5 tips for selecting the right light fixtures for your home

Kitchen Lighting
Whether you've built a custom home or remodeled an existing, every homeowner knows selecting the right light fixtures for your home is one of the toughest stages of a project. Not only are there endless options of light fixtures to choose from, light fixture trends and technology are ever-changing and therefore makes it difficult to keep up with th...
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5 tips for building a new coastal home - a must read

A beautiful coastal home situated on the marsh in Sullivans Island

Building a new coastal home? Follow our 5 tips for building a new coastal home and we are confident you will have an enjoyable experience. In 2016, Sea Island Builders was voted the #1 custom home builder in Charleston. Much of our success has been due to the happiness of our clients so we wanted to share with you our 5 tips for building a new coastal home.

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Best Custom Home Builder Charleston

Charleston Best Custom Home Builder

Recently minted as the "Best Custom Home Builder in Charleston," we feel obligated to share with homeowners what makes Sea Island Builders different than our competition. What made us Charleston's Best Custom Home Builder? The answer is clear - we have a unique design-build approach that is tailored specifically towards the homeowner. There are many run of the mill contractors but few design-build custom home builders take time to understand our clients as much as we do.

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Shiplap - Charleston's handcrafted material of choice for custom homes


Shiplap! We won't say it started in Charleston, South Carolina but this rustic, handcrafted look is more prevalent in the Charleston beach communities than most areas of the US. Where does the shiplap come from? Shiplap is a material that was originally used in the construction of antique wooden boats, barns, and sheds. It is a fairly inexpensive product and is more durable than sheetrock.

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Home Remodeling Made Simple - Design Build with Trust

Home Remodeling

Home Remodeling made simple? What construction company truly has the audacity to say that? Answer: any design-build firm that has a long track record of being trusted and success!

Everyone has heard the horror stories about homeowner's having bad experiences in their home renovation projects. You really don't have to go far to find them.  There is something about all of these stories, however, that is incredibly redundant - with each story, there is a questionable contractor. And usually this contractor

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The Advantages of Design Build

Design Build Process

There are many approaches that homeowners take to construction projects. Two of the most common are the design-bid approach and the design-build approach. Each method has its pros and cons. The design-build approach has been gaining in popularity due to the many advantages this process presents over the design-bid approach.

If you aren’t familiar with the term, design-build is a method of construction where

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Sea Island Builders Receives 2015 Guildmaster Award for Exceptional Customer Service

Guild Quality

As a family- and community-oriented business, we at Sea Island Builders value the care of our clients and their families above all else.

That’s why we were both proud and incredibly grateful to have received a 2015 Guildmaster Award for our unparalleled delivery of customer care and service. The award recognizes Sea Island Builders as

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Galvalume Roofing versus Copper Roofing: Pros and Cons

Galvalume Roofing

When you’re remodeling your home, deciding what to do with your roof is generally considered to be one of the least glamorous questions you’ll have to ask yourself. But the truth is that roofing technology is advancing at a surprising rate, and new trends in roofing styles are starting to turn this once-humdrum topic into something that can be really exciting. When they’re done right, roofs can add a great deal of aesthetic value to your home. Lately, metal roofs have been ...

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A Guide to Engineered Flooring

Bamboo Floor Remodel

From high-heel scratches to muddy animal tracks, our floors go through a lot of wear and tear. That’s why it’s so important that flooring is made from top quality materials. When deciding on flooring for your home, engineered flooring is both a smart and aesthetically appealing choice.

What is engineered wood flooring?Unlike conventional solid wood flooring, engineered hardwood is ...

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Choosing the Best Roof for Coastal Homes

Santella 5-V Galvalume Roof

While coastal homes come with unbeatable views and easy ocean access, they also take quite a beating from the elements. From severe winds to torrential downpours, there are many factors to keep in mind when choosing a building material that offers adequate protection and durability.

