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Advocacy In Action page 05

The exclusive magazine of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia

May/June 2013

Columbia Remodelers Awards Program page 08

2013 Tour of Homes page 10

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The exclusive magazine of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia






6 Columbia Remodelers Council


Columbia Remodelers Awards Program



13 Honoring Van McLaurin McAlister 13 Fire Sprinklers Not Included in 2012 Building Code 5 Member News 1 March Quarterly Meeting SMC New Members

Advocacy in Action

7 Green Building Council of Greater Columbia

14 Sales and Marketing Council


We are always working in the best interest of our members

See how the scattered-site showing of new homes went in April

16 May/June Calendar of Events 18 May/June New Members

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v oc d A In Action

Bart Bartlett, Colt Davis and Edd ie Yandle talk with Rep. Beth Bernstein at the South Carolina Statehouse in March.

Andy White, Earl McLeod and other members and staff met with Senator Lindsey Graham on a quick pass through town

Ed McDonnell talks with Thomas McElveen at the Builder/REALTOR Breakfast in March.

HBA President David Clark with Senator Joel Lourie.

US Senator Tim Scott accepts a PAC check from Dottie LaFitte. Rebecca Best and Mark Nix jump in for a photo op.

Scott Heron with Representative Kenny Bingham at the South Carolina Statehouse. May/June 2013




ONE Columbia CityServe Project

Professionals with higher standards dedicated to making your home the best it can be.

Before picture of the home repaired by volunteers on April 20 as part of the ONE Columbia project. See during and after pictures on our facebook page.


he Columbia Remodelers Council on April 20 participated in the ONE Columbia CityServe program with Home Works of South Carolina and the City of Columbia. The council was assigned one home that needed work, and volunteers from the Council, HBA and Sales & Marketing Council joined together to get the job done.

The Columbia Remodelers council is now on Facebook. If you’re on the social networking website, please visit us at www.facebook. com/ColumbiaRemodelers and “Like” our page. We’ll update regularly with council news, upcoming events, pictures from recent events, industry news and more. It’s a great way to keep up with what’s going on.

Special thanks to R.B. Gallup and Scott Heron for their time and efforts preparing for the day of service, and to all of the volunteers who helped with the project. See more pictures from the project at our facebook page:

2013 May and June Meetings


oin us on Tuesday, May 21 at Seawell’s for a Quarterly Membership Meeting of the Columbia Remodelers council. The topic for this meeting is Social Media for Remodelers where we will learn how to use such sites as Facebook and Twitter to help grow your business. We’ll also hear from the marketing pros of RESH Marketing on the subject. Attendees will receive a free website review from the company

On Tuesday, June 25 join us for a Remodelers After Hours event at Creative Tile in West Columbia. We’ll see their fully-stocked showroom while enjoying the company of fellow members with great food and drinks. RSVP to attend either or both events on-line at or contact Bin Wilcenski at the HBA Office.



More Certified Homes


he Certified High Performance (CHiP) Home Program continues to issue certifications throughout the greater Columbia area and the state. We presented three builders with certificates at our March membership meeting at Seawell’s.

Council Chairman Mark Bostic presents Charlie Barber of Essex Homes, SE with over 40 home certifications and stickers.

To Promote Environmentally Responsible Design, Construction and Operation of Homes and Communities Through Education, Leadership and Networking.

Wesley McManus receives his very first CHiP Home certificate and sticker. We look forward to many more from this high-performance builder.

Thom Chumney of Sovereign Homes accepts seven CHiP Home certificates and stickers from Mark Bostic.

Council Meetings


embers and guests of the Green Building Council of Greater Columbia met for a meeting at Seawell’s on Thursday, March 21. We covered some council business and then held a forum on green building topics where attendees could ask any questions they had about building green homes. Those questions were then answered by everyone else around the table. It was a great evening of learning and sharing knowledge, and we plan to do it again in the future. 7

We are planning on meeting again in May and June, but please see our calendar of events at and on our facebook page, columbiagreenbuilders. Meetings are free to attend for council members, and HBA Builder members are invited to one meeting at no charge this year…. Just RSVP in advance so we know you’re coming.

