Wilma Magazine - Attention to Detail
Building a house is an entirely different proposition than simply buying one, and a brand new adventure for the Sommerses, who were still living in Cary during the build itself. The design, construction, and interior design were handled by local firm Tongue & Groove Design+Build, headed by Mark Batson. Even when work was halted during Hurricane Florence, the Sommerses were impressed by the firm’s care and professionalism, keeping them updated remotely through the whole process.
“I picked Mark because I felt he had vision, a real design aesthetic, and an attention to detail that you can see in our house. I didn’t want a lot of square footage, but I did want it to be finished out beautifully,” Katie Sommers says. “We had a very formal house in Cary, with a classic formal living room, formal dining room, all the formal entertaining spaces. Coming down here, we knew that wasn’t what we wanted; we just aren’t those kind of people, in terms of how we live every day. So, we built this house for what we really wanted.”