

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ess people than ever before are jealous of their neighbor’s pool or hot tub — because they’ve turned wishing into action and have gotten one put in themselves! The pool industry has seen a definite spike in activity, starting around March 2020, when kids were sent home to do virtual learning across the state.

Jack Oliver of Jack Oliver’s Pool, Spa & Patio knows that first hand. “Our business has been ballistic with no sign of slowing down!” he exclaims. “The pandemic has caused the pool industry to have its best time ever. People with 16

pools made their neighbors and families jealous, especially ones with kids.” Oliver’s business does pool construction, pool maintenance, and remodeling of pools, plus they have a 13,000 square foot storefront with full size patio furniture, hot tubs, and swimming pool

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supplies. He says the retail side of the business has been just as busy as the construction and maintenance side. It’s a surefire sign people are looking to their backyards and outdoor living space to maximize what they can do while staying on their home turf. As for what’s changed in the pool industry beyond sheer demand, Oliver notes the trends are shifting. People don’t want traditional pools with eight foot deep ends and diving boards as much anymore. Instead, they are looking for sun ledges, fountains, and special resort-like water features in their modern pool designs to create an outdoor oasis feel in their own backyard. “What we’ve seen is the American consumers shift


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“What we’ve seen is the American consumers shift their travel dollar spending to their house, instead of taking a cruise or a vacation.” JACK OLIVER, JACK OLIVER’S POOL, SPA & PATIO

their travel dollar spending to their house, instead of taking a cruise or a vacation,” says Oliver. With high demand comes a higher cost and of course, a longer wait time. “We are booked nine to ten months out on signed contracts for concrete pool construction,” says Oliver. “Be prepared to wait and be prepared to pay a premium.” Unfortunately, the hot tub industry is seeing similar delays, but it’s more due to supply chain issues caused by COVID. 18

Oliver says the industry — which is based in California, with factories in Mexico — have had to deal with closures that have created a backlog and a subsequent long wait time for hot tubs and saunas too. COVID has caused a lot of changes in the pool and spa industry. One of those has encouraged pool and spa stores to hurry and create online sales portals so customers can order chemicals and other pool supplies while still supporting local businesses from the comfort of their

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homes. “It’s been an interesting time and we’ve all had to learn to adapt to the situation,” says Oliver. For anyone considering how they’ll cool off in the summer heat, sooner than later may be the ideal time to call a pool construction company to come out and give estimates on both price and timeline, as they may only continue to increase as people continue to stay home more and invest in their homes and its family entertainment value. u



Columbia’s Top Ten Custom Builders

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he Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina congratulates the Top 10 Custom Builders/Top 10 Remodelers in the Midlands of South Carolina — based on total contract sales in 2020. Conduct thorough research when hiring a home builder or remodeler so that you hire someone with good credentials. Verifying smart business practices and construction expertise will better ensure that your new home or remodel will be completed successfully. When you make the decision to buy or build a new home, or renovate your present home — choose a professional, a member of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina. Find them at BIAofCentralSC.com.

1 Gallup & LaFitte Design-Build

2014. Gallup & LaFitte has won four BIA Custom Building awards in the past three years in the price categories ranging from $450,000 to $800,000.

years field and office working experience for nationally recognized homebuilders prior to their work with Magnolia Custom Homes.

2 Lifestone Residential

4 Vesta Builders, Inc.

803-622-7975 Year Founded: 2008 Andy White, Managing Partner William Robinson, Director of Operations Andrew White, Director of Construction

Lifestone Residential is a locally-owned building company in Lexington, SC. Specializing in custom new homes, Lifestone Residential’s team of builders has experience building custom townhomes, villas, cottages, patio, single-family, and executive homes in Saluda River Club for those looking for a unique, amenity-rich lifestyle. Saluda River Club is the recipient of the local Community of the Year REGAL Award from the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina and Home Builders Association of South Carolina, as well as the highly acclaimed national Best in American Living Award for Community Design.

803-932-4884 Year Founded: 1995 Dick Gallup, President R.B. Gallup, VP Secretary Robert LaFitte, VP Treasurer

Gallup & LaFitte is a residential design-build firm specializing in new custom homes in the mid to high-end range. Family-owned and operated since 1995, Gallup & LaFitte offers a turnkey solution from plan design through construction. Their team has a proven system in place built to exceed a client’s expectations and experience during and after the build. Their in-house design service is used to help turn their clients’ dreams into homes by seamlessly connecting plan design, the selections process, and construction. This eliminates the disconnect usually found between plan designers and builders, particularly when it comes to project costing. The team has four licensed SC Residential Builders on staff, including the three owners of the company. R.B. Gallup is a SC Certified Master Builder, earning the company the designation in

803-957-1821 Year Founded: 1999 Joseph Jur, Co-owner Tammy Jur, Co-owner

Vesta Builders, Inc. is a locally-owned building company located in Lexington, SC. The company was founded in 1999 and has been operating in the Columbia area market for 21 years. Vesta Builders specializes in building custom homes in the Columbia area market. Vesta Builders is co-owned by husband and wife building team Tammy and Joe Jur. Tammy is a second generation home builder and Joe is an engineer by training and experience and continues to carry his engineering license. Both Tammy and Joe are licensed builders and are Certified Master Builders through the SC Home Builders Association.

