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A Little History ..
You can’t know the story of Carolina Bluewater Construction without first knowing the story of “Bruce’s Construction.” Bruce Quaintance (Scott Quaintance’s father) built custom homes in his native Salisbury for many years. After a year of commuting to the coast of North Carolina while building there, he decided to relocate his business to Ocean Isle Beach. He moved his family – children, parents, brothers and sisters – to the Ocean Isle Beach in 1980.
At that time, home construction was primarily on the beach and most of the homes were not-so-custom. The order of the day was how many bedrooms you could fit on the lot at the cheapest price. Even in this era of mass production building, Bruce stuck with his traditional building methods – stick by stick – no prefab anything.
By the early 1990’s custom-building had caught on at Ocean Isle Beach, and Bruce’s Construction was well suited to the task. As his own foreman, Bruce Quaintance found that staying hands-on throughout the project gave him the control that was necessary to deliver a quality custom product.
Scott Quaintance (Bruce’s son) discovered CADD drawing in the 8th grade and quickly realized he had a flair for design and an analytical mind. He worked in the family construction business on weekends and during summer breaks. Scott considered majoring in Architecture or Civil Engineering in college. After researching each, he ultimately chose Civil Engineering. The degree helped him further develop his design skills, but also focused on the structural aspects of building that are so critical to construction in the coastal areas of North Carolina. After college Scott also got his contractor’s license.
Scott’s combination of education and background uniquely qualifies him as a custom builder. He has a knack for understanding a client's wishes and the skills to translate those wishes into the final design. From the dreaming and sketching stage to turning the key on the final dwelling, Scott concentrates on making the process smooth for the client and delivering the best possible product.
The Building Process
Scott Quaintance is able to benefit from the experience of his father’s career in construction as well as his own experience and education. The combined expertise of two generations has produced a smooth, efficient process of building, a process that benefits the homeowner by reducing costs and stress.
Scott is hands-on throughout the building process. He draws the initial plans, is his own foreman throughout the job and conducts scheduled walk-throughs with the clients.
When floor plans are finalized, Carolina Bluewater Construction provides homeowners with a list of all the items they will be choosing during construction. At each subsequent visit, the homeowners get a copy of the list with items highlighted that they will need to select for that phase of construction. This list provides the vendor for each item and even a map to their location. Having the entire list up front allows the homeowners to know all the choices they need to be thinking about. Having just the relevant items highlighted for each meeting keeps the list manageable and creates a logical process for making the decisions that create a home that is uniquely theirs.
CBC uses the same vendors and sub-contractors for each project. This gives them buying power and loyalty with the vendors and subs. Carolina Bluewater Construction passes their discounts on to the homeowner. Yes, you read that right. CBC's clients gets the same price that CBC gets; there is no mark-up on plumbing fixtures, flooring, appliances or lighting. Having the buying power of the builder is a fantastic benefit to the client. Additionally, the loyalty between the subs, vendors and Scott means Carolina Bluewater Construction clients get a higher level of serviceability on their homes.
The Design Meeting
Many prospective homeowners have pondered their “dream house” for years. They may come in with “tear sheets” from magazines, an existing plan that they want to alter or their "wish list" on a cocktail napkin.
Understanding the client's vision for their home is the goal of the initial meeting. Scott offers a large book of plans for his clients to look at if they so desire, but in the end, their home will be custom-designed and custom-built to meet their criteria.
After this meeting, Scott does the initial drawings. Doing this step himself, means nothing falls through the cracks. He knows the client's desires, what is practical from an engineering standpoint and the building codes for the specific area. Scott reviews the plans with the client and makes revisions. He handles all the permitting and community review boards.
Many of the Carolina Bluewater Construction’s clients are not local to the area. Though the clients are welcome to visit as often as they desire, the building process only requires three trips by the future homeowner.
First Trip: The Site Visit
The home is staked out on the lot. At this point, Scott may make changes to the orientation of the home to better capture the views or preserve trees that are especially attractive. In order to submit required details to architectural review boards, all exterior materials and colors – garage and entrance doors, siding materials and colors, roofing color, shutter colors – are chosen at this time. The homeowner will also choose the plumbing fixtures (sinks, faucets, tubs and commodes) on this visit.
Second Trip: First Walk-Through
The house is “dried in,” (under roof with exterior sheathing and windows) and Scott does a “walk through” with the clients.
The electrical layout is marked. The plumbing is “roughed in,” meaning pipes that go through the walls for showers, tubs, sinks, commodes and gas hook-ups are in place. Interior walls are framed. Kitchen cabinets are sketched on the floor. The HVAC is roughed in so clients can get a feel for where the heating and cooling vents will be.
At this point, the homeowner can get a feel for the home and this trip is when most of the important decisions are made. Modifications and special interior treatments are determined at this point – things like adding an arched opening, determining where two types of flooring will meet or the placement of interior columns. This is where the "custom" part of custom building really comes into play.
The clients meets with the interior designer to select colors and surfaces – carpet, hardwoods, tile, and paint colors. They also choose their appliances. Since all cabinets are custom built, the homeowner will choose the finish and finalize the details for the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Granite and solid surfacing is also chosen on this trip.
All of these decisions could be overwhelming, were it not so well orchestrated by the contractor.
Third Trip: Detail Walk-Through
The house is nearly completed. The sheetrock is up, tile is in and the trim is up. Cabinets and plumbing fixtures are in. Scott does a walk through with the client, making a list of all lighting fixtures needed. He accompanies the clients to the lighting store to choose the fixtures.
Scott discusses the layout of each closet with the clients – how the closet will be used, how much full hanging space is needed, double hanging space, shoe storage, shelves. Scott knows the right questions to ask to make this process easy.
The homeowners pick out their shower doors and mirrors.
Outside, the driveway is staked out with flags and the homeowner meets with the landscaper.
The keys are in your pocket, but the relationship with Carolina Bluewater Construction does not end here. With each project Scott establishes long term relationships with his clients. They often build with him again and refer friends and family to him. Scott and his sub-contractors are available for ongoing home maintenance for years to come.
Perhaps your children will build with a third generation of the Quaintance family.