LightHouse Awards recognize Lowcountry’s finest builders
More than 300 building industry professionals attended the 19th annual LightHouse Awards gala on Friday, Nov. 9, to learn who judges selected as the Lowcountry’s most talented builders.
The awards gala, presented by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association with the support of BB&T Home Mortgage, took place at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island.
“The LightHouse Awards are truly like the Academy Awards for our local building industry. It gives builders the opportunity to be recognized for the hard work, talent and vision they put forward in building some of the most remarkable homes found in this area and beyond,” said Dan Monroe, chairman of the LightHouse Awards program. “We are so blessed as a community to have such imaginative architects, quality builders and exceptional trades craftsman.”
First held in 1999, the LightHouse Awards are presented annually to association builder members for the demonstration
of quality craftsmanship and design excellence in the construction of homes throughout the Lowcountry.
Twenty-eight association member companies — including builders, remodelers, and for the first time, architects — submitted 79 qualifying entries and competed for awards in best architectu-
ral design, best bath, best kitchen, best exterior and best overall for new home, for full remodel and partial remodel entries.
In addition, a number of recently created sales and marketing awards were given including best brochure, best company website, best interior design, and best community. Entry submissions were up more than 80 percent from 2011, in line with the area’s economic recovery.
The construction cost of this year’s remodeled or newly built home entries ranged from $100,000 to $6.4 million. Each award was subdivided into categories so that projects with similar cost of construction and square footage competed again each other.
Twelve judges were welcomed to Hilton Head Island in mid-September to view the construction quality of each home entered. The 2018 LightHouse Awards judging panel included builders, remodelers, architects and other industry professionals from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Split into four teams, the judges spent two days visiting entries from Hilton Head Island to Habersham.
Master of Ceremony Monty Jett announced the winners Friday night. All members of the Home Builders Association who participated in the design and construction of each home — including building industry professionals, subcontractors and suppliers — were also recognized at the gala. Winners received marble obelisk awards representing lighthouses.
“For many of these builders, after spending 12 to 15 months or longer working on a project, where even the smallest detail could impact the overall outcome, the LightHouse Awards symbolize one of the highest career honors, and is a true testament to their vision and talent,” Monroe said.
Led by Monroe, the 2018 LightHouse Awards Committee includes Chris Cleland of Cleland Site Prep; Susan Goodridge of BB&T Home Mortgage; Deborah Karambelas of Karambelas Enterprises; Victoria King of J. Banks Design; Deb Monroe of LowCountry Home Magazine; Rob Kaufman of Kaufman Photography, Brian Edwards of James Hardie Building Products; Michal Anderson of Cambria; Courtney Jansen of Distinctive Granite and Marble; Daniella Squicquero and Ric Hollifield of The Hilton Head Life; and Caitlin Reardon of Ferguson Enterprises.
In addition to title sponsor BB&T Home Mortgage, other sponsors included Cambria, Cleland Site Prep, Distinctive Granite and Marble, Ferguson Enterprises, Hilton Head Monthly, James Hardie Building Products, LowCountry Home Magazine, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, More Space Place, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, and The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette.
Special thanks also went to Custom Audio Video, Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT, Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet, Monty Jett, PSAV, Red Door Design, Rob Kaufman Photography, Show Services, Taylors, Blue Chip Expo, and Sonesta Resort-Hilton Head Island.
Randy Jeffcoat Builders received a LightHouse Award for Category 22 Best Overall in a New Home.
This home built by Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes and designed by Court Atkins Group received the 2018 LightHouse Award for Category 20 Best Overall in a New Home.