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Classic: A Southern Living Custom Builder for the 10th Consecutive Year

At the close of the Grand Strand’s most recent Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home, Susan White, Founder of Classic, reflected on what it means to be a member of Southern Living’s prestigious Custom Builder Program. “For us, and for our clients, it has been a worthwhile and wonderful partnership,” she noted.

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Classic is one of approximately 90 builders throughout the United States hand-picked by Southern Living, that meets the stringent criteria that set the Southern Living Custom Builder apart. This invitation-only program selects custom builders acclaimed for their detailed craftsmanship, excellence in customer service,

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Your Home, Your Special Place

As we humans have evolved, so have our homes.  Our houses have become more like guardians of our spirit—living, breathing relations than mere forms of shelter.

So many of our happiest memories are attached to the various homes where we’ve lived since childhood—perhaps, forbidden fun like whooshing down the banister, or how the sun drenched the walls of the “front” room with a golden light, or unexpected places where our children played, such as dormers and alcoves, or rooms that offered privacy and other rooms that welcomed guests.

Knowing a house well and forming an attachment to its atmosphere and spirit is one of our earliest experiences with intimacy. 

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A Classic Southern Wedding …with love from Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, SC–Under a canopy of live oaks and amid family and friends, Emily Berger and Jeremy Caldwell exchanged vows on October 1, 2017 in what has been described as one of the South’s most beautiful weddings.

While all weddings have the makings of a fairy tale, that of Emily and Jeremy was magical from the start. From dozens of couples that dreamed of a destination wedding in South Carolina’s lowcountry, Emily and Jeremy were selected for a rare opportunity to be married at a Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home.

Nestled among the oaks of Litchfield Plantation,

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Add Flavor to Your Life with an Herb Garden

Summer gardens flourish in South Carolina. If you love the idea of having your own garden but the work and the yard space are holding you back, consider starting an herb garden. Herb gardens are easy to establish and maintain. Fresh herbs not only elevate your favorite recipes but they are also lovely to look at.

There are many creative and attractive ways to set up an herb garden, but let’s start with the basics. Herb gardens need sunlight and well-drained soil. Find a place in your yard that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day in a location that is close to your home or,

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CLASSIC HOMES—CLASSIC KITCHENS

Classic homes Is more than just a name for our company………..it is the way we view our home building mission. In today’s age when sub-contractors and vendors are no longer skilled “journeymen”, we strive to build homes of lasting value—to build “Classics”. It is difficult to balance quality with cost and time of construction to create homes that meet out homeowner’s dreams, timeline and budget. To quote, Brent Hull, historical millwork expert, in his book, Building a Timeless House in an Instant Age, “the houses we build define us as a country and by abandoning quality in favor or the instant home,

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Outdoor Living – Inside Out

In the South, we are fortunate to enjoy comfortable outdoor temperatures nearly year-round. Now, more and more, homeowners want an outdoor space that is as well designed and functional as their indoor space. Entertainment centers, kitchens, and lighting are migrating outdoors. Classic’s outdoor living spaces have consistently ranked as one of the most popular areas in their Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Homes.

Two of the most popular outdoor features are fireplaces and fire pits. Warm and inviting, they extend the outdoor living season into the colder months. Comfortable seating around these focal points,

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Live Oaks – A Southern Signature

When we think of the lowcountry, visions of sprawling oak trees, draped with Spanish moss, forming an archway above a country lane, flash through our mind. Romanticized in movies like Forrest Gump and Gone With the Wind, live oak trees are true icons of the South. But what do we really know about these majestic trees?

The Southern Live Oak tree, scientifically known as Quercus virginiana, is named “Live” because, unlike most oak trees, they are nearly evergreen. They replace their leaves quickly, within two weeks, and the leaves remain green year round.

Live oaks thrive in warm humid conditions and grow well in salty soils.