What is involved in Building on the Island?

You can buy a lot with no pressure to build at any time.  You can enjoy all the full benefits of owning island property even if you never build a house, and as a lot owner, you can stay for 10 nights at the Huyler House Suites for the cost of cleaning.  At some point, though, you are bound to have some questions about building on Dewees.  Each homeowner is required to hire a South Carolina licensed architect to design their home.

The best way to get exactly the home you want is to hire an architect to design exactly what you want.  Building involves some more challenges than building on the mainland, and you may benefit from hiring a builder who has built here before, so they understand how to work the details of the barge, pile driver, etc.  The island does have some construction equipment that is kept on the island; builders can rent these from the POA.



Dewees Builders

The following builders have built homes on Dewees recently:

Noah and Michael Ross

Noah and Michael are currently building the DELTEC home at lot 127, with the help of Architect Ron Denton.  Long time island “family,” Noah got training from Deltec on installation of this home.  He can be reached at 843-557-5322.



Van Kinnett: Seabreeze Custom Homes

Van has built several houses on the island, including:

He has done some major renovations on existing homes as well. (#42, #23, and #32). Van’s cell phone is 843-224-0282, and you can click here to email him directly.

Craig Fine: Fine Builders

Chip Naramore: RS Custom Homes

Chip is the owner of a partnership share in home 128.  He has been building on the island for many years, and has built the following homes:

  • The Millers at Lot 12
  • The Hunts at Lot 57
  • The Mariks at Lot 110
  • The McAlhanys at Lot 13
  • The Cottons at Lot 44
  • The Jarretts at Lot 21
  • The Deals at Lot 20
  • The Cochranes at Lot 128
  • The Plemmons at Lot 51
  • The Reilly’s at DI 7
  • The Kliros’ at Lot 9


There are also some additional costs involved at the time of building.

Fees Due Prior to Beginning New House Construction

* For complete fees, consult the POA at the time of due diligence. This is correct as of publication.

An Owners’ Cash Deposit of $10,000 is due at time of application for Dewees building permit.

A Contractor Utility Water/Sewer Connection fee of $20,000 is
due prior to and as a condition of issuance of Dewees
building permit

The DHEC Sewer Escrow Fee (Owner cost) is $500.


2 thoughts on “What is involved in Building on the Island?

  1. Does the house have to be a specific size? Are yurts or small homes aloud for couples that want to retire? Or it this island for vacation rentals.

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