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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. 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.
Often, people ask what the increase is for building costs above the mainland. Ask these builders for details: the last few houses to be completed on the island were between $380 and $420 per sq foot. You’ll want great porches on Dewees~ these are not included in the square footage but definitely figure into the costs.
The following builders have built homes on Dewees recently:
Chip Naramore: Naramore Construction
Chip is beginning construction of new homes at lot 112 and 111. His office # is: 843 886 5187, cell 843 514 7521.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 McAlhanys at Lot 13
The Cottons at Lot 44
The Deals at Lot 20
The Cochranes at Lot 128
- The Reilly’s at DI 7
- The Kliros’ at Lot 94
Noah and Michael Ross
Noah and Michael built 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:
- the Fairchilds at Lot 129,
- the Smiths at lot 80
- the Timmons at #131,
- the Ward house at #22,
- the Wilson house at #6,
- the Seymore house at 64.
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.
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
The DHEC Sewer Escrow Fee (Owner cost) is $500.