Hughes Enclosures, Inc.
By Peggy Mishoe
When it comes to making homeowners relaxed and happy in their homes, Hughes Enclosures is at the top of the list of companies that do exactly that.
Homeowners on both sides of the North Carolina/South Carolina border say their lives have been expanded and enhanced by Hughes Enclosures, owned by Kirk Hughes and Jeff Whelan.
Home owners Walter and Virginia Taylor spend a great deal of time in their 12×76 feet Carolina room, where they have beautiful views and privacy. Walter says, “We use this more than we use the great room in our house.”
Walter, who has some back problems, likes to relax in the hot tub in the Carolina room. “I use that quite a bit,” he said. “At night time, we can see the stars, and we can see the moon coming up.”
With heating and air conditioning, and a fireplace that gives the room the cozy feeling of home, screens and stacked windows give it a feeling of being outdoors. Walter says, “We’re very please with these stacked windows. In the summertime we can raise our windows and have a screened-in porch.
William Barber, Inc., owned by Bill Barber, built the Taylors’ home. Bill says, “Since we specialize in building custom homes for each homeowner, it’s always extremely important that we receive compatible customization skills from each subcontractor. We have found that Hughes Enclosures takes great pride in their attention to detail and customization on each home. They are definitely an industry leader in the innovation and aesthetical designs of screened enclosures and stacked windows. Hughes Enclosures is a first class outfit with a first class product.”
Scott Bell of Bell and Bell Construction has been doing business with Hughes for years, and an increasing number of his clients are choosing enclosures. Their responses after the rooms are completed are enough to give any builder confidence.
Longevity, experience, dependability and financial stability are among the traits of the company that keep contractors and homeowners turning to it for specific needs.
Ernie and Tracy Wiggins own Wiggins Custom Homebuilders. They have turned to Hughes Enclosures for years for clients who desired enclosures, specialty railings or columns. “I don’t hesitate because they have a very good reputation. Kirk is pretty knowledgeable, and it’s good for me to be able to work with one of the principals of the company,” Ernie said, adding that Kirk has helped him work through problems in other areas unrelated to Hughes Enclosures
Annie Margaret “Monk” Maynard has had two good experiences with Hughes Enclosures. They built a screened in porch for her, and years later transformed it into a Carolina room and built a deck. She says, “I enjoyed doing business with Kirk. He did a great job of converting and expanding it. Kirk is an easy fellow to work with, and he is very accommodating. His suggestions were good, and eh always tried to get the end results right.”
She adds, “My room has been a very nice addition to my home. I have a great many guests and friend that come in, and it’s a nice entertaining area. I thoroughly enjoy my room.”
Kirk founded the company in 1973 and built homes until 1982 when he decided to focus on aluminum sunrooms, screened porches, Carolina rooms, railings and columns. Jeff worked with him from the beginning and became a partner when the company changed its focus.
Kirk says, “Due to our experience through the whole spectrum of building, we are able to do a much better job.”
Kirk grew up in myrtle beach while his father, Harold K. Hughes, Sr., worked for Myrtle Beach Lumber Company. Harold retired after 42 years there and is now the office manager at Hughes Enclosures. Pat Hawk is the accountant and a driving force at the business.
In 1998 and 1999, Hughes Enclosures was named Dealer of the Year for its Progressive Glass Technology (PGT) NatureScape patio rooms. Kirk says, “It does not take away from your screened porch, keeps the rain and pollen out, and protects nice furniture. It’s a room where you have the comfort of inside, but the feeling of being outside.”
Hughes Enclosures built a sunroom for Kat Solarek of KHS Enterprises at her home and later built a Carolina room with a dome glass ceiling and glass stacked windows on the first speculation home she designed. Located in Highwood section of Prince Creek, the home was built by Palmer Homes with a Living Concepts plan that Kat had changed a lot. She says, “The Carolina room was a creative addition. It’s just an awesome room. It’s like sitting in the woods. It’s gorgeous, and it’s much more usable than a porch. I’m very pleased with Hughes and would recommend them to anyone.”
Paul and Sue McGuire are very happy with their Carolina room and railings that Hughes Enclosures did for them. Paul says, “It was all first -quality work. If there was an issue, Kirk was on top of it and responded to our needs. Because of the stacked windows, we can use our Carolina room 12 months, no matter how cold or how hot it is.”
Aluminum railings for two screened porches and stairs add to the beauty of the McGuire home. Paul says, “The third floor deck railings blended into the roofline so they really look unique and look like what’s supposed to be there. Everyone that has seen the work on our house has admired it, and I know several that have visited and looked that were impressed not only with what they saw, but with what we said.”
Clients have many options at Hughes Enclosures, where they can see different types and shapes of rooms with various styles of windows, and aluminum columns, railings and fencing. Choices include PGT Wingaurd impact resistant windows and doors, the effortless alternative to shutters that meet the strictest hurricane codes, and Exe-breeze Sliding Panels with lightweight, easy-to-operate vinyl glazed panels with durable aluminum frames that hold screens and sliding panels in place and can be custom-made to fit virtually an space. The lightweight, vinyl-glazed panels can be raised or lowered to open three-quarters of the window area. Panels tilt in for easy cleaning and can be ordered in tinted colors to reduce solar heat gain.
Hughes Enclosures projects can be seen in many neighborhoods, including the most prestigious ones.
Custom built aluminum fencing shown surrounding this home in Sunset Harbor, built by Charlie Babb Construction.