5 Dunbar Builders Inc. 3 Magnolia Custom Homes, LLC

803-790-7895 Year Founded: 2013 Susan Walter, President Scott Walter, Vice President

Magnolia Custom Homes is owned and operated by Scott and Susan Walter. It was first incorporated in 2003 and primarily run by Susan. In 2014, Scott joined the business and now they are a husband and wife team who each hold a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Minor in Business Management, and a South Carolina Residential Builder’s License. Scott is also a licensed Real Estate Agent with Exit Midlands Realty. Both have over 20

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803-513-9506 Year Founded: 1994 Pat Dunbar, President Patrick Dunbar II, VP

Dunbar Builders Inc. is an award-winning custom home building company serving the Greater Columbia, SC area since 1994. Pat and Patrick Dunbar have built many fine homes on Lake Murray and distinguished neighborhoods throughout the community. They are also active with local charitable organizations. Dunbar Builders was named a member of the Southern Living Custom Builders Program in 2011, an invitation-only network of some of the finest homebuilders throughout the South.


“Over the years we have built a team of knowledgeable and skilled trade partners who understand our mission to create a superb building experience. Our team works together with our clients to help their ideas become a reality from start to finish.” Visit Dunbar Builders website at dunbarbuilders.com.

6 Epic Homes, LLC 803-900-3742 Year Founded: 2015 Jenny Nettles, CEO

Founded in 2015, Epic Homes is a familyowned designer construction company specializing in on your lot custom homes. Owned and managed by Jennifer GerbenNettles, Epic Homes works with architects and designers to develop a truly custom home, they have never built the same house twice. Jennifer is a NAHB Certified Green Professional and makes sure Epic Homes delivers Energy Efficient High-Performance homes to their clients. While most of their customers are in the Greater Lexington Area, Epic Homes has built houses in Orangeburg, Aiken, Irmo, Blythewood, and Blair and most areas in between. They try to maintain a 50-mile build radius from their office to ensure proper construction management of the homes. With Epic Homes care, attention to detail and construction practices, homebuyers will not only get a beautifully designed and constructed home, but an energy-efficient one as well.

and professionalism throughout its history. Our team of builders has the expertise and knowledge to execute detailed architectural elegance and structural integrity. Blythe Building Company is a Certified Master Builder of SC and a NAHB Certified Green Professional. Has an A+ rating with the BBB. Is the 2020 HBASC Pinnacle Award Winner for New Home Construction — $700,000 to $849,999. Is the Winner of all three 2020 BIA of Central SC Custom Home Building Awards for $400,000 to $450,000, $600,000 to $700,000, and $700,000+. In 2019 Blythe Building Company won two BIA of Central SC Custom Home Building Awards, both $500,000 to $599,999 and $750,000 to $999,999.

8 Old Glory Construction 803-331-9604 Year Founded: 2018 Perry Bumgarner, Partner Todd Lewis, Partner

Old Glory Construction LLC was founded in 2018 by two lifelong friends who have been in the building business for a combined 60+ years. Perry is a second-generation builder who hails from a rich history of experience. Todd has an extensive background in materials and estimating. Both have been licensed and active for over 25 years. Old Glory Construction specializes in custom homes located in Lexington and Richland County, especially on Lake Murray. Our team works from the ground up through the design process, estimating, and construction to ensure that every client experience offers expert guidance, excellent quality, value, respect, and integrity.

7 Blythe Building Company 803-749-2112 Year Founded: 2004 Lee Blythe, President

Blythe Building Company was formed in 2004 and has built well over a hundred quality custom homes throughout the Greater Columbia, South Carolina area. This area includes Blythewood, Forest Acres, Downtown Columbia, West Columbia, Pinewood, Lexington, Irmo, Ballentine, Chapin, and more. Blythe Building Company has established a reputation as a custom home builder with honesty, integrity,

9 Young’s Contracting & Development, LLC

home builder located at 224 West Butler St., Lexington, SC. Andy Young, owner of Young’s Contracting & Development, LLC (YCD), has been in the home building industry for 25+ years. We are a modern company with a fresh outlook on custom home construction and design. Andy’s passion for building dreams is evident in happy and repeat clients as well as their referrals to family and friends. YCD develops long-term relationships with clients for which he has established his business. YCD can custom design a new luxury home or remodel to meet clients’ unique needs. Andy wants to exceed high expectations to ensure his clients’ new home or renovation is what they have in mind. YCD is committed to innovation including green building practices. Our Design team independently works with each client to make your dreams a reality. Young’s Contracting and Development offers professional, custom home building and exquisite outdoor living spaces, kitchens and custom pools. Young’s Contacting provides unmatched quality and craftmanship to make your custom dream home a reality. Please contact us at (803) 996-2999 for a Free Consultation. Visit our website: Youngscontractingsc.com and also visit us on Facebook and Instagram.

