May 2019

At Home in Old Town Bluffton: Jaime Toomer finds the right fit with Built Right Homes

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: Luke Andrews

When Jaime Toomer decided to build her first house from the ground up, she knew she wanted a Lowcountry-style home that was durable and fit her lifestyle. When not at MUSC working as a nurse, Toomer spends as much free time as possible boating on the May River. Aunt to several nieces and nephews and mom to a giant Great Dane named Leia, she wanted a no-fuss, no-muss home, in close proximity to the water, that fit all of her favorite people. Oh, and there was one other thing: the home had to be finished in about seven months, as it would be hosting the groomsmen the weekend of her sister’s wedding.

“November 11 was burned into my brain,” said Lisa Lapinski, co-owner of Built Right Homes with her husband Kevin. “Come hell or highwater, we had to get Jaime’s house finished in time for the wedding weekend.”

“We broke ground in April,” Toomer said. “I was at the RBC Heritage, and Lisa was sending me photos of the concrete being poured.”

Updates from Built Right Homes were weekly, and sometimes even more frequent, making the whole progression comfortable and smooth. “I had heard horror stories from everyone about attempting to build a house from the ground up,” Toomer said. “That just wasn’t my experience at all. Kevin and Lisa made everything so simple—even when it came to choosing tile (which can be overwhelming for anyone who has ever ventured into one of those giant warehouses). Lisa did all the legwork and just gave me three options in the color and style I had mentioned liking. They really took the stress out of the project and made the whole process fun.”

Living in the historic district of Bluffton has its own particular set of challenges, and Toomer was impressed that Kevin was completely prepared every step of the way. “There were no hold-ups, or hiccups; the house was done on time, and I absolutely love it,” Toomer said, sitting with Leia on the front porch of her new home at 10 Dane Lane in Old Town Bluffton.

Little extra touches that make a difference in the finished product…

Splash it Up! Originally, the kitchen was completed without a backsplash as part of the design, and when it was finished, Toomer agreed it needed something. Lisa went hunting to find the perfect art deco backsplash. Adding the gray beveled arabesque tile gave the kitchen the pop it needed and offers a stunning look paired with the quartz countertops.

Tile with Style. Toomer knew she wanted subway tile in the master bath but left it up to Kevin and Lisa to jazz it up. The team at Built Right paired the subway tile with a deco glass mosaic inlay and multi-toned gray hexagon shower floor, introducing subtle color in the mostly white scheme. Lisa enjoyed working with the team at May River Flooring to pull all her design ideas together.

Extra Touches by Built Right Homes. The living area focal point features a custom build with an electric fireplace, accented with Buttboard™ trim and a unique reclaimed wood mantel, hand-selected by Matt Mitchell of Built Right Homes. The Lapinskis saw that the room just needed that little something else and decided this would be a great gift for Toomer. The area doubles as additional seating for get-togethers around the fireplace and storage for knick-knacks.

The perfect table. After months of searching, Toomer was having trouble finding just the right table for the eat-in kitchen. Kevin Lapinski took note and decided to build her one—at just the right size and in the perfect finish to accent her Lowcountry home.

Kevin and Lisa Lapinski, owners of Built Right Homes, offer a unique experience for their clients with their creative talents. They are dedicated to making sure your home is built right, on schedule, and within your budget. From start to finish, their process is easy: it’s about listening to the client to ensure their home is built for their lifestyle. This team is deeply committed to the success of each home they build. Building your first home or your dream home, the Built Right Homes team will be with you through the entire process. For more information visit their website at www.brhbluffton.com.

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