Divine Designs on Daniel Island — Record turnout from craftsmen, home improvers, designers to spark Daniel Island show

Show attendees stop at a booth at the Chaleston Home + Design show on Daniel Island last year. Behind them is a photo of tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki, 2011 winner of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).

A vibrant house remodeling sector arguably boasts builders, designers, architects, specialists and suppliers teaming up to turn plain places into signature styles.

If that’s indeed the case, the fourth annual Charleston Home + Design Show on Daniel Island next weekend will be a splitting image of the area’s purring residential improvement business.

“Regarding the home show, we have experienced a great deal of enthusiasm from the vendors,” says Tim Barkley, show organizer with New Homes Charleston and publisher of sponsor Charleston Home + Design magazine.

“This is the biggest show yet in terms of vendors,” Barkley says, noting the burgeoning economy plays a role. The running count of builders, designers and specialists changes daily, he said last week. “But it’s almost 100.”

Businesses that take part in the two-day show at Family Circle Stadium can psych up event-goers and customers weighing whether to remodel. And they can assist homeowners in identifying well-regarded designers and building pros.

The public seems to be absorbing the Home + Design show buzz. “So much of hiring a builder is personality driven,” Barkley says.

A special event, the Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour, will return to showcase seven houses spread around the island. It allows attendees to gather ideas for their renovation plans or just take in the sights.

They’ll peruse high-end houses inside and out. “All the homes are new construction; all custom built,” Barkley says.

“Regarding the home tour, once again we’ve got seven houses. Anyone planning to build (or) remodel can walk into these homes,” he says. The show relaxed a few rules. For instance you couldn’t take pictures during the tour. This year, “photography is welcomed,” Barkley says. “Homeowners want to show it off,” he says. They’re “usually so happy with what the builder has done.”

Each home will host the builder responsible for the design, who can “answer questions and point out subtle or dramatic design details,” organizers say.

Show-goers then can “go back (to the Family Circle Stadium) and talk to their builder at the show and incorporate the information into their plan.”

The featured homes are:

Built on a large peninsula-shaped lot, the house rolls out custom lighting fixtures including a double-tier chandelier in the cupola and long-length, random-width hardwood floors.

It touts coffered ceilings in the living room and custom exposed trusses in the kitchen, a separate bar with refrigerated wine closet and a master bathroom with free-standing tub and walk-through shower.

The residence features shiplap walls and ceilings in the kitchen and great room, custom cabinets in the kitchen, butler’s pantry and family room as well as 10-foot ceilings on the first floor.

This place boasts heated tile floors and free-standing tub in the master bath, vaulted ceilings and covered rear porch with fireplace and motorized screens.

It showcases a floating staircase with glass railing cabana, pool with swim-up bar and a master bedroom touting a large adjoining sitting area.

The house offers reclaimed antique heart pine floors, aged-cypress wood with a powder-room vanity and a separate room over a detached garage with full kitchen and bath.

Known for Wando River views and private dock, the property also shows off a porch for entertaining. It features a fireplace; outdoor kitchen; and cable rail, basket-weave tile in the kitchen.

Another event that’s expected to draw sizable crowds dates to the first years of the show. “We’ve always had this, however it wasn’t promoted that much,” Barkley says. It’s the Home Show Happy Hour. The catered beer and wine fest, to offer live entertainment from John Cusatis, will be 5-8 p.m. April 25.

Show-goers can also sign up for a chance to win a $5,400 “dream garage organizing makeover.” The overhaul consists of a $2,000 Lowcountry Monkey Bars garage organizing package, $2,000 Carolina Flooring Specialists showroom-style garage-floor coating package and $1,400 home organizing package from STR8N UP professional organizing services.

There also will be a food truck row comprised of Lowcountry Street Eats and EMS Food Truck.

Admission and parking at The Home + Design Show are free, but event-goers must get a separate ticket for the Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour. Tickets for the tour can be purchased online at www.danielislandluxuryhometour.com for $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show at Family Circle Stadium. It will be held rain or shine.

General admission to the stadium will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on the Saturday of the show and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday.

As in past years, “thousands” of customer products and services will be available, Barkley says.

For more, visit www.danielislandhomeshow.com or www.danielislandluxuryhometour.com.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.