Jilco Kitchen and Bath
2300 Clements Ferry Rd., Bldg. A, Ste. 105Charleston, SC, 29492
Locally owned and operated, Jilco Kitchen and Bath has been synonymous with quality countertop and cabinetry solutions since it opened in Mount Pleasant in 1991. Four years later, Charleston native and C of C grad Bryan Fletcher joined the Jilco staff, bringing his solid background in construction management and remodeling. “Kitchen and bath ties architecture, design, and construction in one and I enjoyed the complexity and the highly focused work,” he says. He became the company’s owner in 2001. That same year, anticipating industry growth and wanting a more central location to serve the tri-county Area, Bryan moved Jilco’s offices near Daniel Island.
A decade later, the company’s clients, which include both commercial and residential, and new construction and renovation projects, trust Jilco for the good value on quality products that has become its signature, plus the convenience of a turnkey experience from concept to completion. Services include complimentary design consultation with two in-house designers, custom products designed on site, and materials brought in for manufacture before delivery and installation.
Jilco’s success, as Bryan sees it, is a product of high ethical standards, the cultivation of lasting customer relations, and embracing industry change to ensure ongoing improvement.
Q and A Section
Q: What is the concept behind Jilco?
A: To provide clients with exceptional customer service, great value for their investment, and a comprehensive experience that takes them from concept to completion in one place.
Q: In terms of aesthetics, what market trends are you seeing in the Lowcountry?
A: There’s demand for increased usability. People want to make better use of their space and more functionality in design—we’re seeing more clean, streamlined looks. Because of demand, things that used to be upgrades are standard now, like soft-close drawers, and dishwashing drawers instead of door dishwashers. Ergonomics are more important now and custom-height countertops are growing. There is also an overall trend to integrate the kitchen with the rest of the living space and the eat-in kitchen area is very popular.
Q: What trends are popular for materials or products?
A: People like painted real wood cabinetry; cherry cabinets are popular and there’s also been a rise in cabinetry with a deep espresso finish. For countertops, granite is a mainstay, but quartz surfaces are gaining popularity. Vessel sinks for powder rooms are also popular.
Q: What are the first steps someone should take before embarking on a kitchen or bath remodel?
A: Write down your wants in terms of functionality and design, which are two very different things. Then determine a budget based on the emphasis you want on function vs. fashion.
Q: Home renovations can be intimidating. What’s your advice for making kitchen and bath projects less intimidating?
A: Hire someone that can handle all aspects of the project, from design through installation, in one place.
Q: Everyone is cost-conscious these days. How would you recommend someone stay budget-friendly?
A: Focus more of your budget on the things that are most important to you and use more cost restraint on the rest. Hire someone with different price levels that can be applied to different spaces depending on where that space falls on your priority list.