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The Turners dismantled an old, outdated home to create a new abode on a coveted plot of Lowcountry land.


Dr. Raymond Turner, a highly ranked neurosurgeon at MUSC, spends the majority of his time in other people’s heads, so it was imperative for he and his wife, Magda, to find a lot and a home for the express purpose of retreating and recouping. “We were living in Mt. Pleasant when we began our search for a lot that backed up to deep water. We love to boat, so we wanted to find a place that had space and potential for us to do the things we love,” Magda explains. After a year-and-a-half-long search, none of the lots that the couple found were just right, and they began to think that the perfect lot simply did not exist.

Cue the out-of-the-box builder. During their search, the Turners crossed paths with Tommy Priester of Priester’s Custom Contracting (who Raymond deems a “sharp shooter” and “the guy for the job”). Tommy offered an idea; he told them, “Sometimes tearing down an existing home and rebuilding is more economical than remodeling.” This completely changed the Turners’ perspective. “Once we widened our scope to include lots with existing homes, everything else fell right into place,” Raymond says. As an added bonus, the old house on their James Island lot actually depreciated the value of the property. They partnered with Tommy to construct their new home on the land.

From there, it was a relatively painless process of donating the pieces of the original home to Habitat for Humanity. Habitat sent a team to remove everything from the flooring and the wiring to the light fixtures and the windows at no cost to the homeowners. Once everything was gone, it was time to concentrate on the new structure. “Raymond and Magda expressed how they wanted a smooth transition from the inside to the outside of their home without stairs or raised foundations,” expounds Tommy. So Tommy created the house to sit just above the required flood elevation. The design of the home, drawn by Jodi Crosby of Crosby Creations, takes advantage of the surrounding scenery by pulling nature inside through the large windows. In fact, the panoramic views of the backyard are visible all the way from the front door. This desire to bring the outside in drove the entire design, from the vanishing doors along the back of the house to the tempting pool that runs the expanse of the yard to the marsh.

It is Tommy’s innovation that propelled the project. He proposed the idea of demolishing an older home on a prized lot, and he incorporated details that reflect the Turner’s outdoorsy lifestyle. Magda concludes, “Tommy shared his expertise with us in a way that helped us make the best decisions.” Each one of those decisions came together to create the rejuvenating retreat the Turners were seeking.


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For more information, call Priester’s Custom Contracting at (843) 200-8495 or visit
For more information about the design, call Crosby Creations at (843) 514-7354 or visit



CHDShowWebsite_Jan16_HomePG_10The Charleston Home+ Design team wants you to join us for the Charleston Home + Design Show! It is being held Friday, January 29th through Sunday 31st at the newly renovated Gaillard Center in Historic Downtown Charleston. Hands down, there is no venue more elegant and sophisticated to stage a home show in Charleston than this location. It’s a beautifully designed space, and to make the most of it, we hired local architect Trevor McNeil Draper, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP and principal of TMD Architects to help us create the floor plan. Trevor walked the space while it was under construction and listened closely to our needs. He then assembled eight different floor plans using different configurations to give us several options to choose from, all the while carefully adhering to strict fire-marshal codes for each of his floor plans. If you are preparing to build a new home, talk with Trevor about how he can help you. Don’t go it alone. You’re investing too much money and too much time to take a chance that the outcome of your project will not be what you want. Working with Trevor is like buying an insurance policy, which ensures a positive outcome on your next project.

You can get Get free design advice from a professional interior designer at the Charleston Home + Design show. Just call (843) 577-7652 to schedule an appointment. All the participating local interior designers are part of Charleston Home + Design magazine’s brand new website, There, you can search for inspiration by room and by designer. Discover how working with an interior designer will help you save money in the long run and guarantee the best possible outcome for your next project.

CHDShowWebsite_Jan16_HomePG_07Enter to Win 8 Different Prizes at the Charleston Home + Design Show all valued at $2,000 a piece.

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We want everyone with a home project in 2016 to come to the Charleston Home + Design Show and, of course, see the newly renovated Gaillard Center. We’re throwing open the doors with free admission on Friday from 11am-6pm. Plus, we’re reducing admission on Saturday and Sunday to $2 after 2pm each day.

