Aug
18

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

Shiplap

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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Jun
10

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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Aug
06

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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May
22

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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Apr
21

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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Feb
26

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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Dec
14

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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Aug
20

7 Things to Consider When Selecting Carpeting

Selecting Carpeting

Carpeting is an important consideration when building a new home. It not only affects the aesthetics of your home but also your general comfort. After all, you’ll be walking on it each and every day. So what are some things you should look for to select the right carpet?

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Jul
30

Ipe vs Treated Decks

Porch Overlooking Marsh

When looking to build your home, or even remodel, the quality of the materials used should always be your focus. How beautiful or unique the design is will mean little if the materials used to carry out that vision are subpar. This goes not only for your home itself, but also for your outside entertainment areas.

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May
21

Shingles vs. a Metal Roof

There are pros and cons for both shingles and metal roofs - find out which is best for your home.

When it comes to choosing a roof material, you want something that will stand the test of time – but also look fantastic. Shingles remain the most popular type of material being used today, and there are many reasons that people like them. But that doesn’t mean a shingle roof is right for you. One increasingly popular competing material that you might not have considered is metal roofing.

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May
07

Standing Seam vs. Crimp Roof

Standing Seam vs. Crimp Roofs

Metal roofs are low maintenance and add value to your home, but what's the difference between standing seam vs. crimp roofs? Over the last few years, homeowners all over Charleston, SC have started to realize that metal roofing can be a smart decision that not only adds value to their property, but also...

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Apr
11

Impact Rated Windows: Because Your Safety Matters

Impact Rated Windows

Coastal homes afford stunning views, but they also require impact rated windows. As a coastal city, Charleston gets many benefits from the ocean, but there are drawbacks as well. One of the biggest ones is that residents have to worry about the very real possibility of...

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Mar
26

What to Consider When You Winterize Your Home

winterize your home

When you’re enjoying the mild days of fall or seeing temperatures gradually rise in the spring, you’re probably not spending too much time thinking about how to winterize your home. However, it’s much better to start planning how to keep your home warm before the chill of winter sets in, so you don’t end up discovering the problems because you’re shivering in the living room.

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Mar
12

Ventless vs. Vented Fireplaces: What’s Right for Your Home?

Vented VS Ventless Fireplaces

There’s something incredibly appealing about the idea of having a fire crackling merrily behind the grate on a cold winter night (or even on some of the cool-brisk spring and fall evenings!) However, not everyone has a chimney or wants to renovate their home to add one, especially when traditional fireplaces use more energy and release environmentally-harmful fumes. That’s where gas fireplaces come in. They’re easier to...

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Jul
12

Sullivans Island Addition

Sullivans Island Addition

Are you considering a Sullivans Island Addition or Renovation? If so, the information below may be useful in your search to find the contractor that is best suited for your addition or renovation project. First, do not hire a contractor or builder who is unfamiliar with working in the saltwater / barrier island environment of the coast ( Sullivans Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah ). What you should do is inspect past jobs over a year since completion, to see how the project looks after...

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Jul
10

Brick Versus Hardi Siding

hardi plank siding

Most homeowners have no idea what to expect when it comes to the pros and cons of using brick versus hardi siding on their home. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using brick versus hardi siding while looking at labor and material costs, installation time, thermal properties, sound attenuation properties, maintenance and upkeep, and structural stability of...

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May
06

Charleston Roof Flashing Leaks

Here is a scenario common to many in the Charleston area:

Your house was recently reshingled. However, leaks are present near a chimney or where a lower roof meets a second story wall. You were able to get up on the roof and look around. The metal work around the chimney and...

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Feb
28

Home Foundation Repair

We have had clients in the past ask us to assess their situation when they have been looking at purchasing a home and have discovered cracks in the foundation. Is it a deal breaker or no? Here is our ...

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Feb
21

Custom Home Door Hardware

fold doors

Here's a tip from the pros when it comes to choosing the type of custom door and hardware for your home. Many homes have gorgeous wide openings between rooms and living areas in the house. To attain privacy in the rooms, you have many options. Keep in mind that regular swing doors take up lots of room. To use less floor space, you can ...

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Feb
08

Custom Home Maintenance - Sea Island Builders

Maintenance on your custom home can be quite overwhelming, especially if you fall behind. That is why we've provided a recommended schedule of routine items that should be done on a regular basis. All of these needs can be done by enrolling...

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