10 Paradime Construction

803-600-4237 Year Founded: 1999 Stan O’Brien, President and CEO

Paradime Construction, Inc. has been designing and building custom homes in the Columbia area since 1999. Raised in Charleston, founder Stan O’Brien was exposed to amazing architecture and that drove him to get a degree in Architecture and Construction Science. Paradime Construction, Inc. never builds the same home twice, incorporates elements of Universal Living in all homes to make them easy to live in, and builds High Performing homes to make them comfortable and affordable.

803-996-2999 Year Founded: 2008 Andrew D. Young, Owner/President

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2020 Custom Building Award Winners

THIRD ANNUAL CBA WINNERS $400,000 to $450,000 • Blythe Building Company

$600,000 to $700,000 • Blythe Building Company

$700,000+

• Blythe Building Company

This program is now in its third year and we are pleased to present three award winners. All three were submitted by Blythe Building Company located in Columbia, SC.

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he first entry is a Craftsman-style house in Irmo, SC. The main living space is a wide open living room that ties in seamlessly to the kitchen. The space has wide-planked rustic hardwood floors create a grounding effect under the vaulted ceiling and natural cypress beams and accent over the range. The great room feels airy and ethereal with pale colors, white shaker cabinets, and a dusty blue kitchen island with plenty

of space for the family to share Saturday morning brunch together. The masonry fireplace in the great room adds a sense of warmth and texture to the room. White shiplap over the hearth and tall white bookshelves provide a beautiful area to display family treasures. The room opens onto a screened in porch with another fireplace.

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ext up is a two-story Craftsmanstyle home located in Lexington, SC. From the front, this home charms family and visitors with white Hardiplank siding, board and batten accents, functioning shutters, doublehung windows, and wide trim. Copper gas lanterns flank the front entryway leading to a stunning open-concept twostory foyer and great room with a gas fireplace and lighted built-in shelves. This five-bedroom home also has four and a half baths and a finished room over the garage, or FROG. The master bedroom sits on the main floor accentuated by a lighted tray ceiling illuminated by

rope lighting. And the luxurious master bathroom has two expansive vanities with extra-long counters and a window alcove with a stand-alone deep soaking tub. The backyard feels like a resort paradise with a forty-foot long fiberglass pool lined with stones and featuring a twelve-foot long waterfall feature and a

splash pad. The large concrete patio easily accommodates a generous outdoor living area. The owners did not shy away from color and embraced designer wallpaper in many of the interior spaces. Walking through this home is a visual feast for the eyes as you move from room to room.

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ast but not least is the Spence Plantation Farmhouse located on the Lexington side of Lake Murray. Mahogany entry doors with glass panels welcome visitors and a family living space with shiplap accents walls, floating shelves, and custom cabinetry complement the gas fireplace and rustic wood mantel. Three stately custom Craftsman columns stand proudly between the living space, dining room, and kitchen. And the rustic wood floors add warmth to the entire space. The kitchen utilizes white shaker cabinets to provide an air of classy timelessness and the white farmhouse sink and elegant brushed nickel faucet pairs beautifully with the quartzite countertop and appliances. Hanging lantern-style pendant lights continue the lantern

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ongratulations to Blythe Building Company on these awards, and we are looking forward to more entries in the fourth annual Custom Building Awards this year! Make sure to visit BIAofCentralSC.com to view more photos from the winners of the 2020 Central SC Building & Remodeling Awards. u

theme from outside to the kitchen and dining room. In the back, a large screened-in back porch with a gas fireplace and outdoor TV provide a wonderful outdoor living space. The deck area and custom outdoor kitchen (with an under-the-counter refrigerator) and bar overlook the pool and create the perfect backyard paradise. 24 Columbia Homes Magazine | Spring 2021 | biacolumbia.com


Certified High Performance (CHiP) Home Program The green home certification program of the High Performance Building Council of the BIA of Central SC is the Certified High Performance (CHiP) Home Program. This program is based on the ANSI-approved National Green Building Standard™ (ICC 700-2012). The first certification was awarded on April 24, 2012 and there are now over 8,400 CHiP Homes. In the CHiP Home Program the house is certified, not the builder. Each house has to reach minimums across seven different areas to qualify for the certification. The builder has flexibility in how to reach each of these goals, which lends to affordability and ease of use. However, the work must be checked by a third-party verifier before the home is certified.

What Do Building Certification Programs Do? Building certification programs like our CHiP Home Program exist to promote sustainable practices and changes to our built environment that bring our buildings into and/or closer into balance with the limits of our natural resources and planet’s ecosystems. They also give builders and consumers easy-to-follow guidelines and checklists to accomplish that goal on every build project.

Why Should I Buy a CHiP Home? The answer to this question varies from person to person. Most people, whether they are building professionals or owners involved in the construction of a new home, use certification programs for help in the design process to ensure that they are considering and incorporating all the design and building principles appropriate to their home. Some, whether occupants or building professionals, are looking for scientific testing and an independent, third-party verification that their home is achieving green standards. Some seek certification as they believe it will be of value economically through reduced operations and maintenance costs and/or because a healthier indoor environment should translate to better health. Many feel that incorporating high-performance building practices are important to the health of our planet and to future generations.