Make the most of your visit to the Charleston Home + Design Show by going out to lunch or dinner in Downtown Charleston. As you exit the show, we’ll give you a list of downtown restaurants offering discounts exclusive to home show attendees!



David and Mary Allen’s Seabrook Island Homebuilding Experience.


For decades, David and Mary Allen toted their three girls to the Carolina shore, specifically to the chicly rugged beach of Seabrook Island. The place always magnetically drew them back, and over time, it became more akin to a second home than a vacation destination. As the Allen parents reached retirement, the island was the only logical location for them to settle. David remarks, “Our three daughters grew up knowing Seabrook Island. Now, they’ve moved to various locales around the country, but Seabrook is a place that they love to come to; it attracts them back. From a parent’s perspective, that’s a great thing.” With the setting established, the Allens started to envision their home as both a permanent residence for themselves and a welcomed retreat for their oft-visiting daughters.

They located a lot overlooking the Kiawah River. The Allens’ architect, Bill Huey of Bill Huey + Associates explains that it may, indeed, be his favorite lot on the island. Bill recalls, “The Allens and I toured the property together in its natural state before any construction began. When I got out here, I realized how special this spot is.” What makes the land unique is a combination of the vast wildlife on that part of the island and the views, which not only include the Kiawah River, but also the Atlantic Ocean and the southernmost tip of Kiawah Island. Like most island homes, the Allen residence was designed to enhance the breathtaking vistas. However, David and Mary—in partnership with Bill—took this idea a step further and developed a reverse plan, meaning that all the living spaces are located on the second floor. The Allens also chose to place their master bedroom on the upper story. “The views are incrementally better as you get higher,” Bill explains. “You can get glimpses of the ocean from the second floor. The unique challenge with a reverse plan like this one is in the math. The square footage of all the public spaces, plus the master bedroom, is stacked on top of just a few bedrooms. We decided to create large porches on the first floor under heated space above to allow for the top-heavy square footage.” These porches—such as the screen room with large fireplace and cozy couch—serve as ideal spots for relaxing or entertaining.

The Allens next interviewed several builders, finally finding their match in Rick Aldrich of Aldrich Incorporated. Mary has nothing but praises to sing of his work. She laughs as she remembers, “I have to give Rick a lot of credit. I come up with things sometimes, and I want things changed sometimes. I’ll suddenly want a new window here or there. Rick definitely had a can-do attitude about it. He came through on everything we asked for.” Rick ensured that each aspect of Bill’s plan was carried out exactly as it should be and worked with him to incorporate Mary’s new ideas along the way.

One of the most important conversations that Mary and David had with Rick was about the building materials. The Allens wanted the house to require minimal maintenance and to be safe during hurricane season. For this, Rick turned to two of his suppliers—Buck Lumber and Carolina Machine Finishing. Buck Lumber provided a variety of materials designed for longevity, including BossWood treated exterior trim, Andersen impact-resistant windows and doors, coated pine porch ceilings, fiberglass columns, and stainless-steel cable railing. The siding also touts endurance alongside its beauty. Each fiber-cement shingle has been sealed via the Carolina Machine Finishing encapsulation process. Rick Jackson, proprietor of Carolina Machine Finishing explains, “We take interior and exterior building materials and run them through a machine in a horizontal plane. Each piece is coated on all six sides by a waterfall coating process to fully encapsulate it.” The coated pieces repel moisture and protect the underlying material.

For the interior, Mary sought a different kind of longevity—timeless style. A designer by trade, she had a specific vision for each room. “I wanted to stay true to classic finishes that would stand the test of time,” she reveals. “In thirty years, the countertops and flooring should still be appealing. I was also incorporating items from our previous home, so we didn’t venture too far beyond our classic look.” To bring the interior design together, Mary employed muted colors and subtle details, like the simple, yet elegant poplar crown moulding.

