Rob and Patricia Strimpfel, center and right,owners of Reclamation By Design Ltd., took home honors as 2020 Premier Builder of the Year at the 21st annual LightHouse Awards gala of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association, held Nov. 6. They are joined here by Meg James, left, executive officer of the organization. ROB KAUFMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

More than 100 building industry professionals attended the 21st annual LightHouse Awards gala Nov. 6 to learn who judges selected as the Lowcountry’s most talented builders and designers. The awards gala, which is presented by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association, took place Nov. 6 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island.

“The LightHouse Awards is truly like the Academy Awards for our local building industry. It gives builders and designers the opportunity to be recognized for the hard work, talent and vision they put forward in building some of the most remarkable homes found in this area and beyond,” said Dan Monroe, chairman of the LightHouse Awards program since its inception. “We are so blessed as a community to have such imaginative architects, talented interior designers, quality builders and exceptional trades craftsman whose hands touch each project in the Lowcountry.”

Top honors for 2020 Premier Builder of the Year Award went to Ron and Patricia Strimpfel of Reclamation By Design, Ltd.

The 2020 Joseph C. Harden Community Excellence Award went to David Gaal of Gaal Custom Homes & Remodeling. Palatial Homes Design LLC was honored for “Highest Degree of Difficulty.”

First held in 1999, the LightHouse Awards are presented annually to qualified members of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association for the demonstration of quality craftsmanship and design excellence in the construction of homes throughout the Lowcountry.

A total 21 builders, including remodelers, custom, semi-custom, and light commercial building companies, submitted 44 home entries for consideration. In addition, four firms submitted 14 interior and architectural design projects, for a total of 62 qualifying projects on our physical judging event for 2020.

Each participant was honored for being part of this distinguished group of area building professionals. The construction cost of this year’s remodeled or newly built home entries ranged from $100,000 to nearly $4 million. 

Each award was subdivided into categories based on project cost of construction and similar square footage.

Six judges were welcomed to Hilton Head Island in mid-September to physically judge the construction quality of each project entered, a practice rarely seen in this digital age. 

The 2020 LightHouse Awards judging panel included builders, remodelers, architects and other industry professionals from North Carolina, and all over South Carolina. Split into four teams, the judges spent two and a half days visiting entries from Hilton Head Island to Distant Island to Ridgeland. In many instances, the separation between runner-up and winner was a fraction of a point.

Master of Ceremonies Monty Jett announced award winners as attendees followed along to a visual presentation of entry homes and features. Associate members of the Home Builders Association, including building industry professionals, subcontractors and suppliers, who participated in the design and construction of each of the competing new and remodeled homes, were also recognized at the gala.

Winners received marble obelisk awards representing lighthouses.

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