Learn More About CHiP To learn more about the program please visit CHiPHomeProgram.com or call (803) 256-6238. At the website you’ll be able to see a map of homes in the program, download the CHiP Verification Tool, see builders who have built to the program and more.

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Columbia’s Top Ten Remodelers remodeling ideas, additions and service calls.

3 Re-Bath of the Midlands 1 Capital Kitchen & Bath 803-345-5888 Year Founded: 2004 Kristen Meetze, Owner Gerald Meetze, Owner

Capital Kitchen & Bath is a one-stop solution for all your remodeling needs. CKB is a licensed General Contractor that has two showroom locations in the Midlands. We carry five cabinet lines, quartz and granite, tile, flooring and lighting. Our on-staff designers are available to help make your dream kitchen or bath a reality with Simply Beautiful Results!

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803-708-0521 Year Founded: 2012 Tim O’Farrell, Co-Owner, Managing Partner Debbie O’Farrell, Co-Owner

Re-Bath is the largest bathroom remodeler in the country with a complete bathroom solution. Re-Bath started back in the 1970s and each location is locally owned and operated. In the Midlands of South Carolina, owners Tim and Debbie O’Farrell have been in the building and remodeling business for 35 years, lifelong residents and have assembled a team of professionals who take pride in every aspect of the remodel process. We can take your bathroom back to the studs and completely rebuild or just give it a refreshing update. The products that we offer have lifetime warranties and ease of cleaning. We also are Certified Aging in Place Specialists and here to help transform your bathroom into a safe accessible sanctuary. Visit our showroom at 2650 Shop Road, our website at rebath.com or schedule a design consultation in your home and we’ll bring the showroom to you.

803-917-5755 Year Founded: 2001 Jim Evatt, Owner

Jim Evatt started Palmetto Construction & Renovations in 2001. Drawing from his knowledge in accounting and materials management, as well as his experience in building and construction, Jim made it his goal to fundamentally change the renovation experience for customers in Columbia, SC. This is a goal he has pursued for the past 20 years. Jim has a well-earned reputation of providing quality renovation services while providing exceptional customer service.

We are proud to say the more than 80% of our business is from customer referrals. We thank all of our customers for their loyal support.

5 Gage Construction 803-931-6143 Year Founded: 2009 Matt Gilpin, Owner

Gage Construction is well versed in new construction, remodeling, and large additions across the Midlands of South Carolina. Building quality and functionality into every home is what we do.

6 Nation Builders, LLC (803) 807-8140 Year Founded: 2007 Terry Nation, Owner

4 Wilm Construction 803-256-3755 Year Founded: 2003 R. Lee Wilm, Owner

Owner R. L. Willm Jr. has been building and remodeling houses for over 30 years. Born in Surfside Beach, SC, Lee moved to Columbia, SC in 1993. He has been remodeling homes in the area since then. Lee is a licensed home builder and general contractor. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, the Green Council, and the Remodelers Council. He also consults for clients on upcoming projects. This includes

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We are a family-owned construction company, specializing in custom designing, building and renovating family homes in South Carolina. For nearly 30 years, turning our clients’ visions of beautiful home features into stunning reality has been our mission at Nation Builders. We are different from most renovation contractors by the customization work we do, tailored specifically to our clients’ tastes, creating exquisite work, while keeping the costs affordable. We are your premier home remodeler in South Carolina, specializing in all aspects of home remodeling. Whether you have a job that’s as simple as installing new countertops or as complex as adding on a new home addition, we have you covered. We can’t wait to make YOUR dreams come true.


9 Kehoe Constructors, LLC 7 Carolina Traditional Homes Inc. 803-518-4217 Year Founded: 2001 Ken Baker, President

Carolina Traditional Homes is a custom home building and remodeling company located in Columbia, South Carolina and serves the Central Midlands and surrounding areas. Carolina Traditional Homes is a leading designer and builder of custom as well as traditional singlefamily residences. Owner and operator Ken Baker has been recognized with numerous awards for quality construction and craftsmanship including Best Kitchen and Whole House Renovation. Ken is a member of the Greater Columbia Homebuilders Association, Remodelers Association, EPA Lead Certified, Licensed Residential Homebuilder, and Licensed Realtor.

408-504-8800 Year founded: 2010 Tim Kehoe, Owner David Kehoe, Owner

Kehoe Constructors, LLC is a proven winner in remodeling and design. We use more than 20 years of building experience to create and renovate spaces inside and outside your home. We have received eight (8) Columbia Remodeler Awards starting in 2015 to 2020. The award categories are in Outdoor Living, Additions, Kitchens, and Universal Design Living Bathrooms. We are a family-owned business that provides initial design, interior design, and high-quality craftsmanship in our projects.

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8 Remodeling Services Unlimited

803-765-9363 Year Founded: 1980 Tony Thompson, President Allyson Way Hank, Vice President

Remodeling Services Unlimited, Inc. is a full-service remodeling company in Columbia, SC. We handle all phases of commercial and residential renovation from space planning and design through construction and finishing. In our more than 30 years of service to the Columbia area we have built a reputation for outstanding workmanship, creative design solutions, and reliability thorough service.