The Green Building Council of Greater Columbia now has a page on facebook! If you’re part of the popular social networking site, visit ColumbiaGreenBuilders and “Like” it. We’ll update the page with green building industry news and information plus council meetings, events and news as it becomes available.

May/June 2013



We are pleased to announce the return of the Columbia Remodelers Awards program now in it’s 12th year! Special thanks to our partner, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, for continuing to sponsor this program and for featuring the winners in their publication.


he CRAs are open to all members of the HBA of Greater Columbia Remodelers council members. Award categories are kitchen remodels, bath remodels, renovations, additions and outdoor living remodels. The entries are in! We received 14 entries in eight categories this year. We are in the process of uploading before and after pictures from all of


the entries, and they will be up for viewing very soon at www. Thanks to all of the companies who entered the CRAs this year! Winners will be announced in the July/August issue of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, at and at the Home Improvement Show in August.

Large Bath Remodel: Wise Guys Home Improvement, LLC

Bath Remodel: Wise Guys Home Improvement, LLC

Large Addition: Design & Remodeling Solutions

Large Addition: Gallup & Gallup, Inc.

Large Addition: Palmetto Construction & Renovations

Kitchen Remodel: Palmetto Construction & Renovations

Large Kitchen Remodel: Carolina Traditional Homes

Universal Design Bath Remodel: Design & Remodeling Solutions

Outdoor Living: Palmetto Construction & Renovations

Large Kitchen Remodel: Palmetto Construction & Renovations

Large Addition: Carolina Traditional Homes

Remodeled Area: Design & Remodeling Solutions

Bath Remodel: Creative Tile

Outdoor Living: Design & Remodeling Solutions May/June 2013






olumbia’s Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2013 TOUR OF HOMES and was held over three weekends in April. The annual scattered-site showing offered five Featured Communities and 53 new homes. Columbia’s finest builders and developers showed their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship through the annual event. Sixteen builders and developers participated in the TOUR OF HOMES this year. Special thanks to Blue Ribbon Builders, Crown Communities, DR Horton, Ensight Homes, Epcon Communities, Essex Homes, Inc., Executive Construction, LLC, Fortress Builders, Great Southern Homes, Holiday Builders, Homemax, Lifestone Homes, Midsouth Builders, Mungo Homes, Saluda River Club and Sovereign Homes. The five Featured Communities on the TOUR OF HOMES were Cobblestone Park, Lake Carolina, Lexington Villas, Saluda River Club and Springhill Lake. Thanks to Fortress Builders who presented Home #1 on the TOUR and hosted the Sneak Peek. Thanks also goes to the Free Times, Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate and The State newspaper for sponsoring the 2013 TOUR OF HOMES.

Although the event is over, the TOUR OF HOMES lives on digitally at where you can see the planbook that contains all of the homes and Featured Communities that were featured in the event. You can also download the My Home Found app for iPhone and Android devices and see the homes and communities on your mobile device. These resources will remain on-line until the next TOUR OF HOMES in 2014 as a resource for those looking for a new home in the greater Columbia area. The Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia presented the 2013 TOUR OF HOMES – Columbia’s Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale. The annual scattered-site showing offered five Featured Communities and 53 new homes located throughout the Greater Columbia area.

Thousands attended, and with good reason. This free event showcased a wide variety of home styles throughout the Columbia area from 16 of the Midland’s top builders. The TOUR OF HOMES was open Saturdays and Sundays, April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28. Special thanks to the sponsors of the 2013 TOUR OF HOMES:


Teams of judges roamed the Greater Columbia area to judge homes on the TOUR. Their results are listed below. Congratulations to all the winning participants.



