New homes spring up almost daily across the Charleston area, relying on both long established and novel floor plans.

In lots of cases, buyers stick with the original designs. They like the houses just the way they are, figure the designs are from professionals with major builders and make few if any changes.

Then again, there are adventuresome owners that take new homes as starting points rather than the finished products. They install an addition here, fit in accessories there and eventually wind up with property that goes far beyond its original frame.

Maybe the largest segment of homes, of course, wind up somewhere in between.

In the case of a six-year-old house in The Gardens at Tanner Plantation, the residence retains its traditional layout yet sides markedly with the customized approach. The two-story home, located at 7002 Banksia Lane, lists for sale at $278,000.

"They (the owners) added the tile, floors, sunroom, hurricane shutters," says Janet Daniels, a Realtor with Southern Shores Real Estate and listing agent.

The residents tackled fairly large projects such as setting a concrete slab for a cozy gazebo near the back fence, and they took time for creative incidentals such as installing a flat screen television with an etching that switches artistic scenes as you walk around the room. Another addition: a wall-length living room bookshelf "that's (built) into the floor," Daniels says.

All the extras give 7002 Banksia Lane a distinctive personality. Hailing from Germany, the owner family touts even more features including $10,000 metal hurricane shutters that are fitted on bedroom windows.

Daniels says the four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home's personalized touches complement the well-appointed neighborhood. There's sidewalks throughout Hanahan-based The Gardens, and ponds dot the village including within viewing distance from the Banksia Lane home's upstairs.

A supermarket, athletic club and restaurants mark retail centers nearby.

"It's just a great community," Daniels says.

Popular with military personnel, the neighborhood sits a few miles from the Naval Weapons Station complex and from major private employers such as Boeing. Hospitals are also nearby.

In her listing, Daniels details the home's interior, notably its "upgrades galore."

The spacious living room, she says, "boasts natural lighting, rich flooring, high smooth ceilings and custom built-in shelving."

Next to the living room stands the den, sporting a gas fireplace and opening to the dining room and kitchen. The "gourmet" cooking area harbors a large island; upgraded cabinets; Silestone quartz countertops; custom lighting fixtures; large pantry; and stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave. Off the kitchen stands a laundry room.

The first floor also showcases a powder room "with intricate ornate tile for extra beauty," Daniels says.

"Another added bonus," she says," is the newly painted sun porch." A buyer could "enjoy the serenity" of the backyard, she says in the listing.

All the bedrooms and full baths are on the second floor. Daniels describes the master suite as "quite large," with a garden tub, separate shower, vanity and walk-in closet in the bathroom.

Another perk involves the home's semi-removed location. "Nothing's built behind you," she says.

The house is not far from the entrance to The Gardens at Tanner Plantation. Heading west, get on Interstate 26 to the I-526 exit toward Mount Pleasant. Take the first exit for North Rhett Avenue. Make a left and follow North Rhett three miles. Shortly past the avenue widening, turn left on Tanner Ford into Tanner Plantation. Pass the shopping center and make a right on Lanier into The Gardens. The third right is Banksia Lane. Ahead around the cul-de-sac is 7002 Banksia Lane.

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Agent: Janet Daniels

Office: Southern Shores Real Estate

Phone: 843-729-7182

Philosophy: "My mission statement has always been reaching out and helping others. As an educator for 20 years, I am committed to help anyone who needs my expertise in listing or finding a new dream home."