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Lowcountry Lifestyles

Lowcountry Lifestyles

Lowcountry Lifestyles is a column curated by locals to give our friends and neighbors a healthy dose of Charleston's southern charm.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:27

Exploring the Charms and Lore of Magnolia Cemetery

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Although Charleston has countless historic cemeteries, few can rival the haunting beauty and rich history of Magnolia Cemetery. Located just off Meeting Street Road near Charleston’s Wagner Terrace neighborhood, this antebellum cemetery is full of gorgeous 19th century art and architecture, notable burials, native wildlife and much more.

Monday, 01 October 2018 16:48

Ginny & Gus: The Guinea Fowl Lovebirds of Lamboll Street

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Of all the memorable fact and fictional couples through history I share during my Love Stories of Charleston walking tour, one of the most surprising tales doesn't exactly involve people, but rather a pair of guinea fowl who, as far as anyone can remember, simply appeared one day about 13 years ago and have simply never left. (Hey, they knew a good thing when they saw it. Charleston charms.)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 11:13

Monumental Battleships of Charleston

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For history buffs and maritime aficionados, a Charleston vacation isn’t truly complete without a visit to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Home to legendary World War II battleships such as the USS Yorktown, the museum is one of only two museums in the country that has more than two battleships, making it one of the most popular attractions in the Holy City.

Located in the top-rated city of Mount Pleasant on the beautiful Charleston Harbor, the museum offers visitors a chance to see Charleston’s magnificent monumental battleships up close and learn about the heroes aboard them. As the fourth largest naval museum in the country, you won’t be short on things to do at Patriots Point.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:35

Sea Island Builders' Bathroom Renovations in Charleston

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At Sea Island Builders, we often have potential clients ask us what kind of process we go through for bathroom renovations in Charleston and the surrounding area. We understand that it’s important for these potential clients to have a sense of how long the project will take, what they can expect of their custom remodelers, and what the completed project will look like, which is why we’ve put together this guide to the Sea Island Builders bathroom renovation process and included examples of our previous work.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:59

Exploring the Rich History of Hampton Park

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In the city of Charleston, there is history everywhere you look, and Hampton Park is no exception.

Located on the upper side of the Charleston peninsula, Hampton Park is Charleston's largest public park. Home to beautiful gardens, ponds, hiking trails, and more, the park is a charming place frequented by visitors and locals alike.

However, this wasn't always the case...

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 11:36

Explore the Rich History of Charleston on the Museum Mile

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It’s easy to see why the city of Charleston attracts history buffs from across the nation. With its cobblestone streets, historic homes, and old plantations, the story of the Holy City runs deep throughout the Lowcountry and begs to be explored.
One of the best ways to experience a taste of Charleston’s rich past is by walking the city’s Museum Mile. This one-mile stretch of Meeting Street is full of nearby museums, nationally recognized historic homes, scenic parks, and stunning churches that have given the Holy City its moniker.

If you are lucky enough to live in Charleston, then the cultural sites along the Museum Mile can be explored at any time. However, those in a time crunch may have to be choosy about where they visit. Here are some stops that are highly recommended:

Friday, 17 August 2018 12:09

More About the Beach Near Your Charleston Beach House

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There’s no question about it, one of the main draws of a beach house Charleston is the beach.

Or course then you can add in the charms of Charleston. Throw in the natural beauty of the Lowcountry, the courtesy of the locals. Add in great food and fascinating culture around these parts. No wonder our beach rentals Charleston are so popular. Just book one of our SC vacation rentals, namely one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals. It’s the perfect way to experience all of the above.

Friday, 10 August 2018 13:53

The Advantages of Design-Build

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There are many approaches that homeowners take to construction projects. Two of the most common are the design-bid approach and the design-build approach. Each method has its pros and cons. The design-build approach has been gaining in popularity due to the many advantages this process presents over the design-bid approach.

If you aren’t familiar with the term, design-build is a method of construction where one entity or team is responsible for both the design and construction phases of a project...

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 10:06

Surfin' Near Your Charleston Beach House

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Folks who stay in a beach house in Charleston, namely one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, generally have a yen for a little island time.  You can wake up and see the ocean.  Eat a little breakfast on the deck.  Then stroll down to the beach from your luxury house on Isle of Palms for a day of kick-back time. 

And, of course, the especially nice thing about a Charleston beach house is that you can easily head into the Holy City to experience its charms and culture.  The downtown peninsula’s a stress-free drive from all our beach house rentals in Charleston SC.

But what some of those coming to our Isle of Palms luxury rentals might not realize, is what an established surfer scene there is around here.

Friday, 03 August 2018 13:52

5 Tips for Building a New Coastal Home

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Are you looking to build a new coastal home? Well, in 2016, Sea Island Builders was voted the #1 Custom Home Builder in the Charleston area. Much of our success has been due to the happiness of our clients, so we wanted to share with you some tips to get you started. Follow our 5 tips for building a new coastal home, and we are confident that you will have an enjoyable experience.

Friday, 29 June 2018 14:41

Staying Safe On the Water While Visiting Charleston

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Water activities such as swimming, scuba diving, jet skiing and water skiing, fishing, and swimming are common throughout Charleston’s waterways. Such watersports and boating experiences can be so engaging that sometimes we can get caught up in having fun and forget about the importance of safety. This post explores the safety precautions that should be observed as you take part in these adventurous water sport activities.

Friday, 15 June 2018 13:13

5 Tips for Selecting the Right Light Fixtures for Your Home

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Whether you’ve built a custom home or remodeled an existing one, every homeowner knows selecting the right light fixtures is one of the toughest stages of a project. Not only are there an endless number of options, but light fixture trends and technology also change so quickly that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up. Where do you even start? Based on our experience of helping clients with the selection process, we have put together the following 5 tips for selecting the right light fixture for your home.

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