Under $150,000 Best Overall by Mungo Homes Eastfair, Columbia Honorable Mention by Executive Construction, LLC Dawson’s Park, Lexington


#24,The Underwood

#40, Hatteras


151,000 - $200,000

Best Overall by Essex Homes, Inc. Saddlebrook, Lugoff

#15, Sandhill

Honorable Mention by Holiday Builders Beasley Creek, Blythewood

#5, Maddison


$201,000 - $250,000 Best Overall by Essex Homes, Inc. Hampton Park, Lexington Honorable Mention by Mungo Homes Ashland Park, Columbia

#46, Lexington C

#9, The Lincoln


251,000 - $300,000

Best Overall #1, The Oxford at Hunters Run by Fortress Builders Hunters Run, Blythewood Honorable Mention by Executive Construction, LLC Night Harbor, Chapin

#58, Pawley III



$301,000 - $400,000 Best Overall by Sovereign Homes The Peninsula, Columbia

#12, Homestead

Honorable Mention by Essex Homes, Inc. Turner’s Point, Lexington

#38, Winchester

$401,000 - $500,000 Best Overall by DR Horton Manors at Belleclave, Columbia

#20, Ashley

May/June 2013




Van McLaurin McAlister Dies at Age 74 Van McLaurin McAlister, 74, beloved husband of Addie Crolley McAlister, died peacefully at home Wednesday, April 10, 2013, after a brief illness, leaving behind a loving family, good friends and a legacy of service.


orn in Lake City, SC, Van was the oldest son born to the late Jaseph Theodore (J.T.) and Annie Lee Langley McAlister. He was a graduate of Columbia’s Dreher High School, where he was a star athlete and a member of the Dark Horseman. He attended Wofford College and the University of South Carolina, where he majored in business and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. A Columbia builder and developer for more than 60 years, Van began his career with McAlister Builders prior to serving as President of VIP Developers. He was a leader in the real estate, construction and development arenas in South Carolina. He served as President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia and the HBAGC Board of Directors. He received

the Gordon A. Harrison Award for integrity and ethics in the building business. He was honored as the National Industry Education Alliance Framing Partner of the Year for contributions to the apprenticeship program, which trains and mentors the next generation of builders. He was Builder of the Year, Builder Executive of the Year, a member of the South Carolina Building Codes Council and a member of the state and national Home Builders Association. He served as Chairman of the Codes and Inspections Committee of the Home Builders Association, and served as a VA, FHA, bank and warranty program inspector. He lobbied at the state and national levels on behalf of the building industry. His awardwinning firms were active participants in the annual Parade of Homes, dating back to the early 1960s.

volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and was voted Optimist of the Year. He was a member of the Ft. Jackson Lodge 374, was a member of the Scottish Rites and Jamil Shrine Temple. He loved an interesting book, fresh seafood, onion sausage, good jokes and baseball – in no particular order. A voracious reader, he read four or five books at a time and was intellectually curious about opinions both similar to and different from his own. He favored Abraham Lincoln, history and sports in general. Van was a good man, by anyone’s standards. He adored his wife, Addie, loved his children and doted on his grandchildren. And he was a loyal friend. He and Addie were married nearly 54 years, traveled the world together and enjoyed boating at their weekend home on Lake Murray.

Van was a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was a

FIRE SPRINKLERS not included in 2012 Building Code


he Home Builders Association continues to work on the adoption of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC). The implementation of the 2012 IRC could begin as early as July 2013. It is imperative that you understand that the adoption of 2012 IRC includes the modification to not require residential sprinklers. A delay in the adoption of the 2012 IRC could open the debate on sprinklers yet again.

IRC includes the modification to not require residential sprinklers. A delay in the adoption of the 2012 IRC could open the debate on sprinklers yet again. The process to approve the regulation (4321) to adopt the 2012 I-Codes started Wednesday, February 6th with the Senate Labor, Licensing and Regulation Committee (LCI). The committee is not authorized to amend a particular regulation. If a majority of a legislative committee determines that it cannot approve a regulation in the form submitted, it will notify the promulgating agency

(SC LLR) in writing along with its recommendations regarding the changes that would be necessary to obtain committee’s approval. Please note that one of the modifications to the 2012 IRC is the removal of the mandate for residential fire sprinklers. Thanks to our HBA of South Carolina Building Codes Committee and its Chairman, Andy Barber, the HBA was able to make several modifications to the 2012 I-Codes. 2012 IRC Workshop The HBA of Greater Columbia will sponsor a workshop on the significant changes from the 2006 IRC to the 2012 IRC on June 13, 2013. Check the HBA calendar for additional information as details are confirmed.

