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Excellence in building: LightHouse Awards recognizes Lowcountry's finest builders

Meg James, Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association

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This home by Randy Jeffcoat Builders won the LightHouse award for Best Overall in a custom home, category 14. Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association

More than 250 people attended the 16th annual LightHouse Awards gala to learn who judges selected as the Lowcountry’s most talented builders. The awards gala, which is put on by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association and presented by SunTrust Mortgage, took place Friday evening at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

“The LightHouse Awards is truly like the Academy Awards for our local building industry. It gives builders the opportunity to be recognized for the hard work, talent and vision they put forward in building some of the most remarkable homes found in this area and beyond,” said Dan Monroe, chairman of the LightHouse Awards program since its inception. “We are so blessed as a community to have such imaginative Architects, quality Builders and exceptional Craftsman.”

First held in 1999, the LightHouse Awards are presented annually to builder members of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association for the demonstration of quality craftsmanship and design excellence in the construction of homes throughout the Lowcountry.

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Southern Coastal received the LightHouse Award for Best Kitchen in a custom home, category 4. Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association

This year 29 builders, including remodelers, custom builders and semi-custom builders submitted 97 qualifying entries and competed for awards in best bath, best kitchen, best exterior and best overall, best full remodel, best partial remodel. In addition, a number of newly created sales and marketing awards were given, including, best brochure, best company logo, best company website and best advertising campaign. Entry submissions were up more than more than 22 percent from 2014 and up 79 percent from 2011, in line with the area’s economic recovery.

The construction cost of this year’s remodeled or newly built home entries ranged from $150,000 to $3.1 million. Each award was subdivided into categories so that homes in similar price ranges and construction types competed against one another.

Twelve judges were welcomed to Hilton Head Island in mid-September to physically judge the construction quality of each home entered. The 2015 LightHouse Awards judging panel included builders, remodelers, architects and other industry professionals from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Split into four teams, the judges spent two full days visiting entries from Hilton Head Island to Fripp Island. Three additional judges, all construction and real estate sales and marketing professionals, were later enlisted to judge the LightHouse Awards program’s Sales & Marketing awards categories. In many instances, the separation between runner-up and winner was a fraction of a point.

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Reclamation By Design won the Lighthouse Award for Best Bath, Best Kitchen and Best Overall in a custom home, category 9. Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association

Master of ceremonies Monty Jett announced award winners as attendees followed along to a visual presentation of entry homes and features. All members of the Home Builders Association, including building industry professionals, subcontractors and suppliers, who participated in the design and construction of each of the competing homes, were also recognized at the gala. Winners received marble obelisk awards representing lighthouses.

“For many of these builders, after spending 12 to 15 months or longer working on a project, where even the smallest detail could impact the overall outcome, the LightHouse Awards symbolize one of the highest of career honors, and is a true testament to their vision and talent,” Monroe said.

Led by Monroe, the 2015 LightHouse Awards Committee included Chris Cleland of Cleland Site Prep; Deborah Karambelas of Karambelas Enterprises; Deb Monroe of LowCountry Home Magazine; Bryan Mudrak of More Space Place; Betsy Nations; Anna Ruby of J. Banks Design; Richard Spiehs and Scott Stilwel of SunTrust Mortgage; and Beverly Thompson of LowCountry Home Magazine.

In addition to Title Sponsor SunTrust Mortgage, other sponsors included Capitol Materials, Ecofoam Insulation and Coatings, Hilton Head Monthly, Lansing Building Products, LowCountry Home Magazine, More Space Place, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, and The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette. Special thanks also went to Avant Garde Imagery, Beach Properties of Hilton Head, Click Event Production, Custom Audio Video, Hilton Head Automotive, Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet, Monty Jett, Show Services, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island and The Greenery.

