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Having to maintain a lawn can be plenty of work, especially if you have a pet. We love our furry little friends but let’s face it, some pets love digging giant holes, resulting in patches of dead grass for us to worry about. To alleviate this problem, consider a synthetic turf; the folks over at Palmetto Moon Synthetic Turf can create the maintenance-free lawn you have always wanted. This stress-free option will not only look great year-round, it can save you time and money overall. We even have a synthetic turf here at the Charleston Home + Design office and it adds a great pop of color to the front of our building. I recently asked our publisher, Tim Barkley, why he chose to go with the synthetic turf lawn option and here’s what he had to say:

Why did you decide to replace the grassy areas that we had with synthetic turf?

For any business or homeowner who is simply sick of constantly maintaining a lawn, with the mowing, edging, and pulling weeds, installing Palmetto Moon Synthetic Turf makes sense. For those worried about occasional drought conditions we experience every few years, synthetic turf is a good idea. Also, if you happen to have a very small area where you’ve had to maintain a live lawn, synthetic turf is the answer there as well.

Do you have any advice for homeowners or business owners considering installing a synthetic turf?

The installation of synthetic turf is key. You can buy synthetic turf grass and install it yourself, but there are many reasons you want a professional team like Palmetto Moon Synthetic Turf to do it right. There are drainage issues, and if you don’t install it correctly, corners will pull up and then you’re on your way to the whole thing going bad for you.

For more information, call Palmetto Moon Synthetic Turf at (843) 618-6611 or visit PalmettoMoonSyntheticTurf.com

When and how did Crosby Creations Custom Home Design get its start?

March of 2008, I lost my job in the recession and took a leap of faith to start my own business with the support of my wonderful husband. The first few years were tough with such a slow housing market, but when you start a business in a down turned economy, there’s nowhere to go but up!

What does Crosby Creations Custom Home Design specialize in?

We specialize in Custom Home and Renovation Design.

What’s a typical day working at Crosby Creations Custom Home Design look like?

Fielding leads, answering tons of emails, and designing dreams! We typically carry a work load of 25 to 35 jobs at a time. Currently we’re designing 15 custom homes and 10 renovations with new projects coming in weekly.

What’s your favorite part of working and living in Charleston?

In my field, it’s especially wonderful to be surrounded by such profound history and architecture.

What is the best advice you could give to people who are looking to build or renovate a home?

Surround yourself with a team of professionals that you can trust to get you through the process. I hear many people say how stressful it is to build a house, but if you select the proper team, it doesn’t have to be. I can help bring other companies in to help streamline the process.

Lastly, is there anything else you would like people to know about Crosby Creations Custom Home Design ?

I am very hands on with each one of my designs. I work very hard to have superior client satisfaction. I still keep in touch with many of my clients on a regular basis and am proud to call them my friends.

Since the Lowcountry is home to some of the most incredible waterfront views, it’s no wonder that glass doors are a popular choice for homeowners in the area. Glass doors bring in more natural light and scenery, and they can also make the transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces seamless and natural. When it comes to choosing a glass door, there are various styles and systems to pick from. Muhler, one of the Lowcountry’s leading distributors of windows, doors, and shutter systems, offers two unique glass door systems through different product lines.

Panda’s Lift & Slide Glass Wall System is a multi-door system that can easily open up spaces by shifting each glass panel, which are engineered to operate smoothly with only a small amount of applied pressure. These panels use their own weight to create seals across the system, making it weather-tight. Through different material options and features available to homeowners, Lift & Glass Wall System can also be thermally broken for harsher climates, keeping homes insulated and protected from extreme temperatures, as well as impact and hurricane resistant. One of the best parts about this system is that it’s barefoot friendly! There’s no obstructing lip or step to stub any toes.

The folding door systems from Euro-Wall offer similar features but a different operating style from the Lift & Slide system. Through hinges, handles, and slight pressure, the glass door panels easily fold and stack out of the way, opening up views and outdoor spaces with ease. As with Panda’s Lift & Slide Glass Wall System, Euro-Wall’s glass door systems are also available in thermally broken and impact options. Since Euro-Wall was founded in Florida, its folding door designs are structured to meet Florida’s strict building codes for high winds and hurricane grade weather.

