Happy Heritage!

PalmerGreetings!

The cannon has sounded and the 47th RBC Heritage is underway!

I’m pretty sure that we residents have the most fun at Heritage of anybody. The whole thing feels like a celebration of just how fortunate we are to live here. It’s good to amble around the course and say hello to so many people whose lives we’ve touched – and vice versa. I’m pretty sure every resident feels that way to some extent.

Mary Ann and I certainly feel it in full. We are fortunate that our work has brought us so many long-lasting relationships.

I was a kid growing up in Ridgeland when Arnold Palmer sank the first winning Heritage putt in 1969. The Harbour Town Lighthouse was topped-out just in time to be looking over Palmer’s shoulder. The “skin” wasn’t even on the lighthouse tower yet. A few years later, I went to work down in Harbour Town, involved in the construction of several buildings that grew up around the iconic lighthouse and yacht basin.

What a lot of building we’ve done since then. All of us. Just being a part of it seems like something to treasure, because Hilton Head Island turned out pretty well. And we’re fortunate in still another way – this story is not all in the past. We still meet folks and help them build their dreams all the time.

If you’ve been thinking about building or improving, give us a call at 843-681-2600 and let’s talk over what you’d like to do. In the meantime, check out our website at TomPeeplesBuilder.com where you’ll find lots of floor plans, videos and client references to give you an idea of what we can do for you.

If you’re on the island during the Heritage and would like to get together, let us know so that we can schedule a time to meet while you’re here.

At Tom Peeples Builder, our own heritage is the finest in craftsmanship, service, and integrity. We work hard to live up to our motto: “We Make Building a Pleasure.”

“Best of the Lowcountry”

We recently heard from WTOC TV that Tom Peeples Builder was recognized in their recent “Best of the Lowcountry” poll as best construction firm.

And while we don’t guarantee that this poll was particularly “scientific,” we are grateful that several of our clients think we’re the “Best of the Lowcounty” and took the time to nominate us and to vote.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: encouragement from customers – and neighbors – like you has played a big part in keeping us going steadily for the past 38+ years. And we like to think those same years of experience are testimony to the quality of our relationships, as well as the quality of our work.

When you grow up in a small town courtesy comes naturally – and you live by your word because the people around you are most likely the people you’ll spend your whole life with. So you do right and build a reputation for honesty and reliability. That’s worked out pretty well in our business.

Mary Ann and I built our lives on Hilton Head Island, and we built this company to last. That’s the way we build homes, too. There’s not much we haven’t mastered about working efficiently and effectively to make your home a personal dream come true, whether we’re building it from scratch or making it better. After building over 400 homes in and around Hilton Head Island, we know how it’s done.

And we’ve stayed at work through more than a generation of economic outlooks – sunny, cloudy and otherwise. While a number of area builders have closed their doors, our stability means peace of mind for you from the day you start your project until its completion – and long after, t

Our website TomPeeplesBuilder.com is a place you can look for ideas and inspiration. There are videos, floorplans and comments from customers, where you might pick up an idea or two.

While the Lowcountry boasts a number of qualified builders, the strength and standing we enjoy at Tom Peeples Builder is unique. Our relationships are a big reason we can say, “We make building a pleasure.”

A Season of Planning

News from Tom Peeples Builder
February 2015

Greetings Once Again,

Even here in the Lowcountry, we spend a little more time indoors in winter. It’s long been a time of evaluation and preparation. Most folks put some thought into at least a few “resolutions” as they look to improve their personal diet or exercise plan or business strategy or investment portfolio. Some of us, all four!

When making plans for the future, one investment seems to stand alone in the way we can still use it – while it’s appreciating for us at the same time ­- our home.

Maybe you’ve been thinking that this is the year you want to start your dream home. We’ve helped hundreds of our neighbors here to define that dream, and get into action on it, for more than 35 years. Most folks find that it’s easier than they thought – especially after they take the first step.

Let’s have a talk about that while you’re considering your options during this season of plans and goals and ambitions. Our website at TomPeeplesBuilder.com is a place you can look for ideas and inspiration. There are videos of several homes we’ve built and comments from customers, too, that might give an idea of what we can do for you.

Whether it’s improving your home, or building a new one to match your dreams, with Tom Peeples Builder, you can be sure you’ll get the finest in craftsmanship, service, and integrity. We’ve worked hard and patiently to live up to our promise: “We Make Building a Pleasure.”

Sticking with the fundamentals

Fall feels like our own season here in the Lowcountry. Yes, we have guests and visitors, but not so many as in the summer. Traffic comes back to a small-town pace, and even the air and light take on a fresh feeling.

