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.
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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.
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.”
The 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.
“Green” homes in the Lowcountry come in all colors, and they all help to lessen resource depletion and pollution in the environment.
Common denominators in these eco-friendly homes include energy-efficient appliances, products and systems; sustainable, recycled or reclaimed materials; the reduction of carbon footprints; the improvement of indoor air quality; and water conservation.
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:
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.
(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.