The Allens are convinced that they could not have had such a great outcome if it were not for the partnership formed between each person and company who worked on the house. “I’ve heard stories of people going through this building process, saying, ‘Oh my goodness! The best thing you could do is hire a lawyer,”’ David notes. “Nothing is further from the truth. We’re very fortunate that we had a team that worked well together to ensure that we got what we really wanted.” The assembly of knowledgeable minds coming together enabled the Allens to transform their nostalgic vacation spot into their full-time residence. And their daughters? They can’t stay away from the peaceful slice of paradise, making Mary and David two very contented parents.Snip20160113_49


Architect: Bill Huey + Associates

(843) 805-6700 |


Builder: Aldrich Incorporated

(843) 478-9290 |


Building Materials: Buck Lumber and Building Supply

(843) 795-0150 |


Material Coating: Carolina Machine Finishing

(843) 760 0029 |


CABINETRY: William C. Pritchard Co.

(843) 889-1313 |


ROOFING: Jackson Sheet Metal & Roofing

(843) 709-3793

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Blog by: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery

The posh lighting fixtures in this Waterfront Park condo radiate high-end style and perfectly accompany the mid-century modern interior design.

Looking out the living-room window, the homeowners of this downtown condo can survey one of the most picturesque landscapes in Charleston—Waterfront Park set in front of the harbor, Castle Pinkney, and Patriot’s Point. Peeking out the other side of their abode, the city’s steeple-filled skyline stands regally. The interior décor mimics the surrounding beauty, incorporating rich textures, neutral color schemes, and metallic accents. French expatriate and interior designer Marie-Laure Kosian, Allied ASID of ML Design describes, “The homeowners wanted something that was fresh and bright with a mid-century and European look.” To achieve this, Marie-Laure punctuated each room with an appropriate light fixture fitting the homeowners’ desired style. She continues, “The lighting is very mid-century, and that’s why we picked each fixture. They look like the 1950s, and the other furnishings we chose are the style of that era.” The motif carries throughout the whole space, giving a unified feel to the condo.

Light fixtures represent the jewelry of the home. For those finishing touches, Marie-Laure chose one of her local favorites—Circa Lighting—to shop, touting its high-end options and its convenience (Circa has a showroom downtown and offers an approval process to try a fixture out in a room before purchasing). Acacia Lohman of Circa Lighting notes, “In the showroom, we try to represent five to ten percent of our 5,000 offerings. We carry over fifteen designers, including Aerin Lauder, EF Chapman, Barbara Barry, and Ralph Lauren.” Acacia adds that the vast number of products and lines allows homeowners and designers to shop at one place for an entire project without the house looking too “matchy-matchy.” Since the pieces are manufactured at one place, though, all of the finishes between the various lines are complementary and harmonious.

Outfitting a whole home or condo seamlessly is no easy task, and it’s one that Acacia recommends using a designer to tackle. The best plan for approaching a lighting package is to begin with the plans, figuring how many fixtures are needed and understanding the electrical components of the home. Then, there are three questions to consider: What style, what finishes, and what budget? From there, either an interior designer or one of the ALA-certified lighting specialists at Circa will narrow down the choices, selecting three options for each space. This makes the decision-making process easier; rather than trying to choose the best option from a group of thousands, homeowners simply select from small samples tailored to their styles and budgets. A combination of bold statement pieces and simple fixtures brings the design of the whole house together cohesively.

The Waterfront Park condo indeed looks unified; each fixture illuminates the intricate details of Marie-Laure’s design. Dominique Verona, Circa’s showroom manager, concludes, “The fixtures finish a room. In this home, they supplement Marie-Laure’s aesthetics—her fabric, her textures, her furnishings, and every little detail. They go hand-in-hand in quality.”

Check out the before and after photos from this project to see the amazing difference for yourself.








For more information about the lighting, call Circa Lighting at (843) 937-5990 or visit For more information about the interior design, call ML Design at (843) 327-9698 or visit


East Coast Granite - Fall15 VE DIsland-1Known to many across the Lowcountry as “The Countertop Lady,” Julie Alfred of East Coast Granite & Design has helped innumerable clients choose the best countertops to fit their homes and their budgets.