Both the Lift & Slide and the folding door systems can also be screened, making them perfect for enjoying Lowcountry weather without suffering from Lowcountry pests, like gnats and mosquitos. To learn more about these glass doors and the other great options available to Lowcountry homeowners, visit Muhler’s website or call (843) 572-9727.

When and how did Carpet Baggers, Carpet One get its start?

We started in August 1992.

What does Carpet Baggers, Carpet One specialize in?

We specialize in any and all floor coverings – LIVT, Carpet, Hardwood, Ceramic Tile, anything commercial, residential, and custom home related.

What’s a typical day working at Carpet Baggers, Carpet One look like?

A typical day in the life starts off with some scripture reading for wisdom and a cup of coffee as giddy up, then it’s off to the races at the office. I try to go by each department and say good morning to the guys in the warehouse including my 73 old father who still comes in to help the crews load up. Then I am on to speaking with our support staff and sales team. I will then meet with vendor reps, our sales reps and occasionally work with an old client or referral. I meet with my business partner Stevie Leasure and also our general manager Sean Forbes to go over long term and short term plans for the business and review what we are doing well and what we need to do better. I will assist sales team members and help out with day to day operations.

What’s your favorite part of working and living in Charleston?

My favorite part of living and working in Charleston is that we get to live and work where everyone else comes to vacation, and apparently wants to live! Going over one of the bridges across the water and marsh still puts a smile on my face! I moved here from Greenville in 1986 and it still feels like such a privilege to be here.

What is the best advice you could give to people in the market for flooring?

The best advice I could give someone in the market for floor coverings is to come into our Showroom! We have the best selection around. Share with our people what it’s like to live a day in your life. Do you have kids? How many? what ages? Pets? Do you entertain? Do you clean your own home?? Let us know about how you operate so we can recommend the right floor for your home!

Lastly, is there anything else you would like people to know about Carpet Baggers, Carpet One?

We have 10 sales reps with an average of 15 years experience in the flooring industry. We don’t sell appliances or lighting or anything else but floors. Let us help you find the right flooring for your home. We are a part of The National buying group Carpet One with 1,000 locations nation wide. We have as good of financing and pricing options as any National box store but the opportunity to work with local owners and an experienced team. Come get the Carpet Baggers Carpet One experience, you’ll be glad you did!

Keeping your home up to date and in tip-top shape can be extremely difficult. Tackling a custom remodel, addition, or outdoor living space, can be even more difficult. But, with Strock Enterprises Design & Remodel, this will become a smoother and more successful process. With their 8 part process, Strock keeps you in the loop from start to finish and even offers an “emotional chart” analysis for the homeowners, allowing them to understand what they are in for over the next 6 – 12 months of work.

Strock provides services for kitchens, bathrooms, additions, outdoor living, as well as smaller repairs, and more. One very special aspect of Strock is their expertise in renovating and restoring historic homes. Charleston is unique in many ways, but its abundance of beautiful historic homes is something that makes it stand out from most every city in the country. Unfortunately, many of these historic homes are in need of some TLC. Fortunately, Stock is able to work within the preservation guidelines set fourth by the city to update the older home while still keeping their aura of history and charm. With this knowledge and expertise, Strock has become one of the most sought-after restoration teams in Charleston. The ability to preserve the rich history and architectural beauty within this area is a wonderful and rare thing, and extremely important to keeping the character of Charleston alive and well.

As a sponsor of the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show, Strock Enterprises Design & Remodel will be available to answer any remodeling questions you may have, or chat about your next kitchen, bath, or outdoor living venture. Stop by their booth August 25th-27th at the Gaillard Center in Downtown Charleston, and learn more about this wonderful Design & Remodel company, Strock Enterprises Design & Remodel!

If you’re looking for to make your kids bedroom the coolest and only place to hangout, the place all of their friends want to be, then Maxtrix Kids Furniture is the store for you. Matrix Kids Furniture can help you style anything from themed rooms, to small spaces, storage areas, and even incorporate slides into beds for the best and most fun way to escape your bed. Their furniture is both functional as it is fun, just a kids room should be.

