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2011 Best of Home

From building and renovating to landscaping and design, we bring you our first annual list of all the people and places you’ll need to make your home your castle as voted by the readers of Augusta Magazine.
Best of Home 2011

Best Appliance Store

First Place

Kelley Appliance Center
191 Baston Rd.  | (706) 863-7098
Purchase standard appliances plus wonderful additions like icemakers, wine coolers and dish drawers that bring convenience and luxury to life while staying within your budget.

Second Place | Appliance Land
3855 Washington Rd., Martinez | (706) 863-1111
A wide array of appliances and electronics, from cooking to home entertainment with features to fit your lifestyle, are displayed on the sales floor.

Third Place | Prestige Appliances & Accessories
2575 Whiskey Rd. Aiken |  (803) 644-6113
The home for distinguished kitchens aids homeowners in design and renovation with a collection of top quality brands from which to choose, including Viking, Thermador and Bosch.

Best Bath Supply Showroom

First Place

Landrum Supply Co.
1440 Reynolds St., Augusta | (706) 722-2042
As a second-generation family-owned business, Landrum Supply Company is staffed with professional design associates who go the extra mile to provide exceptional customer service.

Second Place | Ferguson’s Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery
3610 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta | (706) 860-7677
When it comes to putting together a well-appointed bathroom, Ferguson’s will give you everything you expect and more.

Third Place | W.A. Bragg & Co.
420 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. Six locations  including Aiken. (706) 860-9790.

Showroom consultant Darlene Lindsey helps customers decide on the perfect fixtures for their homes. 

Best Cabinetmaker

First Place

Looper Cabinet Co. Inc.
418 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans | (706) 863-1505
Owner Charles Looper and his staff continue a 60-year Looper family tradition of designing, building and installing custom-made European frameless and traditional cabinetry for every room in the house.

Second Place | Crawford Cabinets
3831 Oak Dr., Augusta | (706) 868-6329
116 Pendleton St. SW, Aiken | (803) 641-2000
Winner of numerous design awards, Crawford Cabinets custom designs affordable and functional cabinetry for homeowners.

Third Place | Borum Cabinets
105 Walden St., Wrens | (706) 547-0363
Furniture-grade solid wood and wood veneer cabinetry custom built by owner James Borum and his craftsmen is accented with custom paint colors and faux treatments such as glazing, distressing and old world finishes.

Best Carpet/Rug Company

First Place

The Carpet Shop
2114 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta |  (706) 736-1491
398 Town Park Blvd., Evans | (706) 863-5839
1530 Whiskey Rd., Aiken | (803) 649-0961
The Carpet Shop, one of the first specialty carpet stores in the Southeast, was awarded 2008 Retailer of the Year by AmericasMart and the Oriental Rug Dealers of America.

Second Place | Hardwood Floors & More
4696 Washington Rd., Evans | (706) 868-7030
550 Silver Bluff Rd., Aiken | (803) 642-3232
Owners Ray and Suzanne Lilly offer excellent customer service and a wide range of products to make remodeling easy.

Third Place | Kirkland’s Flooring
657 North Belair Rd., Evans | (706) 650-1905
Lose yourself in the beautiful Kirkland’s Flooring, formerly the Carpet Warehouse, showroom.

Best Carpet Cleaning Service

First Place

Stanley Steemer
2007 Westside Dr., Augusta | (800) 783-3637
Using a hot-water extraction process, Stanley Steemer gets carpets deep-down clean.
Second Place | Knight Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners
5162 Fairington Dr., Evans | (706) 860-5529
James Takacs founded Knight Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners in 1984 and continues to place emphasis on the core values of reputation, experience, education, systems and guarantee.

Third Place | Duraclean Systems of North Augusta
847 Edgefield Rd. #A, North Augusta | (803) 279-8842
The on-call staff of this family-owned and operated business is prepared to respond to any emergency in addition to providing regular carpet cleaning, stain removal and fire and water restoration.

Best Countertop Company

First Place

1296 Jones St., Augusta | (706) 828-7544
Countersync specializes in solid surface counter tops for the home and office, with a team of design and fabrication professionals offering the best in craftsmanship, timely delivery and expert installation.

Second Place | Augusta Granite Co.
202 John Deere Pkwy., Grovetown |  (706) 513-3557
Since 1995, Augusta Granite Co. has created custom countertops and vanities in granite and marble.

