Best of Houzz, Design + Service

PBC Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs

Wilmington, NC, January 25, 2019 – PBC Design + Build of Wilmington, North Carolina has won “Best Of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The award-winning firm, specializing in custom homes throughout the Wilmington region for the past 21 years, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Houzz connects the dots for us by giving the client a visual opportunity to collect ideas from our previous projects” said Kyle Henry, CEO of PBC.  “Our collaboration with Houzz TV and Tony Hawk afforded us the ability to show that we work extremely hard to earn our accolades.”

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

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About PBC Design + Build

PBC Design + Build is an award winning full service firm specializing in custom homes throughout the Wilmington regional area.  Celebrating 21 years in business, PBC is a group of highly qualified individuals with wide-ranging talents, relevant expertise and a steadfast commitment to customer satisfaction.  For more information, visit our website at www.pbcdesignbuild.com or email:  info@pbcdesignbuild.com

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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David Spetrino in wilmington, NC on Houzz

David Spetrino in wilmington, NC on Houzz

Kids Making It, Timber Framing Goes Up

We here at PBC love a great project, especially when it involves one of our favorite local non-profit organizations.  Kids Making It is a youth woodworking program that teaches valuable vocational, entrepreneurial and life skills to at-risk, low income, and disadvantaged kids.  At KMI they strive to keep local kids in school, out of trouble, and on a path to a successful future.  It is an amazing organization that is all heart, and one that we are proud to have been involved with for several years.  Now, on to the project…

When Jimmy Pierce, founder and executive director of KMI, came to PBC with a specific need (more space) and general idea of what he wanted we knew that we had to be a part of it.  As with all of our projects, the addition to the current Kids Making It building started as a design-build consultation.  We called upon our friend and amazing architect Rob Romero to sit down with us, along with Jimmy and KMI program director, Andy Crowther to discuss the possibilities.  The specific focus was on creating a space that KMI could use as they continued to grow their organization.  Jimmy and Andy wanted a place where they could train the students in new trades and take the wood-working that they had already learned a step further.  They needed open and they needed BIG.  That’s where the timber framing came in.

Timber framing is a style of building construction that uses heavy timber frames as opposed to more slender lumber.  It is post and beam construction, built like furniture using wood joinery to hold the framing in place.  This type of construction has been around for hundreds of years but isn’t used as commonly as it once was due to the high cost of materials and specialized tradespeople that it requires.  That’s where Atlantic Barn and Timber Company came in, they heard about the need and answered the call.  Very graciously, they offered to erect the timber framing for free.  And just like that the materials and equipment arrived, the frames were assembled, stood up, and secured in place…all on that little corner of 7thand Castle Street.

As construction moves along at KMI, we look forward to all of the other great aspects that Romero has worked into the floor plan- a storefront, concrete stem walls, upper decks, and even a garage bay.  At 2,257 square feet, the first floor will be the home to the new storefront, a large (class)room, and a storage bay for donated materials.  The second floor of the addition will measure 1,982 square feet and offer an open space, offices, a full bathroom, conference room, and aforementioned decks overlooking the front and the rear of the building.

PBC Design + Build is beyond proud to be a part of such a wonderful project, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to aid in KMI’s mission.  WE CAN’T WAIT to see the finished product and perhaps even more so, all of the smiling faces that come as a result!

David Spetrino, Building Insights in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal

What better way to end one great year and ring in the next than with a Q & A from the founder of PBC, the face of our company, the most recent former president of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builder’s Association… our own Dave Spetrino?!

 

Dave recently spent time answering some questions for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.  Find out why not knowing everything, and admitting it, is an important part of custom home building.

 

 

 

Designer Stud-Signing

What does Team PBC like even better than a party or a stud-signing?  A stud-signing party for one of our very own, obviously!  We recently came together, along with their family and friends, to celebrate and initiate the construction of Rick and Chrissy Bonney’s new custom home.  During an afternoon of loved ones, laughs, and the obligatory coastal oysters, we took to the studs of our favorite interior designer’s new home to write our well wishes and to learn just what inspired this latest and greatest new space.