One product that Maxtrix Kids Furniture specializes in is kids beds. Now, these are no ordinary beds, they are princess castle, canopy covered, slide capable, beds. Though, yes, they offer simpler models such as quadruple bunk beds or the wooden low loft style bed, they also offer beds that resemble more a house than a place to sleep. This makes the bed multi-functional, becoming both a place to rest their eyes as well as to play. The best part of these beds is that they are specifically designed for kids, coming in only twin and full size, they cater to the smaller humans of the world. But, it is not just their beds that bring a room to life. This store is full of all sorts of furniture, from dressers to desks, and chairs, as well as many accessories. These accessories are adorable, and vary from door knobs to pillows. One great aspect of the accessories offered is the Tents that go along with these infamous bed. The tents vary greatly and allow you to add on to pre-existing items of your child’s bed or to take the plain loft bed you may purchased, and customize it in whatever it is your children could ever want.

If you have kids and this sounds like a dream come true, be sure to come by the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show August 25th-27th at the Gaillard Center in Downtown Charleston. Maxtrix Kids Furniture, a Prize Giveaway Sponsor, will be giving away a $2,000 kids bed set as apart of the Fall Fix-Up Prize Package. To enter to win, visit the Prize Giveaway Booth at the Charleston Fall Home Show and be put in the running for this along with four other $2,000 prizes. There will be five lucky local winners this go-round, so be sure to come by and fill out a ballot.

To learn more about Maxtrix Kids Furniture, visit their vendor booth at the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show, and visit their website: https://www.maxtrixkids.com/!

When remodeling or building a home, having top of the line products and installation is of the up most importance. There are variety of ways to improve your home and to ensure that you are getting the most bang for your buck, and Ultimate Gutter Guard by Southern, located in Charleston, can help achieve this goal.

Ultimate Gutter Guard offers a wide variety of home improvement options, such as, but not limited to: gutters, replacement windows, vinyl siding, attic insulation, and complete bathroom remodels. Each aspect of their business gives way to a more efficient and updated home. With over 120,000 jobs for 80,000 households completed throughout their 50 years in business, Ultimate Gutter Guard aims to “build relationships that last a lifetime,” and guarantees complete customer satisfaction, not just with the product but with their quality, prompt and professional service.

As a sponsor of the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show, Ultimate Gutter Guard will be readily available to speak to you about any and all your home improvement needs, such as their Attic Insulation, EShield™, that works to protect your home from radiation heat. Radiation heat is the single most significant source of heat loss and heat gain in a home, and eShield™ works to block this heat transfer by combining R-Value with a dual reflective shield. This barrier reflects 97% of the heat it comes in contact with, allowing you to save a significant amount on your heating and cooling bills. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy, eShield™ attic energy barrier can deliver more energy savings than even 12 inches of additional fiberglass insulation, and the best part is that this product never needs replacing or maintenance. With a decrease in bills and no need update or replace, eShield™ simply pays for itself, quicker than all other home improvement options offered.

If you liked to learn more about eShield™, as well as the rest of Ultimate Gutter Guard’s home improvement options, be sure to stop by their booth at the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show, going on from August 25th – 27th at the Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston!

When and how did Garden State Tile get its start?

Garden State Tile saw a need to open a showroom in Charleston because of the growth of the community residentially and commercially, there is so much building going on. We have a showroom and stocking warehouse in Savannah so it just made sense that the next showroom to open would be here.

What does Garden State Tile specialize in?

We specialize in Italian Porcelain and natural stone, we also have great ceramic handmade tiles, glass tiles, mosaics, cement tiles and exterior pavers. We try to procure both super specialized product and product that is trending, so the customer can find exactly what they are looking for.

What’s a typical day working at Garden State Tile look like?

There is no typical day which makes working at Garden State Tile exciting! We could be out cold calling, going to job sites or have client appointments in the showroom. We love the design aspect of the job and helping clients put together complete looks, from simple kitchen backsplashes to whole houses. We work with builders, interior designers, and homeowners and understand that all projects are different, whether it be new construction or a residential remodel.

What’s your favorite part of working and living in Charleston?

Steele: I love working downtown, it’s convenient to where I live in Avondale and I just love the vibe of being down here on East Bay Street!

Lindsay: I love being able to come downtown every day! I live on James Island and am equidistance from downtown and Folly Beach and so I get the best of both worlds.

What is the best advice you could give to people in the market for stone or tile?