May/June 2013




SMC Elite – Will you be part of the Elite in 2013?

The Sales & Marketing Council of Columbia (SMC) encourages and maintains a high quality of sales and marketing expertise through educational programs, networking opportunities and recognition for its members.

The SMC Elite Program is designed to encourage and recognize participation in our local association. SMC members will earn Select Member Credits throughout the year by sponsoring new members and attending SMC events, educational courses, socials and other council-sponsored events. In order

to reach the SMC Elite level, members must earn a minimum of 20 credits. Be sure to keep your card on you at all times! If you have not received your 2013 card by mail, please contact Heather McDonald.

Beat the heat! And cool it with the HBA... 2013 Summer

Membership Drive  Recruit 4 or more HBA members:



• Affiliate

 Then out the door to the Grove Park Inn...


• Enjoy 2 relaxing nights at the Grove Park Inn and refresh yourself in the cool mountain air

• We will escape our “Famously Hot” city Sunday, July 21st – Tuesday, July 23rd

May 1 st – June 25 th For More Information: Rebecca Best 256.6238


SMC March Quarterly Meeting Great start to the year as SMC members and guests met for the first meeting of 2013 on March 21 at Embassy Suites. Over 120 members and guests attended the breakfast, with over 10 new members in attendance!

Special thanks again to our speaker David Clayton with the South Carolina Department of Commerce and to our sponsors. The 2013 Board of Directors was introduced to the membership and we are happy to announce that

we collected over $170 during Happy Dollar Time for Children’s Chance! Hope to see you on June 20 for our next meeting. (RSVP at

The Sales & Marketing Council of Columbia (SMC) encourages and maintains a high quality of sales and marketing expertise through educational programs, networking opportunities and recognition for its members.

Thank You to our meeting sponsors: Executive Construction, LLC Mortgage Network Rogers Townsend Attorneys at Law

Congratulations Vinny Capizzi of Crown Communities for being our first SMC Elite of 2013:

2013 SMC New Members The SMC membership has been growing. Please help us welcome these new members to our council and encourage them to get involved! Bob Duker, Coldwell Banker United Realtors;

Reid McLeod McDonnell & Associates

Vinny Cappizzi, Bronica Egleton, Denise Henderson, Heather H. Holbrook, Tune Kimble, Veronica Kimble, Pontressa Mitchner, Sherry Proveaux, and Kimberly Sexton Crown Communities

Michael Young Palmetto Commercial Services;

Richard Heckle, Karen Jeffrey Holiday Builders

Missy Miller Peachtree Communities Paula H. Mallory, Steve Ray Regions Bank Gary Pickren Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC

Liz Hill Auld, Steve Applewhite, Debbie Chesney, Donna Roberts, Andy Shelton, Jacki Stone, Billy Sinnett, Jr. Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate Patrick McGivern Ryan Homes

The Columbia Remodelers council is now on Facebook. If you’re on the social networking website, please visit us at www.facebook. com/ColumbiaRemodelers and “Like” our page. We’ll update regularly with council news, upcoming events, pictures from recent events, industry news and more. It’s a great way to keep up with what’s going on.

May/June 2013



CALENDAR MAY/JUNE See these meetings and events at AND login to register on-line!

