Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Instead of Ease - words like Perseverance have taken it's place, instead of Sheer Abundance - words like Gratitude and Simplicity and instead of accidentally taking People/Things for granted - hopefully our thoughts linger a bit longer on those things that truly last, Family, Faith, Freedom. As the Structures Team reflected over the last year, we looked at the huge challenges and then we counted the blessings we carry with us from 2009. From that reflection came some of the words in our photo. Words that helped to carry through this year and we'll take with us into 2010! We stand with smiles, not because this year was a piece of cake, but because in light of the challenge, there is still so much to be grateful for!
What would be your word for this year?
Happy Holidays from,
Kristy, Amy, Dave, R.P., Deborah & Steve, at Structures Building Company
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Since our founding 10 years ago, Structures has entered Charleston’s annual Prism Awards, a ceremony that celebrates the best designs, craftsmanship, customer service and sales in the local building industry. Fortunately, we have walked out of the event with at least one award every year. Some years, frankly, I took it for granted that we should win an award, except for this year. This year was special.
The awards ceremony was held on a shoestring budget, no MC, there was a cash bar, and the feature speaker was our Charleston Trident Home Builders Association’s wonderful president, Tori Martindale of Atlantic Remodeling. Tori spoke about a year that was eerily similar to ours; one that included layoffs, paycuts, benefit cuts and a reduction in overhead that involved consolidating into a home office. The room was quiet and a few tears were shed, as she spoke about the challenges we’ve all faced this year. I also couldn’t help but notice how empty the room was. There were some new faces, but the faces of builder friends were few and far between. Many have lost their businesses or are starting over. Some likely didn’t have much to celebrate this year, it was humbling.
As I sat through the program and awards, I was again humbled as Structures did really well at this year’s event. We were recognized in a diverse group of categories;
1. The award for Affordable Housing for Latoya Palmer’s Habitat Home
2. Charleston’s Green Builder of the Year Award
3. The award for the Best Luxury Built Home for the Behren’s Residence
4. Custom Builder Customer Service Award from GuildQuality
In receiving these awards, I'm humbled by the tireless determination and standard that comprises those within the Structures family and our amazing team of trades. We all share the same commitment for building “green” custom homes, regardless of size or budget. . . our high standard remains the same.
The awards mean more this year, because honestly, we're humbled and thankful to have made it through another year - a year that's strengthened each of us to the core. . .
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I often take for granted the quiet moments to sit, reflect or simply read a good book... Its one of those things I have to plan and not just assume will happen.
After the Coastal Living open house today and one more late showing from a couple from out of town, I decided that pulling out my book and plopping on the couch would be perfect for an hour... Nothing like relaxing in a beautiful space, hearing the fountain in the courtyard, and reading beside the fire, if only I didn't have to go home...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
When clients select a design/build or custom process with Structures, our job and joy is to cater to the needs and desires specific to their building process. We love taking care of all of the details and over the past 10 years of being in business, we have gained an impeccable reputation for building for the local and out-of-town clients. Our goal is to give each client a building experience where they can love and enjoy the process, and be led with their own on-staff, Design Manager, through the many details that make their home truly custom.
When Mr. and Mrs. Kemp arrived at the Charleston airport to visit their Daniel Island Park custom home, they were greeted with the downpours to our beautiful Charleston. No worries though, the rain wasn't going to rain on our parade... We simply gathered up the golf umbrellas and toured around inside their roofless home answering questions and making little changes to the plans... again, some of the benefits to the custom build process, if we're able to make something happen, we're happy to figure out a way to do it!
Throughout the next day we will enjoy catching up, (like a great family reunion) along with walking them through the custom process of picking out a handful of selections we'll need selected for the next phase of construction that will take place before they fly back down for their upcoming scheduled visit. Hoping the next visit will be just as great as this one, excluding the rain. . . :-)
Monday, November 9, 2009
Leave it to Angie Hranowsky, interior designer for the 2009 Coastal Living Idea Cottage, to pack out Hot Wheels roller skating rink to rock out her 40th birthday!
Everyone came out to celebrate her life as well as accept the challenge of putting on roller skates to make it around the rink without breaking their neck! No one ended up in the emergency room, but there were plenty of ice packs handed out by the men working that night as mature women ended up on their duffs, knees and who knows what. :-) But that didn't keep them from going back out for another dose of skating, or for those who were too injured to skate, they took up sock dancing in the middle of the rink.
As I told Angie, I think some of these women literally drop their kids off at school and head to the roller skating rink on a weekly basis - some of them were waaaaaay too good for just slipping on those skates for the first time since childhood. Unlike me, my feet had not stepped foot in roller skates since I was probably 8 years old. . . I'll admit, I did play out the story I'd have to tell if I had broken a bone roller skating, would have been a memorable one to tell I'm sure. Much to my surprise but excitement, I made it out without a fall!
