One group of winners poses with their LightHouse Awards trophies following ceremonies Dec. 3. COURTESY HHAHBA

Building industry professionals attended the 22nd annual LightHouse Awards gala Dec. 3 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island to learn who judges selected as the Lowcountry’s most talented builders and designers. 

The awards gala is presented by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association.

“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.”

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 of 23 builders, including remodelers, custom, semi-custom, and light commercial building companies, submitted 55 entries. In addition, six firms submitted 31 interior and architectural design projects for a total of 86 qualifying projects on our physical judging event for 2021, making this year’s event one of the largest.

The construction cost of this year’s remodeled or newly built home entries ranged from $150,000 to over $3 million. Each award was subdivided into categories based on project cost of construction and similar square footage.

The 2021 LightHouse Awards judging panel included builders, remodelers, architects and other industry professionals from all over North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Winners were announced in 19 categories under seven divisions. The Best Overall winners in Full Remodel were: TDC Builders, Element Construction, Esposito Construction Inc., and Roberts Construction Company. Best Overall in New Homes were: Logan Homes, Advantage Builders LLC, Artisan Custom Homes – Hilton Head LLC, Reclamation By Design Ltd., Boshaw Residential LLC, Compass Custom Homes, Ashworth Construction Group LLC, Full Circle Construction, ACH Custom Homes, Element Construction, Bunting Construction and Simpson Construction.

In addition to the builders’ awards, the 2021 Joseph C. Harden Community Excellence Award was presented to Allen Patterson of Allen Patterson Builders. This award acknowledges a builder for continuing the work of Joseph C. Harden in creating new and better ways to make vibrant, adaptive spaces for all Lowcountry citizens.

Allen Patterson Builders’ most recent community project, which has garnered national attention, is known as the Adaptive Cottage to benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation. It is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in May 2022.

For a full list of winners, visit