This fall we have a special satisfaction, too, because we’re completing what may end up being our most successful year ever. We’ve never before had so many opportunities to get to know customers, give dimensions to their dreams and help them make it come true.

A record year is not as important, though, as being steady through all our 35 years of building and remodeling homes for folks in the Lowcountry.That steadiness pays off more than financially. Our subcontractors are a loyal and experienced collection of professionals as a result, and our other business relationships reflect it, too.

The answer we see underneath this steady history is sticking with the fundamentals. We see the fundamental health of the market in this region, and we focus on what’s real about that, rather than on booms or fads. And we’re faithful to our own fundamentals, too. Understanding carefully what our customers have in mind, and communicating with them continually throughout their project.

So we’ve been fortunate all along, and never more so than this year. For that we’re grateful. And it makes us think, too — and rededicate ourselves to the things that satisfied so many valued customers in the first place.

Advising people realistically is part of that, so if you’ve been thinking about building or improving the home you love – then beginning now would be a good idea. Higher demand has led to lengthening lead-times for everything from materials to sub-contract work.

So it would be a good idea to start your research, planning, permitting and so forth now, even if you were thinking “next year” for your project. With steadily growing demand, everything may take a little longer than in the past few years.

Visit our website at www.TomPeeplesBuilder.com where you’ll find lots of floor plans, videos and all sorts of ideas to get you started.

Better yet, let’s sit down and talk about what you’d like to do. We’re always glad to hear from you.

Moving Forward

I heard one of the area’s Realtors® say the other day that the real estate market isn’t coming back, it’s moving forward. That sounds good to me, because we can do without any more “bubbles” around here. People have gotten a lot more careful after 2008.

Now even those careful people are coming into the housing market in solid, steady numbers. We are just now completing the busiest summer of our 35+ years. There is a clear-eyed kind of confidence out there that speaks well for the value of building and remodeling today.

We thought it would be good idea to pass this along – if you’ve been thinking about building on that homesite, designing that dream home or improving the home you love – then beginning now would be a good idea. Lead-times are lengthening for everything from materials to sub-contract work, even though some of our loyal subs tell me they’ve been adding personnel in response to the increased work that is coming our way.

So even if you were thinking “next year” for your project, it would still be a good idea to start your research, planning, permitting and so forth now. With this kind of demand, everything may take a little longer than in the past few years.

You’ll find some ideas on our website at TomPeeplesBuilder.com that may help get your thoughts started. Under “What We Do” you’ll see custom home video tours and floorplan suggestions, remodeling ideas, and some tips on resources you might consider that have proved reliable to us.

Or with the pace picking up like this, you might want to call me today and let’s talk about what you’d like to do. We’re always glad to hear from you.

We’ve seen the ups and downs and stayed pretty steady through it all – that’s why our suppliers and subcontractors are so responsive and we’ve grown into a close-knit team. So we’re in a good position to deliver real satisfaction even when the pace picks up like this.

And we learned all along that staying in close touch with you at every stage of the project is just as important as dropping a straight plumb line. That doesn’t change when we get busy. It’s part of keeping the promise we make: “We Make Building A Pleasure.”

Behind the scenes with Tom Peeples Builder

Few names in the Hilton Head Island area’s homebuilding industry carry the same weight as Tom Peeples Builder.

Home by home over the last 35-plus years, owners Tom and Mary Ann Peeples have been building trusted relationships with professionalism and quality craftsmanship. In addition to constructing more than 400 homes and some of the buildings that give Hilton Head Island its unique character, Tom has built a reputation as one of the area’s most respected homebuilders by offering impeccable quality so consistently for so long.

“My parents taught me from an early age that you do what you say you’re going to do. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “We take care of our customers.”

Tom and his wife Mary Ann, who has been involved in the business since the beginning, talked recently about how the company makes building a pleasure.

People tend to interview a fair share of builders before selecting one to build their dream home. What are important things to consider?

Tom: When considering a custom home project, it’s important to remember that a house is more than the cost per square foot. It’s about finding a team that can bring your ideas to life while staying on time, on budget and having fun. It’s also important to pick a builder you feel comfortable with and who you can trust.

When building a home long distance, trust, reputation and quality come into play.  It’s important to go with someone who can build a quality home without your needing to look over his shoulder and someone who is quick to follow up your questions or concerns.

Teamwork is the foundation of any great project. How would you describe your team and the relationships you’ve built?

Tom: The relationships we have with our subcontractors and suppliers is crucial. So many people on our team, from our office staff to the folks out in the field, have been with me for a dozen or more years. They know the quality I expect. Working with the same crews for so many years creates great working relationships among the crews on the job site. There is a mutual respect among them that leads to an efficient working environment.

Having a project completed on time is just as important as having it completed on budget. Customers rave about your timeliness and quality for the price. What’s your secret?  

