Must Have Features to Inspire your Custom Dream Home

Must Have Features to Inspire your Custom Dream Home

The possibilities are endless when designing your custom dream home! Most people choose elements that reflect a part of who they are; however, sometimes the process can be overwhelming. From choosing the kitchen backsplash to deciding on the perfect hardwood floor stain, there are so many fine details to be nailed down. At Fairview, we have a robust and talented Interior Design team who can walk you through every feature that is implemented into your home. We are inspired by you and we want you to be inspired by the unique and personal design of your home! Read below for a few must have features to help inspire your ultimate custom dream home!

Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans are an excellent feature that allow for wide-open spaces. An open floor plan with 10- or 12-foot ceilings instead of the traditional 8 feet gives homeowners the feeling of a larger space. Adding ceiling details such as tile, beams, or brick can promote extravagance, depth, and artistic creativity. High ceilings also increase natural light and adds an organic flow to the space. A space that integrates a kitchen, eating area, and living room is a popular plan that allows all rooms to come together. Few walls in an open floor plan makes it effortless for entertaining guests and spending time with family.

Impressive Views

A good architect and builder will be able to deliver beautiful views no matter the location of a property. Fairview especially builds custom homes in western North and South Carolina allowing for scenic landscapes of the blue ridge mountains to be visible from almost any post. Big windows aid in accomplishing impressive views through sight lines provided by large pieces of floor to ceiling glass, French doors, bay windows and more! When determining where to position your home on your land, it is essential to think about the views you want to see from sunrise to sunset. Capturing the natural environment is key for many homeowners and large windows allow for the presentation of remarkable views.


Indoor to Outdoor Living

Indoor to outdoor living spaces is an essential feature that should inspire your custom dream home. Building spaces that connect the inside to the outdoors, like sunrooms and porches, are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners wish to have additional spaces for entertaining and relaxation with family and friends. Outdoor living can include a large porch with a kitchen, lounge seating, a bar, a fire pit, hot tub, pool, and more! The possibilities are endless to fit your specific desires and hobbies. An outdoor oasis is the perfect entrance to your backyard and can increase the overall value of one’s property astronomically.

Spa-Style Master Bathroom

Who doesn’t love rest and relaxation after a long day? We believe large master bathrooms must include areas for a soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and even the investment of a sauna. All of the items will add a luxurious spa feeling to your home. Plus, modern bathrooms with unique showers, sinks, and heated floors are an easy way to increase home value! In building a functional bathroom, making it compatible for two people to use at a single time is crucial. The bathroom should include duals sinks, plenty of his and hers storage, and a spacious floor plan. Including both a walk-in shower and tub is a fantastic way to increase the bathroom’s versatility and make it more comfortable for the use of two people simultaneously.

Wine Cellar Addition

Searching for out of the box next level home additions? Adding a dedicated temperature-controlled win room is the perfect conversation piece. This is one easy way to make your home stand out. A custom room, bar, or space under the can be a great use of extra space. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy a cold drink either can add an extra dimension to your home. A wine cellar is a brilliant means to add an elegant feature to your home while at the same time storing some of your favorite bottles. A custom wine cellar addition can even give you the opportunity to begin collecting or growing your current collection.

We hope that you feel inspired to add even just one of these touches as an addition to your home. The beauty of building a custom home is knowing that every feature and detail is designed uniquely by you and that every element is completely tailored to your tastes and needs. As a builder, this means Fairview Custom Homes gets to be a part of the fun in customizing our clients dream home! Click the contact us page to request more info!

5 Reasons Why Greenville is the Best Place to Build Your Dream Home

5 Reasons Why Greenville is the Best Place to Build Your Dream Home

 1. A Location Hard to Beat 

Greenville is a city like no other! Located in the Upstate of South Carolina, it is conveniently situated just hours from the east coast beaches and only an hour from Asheville’s mountains, lakes, and The Biltmore Estate. The city and its surrounding areas are quickly growing with numerous job opportunities, industries, scenic views, and social features. Greenville provides big city life with a touch of southern charm that can’t be beat. Building your dream home in Greenville makes traveling easy with direct access to metropolitan cities like Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte. Day or weekend trips when living in Greenville are effortless whether you enjoy the outdoors and the eclectic scene of downtown Asheville or if you simply want to relax with the sand between your toes at a Charleston beach! A resident of Greenville can enjoy the life and cultures of the surrounding cities without paying the prices to live there! 

