Economically healthy times for Charleston area builders in 2016 will give way to even more vibrant conditions next year, says the industry's local trade group, which handed out more than 100 trophies in November to top contractors and marketers.
Charleston Home Builders Association held its yearly Prism awards, marking its 28th season of honoring craftsmen and associates for their "hard work and dedication to the field." According to the association, "We all remember the housing industry taking a hit in the mid-2000s. As scary as it was, it is safe to say we are seeing a resurgence of home buyers eager to build new and remodel once again." The group says that "2016 was a strong year, and 2017 will be stronger still."
Several up and coming new communities emerged locally, "including areas up U.S. (Highway) 17 reaching through Ravenel and beyond," the association points out. Another area ripe for "huge growth" will be west on Interstate 26 due to the multi-million dollar Volvo car plant under construction in Ridgeville. "With an average of 48 newcomers moving in every day to the area, the need for homes is only increasing steadily," notes the association, which represents Berkeley, Dorchester, Charleston and Colleton counties.
"No year has been more exciting to showcase the builders and associates in the industry," according to the area builders' organization. Honorees were congratulated for taking home "such a prestigious award."
Prism designees included Best Single Family Home worth "upwards of $5 million," and Best Remodeling Project at more than $500,000, the group says. The Nov. 4 banquet at Hyatt Place, on the corner of Spring and King streets downtown, feted sales people who closed home-purchase deals: Dozens made the Million Dollar Circle for selling more than $1 million in real estate in the year.
The association also added a new category in 2016 -- “Most Innovative Project." The award "honors a builder’s ability to meet every want of the client and still maintain the structure of a resalable home," according to the home builders group.
In addition to the awards presentations, the Charleston Home Builders Association donated $3,300 to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for its ongoing fight against cancer.
Richard Jackson, owner of JacksonBuilt Custom Homes and the group's 2016 president, oversaw the dinner alongside nominated president Tori Stein, president of Stein Renovation and Design Group, LLC.
"The 400 plus members of the Charleston Home Builders Association work tirelessly to provide remarkable, quality housing in the Charleston area," Jackson says. "I am proud of our membership and the pride they take in shaping our community. It is truly an honor to come together for an evening to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our peers."
As in past years, the event sold out as builders, associates and guests filled the banquet hall. Prism award sponsors included The Post and Courier, South State Bank, Carolina Lanterns & Lighting, Butler & College, LLC, and Ameris Bank.
Next year's banquet is scheduled for Nov. 3 at the Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston.
2016 PRISM AWARD WINNERS
Best Sales & Information Center: Summers Corner, Corner House Café & Information Center
Best Model Home $150,000 and Below: Hunter Quinn Homes, St. Martin
Best Model Home $200,000-$250,000: Dan Ryan Builders, Malbec
Best Model Home $250,000-$300,000: Eastwood Homes, Pin Oak
Best Model Home $300,000-$350,000: Crescent Homes, Kerrington
Best Model Home $350,000-$400,000: FrontDoor Communities, Magnolia
Best Model Home $400,000-$500,000: Ashton Woods, Killdeer
Best Model Home $500,000-$600,000: SBC Home, SBC Home Model at Riverside
Best Model Home $600,000-$700,000: David Weekley Homes, The Whitham
Best Model Home $700,000-$800,000: Brock Built Homes, The Adams
Best Model Home $900,000-$1 Million: Emerald Homes -- a DR Horton Company, The Stanford