May 9 Builder Banker Workshop, 10:30 a.m., Seawell’s The Columbia Market for Residential Building Lots Workshop presented by Bernard Helm, President, M.O.R.E. Report HBA General Membership Meeting, 11:30 a.m., Seawell’s Free to attend with RSVP at




Green Building Council Field Trip

2012 International Residential Code (IRC) Training Session,

11:30 am, GreenSense Homes Project Tour

1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Seawell’s

Green Building Council members and HBA Builder

Learn the changes in the 2012 IRC before it becomes the

Members are invited to tour a home under construction

official building code. Sponsored by NORBORD.

by GreenSense Homes that will meet the Certified High

Performance (CHiP) Home Program criteria. The project is in

HBA General Membership Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Seawell’s

the Chapin area and the event is free to attend with RSVP.

Free to attend with RSVP prior to the 13th.

31 - June 1


S.C. Residential Contractors License Class, HBA Office

SMC Quarterly Meeting, 8:45 a.m., Embassy Suites Hotel Green Building Council meeting, 5:00 p.m., Seawell’s

Energizing Your Workforce - Breakfast Series, 8:00 a.m., Hay Hill Market Have a light breakfast and learn the Seven Things Highly Productive People Do (Pre-registration required)

16 HBA Golf Classic, Ft. Jackson Golf Club Details and registration at


Home Improvement Show coming this August to


the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Bus Trip to Washington, D.C.

See for

Members will go to the nation’s Capital for the NAHB

exhibitor information.

Legislative Conference. Sign up by May 15th!

11 Box Lunch with a Builder - Cole Thompson Construction

21 Columbia Remodelers Quarterly Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Seawell’s

Lunch and a meeting with a builder for $25. Limited seating Call to register.

Learn about social media. Sponsored by RESH Marketing.

22 SMC After Hours, 5:30 p.m., Synovous Mortgage

* This is a short list of the many meetings and events we’ll hold in 2013. Please check regularly for updates.



Framing Norbord........................................................................................... 17 INSURANCE Sadler & Company........................................................................... 3 Natural Gas Heating SCE&G Gas Sales............................................................................ 2 Propane Propane Education & Research Council...................................... 12

Norbord........................................................................................... 17 Propane Education & Research Council...................................... 12 Sadler & Company........................................................................... 3 SCE&G Gas Sales............................................................................ 2


A special thank you to all the members who participatedin the May/June 2013 HBA of Greater Columbia Blueprint Magazine. We encourage the public to patronize these members’ businesses.


May/June 2013

BUILDER MEMBERS Essex Homes Tony Humphries (803) 356-8301 Hilton, Hawk & Altman Joe Hawk (803) 361-2461 Holiday Builders Jen McConnell (407) 745-3753 Mungo Homes Mike Topinka (803) 413-0940 Mungo Homes, Inc. Anthony Zeman (803) 513-5014 Perry Bumgarner Construction Perry Bumgarner, Jr. (803) 331-9604

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Best Distributing Co. John Owings (803) 748-7774

Debra F. Kelly Artists Debra Kelly (803) 732-0127

Richard Mock Designs Richard Mock (803) 309-7716

Synovus Mortgage Corp. Bryan Baldwin (803) 929-2111

England Training, LLC John England (843) 747-3575

Sam’s Fine Wine & Spirits Stephen Leicht (803) 808-1830

Weston & Sampson Troy Maciaszek (843) 881-9804

Experienced Real Estate Group Shelley Metropol (803) 665-7275

Strategic Tax & Retirement Wealth Planning Steven Sovde (704) 582-1191

Woody Stoudemire Co., Inc. George W. Stoudemire, Jr. (803) 957-8680

First American Title Insurance Debra K. Kelly (803) 731-4409 Knauf Insulation Shawn Dunahue (803) 448-8325 Lanier Pools Lance Lanier (803) 772-4322 Mid South Builders Lisa Sills (803) 917-9111 Pascon Roll-Off Container Svcs. Eddie Puryear (803) 359-9334

Brock & Scott, PLLC Shane McCormack (803) 454-3540 shane.mccormack@brock

Performance Point Trevor E. Michael (803) 331-6701

Cregger Company Inc. Kyle W. Wyatt (803) 791-5195

Residential Warranty Company, LLC Jana Watts, (800) 247-1812


Superior Stone Designs Glen Garrison (803) 233-4349



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