Construction Begins on the Bonner Bridge

Before we moved to the Outer Banks in August 1996, we vacationed here. There was plenty of discussion about building a new bridge over Oregon Inlet.  20 years later construction is beginning on the new Bonner Bridge. Built in 1963 with a life expectancy of 30 years, the original Bonner Bridge is a 2.7-mile bridge…

Details

Grown & Flown!

  Our Pride & Joy: Sam & Amanda Martin It’s hard to believe that our children are now adults. When we moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina more than 20 years ago, Sam was 6 and Amanda was 3. Growing up on the Outer Banks was a dream for our two beach babies! We…

Details

Outer Banks Events

 There is plenty to do at the Outer Banks of North Carolina! Planning to visit? Check out these upcoming events in June. Calendar of Events Lost Colony Performances Lost Colony Backstage Tours Inaugural Beer Craft Week – May 30 – June 5 Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival – May 30 National Running Day – June…

Details

Farewell, Jimmy Hewett

Mark and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Jimmy Hewett, one of the landscapers we have worked with over the past 20 years. Jimmy Hewett, owner of Kitty Hawk Garden Center, passed away on February 1, 2016, from a heart attack. Jimmy greeted everyone with a smile and offered assistance when you…

Details

Spring Cleaning Time on the Outer Banks

Spring Cleaning Time on the Outer Banks Looking for help with spring cleaning? The first day of Spring is around the corner,now is the time to start thinking about spring-cleaning and getting your home or rental ready for the upcoming seasons. Below is a list of some subcontractors you may want to reach out to…

Details

Houzz started with a house

What is Houzz? Many of you have dreamed of building or remodeling your home. You may have clipped pictures from magazines or collected photos of new homes and remodeling ideas. Perhaps you created notebooks of pictures to share. We certainly did to share with our clients. But one couple took it to the next level…

Details

When Lightening Strikes

When Lightening Strikes: A lesson in rebuilding, banks & insurance coverage In early June 2015, we received a call from friends here on the Outer Banks. A Realtor friend and her husband, a retired builder, passed our name along to a Southern Shores property owner whose home had been struck by lightning and was severely…

Details

Class Act

As a Home Designer, I start the process of making people’s dreams come to reality. Truly great Builders like Mark & Sandy Martin finish what I start. They are a rare thing in the Building world…….a really “class act”. We have done Additions, Remodels and many Custom Homes together and I have yet to see…

Details