About Us

Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc., established in 1991, is an award-winning licensed general contractor serving the lower portion of South Carolina. We are a general contracting firm with in-house capabilities in all types of carpentry, architectural casework, millwork, masonry, and finishes. In addition, we maintain a network of first-rate subcontractors who share our corporate philosophy. Our experience embraces the renovation and restoration of all types of historic properties, newer homes, commercial construction repairs and maintenance, and new commercial and residential construction. Many Palmetto Craftsmen projects have been awarded Carolopolis Awards from the Preservation Society of Charleston and the Whitlaw Founders Award from the Historic Charleston Foundation. Palmetto Craftsmen has recently been awarded the Honor Award from the office of the Governor, The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, and The South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Many of our projects have also been featured in regional and national magazines.


Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc. is involved in all phases of renovation and restoration of all types of properties throughout South Carolina.

Much of our work includes:

  • Historic renovation work on residential and commercial buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • General Repairs and maintenance work on all types of historic structures including frame, masonry, and stucco buildings.
  • New construction, renovation, and repairs for all types of residential structures.
  • New construction, renovation, and repairs for light commercial projects.
  • Tenant improvements in commercial buildings.
  • Construction consultation on all types of construction.

Many Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc. restoration projects have received Carolopolis Awards sponsored by The Preservation Society of Charleston: 29 Legare Street; 26 Tradd Street; 6 John Street; 9 Lamboll Street; 32 Wentworth Street; 55 King Street, 20 Church Street, 171/173 King Street. The Historic Charleston Foundation gave the Whitlaw Founders Award for the renovation done by Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc. at 51 East Bay Street. Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc. received the 2006 ASID Carolinas Chapter Historic Renovations, Design Category, Merit Award for work performed at 10 South Adgers Wharf. Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc. recently received an Honor Award celebrating the company’s successful and exemplary historic preservation project in stabilizing the Cathedral of Saint Luke and Saint Paul in downtown Charleston from The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation.

Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc. presently holds an Unlimited Class Five General Contractors License, is fully insured, and is bondable.

Meet the Team

Administrative Staff

John B. (Demi) Howard, Owner
Demi has over 30 years in Construction Management in Mechanical and General Contracting. He holds his Unlimited General Contractors License in South Carolina and has also held a South Carolina Residential Homebuilders License as well as a South Carolina Plumbing License. Demi is committed to applying and maintaining our founding principles to all activities of Palmetto Craftsmen, Inc.

Barbie Plummer, Comptroller
As Comptroller, Barbie Plummer brings nearly three decades of financial management and job cost accounting experience to the Palmetto Craftsmen Team. Her experience is in new home residential construction, commercial and civil construction, as well as home remodeling. She attended Elon College in North Carolina.

Project Management

Rob Zerbst, Project Manager
A native of Charleston, SC, Rob was born and raised on James Island. Following in his father’s footsteps into the construction industry, he dove. From working summers during his high school and college years for his father at Ruscon Construction, Rob learned the construction trade from hands-on experience in the ditches, moving his way up to the Project Management position he holds now.┬áHis construction knowledge of 30+ years varies from new residential, historical residential remodeling and restorations, new commercial, commercial additions and renovations, new construction, and remodeling of Assembly spaces i.e. churches, lodging, medical facilities, and commercial historical restoration and remodeling.

Kristina Ravenel, Project Manager
Kristina is a graduate of the College of Charleston with two B.A.s in Historic Preservation and Community Planning and Art History. She continued her love of historic preservation with a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the Clemson/College of Charleston program with a focus on building materials. After a few years of hands on experience, Kristina started project coordination and project management with a focus on historic preservation/restoration/rehabilitation on projects up to $3.5 millon in North and South Carolina. Her experience ranges from the planning stages of budgeting and permits to working with owners on weekly/bi-weekly updates to close-outs at the end of the project.

Tammy Medlock, Project Coordinator
Tammy Medlock joined Palmetto Craftsmen 6 years ago as a receptionist and was promoted to Project Coordinator. She helps the Project Managers with various tasks from submittals, RFI’s, to ordering materials. Tammy is responsible for obtaining permits from city/county jurisdiction, and the BAR/ARB/HCF approvals. She attends the meetings and does the minutes.