Monthly Archives: December 2012

In-Law Suite Must Haves: Tips for Adding One to Your Home

In law SuiteAs your family members start to grow older, it becomes a necessity to think about what the future holds for them. You may find yourself asking questions like:

  • Will I be able to take care of them?
  • Will I have to put them in a nursing home?
  • Will there be others available to help with all of their needs?
  • Will I be able to remain close to them?
  • Is it possible to have them live with me?
  • And the list goes on…

An increasingly popular option for families is to create an in-law suite, which most often times means converting a room in your home, such as a basement or garage, into a livable space, or building an addition onto your home.

Before you go ahead and start a renovation, keep these tips in mind to create the perfect in-law suite:

1. Be certain it’s legal – Making changes to your home may require a permit, especially if your in-law suite will be an addition to your home. Contact your local zoning board to make sure the project you have in mind complies with any laws and requirements.

2. Provide privacy – While everyone may be looking forward to having each other around, don’t overlook the importance of your relatives privacy. They should be able to feel like the new space is their own and expect all that comes with their continued independent living.

  • Provide a separate entrance
  • Provide its own full bathroom
  • If possible, provide its own full kitchen (again, remember to check with your local zoning board about this)

3. Provide safety features – Your relatives will appreciate the efforts you make to ensure their safety as they continue to age. When creating your in-law suite, keep these safety features in mind:

  • Provide first-floor living if possible
  • Remember a ramp if they are in a wheelchair
  • Fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a must
  • Provide motion activated exterior lights
  • Install an intercom system to make it easy for them to reach you when everyone’s at home
  • Install railings and other support features throughout the space

It can be difficult to watch as your relatives start to get older, but an in-law suite could be the answer to the start of their transition.

Do you have any tips for building an in-law suite?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Your Source for Eating, Drinking, and Buying Local in Hilton Head Island

Eat Drink Buy Local Hilton Head Island

The residents of Hilton Head Island are a close-knit group of folks who put a lot of effort into supporting the local businesses here. The campaign EAT, DRINK and BUY LOCAL is made up of all locally owned independently operated Hilton Head restaurants who offer you savings for supporting them!

The Eat, Drink and Buy Local book can be purchased on their website.

Where you should go to support EAT, DRINK and BUY LOCAL in Hilton Head

Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe
Aunt Chilada’s, located on Hilton Head Island since 1984, genuinely serves something for everybody. In addition to a broad range of traditional “American” fare, they also serve excellent Hilton Head seafood, Lowcountry boil, Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, great steaks, all you can eat crab legs and more.

Big Bamboo Café
Big Bamboo Cafe features great food from across the United States. The conversation flows as freely as the drinks. And the lively sound of Big Band music can be heard on any given night.

Catch 22
Chef Bryan cuts their USDA Prime steaks in house.  Only fresh fish is served at Catch 22 and they are happy to accommodate special menu requests. Their Bone-On Filet is the BEST STEAK on Hilton Head! They also serve  Crab Legs (up to 2 1/2 pounds) on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and their Roasted USDA Prime Strip on Thursdays.

Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte
Charlie’s is the only restaurant on the island that writes its entire menu daily based on the freshest local seafood available. Their epicurean dinner menu offers an array of 14 fresh fish, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon, and many other delights.

Club Tan
Club Tan offers various tanning packages to suit each individual client with 3 levels of tanning beds, sunless spray tanning by their trained professionals and they offer an array of products to help maintain maximum skin care and protection.

Hilton Head Brewing Company
Stop by Hilton Head Brewing Company daily for lunch or dinner for great starters, soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, entrees, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails!

Marleys Island Grill
Marleys Island Grille features a casual, upbeat, fun and tropical Hilton Head Island dining experience. They are passionate about serving only the freshest wood-fire grilled seafood and steaks, and offers a wide variety of menus and foods for the whole family.

Mellow Mushroom-Bluffton and Hilton Head Island
The Mellow Mushroom offers delicious food in a fun and creative environment and are the originators of the Classic Southern Pizza!

Reilley’s Grill & Bar North and South
Reilley’s Grill & Bar is reminiscent of a true Boston pub. Dine indoors or out, where convertible walls open to what is arguably the best outdoor patio in town.  Top notch technology ensures you won’t miss the big game whether you’re sipping cocktails at happy hour, enjoying their nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life at Champagne Sunday Brunch.

Santa Fe Café
For over 20 years Santa Fe Cafe has been the locals’ choice for authentic New Mexican food. With dishes ranging from their famous Grouper to Fajitas made with prime filet of beef tenderloin, to their Cowboy Cut Black Angus Bone-In Ribeye or even their Outrageous Chimichanga, they’re sure to have something to entice.

The Boardroom
The Boardroom is located in Reilley’s Plaza, 7B-4 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island

The Crazy Crab North and South
The Crazy Crab is a seafood house with a menu that is derived from Low Country recipes, and each entree is individually prepared to order. They use the largest fresh Seafood supplier on the East Coast-The Atlantic Ocean!

Which of these places will you visit to support EAT, DRINK and BUY LOCAL in Hilton Head Island?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Hilton Head Island’s Winter Wonderland Festival

Hilton Head Island Winter Wonderland FestivalWith the holiday just around the corner, you’re probably marking your calendar with holiday events, activities, and of course getting your shopping done.  If you have little ones at home, there’s one event in particular you won’t want to miss…and neither will they!

The Hilton Head Island Winter Wonderland Festival was such a fantastic success last year, that it has been extended to two days this year instead of just one.  Gather your family and get ready for two afternoons of southern winter activities with Santa Claus, including multiple moon bounces, carnival games, a winter hayride, face painting, arts and crafts, tree decorating, live performances, AND a super exciting Golden Candy Cane Hunt!  Oh, and don’t forget about the other concessions while you’re there – hot chocolate, s’mores, hot dogs, pizza and much more!

8 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Hilton Head Island

The festival is this weekend, December 14-15 at Shelter Cove Park (39 Shelter Cove Ln) from 4-8pm.  The Golden Candy Cane Hunt is at 4:30pm each day.  For ages 2-15 admission is $10/per child and includes most activities…parents are FREE!  All of the proceeds of this event benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association Children’s Scholarship Fund.

What are you looking forward to most at the Winter Wonderland Festival in Hilton Head?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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