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If you’re like most peo­ple when it comes to New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, you aim for self-im­prove­ment goal like ex­er­cis­ing daily, get­ting or­ga­nized, eat­ing bet­ter, re­duc­ing per­sonal debt. Things you’ve been putting off for a long time and that re­quire dili­gence to suc­ceed.

This year in­stead — or per­haps in ad­di­tion — you can re­solve to im­prove your home. A com­pleted home im­prove­ment project, even a sim­ple one, makes a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence that lasts the whole year — and be­yond — with­out any fur­ther ef­fort from you.

For ex­am­ple, you can re­solve to:

Lay the ground­work. Is it all too ob­vi­ous in your house just where peo­ple walk? Maybe it’s time to re­fin­ish your wood floors or re­place car­pet that has seen bet­ter days. A re­freshed ex­panse un­der­foot bright­ens the whole room.

Throw on some color. Wake up a guest bath­room or a wall of your kitchen with a fresh new paint color, maybe a jewel tone or pas­tel shade. Add piz­zazz with some bold wall­pa­per in the din­ing room or along a stair­way.

Light it up. Lower your util­ity bill and help the planet by re­plac­ing some flu­o­res­cent bulbs with LEDS. Or light up a shad­owy span of coun­ter­top with a stick-on LED strip un­der a cab­i­net. Re­place a dated fix­ture over your din­ing ta­ble or kitchen is­land with an en­gag­ing pendant light to add new vis­ual charm.

Lighten up. Clean out a stor­age space. Maybe start small by clear­ing off that ta­ble right in­side the door where mail and pa­pers col­lect. Empty the “you name it” drawer in the kitchen. Go through a linen closet and take frayed tow­els and sheets that are worn or no longer fit any bed you use and do­nate them to the an­i­mal shel­ter for bed­ding. Get three things out of the base­ment or garage and do­nate them to Good­will, re­cy­cle or trash as ap­pro­pri­ate. That will lighten your load a lit­tle, and might just jump­start the next project.

Look ahead. Think about what you’re go­ing to want in the next five to ten years. Will your kids soon be teens? Maybe start fix­ing up a base­ment area where they can watch movies with friends. Are there changes you can start now that will make your home more age-friendly as you head to­ward re­tire­ment? It could be as sim­ple as re­plac­ing round door knobs with lev­ered han­dles. Or, more am­bi­tious, re-do a first­floor bath­room with a beau­ti­fully tiled no-thresh­old shower.

Whether a quick DIY project that takes a few hours or a larger full room ren­o­va­tion, whether you do it your­self or bring in a build­ing pro­fes­sional —home im­prove­ments re­ward you with re­sults you can en­joy all year while you chal­lenge your willpower to keep up your New Year’s self-im­prove­ment goals.

Learn more about which im­prove­ments are best suited for your home by con­tact­ing a Pro­fes­sional, a Mem­ber of the Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Cen­tral South Carolina Re­mod­el­ers Coun­cil.

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Mem­bers of the Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Cen­tral South Carolina (BIA) have se­lected Stan O’brien, Paradime Con­struc­tion, Inc. as the 2018 By­ron Crosth­waite Builder Mem­ber of the Year Award. The spon­sor of the award is Move­ment Mort­gage.

O’brien was born in Water­town, NY and his fam­ily moved to South Carolina when he was young. He at­tended Strat­ford High School in Goose Creek, SC and con­tin­ued his ed­u­ca­tion at Clem­son Uni­ver­sity where he at­tained a BS in Ar­chi­tec­ture in 1992 and a BS in Con­struc­tion Science in 1993. In 1999 he founded Paradime Con­struc­tion, Inc., a cus­tom home build­ing com­pany. O’brien and his wife, Kris­ten, have two sons, Trey and Evan.

O’brien joined the as­so­ci­a­tion in 1999 and be­came more ac­tive in the as­so­ci­a­tion in 2007 when the High Per­for­mance Build­ing Coun­cil was formed by mem­bers. He was in­volved in de­vel­op­ing the coun­cil’s Cer­ti­fied High Per­for­mance (CHIP) Home Pro­gram and has built cer­ti­fied homes, in­clud­ing the first one in the pro­gram that now boasts nearly 5000 cer­ti­fied homes.

O’brien has also been an ac­tive mem­ber in the BIA’S Build­ing Code Re­view Com­mit­tee for many years. He has spent count­less hours at many meet­ings to help keep build­ing codes ro­bust yet cost ef­fec­tive and us­able by all builders in the state. In 2016, O’brien helped de­velop the BIA Re­mod­el­ers Coun­cil’s Cer­ti­fied Uni­ver­sal Liv­ing Pro­gram and built the first three cer­ti­fied homes in the pro­gram. He is cur­rently a Builder Di­rec­tor on the BIA Board of Direc­tors.

