Renovation brings Sea Pines home back up to speed

As development at Sea Pines emerged from a master plan drawn up by the Fraser Land Holding Company in 1956, visionary Charles Fraser built a home on Green Heron Road and the community’s first condominiums appeared early in the next decade.

With ever-changing trends and new technologies and options always emerging, every few years you likely find yourself considering a home spruce-up. Then come all the decisions: What improvements do we want to complete? Where do we start? What local companies are available to help? In this special section, we have before and after photos of real projects handled by businesses found right here in the Lowcountry.

SOAR-Special Recreation worked with partner Engel & Völkers to plan a unique gallery event to launch the #WeLiveHereHHI campaign, a movement recognizing the Special Olympians in our community and celebrating the natural beauty of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Many residents in our community aren’t aware of the Special Olympians living in our very own neighborhoods.

I remembered the day my parents moved out of the home they owned for more than 40 years. I could not imagine living in one house for all those years, but that was not unusual for people who bought in 1949.

Today, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trendsreport, homebuyers between the ages of 61 and 69 expect to stay in their homes the longest when compared to all other age groups, at 20 years. Buyers ages 36-60 and those 70-90 all expect to stay in the homes they purchase for 15 years, while buyers 35 and younger expect to be in their newly bought homes for 10 years.


With many new and beautiful styles of pools available today, it’s easy to find one that will add value to your home while keeping you happy and healthy.

Indigo Run home infused attention to detail, craftsmanship and design into the year-long project

Jim and Nell Kelly love living the Lowcountry lifestyle in their new Lowcountry-style home at the exclusive Golf Club at Indigo Run community on Hilton Head.

Make sure your HVAC system is prepared for a long, hot summer

Centralized heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems are an unsafe haven for mold, bacteria, dust and other airborne materials if not maintained on a regular basis. HVAC units can send these health hazards traveling  through air ducts and, when dirty, can attract insects, dust mites, dander, droppings and rodents.

When you are buying or selling real estate, it might not even cross your mind that the safety of your home and personal information could be at risk during the transaction process. Typically, sellers know to clean closets, declutter rooms and freshen paint. But it is also important that you secure your home — after all, strangers will be walking through your home during showings. Realtors do their best to to interview prospective buyers and take all precautions when showing your home, but you can help by alleviating temptation.


Hot pink and other bright colors, kitchen desks, Whirlpool bathtubs, over-the-range microwaves, tiled counters, matching furniture and arched faucets all had their day in many Lowcountry kitchens and bathrooms.

Now it’s white/gray color schemes in the kitchen, transitional style design, wood flooring, outdoor kitchens, coffee stations and wet bars, storage pullouts, floating vanities in the master bathroom and freestanding tubs.

Tuscan style of Colleton River home takes owners back to the Mediterranean

Sitting in his spacious Tuscan-style home in Colleton River Plantation may be the closest that Angelo Guagliano and his wife Valerie get to embracing his homeland—without actually being there.

Sure, they visit Italy often, but they wanted to replicate the Mediterranean ambiance in their sprawling 6,500-square-foot home in the Lowcountry with distinctive architecture and customized interior design.