Do your research, see if you would mind the maintenance of a natural stone or the variation that comes with this product. If you don’t want to seal it on a regular basis or have an issue with the variation then natural stone is not for you. We have wonderful porcelains that look like a natural stone with no maintenance. Go on to Houzz or Pinterest and look at some ideas so you can have a general idea of your style and color palate when you come in.

Lastly, is there anything else you would like people to know about Garden State Tile?

We work on both commercial and residential projects and have an A&D representative that focuses on the commercial aspect of the business, while our Design Consultants specialize in residential. Having dedicated and knowledgeable team members that focus on each side of the business really allows for a personalized experience for all our customers.

In today’s trends, kitchen and bath countertops are becoming more and more essential to the look and feel a room has. Countertops come in a wide range of materials, including both natural stone such as marble and granite, and man-made stones such as quartz. With a wide range of materials, comes a wide range of prices, allowing each individual person to find the perfect countertop within their budget. At Real Deal Countertops of Summerville, they will help guide you through the process and find one that is perfect for both you and your budget. When dealing with the staff at Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen or bath is both painless and easy.

As a sponsor of the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show, Real Deal Countertops will be available to help you brainstorm and create a new look for your home from August 25th – 27th. They offer a wide range of services including: custom countertops, tables, islands and vanity tops, outdoor kitchens, jacuzzi surrounds, shower & benches as well as fabrication and installation. Not only this, but they are constantly receiving new materials into their warehouse, allowing you to have ever-changing options to create the perfect look for your home. Once the installation is complete and your home is looking updated and beautiful, Real Deal Countertops will offer you the do’s and don’ts of caring for the stone.

On their website, they offer tips and tricks to how to best identify your stone and learn how to care for it properly. According to Real Deal Countertops, knowing the type of you have had installed is key to knowing how to care for it properly and avoid staining or ruining the finish of the countertops. There are two categories of natural stone, siliceous stone and calcareous stone and each stone needs to be cared for in different ways. Siliceous stone is extremely durable and easy to clean with mildly acidic cleaning solutions, as where Calcareous stone is sensitive to any sort of acidic cleaning product and requires a different cleaning regiment than Siliceous stone. Though cleaning a countertop may not seem like a large task, it’s extremely important to know the difference and talk to a professional.

If you would like to learn more about different stones, stone finishes, and how to care for them, or in the market for a new kitchen or bath countertop, remember to stop by the Charleston Fall Home Show from Friday August 25th – August 27th!

With summer well under way and fall fast on its heels, now is the time to take advantage of the outdoors before the weather turns cold. The best way to do that is to fill your outdoor space with durable, attractive furniture for outdoor entertaining and relaxation. Teak is a great wood choice for outdoor furniture because it’s long-lasting and it also assumes a beautiful silvery gray color the more it weathers.

OutSide Is In is a great place to start looking for teak pieces because they specialize in quality teak furniture. The OutSide Is In Design Center is on Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant and is full of beautifully crafted teak furniture, including roomy rocking chairs, round coffee tables, shower benches, oval dining tables, and bar chairs. Each piece at OutSide is In is considered for its outdoor function and usability. The teak Double Leaf Table, for example, has leaves stored beneath the table surface that can be pulled out from the middle of the table in order to extend it, easily transforming it from a small breakfast table into a dining table for six. Teak tables like this one can be crafted at bar height, counter height, or dining height for all kinds of outdoor entertaining.

As a Prize Giveaway Sponsor of the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show, OutSide Is In will be available for homeowners to learn more about teak furniture as well as the customization options offered at the OutSide Is In Design Center. Since the experts at OutSide Is In are committed to supplying some of the highest quality teak furniture in the Lowcountry, they also want to make sure each customer finds the perfect teak piece for their unique outdoor living space.

As apart of the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show, there will be a Grand Prize Giveaway. The Fall Fix-Up Prize Package consists of five separate $2,000 giveaways, which will be awarded to five different lucky locals! OutSide Is In has graciously donated a $2,000 Teak Furniture Package to one lucky winner, perfect for Lowcountry outdoor living. Stop by the Prize Giveaway booth at the 2017 Charleston Fall Home Show and enter to win OutSide Is In’s prize, or 4 other amazing packages.

And, to learn more about OutSide is In, come out to the Charleston Fall Home Show at the Gaillard Center on August 25th-27th and visit their website at https://www.outdoor-furniture-fabric.com/ or call (843) 718-7181.