The 2018 BIA As­so­ciate Mem­ber of the Year is Bran­don Jef­f­coat of Clark’s Ter­mite & Pest Con­trol. He served on the BIA Board of the Board of Direc­tors as the 2018 As­so­ci­ates Vice Pres­i­dent and on the SMC Board of Direc­tors as Chair of the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee. In ad­di­tion, he serves on the com­mit­tees for the BIA Golf Clas­sic and the Michael P. Nieri Bass Clas­sic and he is Chief Oys­ter Cooker for the an­nual BIG THURS­DAY Ri­valry Party. A pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ent of the SMC Mem­ber of the Year, he vol­un­teers to de­liver school sup­plies for St. Lawrence Place. The As­so­ciate Mem­ber of the Year Award is spon­sored by Es­sex Homes.

C. David Tut­tle of Lake Carolina De­vel­op­ment, Inc. was named the Richard N. Sendler award win­ner. This award spon­sored by BMC is voted on by past pres­i­dents and as­so­ciate vice pres­i­dents of the Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion and the re­cip­i­ent must project a com­mu­nity im­age that adds stature to the as­so­ci­a­tion; ex­em­plify stan­dards pro­moted and sup­ported by the as­so­ci­a­tion; in­sti­tute in­no­va­tive and creative ideas that have im­proved the hous­ing in­dus­try and have un­ques­tion­able char­ac­ter and in­tegrity. Tut­tle served as Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion in 2015 and cur­rently serves on the Rich­land County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and will serve as the 2019 Trea­surer of the Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of South Carolina and the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Home Builders Lead­er­ship Coun­cil.

Spon­sored by Synovus Mort­gage, the Com­mer­cial Con­trac­tor of the Year Award rec­og­nizes an out­stand­ing Com­mer­cial mem­ber com­pany of the BIA of Cen­tral South Carolina, and the award goes to 84 Lum­ber. Founded in 1956 and head­quar­tered in Eighty Four, Penn­syl­va­nia, 84 Lum­ber is a pri­vately held sup­plier of build­ing ma­te­ri­als, man­u­fac­tured com­po­nents, and in­dus­try-lead­ing ser­vices for sin­gle­and multi-fam­ily res­i­dences and com­mer­cial build­ings. 84 Lum­ber was rec­og­nized by Forbes as one of Amer­ica’s Best Mid­size Employers in 2016 and 2017. 84 Lum­ber is the pre­sent­ing spon­sor at the an­nual BIA Golf Clas­sic that ben­e­fits the Build­ing In­dus­try Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

The BIA Cor­po­rate Mem­ber of the Year is South­east­ern In­sur­ance Con­sul­tants, LLC (SIC). They are an in­de­pen­dent in­sur­ance sales/con­sult­ing agency spe­cial­iz­ing in both in­di­vid­ual and group health, life, and re­tire­ment li­censed prod­ucts for cus­tomers with a fo­cus on in­sur­ance needs for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. SIC was founded in 2000 by Eric Wells and George Rou­ton. Ed Byrd merged his firm (Pro­fes­sional Group Ben­e­fits, Llc/dba Nor­ris-byrd Group Ben­e­fits) with SIC in 2007. Byrd joined the HBA of Greater Columbia (now BIA of Cen­tral South Carolina) in 1987, and cur­rently serves on the Re­mod­el­ers Coun­cil Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. He has been nom­i­nated by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Home Builders as the 2018 As­so­ciate of the Year. SIC em­ploy­ees are ac­tive in many clubs and com­mit­tees in the BIA and can be found at many events serv­ing up BBQ and fixin’s that they pre­pare.

Saluda Hill, Inc. was named Trade Con­trac­tor of the Year by vote of the Builder Mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion. Saluda Hill, Inc. has been a mem­ber of the BIA since 2005.

The Trade Con­trac­tor of the Year rec­og­nizes an in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tor that con­tracts with builders to do con­struc­tion work, re­pairs, or im­prove­ments which re­quires spe­cial skills and in­volves the use of spe­cial­ized trades or crafts and rep­re­sents the as­so­ci­a­tion in an out­stand­ing man­ner in the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

The Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Cen­tral South Carolina would like to com­mend the award win­ners on their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion through­out the year. They have not only served the build­ing in­dus­try well, but the Columbia com­mu­nity and the en­tire state have ben­e­fited from their ded­i­ca­tion and work.

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