803-932-4884 Year Founded: 1995 Dick Gallup, President R.B. Gallup, VP Secretary Robert LaFitte, VP Treasurer

Gallup & LaFitte is a residential design-build firm specializing in new custom homes in the mid to high-end range. Family-owned and operated since 1995, Gallup & LaFitte offers a turnkey solution from plan design through construction. Their team has a proven system in place built to exceed a client’s expectations and experience during and after the build. Their in-house design service is used to help turn their clients’ dreams into homes by seamlessly connecting plan design, the selections process, and construction. This eliminates the disconnect usually found between plan designers and builders, particularly when it comes to project costing. The team has four licensed SC Residential Builders on staff, including the three owners of the company. R.B. Gallup is a SC Certified Master Builder, earning the company the designation in 2014. Gallup & LaFitte has won four BIA Custom Building awards in the past three years in the price categories ranging from $450,000 to $800,000. biacolumbia.com | Spring 2021 | Columbia Homes Magazine

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Best Small Kitchen Remodel — Capital Kitchen & Bath

19th Annual Columbia Remodelers Awards

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or the past 19 years, remodelers in the Midlands of South Carolina have been invited to enter their top remodeling projects in the Columbia Remodelers Awards (CRA) program to compete for awards in a variety of categories. Despite the setbacks and obstacles presented by a worldwide pandemic in 2020, remodeling continued and entries were submitted for the 19th annual CRAs. We are pleased to present the winners here, and we hope that these projects will spark your imagination and give you insight into what professional remodelers can do for your home right here in the Midlands. Congratulations to all of the winners, and we are already looking forward to the 20th Columbia Remodelers Awards!

The Kitchens

We received five kitchen remodel projects in three categories (plus another five kitchens included in two other categories), so it’s easy to say that the kitchen is a very important space in every home. Each of these projects is unique but we did see some commonality arise between some of them. For instance, it was striking how much additional space our remodelers were able to incorporate into the kitchen without adding to the overall footprint of the home. It’s one thing to change out surfaces and appliances for a new look, but an entirely different thing to take out walls and reimagine two previously separate spaces into one brand-new kitchen. This takes real talent and our judges liked what they saw.

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This project by Capital Kitchen & Bath started with a 70 square foot kitchen with a separate eating area nearby. The new space is an open-concept showplace of 227 square feet!

Capital Kitchen & Bath, before


19TH ANNUAL CRA WINNERS

See before and after photos from all of the winners and runners-up at BIAofCentralSC.com

Capital Kitchen & Bath

• Best Small Kitchen Remodel • Best Kitchen Remodel • Best Bathroom Remodel • Best Large Bathroom Remodel • Best Full Renovation – up to 1,799 sq. ft.

Kehoe Constructors, LLC

Best Small Kitchen Remodel — Capital Kitchen & Bath

• Best Universal Design Bathroom Remodel • Best Addition – 300-699 sq. ft. • Best Outdoor Living

Palmetto Construction & Renovations

• Best Large Kitchen Remodel

Practically Perfect

• Best Full Renovation – 1,800-3,999 sq. ft.

Palmetto Construction & Renovations, before

Best Large Kitchen Remodel —Palmetto Construction & Renovations

Similarly, Palmetto Construction & Renovations started off this remodel with a kitchen and dining room separated by a wall with a small pass-through window and ended up with a large, combined space free from interruption and tied together nicely by creative use of custom cabinets and walnut countertops on either end. biacolumbia.com | Spring 2021 | Columbia Homes Magazine

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The designers reconfigured the space into a cozy, spa-like grotto with well-defined spaces and much more closet room. Their second entry was a lofted bedroom/bathroom combo with a tile-tunnel of a shower that had to go. Again, the designers had to reimagine two spaces and redesign both to work together anew. In both cases, the end results are complete transformations from what they were before, and much more in-line with today’s standards.

Top and above: Best Bathroom Remodel — Capital Kitchen & Bath

Capital Kitchen & Bath, before

The Bathrooms

While the kitchen was becoming a gathering spot for families and the entertainment hub of the home, the master bathroom was becoming an oasis for the owners. The space was growing larger and more spa-like as time went on. But, as we see across the four bathroom renovation projects this year, many offthe-shelf designs were uninspired and some previous remodeling attempts were downright scary! Bathrooms are benefitting from creative designs and plenty of new products and materials, and we’ve got some great examples for you this year. Capital Kitchen & Bath entered two bathroom remodels this year. The first was a good sized octagon with everything around the perimeter and tiny closets. Best Large Bathroom Remodel — Capital Kitchen & Bath 30 Columbia Homes Magazine | Spring 2021 | biacolumbia.com


Best Large Bathroom Remodel — Capital Kitchen & Bath

Best Universal Design Bathroom Remodel — Kehoe Constructors

Capital Kitchen & Bath, before

Kehoe Constructors, LLC was challenged with a disjointed bathroom with a small adjoining closet and tasked with not only bringing both up-to-date, but also making them more accessible for an

elderly parent. By using lots of know-how and by keeping up-to-date on the latest products and materials, they were able to transform both spaces into a Universal Design Bathroom award winner.

