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 firmâ€™s care and professionalism, keeping them updated remotely through the whole process.
â€śI 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 didnâ€™t want a lot of square footage, but I did want it to be finished out beautifully,â€ť Katie Sommers says. â€śWe 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 wasnâ€™t what we wanted; we just arenâ€™t those kind of people, in terms of how we live every day. So, we built this house for what we really wanted.â€ť