2. A Low Cost of Living for a High Quality of Life 

Like striking gold, Greenville’s cost of living is unbeatable compared to other cities in the South! Its low to average cost of living allows for building one’s dream home with ease. Building in the Upstate checks every box on the list, whether you are starting a family or looking for a place to retire. Greenville recently made a mark in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the Most Affordable places to live in the U.S. with the median home sale price as lower than the national medium in 2021-2022. However, this may change as more and more people are moving to the coveted city. Don’t wait, build your dream home in the upstate!

3. A Downtown Like No Other 

Greenville’s downtown scene is bustling with art, entertainment, and fantastic food. The downtown is filled with cafes, breweries, and specialty boutiques as well as the renowned Peace Center. The Peace Center provides the city and its residents with theatre pieces, orchestras, and concerts galore. Additionally, Greenville’s downtown offers over 100 restaurants to choose from. A few fan favorites include Larkin’s on the River, Soby’s South Cuisine, and Halls Chophouse. Further, the city hosts a plethora of festivals and events to suit any interests you may have. 

4. Outdoor Activities for Every Age Group 

Upstate South Carolina offers a variety of sporting events, state parks, and walking trails that never cease to amaze. Greenville is home to many sports teams including the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team, The Greenville Drive minor league baseball team and The Greenville Triumph professional soccer team. Residents can also enjoy and explore the natural elements of downtown including Falls Park on the Reedy with the cable suspended Liberty Bridge that overlooks the park, as well as the Swamp Rabbit Trail that runs 22 miles long. Both attractions provide walking trails and paths for cycling. Greenville also includes beautiful mountainous golf courses, specifically in The Cliffs communities and hiking trails along Table Rock Mountain, Caesar’s Head, and Jones Gap Falls. Who wouldn’t want to build their dream home in a city with so much to do?

5. Fairview Custom Homes 

In love with the Upstate? Look no further for a better place to build your dream home. With over 100 years of experience, family-owned Fairview Custom Homes can help you achieve your goal. Whether your dream home is in the mountains, on a lake, or right in the heart of downtown, Fairview can do it all. We are motivated and inspired by you to build a custom, inimitable home, where you are able to enjoy all of the amenities and wonders that living in Greenville has to offer. For more information and inquiries, check out the “contact us” page on our website!

Fairview Recognized by HBA of SC in 2021 Bridge awards

Fairview Recognized by HBA of SC in 2021 Bridge awards

Fairview Custom Homes LLC was recently honored for its custom craftsmanship at the Home Builders Association of Greenville’s 2021 Bridge Awards Gala, Presented by GBS Building Supply, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Fairview was presented with 6 awards.

“The Bridge Awards, a benchmark for the Home Builders Association of Greenville, allows us to recognize the best home building, remodeling, and craftsmanship in our industry, right here in the Upstate,” said Taylor Lyles, HBA of Greenville’s Chief Executive Officer. “The HBA of Greenville is excited to honor its membership with these awards as a testament to their craft and character in the industry.”

The Bridge Awards presented Fairview Custom Homes with the Special Feature award for the Best kitchen, Best Bath, Best Exterior and Best Overall in the 500K-1M category for the Anderson Residence in the Cliffs at Mountain Park.

Fairview was also awarded the Best Wine Room and Best Bath in the 2.6M-3M category for the Dunn Residence in The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. 

CEO of Fairview, Drew Hamblen, spoke of the recent bridge awards by saying, “It is an honor to be recognized by our peers- folks we are proud to work alongside every day. They help make these projects happen, which are a reflection of the creativity and vision of our customers and design partners. Every home we build is unique, memorable, and a likely candidate for future awards! We thank the HBA of Greenville for helping us showcase our craftsmanship that we and our customers are very proud of!” 

About the Home Builders Association of Greenville

The Home Builders Association of Greenville was founded on January 16, 1960. The association was officially organized and chartered as an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders on that date in 1960. The association was formed so home builders and other professionals in the home building industry could work together and cooperate in promoting the industry, new homes, home remodeling, repairs and improvements, and other areas of interest to the home building industry. The association began with a few dedicated members and has grown to over 600-member firms today. For more information, please call 864-254-0133, or visit

Fairview Recognized by HBA of SC with Pinnacle Award for 2020 Best New Home

Fairview Recognized by HBA of SC with Pinnacle Award for 2020 Best New Home

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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)

mulberry modern house kitchen

mulberry modern house outside pool

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.

Covid-19, Domestic Unrest, and Homebuilding: What’s The Impact?

Covid-19, Domestic Unrest, and Homebuilding: What’s The Impact?

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.

design for custom home in Greenville

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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 areaContact us today!

Mulberry Modern

Mulberry Modern

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.

mulberry modern master shower

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.

mulberry modern lets in a lot of light

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