Perfect pairings, whether it’s a shirt and tie, wine and cheese, or even peanut butter and jelly (it’s all about the ratio), are sometimes difficult to pull together. Not so with Julie Alfred of East Coast Granite & Design, who teamed up with Nathan Sullivan of Sullivan Custom Cabinets and designer Dani Silver of Dani Silver Designs to create a kitchen of elegant proportions. Dani’s clients came to her with a plan in mind, and the rest is history, as the old adage goes. The homeowners already had their colors and cabinets picked out when they met with Julie. “They sought my advice about which stone would be the best fit for their kitchen,” she says. “But East Coast Granite - Fall15 VE DIsland-7
there’s more to choosing countertops than picking granite or marble in a color you like.”

Naturally, the mineral makeup of granite versus marble is a huge factor in the decision-making process, but there are also finishes and edges to determine. Shoppers must additionally consider the size of the slab, a treatment to prolong the stone’s life, and the striations of the stone. “The most popular colors in countertops are grays and whites, which are most often a type of marble, but a lot of people are scared of marble,” Julie expounds. When it comes to scratch resistance, granite is generally considered to be stronger, but what most people don’t know is that marble can withstand high temperatures better than any other stone on the market. Julie also highly recommends that marble countertops should be treated with a high-end sealer. “The sealer will gradually become part of the composition of the stone and make it exponentially stronger.”

These particular homeowners took Julie’s advice and chose a marble called “Super White,” which they installed in the kitchen, master bath, and the first-floor powder room. In this particular kitchen, the team at Sullian Custom Cabinets had to build the island to custom measurements to accommodate the whole slab of “Super White.” Because the homeowners opted to have no seams in the island countertop, the team at East Coast Granite honed an entire slab and then lifted it in with a crane. “It was quite a production,” she concludes with a laugh, “The results speak for themselves.”

For more information, call Julie Alfred at East Coast Granite at (843) 343-6536 or visit For information about the cabinetry, call Sullivan Custom Cabinets at (843) 554-5880 or visit

West Ashley resident Monica Stobbs turns an outdated fifties brick bungalow into an Art Deco vision.


Nestled on a quiet West Ashley street among brick façades, green lawns, and blooming gardens is a circa 1950 cottage with an inviting open door. First time homeowner and hostess Monica Stobbs waves from the doorway, her furry friend Sugar under her arm as she urges her friends to cross the threshold.

As guests enter Monica’s home, they are transported into an era of chic modernism filled with subtle, calming colors of light green, soft purple, white, and a splash of invigorating orange. “I adore Art Deco,” Monica proclaims. “It’s the best of everything—clean lines, modern furniture, beautiful colors, and a touch of minimalism.” Miriam Ricks, Monica’s interior designer and good friend, had a hand in everything from larger scale details like the fireplace surround to the smaller, yet impactful table in the entryway. “Because I love Art Deco so much, Miriam really came in handy,” she laughs. “We commissioned Mike Weeks, a local iron-and-metal craftsman, to replicate the entry table from a vintage French piece.” The chairs in the living room were also custom designed from a picture that Monica showed Miriam, who then had them fabricated to just the right size. According to Miriam’s expertise, successful interior design is more about proportions than anything else. So a vast mirror was placed over the hall table and slightly lower-back chairs adorn the living room and flank the modern couch.

Built in 1955, Monica’s home is part of the South Windermere neighborhood—one of the first built in West Ashley after World War II. “I fell in love with the character of the neighborhood. The homes are spaced out more and don’t look like each other, as they do in some of the newer subdivisions,” Monica explains. Her appreciation for minimalism lent uniqueness to the adjustments to the floor plan as well. The original entry was closed off from the living room, and the sunroom was forgettable at best. Monica opened the whole floor plan by widening the doorways, which draws the eyes across the living room and into the dining room and gives a peek of the bright sunshine streaming into the sunroom.

Monica adds, “Raising the sunroom to be level with the rest of the floors has turned out to be one of the most important changes made to the original floor plan.” Before, the sunroom’s surface was several inches below the rest of her home’s, and it felt incongruous. Removing the door leading to the sunroom helped as well, but as Monica’s favorite room, it needed something extra to fulfill its potential. But what could blend with her color scheme and décor? A beautiful white-marble floor, of course.