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Additions

We’re all very much aware of the square footage we have in our living spaces after going through lock-downs, quarantines and stay-at-home orders, and generally speaking, it’s not enough. Unfortunately, packing up and moving to a bigger house is easier said than done for many of us. But this is where professional remodelers and a good addition can save the day (and your sanity).

Kehoe Constructors, before

We received three great examples of additions this year. One is a one-car garage transformed into an entertainment space. Another is a Master Suite addition to a downtown home. And the last, award-winning entry is an expansion to the back of a Lake Murray home that adds to the kitchen and living areas both inside and out. Top and above: Best Addition — Kehoe Constructors

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Outdoor Living

Outdoor living areas have become mainstream over the past 15 to 20 years, and the South has been a leader in this trend thanks to pleasant weather nearly year round. Believe it or not, this wasn’t even a category for the first four years of the CRA program, but we saw that many of our members were helping clients with their outdoor spaces and they were doing some remarkable work. From backyard getaways in the heart of downtown Columbia to sweeping outdoor pavilions on Lake Murray, we’ve seen a little bit of everything. We received two entries this year and both are from the shores of Lake Murray, but they are different in every other way. Palmetto Construction & Renovations showed us a full addition of a covered patio featuring a large masonry fireplace with mounted television, an outdoor kitchen and a beautiful stained cypress tongue and groove ceiling. Kehoe Constructors, LLC took the award this year with their renovation of a split-level lake-facing outdoor area. The existing split-levels made entertaining and enjoying the space difficult. The remodelers raised the lower deck to match the upper, reworked the stairs to the dock, added cable railing to maximize lake views and even carved out some much needed underdeck storage for lake toys.

Top and above: Best Outdoor Living — Kehoe Constructors

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Full Renovations

Did you ever look around your house and think “this just doesn’t work anymore”? If so, it’s time to call a professional and start work on your full renovation. Our remodelers turned in four examples of homes that were out of date, out of style and they were out of patience. Capital Kitchen & Bath, LLC took one award for a full renovation focusing on the kitchen and adjacent seating area. Practically Perfect beat out some pretty stiff competition with a complete renovation of a historic home in the heart of Columbia.

Top and above: Best Full Renovation 1,800-3,999 sq. ft. — Practically Perfect

This 100-year-old home has a fantastic story, but fell into disrepair as it was used as rental housing most of its life. The owners decided it was time to return the home to its original glory, but with updates for modern living. Every square foot was touched in this project and the outcome is breathtaking.

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hanks again to all of the remodelers who entered projects this year, and to the many skilled trade workers and companies who did their part to make each project the best they can be. Make sure to check out all of the entries at BIAofCentralSC.com, and we’ll be back next year with another crop of award-winning remodels. u

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BIA Construction Team Recognized with Community Service Award

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embers of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina were recognized with the REGAL Award for Community Service sponsored by The State newspaper. “We are proud to have recognized industry members offering generous support of our community for the past 32 years and very pleased to recognize the BIA Construction Team for Camp Cole as the recipient of the 2020 REGAL Award for Community Service,” said Michelle Long, representing The State newspaper. Camp Cole and the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina have been working together to create a safe, accessible, and inspirational gathering place where groups can connect, share, encourage and shine. Camp Cole is building a camp and retreat for children, teens, and adults with illnesses, disabilities, and life challenges. The campus will be completely accessible for all abilities and equipped with a state of the art medical facility. With a large 40-acre campus on Garners Ferry Road, Camp Cole will be able to provide safe

sleeping quarters for over 200 children and adults while still staying just 15.6 miles from Prisma Health HospitalMidlands.

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Members of the BIA have been extremely valuable to Camp Cole in a vast variety of ways. Mark Hood, Michael Nieri and Eddie Yandle participate on


“Camp Cole is deeply appreciative of the diversity of industries that participate in the Building Industry Association. Their knowledge helps elevate our mission to provide a more accessible and safe place for our community.” KELSEY CARTER CAMP COLE FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Camp Cole’s Board providing deep knowledge and guidance in regards to the planning and construction of Camp Cole. Members of the Construction Team providing labor and/or materials and services include Builders First Source, CS Exteriors, Capital Concrete Company, Clarks Termite and Pest Control, Cox and Dinkins Inc., Concrete Supply Company, Dominion Energy, 84 Lumber, Echerer Painting Contractor, Inc., Fogle & Sons Electric, Garden State Tile, Gateway Supply Company, Great Southern Homes, Hood Construction, International Construction Services, Joye Roofing, KB Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Knights Redi Mix, L&W Supply, Lending Path Mortgage, Lucas Insulation, Piedmont Plumbers of Columbia, Rite Rug, Saluda Hill, Inc., Sherwin Williams, Spring Valley Air Conditioning, SRI Cutters Insulation, Stier Supply, Stonequarters, TEC Grills, US Brick, Watertight Systems, Inc., and others have provided in-kind services, sponsorships for events and volunteers. Many other Members of the BIA have provided financial support and each and every dollar donated is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to all that are making this dream come true — The Members of the BIA Construction Team for Camp Cole. u To find out more about Camp Cole, visit campcole.org. biacolumbia.com | Spring 2021 | Columbia Homes Magazine

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Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show Booth Awards Our custom-built outdoor living display was built in just two days and featured a raised paver patio with seat walls, fire pit, and a functional outdoor kitchen to achieve the most serene paradise for home show attendees. Visit us online at SaludaHill.com to learn more and follow us on social media to view recent projects by Saluda Hill.