The fun skating party wouldn't have been complete without also enjoying one of Angie's favorite treats, an incredible birthday cake from the local downtown Charleston Sugar Bakeshop, on Cannon Street.
Glad someone thought to have a skate party in the double digits, though she DID put us all to to shame with her skating skills! :-) Happy Birthday Angie!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Congratulations to Payne and Payne Builders, located in Ohio! They received the prestigious NAHB Builder of the Year award at this years Custom Builder Symposium! This award does not come without a tireless attention to details, craftsmanship and an incredible effort from each member of their team!
We've been a part of the same NAHB Builder 20 Group for many years and count it a privilege to give praise where it is due - All the best to all of our extended family at Payne and Payne!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Check out other videos below that take you room by room through the Idea Cottage and a little tour of I'On Village where it's located! (videos are highlighted in red)
Enjoy the Overview of I'On Village to see the great landscape that surrounds the Jefferson Canal Courtyards where the 2009 Coastal Living Idea Cottage was the first among 10 that will
be built in the heart of I'On Village along the Jefferson Canal.
Come tour through the Exterior and Courtyard details that set this right-sized cottage apart. Many minds have been working tirelessly to figure out how we can make it a low maintenance home that will stand the test of time. From Hardi siding, AAC block, and countless other "green" features that save on energy, efficiency and the wallet! Forget a home that's just "green" but also one that lends itself to a relaxed, simplified and comfortable lifestyle too. A private courtyard for calm evenings or lively parties - yours to decide!
The Master Bedroom is a great getaway that overlooks the Jefferson Canal as well as the private courtyard!
You won't know where to look over dinner in the Dining Room. The bottle cap artwork by Molly B. Right, draws a crowd, as well as the peaceful courtyard with the soothing sound that flows from the fountain along the stucco wall.
The Guest Suite is a hidden haven above the attached garage. Angie Hranowsky did an amazing job creating a soothing environment through the comfortable furnishings and colors that makes you want to sit down and stay for awhile.
Overlooking the Jefferson Canal Courtyard is the cozy Den. Grab the book you've been meaning to finish or curl up and watch a little T.V. in a space that can be closed off with pocket doors. Designed to be a "flex space", the den can also be turned into a 3rd bedroom option as it has direct access to a full bath. If you don't just love the novel idea of a fun sleeping nook, no worries, it can be turned into a walk-in closet, small office or wet bar.
Decorating Small Spaces? This cottage is chocked full of creative ideas in architecture and decorating details that are Caribbean/Island inspired. A beautiful mix of neutral and bold colors, vintage and modern - a new little twist to our beautiful Low Country!
If you missed an opportunity to tour through the home, please call us to schedule a private tour - we'd love the privilege of showing you around! 843.856.6901
Monday, October 19, 2009
For the 8th year in a row, Daniel Island residents and businesses hosted the annual Susan G. Komen, Race For the Cure to show their support for those who have been personally touched or know someone dear to them who has been touched by breast cancer.
For me, the names that come to my mind as an inspiration have deeply touched me, directly or indirectly with their battle, they have left their mark on me. I have seen them run with courage, their family and friends battling beside them and they have inspired me to cherish each day I've been blessed with on this earth.
In celebration of Donna's life, many poor families in a remote village in India have been and continue to be touched by her beautiful life as a foundation was set up in honor of her name - her legacy lives on. In my dear friend Sara's life, who carried out her dream of starting her own sewing business, because of the love for sewing and the talent that her amazing mother passed along to her - her mother's legacy lives on. Sandy, a family friend and mother of four who battled and is reminded daily of this disease by the scars she carries on her body - her hope lives on.
Check out the local Post and Courier newspaper article highlighting some of the amazing lives - Proof of a miracle: Racing for a cure.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
You'd have room galore, but could be very unhappy with the end result. A few things that square footage doesn't measure.
- Durability - What building methods, seen and unseen, will be used to build your home? How do the they protect your investment? Do they prevent moisture problems behind the walls? Often, client's focus on the interior trim, cabinetry and cabinets, all of which are important, but can mask issues elsewhere.
- Electric and Water Bills - What will the average monthly utility bills be after you move in? Clients are often shocked to learn that proper building methods can reduce utility bills by more than $100 each month!
- Fine Craftsmanship - Does the home reflect the design quality and timeless details that our designers can help you craft? Will you be proud to show off your new home to your friends and family?
- Indoor Air Quality - What methods are used to improve the quality of the air you and your family breath?
- Customer Service - When building/buying a home, you are buying a product, process and a promise. Make sure there's a great connection and chemistry with the company you choose to help you select your "haven". Also make sure their reputation reveals that their investment in their clients extends past closing.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Take a tour through the island with Terry, she is able to share from personal experience about the "Island Life" that she and her husband have claimed for their family.
