Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Roaring 20's Award

 Steve Kendrick and Deborah Way receiving the Roaring 20's Award from Mike Trammell of Dixon Hughes Goodman

Last Thursday night, SC Biz presented the Roaring 20's event in Columbia, South Carolina to recognize 40 Best-Performing companies in the state.  Dixon Hughes Goodman, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., Wells Fargo and PDA were all generous sponsors of the evening. We started off with a cocktail hour to mingle and see all the table top displays from the different companies.  As we made our way through the room, we enjoyed congratulating other companies who were part of the evening.

One detail Steve didn't realize was that this was a state-wide event, he thought it was just local to Charleston. I knew it was a state-wide event, but I didn't realize that we'd all be ranked, 20th-1st place over the course of the evening.  As the MC kicked everything off, he congratulated and acknowledged the hard work and success of each company and the feat it took to get through the past few years. I honestly believe that many people standing there were simply thankful to be included in on this honor, regardless of the ranking. . . at least that's what we were feeling.

As they started with #20 in both the large and small business category, I leaned over to Steve and asked him where he thought we'd rank, he said, "20th".  I laughed and said, "Really?!?".  He said he just didn't want any "pressure".  I felt it was an honor to be there, regardless of the ranking - but thought it would be fun to see where we officially landed!

We listened and applauded the other companies as we made our way from 20th - 10th place, still not hearing our name.  Then somehow we found ourselves hearing 5th place announced, and still no sign of Structures.  Steve and I began to wonder if we were accidently invited and maybe we weren't going to hear our name called at all.  :)

Fourth place was announced and Steve leaned over and asked if I was nervous, I told him I wasn't, because I still thought it was funny that we were still standing there with anticipation.  Once 1st and 2nd place were left, I leaned over to Steve and said my heart was definitely beating out of my chest. :) 

Much to our surprise, we were shocked to hear, "And second place for the small business category is Structures Building Company!" What a complete surprise!  It didn't matter to us in the slightest that we didn't receive 1st place.  As Steve said, "Where would we go from here if we started with 1st this year!" Now we have something to push towards and seek to achieve next year! :)

Almost 14 years ago, Steve began building a company, not based on a foundation of what's worked last year or what others are doing, but rather how can we continue to perfect the model that we've created with the client at the core each and every year.  This vision extends past his own goals, to a team he's created that reflects the same passion he has for building a quality custom home, while delivering an enjoyable and transparent build process tailored to each client.

Standing there last Thursday night was not just about the honor of receiving 2nd place, but rather thinking through all the Structures team members, clients and trades who enabled us to be standing there at the event as well as what has come to define us as a company, just 14 years later. Through the challenging seasons we've become more innovative, creative and a tighter knit "family". . . so receiving this award was just icing on the cake for a team that enjoys the role they bring to the table and the grateful for each project we're privleged to work on each and everyday.

Here's to next year!

To see the full list of businesses honored during the evening, click here. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

ReStructure: Beach House Before & After

Everyone loves a dramatic makeover story - and thanks to a beautiful Herlong & Associates design and our incredibly talented ReStructure team, we have one that you'll have to see to believe!  You may remember seeing a few progress photos of our Isle of Palms beach front project previously posted.  (If not, you should really check those out HERE.)  Well, after several months of design, demolition, and renovation, we have a happy family ready to enjoy a stunning view of the Atlantic from their newly renovated home!

Take a look at some of the photos:

Exterior Before & After:


Living and Dining Room Before:
 Living & Dining Room After:

 Kitchen Before:
 Kitchen After:

2nd Floor Sitting Room Before:
2nd Floor Sitting Room After:

Stairs Before:

Stairs After with addition of Bunk Room:

Master Bedroom & Bathroom Before:

Master Bedroom & Bathroom After:

Laundry Before:
Laundry After:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Video Tour

Step inside a Structures custom home designed by Neal Van Dalen!  You may also recognize this DesignBuild project from its feature in the Spring 2012 issue of Charleston Style & Design magazine.  Check out the video created by News 2 of Charleston:

See other videos on the Structures YouTube channel HERE.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Old Village Update!

We just wanted to give you a sneak peek of this almost completed custom home in Mt. Pleasant's Old Village.  This Herlong & Associates designed home is situated perfectly to take advantage of views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Moultrie.  This Design Build project has been an exciting undertaking from the beginning (check out video of the pile drivers HERE) - and it is going to be an exquisite Lowcountry home for some wonderful clients!

Pool (in progress) and Charleston Harbor views
Open Living and Dining Area
The Master Suite features his and hers bathrooms/closets.

