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Changes in Horry County Permit Fees

Urgent Notice- The Horry County Building Department handed this to us the other day while we were picking up new permits. I wanted to let everyone know about it because it will affect any projects you might have planned for the future.

For a lot of projects, especially small non-structural remodeling projects like what we do, permits really aren’t necessary. It’s simply a way for the County to make more money without raising taxes. It’s also a great way to increase their budget and justify hiring more people by increasing their own workload artificially.

It’s not cool, but it’s something we’ve gotten used to.

The other downside of this new change is that it will delay simple permits from a day in some cases to weeks depending on how busy the County is.

If you have an ongoing or upcoming project with us, don’t worry, I’m not going to come back and ask for more money based on this. We’ll eat the extra costs on any permits for you based on this.

For any of you that might be planning upcoming projects with us that aren’t contracted yet, I’m going to stick to our old permit pricing for now and not raise it at all unless they do something else to add more costs in.

If you have any questions about this or anything else, you can e-mail me here, call the office at 843-238-4798, or drop by the showroom.

Thanks!

Dave Jr.


You can find us at…
843-238-4798
www.oceanbreezeexteriors
Showroom located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC

 


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Would you mind reviewing Ocean Breeze online?

A lot has changed in the 30 plus years we’ve been in business. I won’t go into too much, but I’ll tell you this. I remember when we used to have to find pay phones to call the office. Then we had a huge bag phone in the trucks that nearly took up a whole seat. Some of our guys had pagers. Then we actually had cell phones.

Well, the social media bandwagon is one of those things that the construction industry as a whole has been slow to jump onto. So much so that a lot of folks don’t expect remodeling companies to have much of presence there. I just wanted to let you know that we do. We’re on all the networks where the majority of our customers are.

Such as…

We have a presence online, and post tons of photos and helpful tips on our Facebook page. There’s one spot though where we’re really shy on, and that’s where I could use your help.

We don’t have many reviews on any of those sites. I realize some of you have checked us out, but not bought anything from us yet, and that’s fine, but if you’re one of our past customers, would you mind hopping onto our pages and leave reviews. If you do, let me know. I’d love to see them all.

Thanks so much,

David Powers, the construction guy that avoided computers as long as I could


You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling

843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Thirty Years Makes Us the Oldest Sunroom Company Around 

As I look for different ways to celebrate our 30th year in business, I realized that we’re the oldest sunroom company in the area.

I did some research to double-check this before I told you about it. There is one company that’s older than us, but they’re a transplant from another area up the coast, and have sold and resold several times, which means they’re not locals, just out-of-towners after your money. Another company was older than us, but the owner had to reorganize under a different name to avoid tax penalties and lawsuits. And a lot of our competitors have simply gone out of business for one reason or another.

That leaves us.Thirty years old, still growing, and busier than ever this year.


Here’s a few things I’m really proud of…

  • Ocean Breeze Awnings, Inc. has been in business since September 1987.
  • We started on the Grand Strand and have always been in the Myrtle Beach area from day one.
  • My dad, David R. Powers, is the founder and still an active owner. These days you’ll still see him on the jobsites or out doing estimates. He’s hard to catch in the office, as he’d much rather be outside.
  • Four generations of the Powers family have worked for the company, from my grandfather on down to my kids.
  • We’ve survived several recessions, a depression, and lots of hurricanes.
  • We’re still going strong. This year has been one of our busiest to date, and there’s no signs of slowing down.

I like to brag on my dad, but you might be wondering what this means for you…

  1. It means if you hire us for your remodeling project, we’ll still be here to finish it.
  2. It means if you need warranty support for any reason, we’ll be around to provide it.
  3. It means you can count on us to finish your job without worrying about where your money went.

You can’t even expect that from car companies, banks, or Toys R Us these days.

Give us a call if you want to do something to turn your home’s exterior into a backyard oasis.

Thanks!

David Jr., the owner’s son


You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling

843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Famous Authors We’ve Worked for in Myrtle Beach

We’ve done a lot of work for folks all over the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach, and inland areas over the past 30 years. I got to thinking about some of the famous people we’ve worked for from elected officials to minor celebrities with vacation homes. And novelists.

I’m a big reader, and one of my favorite genres is mystery and suspense. Often, when I’m on my way to estimates or jobsites I’ll be listening to one on CD.

I looked back and realized we’d done work for a couple of mystery novelists with homes here in the Grand Strand area.

Here are the ones I could remember, although some of them go by pen names, so, who knows, maybe there are more. I guess that will remain part of the mystery. Click on them if you’re interested. I attached links to their books on Amazon so you can check them out if you’d like.

T. Lynn Ocean, author of Southern Fatality, the rest of the Jersey Barnes mystery series, and other books set here in Myrtle Beach and other parts of South Carolina. Ms Ocean was actually my boss at a former job in addition to work we’ve done for her husband where he works.

Jane Spillane, author of My Life with Mickey and wife of Mickey Spillane, who wrote the Mike Hammer series and has sold more than 225 million books internationally.

Patrice Leary, author of Dire Crossing. We’ve worked on several of her and her husband’s homes over the years, including hundreds and hundreds of projects on the area her husband ran before he retired.

And of course, my mom Teresa Powers. She has a series of trailer park mysteries set in a mythical place called Shady Holler, which is not unlike some of the mobile home parks around here.

So, it turns out, not only have these and other mystery authors given me a lot of pleasure through their books. Some of them have also helped keep us in business.

If you enjoy mysteries, check them out.

Thanks!

Dave Jr.


You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling

843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Construction Reading that Won’t Put You to Sleep

Because I’m in the field, I enjoy reading construction books and magazines, but there’s not a lot out there that won’t put you to sleep.

I read industry magazines to stay up on current trends and products and find great ideas for my customers.

I read instructional manuals when I need to, like learning a new tool or technique.

I look at design books for the pretty pictures. I’d rather go there than Pinterest because it keeps me from getting sucked into the black hole of stuff.

But there’s just not many compelling stories, memoirs, or autobiographies out there that involve construction.

I finally found one in Rise by Cara Brookins. It’s about a single mom and her four kids who embraked on a quest to build their own house to recover from years of domestic violence and trauma.

It’s a really great book, hilariously funny and incredibly heart-touching at the same time. Oh yeah, the construction parts are amazing. Cara and her kids tackled things by themselves that I hire entire crews for.

If you want a really good read that really should be a TV movie on Hallmark or something, give it a try.


You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling

843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Now Accepting Online Payments!

We accept online payments through our website now!

Many of you live fulltime out-of-town, travel a lot, or are enjoying retirement in farflung tropical destinations and trust us to work on your homes while away. This is an awesome responsibility that we don’t take lightly.

To make payments more convenient while away, you no longer have to call in with your credit card information. You can simply log onto our website and pay there.

Very few construction and remodeling companies allow for online payments, but we thought we’d lead the charge with it. After all, the technology for this has been around for a few decades.

Many thanks to our new webmaster Dr. David Powers for bringing this to us.

Click HERE to see the new payment portal.

This is where I picture most of you while we’re working on your house…

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This post was written by the team at Ocean Breeze. If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.


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Be careful when you see a business that does everything!

You can find us at…
843-238-4798
www.oceanbreezeexteriors
Showroom located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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