Having lived in downtown Wilmington for twenty years, it didn’t take much for Rick and Chrissy to decide that is where they’d like to stay.  They settled on a quaint, tucked away lot on the north side.  Loving the location, unique energy, and history, The Bonneys look forward to watching the neighborhood continue to grow.

As the exciting process of design began, Chrissy called upon her favorite style, Mid-century Modern. Rick and Chrissy had a lot of fun planning the details of the elevations as they came up with the exterior design of their new home… historic bungalow with a touch of modern infusion.

As Chrissy tackled the inside of the house, she wanted to make sure they utilized every inch of the home to it’s fullest potential as she created a space that was easy to entertain in.  She took a handful of PBC’s custom downtown homes from throughout the years, pulled her favorite details, and started playing with those.  As construction moves forward and they really start to see everything come together, both of The Bonneys anticipate what exactly they look forward to most.  Rick cannot wait to have a large cook’s kitchen with a gas top range and Chrissy is most excited about the smaller details she has put into their new space like rustic wood accents and black and gold fixtures throughout.

Putting our own marks on a beautiful new custom home was a super fun experience but I think we can all agree, PBC can’t wait to see Chrissy’s “marks” on the final product.  She definitely said it best when she told us “It already feels like home and I love that!”  Here’s to many more memories, in a beautiful new space, surrounded by friends and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renovation Retirement : 17 Years at PBC

 

PBC Design + Build recently celebrated some pretty important people with a fun Sunday afternoon at local favorite Palate Bottle Shop and Reserve.  For years, our office family has been blessed to work with Libby and Maureen Beccarino. These two have been a rock star team providing updated, beautiful spaces to some amazing clients throughout Southeastern North Carolina.  Although known to most as the PBC Renovations Division, they have been so much more to us over the years!

Upon their much-deserved retirement, below is a list of reasons why PBC Design + Build would not have been the same without Team Beccarino…

  • Kyle would never have gotten that first “punch-out job” back in 2002, eventually leaving Dave without a business partner, lonely, and sad.
  • Several plants would have lost their lives over the years, causing periods of oxygen depletion in the office and much slower work production.
  • Bar tabs at company events would have been lower. That said, there is no party like a Beccarino party!
  • Dave or Kyle would have been forced to answer to “Mr. Plantation”.
  • Angela and Libby wouldn’t be nearly as close as they are if it wasn’t for all that quality time spent resetting Lib’s passwords.
  • Maureen may never have received her unofficial title of “Saint” had she not BOTH lived with Libby AND worked with him.
  • Downtown would be missing some beautiful new homes, revitalization, and existing home renovations.
  • Things would have been quieter, laughs would have been fewer, and overall our company just wouldn’t have been the same.

Cheers to the years! We will miss Libby and Maureen tremendously in the day-to-day operations but we know that the friendships won’t end there.  What a wonderful career they have spent building custom homes, performing beautiful renovations,  meeting great friends, and creating happy clients.  Bon Voyage!

CFCC Construction Institute is a success!

PBC Design + Build recently partnered with Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association(WCFHBA) in hopes to fill a labor gap in the construction industry.  After spending some time volunteering as a “mock interviewer” with Step Up Wilmington, a local non-profit that helps people who have been affected by unemployment, it became very clear to Kyle Henry, CEO of PBC Design + Build, that there were other ways to help.  Kyle had also been spending some time with members of WCFHBA, Cape Fear Community College, and fellow construction industry leaders to develop a two-week intensive training institute to help fulfill the need for entry-level tradespeople in the construction industry. A program that could help place anyone (willing and able) into the fields of masonry, carpentry, plumbing, or HVAC after just a two-week commitment to learning and a decent amount of dedication.

Kyle Henry Became a Driving Force

Kyle had valuable input to add:  “CFCC had the idea of starting their Construction Institute in response to the demand our industry had shown for needing additional labor at all skill levels.  Over the years, our industry has done a poor job appealing to the younger generation as well as the general population.  Working with your hands, which can be very profitable and fulfilling, has gained a negative stigma.  This program is a perfect example of finding someone who wants to work and learn a trade, and then helping them find a route to get there.  Our industry is proud to offer second chances to folks that want to be involved.”