Master Closet (for her) for Designed Perfectly for our Client's needs.
Beautiful Custom Headboard in the Master Bedroom
Custom Built-in Bedroom Storage

Great Cabinetry and Prep Areas

Incredible Kitchen Appliances!
Great light fixtures accent the gourmet kitchen.
Built-in Seating in the Sunroom

Friday, August 31, 2012

Structures is Growing!

Our wonderful crew here at Structures continues to grow, and we are excited to introduce our two newest team members! 

Mandy Shealy, Designer and Chris Hulsey, Project Manager

Chris Hulsey has come on board as a Structures Project Manager and has over 14 years of experience in the custom home building industry.  He has built numerous high-end homes in Lowcountry neighborhoods such as I'On Village, Hibben, Daniel Island, and the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant.  Chris also has several years of experience as a real estate agent here in Charleston.  He is originally from Walterboro, SC, attended University of South Carolina, and now resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife and 3 children. 

Mandy Shealy recently joined Structures as a Designer and assists our clients in the selection process as they choose all of the many finishes that go into their custom home.  Mandy graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Interior Design and previously worked in a plumbing, lighting, and appliance showroom for over 8 years.  She and her husband, and their new baby girl, live in Mt. Pleasant.

Get to know our entire team!  Check out our staff bios HERE!

Monday, August 6, 2012

A New Guest Blogger at The Places Post

We're excited to announce that our owner, Steve Kendrick, will be guest blogging for The Places Post, a great new blog started by local real estate agents.  The blog is dedicated to all the many wonderful things that make the Lowcountry an amazing place to call home.  Their guest bloggers include local residents, small business owners, architects, designers, restaurants, historians and more - and we are thankful to participate! 

Be sure to check out The Places Post today for a glimpse of local life here in Charleston and be on the lookout for occasional posts featuring Structures!  Steve's first blog post is already up HERE.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Healthy Charleston Challenge

While this Summer has been quite busy with the work of building quality, custom homes in the Lowcountry, we've also been building muscle on our Structures team!  Along with other members of the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association, several members of our crew participated in two different fitness boot camps with MUSC trainer, Katie Blalock.  Our dedicated team met Katie twice a week for 8 weeks at the MUSC Wellness Center, Colonial Lake, or the Ravenel Bridge for tough workouts and nutrition classes.  It has been a wonderful experience for our Structures family, and we look forward to some competition this Fall when the CTHBA team will join others in the community for the MUSC Healthy Charleston Challenge.  The Challenge is an intense 12-week weight loss and activity competition - a local version of "The Biggest Loser!"

Our 6 determined boot-campers have already lost a collective total of almost 70 pounds this Summer!  We'll keep you posted on our progress in the coming weeks!

Pictured here, Deborah Way and Steve Kendrick (2nd & 3rd from left), meet with other CTHBA members for a 6 AM workout downtown at Colonial Lake.

Friday, June 29, 2012

4th of July in the Lowcountry

Nothing quite compares to the privilege of living in Charleston during the Summer months, and certainly this is one of the best cities to celebrate 4th of July!  Whether you want to take the boat out on the harbor, relax at the beach on Sullivan's Island, picnic with the family at the Battery, or simply grill hamburgers at home - the Lowcountry is the ideal place to be.  And there are definitely great options for seeing spectacular fireworks!  Our favorite spot for festivities is Patriot's Point in Mt. Pleasant, where the family-friendly celebration begins at 6 PM with music and food, and fireworks are blasted from the USS Yorktown.  In another part of town?  Check out these other options for 4th of July fun:

City of North Charleston at Riverfront Park

Red, White, & Blue on the Green in Summerville

Fireworks on Folly Beach

Have a safe & happy holiday!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Celebrating a New Home!

After a FULL week of construction, it was time for the entire Structures Team to CELEBRATE with East Cooper Habitat for Humanity and all of our trades, suppliers, client volunteers who made this week possible.  We gathered everyone who had a hand in the Builders Blitz out to have dinner and tour the completed home.  We were joined by ECHH board members, staff, and volunteers, Structures clients, all of the crews who worked this week, suppliers who donated material, and even neighbors on Kent Street!


This celebration was also very special to us as East Cooper Habitat for Humanity honored Structures owner, Steven Kendrick, with the Golden Hammer award for his many years of service as a board member and for his leadership in the Builders Blitz in 2008 and 2012.  The award has only been given 6 times in ECHH's 21 year history!

And to top off the celebration - East Cooper Habitat for Humanity's Construction Manager, Kate Whitlock, announced that evening that a local mother and son had been approved to receive the house we built this week!  We were so thankful and honored to watch them receive their new home!