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Using Shiplap Walls

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What is Shiplap?

According to Houzz.com, Shiplap is "an exterior cladding or interior wood paneling similar in look to tongue and groove planks. A rabbet or groove cut at the end of the boards allows them to overlap and still lie flush when assembled. Although not as strong as a tongue and groove joint, the loose connection assists with temperature and humidity changes, allowing for expansion of the wood. Shiplap is most commonly found on exteriors, though many people are discovering they like the casual look for home interiors."

How has Dunbar used Shiplap?

We used ship lap in this house here to create a more casual, farmhouse look. Shiplap gives walls an architectural dimension that adds character to your home.

To see more examples of shiplap walls, visit Houzz.com's gallery here.

Dunbar Builders Partners with Operation Finally Home

Dunbar Builders has partnered with Operation Finally Home, a national non-profit organization with a unique network of experienced builders, suppliers, and supporters dedicated to building homes for wounded, ill or injured veterans, surviving spouses and their families.

Operation Finally Home brings together homebuilders, the military and communities to build custom mortgage-free homes for America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen, those who have worn America’s uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values, providing a strong foundation to help them move forward with their lives.

To learn more about Operation Finally Home, visit their website at https://www.operationfinallyhome.org. Stay tuned for more details coming soon…

 

Recently built Craftsman-style home near Lake Murray – Video and Photos

Custom Home Details

Nestled in the Lake Murray community of Pintail Point, this 4384 sq ft Craftsman-style home near Lake Murray boasts 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms on a half-acre lot. Hardwood floors are 3 ¼ site-finished oak, with carpeted areas having 25-year padding. Throughout the home, there’s an abundance of custom cabinetry with soft-close doors and drawers, as well as delightfully useful organizational features.

Many extras adorn this extraordinary home including tall ceilings, saw-cut concrete porches, SEER 18 air conditioning system, custom working shutters with planters, central vacuum system, hi-efficiency Moen plumbing fixtures, GE Profile appliances, a 35-year roof, granite countertops, abundant storage and much more. The 24’ x 24’ 2-car garage has copious storage and ample driveway space.

Back Yard Retreat

The serene back yard retreat has an outdoor entertainment system, stone-accented gas fireplace with heart pine mantle and ceiling fan. The home’s exterior is exquisitely landscaped with Southern Magnolias and Encore Azaleas, highlighting the home’s overall low country charm.

Energy Efficient

This home was built with energy efficiency in mind. The ceiling is constructed with open cell foam insulation with an R-30 rating, and has R-15 insulation in walls and R-19 in floors.

Video Footage of Home

Click on the video below to see footage of all parts of the home –

 

Video of One of Our Homes

Click below to watch a video of one of our recently completed homes –

Dunbar Builders Celebrates A Generation of Custom Home Building

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The year was 1994. The Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl, Forrest Gump was the top grossing film, the U.S. housing market was beginning a comeback after a four-year slump, and Pat Dunbar established Chapin, SC-based Dunbar Builders Inc.

A graduate of Indiana University School of Business, Dunbar founded his custom homebuilding business after serving in the U.S. Air Force and working for many years in banking and finance. An eyewitness to the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980’s, Dunbar developed an authentic understanding of the integral role that housing and real estate play in the U.S. economy.

“I had seen up close the risks and the rewards of the housing industry,” Dunbar said. “Weighing all of that, I made the decision to become a custom homebuilder and now 20 years later, we’re experiencing the best sales growth and the some of the highest praise in the history of our company.”

Five years into business, Dunbar’s oldest son, Patrick, joined the company after graduating from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Business. The father-son team today builds in many Columbia area communities including Saluda River Club, Woodcreek Farms and Timberlake, on Lake Murray, and on client-owned lots.

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An active member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia where Pat served as president in 2002 and where Patrick currently serves on the board of directors, Dunbar Builders is a perennial participant in HBA’s Parade of Homes. In 2013, Dunbar Builders collected nearly every award offered during the parade’s 16-day run at Sweetbay in Woodcreek Farms. Judges first awarded Dunbar’s ‘The Jasmine’ with Best Kitchen and Best Master Bedroom honors. Then, the majority of more than 8,200 parade visitors crowned Dunbar the People’s Choice Award winner for Best Home and for Best Interior.