CFCC 2-Week Construction Institute

We are so happy to announce that CFCC successfully held their first two-week long Construction Institute this summer.  Each course included entry-level skills such as safety, measurement, math, and how to use both power and hand tools.  An eighty-hour course in one of the four trades by qualified instructors, real world experience in a respective field, and a certificate upon completion.  Perhaps the best part of the program was on the last day of classes when the students were afforded the opportunity to participate in “hiring day”.   Students were interviewed by prospective employers, providing them the possibility to go directly from learning to production. PBC is so excited to say that ELEVEN students have gained employment through CFCC’s first ever Construction Institution!  We are just as excited to share that at least one of those eleven came through the Step Up Wilmington  program… check out Sal’s journey…

A few of PBC’s next generation participated!

Houzz TV: Meet the Builder

You may have caught Dave Spetrino, president of PBC Design+Build, in the latest episode of “My Houzz,” when skateboarder Tony Hawk enlists his help for a special renovation. We talked with Dave to learn more about his building philosophy, where he finds inspiration and his favorite parts of the My Houzz renovation – check out what he had to say below.

What is your building philosophy?

Some days it feels like the world is against you when you’re designing, budgeting and then constructing a home. I know it’s not rocket science or brain surgery but for most clients, what we do for them is about the most money and effort they’ll ever expend. It’s a worthy challenge.

With any project you’re committed to delivering on quality, schedule and budget – all equally important components to a successful project, but never willing to cooperate with one another in reality.

At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself: Is this “place” better because of our hard work? Does it feel good? Are our clients smiling? Am I smiling? Do I deserve a milkshake? As long as the answer continues to be yes, I’ll continue to show up the next day.

Where’s the most unexpected place you’ve found inspiration?

Travel has been a tremendous benefit. I can’t go anywhere without seeing something within the built environment – from any country or century – that doesn’t have an effect on me.

What trend are you most excited about right now?

I’m not much of a ‘gadget guy’ but I am continually impressed with what technology, mobile apps and intuitive features are doing for home building right now. The benefits of technology and the speed with which they are being implemented into construction will continue to benefit our clients, and it’s only getting better and better with time.

The whole point of custom home building is to allow your client to set their dreams in your hands and then trust you to deliver. It’s a serious role to take on and the ability to translate that information into something tangible is an art.

It’s more than features or finishes, what our clients are really asking us for is to guide them, use our knowledge to help them make good decisions, and prevent them from missing an opportunity to do something great.

What do you geek out on when it comes to design/construction?

I am such a sucker for light fixtures. I think they’re the hardest detail to commit to – it’s probably why I push a lot of clients to concealed or can lights and then limit the number of decorative fixtures to the most compelling places within a home to keep them from feeling overwhelmed.

You can set the entire ‘vibe’ of a home with a sconce or chandelier – a light fixture can create a conversation or set the mood as soon as you walk into a space. Light is powerful, and that mode of delivery cannot be understated.

What is one of your design secrets/ tricks?

There are always a couple of “cheats” where we seem to get more from a design without having to put too much of our budget toward a feature. This usually comes from our designer who will choose a special element within the design and celebrate it. Sometimes it’s well defined symmetry or an interior connection that extends to the exterior. Other times it’s just the use of a detail that has meaning to our owners.

Basically, the secret is just being thoughtful about how your client may better appreciate a space well after you’ve moved on to the next project. That’s really the best way to leave your ‘mark.’

What’s your favorite building or space in the world?

Maybe it’s my lust for travel or a nostalgia of sorts but I love train stations. New, old, repurposed into a museum, I can’t get enough of these iconic buildings. The ceiling heights, ornamentation, the elegant organization of moving people from space to space within a building, I’m continually transported in both space and time!

Going to Omaha? Visit the Durham. Going to Paris? Don’t miss the Orsay!

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

We loved meeting the family. They were amazing in all the right ways.

They trusted this specific process (move out and don’t ask questions!) and they were genuinely grateful and truly overwhelmed at the reveal.

