Breaking Ground on Project Ship Watch

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, it's important to try and celebrate life's major milestones, such as building a new home. Last week we gathered some members of our project team together which included Herlong Architects, Interiors by Herlong, Red Bay Constructors and Southern Lumber (at a safe distance of course) to do just that. We popped some champagne, tossed a little dirt and helped our clients commemorate the start of construction on their custom home in beautiful Toler's Cove, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. 

The journey began when the clients selected Herlong & Associates as their project architects. "Steve has done some great projects, understood our need for maximum use of space and our love of the outdoors," recalls our client. After interviewing numerous builders, Steve Herlong recommended that the clients speak with Sea Island Builders about their project. The clients visited several job sites to assess the level of craftsmanship and job management. Sea Island Builders impressed in both areas and stood apart from the other builders. An added bonus: Sea Island Builders has a great and longstanding working relationship with the Herlong team. According to the client, "Sea Island Builders' job management system is state-of-the-art and allows the owner(s) to see the project progress, track its status as well as manage the budget. They worked very hard to meet our budgetary requirements and came up with a budget that we could live with without compromising quality. That is a difficult process sometimes but Sea Island Builders rose to the challenge."

Sea Island Builders officially joined the team and provided pre-construction services to support the clients and design team to work through various constructability issues, assist in the material and method selection process, and perform the necessary site testing and preparation to aid in the decision making and design process. 

Upon completion, this beautifully designed home will have 3,371 SF of heated space, with an additional 1344 SF of covered porches, providing a front row seat to breathtaking views of the marsh and sunset. This was the last vacant lot inside the highly desirable Toler's Cove/Marsh Harbor gated community. The construction schedule will take 11 months and will begin with the insertion of helical piles to mitigate the risk of settlement and liquefaction on the site to provide a sturdy foundation for decades to come. Steel helical piles were selected instead of wooden timber piles to mitigate the effect of soil disturbance and vibrations to neighboring properties. Sea Island Builders engages a licensed geotechnical engineer to monitor ground vibrations throughout the course of the foundation installation to ensure we do not exceed tolerances or create unhappy neighbors in the process.  

"We look forward to our journey together, comfortable with the knowledge that Sea Island Builders is building a great high quality home in a challenging location for us," said our client. We couldn't agree more. Cheers to Project Ship Watch!

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