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“We were so honored to receive the judges awards, and thrilled to be the People’s Choice winner,” said Patrick Dunbar. “To be so highly praised by our peers and by the public is exciting and rewarding.”

In 2014, as Dunbar Builders celebrates its 20th year in business, a marked increase in the number of custom contracts and home starts prompted the company to add a Warranty Department and to hire James Pohorence as Warranty Manager. “We’re experiencing the best growth years in the history of our company, and this is an important step to ensure that our customer satisfaction continues after construction is complete,” the elder Dunbar said.

“Building or buying a home is the largest single investment most people will ever make, and certainly one of the most important buying decisions,” Dunbar said. “We take great pride in our product and our professionalism, and we look forward to working with the next generation of homebuyers.”

Visit Dunbar Builders at the Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show March 14-16 at the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia, or online at dunbarbuilders.com.

Southern Living Custom Builder Program Renews Dunbar Builders’ Membership For 2014

CHAPIN, SC – Dunbar Builders Inc. has been selected for the third year to be part of the Southern Living® Custom Builder Program. Dunbar Builders is one of approximately 100 builders chosen for the annual builder program sponsored by Southern Living magazine, one of the largest monthly consumer magazines in the United States with a circulation of 2.8 million and reaching 16 million readers monthly.

Each year, Southern Living carefully selects members based on their reputation among local businesses and consumers; strength of presence in their respective markets; superior quality and attention to detail; innovative style; and other criteria. Members of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program have access to the entire Southern Living House Plans Service collection, which features more than 1,000 plans created by respected architects and designers throughout the nation.

“We’re fortunate to have been chosen by Southern Living to represent the magazine in the greater Columbia market,” said Dunbar President Pat Dunbar. “To be associated with an instantly recognizable and influential icon of Southern culture and style has made a huge difference for our company.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, Dunbar Builders Inc. was the People’s Choice award winner for Best Home and Best Interior during the most recent Parade of Homes at Sweetbay in Woodcreek Farms. The father-son team of Pat and Patrick Dunbar builds in many fine communities in the Columbia area including the Saluda River Club and Woodcreek Farms, on Lake Murray and on client-owned lots.

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About Southern Living
The premier lifestyle and entertainment magazine of the South, Southern Living reaches more than 16 million readers each month with a circulation of 2.8 million. Published 12 times a year by a subsidiary of Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Progress Corporation, Southern Living celebrates the heart of Southern life.

Dunbar Builders is People’s Choice at 2013 Parade of Homes

More than 8,200 people attended the 2013 Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia (HBAGC), during its 16-day run at Sweetbay in Woodcreek Farms.

Every attendee had an opportunity to vote for his or her favorite home design and interior design in the People’s Choice Awards. These awards are highly sought after by the builders and interior designers each year. The People’s Choice Award for Best Home was won by Dunbar Builders for its Parade home, ‘The Jasmine’. Dunbar also won the People’s Choice Award for Best Interior featuring the work of Pam Trussell Interiors.

Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia and sponsored by SCE&G, The State Media Company and McDaniels Automotive Group, the 2013 Parade of Homes featured five new homes built by Dunbar Builders Inc., Capogrossi Construction Inc., Emerald Homes, Essex Homes SE, and Tuttle Construction, LLC.

Affiliated with the National Association of Homes Builders, the HBAGC is a non-profit professional association, representing firms involved in all facets of the housing industry.

Dunbar Builders Wins Best Kitchen, Best Master Bedroom in 2013 Parade of Homes

Dunbar Builders Inc. has won Best Kitchen and Best Master Bedroom awards in the 2013 Parade of Homes presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia. The Parade is open until Sept. 29 at Sweetbay in Woodcreek Farms.

