Home Builders, Remodelers Achieve High Honors for State Awards
Columbia, SC – Home building industry professionals were awarded the Home Builders Association of South Carolina’s most prestigious awards in South Carolina. The Pinnacle Awards recognize the craftsmanship of the best home builders and remodelers in the Palmetto State. Thirty-five Pinnacle Awards were given in five categories – new home construction, remodel projects, energy efficiency, subdivision/community, and marketing. The Pinnacle Award winners will be highlighted in the upcoming S.C. Builder Journal and presented on the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism websites to emphasize the craftsmanship and quality of S.C. residential builders.
2020 HBASC Pinnacle Awards Winner
New Home Construction – $2,000,000 to $2,499,999
Fairview Custom Homes
The “Mulberry Modern” House
(Member of the HBA of Greenville)
About the Pinnacle Awards
The Pinnacle Awards were created to honor those in the home building industry who have achieved the highest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem solving, and customer satisfaction. This competition is a privilege of membership, as well as a means of challenging our members to greater levels of achievement.
For a full list of 2020 Pinnacle Award Winners, click here.
Current events have affected people very differently across the nation, but they have fomented an unprecedented construction boom in the Carolinas. Questions we receive on a daily basis lately are:
- How much does it cost to build/ what is your cost per square foot?
- Is landscaping and site work included?
- Do you include permitting and design fees in your cost estimates?
- Is unconditioned square footage included in your cost per square foot?
The short answer is, Yes! everything is included. As custom home builders, it really boils down to what you, the client, are looking for and we’ll go from there together.*
So why are people flooding to the area for primary or vacation homes? Maybe it’s the cost of living, the healthy lifestyle emphasis, the greenspace and lot sizes, or a desire to be less exposed to the regulation or disruption in bigger cities – you can draw your own conclusions.
But we anticipate a real labor and material shortage on the horizon as record numbers of new buyers submit inquiries for custom home construction. We’re predicting the crunch to hit in the spring of 2021. Each new request to estimate a set of plans merely adds to the backlog of subcontractor availability, many of whom are sole proprietors that perform work during the day and tend to paperwork at night. Estimating large custom home projects can be tedious and time-consuming. It’s one thing to pour over a plan set during slow times; it’s a different story when they’re covered up with opportunities to bring in cash for their labor.
At Fairview, Chris Hamblen leads our Construction Estimating and Project Management teams for maximum effectiveness. He utilizes several tools to keep the bids coming on schedule:
- Chris does his own takeoffs – it pays to have a Clemson CSM grad at the helm scouring plans for flashing details, material cut/fill sheets, or missing technical information. Chris also consults with Fairview’s Senior Project Manager and Site Superintendent on each job before finalizing an estimate.
- We don’t solicit bids without a contract – now is not the time to ask subs for favors. If you ask for a bid, it better be for a job that is under contract, otherwise, why spend any meaningful time on it?
- Treat subcontractors with respect – we hear all the time that our subs love our management style and team. They want to be respected for their skills and abilities, just like anyone with that much experience would want. We offer that, and they prioritize our needs.
- We pay quickly – Fairview’s standard is Net 21, which is a quicker pay turnaround than many builders offer. We’ll pay even faster if it will help a job finish quicker and a particular subcontractor impresses us with their performance.
- We keep an efficient list of subcontractors – to keep prices in check, we competitively bid every scope of work to 3-4 subcontractors. Any more and we’d risk lower buy-in from our subs because the subcontract award rate would be low for each, and they’d stop taking our requests as seriously. We’re always adding new providers to our bid lists who have shown good quality work and may help keep prices in check as our more experienced tradesmen begin to price themselves out of the market.
So, how can new clients beat the present rush? Here are some suggestions:
- Decide on a plan footprint early – this should be done with consideration to the buyer’s preferred lots. All lots are different and most fit better with particular dimensions, so decide on what type of lot to look for to accommodate the desired house plan. Drew Hamblen leads Fairview’s lot analysis team and can advise you on how to pair your home plan with the lots you’re considering.
- Sign a building contract early – for all the reasons above, you can’t expect a reliable estimate for a custom home if there’s no commitment from you to the builder. Take the time needed to vet your contractor, then empower them to be your advocate with the trade base. Fairview offers two methods of achieving this: a) a full design-build agreement (best when the home plan hasn’t been designed yet) and b) a pre-construction agreement (excellent for getting things moving on the estimate without requiring a large down payment or commitment. This is possible when the client has decided on a home plan that can be estimated immediately)
- Give timely feedback to aid finalizing the plans, specs, and budget. The more clarity we can achieve early, the more interest the subs will have in giving us priority scheduling to help us beat the rush!
It’s a great time to build in the Carolinas, and we’re standing by to help. Don’t drag your feet too long though; the secret is out!
If you are looking for an experienced, custom home builder in the Greenville area, Contact us today!
Few words better describe this new home than transparency. This term applies not only to the expansive glass adorning the home’s envelope, but also to the process whereby unique customers, skilled designers, and experienced project managers exchanged ideas that culminated in a bespoke lakeside residence to remember.
Designs of this caliber are the provenance of our region’s top architects, and for this mountain-transitional style, we could think of none more apt than Scott Crichton of Architecture 224. Working as a design-build team, we performed cost and feasibility assessments as the design progressed and frequently discussed fine-detail execution during the building phase to ensure that each material contact point was thought out fully in advance of installation.
One critical design element is the transmission of light and the lack of view obstruction throughout the home. To this aim, an eight-foot square pivoting glass front door greets visitors who can easily see through to the wall of glass on the home’s rear exterior- all overlooking an infinity-edge pool that appears to blend with lake waters below. A beautiful mono-stringer stair system resides in a glass “tower” that commands the home’s right side. The master shower and tub are flanked by glass on both exterior walls. Light simply spills throughout the home and bids one to look at the beautiful Lake Keowee beyond.
Another key design element is the prevailing use of straight lines, and this was probably the most challenging aspect of the project to oversee. In order to achieve the “knife-edge” appearance with the pool, for example, the tile was sloped into the pool, rather than away, requiring it to have a maximum tolerance of 1/32”. Further, the pool deck is clad in 18” x 36” pieces of limestone, which each required field cutting to ensure consistency in dimension. This theme was repeated inside where single panels of tile up to 9’ long required water-jet cutting precision.
Other outdoor elements include a large but fitting custom chimney shroud, a cantilevered balcony, a zinc roof imported from Germany (a first in our region), and long rain-chains that hang from extended gutters and funnel water to landscaped areas featuring plants from a variety of climate zones. The siding, 1/8” nickel-gapped and pre-finished vertical grain Douglas Fir clads not only the home’s vertical exterior and soffits but also the garage doors as well.
Interior finish details include timbers with hand-forged brackets in the Great Room, a large barn door built of 16” white oak planks which had to be assembled inside the home, multiple linear fireplaces, panelized lighting to eliminate switch banks, handmade tile, custom wood, and stainless steel HVAC floor vents and wall grills, and a vibrant interior design palette by ID Studio Interiors.
The professional satisfaction of bringing all of these design elements and materials together cannot be overstated, and though homes of this complexity are difficult to complete, there’s always reward in knowing how many people came together to pull off a truly unique vision for happy customers.
If you’re looking for a custom home builder in Greenville, contact us or give us a call at 864-836-1133