Choosing the right roof for coastal homes is particularly important, since the roof material acts as a barrier from rain and wayward debris, while contributing to the overall attractiveness of the house. To help you decide on the best roofing for your Charleston-area home, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons of some of the most common materials.  Items to take into consideration...

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Infographic: Luxury Bathroom Trends of 2015

Luxury Bathroom Trends

Steam Showers Inc, the largest online distributor of steam showers, published a new infographic detailing some interesting luxury bathroom trends of 2015.

Steam Showers Inc found that home bathroom design is leaning towards the inclusion of spa features and glamorous designs. People want to feel relaxed and pampered in their bathrooms. In fact, luxury bathroom designs for homes may look like they were designed for movie stars. The more luxurious the bathroom, the better!

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Team Spotlight: Architect Rachel Burton

Architect Rachel Burton has been working with Sea Island Builders for the past decade, first with Herlong and Associates and now with her own firm, Swallowtail, but she never thought she would be designing buildings when she was growing up.

Rachel’s first love was landscape architecture, but she didn’t exactly...

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The Best Materials to Use for Beachfront Homes

Beachfront Home

There are countless benefits that come with owning beachfront homes, from stunning vistas to liberal ocean access. Americans across the country dream of owning property on the beach—of spending their days splashing in the warm ocean and their evenings watching the sunset over the water.

But beachfront homes do come with their share of challenges. Coastal homes are frequently exposed to harsh elements like moisture-fraught air, bright sunlight, strong winds, and saltwater corrosion. To build a sturdy home that can withstand Mother Nature’s temper, you must use proper building materials and techniques.

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Sea Island Builders Supports the MUSC Children’s Hospital

Sea Island Builders is proud to be teaming up with MUSC Children’s Hospital to raise funds to enhance the health of children throughout South Carolina.

We’re starting off our partnership by making an outright $1,200 donation as a sponsor of the 103.5 WEZL and Y102.5 Miracle Maker campaign. And for the month of February

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Sea Island Builders Receives 'Best of Houzz' 2015 Award

Best of Houzz

Sea Island Builders is proud to have been awarded “Best of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

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Where to Install Tile in Your South Carolina Home

Where to Install Tile

If you’re thinking about tile, there are places you may want to consider using it other than bathrooms as has traditionally been done. In fact, tile is one of the most versatile materials you can use in your South Carolina home. With choices ranging from ceramic to glass to stone, tile can be used in just about any area and can accommodate any design aesthetic.

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Choosing Insulation for Sullivan's Island Homes

Choosing Insulation

When most people are looking into home insulation, they just have to think about heating and cooling. But this isn’t true for coastal areas like Sullivan’s Island where there’s a lot of humidity and moisture in the air. If too much moisture invades your house, it can cause wood to warp as well as a variety of other problems. That’s just one big reason why Sea Island Builders always uses ...

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Sea Island Builders’ Bathroom Renovations in Charleston

Bathroom Renovation

At Sea Island Builders, we often have potential clients ask us what kind of process we go through for bathroom renovations in Charleston and the surrounding area. We understand that it’s important for these potential clients to have a sense of how long the project will take, what they can expect of their custom remodelers, and what the completed project will look like, which is why we’ve put together this guide to the Sea Island Builders bathroom renovation process and included examples of our previous work.

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Kitchen Renovation: 5 Tips for Purchasing a Kitchen Range Hood

Kitchen Range Hood Remodel

Purchasing a kitchen range hood for your kitchen renovation can be a difficult decision to make. However, like buying any other kitchen or home appliance, there is information out there to help you with your decision. This article will go over five different areas for you to consider while shopping for a range hood.

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More Exotic Deck Materials to Consider

Exotic Deck Materials

If you're looking for a deck material other than wood or Ipe, more exotic deck materials include composite, capstock, PVC, and ASA. In an earlier post, we talked about the pros and cons of two very popular decking materials—pressure-treated wood and Ipe, an exotic hardwood. However, these are ...

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