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Lyle Construction received the LightHouse Award for Best Kitchen and Best Overall in a custom home, category 8. Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association

Here is a list of the 2015 LightHouse Awards winners:

BEST OVERALL

Full Remodel

Category 1: The Twelve Oaks Group

Category 2: Esposito Construction

Category 3: The Twelve Oaks Group

Category 4: Total Design Concepts

 

Production Homes

Category 1: David Weekley Homes

Category 2: David Weekley Homes

Custom Homes

Category 1: Front Light Building Company

Category 2: Boshaw Residential

Category 3: Full Circle Construction Company

Category 4: Boshaw Residential

Category 5: Allen Patterson Residential

Category 6: H2 Builders

Category 7: Reminiscent Homes

Category 8: Lyle Construction

Category 9: Reclamation By Design

Category 10: Coastal Signature Homes

Category 11: H2 Builders

Category 12: Randy Jeffcoat Builders

Category 13: H2 Builders

Category 14: Randy Jeffcoat Builders

Category 15: Reclamation By Design

Category 16: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 17: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 18: Cambridge Building

Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 19: H2 Builders

Partial Remodel

Category 1: The Twelve Oaks Group

Best Innovation of Space: Partial remodel

The Twelve Oaks Group

Highest Degree of Difficulty: Partial remodel

Allen Patterson Residential

Best Brochure or Marketing Piece

David Weekley Homes

Best Company Logo

Logan Homes SC

Best Company Website

Logan Homes SC

Best Advertising/Marketing Campaign

H2 Builders

BEST EXTERIOR

Full Remodel

Category 2: RCH Construction

Category 3: The Twelve Oaks Group

Category 4: Total Design Concepts

Production Homes

Category 1: David Weekley Homes

Category 2: K. Hovnanian Homes

Custom Homes

Category 1: Southern Coastal Homes

Category 2: Boshaw Residential

Category 3: Hilton Head Custom Homes

Category 4: Boshaw ResidentiaL

Category 5: Allen Patterson Residential

Category 6: Boshaw Residential; JM Designer Properties

Category 7: H2 Builders

Category 8: Arthur Rutenberg Homes

Category 9: Hammerhead Custom Builders

Category 10: Coastal Signature Homes

Category 11: Reclamation By Design

Category 12: Randy Jeffcoat Builders

Category 13: H2 Builders

Category 14: Randy Jeffcoat Builders

Category 15: Randy Jeffcoat Builders

Category 16: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 17: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 18: Cambridge Building

Category 19: H2 Builders

BEST BATH

Full Remodel

Category 1: The Twelve Oaks Group

Category 2: Esposito Construction

Category 3: Esposito Construction

Category 4: Total Design Concepts

Production Homes

Category 1: David Weekley Homes

Category 2: David Weekley Homes

Custom Homes

Category 1: Front Light Building Company

Category 2: Reminiscent Homes

Category 3: Full Circle Construction Company

Category 4: Boshaw Residential

Category 5: Allen Patterson Residential

Category 6: Arkiteknic Custom Homes

Category 7: Esposito Construction

Category 8: J. Matthews Construction

Category 9: Reclamation By Design

Category 10: Jerry Davis Custom Homes

Category 11: H2 Builders

Category 12: Randy Jeffcoat Builders

Category 13: H2 Builders

Category 14: Randy Jeffcoat Builders

Category 15: Reclamation By Design

Category 16: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 17: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 18: Bunting Construction Company

Category 19: H2 Builders

BEST KITCHEN

Full Remodel

Category 1: The Twelve Oaks Group

Category 2: Esposito Construction

Category 3: The Twelve Oaks Group

Category 4: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Production Homes

Category 1: K. Hovnanian Homes

Category 2: David Weekley Homes

Custom Homes

Category 1: Front Light Building Company

Southern Coastal Homes

Category 2: Boshaw Residential

Category 3: Full Circle Construction Company

Category 4: Southern Coastal Homes

Category 5: Southern Coastal Homes

Category 6: H2 Builders

Category 7: Reminiscent Homes

Category 8: Lyle Construction

Category 9: Reclamation By Design

Category 10: Jerry Davis Custom Homes

Category 11: H2 Builders

Category 12: Brighton Builders

Category 13: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 14: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 15: Randy Jeffcoat Builders; Reclamation By Design

Category 16: Bunting Construction Company

Category 17: The Twelve Oaks Group

Category 18: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes

Category 19: H2 Builders

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