For more information about how you can enjoy the Island Living for yourself, contact the great team of Daniel Island agents who would love to help meet your buying needs!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Enjoying an evening downtown in Charleston, SC! I truly do love living in a place that's so beautiful, surrounded by water, and not to mention, a fun arts community! On the agenda tonight includes seeing Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Charleston Stage. Very impressive cast! This performance has been running since September 9th and will have the last show on September 20th and you can purchase your ticket right here online. Be sure to make your way down to The College Of Charleston Sottile Theatre to enjoy a great evening of entertainment!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"Over and above what we expected" is the best way to sum up the Coastal Living Idea Cottage party! After months of planning, every detail of the house was ready for its first debut- the tent arrived (and then a second tent, as it appeared that the clouds and rain would be our uninvited guest) caterer and steel drummer were ready to go, and five minutes after the start of the party, sprinkles began to fall from the sky. We all thought it would affect the attendance, but we estimate that close to 300 guests arrived to take in this beautiful home and celebrate alongside us!Peeking into the Sleeping Nook from the cozy Den
Enjoying the Festivities
From start to finish, it's been an absolute success! Already the tours are under way and have been well attended for the first two weekends! Don't forget to plan a time to swing by to soak up some fresh ideas and support two amazing charities, East Cooper Habitat for Humanity and East Cooper Montessori Charter School. You may find that you just want to move right in!
photography by juliet elizabeth photography
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
In construction there are ALWAYS different hiccups, but we like to surround ourselves with a teams of problem-solvers! Mark Riling and his amazing team, William and Eric of East Coast Plumbing and Gas, showed up bright and early with an idea and a solution to our challenge. Relentless to help us achieve a our standard of excellence along with their standard, we found 3 grown men in a tub, well, not really, that's a mental picture we can definitely do without!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
"Late Friday evening I (Tori) was called to help prepare a house of a long-term client for the arrival of Vice President Biden which strict confidence requested. I was not given a to-do list or any indications of the needs, wants or desire of the point staff that landed on the house until Monday morning. And while I have many humorous stories about Secret Service and the Kiawah Concierge I must give Jim Clark of ESS (Environmental Solutions & Services) and Frank Smith of eLifespaces the recommendations and kudos they deserve.
Jim and Frank dropped everything to work on an incredible list of items with some requests at the 11th hour that I initially thought was impossible to accomplish. I could only tell them that it was important and imperative the work was completed by 2:00 yesterday. (Frank was the last to leave at 1:59.) Both of them were quick to brain-storm on how to meet the goals with excellent humor and focus without tripping over the army of housekeepers, landscapers, ABI carpenters, and Men-in-black. Neither blinked but agreed to be on call with me for the next 7 days 24/7 without questions.
If you are not using these companies then you are missing the boat on providing your clients the best possible service and product. They will make you look like a Star. My deepest appreciation to these gentlemen and their expertise for making an incredible undertaking flow smoothly and seemingly effortless style.
Tori Stein, CAPS, CGP
2009 President of Charleston Trident Home Builders Association
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
If you haven't had a chance to swing by the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park, it's a must see! It's another perfect place for a simple stroll, family friendly places to explore, including a fenced in play area, fishing off the long pier and not to mention the opportunity to put the state dance into practice for shaggin on the pier. I think the pier is a great combination of the long Folly Pier and Water Front park in historic downtown Charleston - even down to the two sided bench swings! Schedule a time to explore this great addition to our Lowcountry!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Nicole Hendrick ~ Idea Home Manager for Coastal Living Magazine
Friday, July 10, 2009
What does New York City, Athens, Greece, Havana, Cuba and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Have In Common?
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Along with things hopping at the Idea Cottage, throughout the week we continued to wrap up some of the final details for David and Sandy Thomas on their newly renovated home on Kiawah Island. A punch out and Friday closing of our LEED certified I'On cottage located on 4 Perseverance Street for the new owner, Bruce Wofford. Along with a final walk-through with custom home clients, Van and Darlene Fischer for their new home on 8 Perseverance Street.
Exciting and a little hectic all at the same time, but completely worth it! We can't say enough great things about the newest members of the Structures Family!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Congratulations Dave Hargis on your 4th year with Structures Building Company! You never cease to amaze us with your ability to juggle all the projects we hand to you with even keel and a sense of humor. Last year you met the challenge of overseeing and completing a Habitat house for Latoya and her two girls in one week, this year you successfully ran and completed the Coastal Living Idea Cottage in four and a half months. Does it make you wonder a little what I might hand you next year for your 5th anniversary? Here's to many more years Dave!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Now is your opportunity to buy into a simplified lifestyle on The Jefferson Canal that this beautiful cottage encourages. This custom home is built to the LEED for Homes standard which provides an energy efficient, healthier environment, and greater sustainablity for you today as well as the future. That "green" element comes coupled with our high standard for quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and a focus on the client that Structures has been known for since 1999. This cottage doubles as a haven to retreat or a home where you can open the doors for lively parties, could it be right for you?
Private courtyard looking into the main living area of the house - kitchen, family room and dining room