Third Place Tie | Star Granite Interiors
2803 Wrightsboro Rd., Suite 15, Augusta | (800) 351-9790
View and choose from slabs of stone imported from around the world in 500 colors and finishes and let Star Granite’s skilled craftsmen use state of the art technology to provide accurate, professional and safe installation.

Third Place Tie | Stoneworks of Augusta
1067 Franke Industrial Dr., Augusta | (706) 798-3005
Stoneworks of Augusta brings the handiwork of Mother Nature inside with natural stone and quartz surfaces, emphasizing customer education in choosing the type of stone best suited to his or her purposes.

Best Decorator Fabric Store

First Place

Curtain Call
320 Baston Rd., Martinez | (706) 868-5757
Since 1996 Curtain Call has boasted a fabulous selection of decorator fabrics and special order trims.

Second Place | Park Avenue Fabrics
3328 Washington Rd., Augusta | (706) 868-0306
The new gallery-style showroom, manned by a professional staff of designers, triggers ideas and creativity.

Third Place | Mish Mash Interiors
4090 Washington Rd., Evans | (706) 814-7380
Gorgeous decorator fabrics and a friendly helpful staff make Mish Mash Interiors a wonderful place to shop.




Best Fence

First Place

Maner Builders Supply Co.
3717 Washington Rd. | (706) 863-6191
The Maner Fence and Specialties division installs fences across the Southeast, offering hundreds of different styles of fencing from utilitarian chainlink to ornamental aluminum, steel and vinyl.

Second Place | American Custom Fence Co.
4595 Fulcher Rd., Hephzibah | (706) 833-0428
James Enfinger has been building custom picket, chainlink and commercial/industrial fences in the CSRA since 1975.

Third Place | Boyd Fence
1492 Atomic Rd., Beech Island | (803) 278-4420
Residential and commercial fences and gates, plus access control systems, that stand the test of time are available in finishes to suit every need.

Best Garage Door Company

First Place

Overhead Door Company of Augusta
1529 Crescent Dr., Augusta |  (706) 736-8478
A stylish and technologically advanced garage door is waiting for you at Overhead Door Company, established in 1975.

Second Place | Southern Door & Fireplace, Inc.
3019 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta | (706) 868-8118
With more than 300 residential garage doors from which to choose, plus accessories for added convenience and security, homeowners will find a fit that compliments their home and lifestyle.

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Best Heating and Air

First Place

Westside Heating and Air Inc.
4282 Triangle Industrial Dr., Evans | 706) 863-6122
Energy-efficient products and complete home comfort systems offered by Westside Heating and Air make the home a welcoming respite.

Second Place | Busby’s Heating and Air-Conditioning
1236 Gordon Park Rd., Augusta | (706) 722-8855
Busby’s can reduce homeowners’ heating and cooling bills with excellent products and precision tune-ups, all of which owner Rick Busby personally guarantees.

Third Place | Gold Mech Services
1559 Broad St., Augusta | (706) 724-4653
Gold Mech staff members are continuously educated in heating and air technology, enabling them to provide high-tech services.

Best Historic Preservation

First Place

Historic Augusta
415 Seventh St., Augusta | (706) 724-0436
Executive Director Erick Montgomery and his staff act as a resource for and supply assistance to homeowners wishing to purchase and preserve historic properties in Augusta.

Second Place | Rex Property and Land LLC
307 11th St., Augusta | (706) 722-4962
The Rex group features lovingly restored historic properties with character and charm in Augusta’s downtown, Summerville and Hill areas.

Third Place | Haltermann Partners Inc.
753 Broad St. #410, Augusta | (706) 722-3961
Incorporated in 1988, this company of downtown developers buys, renovates and manages buildings repurposed for dual residential and commercial functions.

Best Hardwood Flooring

First Place

Hardwood Floors & More
4696 Washington Rd., Evans | (706) 868-7030
550 Silver Bluff Rd. | Aiken (803) 642-3232

Also a winner in the categories of best lighting and best carpet/rug, Hardwood Floors & More clearly strives to meet the multiple needs of its clientele.

Second Place | Southern Wood Floors
472 Flowing Wells Rd., Augusta | (888) 488-7463
Southern Wood Floors sells solid and engineered wood flooring, including wide plank, heart pine, reclaimed antique heart pine, prefinished and Southern pine.

Third Place Tie | A&D Carpets & Hardwoods
320 South Belair Rd., Martinez | (706) 863-8879
At A&D Carpets & Hardwoods value is placed on meeting the particular specifications of each individual client rather than keeping a large inventory of stock.