BEST OUTDOOR DISPLAY Tranquil Escapes

Best in Show: Saluda Hill, Inc.

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he 54th annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show was held March 13-15, 2020. The show is put on by the Building Industry Association of Central SC (BIA) and presented by Burgin Roofing. Over 200 exhibitors in all areas of home building, remodeling, decorating and landscaping filled three buildings plus outdoor areas of the SC State Fairgrounds. The show was held amid uncertainty concerning the novel coronavirus pandemic. Although all precautions were taken to ensure the sanitization of the venue, attendance was markedly down from previous years. The Home Show Chairman, Bill Earle of Great Southern Homes, and other Home Show Committee members walked the show after all of the displays were set up and gave an award to what they felt met the criteria for best display in each building, outdoor areas and for the overall show. Exhibitors in the Home & Garden Show put together some very impressive displays, so this is no easy task. Here are the winners of the 54th Home & Garden Show Booth Awards:

BEST IN SHOW Saluda Hill, Inc.

Saluda Hill Landscapes provides quality design/build services to home and business owners across the midlands.

Best Outdoor Display: Tranquil Escapes

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Tranquil Escapes provides design and installation services for your outdoor living area needs. We tripled our display area this year to include the latest trends in pavers, wall and kitchen design as well as pergolas and privacy nook ideas. We also like to include a water feature each year. This year’s showcased the ability to combine fire and water into one feature at an affordable price. We are a small locally owned family business with 17 years experience. We would love to come out and talk to you about creating your very own “tranquil escape” which we all need in these stressful times.


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GOODMAN BUILDING AWARD Bowers Landscaping and Irrigation

Bowers Landscaping and Irrigation has been “Doing Business the Old-Fashioned Way for Over 65 Years.” “Doing Business the Old-Fashioned Way” simply means that at Bowers Landscaping we believe that customer service and integrity are the pillars on which our business rests. This combined with our knowledge of the latest outdoor technology and trends, explains why we have had so many satisfied customers over the past 65 years. We look forward to continuing this tradition with you on your next project. Visit us online at BowersLandscaping.com.

Goodman Building Award: Bowers Landscaping and Irrigation

CANTEY BUILDING Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Whether it’s a spectacular bloom, a mass of color or an unusual plant structure, there’s always something growing on at Riverbanks Botanical Garden! Hailed by Horticulture magazine as one of 10 gardens that inspire and by HGTV as one of 20 great public gardens across America, Riverbanks Botanical Garden boasts 70 acres of unparalleled beauty. Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,200 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike—and an ideal location for weddings and special events. Visit us online at Riverbanks.org.

ELLISON BUILDING Southeastern Salvage

Cantey Building: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium, Where You Can Buy Almost Anything… Almost. Our booth represented many of the eclectic and unique Home Décor items we sell from around the world, giving home show attendees an idea of what a wonderful treasure hunt it is shopping at our stores. Visit www.SoutheasternSalvage.com to learn more about our diverse range of products and follow us on social media to find out about new products arriving. The Committee also looked for products or lines that show the best combination of design, functionality and innovation, as well as its usefulness to consumers and/or home builders. These are the Home & Garden Show Innovation Awards. Ellison Building: Southeastern Salvage 40 Columbia Homes Magazine | Spring 2021 | biacolumbia.com


the USA and many are custom-made to fit your individual situation. Not only do we stand behind ALL of our products and services, but in many cases we offer a lifetime warranty on the products that we install! Visit us online at southernsidingcolumbia.com

BEST KITCHEN PRODUCT Lazy Lee, The Closet Factory

BEST BATH PRODUCT Kohler Shower System, Southern Siding & Window

Southern Siding & Window is part of one of the Southeast’s largest and most respected home improvement companies, with over 240,000 jobs completed since 1967. We have over 18 locations and we are still growing! We take pride in what we do. That is why our customers keep coming back to us. You won’t find a better collection of quality home improvement products in the Southeast. We offer a variety of product lines including replacement windows, walk-in showers and walk-in baths, vinyl siding, roofs, gutters, gutter guard systems, patio covers, and attic insulation. All of our products are manufactured right here in

BEST GREEN BUILDING PRODUCT Outdoor Furniture, Sugar Hill Amish Furniture

At Sugar Creek Amish Furniture, you’ll find one of the largest collections of solid wood, American made, Amish handcrafted furniture anywhere in the Carolinas. Our Amish furniture comes straight from the woodworking shops in Ohio and Indiana, where it is made with careful attention to detail by master craftsmanship. Living room, dining, bedroom and outdoor furniture. Purchase off the floor or custom order for a perfect fit. Choose from 7 types of wood, 100 stain colors, and over 1,000 fabrics and leathers. Plus make it any size you wish. The quality of our Amish furniture is matched by our commitment to customer service. Sugar Creek Amish Furniture is conveniently located 1270 Bower Parkway in Columbiana Shopping Center or visit our website at sugarcreekamish.com

