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The phrase “Southern charm” brings to mind delightful images, wonderful memories, soft sounds, generations of tradition and a distinctive lifestyle. Live oaks and magnolia trees, flowing creeks and magical marshes, friendly neighbors, front porches, a sense of being, comfort and a quiet contentment … you get the picture.

Now picture a Lowcountry cottage in a homey neighborhood in a quaint town that embodies “Southern charm.” Picture Habersham, a stone’s throw from Beaufort, and which was selected last year as South Carolina’s Inspired Community by Southern Living magazine.

Nathan Cameron of Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes builds a house unlike any other in Palmetto Bluff.

Nathan Cameron had never seen anything like it. So the local homebuilder built it. Now he lives in it, and it’s a showpiece professionally.

RENOVATED WEXFORD HOME MAKES MOST OF LOCATION ON UPDATED GOLF COURSE

Like a vintage bottle of red wine that matures into greatness in time, Terry and Chris Baehr of Wexford Plantation have come to appreciate the jewel of a golf course that straddles their backyard on Yorkshire Drive on Hilton Head Island.

This wasn’t always the case.

What is this year’s trend in the Lowcountry homebuilding industry? We reached out to four local professionals to find out. 

Ken-CrastKen Crast
Owner Crast Custom Homes, Hilton Head
“Our clients want to design and build homes to retire in instead of building rental and second homes. They want their homes to feel warm, as if they were built many years ago to include old world craftsmanship. Our clients want their homes to feel old, although they want all of the latest modern technology.”

shutterstock 215447524The numbers from last year tell the residential construction stories in Hilton Head and Bluffton. Both stories being told are good ones, but for different reasons.

On the island, fewer homes are being built but they are more expensive than ever; whereas, in Bluffton, there is an unprecedented new-home construction boom that topped 2013’s number by 50 percent.

On the island, the number of single-family home building permits dipped slightly from 177 in 2013 to 168 last year, but the valuation of those homes rose 20 percent, according to data from the Hilton Head Community Development Department.

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Green has been the lifeblood color for Hilton Head Island couple Ray and Sandra Wenig for decades. But it’s not just a color Sandra Wenig uses in her work as a fine artist, and it’s not just something Ray Wenig considers in his work as an industrial engineer and consultant.

25 trends in home and garden design for this year:

25 Home trends

 

  1. Olive greens, coral shades and bold color mixings
  2. Neutral gray with dark charcoal doors and pale grayish-white ceilings
  3. Greek blues akin to the tops of churches and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea
  4. Warm tones in rust, aubergine (eggplant)  and dusty mint
  5. Glossy deep rich blues with a glossy finish
  6. Sectional sofas as the Lowcountry lifestyle becomes more relaxed and less formal
  7. Rustic kitchen tables paired with contemporary chairs
  8. Large windows with black trim that commands visual attention
  9. Vintage-style tubs with no modern touches, just soaking
  10. Rich wood libraries with Lots of books in built-in cabinetry

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Mum’s the Word offering workshops on how to use the paint and wax formula

Tucked away under a canopy of towering pine trees at The Village at Wexford is Mum’s the Word, a retail shop showcasing flowers, antiques, painted furniture, books, artwork, gifts and an assortment of other interesting home accessories. On one particular mid-week afternoon recently, six enthusiastic students in painter’s smocks are seated at a large wooden table with brushes in hand ready to paint their newly inspired creations on workshop wood.

0215-Home-DiscoverySpring Island residence is surrounded by nature’s beauty

(PHOTOS BY ATLANTIC ARCHIVES, INC./RICHARD LEO JOHNSON)

As much as Steve and Michelle Karol enjoy their life in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill and the convenience of strolling from their tony townhome to a nearby grocery store in the city, they’re more than delighted to spend time a world apart in nature’s splendor and the great outdoors at their sprawling residence on Spring Island.

Reclamation by Design Ltd. in Bluffton won the New Home Construction award in the $500,000-$749,999 category presented by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC) last month in a ceremony on Hilton Head. Company owners Ron and Patricia Strimpfel of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association received their prestigious Pinnacle Award at the 12th annual awards presentation ceremony, earning one of 15 awards given in five categories for superior craftsmanship in new home building and remodeling.

The HBAC membership is composed of home builders, trade contractors, suppliers and industry professionals. Marc Ellis of Hilton Head is the state representative of the association.

J Banks Design Group of Hilton Head earned first place in the 2014 American Society of Interior Designers Carolinas chapter for its work on a first-class healthcare facility in the more than 7,000 square feet category. Banks’ owner and president Joni Vanderslice, ASID member, and Jennie Ladutko, allied member, shared this honor. Ladutko also placed second in the hospitality design category by the association.