The wood floors in the front of Monica’s home are original to the abode, but the carpeting in the bedrooms didn’t fit the bill anymore. Monica and Miriam decided to replace the carpet with new wood floors that match the old in order to keep the charm that aged lumber adds to the overall décor.


To complete the Art Deco feel of the interior, Monica and Miriam teamed up with Bob Corrigan of Three River Homes, Jay Miller of HWC Custom Cabinetry, and the team at Port City Glass & Mirror to redo the master bathroom. What was once a cramped Jack-and-Jill bathroom is now a sparkling oasis of floor-to-ceiling marble, a Starphire glass shower, and a custom vanity. But the definition of homeownership, as Monica has quickly learned, is an on-going remodeling project. “I wanted to live in my new home a while to really figure out what suits me best, so my next step is the kitchen. And then perhaps a little expansion of the second bedroom.” Watch out world—Monica Stobbs and Miriam Ricks are set to impress with their next endeavor.


Remodeler: Three River Homes
(843) 200-8868 |

Interior design: Miriam Jordan Interiors
(843) 991-0609 |

Cabinetry: HWC Custom Cabinetry
(843) 207-0750 |

Shower: Port City Glass & Mirror
(843) 577-6500 |

6a01901d38d677970b01b8d1813511970c-500wiHomeowners Anne and Bill Stevens have been residing on Daniel Island for over twelve years; their second house in the area proves to be their best investment yet.

In 1997, Daniel Island was little more than a rugged plot of paradise situated at the confluence of the Wando and Cooper Rivers. Early in the island’s development—in 2003—Bill and Anne Stevens saw the potential of the community, and they decided to construct a home for themselves. Watching the growth of the town (which now consists of approximately 2,000 single-family homes) and welcoming new neighbors made them love the locale even more. Anne explains, “When we first looked at Daniel Island, there were already sidewalks. We didn’t see these on Isle of Palms or some of the other areas. Sidewalks mean that there are permanent residents and a sense of community. We wanted that, so I said, ‘This is it.’” Years later, the couple decided to downsize. The Stevenses considered living in no other part of town; Daniel Island was (and is) their home.

As they searched for a builder, Bill and Anne came across Donnie Smith of JDSmith Custom Homes, and their personalities immediately clicked. They had located a lot and were prepared to move forward with construction, but they couldn’t sell their first home. The Stevenses, sadly, had to halt construction and back out of their original plan. Bill recalls, “As luck would have it, several months later someone came in and bought our house, and we were suddenly in a rush to find a new place.” Bill and Anne came back to Donnie and were able to build on the same lot they had originally chosen. Donnie was constructing a spec house on the property, but the contractors had only reached the framing stage. Donnie set out to adapt the plans, designed by Architrave, and create the Stevenses’ second Daniel
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“We actually flunked a little bit of the downsizing part,” says Anne with a laugh. “We now have ten grand children, and we actually needed more space than we thought.” The home boasts several guest rooms well suited for family visits, a downstairs master suite, a den, formal and informal dining areas, and a cheerful sunroom. In each and every room, one key factor played a major role in the design—storage. “We customized the house exactly how they wanted it, and that included adding more storage spaces,” describes Donnie. Anne requested extra closets wherever she could make room, as well as accessible attic storage (with full-sized doors and carpeted floors) connected to each second-floor walk-in. Donnie happily accommodated by collaborating with the architecture firm to tweak the original plans.

6a01901d38d677970b01bb089bc5b3970d-500wiThe builder-homeowner connection couldn’t have been any better. The three even have a running joke—Donnie and Bill had a knack for showing up at meetings wearing matching shirts. What did they do on closing day? They both donned their green-plaid button-downs for the occasion. In more seriousness, though, Donnie worked with the Stevenses each week to make sure that the project was progressing on schedule by putting Anne in touch with the right subcontractors to hash out the details of the flooring or trim work and by taking her ideas (sometimes sketched on a napkin) and bringing them to fruition. The finished home is exactly what the Stevenses were seeking. Bill and Anne are looking forward to spending the next decades in the community that they’ve grown to adore.

For more information, call JD Smith Custom Homes at (843) 881-8843 or visit