Best Retail Showroom/Design Center: Dan Ryan Builders, "Uniquely Yours" Design Center by Dan Ryan Builders
Best Remodeling Project $100,000-$150,000: CK Contracting, Cooper Estates
Best Remodeling Project $150,000-$200,000: Renaissance South Construction Co., Bliss Residence
Best Remodeling Project $200,000-$250,000: CK Contracting, Hamlin Plantation
Best Remodeling Project $300,000-$350,000: Oakwood Construction Group, The Sutherland Residence
Best Remodeling Project $350,000-$400,000: Saltwater Homes, Sullivan Residence
Best Remodeling Project $500,000-$800,000: Shelter, Daniel Island
Best Remodeling Project $800,000-$900,000: Renaissance South Construction Co., McClure Residence
Best Commercial Pool/Outdoor Living Space: Nexton Swim Club
Best Residential Pool/Outdoor Living Space: Sea Island Builders, Awendaw Retreat
Best New Community, 100 Lots & above: West Rock, Summers Corner
Best Single Family Home, Detached $225,000-$275,000: Dan Ryan Builders, Malbec
Best Single Family Home, Detached $325,000-$400,000: Hunter Quinn Homes, Crowfield
Best Single Family Home, Detached $400,000-$450,000: Ashton Woods, Killdeer
Best Single Family Home, Detached $550,000-$600,000: D.R. Horton, The Harbor Oak
Best Single Family Home, Detached $600,000-$625,000: Dan Ryan Builders, Keeneland II
Best Single Family Home, Detached $650,000-$750,000: Crosby Creations, Tucker
Best Single Family Home, Detached $750,000-$800,000: Priester's Custom Contracting, LLC, Freeman Residence
Best Single Family Home, Detached $850,000-$900,000: Saltwater Homes, Sessions Residence
Best Single Family Home, Detached $900,000-$1 Million: David Weekley Homes, The Walcott
Best Single Family Home, Detached $1 Million-$1.2 Million: Trellis Residential, McGann Residence
Best Single Family Home, Detached $1.3 Million-$1.5 Million: Crosby Creations, Hopkins
Best Single Family Home, Detached $1.6 Million-$1.8 Million: Structures Building Co., Ionsborough Street Residence
Best Single Family Home, Detached $2 Million-$2.5 Million: Novella Homes, Daniel Island
Best Single Family Home, Detached $2.5 Million-$3 Million: Sea Island Builders, Awendaw Retreat
Best Single Family Home, Detached $4.5 Million-$5 Million: Saltwater Homes, Isle of Palms
Best Single Family Home, Attached $200,000-$250,000: Express Homes -- a DR Horton Company, The Elston
Best Single Family Home, Attached $100,000-$150,000: Hunter Quinn Homes, St. Martin
Best Single Family Home, Attached $450,000-$500,000: CalAtlantic Fenwick
Most Innovative Housing Product: Insulsteel Constructors, LLC, Geronilla
Best Company Brochure: Novella Homes
Best Brochure for a Community: K. Hovnanian Homes, Live The Lake Life Model Park Tour
Best Builder Website Design: Ashton Woods, ashtonwoods.com
Best Associate Website Design: Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc., bucklumber.com
Best Community Website Design: Ashton Woods, Stratton by the Sound
Best Social Media: Nexton
Best Newspaper Ad: Ashton Woods, The Post & Courier branding ad
Best Direct Mail Piece or Program: David Weekley Homes Parade of Homes -- direct mail
Best Magazine Ad: Ashton Woods, Charleston New Homes Guide ad
Best Radio Commercial: Nexton
Best TV Commercial: Aqua Blue Pools, Outdoor Living With Aqua Blue Pools
Best Billboard: Nexton
Rookie Salesperson of the Year: Eastwood Homes, Kelly Bone
Salesperson of the Year: DR Horton, Ab Sanchez
Sales Manager of the Year: CalAtlantic, Gayle Jinks
Marketing Manager of the Year: Ashton Woods, Jennifer Pencarinha
Mortgage/Loan Officer of the Year: Ameris Bank, Mandy Williams
Customer Service Award: Priester's Custom Contracting, LLC
MILLION DOLLAR CIRCLE
Top 10 - See complete list at www.postandcourier.com/business/real_estate/jim-parker
DR Horton, Darrell Connelly.
DR Horton, Suzy Scholz.
CalAtlantic, Daniel Sabus.
DR Horton, Ab Sanchez.
David Weekley Homes, Charlene Johnson.
CalAtlantic, Alvin Green.
CalAtlantic, Scott Wurst.
CalAtlantic, Tina Jones.
DR Horton, Armando Solarana.
Carolina One New Homes, Jack Catterton.