Tom: The key to keeping every project on schedule and on budget is simple: I’m a planner. From the beginning of the project, I give my clients a week by week schedule of what is going to happen and when. This helps our clients follow the progress and know when key decisions need to be made. This is particularly important for our out-of-town clients. I also keep our clients apprised of our progress by sending pictures of their home on a regular basis.

Mary Ann: I make it my priority to make sure every client has a wonderful time and really enjoys making their selections. Building a home should be fun. And when you work with a builder you can trust, you find you don’t have much to worry about except to enjoy yourself every step of the way.

Tom Peeples Builder is located at 1038A William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. 843-681-2600. www.tompeeplesbuilder.com

Money magazine: Renovate sooner, not later

We’ve been keeping folks posted on the cost of materials, changes in interest rates and the improving home market here in the Lowcountry. Now Money magazine chimed-in with an item that put it pretty bluntly: “Don’t let dated features drag down the value of your home. Owners thinking about remodeling have a good reason to act now,” it said.

Their point was that quality builders are getting busy, materials are going up and the cost of home-equity loans and other sources of funds are edging higher. Seeing these trends, we’ve been saying that for several months, but when Money magazine mentions it, that’s a pretty good sign that the word is out. So “now” means more like “now,” and not just “soon.”

So it’s a good time now to make those improvements that boost the value of your home and at the same time, your enjoyment of living there.
For instance, updated kitchens and bathrooms pay off when you sell. And if you’ve been thinking about building a new home, these same factors – rising values, materials cost and interest rates – point to building now.

When you’re thinking about improving or building, your peace of mind is important and that’s a good reason to consider us, with 35+ years’ experience here in the Lowcountry.

There’s not much we haven’t mastered about working efficiently and effectively to make your home a personal dream come true, whether we’re building it from scratch or making it better. And we’ve stayed at work through more than a generation of economic outlooks – sunny, cloudy and otherwise. Our stability means we’ll be here for you from the day you start your project until its completion – and long after, too.

Please call me today and let’s discuss what you’d like to do. We can coordinate design services to turn your ideas into the blueprints, or we’re happy to work with your architect. Visit our website at www.TomPeeplesBuilder.com where we have lots of floor plans, videos and client reviews to get you thinking about what we might be able to do for you.

With Tom Peeples Builder, you can be sure you’ll get the finest in craftsmanship, service, and integrity. We work hard to live up to our motto: “We Make Building a Pleasure.”

Our heritage: craftsmanship, service, and integrity

The 46th RBC Heritage golf tournament is just around the corner. Sometimes I think the only people who have a better time at the Heritage than the visitors are the PGA Tour professionals. They beat a path here straight from Augusta. Lots of them bring their families and say they wouldn’t miss it. Their joy in playing it comes across.

Other times I’m pretty sure that we residents have the most fun at Heritage of anybody. The whole thing feels like a celebration of just how fortunate we are to live here. It’s good to amble around the course and say hello to so many people whose lives we’ve touched – and vice versa. I’m pretty sure every resident feels that way to some extent. Mary Ann and I certainly feel it in full.

We are fortunate that our work has brought us so many long-lasting relationships.

I was a kid growing up in Ridgeland when Arnold Palmer sank the first winning Heritage putt in 1969. The Harbour Town Lighthouse was topped-out just in time to be looking over Palmer’s shoulder. The “skin” wasn’t even on the lighthouse tower yet.

A few years later, I went to work down in Harbour Town, involved in the construction of several buildings that grew up around the iconic lighthouse and yacht basin.

What a lot of building we’ve done since then. All of us. Just being a part of it seems like something to treasure, because Hilton Head Island turned out pretty well.

And we’re fortunate in still another way – this story is not all in the past. We still meet folks and help them build their dreams all the time.

If you’ve been thinking about building or improving, give us a call at 843-681-2600 and let’s talk over what you’d like to do. (And if you’re planning to be on the island during the Heritage and would like to get together, be sure to let us know so that we can schedule a time to meet while you’re here.)

At Tom Peeples Builder, our own heritage is the finest in craftsmanship, service, and integrity. We still work hard to live up to our motto: “We Make Building a Pleasure.”

The Things It Takes To Build

For the past few years favorable costs in lumber, drywall and other materials have made building or improving a home that much easier. Keeping a close eye on that, we’ve advised our friends since late last fall that those costs are starting to rise. An export deal for our Carolina lumber looks to be renewed and extended. Drywall is getting more costly as demand goes up nationwide. A steady, double-digit increase in housing starts is predicted for 2014, and we’re already in the middle of it here in the Lowcountry. If you see an opportunity to get your project done while the good costs last, just give us a call.