Third Place Tie | Kirkland’s Flooring
657 North Belair Rd., Evans | (706) 650-1905
A winner in several categories, Kirkland’s is genuinely a full-service flooring company able to supply and install flooring for any room of the house.

Southern Lighting Gallery

Best Kitchen Supply Showroom

First Place

Ferguson’s Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery
3610 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta | (706) 860-7677
Also taking honors in best lighting showroom and best bath supply showroom, Ferguson’s allows customers to consider a number of décor possibilities before making a final decision.

Second Place | Artistic Kitchens & Design
3124 Washington Rd. #C, Augusta | (706) 733-5396
Let Heath Jefferson take your vision for your dream kitchen and make it a reality.

Third Place | W.A. Bragg & Co.
420 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans | (706) 860-9790
A winner as well in the best bath supply showroom, W.A. Bragg is a sponsor of the Builders Association of Metro Augusta’s Dream Home in River Island.

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Best Landscape Design Architect

First Place

Greenbrier Nursery and Gifts
4749 Washington Rd., Evans | (706) 651-0838

Wayne Logan listens to and advises homeowners to design a plan that meets their desires and works well in Augusta’s climate.

Second Place | Four Seasons Landscaping Inc.
525 Chamblin Rd., Grovetown | (706) 860-5832
George Fuller expertly designs landscapes using native trees, shrubs and foliage grown on-site in the Four Seasons nursery.

Third Place | Home Pro Services Lawn Care
1734 Forest Creek Rd., Augusta | (706) 373-3771
Bringing curb appeal to your home with a complete package of landscape design, installation and maintenance, Home Pro accepts no payment until the customer is satisfied.

Best Lighting Showroom

First Place

Southern Lighting Gallery
215 Bobby Jones Expwy., Martinez | (706) 868-5014
Chandeliers, lamps, sconces, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, landscaping lighting, carriage lamps and so  much more are available to brighten your days and your nights.

Second Place | Hardwood Floors & More
4696 Washington Rd., Evans | (706) 868-7030
550 Silver Bluff Rd., Aiken  | (803) 642-3232
Peruse the lighting gallery for the perfect fixture to fit your unique style and wash your rooms in ambiance.

Third Place | Ferguson’s Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery
3610 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta
(706) 860-7677
Ferguson’s Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery glows with a large display of lighting choices.

Best Lumber

First Place

Howard Lumber
475 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans
(706) 868-8400
Since 1946, professional contractors and  homeowners have relied on Howard to provide products that meet distinctive design requirements and stringent material standards.

Second Place | Maner Builders Supply Co.
3787 Martinez Blvd., Martinez
(706) 863-6191
The Maner company has sold quality lumber for small and large projects for more than 50 years.

Third Place | Mulherin Lumber Co.
705 Industrial Park Dr., Evans | (706) 863-6070
While the Mulherin family has been associated with the timber industry since the 1800s,  the company officially opened in 1937, selling affordably priced lumber.

Best Mortgage Lending Institution

First Place

First Bank of Georgia
(706) 821-6000
First Bank recognizes that no two homebuyers are alike and tailors home loans to fit individual borrowers. Six branch locations serve the CSRA.

Second Place | Georgia Bank & Trust 
(706) 739-1780
Loan officers educate home-loan applicants on the mortgage process so they know what to expect as they proceed through it. There are three branches in the CSRA.

Third Place | Queensborough National Bank and Trust Co.
(706) 869-6975
A no-obligation loan comparison and local processing make Queensborough a convenient choice for homebuyers. There are eight CSRA branches.

Best Home Builder

First Place

Ernie Blackburn Home Builders LLC
502 Thompkins Ln., Evans
(706) 863-2475
Ernie Blackburn is an on-site builder who gives each project his personal attention while keeping the customer’s budget and specifications his utmost concern.

Second Place | Garren Construction
1427 Monte Sano Ave., Augusta
(706) 737-5785
Garren Construction has been building quality single-family homes in the CSRA since 2007.

Third Place | LRP Investments Group LLC
4120 Columbia Rd., Augusta
(706) 860-2114
Partners Ron Lewis and Jerry Reynolds specialize in building moderately-priced custom homes as well as renovating and restoring existing homes.

Best Paint Store

First Place

Gerald Robinson’s Paint and Decorating Center
3850 Washington Rd. #5A, Augusta | (706) 863-4593
The CSRA’s exclusive Benjamin Moore Paint dealer advises customers on choosing paint colors and provides information about proper painting techniques.

