Myrtle Beach area builder wins second national award

sjones@thesunnews.comFebruary 15, 2013 

— For the second time in three years, the Carrell Group in Little River has won a national award for its construction of a home that is built using insulating concrete forms.

This time, it won the Best Large Residential category in the ICF Builder Magazine competition for a 4,032 heated square-foot home in Grande Dunes. In 2009, the company won the Best Unlimited Residential category for a 17,880 square-foot home in Florence.

Insulating concrete forms encapsulate concrete that’s poured on site between foam insulation. The homes are known for their durability and energy efficiency.

Bruce Carrell, president of the Carrell Group, said that an ICF home will cost between $100 a heated square foot to $200 a heated square foot, with the final cost determined by a number of variables.

“To build in ICF home, we typically tell people it will cost about 5 percent more (than a wood frame house) when completed,” he said.

The cost of the ICF home in Florence was more than $3 million, while the Grande Dunes home, completed in 2011, cost $875,000 to build. Carrell said the Grande Dunes home was built at a time when home construction could be done more cheaply than now. The same home would cost between $925,000 and $950,000 to build today, he said.

Carrell said the company didn’t enter the contest between the 2009 awards cycle and the 2012 awards cycle. For the most recent contest, Carrell Group also entered an ICF commercial building, but it was not among the winners.

Carrell said that ICF homes normally are purchased by higher end buyers, but the company’s website shows plans for ICF homes as small as 1,800 square feet.

The other end

The Myrtle Beach City Council approved the annexation and zoning of about five acres for apartments at the other end of the cost spectrum in a brief, special meeting Friday morning.

The apartments will be off Grissom Parkway across from the entrance to the parking lot for the Pelicans baseball stadium and are to be the third phase of the Bay Pointe apartments that front on Mr. Joe White Avenue. There will be no direct access to Grissom for the apartments in the new phase.

Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc. asked for the annexation and rezoning of the property for Bradley Development of Aynor, which specializes in the construction of affordable housing. The company also built the Monarch student housing apartment complex along S.C. 544 across from Coastal Carolina University.

B&C asked last year that about 22 acres in the same area be rezoned, but then asked that the request be tabled for the completion of a survey. At the time, the company said it wanted the land zoned for high density residential, a designation that was opposed by Myrtle Beach city planners.

Friday’s action came in a special meeting so that the development could be fully approved in time for Bradley to submit an application for tax credits by the March 1 deadline.

The second vote on the annexation and rezoning is scheduled for a City Council meeting on Feb. 26.

Don’t forget

Home Show 2013 is slated for next weekend at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The show is the annual extravaganza of the Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association that will include more than 200 exhibitors, seminars, workshops and charity auctions.

Stopping by an exhibitor’s booth will give attendees the chance to get information from professionals on everything from outdoor kitchens and water features to interior design tips.

The seminars and workshops, which begin at 11 a.m. Friday and Feb. 23 and noon on Feb. 24, focus on interior design and culinary demonstrations.

On Feb. 24, a silent auction at 2 p.m. will benefit Coastal Animal Rescue, and wearable recyclables fashion show at 3 p.m. will benefit Hope House in Myrtle Beach.

The hours of the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Feb. 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24.

Tickets are $5 for one day or $10 for all three days for adults. Children under 16 years old will be admitted free.

Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765.

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