The transitions began once Laurie and Clay made a commitment to purchase their 150 foot ocean frontage property. The exploration of their renovation needs were also just beginning. The 6428 square feet house invites you through a porte-cochere into a formal entry leading to the living room with fireplace, dining room, eat in kitchen, mudroom, laundry and half bath, small study, large office with fireplace, half bath and first floor bedroom with ensuite bath, and stairs to a 1500 bottle underground climate controlled wine cellar. An expansive landing loft awaits you on the second floor at the top of the staircase and this level features two bedrooms, and the owners suite with fireplace. A 3 car garage with additional unfinished space above the garages large enough for a full one to two bedroom apartment suite is detached in the courtyard but enjoins the house with a portico.

Remember, Laurie had “visions” and expectations.  Prior to the sale of the home, the home inspection revealed that there were some major repairs beyond what the naked eye could see that had to be addressed before their lender would lend. While they accomplished these with no difficulty, they found additional problems once further renovations began. The extent of the repairs for the renovations was under estimated… well, do you watch HGTV?  If so, you know, nothing is clear until you start to open up ceilings, begin to tear into the walls to remove them, and find multiple complications that the roof or other systems like the plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) or electric wiring contribute to what you envisioned! It is so frustrating to find that significantly more unanticipated expense is needed just to do a simple, or what was thought to be simple, change to a floor plan design. And there you are, down to the studs and starting from scratch.


Laurie and Clay turned to me for recommendations on who to use for their renovation work. As a real estate advisor, it is critical for me to have reliable, trustworthy, general contractors on my team. Because as good or bad as their work or service is, the work they do will always reflect back on me.  Often when selling a house I am asked, who to recommend for roofing, plumbing, painting, HVAC, electric, window replacement, cleaning services, interior design, furniture, staging, movers, and financing. So I am very careful who I recommend.  Every customer has a unique personality and to match them to multiple vendors in terms of a fit for their personality,their quality expectations, timing and budget all with a caring attitude is extraordinary. Typically, I suggest two or three contractors/vendors to use and ultimately the customer chooses whomever they prefer based on their bid/quote of the scope of work.  Of all of the people I recommend, I have personally used them for my own projects or they come highly recommended from others who have used their services. 

For Laurie and Clay, I had to have answers quick. And we needed responses and action quick in terms of repairs. Their mortgage lender requirements left little room for quibbling and time was of the essence. So we turned to Brian Vick, owner of Stonebridge Construction Services, LLC and I shared with him that my customer needed his conscientious services. 

After connecting Brian to Laurie and his scope of work was complete, here is what he said about this entire home modification experience.

“It is very pleasing for a contractor to do business with a client like Laurie, who has a strong sense of style and knows what direction she wanted to go in. This allowed our design team to effectively give Laurie and Clay the final design for their remodeled home in record time with great results. Only the highest grade in quality craftsmanship and selected materials would be allowed in the remodeling of this oceanfront home.  The materials such as Carolina solid oak flooring, New Zealand Karastan Carpets, Grade “A” stones and granites, high end exterior doors and hardware, Wolf appliances, designer Camelot roof shingles were used. The job was completed with an accelerated schedule of 3 months”.

It was Laurie’s plan to be in her home on December 31, 2012 to ring in the New Year!  Brian helped make that happen. Her future visions include an inground swimming pool and a few other improvements.  Laurie shared that she was very pleased with the quality of the workmanship by the Stonbridge Construction LLCteam and really loves her new house.  Look forward to Part 3 where I show you the finished project to date. Tell Brian Vick you read about him on The Floryan Post.