Kerry’s reaction was the best! It was the moment where “it all came together.” It is an amazing feeling to make a difference in someone’s life and the joy from Kerry permeated to everything. It really is unlike anything we’ve ever done before professionally and it felt good to be a part of that happiness.

But don’t get me wrong, meeting Tony Hawk was incredible! He is so cool. Did I mention Tony and I are friends?

What is your favorite element in the space from this project?

There are some really cool features within Brad and Kerry’s home that became the ‘bookends’ for the renovation. In many ways the farm table became the centerpiece for the whole house – not just as a piece of furniture but in what it represented to the family as the centerpiece for the way they live.

Also, the ability to re-purpose some of the existing elements. The reclaimed wood and the sliding barn doors within the new living room. I love seeing ‘something old and something new’ in such a personal project like this.

Chrissy Bonney, our Interior Designer at PBC, was completely in tune with Kerry’s vibe. The family spends a lot of time together and the house was somewhat disjointed; an open concept was introduced to allow the main living area flow easily into the kitchen.

When you’re not designing, where can you be found?

I really enjoy being on the move, traveling and exploring new places. A lot of our adventures start with the need to see a historical building or even a compelling neighborhood. It’s not just to experience the architecture, I love seeing how other communities (or cultures) live, manage or adapt to their environment

 

Houzz TV: Meet the Builder

PBC Recognized As Industry Leader by GuildQuality

Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction software surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada.

Out of 600+ eligible applicants, PBC is one of 300+ businesses within the residential construction industry recognized by GuildQuality for consistently delivering superior customer care. In North Carolina, PBC is one of only 8 awarded in our category for “New Home Builders.”

In determining which businesses received the 2018 Guildmaster Award, GuildQuality reviewed thousands of survey responses submitted by customers of Guildmaster candidates, and considered two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers stating they would recommend the business to friend and the percentage of customers who responded.

PBC Design + Build achieved a recommendation rate of 90% or above from their customers surveyed by GuildQuality.

“The independent GuildQuality surveys are a great asset to our team; we gather unfiltered information to improve our process based on client experiences and feedback.”
Kyle Henry, CEO, PBC

2018 Guildmaster Press Release

PBC Participates in WOMEN BUILD Benefitting Habitat for Humanity

The women of PBC participated in WOMEN BUILD on Monday, May 7th for the Cape Fear Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Since 1991, women from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities through the WOMEN BUILD event.

The ultimate goal of Cape Fear Habitat WOMEN BUILD is to build a home in partnership with a local hardworking family and provide access to an affordable mortgage.  This home will be funded/constructed primarily by women and will provide a female-friendly work site that empowers women to take leadership roles and learn new skills while building homes, community & hope.

TEAM PBC ROCKS

Team PBC helped to exceed the fundraising goal with the assistance of generous friends, clients and suppliers.  Our fearless women worked together on the framing portion of this new home using just hammers, nails, a tape measure and their brains.  🙂

River Bluffs: Meet the Builder

The beautiful village community of River Bluffs offers residents a wonderful mix of first-class amenities, a great location just minutes from all of Wilmington NC’s conveniences, a builder team focused on quality and craftsmanship, and a gorgeous natural setting unlike any other you’ll find in the Coastal Carolinas!

The neighborhood’s newest amenity, the Riverwalk offers all residents of River Bluffs the opportunity to enjoy the river, not just those with riverfront lots. The Riverwalk is the longest, privately funded, overwater Riverwalk in the country, measuring 2,700 feet long! The Riverwalk joins popular neighborhood amenities, including Porches Cafe, which offers residents and visitors (it’s open to the public!) – delicious lunch, dinner, and dessert options seven days a week. Residents enjoy first-class amenities such as a resort-style pool and fitness center, tennis & pickleball courts and a half-basketball court, many elevated walking trails and miles of nature trails, rv & boat storage, boat slips, a boat & kayak launch, a community mail center, meeting spaces, a community farm (Farm Market) and ample covered decks and patios for relaxing and gathering together with friends.

The River Bluffs lifestyle is about living life to the fullest and 2018 promises to be the best one yet for this growing village community.

Karen Clow interviews Dave and gains insight on the PBC building process!