Best Kitchen Product: Lazy Lee, The Closet Factory

The Closet Factory is celebrating 20 years servicing Columbia and the surrounding areas. We design, manufacture and install custom closets, pantries, home offices, garages and SO much more! Our custom display featured a Lazy Lee Pantry. Spinning 360 degrees, the lazy lee puts a new spin on storage. The Lazy Lee is a new feature and can be configured to fit a pantry or even a Woman’s Dream Shoe tower that maximizes any corner space you may have. Let Closet Factory put a spin in your world! Visit us online at closetfactory.com to learn more and follow us on Instagram to view recent projects by ClosetFactory_southcarolina.

service for each client. Visit us online at supersod.com.

Best Bath Product: Kohler Shower System, Southern Siding & Window

BEST ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCT Husqvarna Auto Mower, Super Sod

Creating Livable Lawns. Super-Sod is one of the South’s largest suppliers of turfgrass sod and seed. Setting the highest standards for the industry, we strategically placed sod farms and sod stores throughout the Southeast. Our team of experts are committed to providing superior, fresh sod and excellent customer

Best Green Building Product: Outdoor Furniture, Sugar Hill Amish Furniture

BEST HOME TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT Wine Dispenser, The Nest – A Cregger Company

Best Energy Efficient Product: Husqvarna Auto Mower, Super Sod

The Nest – A Cregger Company showcased the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. Choose the right wine and just the right amount —a taste, half glass or full glass— with the touch of a finger. Maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without the loss of flavor or natural aroma! By Cregger Company, Inc.

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Best Home Technology Product: Wine Dispenser, The Nest – A Cregger Company

BEST INDOOR LIVING PRODUCT REME Halo LED Whole Home Air Purification System, Wilson’s Refrigeration & Air

Wilson’s Refrigeration & Air wants to deliver more than just excellent products and services; we want you—our valued neighbors at home and in the workplace— to have the ultimate comfort and assurance that comes from having a quality air conditioning and refrigeration system supplied by Wilson’s. Don’t hesitate to contact our refrigeration and air pros for all of your heating and cooling needs. Schedule your service and repair on our website wilsonsair.com.

Best Indoor Living Product: REME Halo LED Whole Home Air Purification System, Wilson’s Refrigeration & Air

BEST OUTDOOR LIVING PRODUCT Ceramic Coating, Rhino Shield

Exterior painting is a major project that should be tackled every five to ten years to keep your Columbia home or commercial property looking great. Let us tell you—there’s a much better way! Instead of hiring a painting compa-

Most Innovative Building Material Product: Epoxy Countertops, Epoxy Creations Best Outdoor Living Product: Ceramic Coating, Rhino Shield

ny every few years or attempting to DIY, invest in Rhino Shield® ceramic coatings! As an authorized dealer, you can count on Palmetto Ceramic Coatings to provide expert installation in accordance with our multi-step process for impressively long-lasting results. Our family-owned business has completed more than 10,000 successful projects, earning countless positive reviews from past customers, industry recognitions such as the Angie’s List’s “Super Service Award,” and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau along the way. Visit us online at rhinoshieldsc.com.

Best Window and Door Product: Lutron Auto Shades, Budget Blinds

BEST WINDOW AND DOOR PRODUCT Lutron Auto Shades, Budget Blinds

With over 25 years of experience in custom window blinds, shades, drapes, and more, Budget Blinds provide design-driven solutions with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. You’ll have the peace of mind and security that comes with choosing the proven leader.

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At Budget Blinds, we’re the local experts in your neighborhood specializing in everything from window blinds and automated shades to custom draperies and the finest designer details. We truly care about you and the community we service. We enjoy getting to know you and your unique style so that we can deliver the perfect solution for your home. Plus, we’re backed by the #1 provider of custom window coverings in North America. Visit us online at budgetblinds.com.

MOST INNOVATIVE BUILDING MATERIAL PRODUCT Epoxy Countertops, Epoxy Creations

Amazing Epoxy Creations designs and builds custom countertops, vanities, shower panels, and bars based on the home or business owner’s style or vision. We use 100% VOC-free epoxy that creates a beautiful, bacteria-resistant surface that is easy to care for, heat & scratch resistant, and will last as long as any stone. Our custom-built display was simply a collection of samples we make for our customers arranged in an eye-catching format that was easy to the unlimited choices available. The centerpiece was a custom bar with a river table centerpiece that allows the light from under the bar to shine through. Visit us onine at AmazingEpoxyCreations.com or on facebook at Amazing Epoxy Creations for more information.

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hanks to all of the exhibitors for putting on an appealing and friendly show, to the many volunteers who gave their time and energy into making a great show and to the 2,500+ attendees who came out over the weekend to enjoy the show. The Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show will return to the SC State Fairgrounds May 21–23, 2021. u



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