The award-winning Dunbar kitchen features silestone quartz countertops, a spacious island, GE Monogram appliances and custom cabinetry from Schrader Kitchens + Furniture, with interior designer Pamela Trussell added the finishing touches to make the gourmet kitchen an award winner. The spacious master bedroom features a sitting area and his-and-hers closets, with Trussell again adding the interior design details including furniture from Marty Rae’s of Lexington to make the space the perfect owner’s retreat.

“The kitchen is the heart of the home,” said Dunbar Builders President Pat Dunbar. “It’s the gathering spot for the family and the focal point for entertaining, so we believe in giving the kitchen a great deal of thought and attention to detail.”

At 4,169 square-feet, Dunbar’s one-level custom Parade home is professionally decorated throughout and landscaped to include an outdoor fireplace and grill for year-round entertaining. The home includes “Z” wave technology that allows the owner to control HVAC, video cameras, the home’s alarm system, front door and garage doors with a smart phone.

The four-bedroom, three-and-one-half bathroom home is situated on a half-acre lot, and includes a finished bonus room and three-car garage. The great room features high ceilings, hardwoods, a fireplace and French doors leading to the outdoor living space.

An award-winning company serving the Greater Columbia area since 1994, Dunbar Builders in 2011 was named a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. The father-son team of Pat and Patrick Dunbar builds in many fine communities in the Columbia area including the award-winning Saluda River Club, Woodcreek Farms and Timberlake, and on client-owned lots.

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Dunbar Builders Names Todd Lewis Director of Purchasing & Construction Management

Dunbar Builders Inc. has named Todd R. Lewis its Director of Purchasing and Construction Management. Lewis brings 28 years of industry experience to the custom homebuilding firm, having worked for many years in sales for building materials companies.

A native of Lexington, SC, Lewis is a graduate of Lexington High School and the University of South Carolina. He has been a licensed residential builder for 12 years.

“Todd’s knowledge of construction materials and management is tremendous,” said Pat Dunbar, president of Dunbar Builders Inc. “His addition to Dunbar Builders is an important step as consumer interest in custom building improves and as we continue to grow our company.”

An award-winning company serving the Greater Columbia area since 1994, Dunbar Builders in 2012 was named a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. The father-son team of Pat and Patrick Dunbar builds in many fine communities in the Columbia area including the award-winning Saluda River Club, Woodcreek Farms and Timberlake, and on client-owned lots.

Dunbar Builders will participate in the 2013 Parade of Homes to be held in September in Woodcreek Farms. Contact Us for more information.

Southern Living Renews Dunbar Builders As A Custom Builder Program Member

COLUMBIA, SC – Dunbar Builders Inc. has been selected for the second year to be part of the Southern Living® Custom Builder Program. Dunbar Builders is one of approximately 100 builders chosen for the 20th annual builder program sponsored by Southern Living magazine, one of the largest monthly consumer magazines in the United States with a circulation of 2.8 million and reaching 16 million readers monthly.

Each year, Southern Living carefully selects members based on their reputation among local businesses and consumers; strength of presence in their respective markets; superior quality and attention to detail; innovative style; and other criteria. Members of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program have access to the entire Southern Living House Plans Service collection, which features more than 1000 plans created by respected architects and designers throughout the nation.

“The builder program is a natural extension of our overall homes effort, which aims at offering quality designs and new ideas to consumers across the Southeast,” said Kristen Payne, Executive Director of theSouthern Living Builder Program.  “We believe we have chosen outstanding builders across the region to help us do this.”

Dunbar Builders Inc. is an award-winning custom home building company serving the Greater Columbia, SC area since 1994. The father-son team of Pat and Patrick Dunbar builds in many fine communities in the Columbia area including the award-winning Saluda River Club, Woodcreek Farms and Timberlake, and on client-owned lots.

Dunbar Builders will participate in the 2013 Parade of Homes to be held in September in Woodcreek Farms and the Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show March 8-10 at the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Contact Us for more information.

About Southern Living
Southern Living, the premier lifestyle and entertainment magazine of the South, reaches more than 16 million readers each month with a circulation of 2.8 million. Published 12 times a year by a subsidiary of Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Progress Corporation, Southern Living celebrates the heart of Southern life.