Second Place | Culpepper Lumber
Co. and Ace Paint
4532 Washington Rd., Evans | (706) 863-7109
Paint technicians specialize in custom matching paints and stains and will consult one-on-one with you, your contractor or both.

Third Place | Sherwin Williams
3238 Wrightsboro Rd. Augusta | (706) 733-9405
201 Casa Linda Dr., Martinez | (706) 863-3523
Sherwin Williams associates walk customers through color collections, paint tools, techniques and product details.

Best Pool Installation

First Place

Pete Alewine Pool Co. Inc.
4470 Washington Rd., Evans | (706) 863-1207
116A Pendleton Street, SW, Aiken | (803) 641-3117
Pete Alewine and his staff have installed more than 2,000 pools, both vinyl lined and Gunite, in the CSRA in the past 30 years.

Second Place | Carefree Pools and Spa
4300 Washington Rd., Evans
(706) 650-0874
Creating custom Gunite pools is their specialty, ensuring that every pool they build is unlike any other.

Third Place | Indigo Pool and Spa Inc.
2101 Reynolds Walk Trail, Greensboro
(706) 999-1413
James Parker Brown, owner of Indigo Pool and Spa, an Aqua Magazine 2010 Award winner, designs vibrant poolscapes.

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Best Home Security

First Place

3815 Martinez Blvd.,  Martinez
(706) 481-1785
Get 24-hour monitoring for burglary, fire, and carbon monoxide plus added bonuses such as remote system control and video surveillance.

Second Place | ADS
4210 Columbia Rd. #2B, Augusta
(706) 733-5555
Their state-of-the-art Central Station is CSAA Five Diamond certified and staffed by highly trained professionals who monitor your home 24/7.

Third Place | Security
Specialists Inc.
3450 Peach Orchard Rd., Augusta
(706) 796-7084
Using cutting edge technology, Security Specialists gives homeowners peace of mind and protection from burglary, fire and more.

Best Tile Company

First Place

Tile Center
1331 Reynolds St., Augusta
(706) 722-6804
The home of the tile and stone experts, the Tile Center carries the largest selection of stone and tile in the area.

Second Place | Traditions in Tile and Stone
1712 North Leg Ct., Augusta
(706) 738-3960
Visit their exquisite showroom where you can view and compare a wide assortment of tile products for a gamut of uses.

Third Place | Kirkland’s Flooring
657 North Belair Rd., Evans
(706) 650-1905
Kirkland’s is a family-owned business selling tile and stone at deeply discounted prices.

Best Home Furnishings Consignment

First Place

Consign Design
318 Baston Rd., Martinez

(706) 945-0176
The original upscale home consignment shop in the Martinez/Evans area has a constantly changing inventory of fine home furnishings.

Second Place | Designed for Change
139 D Davis Rd., Martinez | (706) 922-5106
Stop in and leave with everything necessary to decorate a single room or an entire home, from chandeliers to quality furniture to artwork.

Third Place | ReQoop Consignment Shows
3157 Washington Rd., Augusta
(706) 394-3108
The ReQoop ladies, Sharon and Teresa Quarles, host two home décor and fine furnishings shows a year featuring gently used items as well as overstocks and liquidated inventory.

Best Outdoor Furniture

First Place

The Wicker Barn
3910 Washington Rd., Augusta
(706) 364-3570
The Wicker Barn was the first retailer in the area to sell all-weather, durable, resin wicker furniture.

Second Place | Pete Alewine
Pool Co. Inc.
4470 Washington Rd., Evans | (706) 863-1207
116A Pendleton Street, SW, Aiken | (803) 641-3117
Outdoor furniture from Winston, Brown Jordan, Lane Venture and OW Lee complement your deck, swimming pool or spa.

Third Place | Weinberger’s Furniture
3137 Washington Rd., Augusta
(706) 860-9494
Weinberger’s has an affordable variety of outdoor styles including Summer Classics and Lane Venture.

Best Outdoor Lighting

First Place

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives
493 Walton’s Ford Ct., Grovetown
(706) 722-5711
Designers draft an outdoor lighting plan to highlight the best aspects of your home’s architectural details, landscape highlights and open spaces.

Second Place | Christmas and Nite Time Décors
3504 Saxon Rd., Martinez
(706) 860-9919
Outdoor lighting by Nite Time Décor will enhance the beauty and safety of your home while expanding your living space so you can bring entertaining outside.

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